There’s been a lot of momentum in our little local babywearing group lately! And it’s come a long way since October of 2012 when Stephanie and I founded the group and started monthly meetings to start connecting and building the babywearing community here in Kitsap County. Now we’re starting to see a lot of our hopes and dreams come to fruition!
I have achieved Volunteer Babywearing Educator (VBE) accreditation through Babywearing International which has been a long time personal goal of mine. Desiree has recently achieved this as well, which means we can finally start the process of becoming an official BWI chapter!
We’re also making some major progress with our lending library. I’m announcing this here first that we have received some generous donations from Action Baby Carriers, Boba, and Sakura Bloom, in addition to some donations from local mamas. Our plan is to have the lending library up and running by our July meeting. We’re still working out the details and building the library a bit more.
Our first newsletter went out today, with lots of exciting news, including our first big fundraiser – Babywearing Field Day – planned for July! Think field games like tug-o-war, obstacle courses, and egg spoon races, but with a babywearing twist! We’ll being doing a raffle, and some contests too! And some sad news as well. We have to say farewell to Stephanie who is leaving us to make great babywearing contributions to the Maryland babywearing world. This group exists in part because of her, and has thrived because of her hard work and dedication to our community. Thank you again Stephanie! And thank you baby Mary for all the demos!
With Stephanie leaving, we have new leadership in the works. Joining me are Desiree, Natalie, Jennifer, and Brandy. Each of these ladies have shown a strong desire to help this group grow and they hope to do great things for our babywearing community, in addition to developing their babywearing teaching skills! It’s thanks to Natalie that we have this blog up and running! And with more leaders, we can have a greater outreach. We now have north and south Kitsap play dates for our mamas who can’t make the weekend monthly meeting, or just need more babywearing love! We’re also planning specific workshops and classes, and hope to have a weekday monthly meeting as well.
Stay tuned! Things are happening!