Baby Carriers from Around the World

While many baby wraps the world around are based around the same principal (long piece of fabric used as a sling), there are also plenty of cultures that developed much different carriers. While many of us are probably familiar with the cradleboard, the traditional baby carrier used by many indigenous peoples throughout the Americas, here are a couple other examples of baby carriers from around the world. In Papau New Guinea we have the bilum, a large-ish bag in which the child is placed. The handles of the bag are then placed on the wearers forehead with the bilum bag (and child within) held against the back. (You definitely need a strong neck to use one of these!) Inuit women in the arctic would (and some still do) wear amauti (a type of parka) with a built in pouch (the amaut) just below the hood.

 

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