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History of Baby wearing and "Modern' Slings.
Baby carriers have been around for thousands of years. Prior to the early 1900's, parents worldwide used a variety of long cloths, shawls, scarves and even bed sheets to snuggle up their babies and get the chores done.
Baby wearing was not something "special" and different as it is perceived today in the Western world, but just what they did to cope. And cope they did! Mothers had to work incredibly hard and didn't have time to stop and entertain baby, so baby just came along for the ride. It was common sense for mother to use a baby carrier to make her life a little easier.
Even today many traditional types of carriers are still used in developing countries, although this is usually restricted to indigenous communities where baby wearing is totally normal, a necessity and way of life.
A Carrier for every country....
Each country/area of the world has a traditional baby carrier designed to meet their particular needs, i.e. hot/cold climate, type of work mothers do, cultural/traditional wearing positions.
• For instance Mexican people use the Rebozo, which is a square of woven cloth tied over one shoulder with baby usually on the back-sometimes called a Chal, depending on the length.
• Peruvians have a Manta which sits over both shoulders like a cape, and baby sits high on mother's back.
• Guatemalans use Parraje- similar to a Rebozo.
• European mothers used a mixture of pouches, wraps and short cloth carriers.
• Alaskan/Canadian people have the Amauti which is a very thick arctic jacket with a baby "pocket" in the back, baby even fits under the over-sized hood!
• Papua New Guinea mother use a Bilum - a net bag held at the forehead with baby hanging at the back (very strong necks!)
• Indonesian mothers use a Selendang which is a long ornate wrap.
• Aboriginal mothers used to keep their babies in carriers made of bark, similar to the cradleboards used by Native Americans but without the cloth covering.
• Asian mothers use a variety of carriers including Mei-ai/Hmontg/Bei(China), Onbuhimo (Japan), Podaegi (Korea) plus many use a 'carrier' of long straps which go under baby's armpits and thighs for back carries.
• Welsh mothers used to wear their babies in warm shawls, called 'Siol Fagu' (nursing shawl).
• Ethopian mothers use a blanket with top straps, similar to the Onbuhimo.
• African mothers use a "khanga' which is a short-ish piece of cloth tied around the torso, so baby sits low on the back.
• Maori women carried their babies in a cloth inside their cloaks, or in a flax Pikau (backpack).
The decline and rise of baby wearing ......
Sadly, in many of those countries baby wearing has become less common because it is seen as something 'poor people do,' and since only rich people can afford strollers, they "must" be desirable. (Forget that they are often totally impractical for the terrain etc.) The more you have, the better off you apparently are.
Ironically, even though the women from the developing countries are trying to "be more like the Americans" by NOT wearing their babies, baby wearing is rapidly gaining in popularity with the exact people they are trying to emulate.
Interestingly, strollers were recently marketed in an African city but met with amusement and dismal failure to sell. The mothers wondered why on earthy they would need such contraptions, and what was wrong with white people's babies that they would need to be in such isolation!
Baby wearing is becoming increasingly recognized in the United States and Europe as an important parenting tool, and there is even a very high sought after. People in the medical and baby worlds are beginning to realize the value of baby wearing as a means of bonding with baby and aiding development.
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