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International Babywearing Week 2013: Get Carried Away Local Events!

October 7th through the 13th is International Babywearing Week! The theme this year is ‘Get Carried Away’! Our local BW Chapter has lots of events planned for the week because who doesn’t like to celebrate babywearing! So maybe we got a little carried away with the number of events but here is what we have in store for you!

First up is Flash Your Stash! This is our first event to kick off IBW and will be taking place at our usual meeting spot, the North Branch Library, October 7th at 5:30 PM. Jill will be the host of of this event. If you don’t know Jill she is a great volunteer to our group, helping handle fundraisers, welcome table and basically any day now should becoming a VBE! She is passionate about babywearing and even more so about her selection of carriers. This event is for anyone and everyone. You don’t have to be a member and you do not need to own any carriers. You can just come out and pet, touch, feel, maybe tryout some of the carriers owned by our members. The library is really great but our members have some brands, styles and fabric blends of carriers you may not be able to experience even within our large lending library! So come join us, bring all your carriers, or just you and your baby and socialize! More information for this event can be found in our Calendar. You can RSVP for this event at the following link. Don’t forget to RSVP for this event!

The next event is being hosted by our Veteran VBE and mom of 3 Courtney, and she really makes it look easy with her babywearing skills! She will be hosting a Make and Take Event at Thirty Thirty Coffee Co. in Peoria on the 8th at 5:30 PM. At this event, you will get the opportunity to make a retractable babywearing mirror to use for back carries. Don’t worry if you are not crafty, this one is easy enough for everyone! (thank goodness because I am the least crafty person you might ever meet!). The cost is $7.50. RSVP’s are needed by the 4th and the cost sent to our chapter paypal by that time. This event is open to anyone. Information can be found on our Calendar and even more information on this event can be found at the following link.

The event many have been waiting on, and its back by popular demand. WRAPPING 101! This will be hosted by our VBE’s Beth, Courtney and Sarah (and hopefully Jill, come on certification!). This event will actually be held at the Lakeview Library instead of our normal venue. It is on the 9th of October at 5:30 and should last 2 hours. If you have ever wanted to learn to wrap with a woven wrap this is the event for you! Our VBE’s will teach you about different materials, different lengths, how to choose, where to buy, plus how to use one safely. They will also demonstrate a few basic carries and be available for LOTS of hand on help to get you started off wrapping safely and correctly! You may bring your own woven or hybrid wrap (not a stretchy wrap) or you can borrow one for the meeting that are available from our lending library. A few demo dolls are also available but if you can bringing your wrappee (your baby/toddler) is even better! This course is great for an absolute beginner or if you just know a carry or 2 and want to really refine your wrapping skills! This event is open to anyone interested in wrapping. Space is limited for this event in order to provide the quality hands on help needed so please RSVP to this event using the following link!

Our knowledgeable Veteran VBE Kirsteen will be out of the country for IBW, and we sure will miss her at the events. She has agreed to post a tutorial to the blog in support and celebration of International Babywearing Week. So check back to our blog for Kirsteen’s tutorial!

Join Sarah our Newest VBE and wrap lover at Tanner’s Orchard’s for Babywearing and Apple picking! The group will gather at the pumpkin patch at 1 pm on the 12th of October. Babywearing makes all kinds of things easier – including apple picking. Come pick some apples for your pantry, enjoy fresh cider and doughnuts, and watch your kids go bananas over the petting zoo! Plus it is a great opportunity to socialize with other babywearing moms! This event is open to anyone! Please RSVP to this event by using the following link.

Our final event to Celebrate International Babywearing Week will be held on the 13th of October at 3 pm. Our group will be doing a babywearing walk at Grandview Park and we will walk along the drive. This event will be hosted by another Veteran VBE Beth. Who wouldn’t want to hang out and socialize with the knowledgeable Beth? So come out and enjoy the fall colors and spotlight babywearing in the community along the “world’s most beautiful drive” You need not be wearing a baby to join us. Feel free to bring spouses, older children, friendly dogs, anyone who wants to help show off babywearing at the end of International Babywearing Week! You can RSVP to this event at the following link.

Join us in one or all of our events to celebrate International Babywearing Week 2013, October 7th through the 13th!

Update: We are excited to welcome our newest VBE Jill! Certified just in time for IBW2013!!!

