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What to do when you can't wear LO?

When we're out and about, I wear DD pretty much constantly.nbsp; We don't even own an infant carseat/carrier because it got so little use as a carrier with DS that I gave it away and started with convertible carseats from birth for DD. We also don't own a stroller that is appropriate for a young baby; all we have is a little umbrella stroller to use on rare occasion for DS.It occurred to me the other day that there will be a few times when I probably can't wear DD for example, at my postpartum MW appt in a couple weeks.nbsp; What do you do in a situation like that?nbsp; Put LO on a comfy blanket on the floor for a moment?nbsp; Kinda ick!nbsp; Ask if a nurse can hold her?nbsp; Seems obtrusive of me!nbsp; Carry along a portable baby seat for LO?nbsp; Do any exist other than the Bjorn one? nbsp;
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Re: What to do when you can't wear LO?

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    When we're out and about, I wear DD pretty much constantly.  We don't even own an infant carseat/carrier because it got so little use (as a carrier) with DS that I gave it away and started with convertible carseats from birth for DD.

    It occurred to me the other day that there will be a few times when I probably can't wear DD-- for example, at my postpartum MW appt in a couple weeks.  What do you do in a situation like that?  Put LO on a comfy blanket on the floor for a moment?  (Kinda ick!)  Ask if a nurse can hold her?  (Seems obtrusive of me!)  Carry along a portable baby seat for LO?  (Do any exist other than the Bjorn one?)

     

    Ask a nurse to hold LO. They usually love to do it. Heck, I brought LO in with an infant carrier and the nurses made me take her out so they could pass her around. LOL

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  • Well, at my postpartum appt after DD was born I had her in her infant carseat but she wouldn't stay in it.  I ended up holding her on my chest while I got my exam.  A little awkward, but no big deal.  My OB said it happens all the time.  DS did stay in the carseat, which was nice, but I was fully prepared to do the same again if necessary.

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  • When I don't wear her, I just use a stroller. (We have a convertible car seat too, so no carrier.) I didn't start BW until more recently so prior to that the stroller got a lot more use.
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  • After DD was born I had a rough recovery that required lots of dr appointments and five months of weekly physical therapy. DD spent lots of time being held during exams and such.
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  • Normally a blanket on the floor doesn't phase me, but a medical office is kind of icky for me with that. I have heard of moms using a Bumbo for those moments. Once I brought a foldable baby bath seat out with me (like below). A stroller can work, too. (I got mine from Freecycle.)

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  • I actually did hold Eleanor (and maybe Callum too...can't remember) for at least one pp appt.  For another, one of the front desk staff offered to hold her.  This was a midwifery birth center practice though so they expected you to have baby at the appt. since they did a check up on her as well.  If you aren't able to hold her on your chest during the exam (which should be ok for a newborn) I wouldn't feel odd asking a nurse to hold her.
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    Well, at my postpartum appt after DD was born I had her in her infant carseat but she wouldn't stay in it.  I ended up holding her on my chest while I got my exam.  A little awkward, but no big deal.  My OB said it happens all the time.  DS did stay in the carseat, which was nice, but I was fully prepared to do the same again if necessary.

     

    This I had him on my chest while she did my exam he was fussy & needed to nurse.  Not so bad & the exam is quick. Do what you have to do!

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