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.

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

14 Sep

The Best of TBW – An Introduction


My wrappee and I in 2006

It was the spring of 2006 when I found my community. I was anxiously expecting my fourth child and searching for reviews of baby carriers when I accidentally stumbled upon it. Tucked away in a quiet little corner of the internet, a small group of caregivers had come together to share information about a centuries-old parenting tool now known as babywearing.

TheBabywearer.com, or TBW as it’s commonly called, is a website dedicated to the education and advocacy of babywearing. TBW was built in 2003 by Jennifer Norton and Denby Angus. When searches to find comfortable carriers and information
about babywearing turned up little, Jennifer and Denby decided to build a website to help other caregivers find that information.


TBW founders Jeni and Denby

Jennifer writes, “I had hoped to find some way to compare types of carriers, reviews of brands, a listing of retailers etc. I bought a few different styles on-line to try them out; some that cost me a lot of money, some were well-loved by others (according to testimonials on the vendors’ sites) but many just didn’t work for me or Denby. It was a frustrating and expensive process. The best part of this phase was finding the Yahoo! babywearing email discussion group in about February, which introduced me to lots of new friends and more carriers!

After months of searching, buying, trying, sewing, etc. in July 2003 the idea for a babywearing information website was born, with the initial emphasis being a place to list all of the vendors and products, and for consumer reviews. Denby agreed this was a good idea and volunteered his assistance as webmaster, having previous programming experience but no web skills. Babywearing-related articles were added as an idea, and work began.

After four months of hard work and some bumps along the way, TBW officially launched on November 17th, 2003. The site grew rapidly and steadily; so much so that it required three web hosting upgrades in the first couple months.


Historical home pages; top circa 2003, middle circa 2006, bottom circa 2010

In 2006, TBW transferred ownership to Melanie (koalamama). The following year, ownership was transferred to Christy (MonteMama). She owned TBW until it was transferred to Crystal in 2010, who owned it until its final transfer to Babywearing International – for safe keeping – in 2013.

During all those years, TBW saw huge influxes of members and traffic. TBW  boomed with new vendors, carrier styles, and brands. Local communities and babywearing groups found each other in the forums and grew rapidly. Babywearers gathered together on TBW to geek about wrap qualities and intricacy of weaves. To compare strap angles and debate the pros and cons of seat darts. To discuss shoulder styles and construction methods. But it wasn’t all about the wearing, it was also about coming together to support each other. We laughed together, we cried together. We celebrated together and we mourned together.

In the past few years, much of the TBW community has migrated off-site to Facebook groups and other popular social media outlets as technology has evolved, but the history of how the babywearing community was built is still there on TBW, where we will hold it for future generations to discover.

I am excited to bring you this new blog series, The Best of TBW, where I will share some of the treasures on TBW with you. Whether you are an old school TBW alum, a brand new babywearer, or somewhere in between, there will be something for everyone.

“Each day learn something new, and just as important, relearn something old.” ~Robert Brault


Thebabywearer.com http://thebabywearer.com/forum/threads/todays-the-day-happy-birthday-tbw.3171/

Thebabywearer.com http://thebabywearer.com/forum/threads/tbw-time-capsule-the-history-and-evolution-of-the-babywearing-community.530187/

Robert Brault http://rbrault.blogspot.com/

08 Sep

Chapter Highlight: Babywearing International of the Bay Area, Inc.

Feb 2006 East Bay

BWI of the Bay Area has been meeting regularly for 10 years!

Our Chapter Highlight this month features one of Babywearing International’s oldest chapters, BWI of the Bay Area, Inc. Bay Area was one of the first chapters to affiliate when BWI started the affiliation process in 2008. The group traces its roots to 2005, when a few mothers from The Babywearer got together for an in-person babywearing play date. Now, two of their meetings – the Sunnyvale and Berkeley locations – have been held continuously for ten years! Read More

01 Sep

Babywearing Adventures : At the Zoo

This week, I took a 4 week old and a 3 year old to the zoo…with no stroller! The National Zoo in Washington, DC is part of the Smithsonian Museums, and is a great zoo that’s actually free to get into. (It still always strikes me as funny to see people going for their morning jog through the zoo when we go!) It’s a pretty large and spread out zoo, and the whole thing goes up (or down, depending on how you come in) a gentle slope.
We decided to do the trip stroller-free. We only own one stroller that we never use, and we would have had to use the carseat/travel system setup to use it with the 4 week old. Not ideal in our current hot weather. While we could have rented a stroller for around $10 at the zoo, we opted not to.

I packed a ring sling and a Boba Air (I have big 4 week old!) to use with the baby and it worked great! I wore the ring sling in the morning and switched to the Boba after a couple hours.The 3yo was free to run from exhibit to exhibit and we didn’t have to worry about pushing around a heavy load. We packed light in one shoulder bag (still room for diapers, drinks, light snacks, sunscreen etc) and my husband carried that while I carried the baby.


Last year, pre-baby, we took a zoo trip with our then-2-year-old and used a SSC with her. She walked in the morning, then after lunch I put her up on my back to go through the rest of the exhibits and gave her a rest.


