Today was the Inner North Community Fair in Canberra, celebrating the wetlands to be built on Hawdon Oval in Dickson. And it looked almost as much like Babywearer Central as the Homebirth Rally at Parliament House back in September 2009.
Most of what I spotted were SSCs in every colour they’ve ever been made in, one metal-frame backpack, and a few stretchy wraps. But I also saw a pretty woven wrap, a lesser-known SSC brand custom-made to impress the wearer’s teenage son, and a few very funky mei tais. Oh, and the prettiest green hemp silk ring sling in town, with a sleeping toddler boy in it. With the huge number of dogs, bikes, and walking adults, baby carriers were a very sensible choice for walking over the uneven ground, dodging unicorn poo (not your average pony rides), grooving to the funky free music, and checking out all things environmentally sustainable in our local community. Much easier than pushing a pram on the grass, and with built-in sun protection for kids who throw their hats overboard.
But… could babywearers outrun the Daleks? I reckon it’s much easier to run up stairs with your baby in an SSC than a pram, so that’s a yes!