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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!
Karla

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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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December meeting postponed

Due to illness, we are unable to have a meeting on the first Wednesday of December (which is tomorrow, December 1). We will have a meeting on Wednesday, December 15, instead. Because of the change, items borrowed from our lending library in November will be due at the January meeting.

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Cafe au lait Pikkolo by Catbird Baby

Pikkolo

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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The following is the text of the press release from the CPSC:

Infant Deaths Prompt CPSC Warning About Sling Carriers for Babies

WASHINGTON, D.C.- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is advising parents and caregivers to be cautious when using infant slings for babies younger than four months of age. In researching incident reports from the past 20 years, CPSC identified and is investigating at least 14 deaths associated with sling-style infant carriers, including three in 2009. Twelve of the deaths involved babies younger than four months of age.

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IBW09simpleI will never ever forget the amazing letter that a local group member wrote me shortly after we started Magic City Slingers. We helped her wear her baby and, like so many people, babywearing really changed her parenting experience. She wanted to recognize our efforts. She wrote a heartfelt letter of thanks to me and to Kristen (a the time, we were the only group leaders) and gave us each a tote bag and a button from TheBabywearer.com’s CafePress store. Her gift made a deep and lasting impression.

There are a lot of people around the world that do a lot of work to help people learn about babywearing, and much of this work is done on a volunteer basis. If someone has helped you along the way, a personal note is a great way to say thank you, but it’s not the only way. If you know of an organization that reaches out to women in need, performs babywearing advocacy work, or is a babywearing vendor with a charitable mission, consider nominating it for an International Babywearing Week award. So far, there are three awards:

– Best Babywearing Outreach Program to Women in Need (U.S.),
– Best Babywearing Outreach Program by a Non-Vendor (U.S.), and
– Best Charitable Program by a Babywearing Vendor (worldwide).

The deadline for nominations is September 18. You can nominate your organization or another organization. Click here for more information and to nominate; nomination is quick and easy!

P.S. Please spread the word about International Babywearing Week and the IBW Awards! Thanks!

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