Welcome to the June 2013 Authentic Parenting Blog Carnival: Babywearing This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Authentic Parenting Blog Carnival hosted by Authentic Parenting and Living Peacefully with Children. This month our participants have written about babywearing.
When we arrived in México, my son was 4 and he no longer wished to be carried about. However, my husband’s family introduced me to the rebozo and I sent some to all my friends that had babies to wear.
Babies are an integral part of life in this Catholic nation, where birth control is still considered a sin and contraception very difficult to come by in rural areas. These two factors create a childbearing age that begins at about 15 and ends in the late 40s. Most women do not have any choice but to take the smallest of their broods along with them for the daily trip for tortillas or while minding the store. In rural areas, babies also may be taken out to the fields, all snuggly encased in the rebozo.
A rebozo is a staple in a traditional Mexican woman’s wardrobe. Young girls wear them as shawls to add color to their outfits. Mothers wear them as baby slings and nursing covers. Older women wear them to shade their heads from the blistering sun.
They come in all colors and materials, but the most common pattern in our area is a simple black and white.
I have seen indigenous women wear their babies on their back as they come through town selling fresh cut flowers, but most women here wear their babies face to face.
The rebozo loops about the baby securely and allows the mother to use both hands, although, with heavier babies, one hand is braced underneath for additional support. The extra material is then used as a blanket to cover the baby’s head, either from the sun or cold, or with newborns especially, from the evil eye.
Visit Living Peacefully with Children and Authentic Parenting to find out how you can participate in next month’s Authentic Parenting Blog Carnival, when we discuss anger! Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants:
(This list will be live and updated by afternoon June 28 with all the carnival links.)
- 10 Tips For Babywearing Safety– While wearing those babes, don’t forget these important safety tips! That Mama Gretchen shares her top reminders and welcomes your input too!
- Benefits of Babywearing – Mandy at Living Peacefully with Children talks about the benefits of babywearing in a way that is easy to inform nay-saying relatives.
- Baby Wearing while Traveling – Jana at Jananas and her family took a two week jaunt through Europe and wearing their son made all of lives so much easier and traveling pleasant!
- A Brief History of Babywearing – Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama takes a little look into the fascinating history of babywearing.
- Wear Your Baby Out (Not the Other Way Around!) – Mercedes at Project Procrastinot shares some snapshots of babywearing out and about some of Scotland’s castles.
- How Baby Wearing has Benefited this Mama – Mama is Inspired was surprised and delighted to find out that baby wearing offered her just as many advantages as it did her baby.
- Babywearing my Newborn – Julia from A Little Bit of All of It shares her favorite carriers for the newborn period.
- Babywearing with Rebozos – Survivor at Surviving Mexico–Adventures and Disasters talks about how Mexican women wear their babies with rebozos.
- My New Favourite Carrier – Laura at Authentic Parenting talks about her new favourite carrier – the mei tai.