IBW Bash Platinum Sponsor Highlight: Whole Love Organics

Grace’s Story, edited by Lynn Guerra

Whole Love Organics was born from Grace Soraparu’s need to create. A couple of years ago, she started with coconut oil, arrowroot powder and beeswax and made her first stick of deodorant. She found her calling and the rest was history! 


As a mother of three boys under 5, she was getting a little frustrated at home. Whole Love Organics has become her creative outlet; her lifeline. A way to get out and spread love. She is passionate about quality ingredients, products that are made with love, but that are affordable at the same time. It has never about making money (breaking even would be nice!), but about getting quality ingredients onto people’s skin (including her family and friends), after realizing most people have no idea what they are putting on the largest organ of their body!

Come check out everything Whole Love Organics has to offer at BWICL’s IBW Bash 2016, or visit her shop on Etsy. Thank you for being such an amazing sponsor!

IBW Bash Platinum Sponsor Highlight: JuJuBe

Written by Nicole Navarro


Join us to THANK JuJube, one of our Platinum sponsors!

JuJuBe offers a wide variety of awesome products. While they are most known for their amazing diaper bags, they also sell wallets, cosmetic bags, card holders, laptop covers, fuel cells, handbags and more!


Their products are made with durability, functionality and organization in mind. JuJuBe’s accessories are beautiful, sleek, fashion forward, bold and fun. They have plenty of ingenious features built into their bags such as: a Teflon fabric protector, a crumb drain (does anyone else get super annoyed by the hard to remove crumb collection at the bottom of their diaper bags??), insulated bottle pockets to keep that mama milk or formula at the perfect temperature- and they are even machine washable!


One of the best things about their products is versatility. JuJuBe makes bags in many shapes and sizes with multiple options for wearing (shoulder, handles, messenger strap or backpack). This makes them very convenient for whichever way you choose to wear your baby.  


JuJuBe products are sold on their website, at select baby boutiques, buybuyBABY and even on Amazon. Go take a peek at all of their gorgeous products! You can even enter the raffle at the Bash for a chance to win a JuJuBe bag!


Thank you for supporting us, JuJuBe!

IBW Bash Platinum Sponsor Highlight: Tekhni Wovens

Written by Q Beene


Babywearing International of Chicagoland would like to say a huge “THANK YOU!” to Tekhni Wovens for being a major sponsor of our IBW Week Bash 2016. 


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! 


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 of 6! Alisa has helped to make babywearing accessible to our community by her passion and generosity. Be sure to join us at the Bash on Saturday, October 8 for great prizes donated by Tekhni, and check out their vendor table! We look forward to seeing what new designs and items she will release in the future! 

(Thanks to Q and baby N for modeling)

IBW Bash Gold Sponsor Highlight: Miss Jamie from the Farm

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We’d like to introduce one of our gold level sponsors for our BWI Chicagoland Second Annual International Babywearing Week Bash, Miss Jamie from the Farm!

An actress and singer her whole life,  Miss Jamie has been performing at parties in Chicagoland since 2013, and is a favorite among kids and their parents. Planting seeds through song, Miss Jamie from the Farm takes young kids and their families on an imaginative musical adventure to her “farm,” where they learn values like hard work, healthy eating, and being kind to animals and each other. With the help of farm animal puppets and songs both familiar and new, Miss Jamie’s Farm kids music show will leave everyone stomping their boots and hollering for more fruits & veggies!

Miss Jamie has been praised by:

-WGN
-The Chicago Tribune
-Chicago Parent Magazine
-Red Tricycle
-Time Out Chicago

…and by happy kids and parents across the land!

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For more information or to book a party with Miss Jamie, please visit her website.

This year, during IBW, Miss Jamie will be holding a special performance on Thursday, October 6 from 10:30-11:45 AM at Diversey Health Center!  Be sure to stop by!

About Diversey Health Center: Dr. Sarah Keuss is a chiropractor specializing in prenatal and pediatric care. She has a natural, gentle approach to health and wellness that gets to the root of the problem. She is the co-owner of Diversey Health Center with her husband where they share a love for raising happy, healthy families!

 

Diversey Health Center

International Babywearing Week 2016

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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!

Carrier Review: Je Porte Mon Bébé

Je Porte Mon Bébé
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By: Suzie Campbell
Pictured: Zoelle Nagib, daughter and Daddy (and Zoelle’s practice baby doll Villi.I.Am)

 

 

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Our lending library has recently acquired a Je Porte Mon Bebe PhysioCarrier and I had the pleasure of testing it out. This is a full buckle carrier and is appropriate from infancy through toddlerhood. Carriers are often compared to jeans; what fits one person might not fit another or be comfortable. That is why it’s important to try things out and why our lending library is such a great resource. I say this because I found that this carrier was not comfortable for me to use with my toddler, but it might work great for you. Below I’ve listed some pros and cons of the carrier.

