Is everybody ready?! October 5th kicks off International Babywearing Week! International Babywearing Week (IBW) is an annual event sponsored by Babywearing International. It is a week-long opportunity to celebrate, promote, advocate for, and focus media attention on the many benefits of babywearing!
The theme this year is "Best Seat in the House," which babywearing certainly gives your little (and not so little) ones. When a child has a nice, comfy seat in any kind of carrier, they are comfortable, close to a loved one, and able to see and participate in ways that are not possible without babywearing. Let's help Babywearing International spread the word about the 'best seat in the house' and have some fun while we are at it!
Here with Babywearing International of Grand Rapids we have a number of online and in-person events! With both indoor and outdoor options, along with active and a bit more relaxing events, there is something for everyone. BONUS: Most of our events are FREE and a few even offer chances for FABULOUS PRIZES! Check out our Facebook fan page or website for more information on specific events. We hope to see you at an event (or all of them)!
Participate online throughout the week in our Facebook group's photo scavenger hunt. Watch for the list to be posted on the 5th and get snapping for a chance at a prize and a lot of fun :)
We can't wait to celebrate with all of you. The fun kicks off this Wednesday, October 5th at 5:30 at a park near you!
On June 12th, we are celebrating our third year as a Babywearing International chapter! We couldn't have made it without the support of you, our amazing members and visitors!
What birthday party would be complete without some prizes for the people who helped us get here? Thanks to our generous sponsors, we have some amazing prizes to be raffled off! Here are a handful, but check back soon for more!
Each item will have a jar for your entry ticket. Each Sustaining Member will receive one free raffle ticket; additional raffle tickets can be purchased for $1/each. Simply place your ticket(s) in the jar for the prize you want to win! Winners will be drawn and announced at the party.
How long have you been babywearing? 1.5 years
What are your favorite carriers? SSC
Simply put, I'm a single mom and this is my mother’s helper. It helps our busy life be a little less disruptive. Our Lillebaby lets us live.
Usually I get crazy looks on the bus for having my large man-child up. One day as I got off of the bus while throwing his 40 lbs up and walking all at the same time, I saw a mom with her toddler and stroller watching in awe. She was like, "Where do I get one of those!? What is it?!" I LOVE being able to share how much easier it makes my life! Of course I told her about BWI of GR and the awesome library!
What tips do you have for other wearers? When riding the Rapid, I definitely recommend a SSC for quick ups. Our wrap wasn’t a hit on the bus at all. Allow extra time due to the extra weight.
How long have you been babywearing? 7 years and counting
What are your favorite carriers? After trying almost everything, I've finally determined that wrap conversion Mei Tais are my favorite. But I do love ring slings for quick 'uppas' and wraps when I'm in the mood.
I began babywearing shortly after delivering my first baby. I struggled as a first-time mom with postpartum depression and babywearing gave me something I felt confident in. It allowed me to connect with my high-needs infant and made night-time consoling possible when nothing else worked.
As my daughter grew and I was able to view babywearing as more than an emotional tool, I learned to love how much easier babywearing made life when we were out-and-about. I have enjoyed wearing all three of my children.
Today I continue to wear for many reasons, including connecting after long 60-hour work weeks, accomplishing household tasks, and enjoying time with family.
We often get the question, “What is the best carrier?” or “What is the most comfortable carrier?” With over 200 carriers in our library, it’s hard to say that any one is the best! Trying on carriers is much like trying on jeans—just because a brand works well for someone else doesn’t mean that it’s the best brand for you!
When it comes to soft structured carriers, it can be particularly tricky as there are so many options when it comes to size and features. We have over forty soft structured carrier brands in our library, but there are even more brands out there to try.
If you have not yet found the buckle carrier that is right for you, or you’re not sure what you’re looking for in a soft structured carrier, take a peek at all these varying features. The list is not exhaustive, but it’ll give you an idea of what all is out there.