Hello! My name is Aradia Wyndham and I research, write, and create videos as The Baby Historian. I’ve always loved babies and children. I worked in childcare for over fifteen years and ran a local babywearing group during that time.
As an undergrad, I studied anthropology with a focus on childhood and infant transport strategies from prehistory to the present day. As a graduate student, I studied book history with a focus on Early Modern English domestic manuals which taught readers about pregnancy, childbirth, and infant care.
All of my work involves original research and it takes time (but video editing takes more). I work under a strict code of ethics: with so much misinformation out there, both intentional and unintentional, it is very important to me that I do not add to it. I verify facts, challenge my assumptions, check sources (preferably primary sources), and I share my sources with my readers and viewers. It feels silly for me to even point this out but, sadly, it seems to be a bit old school. Additionally, my work is not politically motivated as so many history/anthropology communicators and organisations have become. I want to understand people as they understand (or understood) themselves, not to twist people’s lives and times to suit any modern ideological bent.
As of writing this, all of my work is unmonetized, it’s all a labour of love. So if you would like to support my work (thank you!), you can become a patron on Patreon, or if you prefer, you can throw a one-time donation at me via PayPal. But if you can’t contribute financial support (I understand), just sharing my work with others will help more people find my work– and don’t forget to like, subscribe, and comment, especially on YouTube, because engagement pleases the Almighty Algorithm.
Please feel free to contact me with baby history (or anthropology) related questions or topic suggestions. I would also love to hear from folks with personal stories, for example, if there is a grandparent who would like to share what they were taught or how they cared for their babies; or birth stories; or how your culture manages pregnancy, birth, or infant care. If you are comfortable sharing your stories with TBH readers or viewers, please include what name, if any, you’d like me to use.