My new daughter, Anna, is one month old. I may have acquired a few too many baby carriers last time (six), but I’m enjoying them now. After babywearing went out of fashion in the western world, I’m glad to be living in a time when it’s back. I can’t imagine getting stuff done without it, particularly when your child is sick and wants to be held all the time.
I love seeing different ways people wear children:
1940s, Greenland. Inuit women have used an amauti, a parka with a pouch in back for the baby.
Children can wear babies, too. Hmong siblings, Vietnam.
Jack Wembly of the Wembley Monarchs ice hockey team, in 1937 with a very uncomfortable-looking sling he and his wife invented to carry their baby onto the ice.
The US is the only nation to depict babywearing on its currency.
Two at once
Mexico – she can feed her baby on the go!
Wales, c. 1905.
Lily using a ring sling for rabbitwearing.