Carry of the Week: Week 42 – Double Rebozo Shoulder to Shoulder

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WEEK 42
Double Rebozo Shoulder to Shoulder

Tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2f72k5Vb5CA

This very comfortable back carry will use a size 5-7 wrap and this video also includes some great tips for leg straighteners while wrapping and how to get baby back down safely from this carry.

Post photos below of you trying out a Double Rebozo Shoulder to Shoulder

International Babywearing Week 2016 – Recap

International Babywearing Week 2016 – Recap

Just when we thought International Babywearing Week couldn’t get any better this year blows us away! We had 9 different events and over $1,000 in prizes to give away! We love how our community comes together to celebrate babywearing and help spread the joy of keeping our kids close enough to kiss.

The International Babywearing Week logo is a navy blue circle containing a drawn image of a baby in a brightly striped sling with just the baby’s head in view. The words ‘best seat in the house’ are overlaid in white on top of the striped sling. Outside of the navy blue circle on the top of the logo read the words: ‘International Babywearing Week 2016’.

We would like to start by thanking all the businesses that donated so many amazing items so that we could give away prizes to make IBW even more exciting!

If you won a prize from them or hope to see their products at future giveaways please be sure to stop by their pages and tell them THANKS <3

Another BIG thanks goes to all the volunteers who have been planning all these fun events for months, spending countless hours of time and work to make sure we could line up an entire week of fun for everyone in our community. Be sure to thank a volunteer at your next event 🙂

THANK YOU!

Now let’s recap all the fun we had!!

Zoo Day

International Babywearing Week started off on a rainy day but the weather stayed nice just long enough for our group to fully enjoy the zoo with our little ones. Zoo trips are always fun and I’m glad that the weather didn’t scare off the small group who came to kick off IBW with us. We saw peacocks roaming the zoo freely, petted stingrays, got up close to tigers and laughed at the walruses all while (mostly) wearing our kiddos. The great thing about babywearing while at the zoo is that we can give our kids an up high look at all the animals but still let them down to explore as well.

Blonde toddler in a pink rain jacket standing in front of a big fish tank

Blonde toddler in a pink rain jacket standing in front of a big fish tank

Tiger getting up close to the window to look at a preschool girl who's trying to poke the tiger's nose

Tiger getting up close to the window to look at a preschool girl who’s trying to poke the tiger’s nose

Mother standing infront of the big fish tank with her blonde toddler on her back in a handmade Buckle-Bu carrier

Krysta standing in front of the big fish tank with her toddler on her back in a handmade Buckle-Bu carrier

 

 

Group photo of 5 babywearing moms with all their babies in carriers

Group photo of 5 babywearing moms with all their babies in carriers

 

Babywearing Photoshoot

Ashley Renee Photography (https://www.facebook.com/ashleyreneephotog/?fref=ts) has been working with BWI of KP for 4 years now to provide our group with amazing pictures and help fundraise for more babywearing resources. And its no surprise that this year she captured some great moments again. We look forward to continuing our work with Ashley and having these yearly IBW picture to cherish forever

(Pictures coming soon!)

 

BINGO!

This was the first time our group held a bingo night and we loved it! We had a full room of players and the cutest Bingo Callers ever. Some people were even prepared with their own bingo daubers. We are already thinking of when we can host another bingo night, be sure to bring your good luck charms with you!

VBE Samantha helps her son and friend to call out bingo numbers

VBE Samantha helps her son and friend to call out bingo numbers

A room full of players hoping their bingo card is the winner.

A room full of players hoping their bingo card is the winner.

These two players came prepaired with their own bingo daubers. Image of two women smiling while playing bingo, one wearing her baby on her front in a soft structured carrier.

These two players came prepared with their own bingo daubers. Image of two women smiling while playing bingo, one wearing her baby on her front in a soft structured carrier.

 

BWI of KP North Meeting/Babywearing Costume Contest

We loved seeing all the costumes that came to our North Meeting. Even our volunteers joined in on the fun and dressed up the demo dolls we always have available at our meetings. Try to guess which are the real babies and which are dolls 😛 We hope to see more babywearing costumes at our South Meeting (https://www.facebook.com/events/195940240841069/)

A group from our north meeting dressed up for the costume contest. Small boy dressed as a zombie soccer player, small girl dressed as Ana from the movie Frozen, VBE Haylee dressed as a rescued cat with her demo doll dressed as a firefighter, Kristina dressed baby as Dipping Dots Ice Cream, ABE Tamara dressed as a witch with a toddler demo doll dressed as a black cat on her back, VBE Samantha with her small demo doll dressed up as a bag of popcorn, Sandi dressed in pajamas with her toddler dressed as a doll, CSV Mandy dressed as a parrot with her toddler on her baby dressed as a baby parrot

 

Babywearing Flash Tattoos

This event was even better than last year. We had 4 artists from 11am – 11pm and a total of 28 tattoos! So many great babywearing, nursing and parent tattoo options were available ranging in price from $20 – $160. All the tattoos came out looking beautiful and I got to hold so many babies while their parent(s) got new ink. We can’t wait until next year! Be sure to stop by The Clinic Tattoo and leave them a review/thank them for all their work https://www.facebook.com/TheClinicTattoo/?fref=ts

Babywearing Tattoos Collage 2

Three collages of babywearing and parent tattoos. Some of the designs include dad babwearing, breastfeeding mermaids, fairies, Rosie the Riveter inspired and water colors.

