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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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: http://www.rockinbaby.com/ )
Best Babywearing Outreach Event (Non-profit or Individual): It was a tie with Uzazi Village (link: http://www.uzazivillage.com/ ) and Lift Me Up: Babywearing to Thrive (link: http://www.babywearingtothrive.org/ )
Best Blog or Website Maintained by a BWI Chapter: BWI of Greater Austin (link: http://www.bwiaustin.org/ )
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: http://www.becobabycarrier.com/ ) 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!
THANK YOU ALL FOR A WONDERFUL WEEK!