Sling Baby in the European Union Parliament

Have a look at this piece in Britain’s Daily Mail about Italian EU Parliament member Licia Ronzulli casting a vote with her infant daughter in a sling.  Apparently EU Parliament rules allow parents to bring their babies to work.

While this Daily Mail piece is quick to point out the baby might have have disturbed the other parliament members had she awoken, it describes (and shows in photos) that cradled in a sling, with mom leaning over now and then to kiss her head, 2 1/2 month old Victoria slept peacefully. To which us veteran babywearers say, “Like, duh!

So can you bring your baby to work with you? Would you like to?

Share your stories. And if you would like some help creating a child-friendly workplace, head over to the Parenting in the Workplace Institute which has all the resources you might need.

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  • Rebecca October 25, 2010 I WOULD LOVE IT if I could bring my baby to work… :( However, I work in a retail store, and now that my baby is 9 months old, I’m sure they would throw a whole bunch of legal implications in my face! They would probably be too worried about the baby getting hurt from a box falling on her head, and more than likely would not allow it to avoid liability! I have joked about being able to come back sooner if I could wear her in the wrap…but doesn’t seem like its a go!
    I am a university student as well and having a hard time finding daycare for next semseter. I have considered e-mailing my professor to see if I would be able to bring the baby to class with me , and have some sort of recording device near the prof in case I have to leave if she becomes a disturbance. I am not sure how welcoming to this idea my professor will be! I am hoping [*fingers crossed*] that I will have an understanding motherly/fatherly type person who will be open to this option.
    I would love to know more about this I am going to check out the link you provided :)
    Thanks for the info!
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  • Carla
    Twitter: parentingatwork
    October 25, 2010 Rebecca,There’s liability insurance available for babies-at-work programs–more info is here if you want to run it by the store owner. You may want to propose paying for part or all of the insurance (perhaps get a quote first dependent on your specific situation)–it’ll almost certainly cost you less than day care and make it more likely that the store owner will be open to the idea:
    http://www.babiesatwork.org/insurance.html Most companies that allow babies at work don’t actually have insurance, though–they use legal waiver forms to absolve themselves of most liability. It really depends on the specific business’s preference. Our template babies-at-work policy is here (it’s a free download of a Word document that you can customize)–I strongly suggest that you print this and take it to the store owner if you propose the idea (seeing a formal policy already prepared can make the idea a lot more palatable to a business owner):
    http://www.parentingatwork.org/files.html Also, we have a number of retail stores on our list that allow babies to come to work (under the Retail section on this page) with great success–I’m happy to put you in touch with some of these if that would be useful:
    http://www.babiesatwork.org/companies_industry.html As to your professor, I know of several moms that successfully brought their babies to class in various fields, including law school. If you’d like to talk about ways to propose this to your professor, I’m happy to help (we don’t charge for parent assistance).Good luck and let me know if we can help!Carla Moquin
    Parenting in the Workplace Institute
    (801) 897-8702 reply
    • Jake
      Twitter: Jakearyehmarcus
      replied:October 25, 2010 Thanks so much for the great info, Carla!reply
  • Annie @ PhD in Parenting
    Twitter: phdinparenting
    November 2, 2010 I think a lot depends on the temperament of the baby and the parent. I’ve always said there is no way that I could have worked when my son was a newborn because he was high needs and I was a nervous new mom. However, with my daughter, I could easily have worked full-time for the first 6 months of her life. She was so calm and I was so confident.
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  • Jake
    Twitter: Jakearyehmarcus
    November 12, 2010 Can’t seem to make the Quotelandia script work consistently. Great idea though.