Friday, September 30, 2011

Chinese Pack and Play

While access to the American version of modern conveniences for child rearing is limited in China, creativity is definitely not. Take this contraption (definitely not approved by the Consumer Product Safety Commission!) that was set up by a yeye (grandpa) outside his daughter's tailor shop.

While it's certainly not pretty, it is effective. Both shady and fun, yeye's granddaughter appeared to be very comfortable. She could see her mom through the doorway and entertain herself in apparent "safety."

Not to worry if baby made a peep, though, as yeye was never out of sight. This phenomenon is fairly typical in many Chinese families nowadays as the retirement age for men is 60 and for women, 55. As a result, many grandparents can be seen with their grandchild in parks, courtyards, or other open spaces, especially during the parts to the day that the weather is best (8:00a.m.-10:00a.m. and after 4:00p.m.). The child's parents are, of course, working to support the family.

~Desi

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