IBW Bash Gold Sponsor Highlight: BabyBjörn

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BabyBjörn is a Swedish family-owned business started in 1961 by Björn and Lillemore Jakobson. Their mission is to develop good, functional, and safe products for babies and toddlers while providing parents with good information.

Their first baby carrier, Hjärtenära (meaning “Close to Heart”), was released in 1973, giving parents in Europe the means to carry their babies safely on their chest.  Interestingly, BabyBjörn was one of the first companies to feature Dads in their ads in the 1980’s!

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BabyBjörn has come a long way since their first carrier design. While still most known for their Original carrier, they added two new ergonomic designs-the One and the We-in 2013.  The BabyBjörn One and We are great carriers offering ergonomic support for newborns through toddlers up to 15 kg (about 33 lbs). They both offer newborn facing in (without an insert!), older baby facing in, and back carrying. The One offers facing out as well.  All carriers made by Björn offer mesh and cotton offers and the One was recently released in an outdoors option (it’s really neat!).

My absolutely favorite aspect of these carriers is how easy they are to put on and off.  While the buckles on the We and One are different from the original, they are all extremely easy to get on and off. People with limited mobility in their hands oftentimes have extreme difficulty working buckles on most soft structured carriers but the buckles on the We and One can both be released with a single hand. Additionally, the waist strap “buckle” is more like a clip and doesn’t need much tensile strength at all.

Of course, BabyBjörn offers so much more than baby carriers! They carry everything you could possibly need for the baby and toddler stages from bouncers and cribs to potties and everything in between. If you’re in the market for any baby products, check them out; I can say that we absolutely loved their potty chair!

BabyBjörn has graciously donated a Björn One carrier plus accessories for International Babywearing Week! We know whoever is lucky enough to win it will love this great carrier!  Please check out their website to see what they have to offer and give them a like on Facebook to thank them for their generous donation!

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IBW Bash Platinum Sponsor Highlight: 5 Minute Recess

logo5 Minute Recess, also known as 5MR by most babywearers, is a small, family owned business that was started in 2013 with the intentions of being able to save for their child’s college fund. Starting out with only 20 wraps from a single vendor, they’ve since expanded to offer a variety of soft-structured carriers, meh dais, wraps, ring slings, onbuhimos, cloth diapers and accessories from many different companies.

With such a large selection, they have the ability to offer something that falls into everyone’s budget as well as style. The $100 and Under tab on their website offers amazing deals on carriers as well as gift ideas. If you’re lucky, you’ll hop onto their website when they’re having one of their amazing sales! To save even more money, make sure you sign up for their reward program so you can start racking up points.

They even have items for your little ones! Do you have a child who loves to babywear like their parents? They have the cutest doll carriers and you can get one to match your carrier too! The doll carriers are only 27.99 so talk about a steal. The holiday gift-giving time is coming, better stock up!

5 Minute Recess has generously donated a Pellicano Tree of Life Fuschia size 5 to our raffle for the Bash as well as 10 wrap conversion Smitten bags!

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It’s safe to say that Rachel and Matt have been able to save enough for their daughter’s college fund. In fact, they’ve been so successful that they’ve been able to provide multiple carrier donations to Babywearing International chapters (like ours!) and make monetary donations to charities such as La Leche League International, Make-a-Wish, and Doctors without Borders.  As of 2016, they’ve donated over $18,000 to charity and provided multiple BWI chapters with discounts. If you’d like to see more of what Rachel and Matt have to offer, check out their woven wrap company: Smitten with Wovens!

IBW Bash Platinum Sponsor Highlight: Little Beans Café

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Little Beans is a family café and an imaginative play space for kids of all ages. Both locations in Evanston and Chicago offer an imaginative village and age appropriate toys great for children from 0-6 years. Founded in 2010, Little Beans was started by a family who wanted to create a place that was fun for kids and parents alike!
littlebeanscafe-chicago-playarea-600x400.jpgTheir first location, located at 1809 W. Webster in Chicago offers a variety of fun activities and play spaces for children! The central part of the play space is the Little Beans village, which is a small town built for kids. Including a service station, grocery store, firehouse, playhouse, and school–kids can let their imagination run wild.  In addition, there are legos, blocks, trains, books, puzzles, ride on cars and other age appropriate toys. There are also gated off areas for crawling babies. During the summer, there is an outdoor deck for your children to play on and an adorable old fashioned ice cream shop to help you and your little cool down!

