Monthly Archives: October 2013

IBW 2013: A Week in Review

International Babywearing Week (IBW) was a blast! We had so much going on that I hardly remembered being 38 weeks pregnant. It made me oh-so-appreciative for toddlerwearing, too!

Please visit our Facebook page to see some of the images of us “getting carried away,” which was the theme for 2013.

Our week started in Houston with a gorgeous weather on Monday, beautiful babywearing families, funky blue crepe myrtles (The Blue Trees), and professional photographers Courteney Miller of Once Upon A Lifetime Photography and Alexander Mayhill of Newlife Photos.

Mother and child in a Tula soft structured carrier

We celebrated Model-it Monday at the Blue Trees Project.

Tuesday, we met at Milroy Park in the Heights and practiced babywearing with traditional household fabrics: towels, sarongs or pareos, and tableclothes. It was a beautiful morning with lots of laughs.

On Wednesday, directed by the generous Janaki Mayhill, we experienced intense closeness with our little ones at the tranquil Pilates Place of The Woodlands. Our “babywearing yoga” session started with a lavender oil massage that started with their tiny feet and worked up to their heads. Once little ones were secured into wraps, SSCs, and mei tais, we moved through some gentle stretches and poses that, no matter how gentle, had us all sweaty by the end of class — sweaty yet energized! Courtney Zadik of Cocoa’s Dream Photography, a babywearing mama herself, documented the class.

Three parents carrying their children on their backs in wraps while doing yoga.

Babywearing International of Houston celebrated Work Out Wednesday in October.

For “Tutorial Thursday,” I had everyone over for a dolly sling sewing day. The kids played together while the adults busied themselves at sewing machines making baby carriers for our little “mommies and daddies” to hold their baby dolls, cars, stuffed animals, and any other precious items.

Child carrying a doll in a sling

We love it when our children “wear” their dear toys and dolls.

Friday was another gorgeous day, and we took full advantage of it! For three amazing hours, babywearers enjoyed the splash pad at Sawmill Park in The Woodlands, where we talked parenting, cloth diapers, carseats, pregnancy and birth, and of course babywearing, while the little ones kept busy with the water, play set, and picnic snacks.

We wrapped up IBW with our monthly Saturday meeting, where we discussed airway safety, optimal positioning, and carrier types. We helped fit several caregivers with a compatible carrier; for some, it was ring slings and others, toddler SSCs. We also showed a mother how to use her SSC to carry her child on her back. It was another fun meeting helping each other find (and maintain!) the babywearing love.

How did you celebrate the week? We’d love to hear from you!

— Mary Potee
VP and VBE for Babywearing International of Greater Houston


Babywearing educator information session

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, October 19, 2013

2028 Buffalo Terrace, Houston, Texas 77019

To RSVP, please send us an email or visit the Facebook events page.

We are aware that many wonderful caregivers are curious about or ready to being working toward accreditation as a Volunteer Babywearing Educator with us. We are thrilled you are interested and hope you can attend this session to learn more about what is required and, if time allows, begin filling in the gaps in your skills and knowledge. The session is free, but space is limited, so please keep your RSVP accurate to allow others to attend who might be able to.

Prerequisite to attending: Read about our group’s principles (and as much of the site as you can) and consider whether those are ideas you are willing to adopt (or already have adopted).

Those who have taken Babywearing Institute certification classes with Angelique are also welcome to audit this session.

International Babywearing Week 2013!


International Babywearing Week — Get Carried Away!

October 7–13, 2013

What better way to show your support and love for babywearing than to participate in a week-long celebration? Please join Babywearing International of Greater Houston for some or all of the events we have planned!

Model-it Monday! Grab your favorite baby carrier and your little one(s) and head over to the Blue Trees Project  near Spotts Park on Waugh and Memorial between 10 a.m. and noon. Courteney Miller of Once Upon A Lifetime Photography will be taking babywearing photographs and emailing the images to you! Suggested donation (not required): $25. Please RSVP here.

Traditional Carry Tuesday! Meet at Milroy Park at 12th and Yale from 10:30 a.m. to noon to learn how to use household and non-carrier fabrics! Bring a towel, bedsheet, scarf, or anything you want to work with. Please RSVP here.

Workout Wednesday! Are you ready to get your peace on? Join us for Babywearing Yoga, led by Janaki Mayhill at Pilates Place of The Woodlands from noon to -1 p.m.  You will get a relaxing and rejuvenating workout and experience an amazing bond with your little one, with Courtney Zadik of Cocoa’s Dream Photography documenting this wonderful hour!  Donations appreciated. Please RSVP here.

Tutorial Thursday! Give the little babywearers in your life a gift they will never forget: a homemade, handmade doll sling by joining us Thursday, October 10 from 10:30 a.m. to noon for a Doll Sling Sewing Day! We’ll take turns sewing and watching each other’s little ones at a private residence complete with a huge backyard, play set, and indoor playroom. Please RSVP here.

Fun-for-all Friday!  Let’s have some FUN on Friday, October 11 from 10 a.m. to noon at Sawmill Park/Sprayground in The Woodlands. Bring a swimsuit, towel, sunblock, and bug spray. We are planning to picnic with our little ones, so if you’d like to hang out, remember to bring some munchies for yourselves! Please RSVP here.

Shout-it Saturday!  This is your day to really shine as a babywearing lover! Shout it from the rooftops about how much you love babywearing. Whether on Facebook, Twitter, or any other platform — or even if you take the literal route and declare your love for babywearing in the middle of a grocery store by doing an interpretive dance — we want to hear about it! Post a video, picture, or just tag us in a post telling us how you shouted it on Saturday! Don’t forget about our BWI meeting too, we can shout it all together!

Social Media Sunday! I will blog about our fun-filled week, so make sure you stay tuned for details on how the week unfolded. Feel free to share our blog, Facebook page, and website with everyone you know…Let’s Get Carried Away!   Follow us on Facebook to stay up-to-date and for more details on this fun-filled babywearing week!   Can’t make some or all of these events?  No worries, just follow our lead and celebrate with your group of babywearing friends on your own!

—Mary Potee
VP and VBE for Babywearing International of Greater Houston