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.

26 May

Chapter Highlight – BWI of Tallahassee

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In our Chapter Highlight series this month, we want to recognize one of our newer chapters, BWI of Tallahassee, which is less than one year old. 

The chapter began as Tallahassee Babywearers, which was founded by Rebecca Lewis. Rebecca, who is now a VBE with BWI of Columbia, was passionate about babywearing and wanted to share her love of babywearing with others. When Rebecca moved to Columbia, South Carolina, Stephanie Lynn and Ashley Anderson stepped up to keep the group going. They guided the group through the BWI affiliation process so they could utilize all the resources that BWI offers. In August 2014, the group became BWI of Tallahassee.

BWI of Tallahassee serves an area in the panhandle of Florida, comprised of Franklin, Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Taylor, and Wakulla counties. The main cities they serve are Tallahassee, Crawfordville, Quincy and Monticello. Stephanie Lynn is the President. She discovered babywearing when her son was about two months old and has been wearing her younger children since birth. Ashley, who is the Treasurer and Secretary, has been wearing her son since his birth, over two years ago.

As of now, the chapter regularly meets on the third Saturday each month. They hope to add a second meeting soon and are actively recruiting volunteers to make it happen! BWI of Tallahassee has volunteered at various outreach events and starting in July, they will attend brea10672174_714963621905228_1976127290717696400_nstfeeding meetings at both of the major local hospitals, with the goal of getting safe babywearing info into new parent packets.

Next month, they will have a mini photo shoot fundraiser, so they can buy more carriers for their library. Currently, the most popular ones are the Ergo and the Beco Soleil.

Want to know more about BWI of Tallahassee? You can find them on Facebook!

 

18 May

Babywearing Saved Me: Wardrobe Malfunctions

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Sometimes babywearing enhances your wardrobe because you have the perfect wrap to match your dress, shoes, and handbag. Sometimes babywearing enhances your wardrobe because a cute baby goes with and makes up for everything – even two-days-unshowered yoga pants and nursing tank chic. And sometimes babywearing enhances your wardrobe because you (or your child) wouldn’t be properly dressed AT ALL without that carrier. Today’s stories are about those days, when a baby carrier is a nursing cover, a top, a pair of pants and a handy child-porting device, all in one:

Katy Turnbull (a VBE with BWI of Rock-West) gave us this story:

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11 May

Teaching Tips for a SSC Hip Carry

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As babywearing educators, we are occasionally pushed outside our own babywearing comfort zone while teaching. For some, the hip carry in a Soft Structured Carrier (SSC) is just that. This carry is great for those who are not quite ready for a back carry, but who are looking for something more than just a front carry. It is also an excellent option to allow a baby to look out and around if you do not have a carrier designed for facing forward. I personally have found this carry to be wonderful at zoos and botanical gardens!

Get to know your SSCs
Not all SSCs can do a hip carry, and not all of the remaining SSCs do a hip carry the same

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04 May

BabyBjörn

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BabyBjörn is a well known name in the babywearing community. BabyBjörn has worked with Babywearing International over the last few years and has helped to support our mission to make babywearing a universally accepted practice. Join us for an interview with Bridgette Kovacevich, the marketing manager for BabySwede LLC and Cathy Dean, Vice President of Programs and Development for the BWI Board of Directors.

Cathy Dean: Tell us a little bit about yourself and about the history and mission of BabyBjörn.

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27 Apr

Chapter Highlight: BWI of Knoxville

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BWI Knoxville VBEs

Ashley Teller, a then VBE for BWI of Hampton Roads in Virginia, was moving to Knoxville. She used Facebook to help her find other babywearers in the community and found Mary Rodio and Jenny Arden. As it turned out, Mary was trying to start a BWI chapter with Carrie Plemons, while Jenny was trying to start a chapter with Sarah Murray. Coming together for the mission, the five teamed up and in January of 2014 became BWI of Knoxville.

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22 Apr

FAQ: Compliance for Consumers by The BCIA

This article, written by Linnea Catalan and re-posted with permission, was originally shared by the Baby Carrier Industry Alliance. You can find it posted here.

There’s a lot of confusion around baby carrier compliance. Here’s the rundown on what it all means, what to look for and what to avoid when you are shopping for a baby carrier. Much of this information is specific to the US market. Have a question about compliance in another country? Contact us and we’ll do our best to add it to our FAQ.

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Q: Why is compliance important?

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20 Apr

Babywearing (probably) Saved Me

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(Thank you to Anna Williams for sharing your story!)

I don’t talk about it much. Okay, I don’t really talk about it at all. I hint at it. I imply it. I make a joke, sprinkle in some curse words, and now we’re talking about something else.

But I *almost* had PND. And by *almost*, I mean — I did. But I never got around to seeing a professional about it.

I know I did because I’ve seen the big D many times in my life. I’ve lived the waking nightmare of piloting a body around in a soup of unintelligible despair awash with anxiety, heart running in a permanent race I didn’t enter, lungs pushing against the wall of panic. Where is the air? What day is it? I can’t feel my face. I can’t do anything right. I can’t swim. I can’t breathe.

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19 Apr

National Volunteer Week, part 7

IBW_copy_copyAs National Volunteer Week comes to an end, we would like to again issue a sincere thanks to our over 680 VBEs, ABEs, MBEs, CSVs, and committee members [see What the Heck is a VBE?]. You are the roots of the organization – you provide the foundation that makes us grow strong and steady. You do the work to feed this organization even when volunteering can be hard. But you keep coming back to see the smiles of successful caregivers who have two free hands, to see the sweet sleepy babies, to support the new parents in need of a solution in their parenting tool box, and to see families bonding and thriving. Thank you for all that you do. – Signed The BWI Board of Directors


The final volunteer that we want to feature this week (we should do more, right?) is Melinda Ciaccia from BWI of Chicagoland. She is a VBE with her sight set on becoming an Advanced Babywearing Educator (ABE), is Librarian, and serves on her chapter’s Board of Directors. She is looking forward to becoming more involved with BWI on a national level.

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18 Apr

National Volunteer Week, part 6

Crystal K2Today we turn to a nomination from Tonia Eden Mayton. Tonia says, “Crystal is our Birmingham chapter Vice President and does all the things. She is head of education and heads up all training for our Volunteer Babywearing Educators in Training (VBEiTs), does Babywearing 101 for our chapter meetings, and is always posting new videos on latest baby wearing practices. She is fervently working on spreadsheets and filling out forms and Google docs for our chapter, on top of being a mom to a 5 year old and 3 year old twins! Somehow she manages to get everything done, and with a smile!”

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