Monthly Archives: October 2013

Meeting Recap: Saturday October 19th 2013 : Winter Wearing

This past Saturday’s meeting was on the subject of Winter Wearing! With the cool weather already starting to approach this meeting could not have come at a better time. The topic was lead by  VBE Beth with some insight from our other VBE’s Courtney, Sarah and Jill.

Beth first let everyone know that it is perfectly fine to wear a coat, sweater, fleece whatever you keep warm with under your carrier, and for your baby to do the same in the carrier. This is probably the easier, cheapest option for winter wearing but can easily become very bulky.  So Beth went on to explore the other winter wearing options available for both front and back carrying. Another easy option is to buy an over-sized coat or sweater and just zip baby right up into a front carry with you. For back carrying Beth suggesting buying a slightly over-sized fleece and cutting a head hole for baby.

Obviously company’s saw there was a need for such products so the first Coat  made for babywearing is Suse’s Kinder (http://www.suseskinder.com). Our library recently got a very nice winter wear vest made by Peekaru which is now part of the Boba family of products (http://store.bobafamily.com/outerwear). Beth next demonstrated a product she owns called a Monkey Pocket which just covers the carrier and baby.  She demonstrated a toddler sized Monkey Pocket but it does come in other sizes (http://monkeypockets.blogspot.com). CatBird also makes a winter carrier cover which our almost local to us store Once Upon a Sling carries (http://www.onceuponasling.com).

Another issue with winter babywearing is baby’s exposed legs. Typically you may have your baby in pants but with most carriers, wraps, slings whatever your using, the babies pants end up hiked up and ankles are then exposed. Beth suggested babylegs, or similar products to keep those ankles warm (http://www.babylegs.com)

Many people are interested in other DIY options. One of the easiest DIY options is a No-Sew Fleece Poncho. The Materials needed for this are 1.75 yards of fleece and a pair of scissors! More information on how to make this no-sew fleece poncho can be found here: http://www.fineandfairblog.com/2013/09/diy-no-sew-babywearing-poncho-coat.html . As discussed earlier another option is to turn a regular coat into a babywearing coat. DIY information for this project, which does involve sewing can be found here: http://thepurebaby.blogspot.com/2010/09/homemade-babywearing-coat-for-pure-baby.html .

Other winter babywearing Tips that Beth suggested is to pre-tie your stretchy or woven wrap to help keel the tails from dragging in the wet and snow. Also with a wrap you can  use the pocket method and attempt to keep your tails tucked in your pockets while wrapping. Beth said her favorite method was to just to tuck baby in her coat and then wrap once inside the store. Also using a SSC or a ring sling might be a better option for particular wet winter days as there is not much risk of dragging the carrier on the wet ground!

 

Welsh Nursing Shawl Tutotrial

by VBE Kirsteen

For International Babywearing Week I will show the traditional Welsh Nursing Shawl Carry that my Scottish mother used to carry  my sister and I when we were wee.  I am  on location at Castlerigg Stone Circle in Keswick, England.

First you take your shawl and fold it in half to form a triangle.

 

Put across your back with both ends coming over your shoulders.

Pick up your baby onto your hip you wish to carry on.

Take the opposite side under your arm and tuck between your legs to hold tension.  This is similar to a rebozo carry.

Take the side the baby is on over their shoulder and around their legs.  Tuck the shawl  under babies bum.

Take the piece between your legs, pull out all slack and bring that piece over babies leg and tuck up and under the opposite side.

The babies weight will keep tension on the shawl keeping them in place.

 

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!!!