IBW2017 Featured Celebrating Organization: Kantoliinayhdistys ry Pohjanmaan paikallisjaosto & Babywearing Dancers of San Antonio

Kantoliinayhdistys ry Pohjanmaan paikallisjaosto, Vaasa, Ostrobothnia, Finland

 

Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/kly.pohjanmaa

Tell us a little bit about your group and the community it serves.

We are the local section of Finnish Babywearing Society for Ostrobothnia and registered since early 2017 even though there have been many active babywearers organising meetings informally previously already. We work on a voluntary basis on the Finnish western coast which is bilingual, both Finnish and Swedish are spoken. We organise regular babywearing meetings mainly in the city of Vaasa and offer peer support in babywearing in the Ostrobothnia region. With the help of several active peer supporters and an own sling library we are able to introduce babywearing to new parents and the interest towards ergonomic carriers and slings seems to be growing. No membership is required from participants – our monthly babywearing meetings are open to everyone and recently 15-55 parents and children have visited our events each time.

Kantoliinayhdistys ry Pohjanmaan paikallisjaosto

 

What is your baby wearing group or organization doing to celebrate IBW 2017?

We have a head start to the international babywearing week with an event dedicated to babywearing clothes on 30 September. In the cooperation with Finnish retailers Kantoliinakauppa and Ipanainen we are able to bring a wide selection of babywearing clothes and some other babywearing items to display in our city. This was a popular event last year, too, as the weather starts to get chillier at this time of the year in Finland. On 8 October we will organise a pop-up babywearing photoshoot outdoors with a local talented photographer Siru Leppälä who is a babywearer herself, too. Getting an own babywearing portrait as a memory of this unique time with child is important for many and this type of step-in photographing is easy to attend.


Babywearing Dancers of San Antonio, TX, San Antonio, TX USA

Instagram http://instagram.com/bwdsatx

Facebook page https://facebook.com/BWDSA/

Tell us a little bit about your group and the community it serves.
Babywearing Dancers of San Antonio, TX was established in April 2017. A group of babywearing parents joined together to practice for a flash mob competition. Some had previous dance experience and some had no dance experience. Many of the participants enjoyed the practices so much they decided to keep it as a regular thing! We now hold three monthly practices and hope to have a performance quarterly throughout the year!! We look forward to continuing to dance with our babies and spread the love for babywearing!

We had 20 people for our first flash mob, 40 people for our second flash mob and we now have 50 members!

Ashley (co-founder/co-Director) completed the GroovaRoo Teacher Training in August 2017, and Claudia (co-founder/co-director) is in the current GroovaRoo Teacher Training Class.

Babywearing Dancers of San Antonio, TX

 

What is your baby wearing group or organization doing to celebrate IBW 2017?

We are planning to post videos of our past and current dances each day via social media. We have scheduled a get together on the first day of IBW for dinner. October 6th we will be performing at a pre-game event for our local NBA team, the San Antonio Spurs. October 7th we will be participating in an event with our local La Leche League, BWI, GroovaRoo and Breastfeeding in Public Support Group to have a Babywearing dance class. October 8th we will have two flash mobs to finish the celebrations of IBW! Our first flash mob will be at a very popular park and the second flash mob will be at a local baby shop’s artisan market.

Getting things organized for the NBA Performance has been a little more involved than we originally thought. But we are excited for the flash mobs because they are always fun and unexpected for the audience!

How has your group incorporated the 2017 theme into your IBW celebrations?

We had planned a lot of our events before we knew the theme of IBW 2017. However once we knew the theme we started planned the group Babywearing dance class! We think offering the class to our local Babywearing and breastfeeding groups will really reach many families and help “thread us together” through a common bond.


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Thank you to the babywearers from Nosíme deti v Prešove for the photo and to their photographer Brano Novak.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/NosimeDetivPresove/
https://www.facebook.com/branonovakphotography/

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