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International Babywearing Week 2016!

 

[Image is a collage of nine multi colored squares. The top left box reads quote October 5 Hike with Hike it Baby Houston Cypress, Kingwood, and West Houston end quote. Top middle box reads quote October 6 carrier library petting zoo ten thirty A M at Blossoming Mama end quote. Top right box reads quote October 7 Hike with Hike It Baby Galveston- Bay Area ten A M at Challenger seven Memorial Park end quote. Middle left box reads quote October 7 World on my Shoulders Class and Freestore four P M at Solidarity Houston end quote. Center box is the logo for International Babywearing Week 2016. The logo is a navy blue circle containing a drawn image of a baby in a brightly striped sling with just the baby’s head in view. The words ‘best seat in the house’ are overlaid in white on top of the striped sling. Outside of the navy blue circle on the top of the logo read the words: ‘International Babywearing Week 2016’. The middle right box reads quote October 7 Heights Meeting six thirty P M at Bay Area Birth Center end quote. The bottom left box reads quote October 8 Together We Wear Follow us on FB at Houston Baby Wearers end quote. The bottom middle box reads quote October 9 Friends and Family Mixer eleven A M at Eighth Wonder Brewery end quote. The bottom right box reads quote October 10 Hot Peas n Butter Kids Concert ten thirty A M at Miller Outdoor Theater end quote. ]

Celebrate International Babywearing Week (IBW) with Babywearing International of Greater Houston, October 5-10, 2016!  This year’s theme is “Best Seat in the House.”  We have a number of events planned from hiking to a concert to play dates.  Where could your best seat take you?

Here is a list of the events we will be hosting around town for the week!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016:
Cypress Hike 10:00 am at Kleb Woods Nature Center (20303 Draper Road, Tomball, TX 77377)
Kingwood Hike 9:00 am at Kingwood United Methodist Church (1799 Woodland Hills Dr, Kingwood, TX 77339)
West Hike:  9:30 am at Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary – Houston Audubon (440 Wilchester, Houston, TX 77079)

Friday, October 7, 2016:
South Hike:  10:00 am at Challenger Seven Memorial Park (2301 W Nasa Blvd, Webster, TX 77598)

To kick off International Babywearing Week, BWIGH has partnered with Hike It Baby Houston and Hike It Baby Galveston-Bay Area to teach interested families more about babywearing on the go. Volunteer Babywearing Educators (VBEs) and Chapter Service Volunteers (CSVs) will be at each event to present a short babywearing demonstration and answer any questions. The events will conclude with a hike!

Thursday, October 6, 2016:
Playdate & Carrier Petting Zoo from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm at Blossoming Mama (122 Vintage Park Blvd i, Houston, TX 77070)

Ever wonder what other carriers are in the other libraries?  Want to see all of the BWIGH library carriers?  For this play date, BWIGH has set up a Carrier Petting Zoo and all 5 libraries will be in one place.  Come and “pet” them all, and try some on if you’d like.  (This event is not an official meeting, and will not include a BW101 presentation or the ability to check out carriers from the library. Carrier returns, however, will be accepted.)  Special thanks to Blossoming Mama for hosting this event.

Friday, October 7, 2016:
World on My Shoulders Parent and Caregiver Class and Freestore 
from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Solidarity Houston (6733 Harrisburg Blvd, Houston, TX 77011)

World on My Shoulders is is holding a parent and caregiver class and freestore, to include products and education on babywearing (infant carriers), feeding (including breastfeeding), infant and child care (including cloth diapering), and menstrual heath care (including reusable menstrual products) to help families get through their days.  BWIGH volunteers will be participating in this event to provide information on babywearing and carrier fittings.  This event is FREE but donations are welcome and will go directly to World on My Shoulders operations.  Please see their Facebook event for more information.

Saturday, October 8, 2016:
Together We Wear will be an individual all day and online event!
This is to support babywearing in whatever fashion you choose.  It is not time specific, so please flood the public scene and any social media forum you choose with pictures of you wearing your child.  For this event use the hashtag #togetherwewear and the IBW official hashtag #BestseatIBW2016.  This event promotes the normalization of wearing and is a fun way for us babywearers to join together in wearing!

