I found this video on how to comforbably wear an Indonesian Selandang baby carrier on your back.
When Carlos was a baby I enjoyed wearing our Indonesian Selandang for short periods of time.
For me it’s a quick and easy carrier ideal for toddlers who constantly demand your arms for short periods, for nursing little babies or just any time you need an instant carrier.
Also, a Selandang is very lightweight that you can carry on your purse, just in case.
Wanna get one?
HUGS have a good selection of 100% cotton batik print.
HUGS (Help Us Give Slings) is a non-profit that provides baby slings to mothers living in Internally Displaced Persons Camps in Indonesia
About a year ago I made a phone call to an old friend from my short life as a mountaneer. She didn’t know I’d become a mom, so when she asked if I was still climbing mountains, my response was something like:
“well, I changed the backpack for my son. Literally, because I’ve carried him so much since he was a baby.”
I don’t know what kind of babywearing mom I’d have been if I wouldn’t have had some experience backpacking and climbing with heavy luggage. Maybe I’d have seen the whole babywearing idea as a mothering task, who knows?
Back to my reality, I can say I have experienced our almost 4 years long babywearing journey as the most rewarding sport I’ve ever practiced. For the first time in my life I was receiving unconditional love and instant feedback on my performance. Isn’t it the perfect environment for practicing a sport?
From the first time I carried my baby inside an improvised cloth with a knot, I felt I wanted to achieve perfection, learn new techniques and try different “gear”. I kept learning. We kept learning until we became experts.
Soon we became a team when my little monkey got the hang of it. He’s always loved to ride a sling, and even enjoyed playing with me to invent new positions. We didn’t do this out of necessity, or in order to have him entertained. We played slinging because we enjoyed so much.
Back to the title of this post, I’m not suggesting that babywearing should be considered as a new olympic sport – Not that I think anyone would even find it worth considering.
What I mean is that we moms and dads, and all members of the big babywearing family, can choose to *enjoy* wearing our babies and even feel like elite sportsmen and women when doing so.
Is it possible to nurse your baby or toddler while babywearing on your back? For some this might sound like impossible, but moms from different cultures around the world have found ways to quickly breastfeed without having to completely bring the baby to the front.
I can assure you that this doesn’t need to be that impressing as some pics you might have seen- those that would make you think it’s practically impossible for a western mom wearing standard clothes
This is not necessarily like that and I was able to quickly learn the technique from a Native Ecuadorian friend.
I’ve just published an article on the topic and attached a picture of the possition.
Do you know any other traditional or newly invented ways for breastfeeding while carrying the baby on the back? I think this is possible inside a Parka, but I’m not sure. Any thoughts?