This is a question that we get frequently. We talk about babywearing. We talk about caring for young children, older children, nieces, nephews, grandkids, stepchildren, foster children, and future children. We talk about ways to wear your baby. We talk about safety while wearing. We talk about tips and tricks for wearing. We talk about activities for kids around town, we talk about shopping, we talk about cooking. We are a community of caregivers each different and alike in our own ways.
We do not care if you breastfeed, bottle feed, spoon feed, tube feed - as long as you feed your infant(s). We do not care if you make all whole grain homemade vegetarian meals, McDonald’s, paleo gluten free meals, or Kraft Mac N’ Cheese. We do not care if you use cloth diapers, disposable diapers, or elimination communication. All caregivers that are interested in finding out more and exploring the world of babywearing are welcome.
What should you expect to happen at a meetup? Timeline below is for the Grand Rapids Meetups. Holland Mamas, you start at 1 p.m. otherwise the timeline will follow the same way!
10:00 a.m.- 10:10 Please sign in at the Welcome Table. Return borrowed carriers to the Library Table.
10:10 - 10:30 Educational presentation. The presentation will vary each month and cover topics such as hot weather wearing, emergency wearing, wrapping terminology, babywearing 101. All library carriers must be checked in at library table by 10:30 a.m. when the presentation is complete or they will be considered late.
10:30 - 11:30 We will break into small groups to help foster one on one help. We will direct you into groups based on carriers you want to try and need help with. If all of our teachers are present, we will also include a 101 group that will check out all the different carrier types.
Once in the small groups, we will introduce ourselves and have those with matching needs work with our educators together. Watching and listening to other people learn carries is a great way to learn tips and tricks for yourself. We also encourage you to mingle and meet other caregivers at this time but suggest you check in with the small groups first! If you are brining or are interested in help with multiple types of carriers, pick anywhere to start! All library carriers available will be in the small groups so you can try them on and get a feel for them. We request that if it is your first time at a meetup, first time trying a new carrier type, or first time trying a new carry that you work with one of our educators. We will introduce ourselves before we break into groups.
If you are not yet a Sustaining Member and would like to join, you can sign up at our Membership Table. If you are a Sustaining Member, the Library Table with have the check out sheet and you can write your request at this time. All library requests should be made my 11:30 a.m.
11:30 - Our educators will begin to clean up their tables and fold carriers for transport. Please return all carriers to their tables so we can check them out. Our librarian will review the library requests and pass out carriers to our Sustaining Members.
11:45 - Noon: If you still have a question or concern - DO NOT LEAVE! Please come and see one of our educators. We strive to do our very best to help everyone one on one at the tables but if you still have something flag us down!