April meetings

In April, BWI-T will have 3 general meetings with a demo before hands-on help, and also are holding demo only meetings in Chapel Hill, Fuquay-Varina, and Lillington, and a SOO meeting in Garner.

We are very excited to announce we will be doing ‘First Look’ meetings at 2 Babies R Us/Toys R Us stores in the area.

We are allowing 2 checkouts again for the months of April and May!!!

As a special membership reward, we will be allowing members to check out up to 2 carriers per meeting in the months of April and May 2014. We ask for people to be considerate and return carriers promptly so that all members can take advantage of this perk!

As an example, ordinarily members can attend each meeting and get 1 carrier per meeting, returning it each time they check something else out. In that case, you could use 5 different carriers per month. Now that we are allowing 2 carriers per meeting, both would still have to be returned to check out a new carrier but in theory you could cycle through up to 10 carriers each month.

‘First Look’ meetings–NO CHECKOUTS

4/4 in Fuquay-Varina at the Ballentine-Spence house [109 East Spring Street, Fuquay-Varina, NC] 11am
4/5 at Women’s Birth and Wellness Clinic [930 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd #202, Chapel Hill, NC] 10am
4/5 in Lillington at the Harnett County Public Library [601 Main Street, Lillington, NC] 10am
4/21 at Toys R Us Raleigh [7810 Poyner Pond Cir, Raleigh, NC] 10am
4/30 at Babies R Us Durham [7001 Fayetteville Rd, Durham, NC] 6:30pm

General meetings

4/7 at Chapel Hill Library [100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill, NC] 10am
4/19 at Sweetbottoms Baby Boutique [2845 Jones Franklin Rd, Raleigh, NC] 10am
4/21 at North Regional Library [7009 Harps Mill Rd, Raleigh, NC] 10am

Switch out only (SOO) meetings–NO DEMO **These are always tentative and not reliably every month; carriers checked out in Garner are due back at the SBB meeting

4/12 at White Deer Park in Garner [Aversboro Road, Garner, NC] 10-11am

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Where are you?

In an effort to better serve our audience, we’d like to get an idea of which areas of the Triangle are more populated. If you can, please add your general location to this map.

So everyone has an easier time, here’s how you put your marker on the map:

  • click “additions”
  • click on either “add marker-simple” or “add marker-detailed” depending on how much information you want to input
  • with either suggestion, a pop up will appear and you can enter your info and choose a color marker
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Want to become more involved?

Interested in becoming involved in the leadership of our group? There are two methods: become a volunteer babywearing educator (VBE) or general leadership member. Both require the person be a dues-paying member of Babywearing International of the Triangle and be actively involved in the group.

A non-VBE leadership member could assist by coordinating meeting times, group outreach, hospitality and greeting members, etc.

  • We have also started a VBE trainee system where those interested in becoming VBEs help at meetings to check items in and out, coordinate new membership forms and fees, and greet with sign-in sheets.
  • Trainees will also have the opportunity to shadow a VBE in a given carrier style at BWI-T meetings.
  • We hold intensive training sessions for trainees as needed.

A VBE is someone who has passed both a written and practical exam administered by a Babywearing International Master Babywearing Educator (MBE).  All of our VBEs have been accredited by Babywearing International.

Some of the benefits of accreditation through Babywearing International is a solid and well rounded background on the 4 basic styles of babywearing (1 shouldered carriers, wraps, asian baby carriers and soft structured carriers), More emphasis on practical application than other programs and the ability to receive your accreditation while you study the portions of babywearing that you are passionate about.

Our accredited educators receive continuing education on a monthly basis, support from Babywearing International in regards to group growth and library additions and liability insurance to protect you while you teach.

Wondering if becoming a VBE is for you? We have a “what to expect” file now!

Please contact us through email if you are interested in becoming more involved in the group.

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St Patrick’s Day parade 2014 fun!

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March 2014 meetings

In March, BWI-T will have 3 general meetings with a demo before hands-on help, and also are holding demo only meetings in Chapel Hill and Lillington, and our first SOO meeting in Garner.

‘First Look’ meetings–NO CHECKOUTS

3/1 at Women’s Birth and Wellness Clinic [930 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd #202, Chapel Hill, NC] 10am
3/1 in Lillington at the Harnett County Public Library [601 Main Street, Lillington, NC] 10am

General meetings

3/3 at Chapel Hill Library [100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill, NC] 10am
3/15 at Sweetbottoms Baby Boutique [2845 Jones Franklin Rd, Raleigh, NC] 10am
3/17 at North Regional Library [7009 Harps Mill Rd, Raleigh, NC] 10am

Switch out only (SOO) meetings–NO DEMO

3/8 at White Deer Park in Garner [Aversboro Road, Garner, NC] 10-11am

**Carriers checked out at the SDRL in February will be due back to the NRL meeting in March and carriers checked out at the Garner meeting in February will be due back to the SBB meeting in March.

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We’re working on pictures of our carriers!

One of the long term goals for BWI-Triangle is to have pictures of our carriers on people of different sizes and shapes, with kids of various ages.

Please help us reach this goal.  Send us a picture and brief description [age of child, height of wearer, carry if using a wrap] for us to use at triangle@babywearinginternational.org.

