History of Babywearing

History of Babywearing

The history of babywearing is as old as the human being himself. When the people still lived in tribes and hordes and were always on the move to search for food and a new save campground, the only chance to bring the kids along was carrying them. The youngest kids were carried on the motherĺs hips and the older ones sat on the shoulders of their fathers. The same way it worked for non - human beings.
Thus carrying the younger generation is common for millions of years. When human beings began to settle down and when there was a safe place for the kids 10.000 years ago, they kept on babywearing for example when they were working on the farm.
Today there are still a lot of cultures in which wearing of babies and toddlers is an everyday activity and where the stroller still is not used commonly.
In Europe the development was different: Approximately 200 years ago kids were worn as well but most of the time it was usual for lower classes. In higher classes the relation of kids and parents were more distanced. Babies were nursed by foster mothers and raised by nannies. The first strollers that came up were spread through these higher classes very fast and as well Queen Victoria was giving the stroller a respectable status.
So babywearing began to be pushed into the background.