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Who Needs A Stroller? Gwen Stefani Gives Baby Kingston A Stylish Ride

10/25/2006 at 06:00 AM ET

More than one reader asked us: “Do you know what kind of slings Gavin and Gwen have been using? It looks as if baby kingston is very secure.”

It’s true! Baby Kingston does always looks comfy and adorable in the slings parents Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale tote him around in. Now, your little tike can be too. Gwen’s funky reversible leopard/orange one from The Rockin’ Baby Shop, is totally sold out for now, but check out the others they do have by clicking here. FYI, Gwen is in good company– Angelina Jolie and Courteney Cox are also fans of the Rockin’ baby slings. Gavin’s simple black one and Gwen’s white floral one (not pictured) are both from the OOPA Baby Shop, whose celebrity fans also include Kate Hudson and Brooke Shields. Kingston might be spotted in his slings for awhile since they are sturdy enough to hold infants and toddler. Could Hollywood be saying good-bye to strollers? — Andrea DeSimone

To see more readers’ questions answered in Off The Rack, click here.

Photo: Friolo-Flores/Splash News; Jean/AAD/star max

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Lillian on

My sister has a little girl. When she was a baby, my sister held her all alot and that was fine, but then she wouldn’t want to go to sleep unless my sister held her. That is still going on now and she’s three years old! She also won’t sleep unless she’s sleeping in my sister’s bed. That’s ok and everything, but doesn’t spoiling a baby make it harder for you as a mother? Someone mentioned Supernanny and I see that show. A lot of the kids on there have this same problem and the Nanny said you are still loving your kids when you are not giving in to them all the time. I agree with that.

Leslie on

To all you moms lashing out at differing opinions…

Is this how you are going to teach your child?

If their opinion is different than yours are you going to label them as “ignorant” or “ridiculous”? Are these the same women who claim to nuture their children so? Doesn’t sound very nurturing to me.

Stop getting your surburban mom jeans in a knot and respect other people’s opinions!

Andrea on

Isn’t that what these boards are for? .. To discuss opinions. We are allowed to voice our opinions. Not everyone will agree, b/c guess what.. people are different! How can you possibly say b/c we are voicing our opinion we are not nurturing Mothers?! That is the most irrational thing I have ever heard in my life. Also, as a matter of fact it IS what I am going to teach my child.. to voice his opinion and to have his own viewpoints. You have the most ignorant argument to say that Moms that have different opinions are not nurturing mothers. Now that my friend IS ridiculous and I don’t care to say it. I will voice my opinion until the cows come home. I respect that you have different viewpoints, but you should respect others as well.

Stop getting your new age Mom jeans in a knot and try respecting others opinions as well! ;-)

With Love

Sarah on

To those of you out there that think you know what is best for other parents: We all have our own parenting styles. If a parent wants to keep their child close and hold them until they are 3 or 4, then it is their choice. Excessive holding can be bad. But holding them also gives them the sense of being safe, warm, and loved. The touch of a mother or father can make a child’s wound seem like nothing. I have a 21 month old. And I agree with the other people about the children getting bored in the stroller. My daughter gets really bored really quickly. If she has to be confined somewhere, why not let it be where she can feel loved and learn things while being with mom. I am not telling all of you out there that you need to have my point of view. This is my opinion as a mom. Whatever you decide to do with your children, just make sure it is safe.

Silje on

I definately respect the opinions people here have, and want to show a point myself. I have a son (10 months) and a daughter (soon to be 4). I wear both of them when they need to. My son needs it many times a day and my daughter… well, rarely. But sometimes she asks “mom, can I please sit on your back for a bit?”. And she’s welcome. My point is, older children does’nt necisarely want to be carried 24/7, but when they need to be close to their parents they should be welcome. Is it really that big a deal wether they sit on your lap in the sofa, or on your back while you’re making dinner?

Kim on

Opinions are great and all, but there are many well documented studies to the benefits of human touch with babies and children. I think some of us moms are defensive not because our ‘surburban mom jeans are in a knot’ (which sounds pretty disrespectful not to mention judgemental btw) but because so many people make negative comments to people using carriers when they are just using them to assist in holding there young ones. Maybe for 10 minutes, maybe for 3 hours, what does it matter? Why would there be something wrong or negative with that? Why would leaving them in a stroller be better? What if they start crying and needing held? And this doesn’t stop at infancy btw.

As far as a 3 year old needing held to go to sleep- it makes it tough but it doesn’t last forever. She will soon be so independent and I’m sure your sister and her daughter will cherish those moments forever. ‘Spoiling children’ is not from giving them love and support, it from giving in to every want like toys and material things. You can still hold, touch and show love and respect without letting them walk all over you. When talking about spoiling with other things it’s when you leave it on a shelf untouched. ;)

Kristine on

Its great to see an article give credit to slings. Many celebrity parents are finally figuring out what many of us “Sling Moms” already knew and have been doing for awhile! Now we just need to get someone to adjust those slings on her, someone please, point her in the direction of a NINO (nineinnineout.org) meeting!

