12 May

About Us

BWI-Logo-Stacked-with-TM-300x300Babywearing International, Inc. (BWI) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to promote babywearing as a universally accepted practice, with benefits for both child and caregiver, through education and support. The heart of BWI is our network of local chapters which provide free educational meetings and support within their own communities.

We invite you to spend some time getting to know us.

23 Nov

Educator to Educator – K’Tan Tips


The K’Tan carrier is a popular and great option for caregivers with new babies. With fabric similar to a stretchy wrap, but without the length, it is frequently a prefered option for many new caregivers. While the basic infant carry is similar to pocket wrap cross carry (PWCC) and it may be helpful for educators to think about it like a pretied PWCC, there are some important differences.  Read More

16 Nov

Babywearing Adventures: Beach Babywearing


My family goes to the beach for a week every summer on vacation and we also spend a lot of time at local beaches. So, ever since I have had a child, babywearing has been a big part of those beach trips. Here are some lessons that I’ve learned along the way – but most importantly, there are tons of different carriers and we recommend you bring your favorite! If you have options, are looking to purchase, or want to check something out from the lending library; here are some ideas to consider! Read More

09 Nov

Chapter Highlight: BWI of Gainesville


Just over a year ago, Babywearing International welcomed it’s first chapter in Florida. BWI of Gainesville affiliated in May of 2014, and they serve the college town of Gainesville and the surrounding areas of North Central Florida. The chapter started off with a long-standing unaffiliated group that had a large online presence. Resources were stretched thin, however, and activities were unorganized. They decided to affiliate, and doing so provided structure, a common frame of reference, and organized goals to work towards. Read More

01 Nov

Daydreaming with Tula


‘BWI’s mission is near and dear to our hearts, and we are happy to support this amazing organization.’

If you are new to babywearing and ask for a carrier recommendation, chances are you will hear about Tula!  Tula has a large fan base and has become a babywearing household name over the last few years. While each individual has unique carrier preferences, Tula is a double-diamond sponsor of Babywearing International and we would love to tell you more about them today! Read More

26 Oct

The Best of TBW – It don’t mean a thing if you ain’t got a sling

“It don’t mean a thing if you ain’t got a sling.” That popular slogan from the early days of TBW sold a lot t-shirts , and for good reason – slings are one of the oldest and simplest ways to wear a baby. Sling carriers consist of a simple swath of fabric that is worn across the body like a sash and is tied, sewn, or secured with rings or buckles. Read More

19 Oct

Educator to Educator: Mei Tai Front Carry


12143098_10107248425588894_7463171562292447789_nMei Tais are a traditional Asian carrier with a fabric body panel and two sets of straps, shorter ones for the waist and longer ones for the shoulder. These carriers can often be used from the newborn stage well into the toddler years with some minor adjustments. They are easily adjustable between caregivers, making them a wonderful option for families where a number of different caregivers may be wearing baby. Mei tais are also a popular option for petite wearers since the waistband can be tied tight enough and shoulder straps are crossed. With great adjustability for both baby and wearer, mei tais are a go-to in our lending library!

There are a variety of mei tais on the market today. Many have what is called an unstructured waist, meaning there is not a defined, padded waistband, while others have structured waistbands. There are also different shoulder strap types, so it helps if you get to know a few different ones to best assist members. 

Finally, some mei tais are designed with adjustable body panels so you can get an ideal fit for your baby. These mei tais have components that cinch the seat of the carrier to make them more narrow for smaller babies or wider for older babies and toddlers. There are also a few brands that offer the option to shorten and lengthen the body panel height. The adjustability of these mei tais ensures that baby gets a custom fit at just about any stage of wearing. Regardless of what type of mei tai you have, most fold up to easily fit in a diaper bag or purse, making it a travel superstar when you are limited on space but need the comfort of a two shouldered carry and versatility of carrying options. Read More

12 Oct

SNEAK PEEK at the International Babywearing Conference 2016

Are you ready to have the time of your life? Join us July 14th – 17th for the International Babywearing Conference 2016! Below is a sneak peek at the important numbers and some details about what is to come. Make sure to follow the link to our Facebook page below and register today!

1: Official Mobile App

This year, we have an all-new mobile app for iOS or Android, plus a web-based version for those running alternative mobile devices. You can find info about the conference, check your schedule, view the venue map, read speaker bios, play games (and maybe win prizes!), check out sponsors, find a local restaurant, connect with other attendees, and more!


International Babywearing Conference 2014: Tempe

2: Years Between Conferences

IBC was first held in 2006, and has been held every two years since, making this our sixth conference. The planning for 2018 will start soon!

3: Chair Persons

IBC 2016 is being planned by an all-volunteer committee of 17, three of whom share the chairperson duties.

4 DAYS: July 14-17, 2016

The Conference will be held at the Cobb Galleria in the northern suburbs of Atlanta, from July 14 – 17, 2016. We have reserved space for breakout sessions, a feeding lounge for quiet nursing, pumping, or bottle feeding, childcare, and the Vendor Hall.

Connected to the Galleria via enclosed promenade is the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel. We have reserved a block of rooms for $159 a night, which includes parking and complimentary internet.  Rooms are limited, though, so please reserve early! There are at least 18 restaurants available within the Galleria, at the Renaissance, or in the Cumberland Mall (connected via Sky Bridge), plus tons of shopping!

The conference will start on Thursday, July 14th, with Registration and the Vendor hall opening late-morning, followed by breakout sessions after lunch. Sessions will take place on Friday, Saturday from 9 am – 4 pm. Sessions will continue on Sunday starting at 9 am and commence with the Keynote address which will wrap up at 1 pm, to facilitate travel home.


