How-to carry your baby (African style!) … and if the baby falls u must run naked!

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(Nigeria Baby) It’s why we love our African Mama’s so much – they carried us on their backs for so long… but how do they do it? Especially when it is forbidden for the baby to fall o! (if they do you must run naked round the market!)

“I’m an African woman so I use my wrapper to tie my baby and I make sure I tie it very well!” explains Mrs Tade James. “And if i see that he’s not comfortable the way I’m tying him, I tell someone close to me to assist me.”

(Nigeria Baby) How-to carry your baby (African style!) … find out here!

There are rules attached to backing a baby at the early stage – “Your baby’s hands must be inside, so that the neck can stay very well,” explains another mother. “You have to fold your wrapper two or three times and you must not spread your baby’s legs.”

Highlighting the most important part, one woman says – “While backing the baby, you must watch the neck” – this is because, according to African culture it is forbidden for a baby to fall from thier mother’s back.

“In Yoruba land, any baby that falls down from the mother’s back – if it’s a girl, seven of her husbands would die and if it’s a boy – seven of his wives would die!” says a mother who is both a Yoruba student and teacher.

She explains that the remedy to this is for the mother to run around the market – naked!

We interviewed a series of mothers with babies less than one-year old and although it may look like an enormous effort and struggle, BattaBox found that many mothers find “Backing” their babies more comfortable and fun.

For most Nigerian women, when they have a baby, their daily attire is the “Iro and Buba” – so that they can use the wrapper to tie the baby to their back.

They also make sure they have a smaller type of wrapper called “Oja” to tie around the baby’s waist so they are balanced well. And, as for those who don’t wear the Iro and Buba, they would definitely carry one in their bag along with all their other baby things.

But there are different styles on how to back a baby and it also depends on the age of the baby:

“For me, where my husband comes from, they don’t back a baby at the early stage – until when the baby is 2- 3 months old,” says Mrs Okonkwo, mother of two.

According to the mothers, their babies never get too heavy for them to carry on their backs:

“My baby weighs 7kg so he’s not heavy at all,” says Mrs Tade. “If I can carry him in my womb for nine months, how do i expect him to be heavy on my back?”

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Bolanile Olatunji says:

How-to carry your baby (African style!)

… and – did you know – if the baby falls you must run naked in the market!

Watch here: How-to carry your baby (African style!) … and if the baby
falls u must run naked!

BattaBox says:

How-to carry your baby (African style!)

… and – did you know – if the baby falls you must run naked in the market!

Watch here: How-to carry your baby (African style!) … and if the baby
falls u must run naked!

tonya0852 says:

Hmmm ( baby are beautiful )

Adakelly Shilla says:

i love babies ooooooo dont let dem fall,i enjoy backing babies

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