Monthly Archives: August 2013

Northside, Third Tuesday meeting recap

What a wonderful turn out Tuesday at the South branch library in The Woodlands!

We had a great mix of veteran babywearers and newcomers, including several Volunteer Babywearing Educators (VBEs) and VBE trainees who made the trek up north. A few students from Angelique’s Babywearing Institute certification class also attended.

Lauren began the introductions by talking about baby’s airway and spine health while being worn. Jacquie discussed different types of carriers.

Next, Mary divided the group for some hands-on work with specific carrier types. She worked with those curious about soft structured carriers and mei tais. Emily shared her knowledge about woven and stretchy wraps, and Ang and Jacquie partnered up to lead the ring sling group.

Alicia, who is a VBE for BWI of Cleveland, Ohio, and a student from Angelique’s class helped a mother tandem carry her twins.

Mother babywearing twins in two carriers

Tandem wearing twins!

I helped welcome three new members and checked out a couple of carriers. The library also received a wonderful donation: an Infantino Union (soft structured carrier).

It was a great meeting that went by all too quickly! We hope to see you at our next event, and for more pictures of the fun, please be sure to stop by our Facebook page.

Happy babywearing!

 

In case you missed the Second Saturday meeting and all the squishy babies

Thanks to everyone who attended our meeting yesterday afternoon at the H-E-B community room. We had a terrific time and met lots of new people (maybe some new regulars?). In particular, I loved seeing all the little squishes in attendance.

A quick sum up of our meeting:

After our regular intro and talks regarding airway safety, ideal positioning, and carrier types, we broke into groups. Jacquie talked about ring slings and tandem wearing, Meleah discussed buckle carriers, Emily took on wraps and buckle carriers, and I focused on “poppable” wrap carries and mei tais.

Here are some videos to help you review what we covered in my breakout groups.

Check back for more links from our other VBEs and VBE trainees in the next few days.

First Friday evenings at Frost Bank in Rice Village

Friday after a long week, I started carting our ever-expanding carrier lending library into the bank. Took the elevator to the second floor. My 5-year-old told me it felt like a hotel (a good thing; she likes hotels). Wow. The board room was swanky. The air conditioning was cranked up. And after a productive meeting, a few families joined our chapter’s membership ranks (welcome!).

picture of the second floor conference room at the Frost Bank

Getting ready to discuss babywearing at the Rice Village Frost Bank.

Our opening discussion briefly touched on airway safety, the benefits of carrying babies close, and some reasons a knees-above-bum position with well-supported back is so beneficial. VBE Jacquie and I were able work one-on-one with attendees, trying on some of the carriers new to our library. We very much appreciate Frost Bank for welcoming us into the space.

Hope to see some of you again next month!

picture of families learning to use different cloth baby carriers

See the cute babies? I got to snuggle with some while their parents worked with new techniques and refining positioning in their current slings.