I’m sorry, but when I saw this headline on Huffington Post Parents…
Babywearing Ballet Class Is The Most Adorable Way To Dance
along with the above photo (from Babywearing Ballet), I had just the opposite reaction. Baby-wearing isn’t cute nor the best way for mothers to have fun–certainly not as much fun as ballet without a baby on your chest. Setting aside that the extra weight changes a woman’s center of gravity, the implication is that mothers should be “on duty” 24/7.
Seriously, wouldn’t it be MORE fun to do ballet and get back to your old self on your own? Wouldn’t the happy women in the photo find the camaraderie and the freedom of movement more enjoyable if didn’t have babies strapped on their chests? And wouldn’t it be better for their mental health to have an hour off–away from their babies–in a locale where they’re not tempted to catch up on household chores? Continue reading article