By now, you probably know that I am seriously into baby wearing.
Baby wearing is a hands and hassle-free way to get things done. I’m talking about anything from cooking, to cleaning, to navigating crowded train stations to discreetly nursing in public.
Wherever I go, the baby carrier goes. I use an Ergo Baby. But, there’s so many brands and types on the market, you’re definitely bound to find something if you’re interested in baby wearing.
My husband even has his own baby carrier, so we don’t have to readjust the straps and fasteners after each use!
Living in the far eastern side of Tokyo, right in the shitamachi downtown area, I even get to see grandmas using the old-school way of carrying their grandkids on their back. The kids look so warm and toasty in the insulated winter coat versions!
Before little Kaiju was born, I couldn’t understand why anyone would want to be tied to their baby.
But, living in Japan has certainly changed my views on baby wearing. That and other baby and motherhood misconceptions that I had (cosleeping, babyled weaning, nursing, etc).
Graduate Research Survey
So, when Yori van den Heuvel, a graduate student at Avans University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands reached out to me, I immediately responded. Yori is currently researching baby carriers in Japan.
After a few emails, Yori and I had a wonderful Skype conversation about my experiences with baby wearing and raising a monster in Japan.
After our chat, I was very impressed with Yori’s research regarding baby carriers, functionality, and design. I’m all for supporting someone who’s out there making things just a bit easier for all the baby wearing moms, dads, and daycare teachers out there!
Yori currently is conducting a survey as part of his graduate research. Please take a moment to fill out this survey and of course, share with other baby wearing parents in Japan.
Information collected from this survey is confidential. It is solely for the purpose of researching and understanding of the Japanese market for baby carriers, slings, prams, and strollers.
Please use the link below to access the survey:
Do you have any tips for baby wearing? Let me know in the comments!