My son fell asleep by himself!! Normally at nap time I sleep with him. This nap time he was fully awake and I put him in the bassinet so that I could run and get the laundry out of the dryer. I put the laundry away and went to check on him and he fell asleep on his own. Granted he was fed and wrapped in his bunting and was totally happy. But yeah, he did it himself. He's never fell asleep without someone around. He must be getting older. Well he's six weeks today. Crazy.
Anyways...I added another list of links to baby wearing and wrap websites. I had purchased a Sleepy Wrap from Amazon and I love it more than the sling. The sling has recently run into problems. I own an Infantino and apparently they are linked to several deaths of infants. The children lay in a curved position causing their necks to come into their chests and they tend to roll towards their parent's clothing and suffocate that way. The article says that the Consumer Product Safety Commission is going to issue a warning against slings. My MIL graciously sent me the article. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100309/ap_on_bi_ge/us_baby_slings_warning
My son is a little over ten pounds and his neck muscles are getting stronger so I've been using the wrap more so that he can look out. He loves it. He falls asleep in it and he calms way down. Even his dad likes using it. I went to Walmart today. I used an online suggestion of tying it on before getting in the car so that the long ends did not drag in the parking lot. I parked, took him out of his car seat (where he was fussy), and put him in. Instant peace. I grabbed a cart. We went inside. At first people just kinda looked at us. It's a little strange for people to see a baby being worn in a wrap. Then one of the employees stopped me. There was much ohhing and ahhing and asking about the wrap and she even stopped one of her co-workers to point out how cool it was. She thought it was great because it was like being in the womb and my hands were free to do stuff. Then while going to check out another lady in a power chair/chart stopped me. Mostly it was about the baby, but you can tell that people noticed us more because of the wrap. Maybe I'll start a trend in our area.
A lot of the ladies in the breast feeding support group that I go to have talked about the wraps and ring slings that they own. But I haven't seen them use them. I've seen the strollers. I also have seen a few MOPS moms baby wearing. One wears a Mei Tei. It's really cool (she's Asian). So there are people out there. They aren't bold about it. I suggested to my MIL to let my hubby's cousin know about wraps. As I told her, they are really great for housework if nothing else. My MIL thinks the wraps are neat. I sent her a picture of her son wearing her grandson.
Well there you have it. A Case Against Using Slings and a Case for Using Wraps. Incidentally Wraps are way easier to clean than slings (which have plastic or metal sometimes). Wraps you just throw in the wash.