Here are some benefits to babywearing at the zoo:

  • Crowds! Babywearing allows for easier navigation in crowds, and also makes many babies feel more secure in strange places with strange animals.
  • Many of the buildings/indoor exhibits do not allow strollers. This means that you have to haul anything you have stored in the stroller inside, leave someone outside with the stroller, or trust that nobody will take it! Also means that any stroller-sleeping members of your group will have to be woken up or someone will need to wait outside with them.
  • Easier to feed an infant. Whether bottle or breastfeeding, you don’t have to stop and unhook a small infant to feed them. You can just bottle feed or nurse directly in the carrier wherever you are!
  • Gets kids at your height. I would have loved to wear my 3yo in an SSC this year, but wasn’t quite feeling up to it with a newborn as well, and my husband didn’t want to babywear. This reminded me of the benefit of getting kids at your eye level. Though zoos do their best to make things visible to tiny eyes, often fences, foliage, or signage is lower down and blocking their field of view. Lots of times we had to lift her up in order to see what we were seeing. Babywearing gets them at your eye level so you don’t have to do that!
  • Toddlers walk SLOW. And don’t pay attention to where they are going. And complain a lot. Another reason I missed wearing my 3yo this year! We were constantly having to ask her to keep up or tell her to pay attention and look forward when she was walking so she didn’t walk directly into someone or something. By popping kiddo up on your back, you speed your trip up and decrease the nagging and whining percentages significantly!

11885311_10103966654314808_2337834986197114312_nWhile there, we also saw lots people with baby carriers and a stroller…which might be best of both worlds! So that’s another option that may work for you.

17 Aug

Babywearing Research – Part 3: The Future of Babywearing Research

Future-of-Babywearing-ResearchToday’s post is the third of three posts on Babywearing Research from Steffany Kerr, a Master Babywearing Educator with Babywearing International of O’ahu. Steffany has a research focus of examining babywearing instruction methods with high risk populations and babywearing instruction as a social welfare intervention.


In the first two parts of this three part series, I outlined common misconceptions about babywearing specific research and provided a short analysis on the benefits and limitations of the research currently available to our industry. Now, in Part 3 of this series, I will discuss current efforts within the babywearing industry to increase information availability and create a foundation of babywearing specific research. This article will not touch on all babywearing research endeavors, but will highlight a few collective measures.

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10 Aug

Chapter Highlight – BWI of Greenville North Carolina

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Babywearing International recently welcomed BWI of Greenville, North Carolina into the fold. Although they are called BWI of Greenville, they serve most of eastern North Carolina, which is largely populated by military families. Prior to their affiliation in June, they were known as Eastern NC Babywearers, started by Jackie Ramberg, a military wife and mom of three. Last year, Jackie asked Jennie Sanderson to help with the group. They’d been wanting to pursue affiliation for some time but didn’t have extra help to do so. Their group had grown very fast in the past few months, however, and they decided it was time. They added a few extra volunteers and went for it. Read More

03 Aug

Babywearing Research – Part 2: Relevant Research


Today’s post is the second of three posts on Babywearing Research from Steffany Kerr, a Master Babywearing Educator with Babywearing International of O’ahu. Steffany has a research focus of examining babywearing instruction methods with high risk populations and babywearing instruction as a social welfare intervention.

In Part 1 of this series, I discussed some common misconceptions about babywearing research and touched briefly on some of the resources that are currently available. Now, I will go into more detail about relevant sources and the extent to which we can draw from research within related disciplines. This is NOT a thorough academic literature review; other professionals in the industry are currently undertaking that project. I will not provide an in depth and expansive analysis of all relevant studies on each topic, nor will I address every possible research question. My intentions with this piece are to highlight information from related studies that may be useful, while noting the limitations of non-babywearing specific research. Some of the topics discussed will elicit a contentious response as they are hot topics within the industry. I will not be making any assertions about best practices in this article. My hope is to equip babywearers and babywearing educators with the capacity to look at the available research through the lense of a researcher, to gain insight on what we have to build from, and to identify what gaps we need to address. Read More

27 Jul

Creating a Normal Life with Severe Food Allergies: Our Adventures in Toddler Wearing

This post is written by Marissa Jennings, an educator with Babywearing International of Central Iowa. You can read this piece in it’s original format on their blog. Thanks for allowing us to re-post.

When my son Eli was only twelve weeks old, we discovered that his digestive system could not handle any cow’s milk protein in my breast milk, so I eliminated all dairy from my diet. About six months later, we were still in the same place and even witnessed Eli break out in a rash all over his mouth after simply being kissed by someone who just drank milk. At that point, we knew we were dealing with something more serious and decided to schedule an appointment for testing with an allergist. At eleven months old, Eli was diagnosed with anaphylactic allergies to milk, peanuts, and eggs (recently, we also added garlic to the list). Read More

20 Jul

Babywearing Research – Part I: Common Misunderstandings

Babywearing Research: Part 1, Common MisunderstandingsToday’s post comes from Steffany Kerr, a Master Babywearing Educator with Babywearing International of O’ahu. Steffany has a research focus of examining babywearing instruction methods with high risk populations and babywearing instruction as a social welfare intervention.



As a babywearing educator, I often encounter misinformation or questions about research regarding the practice of babywearing. Many of these questions are centered around settling debates about best practices. During these debates, articles are cited without much thought as to whether the information presented is indeed relevant to the topic at hand, or whether the content is reliable, valid, and/or statistically significant enough to warrant conclusive recommendations. Additionally, there is often the assumption that more research is available than we truly have. Through my work as a babywearing educator focusing on increasing the quantity and quality of babywearing-specific, statistically relevant, peer reviewed studies, I spend a lot of time attempting to clear up misconceptions about research and what we can deduce from the information that is currently available. In this three part blog series, I will identify some common misconceptions, clarify what information is currently available, and illustrate what efforts the industry is taking to increase the amount of babywearing-specific research.

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