IBW Bash Platinum Sponsor Highlight: Tekhni Wovens

Tekhni Wovens is a local business in Grayslake, IL, just north of Chicago. Tekhni woven wraps come in a variety of designs, sizes, textures and blends; tussah silk, tencel, linen, 100% cotton, and Repreve.  Tekhni has done wonderful and innovative things by incorporating Repreve blend wraps into the babywearing world. Repreve is made from recycled plastic bottles, and makes uniquely textured, breathable wraps that also help to wick away moisture. Tekhni also makes a variety of wrap conversion items dedicated to keeping caregivers hands free and accessorized daily, even if you’re not wearing a baby. No wrap scraps go to waste as they can be used for almost anything you can think of; hipsacks, traveler and cross-body bags, headbands, bows, teethers, drool pads and much more!

About Tekhni: a new twist on the age-old practice of babywearing, Tekhni brings style and fresh beauty to your everyday. We feature wraparound carriers and ring slings in a variety of designs, colors and blends, with new offerings added on a regular basis. keep your little ones close with our selection of fine baby carriers.



This business has come a very long way in such a short amount of time. Owner, Alisa DeMarco, works countless hours building a successful business and being a working mom for her growing family! Alisa has helped to make babywearing accessible to our community by her passion and generosity, for which we are all sincerely grateful.




#studiotekhni #tekhniwovens #tekhni


IBW Bash 2018 Platinum Sponsor Highlight: Alyssa Bee Photography

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My mission is to remove limitations on creativity by offering customized photography sessions based on the customer’s vision in a comfortable setting capturing your personality and natural expressions while minimizing your flaws.

Photography has been a part of my life since high school. I loved taking and being in pictures with my friends. I remember dropping off the rolls of film and couldn’t wait to frame them around my room. My passion for photography heightened when i bought my first real camera and quickly outgrew it and a few more along the way. I started by using my friends son as my practice subject which quickly grew into more friends with kids and this journey had led me to where I am today. Today, I enjoy photographing families, kids, engagements, maternity, smash cakes, milestones, holiday photos, special events and more!


Photography- Servicing families in the Northwest & Western Suburbs.
Family, Kids, Engagements, Maternity, Smash Cakes, Milestones, Holiday Photos, Senior Portraits, Special Events and more!

When I am dealing with kids who are not wanting to do what I asked or just not having it, I ask them if they want to play a game. Most kids say yes!
I ask them if they want to race to me when I say GO or count to 3. Then their minds are off the camera and back to doing what I want them too, smiling and having fun!

I spend more time talking to my clients about their needs than I spend taking pictures they don’t want.

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#AlyssaBeePhotography #Family&MorePhotographer #NW&WESTERNSUBURBS


IBW Bash 2018 Silver Sponsor Highlight: FireZone


Everything & Anything Firefighters, Fire Trucks & Firefighting Fun

FireZone is the ultimate Edutainment center providing a safe, clean, fun, and engaging environment for children to play in and explore. FireZone’s supervised activities ensure children’s safety, while challenging them to think, interact, imagine and have fun.
FireZone is dedicated to creating memories and igniting the inner hero in everyone.

Birthday Parties  –  Field Trips  –  Group Events  –  Playtimes  –  Team Building  – Facility Rentals




The FireZone is a firefighter owned and operated business.

The FireZone is a one-of-a-kind fire safety activity center and event facility for all ages and occasions.

The FireZone is an interactive environment, allowing a uniquely fun, hands-on look into the world of firefighting.

The FireZone features a firehouse theme with real firefighters, fire engines, educational displays, firefighter activity stations and programming to allow an imaginatively fun, learning experience.

The FireZone provides a safe, clean, fun, and engaging environment for children to play in and explore. The FireZone’s supervised activities will ensure children’s safety, while challenging them to think, interact, imagine and have fun. We recognize that parents have numerous choices when selecting activities for their children’s special events and that is why we are driven to providing a fantastically fun and unique party facility.


