Empowering Bonds: A Journey through African Babywearing Wisdom with an Occupational Therapist’s Insight

Busi Musiiwa

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Growing up in Zimbabwe, using a carrier to hold a baby was a very basic skill that was taught at a young age. As a child, I carried my sisters, nieces and nephews. There was so much support and ritual surrounding the many stages of family life; it was so enriching to grow up in a community-centered culture.

When I had my own children while living in Canada I found myself straddling the culture I grew up in and the culture around me. I tried various carriers, but none of them were exactly what I wanted. Instead of completely accepting one culture and rejecting another, I set to work designing a hybrid carrier that would be a positive intersection of the two.

I drew on both my professional background as an Occupational Therapist and the rich heritage of babywearing found in Africa. Now with our different models of BabueBaby Carriers, we have the immense privilege of providing families with a way to all pursue daily life and adventures together, without short-term or long-term pain. Sourcing our fabrics directly from Africa, and employing local seamstresses here in Canada, we get to empower skilled workers from both of my homes! From the bottom of my heart, thank you for letting us be part of your parenting journey!


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