What did you do today while BWing?

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What did you do today while BWing?

Come share all the things you do each day while BWing!

Yesterday I did dishes, made homemade macaroni and cheese, and folded laundry while BWing. I did all of this in mei tais (and I made DH take a few videos that are now up on the All About MT thread!). Smile

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I love this question! My two month old is going through a really clingy phase right now. So, I wore him ALL day today, with the exception of diaper changes and breastfeeding.

We walked, did dishes, made dinner and I tried to do some typing Smile

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I haven't BW in the past few days. Does having a toddler cling to your leg count? Wink During our vacation, I BW on the NYC subway. Put her right to sleep! I was surprised to see so few parents BWing in NYC. Most chose to stick their kids in strollers covered in little sleeping bag type things. Some even had plastic bags over their strollers! I was appalled. I'd so much rather have my baby snuggled up to me for warmth than covered in plastic. Not to mention how much easier it was to deal with the turnstyles while BWing. We took our umbrella stroller with us one day and I wanted to chuck the thing in front of a train.

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Yeah, stroller + NYC subways = major PITA.

I haven't BW in a bit either...at 18 months, we really only do it anymore when we go somewhere like an outdoor festival or airport or hiking/walking...someplace she can't (or we don't want her to) walk herself and there are no shopping carts.

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Yesterday I wore Aiden while at Aldi's, the commissary, unloading the groceries from both places, checking the mail, and while doing after dinner dishes (he wouldn't stop chasing the cat!).

Jasmine, welcome to the board! Smile

Erin, I hear all the time how hard it is to have a baby in NYC. I have a friend from college who lives there and refuses to have a baby till after they move out of the city because of how "hard" it is dealing with subways, etc. I keep telling her that BWing will solve a lot of those problems, but I don't think she believes me.

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Honestly, that's a big reason we left NYC six years ago. Didn't want to deal with dogs or babies. Just getting groceries or doing your laundry requires carrying huge loads several blocks...wearing a baby would help with some things like negotiating subways, but just add to the weight drama in a lot of other everyday situations. I can understand how babywearing wouldn't sound all that appealing there...even without it, I was already really sick of living like a pack mule. Of course, I also immediately gained 20 pounds upon leaving. Smile

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Oh I have no doubt that it's still hard it's just that she always talks about strollers. I wonder if she's just not ready yet. lol.

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"cactuswren" wrote:

I was already really sick of living like a pack mule. Of course, I also immediately gained 20 pounds upon leaving. Smile

Perhaps that's how I came back from a 2.5 week eating tour weighing 3 lbs less than when I left. Wink

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"TiggersMommy" wrote:

Perhaps that's how I came back from a 2.5 week eating tour weighing 3 lbs less than when I left. Wink

Lol Suddenly I want to go to NYC! Lots of toddler cuddles from BWing, good food, and for once I might actually lose weight on vacation!

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"TiggersMommy" wrote:

Perhaps that's how I came back from a 2.5 week eating tour weighing 3 lbs less than when I left. Wink

Yeah...walking everywhere carrying everything does wonders for even the exercise-phobic like me! I swear we walked 20 miles a day the last time we were there. We spent a lot of time (and were staying in) Brooklyn, and getting around within Brooklyn is a pain because all the subways are designed for commuting into and around Manhattan. So we just walked. Everywhere.

NYC might be annoying to live in for long, but it's definitely a great vacation! Smile

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Yesterday I wore Aiden on my back while doing dishes and cooking dinner. I wore him today after Stroller Strides since I had to pick up a couple of odds and ends.

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Boy, you're really inspiring me to try doing more TW (toddler wearing ;)), especially when DD is feeling clingy. I'd probably get a lot more done in the afternoons when she's cranky after her nap...

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"cactuswren" wrote:

Boy, you're really inspiring me to try doing more TW (toddler wearing ;)), especially when DD is feeling clingy. I'd probably get a lot more done in the afternoons when she's cranky after her nap...

You should do more toddler wearing!

I tried my first double hammock back carry in a wrap this afternoon. While DS was up in that I started a load of CDs, checked the mail, and washed more dishes.

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"alwayssmile" wrote:

I tried my first double hammock back carry in a wrap this afternoon. While DS was up in that I started a load of CDs, checked the mail, and washed more dishes.