Sunday, October 9, 2016:
Friends and Family Mixer at 8th Wonder Brewery from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm (2202 Dallas St, Houston, TX 77003)
Come join us for some friends and family fun!  8th Wonder Brewery has a great outdoor space with lots of shaded tables.  Admission is free, and there is a fee for beer tastings.  See pricing at http://8thwonderbrew.com/.  Food is available at the brewery from Eastie Boys Food Truck (http://eatsieboys.com/food-stuffs/intergalactic-food-truck), or you are welcome to bring a picnic lunch.

Monday, October 10, 2016:
Concert Meet Up at Miller Outdoor Theater at 10:30 am (6000 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, TX 77030)
Let’s have some fun with babywearing at a concert!  The Hot Peas N’ Butter Concert starts at 11:00 am; we will meet under the sculpture at the top of the hill.  Bring chairs, blankets, snacks and water.

 

All events with more details are posted to our Facebook page.  Also check in with the Houston Baby Wearers Facebook group for online events posted each day and for a place to share with us how you are celebrating International Babywearing Week.  We can’t wait to see you and your wearees’ best seats!

#bwigh
#BestseatIBW2016
#togetherwewear
#babywearing

IBW 2015: A week in review!

Thank you so much for an awesome IBW 2015: Embrace Your World! Thank you for your pictures and stories, for participating in our events both online and in person, and for being such an integral part of our babywearing community.

We had a great turnout for our first Monday meeting, where we talked about how to Embrace Your Day — some of our members took home some great giveaways from the box of IBW goodies we received from BWI for sharing how babywearing helps them day to day!

Thank you to Hike It Baby Houston for teaming up with us for our zoo walk on Wednesday for Embrace Your Wild! We were able to do some carrier demos, help folks get more comfortable wearing the carriers they brought, and hike the beautiful trail around the zoo park. The Houston Zoo also had a special zookeeper chat scheduled for us where we learned about alligators and how they carry their young in their mouths! And our little wearees got to pet a baby alligator at the end.

Friday was our Embrace Your Community event with a play date at Blossoming Mama. Attendees got to play with some new and different carriers like onbus and various soft-structured carriers. The kids had lots of fun playing with each other!

Saturday, we staffed a table at Babies R Us in North Houston for a Baby Fair and Diaper Derby, at which we demonstrated carries in many kinds of carriers and helped expecting families choose carriers for their registries.

A special thanks to our many BWIGH volunteers this week who helped make this happen — we wouldn’t exist without you! And last but not least, thanks to Babywearing International, Inc., the IBW planning committee, and all the sponsors (including Ergobaby, líllébaby, and CatBird Baby, who made donations to our libraries, and Happy Family who came to our events with snacks).

See you at next year’s IBW events!

International Babywearing Week 2015!

Celebrate International Babywearing Week (IBW) with Babywearing International of Greater Houston, October 4-10, 2015! This year’s theme is “Embrace Your World.”

Sunday, October 4, 2015
#EmbraceYourLove is all about that bundle of cuteness that you put into that carrier on our Facebook page — show us those babies! Show us who you wear! Show us what they like to do while wearing and what makes them the happiest.

Monday, October 5, 2015
#EmbraceYourDay
is about how babywearing helps you every day. Please join us at our first Monday monthly meeting (10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Babies R Us at 18182 Gulf Fwy in Friendswood) for a Babywearing 101 class, where both new and veteran wearers can learn skills and talk about how babywearing can be a useful daily tool.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015
#EmbraceYourAdventure is a throwback to 2014’s IBW theme, “Share the Adventure.” Where have you been while babywearing that was an adventure? This activity will take place on our Facebook page — share a story or pictures of the greatest adventure you’ve been on while wearing.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015
#EmbraceYourWild is about getting out to see what the outdoors has to offer and how babywearing can make that possible. Please join Hike It Baby and BWIGH at 9 a.m. to walk the fitness loop outside the Houston Zoo (6200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston). Afterwards, we’ll have a special session with a zookeeper to learn about animals that “wear” their babies! (Details are posted to the event on our page; zoo admission will be required for those wanting to participate in the chat.)

