My first mommy heart attack...

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Registered: 05-01-2005
My first mommy heart attack...
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Mon, 05-16-2005 - 10:28am

My DH is from Peru, and when he moved here he brought me one of the baby slings that people there have been using for hundreds of years. We just finally found the box it was in last night (we just moved.) So I asked him to show me how to use it...its just a huge square of material, and i have never been able to envision how it holds the baby without him falling out the bottom. The traditional way to use it is with the baby on your back, so that was how my husband had to put it on and tie it, even though I plan to hold him in the front. I decided to stand behind my husband while he put it on (Taye was in it), just in case because I still didn't trust that it would hold him. Well, after he swung it on his back my husband lost his grip on one of the sides and Taye almost fell. If I hadn't caught him, he would have fallen onto the edge of the coffee table and then to the floor. I almost died thinking about it...thank God I decided to get up!

This leads me to a question...Taye doesn't like being in the sling unless he's asleep. Because we just found it last night, I guess he's just not used to it. He has been pretty much an in-arms baby since he was born. The only other carrier we have that we've ever used is a Snuggli, otherwise I just carry him everywhere. He likes the Snuggli most of the time, but will have none of the sling when he's awake. I'm wondering if anyone else had this problem, and if you think he might get used to it? Or if there are any suggestions of how to get him used to it...its much more adaptable than the Snuggli... I can hold him on my side while I do the dishes or whatever, so I'd love to be able to use it. Any advice would be helpful. Thanks, Amy.

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Registered: 07-30-2003
Mon, 05-16-2005 - 2:28pm

yikes!! yay for mommy reflexes!! poor little guy!

http://www.thebabywearer.com/lists/HowTo.htm

look down in the "traditional carriers" section~ its probably pretty close to a Rebozo, from what it sounds like...

hmmm... for how to get him used to it, what about putting him in there to go down for a nap, and keeping him in when he wakes up? it really does help if you're moving around, with them in the new carriers, it goes over so much better.

but keep trying, he might end up LOVING that carrier! i know my dd wasn't worn at all (slings, anyway, only had a Bjorn-type) until she was 14 months and i was pg again. she didn't go for it at home, but would let me carry her in the store, at the zoo, etc.

good luck! if nothing else, maybe you have a gorgeous throw for the couch? ;)

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Tue, 05-17-2005 - 12:23am

hi

how cool that your dh cld demo for you (sorry abt the heart attack, tho).

is it a rebozo or like a rebozo? here're some instructions.

http://faustosgallery.com/rebozos/sandra/

http://www.peppermint.com/rebozocarry.htm

i LOVE slings/soft carriers, it's just so versatile and easy to carry baby. there's really no trick to getting baby used to it. imo, it's just practice and time. or you cld use it whenever you go out so baby knows that when you put it on he gets to go on a walk.

eelin

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Registered: 05-01-2005
Tue, 05-17-2005 - 11:14am

Thanks for the advice. Its not a rebozo, the rebozo is a really long piece of fabric. This is a perfect square, you fold it into a triangle, put the baby in and tie it on. I found this on babywearer.com, it looks like it must be the same thing.

http://www.thebabywearer.com/cgi-bin/reviews/reviews2.pl?folder=lovewraphandwovenwrap&category=Wrap_Carrier

~Amy

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