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Creek House Farm Pumpkin Patch

We had such a great time at Creek House Farms Pumpkin Patch! They had so much to do – farm animals to feed, a playground for the kiddos, slingshot water balloons, hay bale rides, and of course TWO awesome pumpkin patches! We picked out an awesome carving pumpkin, a Cinderella pumpkin for drawing on and a decorative sweet dumpling. The kids loved walking through the patch to pick out fresh pumpkins still on the vine followed by expending energy on the playground – and us parents loved the nap that followed! Looking forward to next year!

 

Two women standing in front of a pig pen at the farm with babies on their front in carriers

Two women standing in front of a pig pen at the farm with babies on their front in carriers

Three kids enjoying the playground at the farm

Three kids enjoying the playground at the farm

Group photo of 7 caregivers with their kids, most up in baby carriers, while standing in front of a giant inflatable stack of pumpkins

Group photo of 7 caregivers with their kids, most up in baby carriers, while standing in front of a giant inflatable stack of pumpkins

 

Park Clean Ups

This year’s IBW park clean-ups were a great success! We first visited Sehmel park and ended up trimming the trails, picking up garbage, and having a great time with snacks at the playground afterwards. Our second park clean-up was at Poulsbo Fish Park. Although the group was smaller in size than the first park clean-up, it was just as big in heart and nature stewardship. We picked up trash, enjoyed our time together babywearing in the outdoors, and found some Kitsap Rocks! All in all, the company was great, new friends were made, and the parks were both very grateful for our service.

Image of volunteers and children helping pick up the trail

Image of volunteers and children helping pick up the trail

Image of 5 volunteers and their children, some in baby carriers, showing off all the trash they helped clean up in front of the fish statue

Image of 5 volunteers and their children, some in baby carriers, showing off all the trash they helped clean up in front of the fish statue

 

Art Night with #CraftWithAnna

We always have a blast with #CraftWithAnna! This was our second class with her and we got to paint babywearing self portraits. She is an amazing instructor who helps you get in touch with your artistic side, even if you didn’t think you had one. Every time we walk out with beautiful personalized works of art.

Brunette mother wearing her small baby in a purple ring sling surrounded by red and teal paint with swirls

Brunette mother wearing her small baby in a purple ring sling surrounded by red and teal paint with swirls

Teal and Purple haired mother with her baby wrapped in a pink carrier

Teal and Purple haired mother with her baby wrapped in a pink carrier

Brunette mother and baby painted in a red sling with a blue circle saying "I will carry you always"

Brunette mother and baby painted in a red sling with a blue circle saying “I will carry you always”

7 members and volunteers showing off their works of babywearing art.

7 members and volunteers showing off their works of babywearing art.

 

Scavenger Hunt

Of course the weekly scavenger hunt is now a yearly tradition 🙂 It is so much fun to see everyone capture these moments during International Babywearing Week and share them with us for their chance to win a grand prize! This year’s grand prize was a Lenny Lamb Wrap Tai in Luna from Blossom Baby, who just celebrated their 1 year birthday during IBW. https://www.facebook.com/BlossomBabyNW/?fref=ts

Sandi wearing a BWI of KP t-shirt while posing with her daughter on her back in a carrier in front of an inflatable pumpkin

Sandi wearing a BWI of KP t-shirt while posing with her daughter on her back in a carrier in front of an inflatable pumpkin

Danielle with her baby in a rainbow ring sling out in nature

Danielle with her baby in a rainbow ring sling out in nature

Group of 3 Babywearing friends posing together

Group of 3 Babywearing friends posing together

CSV Heather and VBE Haylee posing for the scavenger hunt

CSV Heather and VBE Haylee posing for the scavenger hunt

 

 

WHAT A WEEK! We got to meet new friends, win some extraordinary prizes and spread the fun and joy of babywearing. We are already thinking of ways to improve next year and bring even more excitement to IBW. If you would like to help, please fill out this survey to let us know what you thought of IBW 2016. https://goo.gl/forms/uuw1uiWQw9lIvnfE2

Thank you again to everyone who donated prizes, to all our volunteers and to everyone who came out to celebrate with us! Visit https://www.facebook.com/bwikitsap/events/ and subscribe so you’ll be notified every time we add more fun events. You won’t want to miss what we have planned for the rest of the year 🙂

 

IBW 2016 is almost here!

