2nd Quarter Update: We Are Growing! Want to Help? Here’s How!

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BWI New Haven is growing!  We have doubled our membership this past quarter and meeting attendance continues to serge.  We are so excited to be reaching more parents and caregivers in our community!

A quick recap of this past quarter’s activities:

  • We doubled our dues paying membership!  $480 in member dues was raised this quarter.  $160 of that was remitted to BWI national to fund operating costs and national outreach (such as our brochures).  $320 stayed with our local chapter and was used to fund new carriers for our library!  If you’d like to become a member, read here for details or chat with us at any meeting.
  • We’ve grown our library!  We’ve added quite a few new carriers this quarter (see our library list for a full inventory).  Among them:
    • A Toddler Tula
    • A Beco Gemini
    • A Diva Essenza Wrap
    • A Didymos Nino Wrap
    • A Catbird Baby Mei Tai
  • We’ve expanded our meeting locations!  Our Naugatuck meeting is gaining in popularity and is a great option for those looking for a weekend meetup.  We have also branched east with a new Guilford meeting.  With increased volunteer support, we hope to grow these meetings and add more!  For a full list of meeting locations and time, visit our meeting page.  For the latest updates, follow our events on Facebook.
  • We’ve added new services!  New this quarter – private consultations.  This is a perfect service for those looking for us to come to you for one-on-one training or for small group events.
  • We’ve scheduled new outreach events!  We have partnered with Duck, Duck, Goose in Milford and Babies ‘R Us in North Haven to offer  Babywearing 101 classes.  These are geared for brand new babywearers, particularly those still expecting or with newborns.  These are “demo only” meaning the library will not be available for check out.  Spread the word!  And let us know if you have an idea for outreach.

All of this growth is great!  But we need your help to keep the momentum going!!  Here’s how you can help:

  • Become a Chapter Support Volunteer!  CSVs are dues paying members of BWI National who assist with everything from running meetings to behind the scenes work.  CSVs can do anything but teach and are an important part of the BWI team.  All that’s required is a willing babywearer!
  • Become an Educator!  BWI accredited educators (VBEs, ABEs, and MBEs) teach at meetings and outreach events.  We are happy to train babywearers who have experience wearing both a newborn and older infant/toddler.
  • Be an informal volunteer!  Don’t have time to commit to being a CSV or educator?  No problem!  Just let us know how you feel you can contribute to our group.
  • Run a fundraiser!  We would love to run a fundraiser this quarter.  Have an idea?  Have time to help make it happen?  We’d love to hear from you!
  • Spread the word!  The easiest way to help is to simply spread the word about our group and our meetings.  We are happy to provide business cards and/or fliers for you to hand out.  Our Facebook events are sharable as well.  We count on you to get out the word!

Thanks so much for supporting BWI New Haven – Hope to see you at a meet up soon!!

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Do You Have a “Seat Popper”?? Read On!

Many wrappers find their child goes through a “seat popping” phase.  While this is most obvious with back wrapping, it’s a problem with front and hip carries as well.

Today’s post will give some tips and tricks for preventing and managing seat popping.  We’ll focus on back carries but the same principles apply to all carries!

Getting a Good Seat

First, it’s important to understand the mechanics of getting a good seat.  One reason we emphasize learning to front wrap before moving to back wrapping is that it’s easier to see a “good” seat in a front carry.  As with any carrier, ideally baby/toddler will be supported in the knees slightly higher than the bum or “M” position.  With a wrap, it’s possible to get knee to knee coverage for any size child.

This video (from Faith of BWI Central NY) discusses the mechanics of getting a good seat in a back carry.  A few key points:

  • Many wrappers find it helpful to start in “ruck position” (with both tails over the shoulder) for any carry to get a good seat.
  • By pinning the top rail snug, you secure baby to your back.  A baby who is old enough to be arms out and prefers that can be wrapped arms out from this point (so the top rail can be pinned high on the back right under the armpits).
  • Pulling the excess slack down towards baby’s bum gives more fabric to make a seat and prevents bunching at the top of the carry (which leads to pulling and discomfort).
  • Standing up before bringing passes back around really helps “set the seat”.  Make sure to maintain tension on both rails as you do this and keep your other hand on baby as you stand.  Once you have a good seat, you can bend back over to complete the carry.

Understanding Pass Types

Understanding different pass types can help you decide which carry to chose based on your child.

Remember there are 4 passes in wrapping:

  • Ruck (goes across baby’s back and over the wearer’s arms)
  • Rebozo (goes across baby’s back and over one of the wearer’s arms and under the other)
  • Torso (goes across baby’s back and under the wearer’s arms
  • Cross (goes between baby’s legs and over one of the wearer’s arms and under the other) – Unlike the other 3, a cross pass can not stand alone as a single layer carry.

Each has its advantages and disadvantages:

  • Ruck passes are great for leaners; they tend to stay highest on  the child and are easiest to get high on the wearer’s back.  But they are the easiest to “pop” with leg straightening.
  • Rebozo passes are also generally good for leaners although can be a bit trickier to keep as high as a ruck.
  • Toros passes sit the lowest on the wearer and can be trickier to keep higher on the child as a result.  But they tend to be harder to “pop” with leg straightening because they are lower on the wearer.
  • Cross passes are the easiest to lean out of but impossible to “pop” with leg straightening.

Choosing the Right Carry

The great thing about wrapping is that we can use any of these 4 pass types (plus dozens of tie offs), to create the perfect carry for every occasion!

For children who leg pop, a carry that has at least one cross pass tends to be the most comfortable.  Ruck versions tend to be the hardest (although it’s possible to safely ruck a “popper,” fighting to keep a seat may not be worth it).

For children who both lean and leg straighten, a carry that mixes cross passes with a ruck or rebozo pass tend to be ideal.

The following is a list of carries to try (with links to videos) if you have a determined leg straightener…although certainly you can make others work as well!

Carries that are good for leg straighteners:

Back Wrap Cross Carry (rucksack strap version; mid-length carry)

Ellevill Jordan’s Back Carry (base size carry)

Carries that are good for leg straightening leaners:

Jordan’s Back Carry (mid-length carry)

Secure High Back Carry (mid-length carry)

Half Jordan’s Back Carry (shortie carry)

 

Let’s Practice!

We’d love to hear your experience wrapping a “popper”!  Join us on our chat page to discuss!  And, of course, you can always get hands on help at one of our events.

 

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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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