Thinking About Membership?? Here’s Why You Should!!

You might be wondering why we offer membership and why you might want to spend the $30 to join Babywearing International of New Haven.  It is true that our general meetings are ALWAYS free and open to the public and our lending library is available for use at meetings.  Our primary mission is babywearing education – and we believe that education should be free!  However, there are some additional benefits to membership.  By becoming a member of BWI New Haven you

  1. Gain lending library privileges!  Dues paying members in good standing may check out one carrier per month to take home and use.  Over the course of an annual membership, you’ll get to try at least 12 different carriers!  This is a great way to “try before you buy”, get a carrier for a special occasion/purpose, or explore other carrier options as your child grows and your needs change.
  2. Support the growth of our lending library and chapter!  $20 of every $30 membership stays with our local organization.  The majority of this money will be used to fund additional carriers for our library.  The remaining portion is used to fund outreach efforts (purchasing business cards, etc.).
  3. Support our parent organization!  $10 of every $30 membership is remitted to Babywearing International.  Our parent organization supports us (and babywearing in general) in many ways:  training and providing continuing education for our educators, providing liability insurance for our educators (and soon insurance for our library), maintaining the fabulous resource of TheBabywearer.com (which will soon house a comprehensive member management system in addition to the wonderful forums already available), and spearheading outreach efforts.
  4. Support babywearing education and advocacy in our community!  Member support helps our group grow and bring babywearing education to all interested members of our community.  We welcome your outreach ideas and would love to come talk to groups you may be a part of.  We are in the early stages of partnering with Yale-New Haven hospitals to bring babywearing programs to new and expecting parents; we look forward to finding other such community partnerships as we grow.

We hope you will consider joining BWI New Haven.  For more information, email us, visit our information page, or chat with one of our leaders at any meet up. Hope to see you soon!!

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Lending Library: Medley Woven Wrap

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My Kindergartener helping model the Medley woven wrap.

This Medley woven wrap comes to our library via our parent organization of Babywearing International.  Medley wraps are no longer in production but wear similarly to other broken twill weave wraps such as Girasols – it’s a thinner weight and easy to wrap with.  Our Medley is a size 6 so a great size for anyone to do multiple different carries.

Please join us at a meet up to try out this carrier and others in our growing offering of library carriers.  All of our library carriers are available to members for month-long check out as well!

Check back for more action shots of our Medley woven wrap soon.  If you have one you’d like to share with us, please let us know!

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Lending Library: Cari Slings “Cardiidae Cuacao” Woven Wrap

This addition to our library came via a generous donation from Sarah at Cari Slings – thanks Cari Slings!!  Cari Slings is a NC based wrap company whose wraps are manufactured here in the US.

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3.5 year old in Cari Slings Cardiidae Cuacao.

Caridiidae Cuacao is a size 3 – great size for doing a variety of front, hip, and back carries for any age.  This particular wrap is fairly dense with a nice texture to it.  It’s also on the wider side so a nice wrap for rucking bigger kids.  And the color is just perfect!!

Please join us at a meet up to try out this carrier and others in our growing offering of library carriers.  All of our library carriers are available to members for month-long check out as well!

Check back for more action shots of our Cari Slings woven wrap soon.  If you have one you’d like to share with us, please let us know!

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Lending Library: Onya Baby Cruiser

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Almost 3 year old in the Onya Cruiser.

Another new addition to our lending library – the Onya Baby Cruiser SSC in Leaf/Green Umber.  A big thanks to Onya Baby for the generous donation!!

The Onya is another great SSC to check out.  It fits a surprising range of kiddo sizes well (starting at 15 pounds) and is safety tested to 75 pounds.  The straps can be crossed in a front carry and used “backpack style” in a back carry.  Features include a built in sleep hood, storage pocket, toy/key loop, sternum strap, and a padded waist belt.  There’s also a nifty way to use the Cruiser as a chair harness for those on-the-go moment when a high chair isn’t handy.

If you are interested in buying your own Onya Cruiser, you can order directly from Onya or check out one of their authorized retailers.

Please join us at a meet up to try out this carrier and others in our growing offering of library carriers.  All of our library carriers are available to members for month-long check out as well!

Check back for more action shots of our Onya Cruiser soon.  If you have one you’d like to share with us, please let us know!

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Lending Library: Boba 3G

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A 2.5 year old in the Boba 3G.

In the market for a soft structured carrier (SSC)?  You might want to check out our latest library addition – the Boba 3G Carrier!  We’d like to thank Boba for their generous donation to our library!

The Boba 3G fits a wide range of wearers and kiddos and can support up to 45 pounds.  Boba recommends an infant be 12 pounds before going in the Boba 3G.  In a front carry, the straps are worn “reverse backpack” style (meaning they don’t cross behind you.  Back carries are possible for infants who are sitting independently.  The 3G also comes with a built in sleep hood, removable foot straps (to provide extra support for older children), and an adjustable chest clip.

Note:  Boba is now producing the 4G (you can check it out on their website) which has a few updated features including built in support for newborns.

Please join us at a meet up to try out this carrier and others in our growing offering of library carriers.  All of our library carriers are available to members for month-long check out as well!

Check back for more action shots of our Boba 3G soon.  If you have one you’d like to share with us, please let us know!

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Lending Library: Colimacon & Cie “Miel & Malice” Woven Wrap

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Yup, that’s a 5 year old in a front wrap cross carry in our Colimacon & Cie!

We are super excited to have our first woven wrap in the lending library – a size 6 (4.6 meter) Colimacon & Cie “Miel & Malice” Woven Wrap!!

A big thanks to Bean Tree Baby for the generous donation!  Bean Tree Baby is Connecticut’s own baby carrier and cloth diaper store – check out their website for all sorts of goodies.

As you might guess by the name, Colimacon & Cie (or C&C as it’s commonly known) is a French company.  Their Miel & Malice wraps are made of 100% organic cotton and are available in a rainbow of beautiful colors; the wraps have blunt ends (as opposed to the tapers many wraps have) and have different colored stitching on each rail to assist in wrapping.  These are fantastic “work horse” wraps – they can take a beating, work for newborns to toddlers, are sturdy yet not beastly – really a great choice!  And even better, they are priced a bit lower than many wovens making them a great bargain!

Our C&C Miel & Malice is a size 6 (4.6 meters) and a vibrant orange-yellow.  Size 6 wraps work for pretty much everyone in one carry or another and are a great starter length.

Come try ours out at a meet up!  Or, if you’d like to buy your own, you can check out the selection at Bean Tree Baby or a number of other online retailers.

If you have an action shot of our C&C Miel & Malice that you’d like to share, please let us know!

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Lending Library: Maya Wrap

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“Action” shot of our Maya Wrap “bright stripes” ring sling!

New to the library (our first carrier!!) – Maya Wrap Bright Stripes!  Maya Wrap ring slings have been a staple in the babywearing world for over a decade.  Easy to use and available in a wide range of beautiful fabrics, Maya Wrap slings are a solid choice for anyone looking for a quick and easy to use carrier that’s good for newborns through toddlers (up to 35 pounds).

We would like to thank Maya Wrap for their generous donation to our lending library!  If you would like to buy your own Maya Wrap sling, check out their online store or list of authorized retailers.

Please join us at a meet up to try out this carrier and others in our growing offering of library carriers.  All of our library carriers are available to members for month-long check out as well!

Check back for more action shots of our Maya Wrap soon.  If you have one you’d like to share with us, please let us know!

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