Leaves are falling all around, time we were on our way….to International Babywearing Week! As the leave are changing colors, our older kiddos are back in school and the delicious pumpkin spice has crept into everything, we come together to celebrate and promote the incredible practice that is babywearing.

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: Best Seat in the House #BestseatIBW2016

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Instagram: intlbabywearingweek
Twitter: IntlBabywearingWeek
Pinterest: BabywearingWeek

Each day from October 5-11th 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 including:

Waterproof Blanket
Donated by: Poppiez Love
www.poppiezlove.etsy.com

Hair bow
Donated By: Clarity & Co
https://www.facebook.com/claritynco/?hc_location=ufi

$25 gift card
Donated By: A Good Yarn Shop
www.agoodyarnshop.com

Custom T-shirt
Donated By: Under The Sun
https://www.facebook.com/underthesundesigns/?hc_location=ufi

Kids Halloween Goodie Bundle
Donated By: Stephen and Stevie Mackenzie

Headbands and Wallet
Donated By: Amber Carter
http://www.etsy.com/shop/hideandchicseattle

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Rainbow Babywearing Hoop Art
Donated By: Tamara Younger

Free Membership
Donated By: BWI of KP
http://www.bwikitsap.org/

Surprise Item
Donated By: Angie Hotz
http://www.angiebeehotz.com/

Luna Baby Size Wrap Tai
Donated By: Blossom Baby
https://www.facebook.com/BlossomBabyNW

Surprise Item
Donated By: Nola Baby
https://www.facebook.com/nolababyco

10 Punch Card
Donated By: Ahoy Kitsap
https://www.facebook.com/playkitsap

5 Punch Card
Donated By: Ahoy Kitsap
https://www.facebook.com/playkitsap

Surprise Item
Donated By: Ahoy Kitsap
https://www.facebook.com/playkitsap

Surprise Item
Donated By: Holly Englehart

Rainbow Babywearing Shadow Box
Donated By: Alicia Young
mk.aliciayoung@yahoo.com

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Blanket
Donated By: Scoonces Snuggletime
https://www.facebook.com/ScooncesSnuggletime

Squishiloones Pants
Donated By: Lacie Ferris

Cleaning Services
Donated By: Brittany LeCryer
https://www.facebook.com/HoneyImHomeCleaningServices

Cleaning Services
Donated By: Brittany LeCryer
https://www.facebook.com/HoneyImHomeCleaningServices

Hair Bows
Donated By: Carry Om Handwovens
https://www.facebook.com/Carry-Om-Handwovens-643657869097585/

IBW Mug
Donated By: Andria Head

Decals
Donated By: Chelsea Greywolff

$25 Gift Card
Donated By: Lee Pearson
https://www.mythirtyone.com/531367

ZAQ diffuser
Donated By: Jen-Herban Family

Wrap Scrap Necklace and Key Fob
Donated By: Kaleena Anderson

Unicorn Carrier Costume
CuddleRoo
http://cuddleroo.com

$50 Gift Certificate
Donated By: Andria Head
https://www.facebook.com/PoofyAndria

Skin Care Items
Donated By: ConSele Products
https://www.facebook.com/conseleproducts

Lipsense Collection
Donated By: Jessica Guzikowski
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1654558028195169

$25 Gift Card Lularoe
Donated By: Jessica Guzikowski
https://www.facebook.com/groups/lularoejessicaguzikowski

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If you haven’t already, check out all the wonderful companies that made donations to us this year, and products they sell!

How do you get a chance to win one of these prizes? Simply show up and have a great time! That’s right folks, just showing up gets you a ticket and a chance at winning one of these awesome prizes! If you wear a Babywearing International of Kitsap Peninsula shirt to any event you also earn a second raffle ticket! It’s so easy!

Scavenger Hunt
Along with daily in person events we will also be running a week long picture scavenger hunt that will earn you tickets and chances at our fantastic grand prize: Luna Baby Size Wrap Tai!

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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 5th, the beginning of International Babywearing Week.

Now let’s tell you all about our exciting daily activities!

