International Babywearing Week 2014 Wrap Up – Share the Adventure

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We had so much fun celebrating International Babywearing Week 2014! This year’s theme was “Share the Adventure,” and our chapters did a great job of sharing babywearing love and going on adventures!

Share The Adventure

So many chapters came up with fun events this year to celebrate International Babywearing Week! Lots of groups, including Birmingham and Tallahassee, turned their babywearers into ballerinas for a day with a ballet class.

Birmingham ballerinas!
Twirling in Tallahassee!
Twirling in Tallahassee!

Yoga was also a popular outing, with Wichita and Northern Colorado holding outdoor babywearing yoga classes while enjoying the beautiful fall weather. Grand Rapids even rocked out with a babywearing Zumba class!

BWI Wichita
BWI Wichita
BWI of Northern Colorado
BWI of Northern Colorado

Hawaii, Kitsap, Grand Rapids, and Birmingham also hosted outdoor events ranging from pumpkin picking to wilderness hikes. It’s crazy to see how different fall temperatures are across the country, but it seems like it was a gorgeous week all around.

BWI Hawaii members on a hike!
BWI Hawaii members on a hike!
BWi Kitsap!
BWi Kitsap!
BWI Birmingham in the pumpkin patch

Southern Maryland extended the week by participating in the local Oyster Festival with a babywearing fashion show and carrier race – they even got the Oyster King to participate in the festivities!

VBEs with the Oyster King (and Oyster Princess Baby!)
VBEs with the Oyster King (and Oyster Princess Baby!)

We love seeing these fun babywearing events, and are happy that you can still participate in these types of events as a parent, while having your baby close to you! Thanks so much to all the local chapter coordinators for setting up group events, and thanks to all our wonderful members for participating and making them awesome!

Did your chapter do something awesome for Babywearing Week? Give them props and leave a comment!

Sponsors and Prize Winners

We also could not have done any of this without our amazing sponsors! Please like their Facebook pages, follow them on Twitter and Instagram, and encourage all of your group members to do the same! Let’s flood them with appreciation!

Diamond Sponsors:
Ergobaby, Lille Baby
Platinum Sponsors:
Artipoppe, Baby K’Tan, Beachfront Baby, Beco, Diva Milano, Marsupial Mamas, Nunamoochie, Risaroo Wovens
Gold Sponsors:
Happy Family Organic Superfoods, Home Faking It, Itsy Bitsy Bums, Pognae USA, SlingRings, Wrapsody
Silver Sponsors:
Catbirdbaby, Sleeping Baby Productions
Bronze Sponsors:
BabyloniaUSA, Bity Bean, Comfy Joey, Connecta, Golden Thread Ministries, Hip Mommy, Poe Wovens, Sling With Me, Twiga, Wearing Is Caring
Giveaways provided by:
Active Baby Carriers, Antama, Beco, Cloth of Kin, Connecta, Dearest Diapers, Home Faking it, Kiwi Baby Shop, Mommy Con, Nanay At AKO Boutique (which is an online boutique), Onya Baby, Risaroo Baby Carriers and more, Risaroo Wovens, Starbright, The Mommy Workout, Vaquero Wovens
Did you take advantage of the awesome discount codes provided? We have the following companies to thank for those:
Active Baby Carriers, Babylonia Beachfront Baby, Comfy Joey, Connecta, Dearest Diapers, Kiwi Baby, Little Fingers Gifts, MommyCon, Bundles of Joy Shopping Nunamoochie, Poe Wovens, Risaroo, Sew Baby Says, Simply Carried, Sleepydust Slings, Starbright Baby, Twiga
Other Generous Sponsors: Crunchy Mama Love, Diva Cup, Healthy Living with Kelli Stewart, His & Hers Homemade, Sew Baby Says, Wallypop
And finally, thanks to those sponsors, congratulations to all of our award winners that won items for the national organization.

Each year Babywearing International presents a series of awards to outstanding members of the babywearing community. Here are the 2014 International Babywearing Week Award Winners.

The Jennifer Rosenberg Babywearing Advocate of the Year Award: Hedwych Veeman

The Vijay Owens Babywearing Advocacy Award for Lifetime Achievement in Promoting Babywearing: Vesta Garcia

Best Babywearing Outreach Program (Vendor or Business): Rockin’ Baby (link: )

Best Babywearing Outreach Event (Non-profit or Individual): It was a tie with Uzazi Village (link: ) and Lift Me Up: Babywearing to Thrive (link: )

Best Blog or Website Maintained by a BWI Chapter: BWI of Greater Austin (link: )

BWI Outstanding Educators: It was a three way tie with TaiLeah Madill of BWI of Phoenix, Heather Snaman Frech of BWI of Greater Austin, and Sara Stephenson of BWI of Chicagoland

BWI Outstanding Supporter: Alli Novak of BWI of the Bay Area

Beco Baby Carriers (link: ) donated 5 carriers each to both Uzazi Village and Lift Me Up: Babywearing to Thrive because they won Best Babywearing Outreach Event for a Non-profit or Individual. On top of that, they agreed to donate one more carrier for every 200 shares of a post on Facebook. There were over 600 shares so Beco is donating an extra three carriers to each of them. How awesome of Beco!