Minda Bare on

I would just like to say that there is no reason to “pigeon hole” anyone and I think it would be good for all those to remember that there are extreams to everything but not to every persons sistuation.
Everyone does things bit different and we all have our own opinions.
I think it would be good to not be so narrow minded in thinking.
For instance that if you do something- like baby wear- it means that every single baby wearing family also co-sleeps, cloth diapers, extend nurses, have 3 year olds that can’t go to sleep without being held, have late walkers, have children who can’t function away from a parent, etc, etc, etc….
and likewise that a parent who carts their child in a stroller/carseat lets their child cry all the time, have disobedient toddlers, don’t meet their needs, leave them in solitude all the time, have other people constantly taking care of their children, don’t breast feed, put their kids on food at 4 months, are detached from their childs needs etc etc etc….

too many people other their associate one thing with another and another and all of a sudden we are hashing out everyones personal parenting styles and judging people inapropraitely.

I have known lots of babywears that also do not co-sleep, do not have toddlers needing them to sleep, give their children baby ceral at 4 months and don’t believe in spanking.

I have known non babywears who nurse until their kids are 18 months, don’t co-sleep, have shy children etc

I have known families that cart thei kids in a carseat until they are bigger and then baby wear and co sleep and do cloth diapers and spank, wean at 12 months and don’t vax.

My point being that every family has different combinations for what they do, what works for them, what works for each child. I could go on and on with different combinations of a gazillion things.

We all have personal beliefs that lead us to some of the decisions we make and we all have personal opions that helps formulate these decisions.

I am not judging the mom who formula feeds into now being an emotionless mother who doesn’t take care of the needs of her child- thats ridiculous! although there are some moms out there who do not meet their childrens needs that doesn’t meen that I should stereotype them down to one decision.

Likewise I do not think that anyone should judge say myself, who takes her 4- soon to be 5 children under 7 with her everywhere she goes with the 15 month old onher back in a wrap. does that now mean that I am the lady who walks through walmart with screaming kids running wildly around dirupting the peace and causing havoc as I ignore them to talk to my friend about home decorating- NO that would be ridiculous as well. even though there are some families that do have those problems regardless of how many kids they have (by the way those are not my child who are very respectful and obedient, hold they cart, help me find what we need with their eyes and are respectful and kind to those that we see- I am happy to say I am always complimented on how welbehaved my kids are and how happy the baby is on my back)

My point being that it would serve us all well to remember that we will hear about extreams sistuation, hard sistuations, difficult sistuation in many families.

It would be hard for me personally to have to sit with my 3 1/2 year old every night for an hour or so to get her to go to sleep. However to the “mom next door” that may be her favorite time of the day with that particular child.
That doesn’t make me a bad parent for not doing it or her a bad parent for doing it. It doesn’t make her way right or wrong or my way right or wrong.

I personally think it is great that Gwen in holding her baby and Gavin as well. I also agree with a previous pp that they are not wearing their baby carriers correctly and I hope that gets fixed. I am sure they have a nanny to help them and am encouraged to see that they are taking a proactive role in their sons life. And on that note I am a personal believer in the benefits to babywearing. Calling yourself a baby wearer doesn’t mean that you have to have your child on you all the time- you can choose too but you don’t have to. And most people who do wear these “more traditional” carriers (things other than a bjorn and a snuggli or a framed back pack)wear them as needed or as their children need it.
I wear my youngest when we are out and only put my three year old in the stroller/shopping cart as needed if not everyone is walking but the babe on me. I wear my children more in the house when they are younger as their needs are different- not that my youngest is 15 months he hardly ever is worn in the home becuase the need in not there. But should it arise (as it did the other night while trying to set the table with a teething baby crying at my feet) I popped him up on my back and he was instantly soothed and happy and 15 minutes later I put him back down and he toddled off to play. There was a need to be close to mom- the need was filled and when the need was no longer there we were good!

I am sorry this is sooooo long but I am hoping to bring people into the right perspective. We are not here to bash eachother so please remember while we all have out different ways of doing things that we should stay understanding that everyone does things differently.

And on my last note the only view I really condem is the narrow minded ones that say there are no benefits to baby wearing or that we are regressing in our society by doing so- To these skeptics I say do your homework because scientific studies prove otherwise.

So happy parenting to all you families and your different ways of doingthings- we may not all agrea on every point but we can all agree to disagree and throw out what doesn’t work for our families and keep what does. Being able to glean from eachother the pearls of wisdom that otherwise we may not have known…Mind Bare
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kim on

Extremely well put MindaBear!!! I agree completely.

Andrea on

I can definitely see some of the points you are trying to make and I will apologize for my remarks that may have offended anyone previously. I guess sometimes I just get caught up in the moment and I don’t step back and see someone elses perspective on things.

I love to be close to my son and hold him as much as possible, but yes it is very tiring at times, I will be honest. I am an advocate of baby wearing though. Also, even though I do encourage that.. I formula feed my son and he co-sleeps with us. I’m not militant about certain issues. People have different ways of raising their children. I do understand that.

My view is though, babies are only little for so long. I want to enjoy my time with my son rocking him, holding him, bouncing him, etc., for as long as possible. When he is a certain age, I will no longer be able to do that with him. I want to take advantage of every sweet moment like that. There is just something to be said about having your children be close to you like that. It’s wonderful. Also, I love going everywhere with my baby and my husband. We do things as a family. I do not see it as being selfish. I see it as spending time with my family. You can’t not bring your child somewhere because you’re worried they are not going to have a good time. That’s called letting your child control your life. There are things your children are going to hate doing. It’s part of life. There are places I don’t necessarily enjoy going to with my husband.. for example: the guitar shop, but guess what.. I go anyway and at least we can be together and enjoy good conversation. So, that’s my take on things.

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