Babywearing on the Cheap: Saturday August 17th 2013 Meeting Topic

Our group meets the first Monday and the third Saturday of every month. The Monday meetings are open help times to try on carriers and get help with carriers you may already own. The Saturday meetings usually have a topic presented by one of our VBE’s or a guest speaker for the first 30 minutes of the meeting. Our latest topic was “Babywearing on the Cheap”. Once the topic is presented the meeting opens up to open help. There is a VBE at each “carrier station” to help you try on carriers.

Our VBE Courtney started us off this past Saturday’s meeting talking about how you can babywear within a budget you are comfortable with. The comparison of cars was presented as in some people drive porches and others drive a more affordable car. Baby carriers are the same way, there are offerings at just about any price point. At the bottom is the handout that was given out at the meeting. Carriers with an asterisk are available in our lending library.

If you are in the market for a soft structure carrier (SSC) on a budget The Boba Air which is one of lending library’s most recent carriers is of the most affordable SSC on the market, available new for under $75. For under $100 the Action Baby Carrier, Pognae, Moby Go and Connecta are available. Most of these are available in our lending library. Our lending library also offers the Boba 3G, Ergo, Onya, Scootababy, and Tula all for under $150. Other carriers available for that under $150 are the Beco, Catbird Baby Pikkolo, Angelpack and BabyHawk.

Mei Tais are another option you can find at affordable prices. For under $100 Kozy and Catbird Baby are avaiable to try in our library and the BabyHawk is another option. For under $150 our lending library hosts a Chimparoo Mei Tai.

Ring Slings are available for under $75 such as a Sleeping Baby Productions (SBP) or the Maya Wrap Ring Sling. Our library has an SBP carrier. For under $100 there are ring slings offered by Sakura Bloom, Snuggly Baby, Comfy Joey, BBSling all available in our library. Chimparoo also offers a ring sling fo under $100.

Woven Wraps are avaiable at many different price points, there are many that are available on a budget. For under $75 there is Walter’s Organic and The Wrap Nap Fairy. Our Library has a Wrapsody Bali Breeze, Colimacon et Cie (C & C) and a Chimparoo woven wrap all available new for under $100. Also available under $100 are Amazonas. Under $150 offers many more options. Our library has a Doncino, Hoppediz, Girasol, BBSleen and Didymos that could all be found for $150. Also available for $150 would be Storchenwiege, Easy Care and Little Frog.

All of the above are available for new at the prices mentioned but you might be able to find many of them at a similar or even lower price second hand. Although you should keep in mind that babycarriers do hold their market value. For buying used carriers some great resources include the “Babywearing Swap” group on Facebook as well as the “Babywearing on a Budget” another Facebook Group. Thebabywearer.com has forums for buying, selling and trading as well.

Many people often wonder if they could just make something or Do-it-Yourself (DIY). There are many DIY options that our VBE Kirsteen discussed at the meeting. A stretchy wrap is an easy DIY project as no sewing skills are required, as they can be made from Stretchy Jersey fabric that does not fray. A DIY wrap can also be made but does require sewing as it would need to be made from medium or bottom weight Linen, Cotton or Osenburg are the most commonly used. These fabric would need to be hemmed. Another DIY project that requires just a big more skill is the DIY Ring Sling. The same fabrics that can used for a woven wrap could also be used to make a ringsling. The key to making a DIY ringsling is quality materials like the use of gutermann thread. The rings for a DIY ring sling should be purchased from slingrings.com, which are tested for babywearing the rings should NOT be welded rings. Mei Tais and SSC could also be a DIY project but would need to only be attempted by someone with a relatively good experience with sewing. DIY Mei Tai’s can even be constructed from a table cloth as long as their is only a diagonal stretch not a horizontal or vertical stretch tot he fabric. http://www.sleepingbaby.net/ is a great resource for more in-depth DIY infomation and patterns.

Our VBE’s are avaiable at the meetings to answer or offer suggestions for any questions you may have. Attending a meeting is really best way to find out what carrier works for you. As our VBE Beth likes to say, Carriers are like jeans, what might fit me will probably not fit you. Babywearing can be an expensive hobby but there are many ways in which you can keep your baby close and still stay within your personal budget.

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June Membership Drive!


