Have you gotten any comments from others about you babywearing? Share the good, the bad, and the funny!
Ha. I used to get A LOT of comments when I was wearing my peanut in the ring sling--like seriously almost every time I left the house. They were almost ALL good, except for one lady who didn't speak english and we ended up miming our concerns and reassurances to each other in the checkout line at the grocery store
Mostly it was just compliments on how pretty it was and how comfortable and convenient it looked. A few favorites included an uncle who kept (lovingly) calling her my "bag baby" and some African ladies I ran into at Ross who were all excited to see someone carrying a baby the way they did at home (I don't remember what country they said they were from, but they were very friendly about it! They said they switch them to a back carry around four months; DD was just turning 4 months at the time.)
I have never gotten any comments in the Ergo, though. I guess SSCs are common enough these days not to warrant too much attention.
Erin has me convinced that Tuscon is a great crunchy city!
Today I had the cashier at Walmart ask me how many times DS has fallen out of the carrier (none lol). Since moving here last month I've gotten more comments than ever before! I've had TWO different ladies go running across parking lots yelling for me to stop what I'm doing/omg!!!! as they see me flip DS on my back. By the time they reached us both times, DS was happy on my back. lol.
Oh! In Del Rio I did have a guy stop his truck in the middle of the street and yell out his window, "Did you know you have a baby on your back?!" I was walking across the commissary parking lot. Not in the road or even on the sidewalk.
I have had a lot of people ask me where to find the carriers they see me wearing. If it's a buckle carrier I usually tell them about Ergo even if I'm wearing a Bamberoo because it's so much easier to find. Though people get turned off when I tell them that they'd have to find it online. There are no stores here or in Del Rio that sell them.
I mostly got lots of questions on how and why. When we were living in Angola (Africa) people would often ask if she wasn't hot in there. Mind you, those were the expats. The locals would often comment on how comfortable the Ergo looked compared to the large swaths of fabric they use (they would tie the top corners over their boobs, and the bottom corners over their bellies- it honestly looked SUPER uncomfortable! Sometimes you saw people using the fabric in a ring sling style but just tied.).
Mara & Joel, 2009
Central Tucson at least is a pretty great crunchy city. Or, more accurately, it's like a small crunchy university town inside a much larger mixed metro area--best of both worlds, IMO.
There's a mom's group here locally. I went to a mom's night out for dinner last night. One mom was expressing difficulty caring for her 4 month old and 2.5 year old. I asked if she had a baby carrier and if not I'd be happy to help her choose one by letting her try my carriers on sometime. I told her how much of a difference it made in my life with just one kid. She told me no thanks and that she wasn't interested in that sort of stuff. Another mom said that you can't wear babies past 6 months anyway so it would be a waste of money. They were shocked when I said that I wear DS all the time at almost 15 months. Makes me sad. I want to spread the BWing love, but I don't know how to it effectively yet apparently!
I agree that is a frustrating response. I see babywearing as the perfect solution to that situation (not that I've ever mothered more than 1).
I finally have something to add here! I was BW at the local starbucks...and an older lady came up to me in line and declared me the "best little Mother in Portland!" She proceeded to talk about how when she was a young Mother, she did a front carry full time until 4 months and then a back carry from then on...and how much it bothers her to see Mother's pushing their babies in huge strollers with ipod headphones in.
I really wish I'd asked her more about where she Mothered (I assume it was in the 1960s or so) and what other's reactions were to her crunchiness! I could be wrong, but I envision the mid 20th century in the US as a pretty stroller-heavy time, thanks to the parenting philosophies that were en vogue back then.
Laszlo Jacob, 11/9/11