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Babywearing and cloth-diapering in period 
21st-Apr-2008 08:46 pm
In searching for period babywearing styles, I've come across some interesting images.

This this Rembrandt etching (c1648) shows a woman wearing something that looks like a cross between a pouch and a Mei Tai. It's a little past the SCA time frame, but I don't imagine that babywearing fashions changed considerably over a 50 year time period, considering the Asian carrier styles have been virtually unchanged for centuries. I also found some discussion about the carrier in that etching here.

Here is a list of links for Medieval images featuring slings.

This is a wonderful resource on babywearing from garb_the_child. I am loving some of these images!

In searching for info on diapering in the Elizabethan period, I found this image on several clothdiapering sites. Not sure how accurate it is, but very interesting looking! Apparently, there was an article called "The Rear End of the Story (medieval diapers, or lack thereof)" by Achsa de Beresford in Tournaments Illuminated, Winter 1998 (#125) on Medieval diapers (or, apparently, the lack thereof -- were Medieval babies EC'd?)
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22nd-Apr-2008 01:29 am (UTC)
I really would not be surprised if Medieval babies were EC'd. It makes all those images of babies just wearing a gown kinda make sense since it would provide easy access!

I have a book called Les Enfants au Moyen Age that I've been meaning to read and see what it may have to say on the subject. It'll be such a test of my French that I haven't dared start it yet.
22nd-Apr-2008 01:39 am (UTC)
I know there is a style of infant/toddler clothing in China that has been around for a very long time that is split up the crotch so baby can just go when/where ever he needs. It certainly makes sense that other cultures would have that as well!
29th-Jul-2008 02:43 pm (UTC)
I am SO excited to find this community. I'm hoping to make Pennsic next year and get back involved with SCA. I love these links! I'm also into cloth diapering, AP, baby wearing, as well.
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