Every month, we have our meeting at the main library in downtown Portland. It features our full learning library and several volunteers to assist with all your carrier needs. You can learn more about meetings here.
In addition to our meeting, we have another type of gathering: playdates.
Whats is a playdate? How is it different than a meeting? Let's find out!
Our playdates are similar to other types of parent/child playdates. We gather a public place (a free place, our meetings and playdates are always free). We pick child-friendly locations. They range from library rooms to parks to play places.
Babies, toddlers, and children are always welcome. The best way to find the perfect carrier and get it fitted right is with your own baby! We just ask that you supervise your child at all times. And make sure older children do not disrupt the playdate.
Meetings have a set schedule to make sure we get a chance to help everyone. However, playdates are less formal. You are welcome to join and leave any time during the scheduled time. But, keep in mind that if you come too late, we may not be able to give you all the help you need.
Unlike our meetings, playdates are hosted by a one or two volunteers. While we are happy to teach and answer questions, the main goal of playdates is to create a community. Time to socialize wth other babywearers and let your kids play.
You are welcome to bring your own carrier for assistance. Volunteers usually bring a small selection or carriers for try-on only. We do not bring the learning library and no carriers are available for check-out.
Chat with other wearers . Ask about their babywearing experience. Or chat about anything. Just enjoy the adult conversation while your little ones play.
Even if you don't need any babywearing help, you are absolutely welcome to come! Your experience could help other wearers. And you may learn something new anyway!
You can find our full list of events on our Facebook page. We have them all over the Greater Portland Area---including Beaverton and Vancouver! Come join our community!
Samantha Reddy, ABE