Thank you for the Goodies!

We’re gearing up for International Babywearing Week (IBW), and life is pretty hectic for our group right now.  We actually have 9 events planned over 6 days next week!  Can you believe it?  All of our events are listed on our blog calendar HERE.  And we did a preliminary post HERE.  We have gotten two packages in the mail from BWI recently, and we don’t want to forget to say THANKS!

THANKS BWI, Moby Wrap, Boba, Slingrings.com, and Comfy Joey!

We are a large group, and we actually have a really nice lending library.  But we also have a lot of members who borrow the carriers frequently, and get great use out of their optional membership, so we see a lot of wear and tear from use on them.  Between the 4 libraries and around 8 monthly meetings, we’re often running carriers from leader to leader before meetings, to ensure we have adequate carriers for folks to try on at the free meetings!  We are really, really thankful for donations of carriers for the library.  We appreciate the support as we all help support one another in this parenting (and caregiving) journey.

A few weeks ago, we were sent 3, count them 3 Boba carriers!  Boba was kind enough to make a HUGE donation to BWI that was distributed throughout the chapters.  We are really grateful for these carriers.  We get a ton of requests for Boba carriers in our group, so this was a welcomed package at my doorstep.  We received:

  • A black Boba stretchy wrap
  • A striking blue Boba Air carrier
  • A very gender neutral “Safari” Boba version 3G carrier

Much of our group had never seen a Boba Air in person, so we’re excited to hear the feedback from our group on it!  They are very well made and well loved carriers.  You can find more information about them HERE.

Here’s a quick photo:

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Then today, low and behold, another package arrived from BWI.  It contained carriers that were donated from sponsors of this year’s IBW Celebration.

Today’s box contained these fun goodies:
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We received:

  • A black MobyGo carrier with a very pretty pattern called “Barberry”.
  • A few reusable bags that say “International Babywearing Week 2013 Get Carried Away!” and have logos for peace, love, and babywearing.
  • A few coupons included for online retailers, as well as pamphlets that we can give to new attendees at meetings.  (I know a few of you missed those recently while we waited for more to arrive).
  • Multiple sizes and pairs of slingrings, that we can use with woven wraps to show caregivers additional versatility of wraps, with variations on standard and nonstandard carries.
  • Last but not least, a beautiful gray Comfy Joey linen ring sling in “Storm Gray” that has a gorgeous tail accent in “Surf Blue”.

Comfy Joey is Extra Awesome!

We also have an extra thank you for Comfy Joey.  They gave a number of lending libraries a 50% discount to purchase carriers this summer.  We purchased 3 ring slings, one of each type.  We bought:

  • A royal blue water mesh ring sling
  • A toddler width linen sling (Sipadan Island- teal green linen)
  • A regular width linen sling (Sullivan’s Bay- sea green linen)

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Here are two of our members rocking CJ ring slings. 😉

If you’d like to find out more information about any of these carriers or accessories, here are the websites that can help you.  We’d also LOVE it if you thanked them for their generosity!

Boba:   http://www.bobafamily.com
Moby:  http://www.mobywrap.com/mw/Home.htm
Slingrings:  http://www.slingrings.com
Comfy Joey:  http://www.comfyjoey.com/index.php

Stay Tuned!

The next week or two will be a flurry of fun activities and information!

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How I learned about babywearing

When I was a mom-to-be four years ago and pregnant with my son Jensen, lots of women had advice and stories about caring for babies and raising children. People talked about sleep training, how breastfeeding didn’t work out, encouraged me to “take the epidural!” and how life would never be the same.

One seasoned mom handed me a stack of books, which included Attachment Parenting by Dr. Sears. It’s a small book and as I read it, the concepts made sense in a way I couldn’t explain. So I set out to be an attached parent.

Breastfeeding — Check
Bedding close to baby — Check
Belief in Value of Baby’s Cry — Check
Beware of Baby Trainers — Check (I prepared my arguments against it.)
Birth Bonding — Check (I hoped)
Babywearing — Um, let’s go to Babys R Us

When I was pregnant with Jensen, Baby Bjorn was all the rage. All the cool people were wearing them. I wanted to be cool. But $80 plus seemed like a lot of money at that time. In retrospect, it was good I couldn’t afford it. I learned later that there are so many different types of carriers that are more comfortable and better for the baby’s spine.

One Sunday, we were visiting our friends in Madison and after enjoying breakfast at Monty’s Blue Plate Diner, we walked to Happy Bambino. I went there with the intent of buying a Kangaroo Korner fleece pouch. I found a pretty yellow one, and put Jensen in it (he was a little more than one month old). He HATED it and cried until I took him out. So I tried a Maya Wrap ring sling. We both loved it!

Babywearing — Check! I completed the Attachment Parenting checklist!

Me and Jensen

After working all day at my job, I cooked dinner, did laundry, vacuumed and picked up clutter. Jensen sat on my hip, strapped to me with the Maya Wrap. He was peaceful and content. He didn’t want to be anywhere else and it felt nice to be close. My nanny wore him a few times, though the Maya Wrap didn’t seem to fit her perfectly. Now as an experienced mom who better understand the benefit of babywearing, I would have bought her a carrier that worked for her.

Anna was born in March 2008, and after her birth, I expanded my babywearing repertoire as I discovered local stores that sell carriers and our babywearing group. I’ve used a Moby Wrap, Catbird Baby Mei Tai and found the Ergo love. Both the mei tai and the Ergo give me the ability to have both hands available and wear her on my back. I love being able to keep her happy and get housework done! The mei tai is handy and I can easily tie her on. The Ergo is the most comfortable carrier if I’m going to wear Anna for more than an hour.

I’m happy to say that I still satisfy the requirements of Dr. Sear’s Attachment Parenting checklist:

Breastfeeding — Check
Bedding close to baby — Check
Belief in Value of Baby’s Cry — Check
Beware of Baby Trainers — Check
Birth Bonding — Check
Babywearing — Check

I look forward to seeing where my babywearing journey goes and exploring wraps.