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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!

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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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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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Blogging here has been light for a few months as I focus on getting the Babywearing International programs running. I am delighted to report, however, that Baby Carriers Downunder are now blogging away, and so far the content is really just fantastic, ranging from toddler wearing to today’s post about babywearing during and after a zombie apocalypse. ‘Cause it’s good to be prepared.

Seriously, get a cup of tea and spend some quality time with our Aussie and Kiwi friends, most of whom are brilliant and some of whom are brilliant AND insane. We’ll pick up the posting here again soon just in case you miss us. 🙂

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Here’s a video, with French captions, demonstrating the new and wildly popular “double hammock” back carry, for your viewing pleasure. This is a video promoting a stretchy wrap, but this carry is being done by lots of wrappers with wovens, and it’s actually a quick carry notwithstanding the video’s leisurely pace. 😉 I tried it today and it was extremely comfortable!

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At Magic City Slingers meetings, we honestly don’t have time to get into parenting issues.  We are a very on-topic group: we talk about babywearing and we help people do it … and that keeps us very busy!  We do have some opportunities to get to know one another outside of monthly educational meetings, though, like our hikes and picnics, and I’ve learned that we have diverse group when it comes to parenting styles. 

We have members who practice attachment parenting and members who don’t.  We have members who embrace natural parenting and members who don’t.  We have members who don’t own a stroller and members who own several and like them all.  And we have a great time together.

It will be a great day when the rest of the world is as cool as Magic City Slingers. 🙂 Check out our member Kim Hildenbrand’s recent article in Lipstick magazine about her journey into motherhood as Mommy Weirdest

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Check out the new All About Babywearing wiki!  We’ve kicked off this collaborative babywearing encyclopedia on the net because it’s the best way we could think of to share babywearing information.  You know we love to blog, and there’s a lot of information here, but a blog is harder to navigate than a wiki, and, more importantly, YOU can’t blog here.  And forums are great for asking questions and having discussions, but they can be hard to navigate and are by their nature more suited for discussion than for maintaining information in an organized, easy-to-navigate format. 

The All About Babywearing wiki is a collaborative website; registered users can add and edit content (except on certain “locked” pages).  So you can simply register and start sharing your useful babywearing information.  All About Babywearing is a Wetpaint wiki.  The Wetpaint interface was the easiest and most user-friendly we could find.  It has WYSIWYG editing, and it’s easy to upload pictures and videos.  So if you have babywearing information to share with the world, don’t hold back!  This will be FUN!

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