Pros:

No infant insert required.
This carrier has 2 pillows that slide right into the carrier (they have little pockets that fit them) and has a cinchable panel that make it so you do not need a separate infant insert. This carrier can be used from birth without the extra padding and heat of an infant insert. The panel has webbing on either side that can make the panel as small as you need it so baby’s head clears the top of the carrier. The pillow inside boosts baby up so they are supported from knee to knee and the extra padding added to the top supports their head and neck. You can see in this picture that Zoelle has the webbing shortened for her baby doll.

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Mesh panel.
Another good feature of this carrier is the hidden mesh panel for air circulation. The panel can be found by unzipping both sides of the panel and folding it up into little loops. I did not use this carrier during very hot weather, but I know other carriers with similar panels do help to cool you and baby while wearing. The nice thing about this panel is you can also see baby’s positioning while inside the carrier from a different perspective. Especially for newborns this can be helpful to check their legs and be sure they are in the right position. During the winter the panel can be zipped down for extra warmth.

You can see in this picture that Zoelle has the panel zipped up to expose the mesh. If you look under baby’s bottom, that is the pillow I discussed in my first point.

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Mirror attachment.
This is probably one of the coolest features for me. The side straps come with a small mirror attached to it for easy viewing of your baby during a back carry. This is something I have not seen on a carrier before. I found it to be a little silly, but a fun little feature and just an added bonus.

Dual Adjust straps.
I am putting this as a pro, because I know this is a big concern and necessary feature for some people. I however hate dual adjust straps. I can never find the comfy spot with them (again back to that one carrier doesn’t fit all mentality). Dual adjusting straps can be a critical feature for people with disabilities or people who simply can’t pull straps one way or the other. It also seems to make the straps longer in some cases for plus size wearers who need extra strap length.

Cons:

Short shoulder padding.
The shoulder padding on this carrier is very very short. The chance that the padding will not reach under your arm is very high. Having webbing under your arm can be quite uncomfortable for many people. I think this is a major flaw on the carrier and made it uncomfortable for me.

You can see on Zoelle in this picture that the end of the straps comes above her shoulder blades.

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Bulky straps.
The straps and waistbelt on this carrier are very thick and bulky. Some people may find this to be more padding and more comfortable. I found it just made the whole carrier feel bigger and uncomfortable.

Short adjustment area for the chest clip.
I found the length of the area that the chest clip adjust between was very short. If you had to move the chest clip up or down there wasn’t much space to do that. Especially since the straps are so short, if you prefer to have the chest clip under your shoulder blades that may not be possible.

You can see on Ali in this picture that the chest clip is at the lowest possible level and is still pretty high on his chest.

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Overall, I feel this is a good carrier for infancy through toddlerhood. Some people may find it uncomfortable with the webbing and padding issues addressed here. Please contact a group leader to see if this carrier will be available at the meeting you attend and see what you think!

Babywearing as a Nanny

Babywearing as a Nanny

By Candie O’Dell-Scherer

I have been in the childcare industry for almost 20 years, and don’t know how I did it before babywearing entered my life.  I had a friend in grad school who said to his wife one day as they were leaving, “do you want to wear her?”  I responded, “is she an accessory?” That comment opened my world.  I started paying attention to carriers and how they were being used, though I didn’t have any nannykids at the time who were babywearing age.  Then I started with my last nannyfamily.  I knew they had a couple carriers, but I hadn’t taken the plunge to wear the then 6 month old.

While being home with my family while my grandma was passing, my cousin had me try on carriers and wraps.  I couldn’t wait to get home to my nannyfamily.  I started first with their DIY ring sling and occasionally their older model Ergo.  I’m plus-sized and it didn’t fit well without an extender, and my bosses are petite.  I absolutely loved that ring sling.  We used that everyday until she was about 18 months.
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The bond between me and the kids, doesn’t come as naturally as it does with their parents.  But I can’t begin to describe the bond that babywearing created between me and my nannykids.  I quickly grew addicted to snuggles, sleepy hugs, and my hands being free.  We use public transit, and quickly found that babywearing was way easier for us than lugging a bulky stroller; it’s so much easier to throw a carrier in the diaper bag.  As she grew older, it warmed my heart when she brought me a carrier and asked to go “up.”  How quickly “going up” calmed tears, stopped temper tantrums, and became her favorite place to be.

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My love for babywearing and trying different carriers grew.  I joined BWI of Chicagoland, to learn about even more carriers, and meet people like me.  I don’t know how to convey how much babywearing has changed my nannying life, to the point that I became personally invested in carriers and furthering my training, when I don’t have kids myself.

I am currently with a new family and had the pleasure of wearing the baby since he was 3 days old.  There are no words to describe the sweet baby snuggles.  It also really helped us bond from the beginning, and helped when my boss went back to work.  I also wear the toddler almost daily, and love her excitement when I get a new carrier to add to our stash.  I even pick patterns I know she would like.  I now own lots of carriers, but each holds sentimental value with the kids I have taken care of, and the ones I will care for in the future.

Thank you Babywearing for changing my life!
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