IBW Bash Gold Sponsor Highlight: Marsupial Mamas



Marsupial Mamas is a store that sells a large variety of baby carriers and babywearing accessories. The store is an online store but one of the lovely ladies behind the store happens to be local to us. Not only is she local, but Tabitha is one of the founding members of our babywearing group! Tabitha now works with another local chapter, Babywearing International of North Central Illinois, but she will always hold a special place in all our hearts. The other ladies behind Marsupial Mamas, Jilliane and Jennifer, live elsewhere around the US. Marsupial Mamas has often helped to support our chapter, giving us discounts on carriers for our library, or in this case, donating carriers to us to be raffled off at our bash on Saturday!


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Keep an eye on the Facebook page for Marsupial Mamas too because you can often find amazing sales going on, such at this one in honor of International Babywearing week!


International Babywearing Week 2016


It’s that time of the year again! Time for International Babywearing Week! The official dates for IBW are October 5th-10th, 2016. However, we are starting the celebrations a little early around here! Below you will find a list of all the events we have scheduled for the next week and a half. There are also some online events that will take place in our Facebook group so make sure to join that if you are not already a member. 

Sunday, October 2nd

Meetup at Brookfield Zoo: (10 am – 4 pm) All the area babywearing groups are invited so the zoo will be full of babywearers. We are crossing our fingers that the weather cooperates for us.

Tuesday, October 4th

Babywearing Tae Kwon Do: (10 am – 11 am) This is led by one of our leaders and Volunteer Babywearing Educators, Lynn. She holds this class every week, so if you love it you can come back!

Meetup at Lincoln Park Zoo: (10:30 am – 1:30 pm) Join us at the zoo! Lincoln Park Zoo is great because it is free to get in!

Babywearing Photoshoot with Jolie Images: (4 pm – 6 pm) Jolie will be taking photos in Lake Zurich. See event for more information.

Wednesday, October 5th

Back Wrapping Class: (5 pm – 7 pm) Join some of the Babywearing International of Chicagoland educators for a back wrapping class. This class is for intermediate to advanced back wrapping.

Thursday, October 6th

Babywearing Ballet: (9:30 am – 10:45 pm) Join us for our fourth annual Babywearing Ballet class!

Miss Jamie from the Farm: (10:30 am – 11:45 pm) Miss Jamie is loved by all the kids in Chicagoland! Come see a special performance!

Saturday, October 8th

Our Annual Bash: (10 am – 2 pm) Our second annual IBW Bash! It promises to be tons of fun and we have some amazing raffle prizes that will make everyone happy!! You can get more information and purchase tickets here.

Sunday, October 9th

Babywearing Photoshoot with Simply Unique Portraits: (4 pm – 6 pm) Photos will be taken in Elk Grove Village near Schaumburg. See event for more information.

Monday, October 10th

Babywearing Photoshoot with Ginda Photography: (4 pm – 6 pm) Photos will be taken in Elk Grove Village near Schaumburg. See event for more information.

We hope to see many of you at our events and remember to pay attention to our Facebook group for online events as well!

Membership Cards and Changes to Membership Guidelines and Policies

We have new membership cards! All paid members of our group will receive a membership card with their membership number on it. You must have the card with you in order to borrow a carrier. If you are worried you will forget the card, you can show us a picture of it on your phone as well. Once we assign you a card, you must be able to show us the card, or a picture of it, in order to borrow a carrier.

There have been some changes to our Membership Guidelines and Policies as well. Any member borrowing carriers from us is responsible of knowing these policies themselves. We will also be giving you a printout of the new terms the next time you borrow a carrier. The updated terms can be found below here:

2014 blog in review

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Cancelled – Mundelein Meeting 10/28/2014

Attention everyone!

The Mundelein Meeting tomorrow, on 10/28, has to be cancelled. Something came up and the leader is no longer able to attend. We apologize profusely for this. If you have a carrier you would like to return or exchange, you can contact any of the leaders to work something out. Thank you for being understanding.

International Babywearing Week 2014


It is time again for International Babywearing Week, an annual week of events designed to raise awareness of the benefits of babywearing. This year’s theme is “Share the Adventure” and Babywearing International of Chicagoland has a whole week of adventures planned. Officially, International Babywearing Week goes from October 5-11, 2014 but we are starting the celebrations a day early, on October 4th. Here’s an overview of what we have planned. You can get more information in our Facebook group.

