After this video showing the "swinging, flipping and lariat-like twirling of a tiny infant" became popular, Nathan at Dadwagon got an interview with the woman who swings babies. Her name is Lena Fokina and she runs a baby yoga business in Egypt.
I have two small children and I was, you know, careful with them when they were newborns. So it was hard for me to watch your video. It looks like it has to injure the child. Their hands? The cartilage in the joints? Their brains?Interview with Baby Yoga's Lena Fokina
No. It makes the hands stronger.
Did you know that YouTube took the video down because it was in violation of their policy on "shocking and disgusting" content? What is your response to that?
Did they notice that the babies aren't crying--they're even laughing--and that this system has been used for over thirty years in Russia and the children are all alive and healthy? If you need more proof, the best thing is to come see us.
Mark Frauenfelder is the founder of Boing Boing and the editor-in-chief of MAKE and Cool Tools. Twitter: @frauenfelder. Come and hear Mark speak at the ALA conference in Chicago on July 1.