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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

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

Headbands for all

Supporting our chapter and keeping your hair out of your face at the same time has never been easier. Navy and white Wrapsody headbands with the Babywearing Intenational logo figures will be sold at our meetings for $10 each.

Close-up photo of three fabric headbands. Left to right, they are orange with white figures, dark blue with white figures, and white with orange figures. The figures are the four simplified humans with baby carriers, part of the logo for Babywearing International.

If you would like to purchase some and have them mailed to you, please contact us at info @ bwihouston.com.

These are similar to the orange and white headbands our educators and volunteers sometimes wear.

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Bumper stickers!

Want to show your support? We now have stickers for sale for $1 each. Adorn a vehicle (please only your own), technology, or perhaps a carrier storage bin or baby wipes case. Funds raised support our chapter. If you’d like one mailed, please message us with an address, and we can send an invoice via PayPal that includes postage.

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

 

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