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Baby Transport- A History

Baby Transport- A History


Different cultures and times have used various methods for baby transport. Baby carriages, infant car seats, portable bassinets (carrycots), strollers (pushchairs), slings, backpacks, baskets, and bicycle carriers are some of these methods  

  • In 1733, William Kent invented the first stroller.
William Kent
  • Kent was appointed to build a means of transport that would carry the Duke of Devonshire’s children in 1733. Kent made a shell-shaped basket on wheels for the children to sit. 

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Devonshire's children
  • Early in human evolution, the practice of carrying infants may have emerged.  

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  • The evolution of bipedalism would have necessitated a way to transport babies unable to cling to their mothers or sit on her back.
  • Various types of on-the-body carriers include baby slings, backpacks, and hip or front carriers, featuring different materials and degrees of rigidity, decoration, support, and confinement of the child.
  • Hawaii was the birthplace of the modern pouch carrier in the early 1990s.
  • Giotto painted a fresco in around 1306 AD that shows Mary carrying Jesus in a sling.

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  • Baby carrier designed to keep babies safe and comfortable while allowing moms to work and travel.
  • The cradleboards were attached to the mother’s back straps from either the shoulder or the head.
  • The cradleboard could be hung on a saddle or travois for travel.


Perambulators, or larger and heavier prams, have been used since the Victorian era; prams are also used for infants, who usually sit up in them. In the 1970s, lighter units with detachable baby carriers made the term carrycot more common in the UK. As they became more popular, the suspension was added, making the ride smoother for both the baby and the parent.


Strollers, also known as pushchairs or buggies (British English), are used for small children up to three years old in a sitting position. The term “pushchair” was widely used in the UK from its invention to the early 1980s. As a general rule, a travel system consists of a chassis and an attachable baby seat or carrycot. Consequently, a travel system can be switched between a pushchair and a pram. 


via: babylist

To read our baby transport blog “you need to think about the baby or if you have pets. Grown-up living things, and your emotional baggage are not allowed.”

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