Safe, Simple, Satisfactory to Millions

When I think of Western “Baby Carriers”,  cluttered with straps, and fasteners, and elaborate enablements designed to accomodate a rapidly growing infant, marketed at inflated prices, I can’t help thinking of K.I..S.S. (Keep It Simple, Stupid) and contrast them to  the two yards of cotton cloth that safely packs babies close to Moms across Africa.

Recently a young mother was visiting me with her baby and as she rose to go matter of factly transferred her baby to her back.  I grabbed a camera to snap a series of pictures of this commonplace action, repeated so many times daily, without a second thought.

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  1. A. Lurkar said

    Well, safe it’s not. From the safekids.co.uk site, out of 11 points, this solution meets only no 5, possibly no 6 and no 11.
    1) Choose a carrier that will hold and support your baby securely and is the right size for him. You don’t want something that’s too big, where he could run the risk of falling out.
    2) Look for a carrier that has wide padded shoulder straps and ensure all straps are adjustable.
    3) Some carriers have an extra padded waist or hip belt. These can help distribute your baby’s weight better and reduce the strain on your shoulders.
    4) Ensure that the harness, straps, buckles, snaps and belts all seem durable and hardwearing.
    5) Look for a sling that’s made of soft, warm and breathable cotton.
    6) Slings need a generous amount of fabric, but ensure it’s not too big – otherwise your infant could get lost in all the extra fabric.
    7) Check that the leg holes on carriers have elastic or padded fabric to support your baby’s legs.
    8) Ensure a carrier has a padded headrest, to support your baby’s head and neck.
    9) Try on slings and carriers before you buy. They need to be easy to get on and off. With a carrier, having one that requires two adults to get it on and off might not be practical for your needs.
    10) Decide whether a front facing or back facing carrier is best for your needs.
    11) Look for models that are easy to clean.

  2. Paul Koranteng said

    Hi Katie,
    This blog of yours is perfect with the right information. I have known Foster as a childhood play mate until I left for the Secondary School in 1974. Ever since, any time I travel to Nkonya I try to see him if possible. He seems to be rather busy at times that we find it difficult to see him before we return to Accra. He needs more support if there is some to offer.
    Bye,
    Paul Koranteng

  3. adisasullivan said

    To the Lutkar- generations of testing says different.
    to Paul- I’m glad you approve. Yes, Foster will make excellent use of any support offered.

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