June 2015 meetings

In June BWI of the Triangle will host 4 general meetings beginning with a Babywearing 101 demo, followed by hands on help with our carriers or yours. Read on for the full schedule.

Are you south of the Triangle area? Our sister chapter, BWI of the Southeastern Piedmont will we hosting 2 meetings on June 6th: 9-10am at Xtreme Challenge All Stars Gym, Fuquay-Varina and 11-noon at the Harnett Co Public Library, Lillington. For more information see their Facebook page or email them at BWISoutheasternPiedmont@gmail.com


BWI of the Triangle General meetings – Babywearing 101 demo followed by hands-on help. Lending Library available for carrier checkouts.

  • Saturday 6/6, 10-11:30am – Women’s Birth and Wellness Center, Suite 304 [930 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd #202, Chapel Hill, NC]
  • Thursday 6/11, 6:30-8pm –  South Regional Library [4505 S. Alston Avenue, Durham, NC]
  • Tuesday 6/16, 10-11:30am – North Regional Library [7009 Harps Mill Rd, Raleigh, NC]
  • Saturday 6/20, 10-11:30am – Sweetbottoms Baby Boutique [2845 Jones Franklin Rd, Raleigh, NC]

New to the group? Find out about our lending library here. If you are ready to become a member you can sign up online.

Social Meet-ups and Community Events– Fun gatherings and playdates!

  • To be announced! If you have any suggestions for social events you’d like to attend, post on our FaceBook group or email us (links below).

In addition to our website and Facebook group, we now have a Facebook page where we will be announcing our monthly meetings! “Like” our page and subscribe (under the Upcoming Events section on the left) to get notifications when we add events.

For questions about any of our meetings please send an email to triangle@babywearinginternational.org or ask in our Facebook group!

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May 2015 meetings

In May BWI of the Triangle will host 4 general meetings beginning with a Babywearing 101 demo, followed by hands on help with our carriers or yours. We also planning a few special events this month. Read on for the full schedule.

Are you south of the Triangle area? Our sister chapter, BWI of the Southeastern Piedmont will we hosting 2 meetings on May 2nd: 9-10am at Xtreme Challenge All Stars Gym, Fuquay-Varina and 11-noon at the Harnett Co Public Library, Lillington. For more information see their Facebook page or email them at BWISoutheasternPiedmont@gmail.com


BWI of the Triangle General meetings – Babywearing 101 demo followed by hands-on help. Lending Library available for carrier checkouts.

  • Saturday 5/2, 10-11:30am – Women’s Birth and Wellness Center, Suite 304 [930 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd #202, Chapel Hill, NC]
  • Thursday 5/7, 6:30-8pm –  South Regional Library [4505 S. Alston Avenue, Durham, NC]
  • Saturday 5/16, 10-11:30am – Sweetbottoms Baby Boutique [2845 Jones Franklin Rd, Raleigh, NC]
  • Tuesday 5/19, 10-11:30am – North Regional Library [7009 Harps Mill Rd, Raleigh, NC]

Social Meet-ups and Community Events– Fun gatherings and playdates!

  • Sunday 5/17, 10am-2pm – Spring Fling Family Picnic
    Please join us at Lake Wheeler park, Raleigh, Shelter #5. There will be a member managed carrier swap and a babywearing photo shoot. Photos will be taken by Sarah Ford (one of our talented volunteers). For a $10 donation to the group Sarah will take your picture at lovely Lake Wheeler and send you 3 edited photos. More details here!
  • Saturday 5/30, 5-8pm – Rock the Baby
    We will have a table at Rock the Baby, La Leche League of Chapel Hill’s family festival. The event will be held at the Carrboro Town Commons. We will have a few items for sale, including BWI exclusive print Wrapsody headbands. Come by and say hello!

For questions about any of our meetings please send an email to triangle@babywearinginternational.org or ask in our Facebook group!

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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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Spring Fling Family Picnic!

Please join us for a family picnic Sunday May 17th, 10am-2pm at Lake Wheeler park in Raleigh, shelter #5.

LWShelter5

We have a lovely lake side shelter reserved at Lake Wheeler park in Raleigh! Bring a lunch and enjoy the outdoors with fellow babywearers. The park has a playground and offers boat rentals and fishing (for a fee). At the shelter we will have tables set up for a carrier swap and a babywearing photo shoot!

  • Carrier swap – bring carriers to sell or find a new-to-you beauty to bring home.
    (All carriers sold are transactions between the individual parties buying and selling. BWI of the Triangle is not responsible for any of the carriers sold at the function.)
  • Babywearing photo shoot – For a $10 donation Sarah Ford will be taking photos and will send you 3 edited photos in color and black and white by email. Sarah is a talented hobbyist and is volunteering her time. All money will go directly to support our group! You may pay with cash at the event or prepay now with PayPal.

*To find shelter #5: Follow Stoney Rd (main rd through park) nearly to the end and turn left into the parking area before the boat house and ramps. Take the paved path on the left side (as you face the playground and building) toward the water.

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April 2015 meetings

Please bear with us this month and check meeting dates carefully! We had to make a number of changes due to availability of our meeting spaces. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please contact us at triangle@babywearinginternational.org if you have any questions.

