International Babywearing Week 2018: How to Celebrate

Image result for international babywearing week2018 marks the 10th year that International Babywearing Week (IBW) has been celebrated. This is an exciting milestone for those who have been babywearing since the “wild west” days as well as those who have recently discovered their love of babywearing.

What is IBW?

IBW is an annual, week-long celebration with a focus on promoting babywearing as a generally accepted practice. This year’s festivities occur from October 1-7 and groups and individuals are able to plan activities that fit their own needs. The theme this year is “Babywearing has…”. Caregivers can look back on their wearing journey to celebrate what babywearing has done for them. For instance, “Babywearing has changed my life” is one way to think about it. 

Image of a middle heart in turquoise with number 10 on a sling. Outside the heart 10 people (5 in green and 5 in purple) are holding smaller turquoise hearts.<br /> A turquoise circle is around this image surrounded by a larger one and in the middle of both circle written in purple “International Babywearing Week 2018” on top and below “Babywearing has...”How can you celebrate IBW?

There are IBW celebrations available online throughout the week as well as in-person options in some locations. For instance, below are some examples of just a few places to look for IBW celebrations.  

Babywearing Groups

Babywearing support groups are a great way to find in-person activities in your area. You can look for a local group on this map created by Tekhni Wovens.  (The map is constantly being updated.)  Also, for Chicagoland readers local to Contours Baby, Chicagoland Babywearing is hosting a large celebration with speakers, vendors, games, activities, and giveaways in Schaumburg, IL.  

GroovaRoo

GroovaRoo teachers offer babywearing and family dance classes all over the world! Using this map, reach out to a teacher near you to see if there are any IBW week activities.

The Carrying On Project

The Carrying on Project (TCOP) has a mission of getting carriers into the hands of military families to help facilitate bonding. There are local groups that can be found by searching on this map. TCOP Facebook Page has a list of IBW celebration events in various locations.

Online

In addition to in-person festivities, a variety of online retailers, manufacturers, and public figures will celebrate through education and giveaways. I suggest searching the hashtag #IntlBabywearingweek on social media to follow along with what is happening.  

How can you learn more?

In addition to checking out the IBW website, you should also follow them on Instagram and Facebook Page for the most recent updates!   Stephanie Hopkins is a contributing writer who is a Center for Babywearing Studies graduate. You can also follow her story at redbarnbasics.com.

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