History of the Papoose
The Papoose was designed in the and used by the Apache Indians to take the baby on their backs there were other names for the papooses.
The first papoose was recorded and dated in 1643.
A papoose (from the Algonquian papoos, this means a child that this is an American English loanword this represents and means native American child regardless of what tribe they came from
Not all babies were put into the cradleboard as quite a few tribes did not leave their villages so the cradleboard was not needed.
There were many other tribes such as in California Indian tribes the babies were placed horizontally in baskets while the mothers worked.
Inuit women usually carried the babies on their backs on the inside of an enormous hood on the back of their parkas which would keep them warm, the cradleboard was the most popular and used the most.
There are many different designs of the cradleboard some that the mother could stand up so the baby could see when not on the back of the parent these cradleboards have a good benefit but then they are very big and well padded for the baby to be warm as well.
There are the side carriers for the babies as well the women would carry them on the hip.
These as we would call them papoose they are also known as the cradleboard and they may still be seen this day being used with baby they remind of the swaddling blankets where they are made warm and cuddled up and loved.
There are different styles over the years the papoose has changed from a solid back they have the name of the cradleboard
James Quesace, his wife northwest Manitoba, Canada, in 1886 along with their baby in the cradleboard.
The cradleboard is not just used in Canada it is also used in Mexico as well, but over the years they have changed not so much in the Indian culture but they have definitely changed in the western culture as they were not used so many years back.
There are many different styles but my question has always been are they really safe.
By safe meaning are they strong enough for the baby weight on the back or even when the baby is on the front looking from another point of view scary that the mum or person who has the papoose on them could fall and the baby on the front would be hurt but thinking that there are many positive as well.
Using a papoose gives freedom to the parent as well no pushchairs to take on the bus no waiting when the bus is full with other wheelchairs and pushchairs so the big benefit is a papoose clipping it on and securing it to your body with baby in it.
The papoose is becoming seen more and more especially in the busy town where it is very hard to move or go on trains with the pushchairs and prams.
Some parents use the papoose when they have a toddler and they need to get somewhere so they use a pushchair for the toddler and the papoose for the baby this is seen a lot in the community for speed as well they use the papoose to help get around a lot quicker.
Now you see more than the baby in the papoose you see the toddler that is maybe older than two years old strapped in but again what weight on your back carrying two weights first is the toddler then the frame and seat for the child this is the extra weight which is directly attached to the back.
I think it is a hassle when a child gets to a certain age and you carry them in a papoose which is meant for the baby up to maybe eighteen months which is when they should start using a lightweight buggy or pushchair to save the parents back.
Many times there are parents with toddlers in the papoose or baby carrier they are very big and bulky so this means that the parent either has to keep them on or take them off of themselves and then reattach when the exit the bus or train.
There are many benefits when the baby is small to go in the papoose closeness to the parents and they can hear the heartbeat which is very relaxing for the baby they tend to relax with that sound.
It is easy to get around when you have the papoose on and the baby is quite small even though you may have to take another bag attached to your arm with the baby equipment inside such as food milk nappies creams and maybe a changing mat.
Over the years the papoose has really changed and looks more secure and easier to assemble and fit the baby into the papoose and attach to mum.
They say that the baby is wrapped up tightly makes them feel secure also it is nearer to the heartbeat of the parent which soothes the baby when upset or needing comfort.
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This is a soft material and baby is totally wrapped up against mum and can feel at ease there is full support for mum with her back being supported with equal material wrapping around the mum which will greatly help mum with carrying the young baby.
There are many different styles of Papoose now it has changed so much over the centuries.
This design is slightly different used from birth and close to mum across the body rather than lengthways.
This is a wrap across the body holds like a cup something like a banana shape as well.
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These are just a couple of the Papooses that are available and there is a wide variety to choose from.
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