Our Durham evening meeting starts this month!! We are really excited to have a general meeting (with carrier lending library) in Durham again, AND in the evening for caregivers who can’t make it to morning meetings!

If you are in the Fuquay-Varina and Lillington area, check out the meetings hosted by Babywearing International of the Southeastern Piedmont!


General meetings – Babywearing 101 demo followed by hands-on help. Lending Library available for carrier checkouts.

  • Thursday 4/9, 6:30-8pm –  South Regional Library [4505 S. Alston Avenue, Durham, NC]
  • Saturday 4/11, 10-11:30am – Women’s Birth and Wellness Center, Suite 304 [930 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd #202, Chapel Hill, NC]
  • Tuesday 4/14, 10-11:30am – North Regional Library [7009 Harps Mill Rd, Raleigh, NC]
  • Saturday 4/25, 10-11:30am – Sweetbottoms Baby Boutique [2845 Jones Franklin Rd, Raleigh, NC]

Social Meet-ups – Fun gatherings and playdates!

  • Friday 4/24, 12pm– JC Raulston Arboretum [4415 Beryl Rd, Raleigh, NC]
    Bring your lunch and join fellow babywearers for a picnic at the arboretum on Arbor Day! Exact meeting location TBA, please RSVP on FaceBook.

Mark your calendars: In May we will have a table at Rock the Baby, La Leche League of Chapel Hill’s family festival. The event will be held at the Carrboro Town Commons on May 30th, more details to come!

For questions about any of our meetings please send an email to triangle@babywearinginternational.org or ask in our Facebook group!

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March meetings

In March, BWI-T will have 3 general meetings with a demo before hands-on help and 2 demo only meetings.

Our meeting at North Regional Library is moving to Tuesday mornings due to availability of the library meeting room.

Our meeting at Sweetbottoms Baby Boutique will be a week later than usual this month.

If you are in the Fuquay-Varina and Lillington area, check out the meetings hosted by Babywearing International of the Southeastern Piedmont!

General meetings – Lending Library available for carrier checkouts

3/7 at Women’s Birth and Wellness Center, Suite 304 [930 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd #202, Chapel Hill, NC] 10 – 11:30am
3/17 at North Regional Library [7009 Harps Mill Rd, Raleigh, NC] 10 – 11:30am
3/28 at Sweetbottoms Baby Boutique [2845 Jones Franklin Rd, Raleigh, NC] 10 – 11:30am

‘First Look’ Demo meetings – NO CHECKOUTS

3/11 at Baby+Co [226 Ashville Avenue, Cary NC] 6:30
3/23 at Babies R Us [7001 Fayetteville Rd, Durham NC] 7pm

Starting in April we will have an evening general meeting in Durharm! Mark your calendar for April 9th, 6:00pm at South Regional Library, Durham, NC.

For questions about any of our meetings please send an email to triangle@babywearinginternational.org or ask in our Facebook group!

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Weather cancelations again!

ATTENTION!
I’m calling today’s meeting (NRL) off, and we’ll have to figure something out. I’ll be waiving late fees until we reschedule, or until next month for NRL people. I think I’ll host another switch out Thursday. Stay tuned until later, and stay safe!

I’LL UPDATE HERE, THE FB GROUP, AND EMAIL THOSE WHO HAVE CARRIERS DUE.

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February meetings

In February, BWI-T will have 3 general meetings with a demo before hands-on help and 2 demo only meetings.

**We are expecting inclement weather overnight Monday the 16th and have proactively moved the date of our Raleigh meeting at North Regional Library. The event will now take place on Tuesday the 24th. In addition, you may switch out a carrier due at this meeting on the evening of the 18th at Shannon Becker’s home in Raleigh near Millbrook and Creedmore Rds. Please email us at triangle@babywearinginternational.org for the address.**

If you are in the Fuquay-Varina and Lillington area, check out the meetings hosted by Babywearing International of the Southeastern Piedmont!

Special Event
We will be hosting a traveling TwinGO carrier for a short time in February. It will be available to try on at our Raleigh and Cary meetings and at a special event hosted by one of our members in South Durham.

2/16 at Ruth Ashton’s home in South Durham 10 am
Please email us at triangle@babywearinginternational.org for the exact address.

General meetings – Lending Library available for carrier checkouts

2/7 at Women’s Birth and Wellness Center, 3rd floor meeting room [930 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd #202, Chapel Hill, NC] 10 – 11:30am
2/24 (Tuesday) at North Regional Library [7009 Harps Mill Rd, Raleigh, NC] 10 – 11:30am
2/21 at Sweetbottoms Baby Boutique [2845 Jones Franklin Rd, Raleigh, NC] 10 – 11:30am

Valentine’s Day is in February and we want you to bring your sweetie to a meeting! Members who bring their significant other to a general meeting may borrow a bonus carrier from that meeting. The member is responsible for both carriers.

‘First Look’ Demo meetings – NO CHECKOUTS

2/11 at Baby+Co [226 Ashville Avenue, Cary NC] 6:30
2/23 at Babies R Us [7001 Fayetteville Rd, Durham NC] 7pm

For questions about any of our meetings please send an email to triangle@babywearinginternational.org or ask in our Facebook group!

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