Our family has embarked on virtual travels to various countries and regions. To explore these countries and their cultures, we have followed along with the festivals, cooked and eaten traditional foods, learned of traditional handicrafts with hands on exploration, along with many activities to immerse ourselves. Chronicled here are some of these activities.

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Scenes of West Africa - Baby Carriers

Dogon woman with baby swathed in cloth, grinding flour. Mopti, Mali
Photo Credit: Erwin Bolwidt
Forget fancy strollers and baby carriers, all that is needed is a piece of fabric to carry young children when working, running errands, or doing chores. Across Africa women can be seen carrying their babies the traditional way: swathed in cloth. It is considered convenient, leaving hands free, and an act of love and nurture, offering the warmth of a mother's body.  

Young children in their carriers, in the streets of Kumasi, Ghana
Photo Credit: Petr Kosina
If you're curious as to how it's done, watch the following video:


  1. So much better than push chairs and the like, although I'm not entirely certain how I would have carried three under the age of 9 months?! I did have a sling at the front and one at the back, but Gary always had to carry T

    1. Oh my goodness, 3 under the age of 9 months would be such a challenge! You must have built a fair few new muscles :)


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