In the meantime, I’ve put together a pinterest board with pictures of our carriers.  I tried to use pictures of the actual carriers in the LL but where I didn’t have one, I used a stock photo of the carrier in the same color as our LL carrier, or in some cases a different colorway.  Check it out here: http://www.pinterest.com/ohnomongo/bwi-triangle-carriers/


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2014 St. Patrick’s Day parade


Join BWI-Triangle as we walk in the 2014 Raleigh St. Patrick’s Day parade.  We will meet at the staging area between 9:30-10am and parade along the route.

This will be our second participation in the Raleigh St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival. We have a banner that can be carried by whoever and encourage anyone to come, even if they aren’t babywearing in the parade. It’s a great way to get our name out there and it’s a ton of fun! Last year we had a lot of families, a couple wagons with older kids, kids wearing dolls, and non-wearing adults. We will be handing out our business cards to anyone interested while we walk. It’s especially fun to wave to fellow babywearers.

The parade starts at 10am so I think it would be best to meet around 9:30-10am at the staging area. Feel free to bring friends.


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First Technique Tips post–Winter Babywearing

There have been so many great winter babywearing posts so rather than reinvent the wheel, I am presenting some of the best here.  I’ll also be posting my favorite pictures showing these ideas towards the end.

Wrap Your Baby

How do you babywear in cold weather?  As it turns out, there are many options.

  • Babywearing outerwear specifically designed for accommodating the two of you and the babycarrier.  Babywearing outwear comes in the form of coats, jackets, vests and ponchos.  Some are for cooler weather than others.  Some are water resistant.  Some are made from natural and some from synthetic materials.
  • Babywearing covers that cover the baby and baby carrier for warmth, but do not cover the babywearer (who would wear their own coat).
  • Larger winter coats for the babywearer to wear that are big enough to close around baby as well, so that both are inside the same coat.  Mens coats, swing coats and A line coats are all good options, buttoned up just as far as baby’s neck.  As baby and wearer would be sharing the same head hole, it may be necessary to wear a scarf or shawl to cover your neck and chest between the two of you.
  • Traditional shawl, poncho, or pashmina can be wrapped around both of you.  Wool is an excellent material for warmth, water resistance, and breathability.
  • Bundling baby within the carrier, and wearing your own coat on top.

Some people do their bundling (mother and baby in winter gear) and then put the babycarrier on top of all the coats.  I am not a fan of this method as coats can be slippery and unsafe to babywear over, and the bulk makes it difficult to get a comfortably tight carry.  It also eliminates the babywearing benefit of having baby close enough to hear your heartbeat, smell you, etc.  Also, your warmth is the best way to keep your baby warm so I like to avoid layers between you.

BWI of DC-MD-VA talks about winter babywearing

The past few meetings, we’ve had a few questions about winter babywearing. One of the biggest questions is how to get baby in/out of the car when following the recommendation against wearing heavy coats. If you don’t know why they shouldn’t wear heavy coats/snowsuits in the carseat, read about it here. So, in this video, I give some examples of the kinds of clothes I dressed my newborn and now older baby in to keep her warm when going to/from the car. I often hear, “how do I wrap in the winter?” I show how to pre-wrap before leaving the house. Then your coat goes on over the whole thing and you can pop baby in and out.

BWI of DC-MD-VA gives some DIY instructions for a babywearing coat

Yes, you could spend the money on a dedicated babywearing coat, but you could just as easily convert a coat to accommodate both you and your little precious bundle.  Here is a fabulous tutorial that I used that was easy to follow even with my novice sewing skills.  These instructions were translated from German and used with permission from Nancy, with slight editing.

BWI of DC-MD-VA presents newborn winter wearing

One thing to consider when wearing a newborn is what type of carrier will be a good choice?  Many of the best choices for newborns in general are also great for newborns in winter.  A ring sling, stretchy or woven wrap can be a great choice because they are easy to put on under your coat before leaving the house.

I have had 3 winter newborns.  I didn’t wear all of them, but I did get a chance to try out a variety of ways for keeping newborns comfortable in the winter.  None of the carseat/stroller cover/blanket combinations that I tried made me feel as confident that my baby was comfortable as babywearing did.

10 Tips for Babywearing in the Winter

Winter is a perfect time to babywear, keeping your child close to you while you both stay cozy and share the same view of the world. Nothing is sweeter than being able to plant a kiss on a little head, or hand a snack over your shoulder, while walking around.

There can be a few things to remember; from staying comfortably warm, to those annoying zippers, and wearing just enough while still being able to buckle or loop your carrier.

5 Easy Tips for Babywearing in Winter

I love babywearing!

It’s a beautiful thing when you can combine snuggling close to your baby with being hands free and getting things accomplished! Wearing your baby is great for around the house and for enjoying the outdoors.

Now that the temps are starting to drop you might be feeling discouraged from wearing your baby out in the cold winter weather but don’t let that stop you! Below you’ll find my five tips for babywearing in the winter to keep you and baby toasty warm while participating in all of the winter wonderland fun.

The Stay at Home Feminist

With chillier weather on the way, the most common babywearing question I get is, “How do I continue to wear my baby in the winter months and keep us both warm and toasty?”

The wonderful news is that with babywearing becoming more and more a part of every family’s parenting arsenal, babywearing manufacturers are picking up on the fact that there is a need for products that work in all kinds of weather.


One of our local dads


One of our local dads


So many options!

So many options!

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