How can I wear my baby at Renaissance Fest without clashing with my ensemble? #I've got a parenting question!#babies#mama style October 12 2011 | Offbeat Editors offbeatbride Offbeat Home & Life runs these advice questions as an opportunity for our readers to share personal experiences and anecdotes. Readers are responsible for doing their own research before following any advice given here... or anywhere else on the web, for that matter. Photo by mbarrison, used under Creative Commons license. The Renaissance Fest in my state is happening soon and a group of us are road tripping to spend a weekend there with the kidlets. I have my costumes all picked out, but I have no clue what to do with my toddler. We are a babywearing family, so I'd love to wear her, but I'm pretty (selfishly) concerned about the aesthetic of the Ergo with my corset. I'm also wondering… what would a one-year-old wear to Renaissance Fest anyways? — Kimberly Alright, all you Ren Fest-attending, Dragon*Con-loving, Star Wars event-going folks: how do you coordinate your costumes with your baby-toting devices? Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo PREVIOUS Clean out the books you don't want in stranger-interactive ways NEXT Why punk rock dudes can make great dads Show/Hide comments [ 26 ] A Moby wrap or something similar would work well. And depending upon your baby's age, essentially a nightgown and matching cap would've been worn. Once they're a little bigger, small children matched womens clothes, traditionally for practicality. 🙂 1 agrees Reply I dont' know about wearing the baby, a moby style wrap may look better. On the other hand, all the kid's outfits I've seen for that age are usually just long dressing gowns. I would just get simple straight dress, maybe look the next couple of sizes up to get it to hang right. Or, get brown leggings and have her wear boots. Please send us pictures once you've got it all figured out! 1 agrees Reply I tried to look for pictures of baby carriers at Ren Faires, but no luck. I DID have luck finding ADORABLE pictures of ren faire babies!!! Baby Centaur: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_pu4zqNpQcLc/TBJa8uIRYLI/AAAAAAAAABo/8OH1IBYZJzY/s1600/centaur.bmp PRETTY Baby flower headband: http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisinside/2210829936/ Comfy looking Ren Baby: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-blb_4s-khec/TaJSJSBOobI/AAAAAAAAAnw/idkKLoJt81w/s1600/IMG_3867.jpg Detailed Ren Baby costume: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cropwithanna/1912445411/ Baby Hat: http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2109/2524571721_622916bb74.jpg Baby dragon: http://www.poorandpretty.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/baby-dragon.jpg 6 agree Reply I just found a basket baby carrier! Maybe you could make one? http://api.ning.com/files/CZOV-aiQ2NrvX0XHtRl*xrJGSNAqevmq8lnPSV*vj1o1QF41JEr4P6mEv0vWBdexM0SmgbMp8Ofd8PRPoFKrwlIugxEJJhri/image_04.jpg http://api.ning.com/files/72zK0aWRhN0Q-B2HxFm*3KzmKdf3mPUfjVlQnIIcfhk9dKlaLWf9PGEQoFlqEfhad7y-gL6antD9pKa22ehn-bdyAzb4KmM*/image_03.jpg And here's an image of a lady at a ren faire with a baby in a sling: http://www.attachedtobaby.com/Community/photos/slings/images/34129/319×425.aspx 2 agree Reply I dont know if your costume is German, English, Irish, Scottish, Italian, Moorish, Turkish etc… I dont know if youre going as peasant class or upper class. But since most people seem to attend as English peasant class, a sling style carrier made of a solid color in earth tone ( rust, mustard, sage, taupe, chocolate) in a cotton fabric ( not jersey) such as muslin, is period appropriate. I dressed my child in a pillow sack with arm and neck holes, and a braided rag belt, with a biggins cap. 1 agrees Reply Use a sling in a solid earth tone but make sure your little sir or ma'am has his head covered so as not to seem disgraceful. 🙂 1 agrees Reply As above, I think a rebozo woven wrap sling works well & looks good. Girasol do some lively colours, including earth tones & their 2.7m woven wrap isn't expensive. Do not get a moby or similar Stretchy for a toddler tho, they are more appropriate for the 1st year. Reply I still carry my 2 1/2 year old, safely, in the Moby, all the time! 1 agrees Reply I actually work at the Maryland Renaissance Faire! All season, I've been seeing adorable Renn faire babies. They're often dressed in simple white blouses – it's fairly easy to toss that over leggings for an inexpensive renn faire get-up. Then you can accessorize – I've seen plenty of babies wearing pirate hats, tiny moccasins, etc. I suppose what you'd decide to use would depend on what type of costume you have- is it more villager or more court? The most "renn faire-y" baby wearing I've seen has been simple earth-colored cloth slings. A couple that's closely associated with the faire just had a baby actually, and I got to see the dad wearing the baby in a brown sling while dancing with his wife around the maypole (she was playing violin at the time. It was amazingly adorable). If you have a fancier, more court-like costume, perhaps a shinier, more luxe looking fabric sling? (I am not actually a mom myself, I just enjoy reading OBM – so I'm not certain as to the practical nature of the slings – just suggesting a few ideas) 3 agree Reply Me too! (work at MD Rennfest that is) I mostly see babies in slings… but I also love the pimped out wagons that people bring for their kidlets instead of strollers. I've seen some pretty awesome decked out wagons. And I also can't resist a baby in a kilt. We all squee every time one comes in the shop. Soon enough mine will be hanging out at faire while I work… I have every intention of raising them as faire babies! 