Whoa, advanced baby wearing! Laszlo is asleep in the wrap right now - I'm supposed to be working on a document for work - and once I've put a bit more time into that, I'll do some dishes. SO is bringing home thai tonight, which I'm thrilled for. I do cook with LO on, but I don't really like to.

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"sweetsriracha" wrote:

Whoa, advanced baby wearing! Laszlo is asleep in the wrap right now - I'm supposed to be working on a document for work - and once I've put a bit more time into that, I'll do some dishes. SO is bringing home thai tonight, which I'm thrilled for. I do cook with LO on, but I don't really like to.

I will only cook with back carries. Before I was brave enough to try back carries DS sat in his high chair with a 5 point harness and leaned back while I cooked. I talked to him and sang to him as much as I could.

You can do back carries with newborns with wrapping as long as it's a woven wrap. I hope to try this with the next baby. DS was about 3 months before I tried back carries with him in the mei tai, but he had GREAT head control from day 1.

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I carried the groceries upstairs. I have to do this chore alone every week and DS screams his head off at the door as I run up and down the stairs, so I popped him in the ring sling and ran up and down the stairs. It would be easier with the mei tei, but it wasn't in the car and the ring sling is quicker to pop on and off for such a short job.

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Yesterday I BW DD at Aldi's while grocery shopping and while we took a walk. I wanted to BW DD today while doing stuff around the house, but she's apparently sick and puked all over my back right as I was putting her into the carrier. UGH! So my O&A is currently out of commission. *sigh*

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That stinks Mel, but it happens. Hope she's feeling better soon! :bigarmhug:

Wendy, glad that you're getting some use out of your sling still.

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I wore my little sicky at the grocery store today. I always used to wear her while shopping but she now LOVES to sit in the cart and babble to people. Today I figured I'd spare the next user of the cart the misfortune of baby germs. Besides, she needs the extra cuddles Smile

I was only able to wear Teagan while cooking for a short period. Once I was able to get her in a back carry and before her legs were long enough to kick things. Now I'd be too scared to. I stick to quick dinners or Daddy distraction.

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I vacuumed and put on a roast dinner (ok I put the chicken in the oven), mostly to try a back carry in my mei tei. I managed to get him up there myself and fashion some sort of tie with my super short straps.

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Woo hoo Wendy! Glad to hear you got him up on your back by yourself! Yahoo

Yesterday I wore Aiden while we were out shopping (Home Depot, Lowe's, and Target). I also wore him in a ring sling for part of our dinner at a restaurant. They didn't have a free high chair when we got there and these tables are higher than most so he couldn't really see over them to sit on a chair (we've done this before at other places). Put him in a hip carry in a ring sling and he was happy chewing on crackers till we got high chair a little before our food came out. Smile

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We went to the park today and took what ended up being a 2 milk walk to check out the "falls" here. I wore DS in my BBSlen wrap conversion ring sling.

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Hey, I actually have something to post here today! DD was being suuuuuuuper whiny and clingy while I was trying to help DH with dinner, so I put her in a hip carry in the ring sling. She was happy, and I was still able to work. MAGIC! I'm keeping it handy....

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Wow! Look at all this action on the BW thread! I love it!

We don't wear DD too often anymore either, just because she likes to walk or sit in a cart...but she definitely gets worn when we're on vacation and traveling. I would NEVER do an airport with a baby carrier!

We spent three weeks over Christmas/New Years traveling, and DD was in the Ergo pretty much every day- whether as we walked around site-seeing, at airports or whatever.

I have to say, now that I am pregnant, I am having trouble wearing the Ergo anymore. To feel secure I have to have it a certain tightness around my hips- and I wear it as low as I can, but, for some reason, every time I did this while on vacation, I ended up with stomach aches/having to poop! Does that even make sense?

