Babywearing around the world

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:

ethiopia

Ethiopia

1940s, Greenland. Inuit women have used an amauti, a parka with a pouch in back for the baby.

Cameroon

Cameroon

hmong vietnam

Children can wear babies, too. Hmong siblings, Vietnam.

hockey

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.

java

Java

United States

mali

Mali

sacagawea

The US is the only nation to depict babywearing on its currency.

double

Two at once

mexico

Mexico – she can feed her baby on the go!

Wales, c. 1905.

Wales, c. 1905.

rabbit

Lily using a ring sling for rabbitwearing.

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