A baby carrier is more than a simple piece of fabric to carry your baby around in.
It is a parenting tool. A way to connect and nurture your child as you navigate your life together.
It is also a way to connect to others. At babywearing gatherings, like our meetings and playdates, you can meet other caregivers who are also trying to figure out babywearing---and parenting.
The phrase “it takes a village” is what Babywearing International is all about. Babywearing is a learned skilled. It takes patience and support to begin your babywearing (and parenting) journey.
It's true the main focus reason of our meetings and playdates is education. Our volunteers want to teach anyone and everyone how to use any carrier safely.
Our true goal is to create a community where wearers can continue to be supported as their child grows. It can be your village for all your babywearing-related parenting needs.
Come to learn how to get your newborn in a stretchy wrap. Experience that joyous moment when you realize you CAN do this (babywearing and parenting). When baby is snuggled on your chest happily, and you can't help but smile.
Stay and talk to other members about how Babywearing helped them with their perinatal mood disorder. Share your experience postpartum as well. Walk out with a new friend.
Come back to share your progress each month. You nailed that back carry in your SSC? Woohoo! We want to know!!! Now chat with other members about their back carry tricks.
Join our Facebook Chat Group and become part of a wearing community. Share how that new hip carry got baby through cutting those canines. You will be surprised how many caregivers did the same!
Socialize with others at one of our many events. This is a great opportunity to get out of the house for a bit and talk to adults for once! It's always fun to explore new things with family and friends----especially ones who might bring their new onbuimo for you to try!
Come to our meetings for education. Stay for the village. We'd love to call you part of the BWI of PDX family!
Samantha Reddy, ABE