Naomi had a chat with Aisha about her experiences of babywearing. Thank you for talking to us Aisha, and thank you so much too for the beautiful photos!
As soon as I found myself expecting my first baby I knew I wanted to baby wear. There wasn’t a lot of women or mums I knew that did it but for me it felt very natural to have my baby on me safe and near.
Only after having my baby did I realise there are so many pros to baby wearing. My baby is close to me so I can tend to him and comfort him instantly, he stays warm regardless of the temperamental British weather, this encouraged me to get out more often and in all weathers. Me and my husband enjoy hiking and going for walks, baby wearing gives us the freedom to continue doing this and not worry about whether a route is pushchair friendly or not. Now that I have two children, baby wearing ensures that I am hands free and available for my 4 year as well as knowing my baby is comfortable.
Personally, baby wearing feels like a very natural and instinctive thing for women to do, I have read how it is common practice for many communities historically and in modern times. This is why I was surprised when I travelled to Pakistan earlier this year from the amount of looks (of curiosity) and interest I drew from baby wearing. I was in the city mostly and didn’t travel to any remote or rural areas so this may explain why, but nevertheless it did come as a surprise and I was slightly disappointed to see that something which probably was quite common practice in South East Asia is not so common anymore, or maybe I am mistaken and it was a presumption on my part! I have travelled quite a lot around Europe and baby wore without much interest from others so I’m guessing it’s very much a thing which is back in trend.
As a Muslim woman who wears hijab the best thing about baby wearing is the fact that I am able to breastfeed my baby discreetly when out and about without drawing any attention to myself.