International Babywearing Week Picnic

Last week (for International Babywearing Week) we organized a picnic to take place at Prince’s Island park.  Of course, and to no surprise, it snowed the day before.  We opted for our indoor location, which was at Eau Claire Market, and carried 🙂 on with the event.

It was really great to connect with some babywearers and bond over the notion that we all share this child rearing practice.  Here’s the thing about babywearing… it doesn’t matter what else you’re doing in parentland.. you will bond and connect over the things that you have in common with other mothers, and in this case… it is babywearing.  It is a middle ground, a practice that crosses the “parenting style” barrier and creates community among a huge group of people who may not have formed a community otherwise.  I love that about babywearing.  Of course I love finding my “parenting style” tribe, but I also love the babywearing tribe, it gives me warm fuzzies

So of course there was a Chinook (in true Calgary style I suppose) on the Friday after we already decided to head indoors, but it still worked.  People came and went over the course of the 3 hour event, wearing their babies, wearing their toddlers, and just generally happy to connect.  I’m going to say it again, I love that.

Here are a few pics from the event…

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This is the mei tai that Jen was wearing… it is so beautiful I just had to snap a shot of it.  Also, for the record I like to play with photo filters, so basically nothing to true to color on this post.  😉

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And here is the same mei tai in use!

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Here we have V, S, and C.  That’s right, I’m being uber sneaky and not actually putting names here, it’s a privacy thing.  This was the first time I {Andi} met these ladies, and I have to say… it was a pleasure.  So happy they could join us!!

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I love this pic… you know.. the moment Jen looks up and realizes I have a camera phone pointed at her, hahaha.  I mean, babywearing in action, who wouldn’t take a pic?!

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I love this pic as well.  This is V with her little one on her back in a mei tai.  This was the first time she had babe on her back, and I was actually quite surprised to see how easily and naturally she just scooched (yes, it’s a technical word) her babe back there and tied him in.  It’s not always easy, but she was really comfortable with it, which always makes it easier.  Now she just needs to wear a high bun and get a babywearing necklace/teething necklace to keep little fingers out of her hair!

Again, thank you ladies for coming out to the Babywearing Picnic, we hope to see you all again very soon!  Just a reminder, the next Babywearing Calgary meeting is this Sunday from 10-12 at Made by Momma.

And until next time, Happy Babywearing!

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International Babywearing Week

Today marks the beginning of “International Babywearing Week” (trusting that I finish this post by midnight, haha), and thus, we thought it would be fun to launch this blog right along with it. Babywearing Calgary has been spreading the babywearing love in Calgary since 2006, and it is continuing to grow larger every day. Our group is composed of numerous experienced babywearers along with plenty of new babywearers, with everyone being welcome of course. It is a place of resource, and an environment for newer babywearers to come learn what it is all about, and a place for more experienced babywearers to share their knowledge.

In 2010, Babywearing Calgary won the Best Babywearing Outreach Program from Babywearing International.

“As part of Babywearing Calgary’s International Babywearing Week activities, they organized a carrier drive to benefit Elizabeth House. Elizabeth House provides care and support to women in crisis pregnancies. They offer shelter, and education on many aspects of parenting and life to help women become self-sufficient. At the end of the carrier drive, Babywearing Calgary held a class at Elizabeth House on proper carrier use and then match the carriers they had collected with the mothers there to help ensure comfort and safety for moms and babies.”

This program is in collaboration with Babes in Arms and is ongoing, the next workshop at the Elizabeth House is on November 1st.

If you are new to babywearing and want to learn more about the benefits, check out our “Benefits of Babywearing” page. If you want to know more about who is behind the scenes, go meet the Babywearing Calgary co-leaders. And if you want to meet other babywearing mamas, then jump on in on our Facebook group and come to one of our events!

The next event will be on Friday, October 12th at Prince’s Island park from 12:00pm-2:30pm. We are having a picnic in celebration of International Babywearing Week! C’mon Calgary, let’s show this city how much we love babywearing! The event on Facebook can be found here.

Thanks for stopping by at our little spot on the web… hope to see you at a meeting soon!