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Slinging

I have been wearing my babies since my fourth baby was born. It was at that point that I suddenly had 3 who needed holding or hands held any time we were out in public. I’d had a front-pak with DD#1, but I did not use it very much, because it seemed to cut the circulation off in her legs. I didn’t use it with the next two either for the same reasons, but when I reached the point that I was out of hands, I began searching for Baby Carriers in earnest.

This was in 1998, before I knew you could find anything under the sun on the internet. I was thrilled to find a simple baby sling at Wal*Mart, and I used it all the time! With numbers 5 and 6, I used the sling occasionally, but with DD#4 (she’s number 7), my slings (notice the now multiple) came into their glory.

Since DD#4 was so small and sickly, I carried her almost constantly in a sling. I mean that literally! I took her off for 15 minutes every hour to attend to my personal needs, and I wore her the rest of my waking hours, unless DH was home and he was holding her instead. It worked though: she’s a healthy, happy camper now. [tag]Baby wearing[/tag] really helped her maintain her body heat, and not waste precious energy trying to stay warm. I also used one of my slings for her daily weight check in the early weeks.

I always enjoyed wearing my babies. Well, you know, except for the part with DD#4 about never being able to *not* wear her. I loved the convenience of having them near the breast, so they could suckle as they pleased. I really enjoyed being able to take them out in public without everyone and their brother peeking, poking, coughing and sniffling on them. I enjoyed snugging that new little baby close to my heart, so I could look down and see that new little face, long after my arms felt like they would fall off if I held them any longer. Would I do it again, you ask?

In a heartbeat. My slings still hang on the hook rack by the door.

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