Are you new to BWI and wondering what it’s all about? Or maybe you’ve been a part of the group for a while and want to know how you can help and reap the benefits for less than one cup of coffee a month?
BWI of Peoria is a chapter of Babywearing International that is operated by Volunteer Babywearing Educators. They are certified through the organization so you are guaranteed expert help when you come to a meeting. Yearly memberships are always available for $30/year and normally half of each membership goes back to BWI with the other half staying within our own chapter.
But for the month of June, the entire $30 membership, which breaks down to only $2.50/month, stays with the Peoria chapter. This is great for everyone involved as it allows more carriers to be added to the lending library, which means more of a selection to see what you really love. Even then, it’s always great to see what else is available, which is possible with a membership. After you’ve been to two events, you have the option to checkout any of the carriers until the next event (roughly two weeks). You can then check out a new carrier. In essence, you can continually have one of nearly 50 of the lending library’s carriers!
You may have a carrier, or 10, but still need/want something different for an event you have coming up. Going to the waterpark and want to use a water sling? Or maybe you have a wedding and want to keep your shy little one close in a silk sling that goes with your attire. It’s vacation time and maybe you’re heading to Disney and know your big preschooler won’t be able to walk the whole day and want to check out a sturdy tote. With a membership, you have access to all the carriers for all of life’s events.
So if you’ve been wondering about the group, have been contemplating a membership, or need to renew, now is the time! Feel free to contact a VBE at info@bwiofpeoria.org for more information or to activate your membership. Memberships can also be purchased at the topic meeting on Saturday, June 15th.

What Can You Do While Babywearing? Be on the News!

By B

Last week, I had the opportunity to be interviewed for a local news show, Living Well, about our group and International Babywearing Week. I wore my daughter during the interview. Despite being in a strange new environment, with bright lights, strange machines and plenty of strangers, she was content, thanks to babywearing.

Here’s a clip of the interview.

 

Babywearing Journeys

If you’ve ever wondered more about our Volunteer Babywearing Educators (VBEs), about each of our babywearing journeys, this post is for you!

B’s story

Before my son was born in early 2008, I did a little reading and knew I wanted to wear him. I bought a padded sling and got a front pack from a friend. I thought we were all set! When he was born, we tried the carriers out. They really didn’t work like I expected them to. They were uncomfortable, hard to adjust, and I wasn’t always sure he was positioned correctly. Sometimes, they even felt unsafe. I did a little research online and decided to buy a pouch. We watched the videos, read the instructions. We were all set this time! No, he hated it. We could not find a comfortable position for him. I did more research, found TheBabyWearer.com, a community of passionate babywearing parents from around the world. I decided to try a wrap. Finally, babywearing clicked for us! Soon, I bought a mei tai, too. Since then, I’ve come to love every style of carrier for its own unique purpose. I’ve tried dozens and dozens of brands and researched many others. I wore my son nearly daily for the first 2.5 years of his life, well into my pregnancy with his sister. When she was born, I really was all set. I got more practice tandem wearing and perfected nursing a newborn in many styles of carriers. At 1 year old, she is worn daily and sometimes tandem worn with her brother or a friend.

I started doing babywearing education, informally, when my son was 1.5. I knew the value of trying carriers on with hands on help and how hard to find it was in our area. I did presentations to private groups, small and large, in homes, playgroups and  childbirth classes and staffed booths at women’s and parenting festivals. I met our other VBEs along the way and they became involved in educating, one by one. In 2011, we decide to form a BWI group. I’m at nearly every meeting, demonstrating different carriers with my now 1 year old daughter and sometimes with her 4.5 year old brother.  I love how easy babywearing has made the transition to two children and I love helping others to enjoy the closeness and ease the babywearing provides.

KSC is on babymoon with new baby girl, A. She started doing babywearing education with B in 2010 and is a founding VBE and co-leader for BWI of Peoria.

By CS

My Babywearing Journey

Before I ever had my kids, I was downtown at a Farmer’s Market and I saw a mom wearing a child.  I believe it was the first time I had ever seen anyone babywearing and I remember thinking it was so cool.  She was using a green woven wrap in a front carry and busily doing her shopping.  She didn’t have a stroller slowing her down, she look so confident, at ease and her child looked so content.  That is how I want to be a mother and I knew that I was going to have to research babywearing.  

Fast forward till I am pregnant with my daughter and taking Bradley Classes in preparation for her birth.  The Bradley Method is taught in a series of 12 classes.  I can’t tell you how many of the classes featured the instructor or her husband wearing their youngest daughter.  They used ring slings primarily and further cemented the idea of babywearing in my mind.

