Monday, July 21, 2008
The Sling and Other Developments
(crappy cell phone picture reveals the little pea in her pod)
Penny's new sling arrived mid-June. It has changed our lives. I was given a very nice one before Penny was born, and it was fine while Penny was tiny and undernourished. But when she started chunking up, I needed something adjustable. I had been on the lookout for a good adjustable sling, and one morning I saw a woman wearing a very cool one. I asked her where she got it, and she told me about Posh Papoose. A warning: They are pricey! I'm sure this is not the only source for great slings, but the design and colorful materials won me over. Plus, this one can be worn in a variety of ways, and the shoulder padding is very comfortable. Oh yeah, and it's made really well and it looks cool to boot.
Visiting the website introduced me to the idea of "baby wearing," which is done in many parts of the world and ostensibly leads to happier babies. Of course, one of the Killjoy BOOKS warns that too much time in the sling can hamper motor development. BOO! You can stuff your warnings in a sack, mister.
Personally, I enjoy having my hands free, although I do sometimes worry about the heat, especially now, in the middle of summer. But early and late meals on various patios have been fabulous. Penny (usually) sleeps in the sling while I eat. She seems to like it, except for this time:
Here we are, on the verge of a meltdown. To be fair, she was getting hungry, and not even the soothing, womb-like feel of the sling could help. For the most part, it has been great. Just tonight I had her in the sling while I set the table and prepped for dinner.
In other developments, we saw some real smiles (and dimples!) last month:
This is the best thing ever.