At first I thought this forum was a sick joke. Why would there be a forum about wearing babies?
I feel mothering should provide a slightly different description for this forum for the slower folks like myself.
Well, the forum is about wearing babies. "Wear" means "to carry or have on the body or about the person as a covering, equipment, ornament, or the like." Were you imagining skinning babies and turning them into clothes? Wearing also refers to things like backpacks, tool belts, etc, not just clothes.
Babywearing is a standardized term used throughout the world, but our society is not heavy into the practice. You're not stupid; you just haven't been exposed to this part of parenting. I knew nothing about babywearing until I got pregnant and started investigating infant and childcare. I think with the major stores carrying the various types of wraps and carriers and the growing community of people who wear their children in carriers or wraps, it will be a more commonplace term and the confusion will disappear.
The forum description for baby wearing is as follows:
Welcome to Babywearing! Here you can learn about and discuss all aspects of wearing babies and toddlers.
Once I clicked the forum and read the title of several threads I quickly figured out what was going on. Then I started laughing at myself.
My partner and I own many baby wearing devises, i.e. Ergo, Gemeni, Mobi etc... I just never thought about it as wearing our baby.
the actual term was coined by Dr. Sears and has just become the way most people describe using soft or structured carriers to hold/carry baby. There are TONS of "babywearing" groups, forums, etc., and the term is just a common phrase used in the community, especially the attachment parenting community. (again, another term coined by Dr. Sears...you're talking about laughing about babywearing...my husband and I had a good laugh when we found out parenting simply by following our instincts had a label and a coined name..i.e. attachment parenting).
I have never liked the term either. Yet, one cannot change what is already adapted. Humans only wear an inanimate object. We don't dogwear, catwear, petwear. These inanimate objects are used for a purpose: Clothing (w/logos or specific brands), glasses, jewelry, backpacks, makeup, masks . . . Now, more than ever, the world at large is concerned with the image this creates to promote their ego identification, often for self aggrandizement. Highly inappropriate for how we do unconditionally love our baby.
Yay, Ronart, I'm so relieved that I'm not the only person who experiences hilarious misreadings and mental images like this. I always seem to come up with the wackiest way of envisioning something, so I don't blame you for having the impression that babywearing was some kind of Silence of the Lambs thing!
I was explaining babywearing to my partner, who is from Central America, and he was like ''You mean carrying your baby? What's so innovative about that?'' I think babywearing only seems innovative in countries where the norm is pushing your kid in a stroller. People don't really use strollers here, everyone just carries their baby. Occasionally you see someone with a sling or other device, but it isn't seen as some new concept, it is just a tool to help you carry your baby more easily.
I think I'm going to have trouble using the term ''babywearing,'' honestly. I know it is what people who practice ''attachment parenting'' often use, but I'm weary of new words having to be invented to describe something that has been done for so long. I think it just helps make the concept something you can market and sell products around.