St. Simeon Skete, Taylorsville Kentucky USA

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

International BABY WEARING WEEK!

21st through 28th of September, 2009

There is a lot to be said about keeping your baby close.
"Wearing" your child has tremendous value to it - both for the mother and baby (emotionally and physically).
Other cultures have never had to buy bigger and better strollers.

A piece of cloth and you have a baby carrier that serves all purposes.
There is no need to wait for the opportunity when baby is asleep to perform your household chores.
Strap the child on and go about your work. In the picture below, Roo gets a birds' eye view of the reality of chores. He learns that it is a natural part of life and by being on Kadijah he also becomes a part of it. He is not separated from chores "until he gets older" he is involved in it now. What a great learning tool.
Sometimes, mommy needs some time of her own, and daddy needs to help around the house. Baby need not interfere. James in Sierra Leone certainly is secure in his manhood to fling Roo on his back and get busy.
You do what can do to make sure the household is running smoothly.

Our little Roo finds it easy to carry his toy friends around.
How ironic Roo is carrying Kanga in a pouch!

After learning to carry a baby on my back in Freetown.

(Samuel looked a bit leery of white girl's ability to safely hold him, but all was well. )

Finding that "wearing" the baby was so much easier
and allows you do so much more - actually giving you freedom,
I brought this way home with me to America and my grandchildren became quickly accustomed to being quite close to me.

If you've never carried your child, front packed or back packed, I recommend it.

There are lots of different ways to "wear" your baby, here is one, google to find others...