A Generous Donation


This summer, a leader of our group contacted Action Baby Carriers to request carrier support for our lending libraries.  Our group has grown dramatically, and we’ve struggled to keep up with the requests.  As we’ve grown, our lending library has been split into 5 different sections based on meetings/leaders and the great distances between them.

We currently have one older version Action Baby Carrier (ABC) in our library, so it wasn’t available to as many parents at meetings.  They’re a fantastic, affordable carrier, and they’ve been severely under-represented in our group.

That under-representation is about to END.  We were SO excited to receive this yesterday:


That excitement grew as the box was opened.  We are completely BLOWN AWAY and GRATEFUL for the box that arrived this weekend!  It was more than we ever expected.


The folks at ABC were kind enough to send us not one, or two carriers.  They sent us 5 carriers!  That is one for EACH of our lending libraries.  What that means is that ALL the parents coming to a meeting, regardless of which location, will get to try these on as options if they’re looking for a new buckle carrier.

And the toddler and preschooler in the room were super excited too!  They couldn’t wait to help mom take them out of the box.

ABC’s are made right next door in Michigan.  Their website has a neat page called “See inside the carrier” that shows the interior construction.  You can see all the product features on their website here.

My favorite features are that it folds pretty compactly, the sleeping hood is easy to use, when worn on the front you have the option to wear backpack style or criss cross style.  Not all carriers offer criss-cross style straps (meaning the straps can be unlatched and switched for a different weight distribution), that the hip belt adjusts from 28″ to 53″, so it’s a bit more welcoming to parents of different sizes.

Photo Opportunities

We can’t wait to get some great pictures of these carriers and get them into the libraries.  Next time you visit a meeting, don’t be surprised if we ask you for a photo opportunity.  That photo might just end up on this website (wink, wink).  We’re looking forward to sharing the benefits of wearing children in carriers with you, and these are a great addition to that endeavor.

Thanks again-

BWI of Chicagoland

Mundelein’s February Meeting

Mundelein’s morning meeting was alot of fun!  We had alot of new moms with us as well as older members of our group. 

Two of our members: Alisa on the left wearing her son Dominic in a Natibaby Fairytales. And Cassia on the right wearing her daughter Vida in a Natibaby Organic Ecru

We went over the various types of carriers that are used. There are 5 main types of carriers mei tais, ring slings, wraps, pouches and SSCs (soft structured carrier). Within all of these categories are many different brands and types.

Ring Slings: a piece of fabric with rings sewn on one end. Primarily worn on front or side/hip. Can be used for a nursing cover or blanket. Can be worn from newborn on up through toddlerhood.
Popular brands: Sakura Bloom, Maya Wrap, Sleeping Baby Production

Pouch: a sized tube of fabric. Primarily worn on front or side/hip. Daddy friendly, no fuss, quick and easy, small for diaper bag. These need to be sized, so most likely will need two different ones to fit mom and dad.
Popular brands: Hotsling, Peanut Shell

Mei Tai: rectangular body with two pairs of straps to tie; one for the waist and another over the shoulders
can be worn front, back or side/hip.
Popular brands: Catbird Baby, Kozy, Babyhawk, Freehand

Soft Structured Carrier (SSC): like a mei tai but with buckle style straps. Can be worn front, back and side/hip. Low learning curve
daddy friendly, no fuss, quick and easy
Popular brands: Ergo, Pikkolo, Action Baby Carrier, Beco, Olives & Applesauce

Wraps: a simple piece of cloth that wraps around the wearer to hold the baby. Worn in several carries in front, back and hip. This type has the highest learning curve but is the most versatile.
There are 2 types of wraps; stretchy(4 way stretch) and woven(diagonal give, most supportive)
Popular stretchy brands: Sleepywrap, Anaju and the Moby
Popular woven brands: Didymos, Natibaby, Ellevill, Storchenwiege

 Another very useful website is www.thebabywearer.com. It  can be like information overload at first, but once you get the hang of it, it’s easy to navigate.