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Wednesday Oct 5th

ZOO DAY 10AM-12PM
Join us at Point Defiance Zoo in Tacoma at 10am. This has always been a popular event during past years 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!

https://www.facebook.com/events/996015310521076/

Thursday Oct 6th

Photo Mini Session 11AM-5PM
Join us for our annual BWI Mini Session fundraiser! Sessions cost a $40 donation (portion of the proceeds going to BWI of KP) and include 5 finished photos digitally delivered for download. Sessions do not have to be strictly Babywearing, you can also do family, kids, pets, breastfeeding, maternity, cloth diapers or any other style of photos you’d like to use your mini session for

To book:
1. send your $40 donation through paypal to: kitsap@babywearinginternational.org
2. Message Ashley Renee or Tamara Younger with proof of payment (screenshot) and preferred time slots. Please choose two preferred available slot times, as spots fill quickly. Multiple slots may be purchased, but slots are filled on first paid first served basis.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1660792374234070/

Friday Oct 7th

Bingo Night 6PM-8PM
Join us for a night of fun and prizes! Bingo with BWI of KP. Don’t forget your good luck charms at home 😉

Bingo Cards will be $2 each, cash or card at the event. Wear your BWI of KP shirt and earn a free card.

Players must be 18+ years old, but everyone is welcome to attend. New cards must be purchased each round. LOTS OF PRIZES

Feel free to bring and share your fav snack foods as well!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1142495129172559/

Saturday Oct 8th
We have two opportunities to participate today!

North Meeting 10AM-12PM
Special IBW Celebration! Wear a Babywearing Costume and be entered to win a prize!!!

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https://www.facebook.com/events/1191092364273579/

Tattoo Flash 11AM-9PM
The Clinic Tattoo in Bremerton is 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 starting at just $20 and we will show off the Flash Sheets soon!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1793613744242452/

Sunday Oct 9th

Pumpkin Patch 10AM-12PM

Creek House Farms is the perfect Pumpkin Patch to enjoy with our little ones! Pumpkins, kid friendly activities, hay rides and a petting zoo!

https://www.facebook.com/events/102386053560773/

Monday Oct 10th
We have two park clean up events you can participate in today! Let’s all get together to make some of our favorite locations the best they can be. We will meet up at the park 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.

Park Clean Up: Gig Harbor 10AM-12PM

https://www.facebook.com/events/1087245751312628/

Park Clean Up: Poulsbo 5PM-6PM

https://www.facebook.com/events/1051882908244119/

Tuesday Oct 11th

Art Class 6:30PM-8:30PM
Join BWI of KP for a fun night of painting and great company.

Anna Bradshaw, owner of #CraftWithAnna, will be teaching us how to make our own personalized babywearing art to take home. Art supplies will be provided, all you need to do is show up and have a great time!

Worn infants and young toddlers welcome (if you want to bring them ) we will have a small circle hate as well.

Cost is $15 per person, please send payment to KITSAP@BABYWEARINGINTERNATIONAL.ORG

Tips and Donations will also be greatly appreciated at the event

https://www.facebook.com/events/1106601726042323/

 

We are so very excited to see you all and celebrate International Babywearing Week this year!  Please join us in the festivities and help us bring attention to and promote the practice of baby wearing in the Kitsap Peninsula!

Carry of the Week: Week 38 – Rebozo Back Carry

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WEEK 38
Rebozo Back Carry

Tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nb_pfDeVEZk

This super simple back carry can be done with as short of a 1 or 2 (really!). Note that because it is only one single rebozo pass over baby, it is meant for babies with good torso and neck control, probably 12mo+ and not prone to leaning or leg straightening.

Post photos below of you trying out a Rebozo Back Carry!

Monthly Meeting-September South

Tuesday Sept 27tth 1:30PM-4PM

First Christian Church of Port Orchard

Monthly Meetings are always free and open to the public for anyone interested in learning about babywearing. We have demos and explanations about the basic types of carriers, general how-to and safety, offer one-on-one assistance, and provide a place of community for babywearers to come together. All skill levels are welcome! Please bring your own carriers if you would like help, or to share with the group. The monthly meeting is also when we open our lending library to members to check out and return carriers.

If you are returning a carrier to the lending library, please be on time and turn it in at the beginning of the meeting. Thanks!

*If you love our meetings and would like to see them continue please think about donating $1 at the welcome table. We appreciate every donation and thank you guys for helping keep our group running!

Monthly Meeting- September North

Saturday, September 10th 10AM-1PM

Gilberton Community Club  8050 Ilahee Rd NE Bremerton, WA 98311

** NOTE THE NEW LOCATION!! ❤️ **

Monthly Meetings are always free and open to the public for anyone interested in learning about babywearing. We have demos and explanations about the basic types of carriers, general how-to and safety, offer one-on-one assistance, and provide a place of community for babywearers to come together. All skill levels are welcome! Please bring your own carriers if you would like help, or to share with the group. The monthly meeting is also when we open our lending library to members to check out and return carriers.

If you are returning a carrier to the lending library, please be on time and turn it in at the beginning of the meeting. Thanks!

*If you love our meetings and would like to see them continue please think about donating $1 at the welcome table, to help pay the fee for some of our locations. We appreciate every donation and thank you guys for helping keep our group running!

**If you or your children are sick, please skip this meeting and catch the next one**