IBW Bash 2018 Gold Sponsor Highlight: The Boppy Company

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The Boppy Story

The Story of the Little Pillow that Created a Mighty Brand

It was 1989 in Evergreen, CO, the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, where Susan Brown, mom and inventor, created a product to help solve a problem. Little did she know her product and brand would become a household name throughout the world. It all began when she received a request from her daughter’s daycare. The daycare asked parents to make pillows that could support babies when they were not being held. After a few prototypes, the Original Boppy® Pillow was born!

Three decades later and with a full team of 27 employees, the Boppy® Feeding and Infant Support Pillow is still supporting moms, dads, grandparents and babies. Word of mouth picked up quickly and the good news traveled, the Boppy Pillow became the essential must-have item for every parent because of its comfort and versatility.




Encouraged by happy moms, dads and babies, we expanded our family of products to include travel accessories, prenatal and postnatal support. Proud of our heritage and Boppy community throughout all of our office employees, manufacturing facilities and distribution centers, we pride ourselves on developing products that support families.

Each Boppy product is created with passion, precision and pride. Materials are sourced through our socially responsible facilities before transforming into your beloved Boppy must-haves. Products must exceed all safety standards and pass inspection before we are satisfied.

While producing amazing products to support parenthood is what we do, we also want to do our part to give back. It is important for us to empower, support and educate Mom throughout her journey of motherhood. We envision a better world for all Momkind. Thanks to you and the other millions of parents out there we have been able to support thousands of families in need, specifically military families, through in-kind donations.

Stay tuned as we continue to support parents everywhere in their new stage of life.

We are: Makers. Dreamers. Inventors. Comfort Enthusiasts. Supporters of all Moms & Dads. Baby Lovers. We are just like you.



IBW Bash 2018 Silver Sponsor Highlight: Cute Awaking

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About Cute Awaking:

In 2014, we were graced with the addition of our fourth child.
With his arrival, I dove into babywearing, and fell in love with the culture.
Who wouldn’t love the extra snuggle time and the added ability to get things done at the same time?!

Creating custom buckle onbuhimo and reverse onbuhimo, as well as mesh water ring slings and mesh water onbuhimo.

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$170.00 towards a custom conversion onbuhimo with your wrap, or you can choose to use it towards an in stock ready made, or towards an in stock fabric conversion.


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IBW Bash 2018 Gold Sponsor Highlight: 2Lambie Creations

2Lambie Creations is a family owned and operated business. Our busy family of five includes of two teenagers and one lively preschooler. When my youngest was born, I began struggling with an autoimmune condition that flared-up following delivery. This rocky start was not only physical, but emotional as well. I was exhausted and turned to babywearing as a means to keep my baby close while I cared for my older children. I found this comfort not only worked for me but also soothed my little one. I quickly found that I could not carry my baby in the traditional SSC (a front carrier that was gifted to me at my baby shower), leading me to look for a different way to carry. I quickly learned about ring slings which allowed me to front carry, but off to the side and I managed to carry her for hours this way. Alexa went where I went, slept on me in the sling as we did our best to keep up with our busy and adventurous teenagers.  But after she reached 18 months old, my petite toddler was beginning to get too heavy for me to carry for long periods of time. I needed another option — a back carry perhaps. I turned to a wonderfully designed SSC that was not only well made, but also beautiful. It was a lovely carrier, but unfortunately the waist belt was still not a comfortable way for me to carry due to the pressure placed on my abdomen. I had to find another option for a back carry. Out of necessity I pulled out my sewing machine and quite literally cut the waist band off of my loved SSC, reconfigured it and landed on a design I was later told was an onbu or onbuhimo design popularized in Japan. Yes, my dreams were answered, except I could not buy one in the United States which led me to this quest … to design my very own onbuhimo. Now I share with you 2Lambie Creations. A beautiful, functional, and comfortable baby carrier.”



#2Lambie #WhatsYour2 #Onbuhimo #MehDai #BW2Crew #Babywearing #BabyCarrier

IBW Bash 2018 Silver Sponsor Highlight: Fresh Apparel

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Fresh Apparel is a lifestyle brand geared towards the light side of parenting.

