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Babywearing- Hollywood Style

If you look at how Babywearing is portrayed on tv and in movies- it’s no wonder people choose the least ergonomic carriers to start with!  So often they are narrow based, outward facing and just look damn uncomfy to anyone who wears an older baby or toddler with any regularity.

First up, we have The Guys who love the least ergonomic carriers, in the least comfy position:

The Hangover

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Probably the most iconic Hollywood babywearing stint ever to hit the big screen, this has been replicated on tee shirts, baby suits and more. Such a shame they didn’t show it being done in a comfortable and ergonomic way! Still- it’s very cute!

Bad Neighbours

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Channeling Zac Galifianakis, we have another example of the narrow based carrier facing outward. I do admit, putting a baby on Seth Rogan was probably the only thing you could do to make him cuter! 

Guys With Kids

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From What I can tell- this promo shot for an American comedy TV show is indeed an homage to The Hangover.

The Pacifier

Props to Vin Diesel for the tandem wear! I’m not sure how comfy he was but the back carried kid looks super cosy. The little guy dangling on the front? He is adorable and looks happy in this shot but I don’t know how long that grin lasted- note how stiffly his arms appear to be held, for example.

What To Expect When You’re Expecting

I know what to expect after wearing a bub in a front pack, facing out, while also pushing a pram. A sore back! Actually, looking at these images so far, you’d be forgiven for thinking guys have no idea about carriers- c’mon Hollywood- give our men a bit more credit!

Next up we have Animated but Still Looks Uncomfortable:

Family Guy

This has given me a great idea! I’m going to sew a pair of undies onto a vest and stick my kid into the undies- DIY baby carrier! *facepalm*

The Simpsons

This looks like Homer Wearing Maggie in a Mei Tai! Great carrier choice, Homey! But it looks like her foot is sticking out of the waistband? Still- pretty close!!

Another from The Simpsons

The seat is far too narrow for Homer- that isn’t even close to knee-to-knee support and Rainier seems to need to support his leg! Fail! 

Dora the Explorer

Goodness, Swiper- if the carrier can swing like that it is FAR too loose! Geez! 

Next up: Just…No.

Grey’s Anatomy.

Why is this a Just No? because it depicts dangerous baby wearing. That baby needs an infant insert- their head should not be **inside** the carrier! Also, the back strap (which is a chest strap when back carrying with this type of carrier) was apparently left undone, risking the baby being dropped. Why set such a bad example on such a popular show?

LiTTLEMAN

The premise of this movie is that a small person who is a crim on the run is mistaken for someone’s newly adopted son and, um, goes along with it?? 

Austin Powers: Goldmember

If I have to explain what’s *wrong* about this…well, nothing. It’s hilarious. And scary- I hope my Mini-Me doesn’t actually resemble Mini-Me!

And now for a yes!

This leads to one of the better representations I’ve seen. It’s not exactly babywearing… But it is wearing another being.

It’s a nice high back carry with a structured carrier that has a support belt at the waist, the wearer could probably use cushier shoulder straps but the little guy being worn looks comfy, he can look around and can interact with his wearer.

I’d say that’s a win!

Star Wars: The Emperor Strikes Back

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Babywearing: Hacks, Simplicity and For Cheaps

Sometimes, the world of babywearing can seem kinda intimidating. I felt like there was SO MUCH I didn’t know and that at any given moment I would say the wrong thing within a Babywearing group and have a ton of people tell me off.

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I couldn’t have been more wrong about the response. Generally, I have found the online babywearing community to be really supportive and eager to share knowledge because so many who wear their babies are so passionate about why they do it- not just about their pretty carriers and wraps!

I highly suggest you have a look at the links at the bottom of this post for a Babywearing Group near you- even if you never get to a sling meet, there is still a wealth of knowledge and experience to be gained from other wearers.

Now, on to some simplicity, savings and hacks.

Many people start out with a narrow based structured carrier like the Baby Bjorn or similar more generic carriers from chain stores. For some of us, these are like a “gateway drug” into the world of carriers. There are many, though, who find these so uncomfortable that they abandon them and never go back. They often have the ability to forward face your baby, which is not considered optimal. It puts their back into an uncomfy position, the narrow base can put pressure on their tailbone and it’s not great for the wearer’s back, either. This article is a great summary on forward facing. Basically, while it’s not going to kill you, there are way more comfy ways to wear. But what if money is tight and you don’t have the cash for another carrier? No worries! Enter the Scarf Hack:

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A simple scarf, tied correctly, can provide a much wider, more ergonomic, knee-to-knee seat for your bub when carried facing mum or dad- which allows them to look around comfortably or to snuggle in when the world gets a bit too much. Click the image to read a how-to.

Also:

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While I love pretty carriers and wraps and I can rattle off a list of affordable brands, sometimes even the most affordable wraps and carriers are out of reach. That doesn’t mean you can’t babywear and babywear safely. This video teaches you how to wrap with a bedsheet, for example.

Here is an example of torso-carrying, which suits older babies and toddlers, using a beach towel.

This video by Chelsea from Keep Calm and Carry Them which is another great resource.

Another thing to remember is that you can sew your own carriers with a bit of know-how. I can’t. Because I can’t sew. But my cousin can. She fabulous at it. She makes her living upcycling old clothing and stuff into fabulous bags- you should check her stuff out because she’s truly amazing! Anyway, she made one of my ring slings from a beautiful linen I found. We researched which thread and fabric to use and bought proper, weight tested sling rings.

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Babywearing doesn’t have to cost a fortune. My cheapest carrier is my selendang, which I still use even thought Miss B is 2. It’s still great for a quick rebozo carry.

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This carrier cost me around $15 on eBay. Here’s how to tie a rebozo.

It’s also good to know that many local groups have sling libraries to allow you to borrow a carrier to try. You can also hire carriers, often in test packs, to see what works for your family before you invest. Frangipani Baby offers very affordable trial packs- check them out here.

Don’t forget- I’m giving away prizes all this week on my facebook page. Today’s giveaway is a key fob made from Pollora Naledi Twilight Wrap scrap- click here to see the pic on facebook and follow the instruction to enter!

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