Walkway between the Waverly Hotel and the Cobb Galleria

5+ After Parties

There will be several ‘official’ evening events during the conference, plus we anticipate lots of impromptu after parties. Bring your party shoes!

30+ Vendors/Sponsors

Our Vendor & Exhibitor Hall will be unprecedented! With more than 30 expected vendors, you’ll be able to shop for every type of carrier and accessory you can imagine. Stay tuned to IBC on Facebook and Twitter for sponsor announcements.

100+ Breakout Sessions

We’ll cover a broad spectrum of topics, with a variety of excellent speakers. This year, the sessions focus on four tracks:  Enthusiast (Beginner & Advanced), Educator (BWI and Non-BWI), Industry Professional (Manufacturer & Retailer) & Medical Professional. Everyone is welcome to sample sessions from all four tracks – they’re just to help you navigate the schedule.

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Pack your suitcase…carefully!

500+ Demo Dolls

TSA will probably be just a bit startled by all the dolls in suitcases! If you choose to carry a doll on, be sure it’s filled with non-metallic weights so it won’t cause a problem at the metal detector. If you’re in need of a quality demo doll, we’ll have both professional and DIY options – stay tuned for more info on both.

700+ Attendees

We anticipate over 700 attendees for 2016! That’s 699+ babywearing friends for you – some friendships to renew and others to make.

5000+ Carriers

Carriers for sale from vendors, carriers for sale or trade from attendees, and carriers for teaching in sessions add up! An average of 5 to 10 carriers per attendee means a LOT of carriers. Just think what that mountain of fluff would look like! Don’t forget to save room in your suitcase (or just bring an empty one along) to take your newly expanded stash home.


At IBC 2014, I got to do a lot of things:  meet my internet babywearing friends in person; teach a breakout session; attend great sessions taught by other babywearers; shop for both myself and my local lending library; hang out with my roomies; take (and pass) my ABE skills assessment; and more.  I learned a lot and laughed even more. It’s one of the most fun experiences I’ve had, especially since becoming a parent.  Spending so much quality time with other babywearers is not only a great way to learn and grow, but also a chance to both geek out and just be yourself – no other group will understand your babywearing hobby in quite the same way!

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Some Members of the BWI Board of Directors serving during the 2014 International Babywearing Conference

2016 will build on that foundation: more attendees; more friends; more sessions; more vendors; more shopping; more laughing; more everything! Come join the conversation on our Facebook chatter group and tell us what you’re looking forward to! Share your own #IBCByTheNumbers photos on Instagram.

05 Oct

International Babywearing Week Is Here

After months of anticipation, International Babywearing Week is here at last!  We have an exciting schedule of events across a variety of social media – with dozens of great prizes to give away courtesy of our generous sponsors! Be sure to check whether your local group has any events planned too! You can find a list of Official Celebrating Organizations here.

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The International Babywearing Committee has dozens of prizes to give away to lucky participants, including a few special surprises (giveaways are limited to US-based participants due to international sweepstakes laws). To participate, be sure to follow along on Facebook, Twitter (@babywearingweek), Periscope (@babywearingweek), and Instagram (@intlbabywearingweek) and join our Facebook group.

One great way to participate is by posting your photos with the hash tags #WeAreIBW2015 and #IBW2015. We’ll be drawing winners every few hours all day long on Saturday, October 10th from photos posted on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using both hashtags!

We’re very excited to celebrate another fantastic International Babywearing Week! Thanks to everyone who has joined in so far. We look forward to seeing lots of babywearers participating online as well as at events in your local community this week. Happy IBW!!


“[We are] super excited for ‪#‎IBW2015‬. We are planning a potluck get together, a scavenger hunt, and are looking forward to giving away a Lenny Lamb carrier to one of our members.

We have experienced a huge growth from last year to now, and I’m not sure we will be able to fit everyone in our group picture this year!!!” Tricities Babywearing

Struggling to fit everyone in the group picture is definitely an awesome problem to have! You go guys! What does your group have planned?










We are excited to participate in ‪#‎IBW2015‬ because it gives us a chance to share the babywearing love and all of its wonders with our community!”Babywearing International of Pinellas

BWI of Pinellas is a brand new group and has only been meeting for a few months. Do you have any tips for them? If you’re a leader, what do you wish someone had told you when you first started your group? If you’re a member of a group, what does your group do that really helped you succeed at babywearing?











I can’t wait for ‪#‎IBW2015‬! I’m planning to attend a Babywearing Ballerinas class with Babywearing International of Southern Maryland and teach an advanced wrapping class at Marigold” – Wrapping Rachel

If you haven’t checked out Rachel’s YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/WrappingRachel) you need to. She is an amazing resource for our community, and a super sweet mama. Thank you for all you do!










At Baby Tula, we are proud to share our passion with the world, because every baby deserves to be carried. We Are #ibw2015









28 Sep

Sponsor Highlight: LÍLLÉbaby with Kristin Przybylski

Kristin Przybylski works for LÍLLÉbaby as a Marketing Specialist. Kristin’s job includes social media outreach, coordinating the ambassador program, and working with educators in the lending library program. Please join us to learn more about LÍLLÉbaby and get a peek at their newest product offering.

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21 Sep

Get Ready for International Babywearing Week!

Screen Shot 2015-08-14 at 12.22.41 PMInternational Babywearing Week (October 4-10, 2015) is just a few short weeks away!  Don’t miss out on this opportunity to join babywearing groups and individuals around the world as we come together to celebrate and advocate for the practice of babywearing. Read More