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.
With only a small handful of days to vote, Canadians were enthusiastic. Congratulations Moncton Babywearing Group, you won the Best Babywearing Group in Canada for 2018. I recommend reading the rest of the nominations, we have some great groups run by some fabulous volunteers.
Moncton Babywearing Group
Windsor Babywearing group
Ottawa Babywearing Group – Under Wraps
It’s time to celebrate Babywearing in Canada week! Babywearing in Canada week takes place from May 18, 2017, to May 26, 2018. Have you registered your official event? Fill out our form here! Events can be registered right up to the last day.
Date: May 18, 2018
Event planner: Jacqueline (JC) Martin
Location: Bonshaw Park and Trails
Time: 11:00 am start
Group: PEI babywearing and attachment parenting group
We’ll meet at the park at 10:00 am, then hike from there. 🙂
Date: May 24, 2018
Event planner: Jacqueline (JC) Martin
Location: Birdie’s Room, 18C Superior Crescent, Charlottetown (C1E 2A1)
Time: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Group: PEI babywearing and attachment parenting group
Come join us at Birdie’s Room for a play date. Come for the LLL meeting in the morning or just come to hang out. It’s up to you.
Date: May 18, 2018
Event planner: Larissa Flanagan
Location: Hildegrad Park
Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 pm
Group: Moncton Babywearing
Our regular monthly meeting, with special attention to babywearing in Canada.
Date: May 20, 2018
Event planner: Débora Rodrigues
Location: Kneaded Touch Women’s Clinic, 206 – 4100 Strandherd Avenue
Time: 1:00 to 4:00 pm
Business: Crown of Dreams, Pure Natural Newborn Photography, My Yoga at Home and Little Luv Slings
Join us in celebrating – we’re having a party! We’ll start with cake and refreshments and learn how:
🎉 allows us, as parents of babies, the freedom to MOVE and go anywhere (Priceless Mobility!)
🎉 helps us to connect with community so we can feel more surrounded & supported in the early years of our children’s lives
🎉 helps to build confidence in our parenting by giving us the power to be the parents we’ve always wanted to be
Here’s what we have lined up for our 3 hours together:
🍰 Little Luv Slings will have us crafting with wrap scraps.
🍰 Crown of Dreams you will perfect those babywearing knots.
🍰 My Yoga at Home with Claudia will be showing some yoga moves.
🍰 Pure Natural Newborn Photography will be running through best baby poses for pics.
Date: May 23, 2018
Event planner: Lindsay Sanderson
Location: Saskatoon Farmer’s Market, 414 Avenue B South
Time: 1:00 pm
Business: Raising a little
Let’s celebrate Babywearing in Canada week by bringing out all the babywearing parents in Saskatoon! On May 23 lets flood the riverbank with babywearers. We will meet in the park across from the Farmer’s Market at 1. From there we will walk down the riverbank for a fun, family walk. Bring your carriers or grab one out of the Raising a Little stash. This event is free but you do need to register in advance.
Date: May 26, 2018
Event planner: Geneviève Calvé
Location: Centre Embyrion, 200 Philippe-Chartrand, suite 100
Time: 10 h 00 à 15 h 00
Business: Miss Gigotine
J’organise un rassemblement de parents porteurs afin de souligner la semaine du portage canadienne (#BWICweek).
Au menu: essai de porte-bébés, mini ateliers privés GRATUITS, discussions et plaisir fou. L’entrée étant libre, vous venez à l’heure et aussi longtemps qu’il vous plaira. Que vous soyez débutants ou porteurs aguerris, cet évènement est pour vous! Il y aura également une section jeu sur place pour occuper votre ainé 🙂
I am having this event for babywearing parents to help highlight Babywearing in Canada week (#BWICweek). On the agenda: Try any baby carriers, private free mini-seminars, discussions and much more fun! Entry is free, come when you can and stay as long as you like! Whether you are new to carrying, or are veterans, this event is for you! There will also be a play area for toddlers. 🙂
Take the time to read all our nominations. They show a level of thankfulness for those who work hard to help parents online. There weren’t as many nominations for this category, making me wonder if as Canadians we focus less on our nationality and more on what we can do to help parents. I appreciate anyone who works hard to help parents in our communities.
Close to the heart
Our small and medium-size stores build community in Canada, and are usually the first point of contact for many looking to purchase or to get help with a baby carrier. This was evident because this category received the second highest number of nominations. Canadians are passionately grateful to the stores who help them in their babywearing journey. Please, read the entries below. TO all the store owners, thank you for all you do.
Hugs and Cuddles
Snips and snails
Carry me mommy
Educators who also work really hard to support parents in their communities. Thank you for all the work you do.
Little Hands and Me Parenting Network
Porter la Vie
Raising a Little