It’s that time of year again! The leaves are changing colors, our older kiddos are back in school and pumpkin spice has taken over everything. Fall is upon us and that means International Babywearing Week is quickly arriving.
International Babywearing Week is a week-long opportunity to celebrate, promote, advocate for and focus media attention on the many benefits of babywearing. We get to come together and celebrate with babywearing groups from all over the world. The theme for this year’s celebration is: Embrace Your World! #EmbraceYourWorld
Each day from October 4-10th BWI of Kitsap Peninsula will host an event in our community to get together and spread the joy of babywearing. Not only will there be fun filled activities with all our babywearing friends but each day we will also have some amazing prizes! Each of our amazing volunteers have donated some prizes as well as some awesome local businesses. You can look forward to prizes from:
The Baby Bum (www.thebabybum.com , https://www.facebook.com/thebabybum)
Nola Baby Co (https://www.facebook.com/nolababyco)
The Golden Heart Boutique (https://www.facebook.com/Theleleboutique)
Charlie Barnes (https://www.facebook.com/charliebarneskids)
A Good Yarn Shop (https://www.facebook.com/Debbie-Macombers-A-Good-Yarn-Shop)
Make My Maxi (https://www.facebook.com/MakeMyMaxi)
Be sure to follow them and check out all the wonderful products they sell!
How do you get a chance to win one of these prizes? Simply show up and have a great time! If you wear a Babywearing International of Kitsap Peninsula shirt to any event you also earn a second raffle ticket.
Along with daily in person events we will also be running a week long picture scavenger hunt with the chance of winning our grand prize of a Lillebaby Complete All Weather in “Summer Sand”!!! The scavenger hunt lists many babywearing photo opportunities so there are plenty of chances to enter to win. You can tag us on Instagram @bwi_kitsap or post your photos on a designated Scavenger Hunt thread in our Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/bwikitsap/. We will post the Scavenger Hunt list on October 4th, the beginning of International Babywearing Week.
Now let’s tell you all about our exciting daily activities!
Sunday Oct 4th – Babywearing at Point Defiance Zoo @ 10am
#EmbraceYourWild with us at Point Defiance Zoo in Tacoma at 10am. This was our most popular event last year and we are super excited to visit again to kick off International Babywearing Week. So grab your favorite carrier (animal print or not 😛 ) and let’s get wild!
Monday Oct 5th – Flash Mob at Bremerton Ferry Dock @ 5:25pm
#EmbraceYourLove of babywearing and come show us your best moves with a crowd pleasing flash mob dance. We’ll be showing everyone we’ve got “The Right Stuff” when it comes to having fun while wearing our babes. We will be performing at the Bremerton Ferry Dock just as everyone is making their way back home. Parking can be limited so make sure to come early and get a spot in time to join in on the dance. You can find the Instructional video here
Tuesday Oct 6th – Mini Babywearing Photoshoot at South Kitsap Regional Park @ 11am – 6pm
#EmbraceYourSelf and capture these precious moments to remember forever. We all know most babywearing caregivers have numerous selfies to show off their babywearing moments but for today grab a favorite carrier and let you and your babe be babywearing models. These photo sessions can also be used for breastfeeding, family or kid pictures. Whatever you’d like to have done 🙂 Beautiful Beginnings (https://www.facebook.com/beautifulbeginningsbirth) will be doing 20 minute mini photoshoots for $30 from 11am – 6pm. Look for the Facebook Event to secure your spot.
Wednesday Oct 7th – Bowling at All Star Lanes @ 5:30pm
#EmbraceYourFamily with a fun filled Bowling Night. Grab the entire family and come show us your best strikes (or gutterballs)! The cost is $8/person and they also offer a military discount. Don’t forget that wearing your Babywearing International of Kitsap Peninsula shirt earns you an extra raffle ticket for our daily prizes!
Thursday Oct 8th – Park Clean Up at South Kitsap Regional Park @ 10am and at Cedar Creek Trail @ 3pm
#EmbraceYourCommunity and let’s all get together to make some of our favorite locations the best they can be. We will meet up at whichever location is closest to you (or both!) and work as a team to help pick up any litter that has been left behind. Our group volunteer leaders for each location will have garbage bags and gloves available.
Friday Oct 9th – Meet up at Kiwanis Park @ 11am
#EmbraceYourOptions and let’s show off all our favorite carriers. Our community has such a wide range of what everyone loves to use as carriers, from styles to brands, colors and types. Even though we have so many personal preferences and options to choose from we always have one thing in common, our love of babywearing!
Saturday Oct 10th – North Monthly Meeting @ 10am and Babywearing Tattoo Flash @ 11am – close
#EmbraceYourStyle with a fun mini Fashion Show at our North Monthly Meeting in Keyport. Towards the end of the meeting we’ll ask all of you to strut your stuff and show off a carrier from our library! We’ll also be taking a big group photo of all of us to highlight the end of International Babywearing Week. And the day doesn’t end there! The Clinic Tattoo (https://www.facebook.com/TheClinicTattoo) in Bremerton is also hosting a Babywearing Tattoo Flash event. There will be lots of beautiful babywearing designs available so you can find one that best suits your style. Prices range from $20-$80 and we will show off the Flash Sheets soon!
So that wraps up all our events………. JUST KIDDING! We don’t want the fun to end so we added a bonus day!
Sunday Oct 11 – Corn Maze at Hunter Farms @ 12pm
#EmbraceYourAdventure and come get lost with us in the corn maze. Navigating your way around is definitely made easier thanks to babywearing. We will be meeting up at Hunter Farms in Union and enjoy pumpkin picking, hay maze, tractor rides and of course the corn maze!
We are all really excited to celebrate International Babywearing Week with all of you and so many other babywearing groups from around the world. Be sure to keep an eye out for all the Facebook Group Events for specific details for each daily event and our picture list for the Scavenger Hunt!