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LBE10Opened in 2015, the Evanston location is the newest location. Boasting an ample parking lot and even more space than the original, this Little Beans location is absolutely amazing!  It has an imaginative play space with store fronts, much like the Chicago location, plus ride on toys and trains. Additionally, there is a fenced off area as well as a smaller room connected to the play space for smaller babies. It has the same amazing café as the Chicago location, offering delicious and affordable eats. I know I like to grab a coffee and read a book, sitting at the many seating areas in the play area while my son plays independently with other children.

 

 

 

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What really draws me to this location is the amount of things there are to do for kids of absolutely all ages. If you have an older child (especially one who likes to climb, run, and jump!), this is the place to go! Their obstacle course area, meant for children 5 and up, is the perfect place for kids to be kids while also challenging them to push their physical boundaries in a safe environment. Other amazing areas are the gym where kids can play different sports (or just run around), a karaoke room for our aspiring singers, a laser light room (kids love it!), a library, and a craft room. When we go, we usually end up spending the entire day there and do not run out of things to do!  We love this place so much that we travel nearly an hour to go there.

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Little Beans has graciously donated play space passes for all VIP swag bags! If you haven’t been, please go check them out. Visit their Facebook pages (Chicago and Evanston) to check out even more information about special events, classes, and birthday parties!

IBW Bash 2017 Gold Sponsor Highlight: Smitten Wovens

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Smitten with Wovens is a family owned business based out of Texas.  Starting out as a fairly small company in 2015 with only one woven design, they quickly expanded and now offer dozens of gorgeous designs, ring slings, bags, and other must-have accessories.

As a company that has a strong emphasis on ecology and sustainability, Smitten with Wovens ensures ethical and responsible business practices and uses packaging that is recycled and biodegradable. Each woven wrap comes with a gently used children’s book, saving it from a landfill. In addition, all Smitten wraps are sourced, woven, and finished in the USA so you know you’re buying something ethically responsible.

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Known for their width, Smitten with Wovens are the perfect carriers for smaller babies and bigger kids alike. If you have a toddler who likes to ride arms in or take wrap naps, these are the perfect wraps for you! As a vegan company, both 100% cotton wraps as well as tencel/cotton wraps are offered. If you haven’t had the chance to try tencel yet and you enjoy soft, moldable wraps, then you need to try it!

 

Smitten has generously donated a size 6 Nimh Brisby woven wrap. This 100% cotton wrap is absolutely gorgeous featuring an ecru weft with a black, purple, and lilac gradient weft. Soft and moldable out of the box, this wrap will not take much to break it in. I’ve been eyeing this wrap for a long time and wish I could be the one to win it!

 

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Please visit them on Facebook and make sure you take the time to check out their awesome website, you’ll be amazed by their whimsical designs. Plus, they have matching coffee mugs for their wrap designs!  I know I’d be pretty excited to match.

 

IBW Bash Platinum Sponsor Highlight: Tekhni Wovens

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Babywearing International of Chicagoland would like to say a huge thank you to Alisa DeMarco and Tekhni Wovens for once again being a platinum sponsor of our third annual International Babywearing Week Bash!

 

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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, 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!

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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.

 

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Tekhni has generously donated items for our VIP swag bags! Look for Tekhni’s awesome table at our Bash on October 7!

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IBW Bash 2017 Platinum Sponsor Highlight: Didymos

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We are proud to announce that Didymos is one of our Platinum sponsors for our 3rd Annual IBW Bash!  Didymos’ story started in 1971 with Erika Hoffmann, who was just looking for an easy, simple way to care for her twins. Babywearing wasn’t popular in Germany at the time and she was the talk of her small town with her piece of cloth (don’t we know that feeling?!).  However, after a couple of popular magazines published articles about Erika and her babies, parents all over Germany wanted one as well!

In the past 45 years, Didymos has grown tremendously! All carriers are made with organic cotton, dyed with non-toxic dyes, and are not treated with any chemicals during the manufacturing process. The wraps are made to be soft yet durable, easy to care for, and beautiful. With a 3 year guarantee on every sling, you can be certain you’re buying a great carrier for your baby.


Didymos has generously donated a 50/50 cotton/linen Azulejo wrap in a size 5. Only one of these gorgeous wraps exists so it’s truly one-of-a-kind. Don’t miss out on the chance to get this amazing wrap!  In addition, Didymos has also donation three doll slings: Silver Waves, Geckos Macchia, and Lisca Smeraldo!  Everyone has to admit that babies wearing babies and stuffed animals is the cutest thing ever!

Didymos has also generously donated a little something for our VIP Swag Bags as well so don’t forget to get yours now!  You truly do not want to miss out! Get your tickets here!
Please don’t forget to visit Didymos on Facebook and check them out!