It’s better to wear your baby than push it around in a pram | Letters

There is too much hype about prams, writes Tanya Cleary. Plus Dominic Rice was saddened to have to email his letter

I was somewhat disappointed that your long read on the rise of the luxury pram (20 March) failed to mention the growing trend of going back to our roots and carrying our babies (in baby slings or carriers). More and more people are cottoning on to the fact that expensive prams are not only a waste of money, often targeted at lower socioeconomic groups who can ill afford them, but actually rather impractical in busy public spaces, on public transport and anywhere with stairs, as well as on nature walks. Not to mention the fact that babywearing is highly beneficial to the baby as well, offering a sense of warmth and protection that is not possible in a pram.

Indeed, as a parent of two, I have found that carrying my children has enabled me to work on my laptop, do housework and even eat with a content baby nestled against me, rather than trying to placate a screaming child as I attempt to do things very badly with one hand or not at all.

And I am certainly not the only one. Babywearing groups and sling libraries have sprung up across the country and throughout the world. In fact, there are so many different types, styles and brands these days that there is now a demand for sling consultants. There are also babywearing exercise groups enabling new mothers to become fit again without being separated from their babies.

One would hope that this at least be mentioned in such a long (and frankly quite promotional) article about prams.
Tanya Cleary
Rotherham, South Yorkshire

• I very much appreciated Mark Boyle’s piece (Opinion, 20 March) about abandoning many of the ubiquitous technologies and innovations that are alleged to make our lives so much better. Sadly I have sent this supportive letter by email – I would have loved to have written it by hand and posted it to you, but I fear it would have arrived too late for you to consider it relevant for publication.
Dominic Rice
Sheffield

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