A friend of mine recently posted a picture of a children's toy on Facebook that sparked a lot of discussion. I was honestly befuddled by the post and didn't understand what the fuss was about. I wondered what I was overlooking, sure it wasn't that a child was carrying her babydoll on her chest that was bothering people.
Sure enough, the baby carrier seemed to be the object of the controversy. As someone who owns not 1, but 5 different baby carriers, I still didn't quite grasp the issue. Apparently my friend (and a few others) felt that such a product promotes teen pregnancy. An interesting point. However, I failed to see how a carrier is any less innocuous a stroller for a baby doll. I don't know about you, but lots of my friends had doll strollers growing up. I don't recall there ever being any controversy about it.
So my question is: how is a baby carrier more 'adult' than a stroller?
I find myself in the company a lot of ultra crunchy mamas these days. And almost all of my mom and dad friends (including the original poster of the photo) use carriers. They're very trendy right now, what with attachment parenting being all the rage. I even know a number of families who don't own strollers, because they prefer to always wear their babies. Some even argue that stroller use is unhealthy. (For the record, I am a fan of carriers and strollers, alike!)
As my husband said: "Nobody seems to have a problem with the kid playing with the baby, but they're getting all bent out of shape about how they carry it around".
Naturally I immediately got to work crocheting a little baby sling (from this pattern) for my toddler to wear her baby in. And I took a couple of photos to send to the original poster of the offending toy.
I think we came to an agreement. For us, it's not specifically the carrier that was the problem, but the homogenized, Pepto-pink, packaging featuring a child in make up. However there were others that insisted it was the carrier itself that was offensive.
What do you think? Is there anything wrong with kids wearing babies?