I started researching the topic and came across a article recommending the New Native Pouch.  I ended up purchasing this carrier to try with my daughter.  In retrospect, this was not the right carrier for me and I wish that I had tried other carriers before purchasing.    Luckily shortly after, I did have an opportunity to see many carriers.  My birth class had a reunion and our Bradley Instructor had arranged for a presentation by our very own Volunteer Babywearing Educator (VBE) B.  This was the first time that I had met B and she walked our class through the different types of carriers and then gave some one-on-one help.  After some email help from B as well, I ended up purchasing my first woven wrap – a storchenwiege.

I have added another child as well as many more carriers to my collection.  I advocate babywearing to all of the pregnant people I know.  Just recently I was certified as a VBE myself.  I look forward to increasing my knowledge and to helping to spread babywearing to other parents as well. 

HD’s story

I have been babywearing for over 4 years.  I have two boys, ages 4 and 18 months.  Before I was even pregnant with my first child, I knew that I wanted to babywear.  Once I started researching babywearing and the benefits, I was completely sold.  My first carrier was an Ergobaby SSC with an infant insert and I started wearing my son right away.  I loved being so close to him, with all the conveniences, like having my hands free and nursing coverage.  At that point in time, I knew zero people who were babywearers and I rarely saw anyone in my community wearing their child.  When my son was a few months old, I met a small group of like minded mamas and my babywearing interest grew as I discovered other types of carriers such as ring slings, pouches and wraps.  Soon I had a carrier for several occasions and to match my clothes!  I continued to wear my older son throughout most of the pregnancy with my second son and even still occasionally wear him.  By the time my second child was born, I was fully immersed in the local babywearing community and even helping promote awareness of a small local group.  A few of us decided to bring our group to the next level and become part of Babywearing International.  At first, I helped with paperwork and promotional things, but have since become a Volunteer Babywearing Educator.  I love introducing and helping new moms and dads find a new lifestyle in babywearing.  I am sad that my “baby”wearing journey had ended, but happy that I still have a few more years of “toddler”wearing to enjoy!

Happy International Babywearing Week!

By B

Today kicks off International Babywearing Week, which continues until the 14th. We are so so excited to be celebrating this as an official BWI group this year. Last year at this time, we were a new group, just starting out, working to build our carrier library. We celebrated with a walk at the mall to raise awareness of babywearing.

We talked to one lady about carriers. She wasn’t interested. Ha!
We’ve come soooo far since then — over 150 blog posts, dozens of meetups, dozens of members, over 40 carriers and growing,

four VBEs. Here’s what we’re doing to celebrate:

We got the mayor of Peoria to issue a proclamation, declaring it officially International Babywearing Week in Peoria.

We have tons of events

Monday- park playdate at Bicycle Safety Town. We’ll just hang out, chat about carriers, snap some pics to share on our Facebook page and on the Babywearing International page

Tuesday- Check back here to learn more about each of our VBEs and their babywearing journeys.
Also, you can participate in the blog contest Babywearing International is putting on.Write a blog post about your babywearing journey or why babywearing is important to you and submit a link to phoenix@babywearinginternational.orgto be entered in the contest.  A link to your blog post will be shared on babywearinginternational.org

Wednesday- Babywearing International is partnering with The Babywearer again this year and is going to giveaway some AWESOME prizes and have lots of fun. Twitter party  1pm Central Time on Wednesday October 10th and at 9pm EST Saturday October 13th. Use hashtag #IBW2012 and start gathering your pictures to share for a chance to win some awesome prizes! (Hints for pictures: Something old, something new, something awkward, and dads on the move!)

Thursday- Make and Take Sewing Event.  Come flex your sewing muscles as we make a project in honor of International Babywearing Week! Two projects offered: drool pads (for carriers) or drool scarves. Don’t have a drooling baby? Make one as a gift! Don’t know how to sew? No problem, we’ll show you!

Bring a friend- this will be fun!

Details:

*Please RSVP- limited to 12

*Projects will take approximately 30 minutes to make; you do not need to stay the entire 2 hours.

*Please bring or plan to purchase fabric for your project- approx. 1/4 yard of a cute print/solid and a small, old towel (or 1/4 yard terrycloth). For the drool pads, you will also need about 6 inches of hook/loop.

*Prairie Points will offer a 10% discount on fabric you purchase that night.

*Please let me know if you have a machine to bring.

