The entry for "baby sling" contains comprehensive information about different types of carriers. It would seem logical to remove that information from "baby sling" and bring it over to this entry on "child carrier" and even consider renaming this entry "baby carrier" as that seems to be a more common term.
"Baby sling" is a type of child carrier, most commonly one with fabric and rings, but it can also be tied. But there are many different carriers described in that article, including historical carriers and carriers used in different cultures. Those paragraphs would seem to fit "child carrier" better, along with new material that would include modern frontpack and backpack carriers.
More research would need to be done to fill in the gaps left in the "baby sling" entry. For example, what constitutes a sling? Is it a carrier that would only be worn over one shoulder like a sash? Would a hiking carrier that uses buckles or clips to secure the child to the wearer fit in the sling category or the "child carrier" category? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 126.96.36.199 (talk • contribs) 12:54, April 2, 2007
The History on this section needs verification. I removed the sentence that says that the modern pouch carrier was invented in Hawaii. That is clearly a spam reference to the Ergo. The first modern pouch carrier in the United States was probably the Snugli in the early 70's. There are a number of "modern" pouch carriers like the Ergo that were invented other places than Hawaii. Generally, there is a dire need for references here. I also believe that Child Carriers is a better broad category and that Baby Slings is a type of child carrier. Both articles should be combined. Cdmmd2326 (talk) 16:25, 17 July 2008 (UTC)
Nonsense. The pouch was created in Hawaii by Hygeia Halfmoon (the modern pouch, that is, which is shaped. Sash-style carriers have been around "forever".) The Ergo is NOT a pouch. Most people assume the New Native was the first pouch carrier. It was not. It is a worthwhile historical note to mention that it was created in Hawaii. Similarly, the padded ring sling was created by Raynor Garner, not Dr. Sears as is often believed. Snugli, Ergo, and the like are structured soft carriers, not pouches. I would like to see most of "Baby sling" moved to "Baby carriers" and babywearing left alone as a "concept", with Baby Carriers as a specific description of types. A historical look at what happened when and why would make sense, and discussing brands in that context is not a bad idea, if done in a non-spammy, history of the industry sort of way. Perhaps "Recent History of Babywearing" should be a separate page? Jenrose (talk) 09:14, 13 August 2008 (UTC)