April 6, 2011 12:25 pm

Babywearing Crisis

(Note: This happened a couple of weeks ago, but I didn’t have the post finished and then it was Wesley’s birthday and my family was in town, and then my in-laws, and I am just now getting around to posting it.)

My first official day of being a stay-at-home-mom, and I go and lose our baby carrier.

Okay, that’s not totally true. Daniel and I both remembered using it on the 19th when we went to IKEA and Target. Beyond that… it was a mystery. I discovered its absence two days later when I was all ready to go on an afternoon walk. I searched the apartment, even went out to the car and looked in the trunk, nothing. No idea where it went. I couldn’t even remember when I last saw it. I had a vague memory of remarking that we had accidentally shut the straps in the car door, and I believe I said this in the Target parking lot, but beyond that I wasn’t sure.

I called Target and the lady had no idea what I was talking about.

Me: Yes, I’m calling about something that may have been lost in your parking lot?

Target: Oh, yes?

Me: It’s an Ergo brand baby carrier. It’s bright green, with black straps?

Target: Oh, like a carseat?

Me: No… um, it’s… you can carry your baby in it? It’s got buckles, and–

Target: OH! Like one of those shopping cart covers.

Me: No. Um… It’s like… OH! It is like a Baby Bjorn.

Target: Ahh. I will go look.


Target: Nope. Not here.

Me: Ah, shoot. Nobody turned one in? Okay. Thank you for checking.

I tried to call IKEA too, but their phone system was a maze of not-quite-accurate options and then they put me on hold forever and I finally gave up.

The next day, after sending a panicked email to Jem about Plan B Babywearing Options, I decided to give Target another call just in case I got someone that had a better idea what I was talking about and would know what to look for.

To my complete surprise, the girl confirmed that yes, they did have my carrier and I could pick it up anytime. HURRAY!

Once Daniel got home from work, we drove back out there to pick it up. I was so relieved! I can’t even explain it. Without it, I had felt like a prisoner in my own home! I had never realized how much I depended on my baby carrier until it was gone.

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  • Jem says:

    Ahhhh! I missed your tweet – I had no idea you’d rescued it. Thank goodness :) Did you start making a mei tai to tide you over, or did you not get chance? I think you’d be good at it :D

  • Darcy says:

    i’m so with you!
    I have an ergo and seriously don’t know what i would do without it! it’s amazing when things like this turn out, HURRRAYYYY!!!