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Etymology 1[edit]

baby +‎ -wear


babywear (uncountable)

  1. Collectively, clothes made for babies.

Etymology 2[edit]

Back-formation from babywearing.


babywear (third-person singular simple present babywears, present participle babywearing, simple past babywore, past participle babyworn)

  1. (rare) To wear a child, to carry them close to the body.
    • 11 Mar 2002, Meredith Edwards-Cornwall, "Re: Babywearing question for you attached folks",,,
      As for how long I plan to babywear, I guess I don't really plan at all. I'll just keep doing it until something else works as well or better. Planning always confuses the issue for me. For the time being, the sling is fairly comfortable for both of us and it works.
    • 09 Apr 2002,, "poll catchup",,
      I use a sling sometimes but can't really claim to babywear. Lots of snuggles tho! :)
    • 2010, Sara McGrath, The Unschooling Happiness Project: A Guide to Living a Happy and Fulfilling Life Through Love and Creativity, Sara McGrath, →ISBN, page 13
      Just as I made the decisions to have natural births, to breastfeed, to co-sleep, to babywear, etc., because I love my kids.