BWI of Birmingham maintains a collection, or “library,” of baby carriers, babywearing accessories, and instructional materials. The main benefit of a $30 annual membership in BWI of Birmingham is the privilege of borrowing items from our carrier library. We have the carrier library available at all meetings, where anyone can learn about and try on the library carriers at no charge, and we also use library carriers when we speak and demonstrate for other organizations. These carriers get a lot of exposure and a lot of use!
Most of our carriers were donated by vendors either directly to the chapter or to Babywearing International, Inc. Additionally, several of the carriers were given to our chapter in connection with winning awards during International Babywearing Week or in vendor-sponsored contests. If you would like to donate a carrier, please contact us at leaders at magiccityslingers dot com.
Some of the slings in our library are:
German Style Wovens:
Dolcino wrap, Sumatra organic, size medium
Hoppediz Light One wraps, Delhi and Dublin, both size long.
Didymos wraps: black, grey and red Labyrinth, size 6; NINO rot, size 6; Eva, size 2.
Hoppediz Wrap, Oslo long.
Storchenwiege Wrap, Vicky, size 6.
Bara Barn knot shawl, Pistachio (one size, 3 yards)
Wrapsody Bali Breeze, 6 yards, Alice, and 5 yards, Haumea.
Calin Bleu gauze wrap, teal.
Water Wrap Carrier, white mesh.
Moby Wrap, natural.
Hot Mama hemp jersey wraps, one red, one purple, both long.
Buckle Carriers a/k/a Soft Structured Carriers:
Kinderpack infant size full buckle. Daisy Zebra/black chino.
Britax baby carrier and optional seat extender insert.
Ergo Baby Carriers, 1 True Blue Performance, 1 cranberry Classic, 2 black Sports, 1 Red Sport, 1 blue/green Classic, 1 Desert Bloom Organic, 2 black Performance infant inserts, 1 grey Heart to Heart infant insert.
Boba Carriers, one grey/brown, one brown.
Beco Butterfly, Avery and Beco Butterfly 2, River.
Beco Gemini, Sierra Espresso.
FreeHand Baby Carrier, brown.
Catbird Baby Pikkolo Baby Carrier, Somerset.
AngelPack LX, grandiflora with plum organic straps.
Scootababy hip carrier, one new style San Francisco, one old-style black denim.
OnyaBaby Outback, chocolate chip/olive green.
Action Baby Carrier, owl print.
BabyHawk Oh Snap, grandiflora.
Lillebaby EveryWear carrier, brown.
CatBird Baby mei tais, Kleo and Colorblock Organics Orange/Espresso.
Mei Tai Baby mei tai, pink brocade on black straps.
Kozy Carrier mei tai, black toile.
BabyHawk mei tai, lavender swirls on natural straps.
Freehand mei tai, “Harriet” (avocado green with cream and brown flowers on natural straps). This is the current style, from TogetherBe. It is a “second” quality with some minor puckers in the stitching.
Taylormade Mei Tai (spring green and white polka dot straps, green/white/turquoise floral panel)
Maya Tie, black.
FreeHand mei tai (old style), mosaic paisley on khaki straps.
AngelPack Traditional Twist mei tai, tranquility (black straps with blue asian print floral panel).
AngelPack mei tai, mother’s web (black straps and black body with white swirls).
Zolowear, Coco, size M.
Rockin’ Baby, Somebody To Love (Pink, Purple & Black on White Pucci-Style Pattern reversing to Carnation Pink with Black Aluminum Rings – 100% Cotton)
Li’l Peeper Keepers, chocolate 100% linen body banded with brocade.
Sakura Bloom: one Hana Collection, stone/licorice; one essential silk, ginger/champagne.
Maya Wrap lightly padded ring sling, color 34, raspberry red; also a blue stripe in a non-standard color.
Oopa Baby silk ring sling, chocolate brown.
Hybrid and Other Carriers:
Chimparoo Versatile in a cream color with long sleeves. This is a unique product that is like a combination of a stretchy wrap and a cardigan. It can be worn during pregnancy, it can be used as a skin-to-skin baby carrier, it can be worn over, say, a camisole as a baby carrier or just a cardigan.
Precious Image Creations Miracle Cami (a breastfeeding camisole that also serves as a skin-to-skin infant carrier), size L.
MyPouch (similar to a mei tai, but the straps are secured by rings instead of knots)
Bondolino Baby Carrier, navy (not a buckle carrier, but has a structured waist with hook-and-loop closure and is overall more structured than a mei tai)
Size M Baby K’Tan carrier in camouflage; Size L Baby K’Tan in Eggplant. (Not a traditional pouch; more of a pouch/wrap hybrid.)
Ellaroo Wide Blanket Podegi, Simplicity Black (This product is discontinued; however, it is a traditional Korean style baby carrier and our members enjoy learning about traditional baby carriers from around the world.)
We also have lots of pouches in lots of different sizes!
2 Peekaru Original Fleece Baby Carrier Covers, both size L.
Catbird Baby support belt (adds a thick, padded waistband to a Pikkolo carrier or a mei tai)
DVDs and Books:
Tummy 2 Tummy DVD
Tying Your Woven Wrap DVD by Children’s Needs
Ergo Baby Carrier DVD
Maya Wrap DVD
Carrying Instructions for the Hoppediz Baby Sling (how to use any woven wraparound sling)
BB-Slen User’s Manual (how to use any woven wraparound sling)