Congratulations to Raising a little who is the Winner for Best babywearing blogger for 2019. Read their nomination below.
Carry me mommy
Nominee for 2019
Congratulations to the Grand Prairie Lending Library, the winner of the best babywearing library for 2019. Scroll down to read their nomination.
Grand Prairie Babywearing Lending Library
Read our other nominations for 2019.
Carry me close
I am really excited to be taking our conference on the road after a few years break. And heading to Calgary!!! This year’s conference theme is Attachment and Community.
Join us as a volunteer speaker for this event. Speakers would get full access to both days of the event, one $10 discount code on an entry ticket to gift to family or friends, and receive a lunch each day they work. I also offer mentoring for volunteer presenter. Each presenter will be required to attend a practice session and I will book a run through with each person before the conference starts.
Apply today! Tell us about yourself, what you’d like to teach, and presentation type. We are looking for presentations on carrying, babywearing, parenting, and more. If you have any questions, please talk to us and send us a note. Presenters do not need to be certified, however, I do prefer a minimum of 2 years of experience for all presenters conducting hands-on workshops. Need ideas on what to submit? Take a look at our previous agendas: 2016 and 2015.
We have three rooms this year, one will be exclusively for workshops.
Getting out of the house and being able to do things can be so important after having a baby, even though some days it feels like it might be almost mission impossible.
Being stuck at home all day with a baby sucks, and if you’ve had a rough birth, if you’re really tired and sore, things can be even tougher. Because the longer you’re alone, the louder the crying and fussing may seem and the more you start to doubt yourself as a parent. Most parents handle maternity and parent leave alone, and the more you are alone, the more isolated you feel, the bigger and harder things will seem. Postpartum depression (PPD) is a real concern, with 1 out of every 6 women and 1 out of every 10 men suffering from it in Canada. Any little thing we can do to make this period easier helps.1
Researchers at the University of Birmingham examined data from 13 studies and determined that exercise is often a great low impact way to prevent or reduce these feelings of depression. I love this quote from the Royal College of Psychiatrists in the UK:
“We often talk about the mind and body as though they are completely separate – but they aren’t. The mind can’t function unless your body is working properly – but it also works the other way. The state of your mind affects your body.”2
The reason I love cycling so much is because it can be adapted to any lifestyle, and you don’t need to be really good at it either, you can move faster than walking and go further distances with little trouble.
I think cycling is a great way to get out of the house with a baby and young kids because it can be used just like walking – as you need it
Families that do things together, including exercise are happier. It is too easy to feel trapped by your obligations and the never ending list of things that absolutely need to be done. With a bike, taking the trip down to the local store can be an easy solution and much faster than loading up the car. By breaking up the chores into smaller ones especially outside of the winter season can make life so much better.5 Not only are you living by example, but everyone gets a nice little boost from doing it as well.
And we have such a fantastic network of biking trails through our city parks, alongside river paths and more. The Canada Trails website has a fantastic map and a resource list for each province. Pack a picnic basket, and just go. There’s nothing more lovely.
This is the third article in our cycling series. The first article called Cycling and babywearing – yes or no? In it, we discuss whether to babywearg on a bike and also includes extensive information on laws in Canada. The second article, called But what about Europe – babywearing and cycling abroad, acknowledges that other cultures do wear while cycling and also includes extensive quotes from my European babywearing colleagues.
2. Researchers from the University of Birmingham examined data from 13 trials including 1,734 women. Their study, published in the British Journal of General Practice, concludes that exercise – either in group sessions, individually or when added to other interventions – is effective in reducing postpartum depressive symptoms. More information can be found in this article published in the Telegraph August 29, 2017. The authors wrote: “UK clinical guidance recommends psychological therapy and antidepressants for postnatal depression. However, women can be reluctant to take antidepressants postnatally and the availability of psychological therapies is often limited.
“Given the high prevalence of postpartum depression and the potential for exercise to be a low-cost, freely available intervention, aerobic exercise should be considered as a management option for postpartum women with depressive symptoms and as a potential preventative measure more generally in postpartum women.”
5. This article from the Royal College of psychiatrists in Britain talks about the benefits of exercise for those who suffer from depression.
Article on family exercise with CNN.
Thank you to everyone who voted this year during the BWIC Awards. Prizes are being mailed out this week, I thank everyone for their patience.
Donations were provided by Jenya from Veddma Creations, links to similar products will be provided below or you can visit her shop here.
|Opalite Tree of life pendant||Malachite Tree of life pendant|
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|Green Glass opalescent Tree of life pendant||Seven chakras pendant with Swarovski crystals|
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In each kit, winners also receive a wrap scrap from West of the 4th wraps. It is called Canadian Tribute and was the custom wrap for the 2016 conference.
I received some great prizes for both the BWICweek this year.
Congratulations to Lindsey Sanderson and Geneviève Calvé. You have each won a sling conversion from Little Love.
You each get to chose the rings you’d prefer. Please contact Little Luv through their facebook page to arrange the final details.
|Winner: Geneviève Calvé
Little Luv Sling Conversion: Geckos
|Winner: Lindsay Sanderson
Little Luv Sling Conversion: Wooly Snowflakes
Coming soon – ring sling giveaway from Little Luv to celebrate Canada Day.