*Example of a drool pad: http://www.etsy.com/listing/95537538/organic-reversible-drool-padssuck-pads?ref=v1_other_1

*Example of the drool scarf: http://www.etsy.com/listing/105863039/reversible-bandana-bib-windelpopo?ref=sr_gallery_26&ga_search_query=drool+scarf&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=ZZ&ga_min=0&ga_max=0&ga_search_type=all

Friday- This is Flash Mob Friday. We at BWI of Peoria are not slick enough to organize a flash mob, so we’ll be posting links to other groups’ flash mobs on our Facebook page. :)
Saturday- Meet and Greet Breakfast with Caren Burnett, the WAHM behind Olives and Applesauce carriers! We’ll be enjoying a light breakfast and some of the amazing coffee sold at Thirty Thirty on Main St in Peoria. We’ll be there from 9-11am. Space is limited for this event, so you do need to RSVP. We’ll have several older style versions of the O&A there to geek out and compare with the new one. You can ask Caren questions or just stare her in awe!

Then, Saturday night at 8 pm, Babywearing International will be doing another Twitter party to win great prizes. Remember to use #ibw2012 and direct your comments @Thebabywearer and @BabywearingIntl in your tweets
Sunday- We’ll be doing a walk on beautiful Grandview Drive. We can enjoy the gorgeous fall colors while we raise awareness of babywearing. Moms, dad, grandparents, other caregivers, kids wearing dolls, all are welcome!
Don’t forget to sign in at each event to get entered in the drawing we’ll do at the beginning of next week. Each event gets you one entry. Bringing a friend to their first BWI event gets you an extra entry. We have some great prizes, including a book donated by Didymos and a mini (kids) carrier donated by Beco!

Fundraising

By B

I thought I’d take some time, telethon style, to talk about fundraising. We are a non-profit group. All of our meetings are free, all the help we offer is free. You can try on any of the thirty-something carriers in the library and get hands on help from our certified Educators at any meeting for no cost. Since all this awesomeness is available free, how, exactly do we get money?

First, let’s talk about what our money does and does not go towards. None of our funds ever go toward paying anyone involved with our group. 100% of our funds go to running the group. Our budget goes to lots of little incidental things, like our banner or name tag holders, to some important things like dues for our chapter and the domain name for our site and to carriers. Though many of our carriers have been donated, more have been purchased, generally at some sort of discount. Some vendors donate a carrier, but ask that we pay shipping. Our number one priority has been building our carrier library. We are pretty proud of it, especially for a less than one year old group, but there are a few things we have our eyes on. We would like to eventually have the funds to do larger outreach events, as well.

Part of any funds we raise goes to our parent organization, Babywearing International. These funds provide our group with liability insurance, brochures and the umbrella of a larger organization with a big name and a strong reputation, among other things.

Memberships to BWI are always available. For $30/year, you can become a member of our group, complete with the privilege to borrow carriers from our library.  We also have some other great fundraisers going on now!

Between now and October 26th, you can make a purchase of fall flower bulbs through our Flower Power Fundraiser and have 50% of the proceeds go to our group! Your purchase is shipped right to you, so this is a way for people who don’t live in the Peoria area, but who maybe enjoy our blog and want to support the work we do, to help us out.

If you are in the Central IL area, you might like to buy a Peoria Dining Tour book. For $30, you get 330 coupons for 100 different restaurants and eateries, good through November 2013. These are terrific for families and make a great gift. My family loved them and we’ve found they pay for themselves in only a few dinners out. You can see a list of participating restaurants. You can pick up a book at any of our meetings through then end of the year.

Another great fundraiser for local types is the Monkey Joe’s event we have coming up! Tuesday, September 25th, from 2-5 pm, we’ll be hanging at Monkey Joe’s!

If you print off the flier (from the Facebook event) and show it to them at the door, we get a 40% of your admission! Babywearing can be a lifesaver at this place. We first took my son, then 3, when my daughter was only a few months old. Since I was wearing her, I was able to safely help my son climb into bouncers and catch him at the bottom of slides without worrying about dropping a tiny baby. We’ve been a number of times since and I’ve worn her each time.

Feel free to pop in and stay for as long as you please. Also, please share the link to the flier. Anyone can help our group raise funds during this event; they don’t have to come over and visit it they’d rather not.

We have one more pretty exciting fundraiser coming up as well, but I’ll save that for my post on International Babywearing Week events.

 

Olives and Applesauce Photo Contest

By  B

We posted this info on our Facebook page, but, in case you missed it, I’ll talk about it again.

We are so very excited to be involved with the Olives and Applesauce promotional photo shoot. This is something I was personally involved with last year. All of the pics on the main page are local parents.

