If you missed the meeting, you missed a fun one! There were lots of newbies, and we had a fun time playing with wraps, mei tais, pouches, ring slings and soft structured carriers.
Oh, the topic. We talked about baby carriers around the world! One of my most favorite topics ever! I brought a copy of Babies Celebrated, and we looked at pictures of tribal babies from around the world in traditional carriers. I couldn’t find the book, so I brought the dust jacket (lol!) of A Ride on Mother’s Back: A Day of Baby Carrying Around the World, a children’s picture book of babies from different cultures in traditional carriers. And we played a matching game in which we matched pictures of carriers from around the world with the country and the name of the carrier. (It was like I died and went to babywearing nerd heaven!)
Here’s a taste of baby carriers from around the world (most of these are different from the pictures we looked at Wednesday) :
Hmong (N. Vietnam, Laos)
Amauti (special parka) (Inuit people/Alaska)
Traditional Mei Tai (scroll down for photo) (China)
Japanese Strap Carry (although the blogger shot this in China, we usually hear this carry called the Japanese Strap Carry)
Mexican Rebozo (this is a traditional way to use a rebozo for carrying a baby)
And last for now, this fascinating Russian “podol” or apron carry.