Baby Carrier System Using Length of Cloth in Guatemala

Here is a video of the Mayan Baby Carrier system, whereby women load the babies on their back, then wrap a length of cloth around their body and tied.

Probably, the most common baby carrier system on the planet.

A reader requested this type of video when I was in Africa, and doggedly I have been waiting for an opportunity for the last couple of years.

Panajachel, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala --- Tuesday, April 6, 2010
By Andy Graham of


This baby carrier system is the winner in my opinion.

Not the best photo, but I wanted to show you the look on her face, it to me represents fortitude, the persistence, and the desire to do what is needed with no complaint. I want to find this look in the faces of the United States citizens, the country I love.

I think there is a lesson in all things, and we do not need 12 steps.

1. Shut up
2. Listen up
3. Grow up

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This Guatemala sling style baby carrier systems is not new, however, there is tenderness that one can see when the mother and child are one. The baby cries less, it is as if the mother and child are a team.

I am not sure I can learn anything from the developed world, but I know I learn many lesson from the under-developed world that I need.

Baby Carrier System Using Length of Cloth in Guatemala


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***I want to find this look in the faces of the United States citizens, the country I love.***

You can find this look on many people in the US. But most are immigrants.... You will see this on some farmers. A lot in your home area, the midwest. Plus areas of the Western states. Anyplace where life is hard work and the people were raised to beleive that this is the way things should be. It certainly is not common though, unfortunately.

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The baby carrying system would not work in the USA. Parents would be ticketed for child endangerment and the makers of the blanket would be sued for negligent design.

The child would be taken in state custody to live with strangers that are getting paid to watch the child and feed it frozen dinners til it turned 18.

think I'm kidding ? What if a grandmother sold a goldfish to a 14 year old ? there is a connection.

Pet shop owner fined £1,000 and told to wear an electronic tag... for selling a GOLDFISH to a boy aged 14
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Last updated at 8:07 AM on 02st April 2010

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Her offence was to unwittingly sell a goldfish to a 14-year-old boy taking part in a trading standards 'sting'.
At most, pet shop owner Joan Higgins, 66, expected a slap on the wrist for breaking new animal welfare laws which ban the sale of pets to under-16s.
Instead, the great-grandmother was taken to court, fined £1,000, placed under curfew - and ordered to wear an electronic tag for two months.
Seven-week curfew: Joan Higgins has to wear an electronic tag
The punishment is normally handed out to violent thugs and repeat offenders.
The prosecution of Mrs Higgins and her son Mark is estimated to have cost taxpayers £20,000 and has left her with a criminal record.

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I just submitted a comment about how it would not work in the USA because a mother would get sued.

Then just one moment later when I went back to your blog this ad appears.

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Thats why I love being outside the USA most of the time. FREEDOM TO THINK FOR YOURSELF

Well, these solutions for baby carrying are really innovative and it shows you needn't overly priced items to carry your baby. Though, I don't think modern women, living in metropols would use such carriers for their children.

Anyway, nice pictures.


Modern babies cry and these babies do not.

My daughter Petra was put into one of these baby carrying clothes by an indigenous women in Guatemala a couple of weeks ago. She seemed fine in it, although it seemed a little restrictive -- which is not a problem for Guatemalan babies, who are generally pretty comatose in public -- but for our baby likes to move her arms and legs, and probably would not have preferred to be carried in the cloth carrier.

The western style carriers, like the Ergo, are also made to distribute the weight of the baby on to the parent's hips, which makes them easier to carry. It is sort of like the difference between traveling with a good internal frame backpack as oppose to a tote bag.

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