Some babies travel in fancy four wheeled carriages, snuggled down in soft comforters. Some travel n strollers, watching people and birds and dogs as they ride. But not all babies travel in carriages or strollers. Parents may carry their babies in other ways.
Babies of some Arctic Eskimo families stay safe and warm in special pouch sewn into the back of the mother’s jacket. An Eskimo jacket is called parka. In some Eskimo families the mother makes all of the clothes for her family from the skins of reindeer, seals, bears and other animals. The animals are trapped by the men of the family. Eskimos still hunt, but today they usually sell the animals’ fur and buy clothes and other supplies in stores.
When the American Indians roamed the lands the baby called the papoose, was carried strapped to the mother’s back. The baby’s carrying place was sometimes woven from grasses and twigs. Sometimes it was a basket. Sometimes the Indian baby was strapped to a flat board, which was then tied to the mother’s back. The softened furry skins of animals could be laced together to keep the baby snug and dry. When the mother stopped to rest, the cradle basket could be hung in a tree so that the wind could rock the baby.
The father pipefish is the one who takes care of the babies in the pipefish family. He is so long and thin that he looks almost like a snake. He has a pouch or pocket where he carries his babies. Baby pipefish get a slow ride in their pocket home, for their father is not a fast swimmer.Another baby that lives in a pocket is the kangaroo. What a hoppy ride these babies get! Their mothers leap fast and far.
Most baby opossums get to ride in a stomach pouch when they are small. But some baby opossums are carried on their mother’s back. Opossums like to hang from things. They can sleep hanging from a tree by their tails. It is easy for them to cling to their mother as she ambles along. The mother bends her tail back. The babies wind their tails around hers and dig their feet into her soft fur.
A bat baby flies through the air as it rides on its mother’s back.The mother bat flies at night, searching for insects which she catches in the air. She often takes her babies with her. They cling to her furry neck with their tiny sharp claws. Wouldn’t that be fun for the baby-to go sailing through the air on its mother’s back!Some monkey babies have almost as much fun. Their mothers carry them wherever they go. High above the ground the mothers travel from tree to tree, leaping and swinging from one branch to another. Sometimes you can see them doing this at a zoo.
Even a mouth can be a handy place to carry a baby! The sea catfish father carries his newborn youngsters around in his mouth. And did you ever watch a mother cat or dog move her children? Or a lioness at a zoo? she uses her mouth-picking up her babies by the loose skin on the back of the neck.The men who drive camels across the deserts have a special way for camel babies to be carried .When it travels in a caravan, a baby camel rides in a cloth sling on the side of another camel. The mother camel is next in line, so she can always see her baby. When the caravan stops the mother camel nurses her baby.