Premium graphic apparel, drink ware and accessories!!

Mom run business and staff are all moms.

Fresh Apparel is about more than tees – the company was started by a Missouri-based mom of two with the goal of bringing cool, realistic style to families everywhere. We do things in rad ways. We have fun. We make fun – of ourselves – and bring a unique perspective to life. Each graphic tee, hoodie, and raglan was designed to capture a moment of family life, to celebrate it and eternalize it. But to look fresh doing so.
Shop owner Amanda Mezo Stauffer graduated from Michigan State University and moved with her hubby Erik to Missouri, where she had a successful real estate career. But her two young kiddos, Brody and Lola, inspired her to press pause and stay home for a while. Amanda’s experiences in the mom life have certainly informed the brand’s hip, humorous vibe and creative parenting perspective.
 Amanda is into natural parenting and rap music. When she’s not designing your next favorite tee in her downtown office, you’re likeliest to find her snacking on jalapeno Cheetos or sweating them off at CrossFit.
 Most of the kids’ tees in the shop are geared toward both boys and girls. All apparel is screen printed by hand on high-quality, comfy knits for babies, tots, and adults. We’re not fancy, we’re fresh. If you are too, you’re shopping in the right spot.

#buyallthefreshapparel #freshappareltees

IBW Bash 2018 Platinum Sponsor Highlight: RxBar

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“We started RX in our kitchen.

No venture capitalists. No consultants. No office. Just best friends. Eager and broke. Upfront about it. We don’t have anything against conventional wisdom. We just don’t always follow it. Even today – we’ve got healthy ambitions, the usual insecurities, and all the other stuff that keeps us human. And this will never change.

We never cut corners. If a product doesn’t meet our high standards, we won’t ship it. Period. ‘Okay’ is never good enough. Take our Coconut Chocolate bar. We’ve gone through over 250 formulations. Always improving, little by little. We kind of need to get it right. Strange, but it turns out fear of failure tastes pretty good.

Starting a business with your best friend is great. It’s also really challenging. The reason RX works and we’re still friends is we know who we are – and who we’re not. Steadiness and risk-taking; together, we strike a good balance. We know when to hand something off, and when to take it ourselves. It’s the RX culture.”


IBW Bash 2018 Platinum Sponsor Highlight: Soul Slings

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Soul was started in 2014 in Bangalore, India. We started with ring slings and now we have different type of baby carriers which is very popular among the babywearing families and with retailers around the world

We make a wide range of baby carriers from high quality ring slings, woven wraps, & soft structured carriers. We also have a colourful range of baby carrier accessories and other products for babies and the entire family. In the 4 years since inception, we have played an important role in popularising modern babywearing in India, which has led to us becoming the largest baby carrier brand of our country.

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When you wrap your baby in Soul’s finest natural fabrics, you have in your hands, fair trade fabric sourced straight from Indian weavers. Our ethically sourced materials are lovingly handmade into our beautiful range of products by working mothers from the local community.

We believe that we have to be responsible to our society and our environment, and there is always more for us to do. Our conscious decision to work with a manufacturer who uses solar & wind energy to power their plant, is a step towards reducing our carbon footprint. Our packaging has no print on it, which is another conscious decision to avoid the use of harmful chemicals. We pioneered a change in the elaborate billing process of our logistics provider by optimising their invoice delivery system, which has considerably reduced their carbon footprint.

Soul makes different types of baby carriers which include ring slings, woven wraps and soft structured carriers. You can find all the products here, http://www.soulslings.com. Do join Soul Family our online community to know about Soul.

1) Soul Bliss Full Buckle, this carrier has unique prints of nature filled leafy green and white, giving it an intrinsic look.

Soul Full Buckles are lightweight, breathable and very comfortable baby carriers. Made completely out of 100% natural fibres, they are ideal for all climates. These highly adjustable carriers fit users ranging from petite to plus size! These are sturdy soft structured carriers (SSC) that have been designed to carry your baby in an ergonomic and natural position. They distribute the weight of the baby evenly on your own body, and can be worn in front and back carries.