Thursday, October 8, 2015
#EmbraceYourSelf is about what you do for yourself. What does babywearing do for you? Join us on our Facebook page and tell us what you like, how you care for yourself, and share a photo of how babywearing is a part of that!

Friday, October 9, 2015
#EmbraceYourCommunity is an opportunity to go out and explore what your community has to offer. Please join us for a play date from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Blossoming Mama (122 Vintage Park Blvd, Houston), a local business that supports our babywearing community. Pop on over to Blossoming Mama’s Facebook page and website as there is also a 20% discount code for carriers purchased from now through the end of IBW!

Saturday, October 10, 2015
#EmbraceYourOptions is about exploring all the options available for babywearing. Please stop by our table during the Baby Fair & Diaper Derby at Babies R Us (located at 380 FM 1960 W, Houston) anytime from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. for an introduction to the plethora of carriers that assist us in babywearing, check out some new ones you may not have tried, or see if a carrier you already own can be more functional with a tip or tweak! This event will be come-and-go.

Events are posted to our Facebook page; please join us in celebrating and embracing International Babywearing Week!

— Stephanie Boehm
VBE, IBW 2015 Coordinator

2015 Houston area meeting details

To learn more about our meetings, please read this page.

First Monday mornings (10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) at the Friendswood Babies ‘R’ Us (18182 Gulf Fwy, Friendswood, TX 77546), Anchored by Ang and Stephanie.

First Friday evenings (6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.) at 1533 1/2 Heights Boulevard, Houston, Texas 77008 (map), thanks to Texas Lactation Consultants and the Bay Area Birth Center, behind the main house. Free parking is available at the building and on the street. Anchored by Angelique.

Third Tuesday mornings (10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) at the Babies ‘R’ Us (380 FM 1960 West, Houston, Texas 77090)Anchored by Edith. In November and December, the meetings will be at Blossoming Mama (122 Vintage Park Blvd, Houston, Texas 77070)

Third Saturday mornings (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) in the Bunker Hill Babies / Toys ‘R’ Us (9730 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas 77024). Anchored by Meleah and Edith.

Fourth Friday mornings (10 a.m. to noon) at St. Paul’s School (5501 Main Street, Houston, Texas 77004; map). Free parking is available off Fannin Street, one block north of Bissonnet/Binz.

Meetings are free and open to family and caregivers of all ages who wish to learn about the use of slings and carriers through discussions, one-on-one help, and demonstrations. Members (dues are $30 per year per family) may borrow baby carriers from the library the chapter maintains. BWIGH holds several meetings a month across Houston. For more updated event information, please visit our Facebook page.

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

 

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.

Recap from our first meeting in our new Saturday home

This month’s meeting was held at a new location: the Community Room of the Bunker Hill H-E-B. We are very excited about this location and feel that having our Saturday monthly meetings here will help us to continue serving the community.

At the meeting, we went over airway and positioning basics for babies in any baby-holding device. We also discussed each carrier type: simple pieces of cloth (wraps), SSCs (soft-structured carriers), ring slings, and mei tais. We then broke into three groups to focus on one-on-one help: wraps, ring slings and pouches, and panel carriers (mei tais and SSCs). Many attendees were able to try out carriers they had never used before.

We handed out raffle prizes to several if our winners from the June membership drive. Congratulations to our winners, and thank you to those who have joined us or supported in other ways. And of course, thanks also go to our raffle donors.

Mothering Nature Birth Services
Comfy Joey
Woodland Babies

The carrier library has continued to grow, and we were able to check out more carriers to members. Three new members joined the chapter, which continues to enable us to build our library. Thank you to all of the attendees who came, new and returning. We appreciate your support as we continue to bring babywearing support to Greater Houston! We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting, again or for a first time.

— VBE Meleah