Thursday, October 20, 2011

Carrying a child on your hip

When Little Jo was smaller and only a toddler, sometimes when out she would tire of walking. Oddly though, while she might tire of walking, she could break into a run when she sited a playground or similar. R used to carry her at times and once hurt his back rather badly while doing so.

I could not carry her. I tried. I put her on my hip, but unless I held her there almost using entirely the strength in my arms, she would slide down, or I would walk with the top half of my body sideways which my neck did not like. Sister told me it was easy. I couldn't do it.

I can only conclude men ought not carry babies or toddlers. It is a woman's job. There are two meanings to baby bearing hips.


  1. Hello Andrew:
    An interesting proposition on child bearing you pose here. But, as we have never had children or carried other peoples' around, we cannot venture to confirm or reject your statement. What we can certainly verify is how animated and agile any child seems to become within sight of a playground. Rather like us and coffee shops!!

  2. I've got awesome child bearing hips, they can rest there quite snugly. I can imagine if you were boy shaped it would be a lot more hassle.

  3. Andrew, you're right about the hips. Take notice next time you see a woman carrying a baby or toddler, how the child fits snugly against the waist just above the wider-than-a-man's hips.
    Next time you have to carry Little Jo, give her a piggy back or shoulder ride.

  4. P.S. I have an award for you at my blog.

  5. ...I wasn't good at carrying Sapphire either once she was older than one. Hmmm, maybe that's why I only *had* one.... ?

  6. One day I a sore I had been exercising. But I hadn't done any one-arm exercises. I couldn't figure out what was going on. Then I remembered the day before I had been carrying around my nephew. It wasn't that much carrying; but it was enough to make a difference in someone who hasn't carried a toddler in awhile.

    I'm not sure if it's a male-female thing...maybe more something in which you have to build up strength.

    I'm not saying you're not strong...but toddler carrying probably involves muscles we're not ordinarily used to using on a regular basis.

  7. You got it in one - men and women are designed differently and no amount of PC will change what nature designed. But then my husband could easily carry the kids on his shoulders something I couldn't do. I remember when I was 13 and was told by a doctor that I had child bearing reaction was "does he mean I am fat" No 13 year old wants to be told that they might end up with a dozen kids hanging off their child bearing hips...

  8. JayLa, a coffee shop certainly animates me, as does the fridge on a hot day when there is a chilled bottle inside.

    Fen, you do feed me opportunities. So, it is time to put those hips to use then.

    River, that is what R is for. 'R, give her lift for a bit will you'. Thank you for the award. I don't take such things lightly.

    Kath, twins might have helped, one on each side.

    Dina, I am sure you are right. In time the right muscles will come into play. It is more convenient though for women who do have hips.

    MC, baby bearing hips certainly has been used as a euphemism. Odd thing though for a doctor to tell a 13 year old.