Saturday, Oct 4

When: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
What: Schaumburg Babywearing Meeting
Where: Schaumburg Township Library, 130 S Roselle Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60193
Fee: None

When: 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
What: Northbrook Babywearing Meeting
Where: New Mother New Baby, 3115 Dundee Rd, Northbrook, IL 60062
Fee: None

Sunday, Oct 5

When: 10:00 am
What: Babywearing Photos with MSV Photography
Where: Graue Mill, 3800 York Rd, Oak Brook, IL 60523
Fee: $20 ($5 to photographer, $15 to BWI of Chicagoland) per family for 3 edited shots. If they would like a few more, they can discuss with her on an additional fee.

Monday, Oct 6

When: 1:00 pm
What: Infant Massage with Baby Benefits Chicago
Where: Sod Room, 1454 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605
Fee: none for babies under 6 months, $5 for babies 6 months to 1 year
“Infant massage can help your baby sleep better, decrease gas and create a stronger bond with your baby. Join Baby Benefits Chicago for an informational class on all the benefits that infant massage may have for you and baby and also learn some of the massage strokes for baby. Babies under 1 year of age with their parent or caregiver are welcome.”

When: 5:30 pm
What: Babywearing Photos with Hy Photography
Where: Paulus Park, 200 S. Rand Road, Lake Zurich, IL 60047
Fee: $25 cash ($15 to BWI of Chicagoland, $10 to Hilary) and they will get 3 edited photos (including one group photo)

Tuesday, Oct 7

When: 9:45am – 11:00 am (Start time of 9:45 will allow time to get the babies and toddlers ready, settled, and in carriers to start dance instruction at 10:00 am)
What: Babywearing Ballet
Where: Trilogy School of Performing Arts, 490 E. Route 22, Lake Zurich, IL 60047
Fee: $5 per adult (children free) and all will be donated to BWI of Chicagoland
“Come meet other moms, bond with your little one, and enjoy an invigorating low-impact workout. Ballet strengthens muscles, increases flexibility and enhances posture. Babywearing Ballet does all of this while also providing a unique and soothing bonding activity for mom and baby. This class is offered with a relaxed atmosphere, allowing babies and moms of any age and ability to thrive.”

When: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
What: Berwyn Babywearing Meeting
Where: Berwyn Public Library, 2701 Harlem Ave, Berwyn, IL 60402
Fee: None

Wednesday, Oct 8

When: 3:00 pm
What: Kanga Cardio Class
Where: Hip Circle Studio, 709 Washington St, Evanston, IL 60202
Fee: none
NOTE: Class is already full. See our Facebook group page if an opening becomes available.
“KangaCardio™ is a fun way to get fit after baby – wear your baby and get a workout in for both of you! We’ll cycle through a variety of workouts, dance-fitness, circuit training, and cardio-boxing, all while wearing your baby! Bring gym/fitness shoes and the carrier of your choosing. There is a limit of 10 for this class.”

Friday, Oct 10

When: All Day – Specific meetup times at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm for the group
What: Lincoln Park Zoo Adventure
Where: Lincoln Park Zoo, 2001 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614
Fee: None

Saturday, Oct 11

When: Late Afternoon / Early Evening
What: Babywearing Photos with Julie of This Little Piggy Photography
Where: Montrose Harbor, 601 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60613
Fee: $40 for 3 photographs plus group photo

When: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
What: Baby Carrier Sale
Where: Evanston, Illinois (see Facebook group for address)
“Babywearing International of Chicagoland has some gently used carriers to sell. Come see us, buy a carrier for less than retail price, and support us all at the same time! All money raised will be put right back into our group to fund new carriers for our library!”

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New woven wrap from Cari Slings

We got a new addition to our lending library a couple of months back. It is a woven wrap by Cari Slings. They were generous enough to donate a wrap to our lending library for all of you to enjoy! The woven wrap is called Cardiidae Seaglass and it is 100% cotton. You can find out more information about them through their website and facebook page. Make sure to thank them for their generosity!

Thank you to our VBE Karen, for letting us use her son to try out the wrap, and thank you to our VBE Laura for modeling with him. They were so cute in their pictures that I couldn’t choose just one! If you click on the pictures it will open them up in a larger viewer for you.