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The History Of Baby Carriages

Mar. 22, 2019

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The Baby Carriage was invented in 1733 by English architect William Kent. It was designed for the 3rd Duke of Devonshire's kids and was essentially a kid's version of a horse-drawn carriage. The innovation would become popular with upper-class families.

With the original design, the baby or child was seated on a shell-shaped basket atop a wheeled carriage. The Baby Stroller was lower to the ground and smaller, allowing it to be pulled by a goat, dog or small pony. It had spring suspension for comfort. 

Baby Carriage

By the mid-1800s, later designs substituted handles for parents or nannies to pull the carriage instead of using an animal to carry it. It was normal for these to be forward-facing, like many Baby Buggy in modern times. The child's view, however, would be of the rear end of the person doing the pulling.