September meetings

In Spetember, BWI-T will have 3 general meetings with a demo before hands-on help and 3 demo only meetings in Chapel Hill, Fuquay-Varina, and Lillington.

‘First Look’ Demo meetings–NO CHECKOUTS

9/5 in Fuquay-Varina at the Ballentine-Spence house [109 East Spring Street, Fuquay-Varina, NC] 9:30-11am
9/6 in Lillington at the Harnett County Public Library [601 Main Street, Lillington, NC] 9:30 – 11am
9/6 at Women’s Birth and Wellness Center [930 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd #202, Chapel Hill, NC] 10 – 11:30am

General meetings – Lending Library available for carrier checkouts

9/8 at Chapel Hill Library [100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill, NC] 10 – 11:30am
9/15 at North Regional Library [7009 Harps Mill Rd, Raleigh, NC] 10 – 11:30am
9/20 at Sweetbottoms Baby Boutique [2845 Jones Franklin Rd, Raleigh, NC] 10 – 11:30am

The demo portion of our General Meetings begins at 10am. If you are coming only to check carriers in or out we ask that you wait until 10:45. This helps us keeps things quiet so that new members can hear the demo and have time to ask questions. Thank you!

We had great turn out at our August meetings and hope to see even more babywearers in September!

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Some exciting changes coming for BWI-Triangle!

We will be transitioning to lending libraries that are dedicated to the location you visit.  Chapel Hill Library, North Regional Library, and Sweetbottom Baby Boutique meetings will each have a third of the existing carriers, which we have divided equally.  We have bought some carriers to fill in some holes, like size 2 wraps, and mei tais.

What this will mean for you is that you will have to decide which meeting is your “home meeting”, which is the meeting space you generally attend the most.  You are welcome to attend any meeting; even all of the meetings.

Late fees previously were charged per meeting missed, so if you checked out at CHL and a month later missed that meeting, then turned it in the next CHL meeting, you would be charged $5 per meeting missed, which would quickly rack up with each meeting, regardless of the location.  With us moving to LLs tethered to locations, it means that you will only be charged a late fee if you don’t turn it in at that meeting.  However, the late fee will be increased to $10 starting in September.

We think that this will make things less confusing and since we are a large group, it makes it easier for VBEs and helpers because we won’t have to escort the LL around the triangle.  To be sure that everyone gets variety, the 3 LLs will be rotated between locations periodically.

Another thing we are implementing to make things easier for our volunteers is we are beginning to use membership cards.  When someone joins the group, they should receive a membership card at their first meeting, which will have spaces for their name, the renewal date, home meeting location, and the VBE initials who fills out the card.  Since we have grown, it’s become more difficult to remember everyone and we think this will also help people remember when they need to renew their membership.  We recommend you take a picture of the card in case you lose it.  If you lose the card and don’t have the image (which you can use for checkouts), there will be a fee for card replacement.

Membership cards

Membership cards

SO, look for our new changes and new carriers!  We have so many joining the LL in the next month or so!

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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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October meetings

In October, BWI-T will have 3 general meetings with a demo before hands-on help and 3 demo only meetings in Chapel Hill, Fuquay-Varina, and Lillington.

We will also be hosting special events this month in celebration of International Babywearing Week, October 5-11th. More information coming soon!

‘First Look’ Demo meetings – No carrier checkouts

10/3 in Fuquay-Varina at the Ballentine-Spence house [109 East Spring Street, Fuquay-Varina, NC] 9:30-11am
10/4 in Lillington at the Harnett County Public Library [601 Main Street, Lillington, NC] 9:30 – 11am
10/4 at Women’s Birth and Wellness Center [930 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd #202, Chapel Hill, NC] 10 – 11:30am

General meetings – Lending Libraries available for carrier checkouts

10/6 at Chapel Hill Library [100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill, NC] 10 – 11:30am
10/18 at Sweetbottoms Baby Boutique [2845 Jones Franklin Rd, Raleigh, NC] 10 – 11:30am
10/20 at North Regional Library [7009 Harps Mill Rd, Raleigh, NC] 10 – 11:30am

The demo portion of our General Meetings begins at 10am. If you are coming only to check carriers in or out we ask that you wait until 10:45. This helps us keeps things quiet so that new members can hear the demo and have time to ask questions. Thank you!

We’re looking forward to seeing YOU has we head into autumn!

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Libraries have some new additions!

We’ve been on a huge buying spree to fill out the three libraries.  Check out all the pretty carriers!

