On occasion, when using my baby’s carrier and travel system, I’d get a comment from an older acquaintance or family member about how far baby gear has come in recent years. I get it, I really do. I honestly have no idea how my parents carted me and my brother around in the eighties, but I know it definitely wasn’t in a carrier that snapped into a car seat base and a stroller. While we know what adults think about these inventions, we can only guess what a baby thinks when you put them in their carrier.
Are they excited? Are they curious? Are they, too, thinking about the advances in technology and how far baby transportation has evolved in the last twenty or thirty years? Or, are they merely going through the motions until their brains develop further along and full, cohesive thoughts start to form? My guess is all of the above.
While my son grew out of his carrier long ago, we got our fair share of use out of it. I have an especially impressive collection of photos of him nestled in it, because obviously a new parent’s going to capture any and all moments at least forty-seven times in the first few months. I have no regrets though. In fact, I have a historical archive of the facial expressions that go along with the thoughts he might have had, which (I'm convinced) included the following: