Daddy wearing 20 month old Fiona in the Ergo during the Crop Walk to Stop Hunger.(from Melanie)
my husband wearing our son and standing with our daughter at the zoo! (submitted by Allison)
Jeremy and Amelia (from Jeremy)
Sarah Jane cooking with her daddy in the Ergo. She fell asleep 10 minutes after this picture was taken! Submitted by Amie
Babywearing back in the day! Grandpa, dad, and me! Circa 1979 (Submitted by Mindy)
We have a handful of submissions that have been parked in the queue for a while. Most of these are because the photos need to be reformatted or the captions need tweaking and your erstwhile editor has been swamped these past few months. But in some cases, there are egregious examples of unsafe babywearing that we NEED to stress to dads everywhere.
The most important of these is something Mr. Babywearingdads did with a particular brand of Dr. Sears approved bag slings. Bag slings are under close scrutiny for a reason, and there aren’t enough disclaimers even on the Dr. Sears approved one. But one day we caught little J. wheezing because his head wasn’t at the right angle, and another day we realized little J. was swinging at waist level while Mr. B was waving his hands around. Mrs. Babywearing dads freaked out both times.
Some of you have submitted photos of babies in bag slings at waist level. I can’t publish these because it’s an example we can’t afford to set. This is DANGEROUS!
I’m going to ask a few folks to put together their best tips for babywearing safety and focus it toward dads. Some of the other things we’ve seen have been babies in carriers while on ATVs and bicycles. We’ve given the benefit of the doubt in the past that these were posed (and they even look as such), but we are adjusting our editorial policy to make explicit that we will not publish photos that display or imply unsafe babywearing practices.
We’ll also be doing some public service announcements with regard to hip and spine support in babywearing. We’ve learned a lot since launching this project, and look forward to sharing it with you and the babywearing dads in your lives.
I just found this old picture of my dad wearing ME! This is from the summer of 1981. GO DAD! (via Erin Rodriguez)
My hubby, Jehosh, wearing baby River on a recent hiking trip. He loves being able to be so close to her. (via SquirrelyMama)
my hubby @tcabeen wearing our son while we grabbed a snack at a coffee shop (from kia)