Meet Kimberly Dixon How did you get introduced to babywearing? Once I arrived home from the hospital with baby Emma I learned that she wouldn’t sleep without being held and rocked…Ever! After 2 sleepless days and nights of fearing that … Continue reading
Meet Amanda Scott How did you get introduced to babywearing? I originally bought a Baby Bjorn with my oldest child but it was so incredibly uncomfortable that I couldn’t understand why people would bother wearing their babies. It wasn’t until … Continue reading
Meet Michelle Traxel How did you get introduced to babywearing? I was introduced to baby wearing by a moby wrap. It was a gift from a non mom and after using it for a few months, I attacked the internet … Continue reading
Meet Erin Kaipainen How did you get introduced to babywearing? I had seen sweet wraps before, but never planned to have children, so never paid much attention. When I changed my mind, a friend suggested a few different carriers as well … Continue reading
Meet Lindsie Bruns How did you get introduced to babywearing? I read “Attachment Parenting” by Dr. Sears when I was pregnant with my first baby (he is now 10 years old). I really liked everything they talked about, including babywearing. … Continue reading
How did you get introduced to babywearing?
I would say the Almighty Internet. I can easily Google videos and read blogs to better my baby wearing ability. Joining baby wearing Calgary has also been a huge influence in our babywearing journey.
What is your favourite carry?
Babywearing Calgary has a vibrant community of people. We are a peer-to-peer learning group who holds monthly meetings and runs a very active facebook group.
This year we decided to showcase 12 members of our community with their stories of babywearing. How they began, their favourite things and what babywearing has done for them.
Last week I (Andi) went to the ABC Kids Expo in Las Vegas. It is the largest annual baby business trade show in the world, and it housed thousands of exhibitors. I went as a guest with no real ties to any business. I basically spent the four trade show days wandering around meeting old friends, new friends, and talking more than I ever have. I used to own a baby business a long time ago, so it was awesome being able to catch up with some of my old suppliers. So I tended to rotate through my various roles of former business owner, babywearing educator, and birth doula.
I used the opportunity to connect with some of our current lending library sponsors, and also build some new relationships with new sponsors. The lending library grew by four carriers after the ABC Kids Expo, including an Onya, Tula standard, Beco ring sling, and a Twingaroo carrier. I cannot express the amount of gratitude I have for the businesses and the individuals that put their faith in me and donated a carrier, thank you.
I also met some wonderful people within the babywearing community who continually inspire me with their knowledge, compassion, and overall radness. At the BCIA meeting I think we all bonded over being awkward, and that is okay… because really, the world would be pretty boring without some rad awkward folk to liven things up a bit. So here’s a cheers to the strong women and men that lead the babywearing industry today and who started it eons ago, and to those who continue to spread the babywearing love with every awkward conversation they have (cough cough… BCIA meeting).
Jillian from PaxBaby ^^
Colleen from Wrapsody, who is indeed the most awkward of them all. But definitely my favourite brand of awkward. xoxo
Lindsay and I with Julie from Beco (who is rad BTW) and Jessica of The Leaky Boob.
So now as promised, I have a giveaway for you! Basically, while I was wandering around, I noticed all the awesome swag that businesses were giving away, so I started approaching them and telling them about my idea for a giveaway. I decided to make a Mother of all Swag Bags giveaway, full of all sorts of goodies that were only available at the expo, and then some.
So without further ado, here is what is included in the swag bag:
- Expo bag full of everything that came inside the bag at the Expo
- Molly’s Suds Cloth Diaper detergent
- Peas in a Pod gift set
- Head wrap from Wrapsody Baby
- Babywearing bumper stickers
- Moby Klean Kanteen cup
- Fingerless knit gloves by Moby
- Exclusive Moby bracelets
- KangaCare TokiDoki buttons and “Frenzies” – whoever wins must tell me which Frenzie they get
- PlanetWise wet/dry bag AND snack size bag
- Beco Koozie (what what?!)
- Wean Green container with jelly beans
- BumGenius pen and chap stick
- TULA bunny made out of their newly released blanket!! (this is soooo soft!)
- beads from Fremont Street 😉
- and more!!
Click the image below to enter the giveaway!
Good luck, and please share this giveaway with all your friends! Giveaway is open to Canadian and U.S. residents.
Happy end-of-October babywearers!
We are sure many of you are frantically preparing for Halloween, and thinking of fun and creative ways to incorporate babywearing into a costume. Remember to showcase your creativity on Instagram by hashtagging your picture #babywearingcalgary so you can be featured on our account!
We would like to share a recent event that Babywearing Calgary participated in. On Saturday, October 24th we featured a booth at the Maternity Care Provider Fair. It was held at the Pineridge Community Centre from 10am – 4pm and highlighted both pre and post-natal information from providers including midwives, doulas, massage therapists, chiropractors and Babywearing Calgary! The event was organized and hosted by Birth Unlimited (who we love BTW).
Our table included information about who we are, what we do, our upcoming meetups and featured many different types of carriers! We had a ‘stroller check’ so mommas and dads could try out various carriers and get help and direction from our many Babywearing Calgary administrators who were on hand to help out. For those who were expectant parents we had a babywearing doll so they could still have a hands on experience with babywearing.
One of the (many) highlights of the day was the fashion show at noon. We began the show with a step-by-step demonstration of a front wrap cross carry with a woven wrap. Following the demonstration we had 11 amazing and beautiful volunteer mommas show off their babywearing ways including: SSC’s, Ring Slings, Woven Wraps, Hybrid Wraps, Mai Tais, tandem wearing and one sweet toddler wearing his doll in a toddler carrier! The show was a huge hit and generated a lot of interest.
A huge thank you to all the volunteers that helped make our fashion show possible. We love our village so very much and we are beyond thankful that you help spread babywearing love in Calgary and beyond! Have a wonderful week.
Come and join us at the Maternity Care Provider Fair this Saturday hosted by Birth Unlimited.
When and Where:
Saturday October 24, 2015 10:00am – 4:00pm
Pine Ridge Community Centre Calgary
6024 Rundlehorn Dr NE, Calgary
Babywearing Calgary will have a booth set up for you to come and touch some carriers, ask questions and maybe try a few out! If you don’t have a babe yet, we have a weighted baby to simulate what it will be like.
We will be providing a stroller check so you can check your stroller, get into a carrier and wander hands free.
Don’t miss out on our fashion show happening at noon. We will be showcasing everything from newborn to toddler, tandem and a variety of carriers. All of our models are from our local babywearing group.
Come and say hi and see what all the babywearing fuss is about.