1 agrees Reply I work RenFaire all the time. I had to come up with a maternity alternative this time around: http://www.flickr.com/photos/44669694@N00/6230843903/in/pool-1173823@N23/ As for baby costumes, most of them just wear a loose chemise, a half vest and a cap. I've seen a lot of people working faire who created moby type wraps out of more period appropriate fabric. Or the moby wrap color they've used works with their outfit and time period. 1 agrees Reply beautiful picture! 1 agrees Reply Were not dressing up people (though I did get my wedding dress at the renaissance festival), but we just went to the KC renn fest with our two year old. Honestly, he didn't get into any of the shows, but he loved playing in the dirt, doing the kid stuff and people watching. He's not a shy kid, but he was equal parts terrified and fascinated by every person who talked to him. So I wouldn't worry about what the kid will do. We used a stroller, though. It sucked, but I was worried about crapping out while wearing him. Reply Hans Holbein the Younger is a great source for knowing what English and German kids in the English Renaissance era wore. The Artist's Family (1528) shows a baby in a simple front-closing sleeveless pleated gown over a little shirt. The Duke (1538) shows a beggar woman (dressed in simple, but not ragged clothing) and her child; the child is in a very simple sleeveless tabard. Edward VI as a Child (1538) shows baby prince Edward in elaborate clothing. A Woman Seated on a Settle with Four Children (1540) shows 4 children, ranging from an infant to probably early elementary school age. 5 agree Reply I grew up at the Oklahoma Med fair and Muskogee Ren fair ! I wore fairly simple straight dress/chemises until I was about 11. My brother always wore a peasant shirt, loose pants and a vest. I wish I had pictures uploaded! 1 agrees Reply Many of my friends have been saying I should add my comment because I am someone who is working Ren Faire with a toddler. Much of what I would have said is already covered by many other experienced Ren Faire moms, either those who have worked there or are regular attendees. Instead, I will share two photos, one from last year and one from this year. Last year when Sage was a "babe in arms" I fashioned a sling from a lovely scarf I already had: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ragani/6239992246/ This year we got a Radio Flyer wagon that we usually drape in blankets. We opted for the All Terrain Wheels version, which has been a good choice on the various different types of surfaces we encounter on and near Faire site. http://www.flickr.com/photos/ragani/6167452560/ Other parents who we have seen do something similar have gone so far as to create fabric covers that mask much of the modern aspects of the wagon. I have even seen a very clever hack done with a large enough basket for the seating and wooden wheels that looks fairly believable as something that could have been made back then. Reply Decorate a stroller http://media.photobucket.com/image/aapa%20stroller/capnpetestraw/Dragoncon%202011/DC11I005u.jpg 1 agrees Reply LOVE THIS! I totally want to see a baby in a stroller that looks like a dragon, or possibly like a majestic horse! You could go all out and dress the baby like a little knight who's riding the horse/dragon, haha. Reply Question! How do I submit a question to be posted like this? Reply Go here: http://offbeatmama.com/about/contact and select "advice question" from the drop-down menu. 🙂 Reply I work for a historical guild at the Bristol Renaissance Faire, and actually found paintings with women wearing their babies in slings! I wish I had a link to the website with the painting… Here is a picture of me working with my daughter in a sling. http://a5.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/s720x720/316727_1933827906728_1273226668_1756639_4756082_n.jpg Please let me know if the link doesn't work! She's over a year old, and it was fantastic for when I needed to get things done or get from one side of the faire to the other in a short period of time. 1 agrees Reply Also: head coverings were not required for very small children, but were looked kindly upon. A simple biggins is very easy to make: just make a rectangle, fold it in half, and sew up one side. Then add ties. The little pointy bit is great. Here's a pic of my girly in her garb, no biggins: http://a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/294109_2181162061917_1632922140_2195204_7936448_n.jpg with Biggins: http://a3.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/305116_10150345742051826_737626825_9418534_5443852_n.jpg 1 agrees Reply My daughter is a lifelong faire brat. She was conceived during my first season at Southern, and attended from the start. I always had her in a homemade rebozo, and once she was mobile, I had her on an inkle woven tether attached to my belt. Reply Thank you, everyone!!! I was totally inspired after reading all your comments and here's what I've got so far: -our friends surprised us with a tunic (yay!) -I refashioned a ripped pillowcase into a cloak and biggins -A leather belt from our church's clothing bank, which will be tethered to my belt. -We're taking a wagon and letting her ride when she gets tired. Thank you all so much! I will post pictures when we have them 🙂 3 agree Reply I just found a webpage on Welsh nursing shawls and remembered stumbling upon this question while searching for babywearing options for Renn faires and thought I'd come back to share. http://www.davidmorgan.com/nursingshawls.html Then I found a whole blog on traditional European babywearing with reference photos and paintings. http://celticbabycarrying.blogspot.com/ Reply Scroll down a little, this has pictures (interpretation and sources) http://wh1350.at/de/alltag-um-1350/kindheit-im-mittelalter/tragen-von-babys-kleinkindern/ Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Subscribe me to your mailing list No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.