2) Soul Mini Pouch are made of 100% cotton, and dyed with baby safe dyes. The durable fabric is low maintenance, it can be spot cleaned with a wet cloth, or washed by hand, or in the machine on a gentle cycle with mild detergent.
Soul Mini Pouch comes in a variety of colours to match with your favourite carrier. You can even buy coordinating colours to mix and match and make a style statement every time! The wooden button detailing is a conscious effort and the rustic look makes this handmade pouch look even more beautiful.

We are proud of our 96% women workforce, whom we empower by offering them flexible work hours, encouraging them to take up professional training, and ultimately become stronger team players within our organisation.We employ women from the local community who have blossomed into confident team leaders & designers through our training programme. We believe in a fair wage for all our team members, which is why we pay 15% more than the industry standard for our team members in our factory. The work environment that we have created for our team members in our factory is unlike any in the Indian garment industry. They work in a bright & airy environment, with ample natural light. We want them to truly be a part of our growing team, so we take them for team retreats once a year, which instills a sense of belonging in them.
We are proud of our work in supporting our women in what is most important for them- the education of their children. We grant interest free loans to all our women who need the financial support to put their children through school. We feel strongly about every child having access to quality education, which is why we ensure that there has been no child labour involved at any stage of the manufacturing process of our Soul products.

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Soul was founded in 2014 when I decided that every parent should have access to affordable and comfortable babywearing. I had unhappy experience with baby carriers when I had my first child. When I was expecting again, I decided to explore further. After prolonged research, I decided on a ring sling was the ideal choice considering my lifestyle and the Indian climate. I had to get it down from the US as it wasn’t locally available.
The first time I wore my son in my ring sling was when he was barely a few days old. I fell in love with my ring sling instantly. My newborn son was comfortably napping on me while I read books or went out for walks with my 5-year old daughter. Every time he was crying, all I needed to do was to wear him in my ring sling and he would settle down in minutes. I couldn’t imagine my life without my baby carriers. I never stepped out of the house without one. I remembered my life when my daughter was a newborn and realized that with a good ring sling those days could have been a lot less stressful for both of us.
That’s when I decided to start Soul in 2014. I knew I could make a difference in every parent’s life by introducing them to safe and affordable babywearing. As my son and I explored different styles of babywearing, Soul grew and increased its options for babywearers everywhere. When we started out I searched in vain for baby carriers which were locally made, well-constructed and elegant. So I
decided to do it myself. It’s a product that changed my life & I want every parent to experience the joy of wearing their baby close to their heart.”



#soulslings #soulslingsusa #babywearingwithsoul

IBW Bash 2018 Silver Sponsor Highlight: Third Coast Fiber Arts

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Third Coast Fiber Arts makes products featuring handwoven fabric for you and your home. Using a range of high quality yarns and materials sourced primarily from small businesses in the U.S., decorative fabrics are hand woven on traditional floor looms and products are hand made in Chicago, IL and Crown Point, IN.

Third Coast Fiber Arts makes a wide range of products for you and your home, including bags, scarves, cowls, pillows, table runners, towels, and more.

The urban tote is a hand crafted bag featuring a decorative, hand dyed and handwoven panel in a pink and blue gradient. It’s big enough to carry everything you need for for work, a day out with the kids (and water resistant lining protects it from spills and makes for easy clean-up!), or to carry #allthewraps to your local meet up.
The kitchen towels with cheerful, hand dyed rainbow stripes are 100% cotton and machine washable, making them a beautiful – but functional! – addition to your kitchen.

The women behind Third Cost Fiber Arts are sisters who became interested in weaving because of their own collections of handwoven baby wraps. They took a weaving class together on a whim and fell in love with the craft. Before the class was over, they both bought floor looms and started weaving for family and friends.

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instagram handle @thirdcoastfiber

#handwoven #artisanmade #madeinchicago #thirdcoastfiber