Chapel Hill Library LL

  • BBSling ring sling
  • ComfortFit Maya ring sling
  • Girasol Carson’s Cove rebozo
  • Silver Lining Slings Paige Midori WCRS sewn by Alloa Baby
  • Tula toddler UFO print
  • green Kozy MT
  • Didy Lime hemp Pfau 3

North Regional Library (N Raleigh) LL

  • BBSling ring sling
  • ComfortFit Maya ring sling
  • Silver Lining Slings Paige Midori WCRS sewn by Alloa Baby
  • Emeibaby standard size buckle carrier
  • Wrap Nap Fairy Green 2
  • BBSlen Pineapple 7
  • MeiTaiBaby MT
  • Kokoskaa 5
  • Whovian ring sling sewn by Gracie and Sam

Sweetbottoms Baby Boutique (S Raleigh/Cary) LL

  • BBSling ring sling
  • ComfortFit Maya ring sling
  • Shiny Star Linen ring sling
  • Emeibaby toddler size buckle carrier
  • Girasol Summer Sun 2
  • Chrysalis Designs/SLS Persimmon Paige WCMT

Some info and videos about our new carriers:

Emeibaby:

 


Most of the carriers together

Most of the carriers together

SLS Midori Paige WCRS

SLS Midori Paige WCRS

Toddler Tula

Toddler Tula

Whovian ring sling

Whovian ring sling

Emeibaby carriers

Emeibaby carriers

 

THREE bbslings (one in each library), thanks to a generous discount from Nova Natural Toys + Crafts
THREE new shoulder (comfort fit) Maya Wraps, by donation/discount from Maya Wrap
A Girasol Carson’s Cove rebozo (CHL), donated by one of our lovely members (Can I call you out, member?)
A Shiny Star Linen sling (SBB), also donated by above awesome member
An Emeibaby Standard size (NRL) and
An Emeibaby Toddler size (SBB), both discounted by emeibaby
Two Alloa Baby RS (CHL, NRL) made from Paige Midori Silver Lining Slings, donated by our own Sonia Parrella
A Tula Toddler UFO print (CHL)
TWO new Mei Tai Baby MTs (SBB, NRL) made for us at a discount by our own Elisabeth Hobgood Allore
A size 7 bbslen pineapple (NRL), which went with the above order from Nova Naturals
A green Kozy MT (CHL)
A Girasol Summer Sun sz 2 (SBB)
A Kokoskaa – Wrap Factory sz 5 (NRL) donated at the conference!
A Wrap Nap Fairy Green sz 2 (NRL)
Didy Lime hemp Pfau 3 (CHL)
Chrysalis Designs/SLS WCMT (SBB)

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August meetings

In August, BWI-T will have 3 general meetings with a demo before hands-on help and 5 demo only meetings in Chapel Hill, Fuquay-Varina, Lillington, and Babies R Us locations in Raleigh and Durham.

‘First Look’ Demo meetings–NO CHECKOUTS

8/1 in Fuquay-Varina at Fuquay Mineral Spring Park 1 – 2:30pm TIME AND LOCATION CHANGE
8/2 in Lillington at the Harnett County Public Library [601 Main Street, Lillington, NC] 9:30 – 11am
8/2 at Women’s Birth and Wellness Center [930 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd #202, Chapel Hill, NC] 10 – 11:30am
8/25 at Babies R Us/Toys R Us [7810 Poyner Pond Cir, Raleigh, NC] 11am
8/27 at Babies R Us [7001 Fayetville Rd, Durham NC] 6:30pm

General meetings – Lending Library available for carrier checkouts

8/4 at Chapel Hill Library [100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill, NC] 10 – 11:30am
8/16 at Sweetbottoms Baby Boutique [2845 Jones Franklin Rd, Raleigh, NC] 10 – 11:30am
8/18 at North Regional Library [7009 Harps Mill Rd, Raleigh, NC] 10 – 11:30am

We hope to see you there!

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International Babywearing Conference 2014 in Tempe, AZ is this weekend!

Follow along on instagram with hash tag #IBCTempe2014

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June and July meetings

In June and July, BWI-T will have 3 general meetings each month with a demo before hands-on help, and also are holding a demo only meeting in Fuquay-Varina each month.

We will not be able to hold the Chapel Hill demo in June or July.

 

‘First Look’ meetings–NO CHECKOUTS

6/6 in Fuquay-Varina at the Ballentine-Spence house [109 East Spring Street, Fuquay-Varina, NC] 9:30-11am
6/7 in Lillington at the Harnett County Public Library [601 Main Street, Lillington, NC] 9:30-11am

7/11 in Fuquay-Varina at the Ballentine-Spence house [109 East Spring Street, Fuquay-Varina, NC] 9:30-11am
7/12 in Lillington at the Harnett County Public Library [601 Main Street, Lillington, NC] 9:30-11am

General meetings

6/2 at Chapel Hill Library [100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill, NC] 10-11:30am
6/16 at North Regional Library [7009 Harps Mill Rd, Raleigh, NC] 10-11:30am
6/21 at Sweetbottoms Baby Boutique [2845 Jones Franklin Rd, Raleigh, NC] 10-11:30am

7/7 at Chapel Hill Library [100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill, NC] 10-11:30am
7/14 at North Regional Library [7009 Harps Mill Rd, Raleigh, NC] 10-11:30am
7/19 at Sweetbottoms Baby Boutique [2845 Jones Franklin Rd, Raleigh, NC] 10-11:30am

Switch out only (SOO) meetings–NO DEMO **These are always tentative and not reliably every month.

 

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