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Often at meetings we are able to help someone be a lot more comfortable in a carrier with a really quick tip. Today, we made a couple of one-minute videos showing some ring sling tips that address very common issues: how to get the baby well seated so you can be hands-free in a ring sling; and how to do a hip carry without having the rings move down your body to an uncomfortable position. It seems we give both tips at every meeting, so we thought we’d share them with a wider audience.

Let’s start with getting a good seat, because it’s fundamental to using a ring sling:

Sometimes, in order to make a point, we have to make an analogy. Sometimes, the analogy involves the way us womenfolk don our, um, “foundation garments.” Sorry about that, but the analogy is apt and is the most effective way I can make the point. ūüôā

When you’re ready to do a hip carry in a ring sling, try this trick for getting your baby on your hip without moving the rings:

Happy ring slinging!


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How to Make a Bed Sheet Sling

Click on the above link to watch a video to learn how to turn a twin sheet into an adjustable baby sling with no sewing, no cutting, and just a simple fold and knot.

This video was taken at a training session for the Birthwell Partners Community Doula Project. Sharing the knowledge of how to use a shawl or a sheet as a safe and comfortable baby carrier is a wonderful gift to a new parent, and we were delighted to have the chance to work with a group of doulas who want to share the gift babywearing with their clients!

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Karla wearing two of her children

Karla Lindquist is the second winner in our International Babywearing Week photo contest. Here are a few words from her:

The Beco that you so graciously awarded me is a huge blessing to my whole family!
I love wearing my babies and do so on a very regular basis. Babywearing makes having four children 4 and under possible. ūüėČ By that, I mean it’d be pretty much impossible to go anywhere without help if I couldn’t wear the baby. I wear Levi (9wks) when we go grocery shopping, and so far shopping with four kids is no different than with three because Levi sleeps the entire time he’s against mommy’s chest.
Babywearing is a huge part of my motherhood! I really couldn’t imagine trying to do all I do without wearing them. Attaching my baby to my body is not only enjoyable but often very necessary. When I had my third child, my oldest was only 2, and I had to wear the baby to keep him safe. Sure, his brothers loved him very much, but they were still only babies themselves and didn’t know how to be careful with him. I didn’t have the option of putting the baby down because it was not safe — they would smother him with their kisses or bang him in the head while sharing their toys.
I also love that I can nurse while wearing my babies and I don’t have to sit down to feed them if we are out and about. I’ve nursed my boys in a carrier while shopping, during worship at church, fishing on a boat, walking at the park, on an airplane and the list goes on because wearing and feeding our babies can be very easy and simply done most anywhere.
My husband has even gotten into wearing our babies. He has worn them to do everything from mowing the lawn to cooking dinner. My oldest son (4) was also excited about the Beco because he’s pretty sure it’ll work just right for him to carry baby Levi.
We are a babywearing family and the Beco is a wondeful tool that we will use often! Thank you again for your generosity! God Bless You!

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It’s the first day of International Babywearing Week 2011, and the theme for the day is Make it Monday. As it happens, we developed a very popular and easy project a few years ago that fits today’s theme perfectly: The No-Sew Fleece Babywearing Poncho. All you need is a yard and a quarter of good quality fleece and some scissors. If you find some fleece on sale, you might make this project for about $5. Enjoy!


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Susie and Ryan in a Ball Baby Overall mei tai, circa 2006

Celebrate International Babywearing Week by making your own faux Ball Baby Overall mei tai with us on Wednesday, October 12, from 10a.m. to noon at the Hancock Fabrics store on Hwy. 280. Basic sewing skills are needed. This project involves some straight seams, but there are no zippers, buttons, rings or other hardware to install. Space is limited and advance registration is required. Click here for all the details and to register.

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Cafe au lait Pikkolo by Catbird Baby


Come visit our table this Saturday at the Babypalooza Expo, from 10-3 at the Metro Church Event Center. We will have information about the benefits of babywearing and babywearing safety, plus different carriers to see and try, plus a free carrier giveaway.

That’s right, we are giving away a Pikkolo Baby Carrier by Catbird Baby in a free drawing. Just come by our table to enter.

Click on the poster below for more information about Babypalooza. See you Saturday!

Click for more information!

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At the 2010 International Babywearing Conference in Rigby, Idaho

Mandy and I went to Rigby, Idaho, June 8-12 for the 2010 International Babywearing Conference. We learned a lot and met a lot of interesting and inspirational babywearers. (And we came back with a lot of swag to share with our members!)

Here are some posts from around the web to give you a taste of the conference as well as some of the important information shared:

Inspirational post by a babywearing dad who got help at the conference. What does babywearing mean for parents and their children? Why do we volunteer to help people with babywearing? Read this!

Article about carseats by Jan at Sleeping Baby Productions based on the all-conference session by M’Liss Stelzer. Very important information!

Traditional babywearing, and museum exhibit of traditional and modern baby carriers, from Beltway Babywearers, our sister BWI chapter in the Washington, DC, area. Lots of great pictures from the museum display!

IBC 2010 post 1 from Beltway Babywearers.

IBC 2010 post 2 from Beltway Babywearers.

Idaho Babywearers post about conference attendees trip to Yellowstone National Park. And don’t miss the immediately prior posts about the medical panel, the Dutch Oven dinner (complete with cowboy band, rodeo queens, hula hooping, and celebrity babywearers), keynote speaker Kelley Mason (who sparked a babywearing revolution in the U.S. when she founded the Kozy Carrier company) and observations about the conference and the role of babywearing as “the fabric of a global community,” the theme of the conference.

The next International Babywearing Conference will be in San Diego in 2011, and after that, the Beltway Babywearers will take it to DC for 2012.

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