As my son got to be a few months old he didn't like me putting him down for nothing. Cooking, cleaning, etc....everything started to pile up on me. Had I known how to do this it would have been very beneficial. The women in Africa carry their babies on their back like this to shop, clean, pick food in the fields, and can even carry items on their head in the meantime. This would also help them to make their backs stronger after delivery. As time went on and the heavier their baby would get so would their back.
Carrying babies like this also helps the baby to feel safe, loved, and cuddled with its hugging effect. I would think it would also build a sense of trust for the child. The swaying motion of the mothers hips from side to side would cradle the baby just as it was in the mothers womb. Lots of babies actually sleep inside due to comfort.
Not only could a lot of African women not afford strollers but it was also safer for them to carry their babies this way. Just as North Americans would feel this is unsafe for our babies from lack of experience. African women would feel that strollers, buggies or phams (as they call them) are unsafe. Due to Africa's bumpy and unpaved roads, busy traffic, and the distance between baby and mother African women would feel this method keeps their baby close and safer.
This is a very simple procedure to tie your baby to you. All you need is a non-stretch strong cloth such as cotton that is about 170 cm long and 90 cm wide. You can carry your baby like this from as soon as two weeks old in the front and anywhere up to four years on their back. This is very convenient and versatile method with different tying strategies and front or back option. The first couple attempts would be advisable to have someone help you till you get used to it. As the baby gets older they can even make it easier for you by participating while becoming familiar them self with the routine. Even though there is multiple ways of tying your baby, watch the video on one of plenty.
Please comment below and let me know if you have opened your horizons by trying this technique, as for I have to wait to have another before I can try again.
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Sources: http://www.instructables.com/, http://www.authenticparenting.info/, https://oyinboafricanabeni.wordpress.com/