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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
*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/
*Example of the drool scarf: http://www.etsy.com/
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