O&A isn’t in the Peoria area, but the photographer that they use, Treasured Images by Sara, is.

She’s super talented and this is so much fun to be a part of! Olives and Applesauce carriers are  near and dear to me. It was the very first soft structured carrier I bought to use with my son.

I still own it and wear him in it from time to time, at 4 1/2. Caren of O&A provided one of the first carrier donations when we were starting up BWI of Peoria. So, I’m very jazzed to be invited to participate again!

This year, they are having a contest to help find models for the shoot. To enter, follow this link. You’ll need to write a short essay about how babywearing has impacted your life and submit a photo of you and your child in an O&A carrier. If you do not own an Olives and Applesauce carrier, you are welcome to borrow a friend’s, come to a meeting and try on one from the lending library or meet up with Anna Hubbard of Once Upon A Sling. Applicants are encouraged to come try on a carrier and take a snapshot of yourselves.

If you choose this route, please also bring someone along with you to take the photo for submission as we can’t be trusted to take your pic for this submission.

If you’re chosen, you’ll be a part of the Olives and Applesauce promotional photo shoot. Your photo will grace the website, their Facebook page, maybe their printed material. You could be a famous babywearing model! You’ll get to choose a photo from your shoot to keep. You’ll WIN a FREE Olives and Applesauce carrier!!! And, you’ll get to have an awesome “authentic Peoria” lunch with all us gals. The photo shoot is Saturday, October 13th, 2012 from approximately noon – 5p.m, in Peoria. Sessions will last 60-90 minutes, so no need to be there the whole day. You will need to travel here at your expense if you are chosen.

The contest is open until midnight on September 15th. BWI of Peoria has 2 meeting before then if you need to try on an O&A, one on the 10th and one on the 15th. Obviously, the O&A will not be available for lending until after the contest deadline.

I can’t wait to meet the winner!

World Breastfeeding Week Celebration

By B

We’re so excited about a big event coming up, the World Breastfeeding Week Celebration!

 

This event is near and dear to me. This will be the fifth year for me to attend this event, the fourth as a babywearing educator. (Well, last year, someone got carsick on the way there, so I had to miss out, but anyway.) This is one of the first events I attended as an educator, when my son was just a toddler. As a nursing mama, I love this event. I know how babywearing can make nursing soooo much easier, so it’s awesome for me to be able to share that with mamas who need the help. Being able to nurse hands free, especially when you have older children, is fantastic. Being able to nurse discreetly in public, when you are nervous about being overexposed, is invaluable.

If you’d like more info about nursing in a carrier, nursing not in a carrier, using a carrier while not nursing, if you are a breastfeeding mom, were a breastfeeding mom, are a partner to a breastfeeding mom, even if you just want to support breastfeeding moms, come out to this great event!

See the part in the flier that mentions “babywearing style show”? That’s us! In addition to having a booth with all the carriers in our library, plus great info and our fabulous certified Volunteer Babywearing Educators, we’ll be putting on the Babywearing Style Show. Come see some of our beautiful carriers in action. We’ll also be providing some great items for the giveaways, including a few terrific items donated by Olives and Applesauce!

Babywearing – A Parenting Tool not a Parenting Method

By CS

 

Traditional, Attachment, Authoritative, Unconditional, Simplictiy, Authoritarian…It is enough to make your head spin and there are diehard proponents and opponents of both.  Parenting is a individual choice and varies widely between families.  Babywearing reaches across all different types of parenting.  A lot of people do associate babywearing with some of the more alternative methods of parenting but it doesn’t have to be.  Babywearing International of Peoria is not associated with any parenting groups and we don’t tell you how to parent your child.  We help you learn to safely carry your child and we show you the different carrier options.

There are lots of benefits to babywearing.  Among others, it can help you calm a fussy child, get your vacuuming done,

play games with an older child or coax a child to fall asleep.

Babywearing is a tool, a way to help any parent be a better parent and what it means to be a better parent is up to you.  It can also be a tool other caregivers can use.  I’ve seen grandparents, aunts, uncles, older siblings, babysitters and friends wearing babies.  You can wear your baby anytime and anywhere,  I’ve worn my kids at my house, shopping, sporting events, concerts, church, hiking, etc.

There are lots of reason to look further at babywearing and thinking that babywearing makes you a certain type of parent is not a good reason to reject it.  Most people find that babywearing is easy and beneficial.  We invite you to attend a babywearing event and see for yourself.