The History Of Baby Carriages
Mar. 22, 2019
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.
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.