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I think SSCs are hit or miss if they work during pregnancy like I mentioned in the other thread you started. I'm sure the short body of the Ergo doesn't help at all either. I bet the webbing is bothering your lower stomach. That Ergo webbing shows off allllllllll of my belly fat. Blum 3

Leigh, I think it's great that your ring sling has new life for y'all now! Smile

I didn't do any BWing yesterday! *gasp* lol

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"alwayssmile" wrote:

I think SSCs are hit or miss if they work during pregnancy like I mentioned in the other thread you started. I'm sure the short body of the Ergo doesn't help at all either. I bet the webbing is bothering your lower stomach. That Ergo webbing shows off allllllllll of my belly fat. Blum 3

Leigh, I think it's great that your ring sling has new life for y'all now! Smile

I didn't do any BWing yesterday! *gasp* lol

Why do I not know what you are referring to when you speak of the "Ergo webbing"? My Ergo has a strap that goes around the belly (when she's on my back), but it's just a strap... like a seat belt almost. It does make my fat hang over the top- even pregnant, it just makes me look fat... but... I would never call it webbing. I'm wondering if my Ergo is old, and the new ones have something mine doesn't?

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The straps are called webbing! Smile

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"alwayssmile" wrote:

The straps are called webbing! Smile

Strange BWing lingo.

Leigh- I have such a hard time imagining Adair being whiny or clingy. She's such a happy camper every time I see her!

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See my signature pic? Imagine that going: "Up. UP! Mama! MAMA! UP!!! MAMA!!! MAMAMAMAMA!!!! UUUUUUUUUUPPPPP!!!"

Generally when dinner or snacks are running on the late side. Wonder where she got THAT from... Wink

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Dinner time recently has become the one time of day that I have to wear Aiden! This kid signs food and doesn't get that I just can't make it immediately appear at the table. Blum 3
I spent an hour practicing my back wrapping skills (and failing miserably) before switching to my elephant B'roo to cook dinner. Since I spent an hour messing with the wrap, dinner was an hour later. lol

I plan to wear DS as we walk to check out a park in a neighborhood near us later today. Might use the Ergo so I can use the zipper pouch to store my keys. I keep meaning to get something that I can use with the rest of my carriers when I don't need a purse.

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Boy do I hear you on dinner impatience! Adair is a crazy food fiend from about the moment she wakes up from nap until I sit down in front of a plate of food. Then of course she wants to be all done and play with me. Smile

I have my keys on a big ring that clicks open (DH calls them my jailer's keys)--any big carabiner will do, though. Just clip it around a strap, or a belt loop.

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Boy do I hear you on dinner impatience! Adair is a crazy food fiend from about the moment she wakes up from nap until I sit down in front of a plate of food. Then of course she wants to be all done and play with me. Smile

I have my keys on a big ring that clicks open (DH calls them my jailer's keys)--any big carabiner will do, though. Just clip it around a strap, or a belt loop.

Tried that a couple of time and it drove me nuts them just jingling around on my leg or shoulder! lol. It's been awhile though, so maybe it won't drive me as nuts? But then what about my cell phone? I'm kinda attached to it. Lol

I decided on my walk back from the park that I like my B'roo a lot more than my Ergo now and that the Ergo can just be DH's carrier and we can keep it sized for him. The Ergo is comfortable, just not as dreamily comfortable as my B'roo.

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Wore DD today while making dinner - tacos! Also cleaned up random things while the meat was cooking. Normally DS distracts DD while dinner is cooking, but DS was at the grocery store with DH so DD was really bored! No way I could have gotten dinner on the table without wearing her! Smile

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Well, my Maya Wrap and my Ergo both have zip pockets, so I've been spoiled Smile

Interesting about the B'roo...if I ever decide to have a number two, I will remember that!

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I tried to visit shops up town but no matter how hard I tried I could not get him in the mei tei on my back right, It doesn't help we have limited off street parking here and of course none at all near the stores I wanted to visit

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"ange84" wrote:

I tried to visit shops up town but no matter how hard I tried I could not get him in the mei tei on my back right, It doesn't help we have limited off street parking here and of course none at all near the stores I wanted to visit

Honestly, I never mastered back carries, either. I can get my DD into one in the Ergo, but it's not pretty.

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Wore Aiden at Target today after Stroller Strides! He even napped for most of the trip. :mrgreen:

Wendy, I wish I could help you with back carries. It took me lots and lots of practice.

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Yeah, back carries take tons of trying it over and over and over until you get comfortable!

Yesterday I wore DD at the grocery store.

