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 email@example.com 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!
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!