I read the following passage in an article of The Atlantic:
In films of the period documenting orphan care, you see nurses like assembly-line workers swaddling newborns out of a seemingly endless supply; with muscled arms and casual indifference, they sling each one onto a square of cloth, expertly knot it into a tidy package, and stick it at the end of a row of silent, worried-looking papooses.
I looked it up and it seems to mean baby carrier most of the time but in this context I’m sure it refers to a baby instead of a baby carrier. So I wonder in what kind of context people would refer to a child as a papoose. Like to sound more literary?