Today we danced in the carrier! Smile She loves to dance around with me and I normally just hold her and dance around, but my wrists have been bothering me so I put her in the carrier and danced for much longer so we had a blast! Smile

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I wore Teagan yesterday while leading a group of PhD recruits around campus. I told them she was the only person they needed to impress in order to be accepted to the program. Smile

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Mel that sounds like so much fun!!!

Erin, now THAT is what I call multitasking!!!! Lol

I didn't do any baby wearing today - but DH did! He wore Aiden in our Ergo while we wasted time at the mall.

ETA: Y'all notice how high the carrier goes on Adien in this picture. It's a great reminder of how wearing SSCs lower allows the kid to get a deeper seat, so in reverse if the waist is higher the carrier doesn't come up as much. I wear my SSC waists pretty low compared to many, but Aiden is EASILY arms out when I wear the Ergo. DH has a VERY long torso and Aiden is definitely not arms out. Wink

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"TiggersMommy" wrote:

I wore Teagan yesterday while leading a group of PhD recruits around campus. I told them she was the only person they needed to impress in order to be accepted to the program. Smile

Hahaha...love it.

I wore Addy today on a long walk. We have an AWESOME under-utilized park near our house with a brand new, fancy playground and a 2.5ish mile exercise loop around reservoirs and natural desert, and there is hardly anyone there, ever...saw some dogs flush a whole pack of jackrabbits--it was very cool! I put Addy in the Ergo on my back and she enjoyed about half the walk and then passed out. Left some nice drool on my back, too. Smile

I am pretty long waisted, but I wore the Ergo high to start with, and she was WAY arms-out. Then near the end I told DH my hips were hurting (like the leg joints at the top of my thighs) and he told me to loosen the waist strap to wear her lower and take some of the weight on my shoulders to give my hips a break--old backpacking tip, I guess. Worked well!

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"alwayssmile" wrote:

The straps are called webbing! Smile

What? That is seriously weird. Do only SERIOUS baby-wearers know that? I've never heard it before!

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What? That is seriously weird. Do only SERIOUS baby-wearers know that? I've never heard it before!

I know when I was reading about different SSCs about this time last year, I was so confused at first why sites kept talking about webbing. I was looking at them wondering where the webbing was because I didn't see anything that reminded me of a spider's web or duck's feet webbing. Lol

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No BWing yesterday. *gasp* But I wore DS at the BX today. Allowed me to dig through clearance racks where I found several pairs of nice jeans for DS next year for $2 each!

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Wore DS as we walked to a neighborhood park and back this afternoon. I feel like we look homeless. Lol

(See my ugly one shoulder back pack on my front? :lol:)

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Love it. His feet look huge in that picture, but maybe I just think that because Ronin's are still so freaking tiny. No babywearing today, but planning on wearing Ronin on Thiursday for Australia as my Guides are raising the flag and helping with breakfast. Going to try that darn back carry again if it's not raining, if it is it's likely to be the ring sling because it's easier and he won't get as wet.

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ROFL

I love it too.

I almost wore DD at the store yesterday (now that I have finally rescued my Ergo from the truck, which DH usually has when I want it), but ended up choosing the stroller because I thought we'd be carrying a lot of bags...turned out we didn't, so it was an opportunity missed. But today is another day!

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Wendy, that's because those are huge shoes! They're a size too big boots my mom bought for Aiden.....that we'll never be wearing to the park again! Stupid shoes don't fit through the holes for the baby swing! I had to take the darn things off just to get him in. How dumb!

Leigh, there have been a couple of times where I've worn Aiden and pushed the stroller full of bags. Lol

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That is a GREAT idea.

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YAY! Redeemed myself Smile Wore DD on my back in the Ergo for an expedition to 4th Avenue (our local pedestrian-friendly shopping district), a trip which included three up/downs (so she could dismantle stores instead of playing with the toy areas [insert eye roll])

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Woo hoo! Sounds great!

Totally didn't wear Aiden today. I didn't even leave the house to check the mail (been raining). I didn't even cook dinner tonight - DH did (I'm about to leave for a mom's night out dinner)! Tomorrow I'll make up for it though since we have to hit up at least 2 different stores for groceries. Hopefully I'll try wrapping again tomorrow afternoon too. Only took me 15 minutes last time (on Sunday) to get a safe back carry. Lol

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