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Calgary 2019 – Call for volunteer speakers

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.

Partners for this conference include Babywearing Calgary, Babes in Arms and Raising a Little.

We have three rooms this year, one will be exclusively for workshops.

Name*

Business Name

Website* (or facebook/twitter/etc page)

Email*

Phone number

Profession

Year you started

Biography

Attach your picture

Please select the presentation type:

Please tell us how your presentation will be. If it can be tailored for different lengths, select more than one:

Presentation title

Presentation Description

Have you given this presentation before?

Attach your presentation files, either as word document or a powerpoint.

Only applicants who check both boxes will be chosen:

Summer Babywearing Tips

Summer is here, heat warnings are on the horizon, or maybe already on your weather forecast for today. You have a hot sticky situation and a baby to carry, or even a toddler who just WON’T stop treating you as their favourite climbing gymn, what is a parent supposed to do?

How can you stay cool in the hot summer months while wearing your baby or toddler?

There are somethings you can do that will make a difference, but you need to keep things in perspective. Your hot body, squashed up against the little heat sinks that are our children, well, there’s only so much relief you can expect. A baby, quite simply cannot adjust as well to the summer heat — they sweat less AND they generate more heat when they move.1 Normally, a mom’s body can act to thermoregulate your infant’s temperature if they are worn while touching your chest. You will sweat more as a result, but the reality is there’s only so much that you can do and that your body can do. Warm is warm and hot is hot. A thing also to watch out for is that a man’s body will overheat more easily than a woman’s.

And let’s be honest. There are adjustments we can make to keep cooler and comfortable while babywearing. But there are limits, when you babywear in hot weather, you must accept facts. Not a lot of carriers that will truly leave you feeling cool and breezy while carrying a child.

So I will tackle both carrying solutions and other options to stay as cool as possible.

What carriers can help?

The general rule of thumb is to use something that:

  • Is thinner.
  • Brings the sweat easier to the surface to promote wicking and evaporation.
  • Contains a venting panel.
  • Avoids using darker coloured fabric.

The style of carrier you use also has an impact. Let’s take a look!

Ring slings

These carriers are already relatively thin. They only require layer of fabric around a baby’s body, and even the thickest are made with natural fabrics. The thinner the fabric, the more able it is to capture the sweat, bring it to the surface so that it can dry in the heat of the day. They are a medium hard carrier to master and are great for quick ups and downs, transitioning to sleep and for exploring. There are even versions which are made of mesh or a swimsuit material to enable you to go wading without worrying about bleach damage from local park pool water. You can also use the tail of the sling as a head cover to protect your little one from the sun. Just remember to keep their face clear and in view!

The disadvantage, no matter which type you use is that they are an asymmetrical carrier. The weight is on one side of the body and pulls on a diagonal making ring slings a short term carrier for most parents. Short term carrying is usually defined as an hour or less.

Soft structured carriers, buckle carriers, mei tais / meh dais and onbuhimos

I am grouping these all together because they all use some sort of panel that holds the baby against the parent’s body. These carriers are automatically cooler than some other styles. They tend to have open sides, which allows for more airflow than a tightly wrapped child.

However, some brands can be made from thick canvas or synthetic materials which aren’t breathable. Choose one made with natural fibres that allow for “breathability,” such as a wrap conversion or a carrier made with natural cotton, linen or blend which automatically allows for more airflow and for the heat to dissipate from the body. Another thing is that many of these carriers also come in a summer version and have a cool weave mesh panel that allows the sweat to wick off your baby’s back. Some brands even have an all-seasons options, like the Lillebaby, with a panel that can be modified, allowing you to unzip it or remove it for summertime.

These carrier styles are among some of the easiest to master, but may not be suitable for every body type. Particularly the ones which are full-buckle.

Wraps

If you love wrapping, you’ll want to look for a wrap that is thin enough to be supportive, yet allows the sweat to come to the surface and dry off faster. If your child is small enough, a gauze wrap could do the trick. You might also consider trying different fabric blends like linen or hemp. But don’t always rely on the fibre content listed on the label: Do your research, as some of these wraps can be quite thick! So much so that a thin wool blend wrap can be a good option too, when compared to a very thick wrap.

When wrapping, I would also consider using different tying techniques. A carry with three passes (this is when the carrier is wrapped around the body three times) is too warm for a hot day. Consider trying out new wrapping techniques that rely on fewer passes. A supported ruck is always a favourite of mine on those sticky days.

We feel heat differently on different parts of our bodies, so use summer as a reason to switch things up. Change positions if you’re out for the day and find you’re getting too hot, or bring your partner along so you can take turns carrying.

Wraps have the highest learning curve, but also the greatest amount of adaptibility.

Staying safe in the heat!

Best time to take your littles outside?

It is not recommended to use sunscreen on babies under 6 months of age. Thankfully, the easiest way to avoid sunburn is prevention.

The sun is strongest between 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.2 One option is to limit your activities during peak hours, but this isn’t always a realistic option. Getting out of the house and enjoying what the community has to offer is part of what makes summer great. And it’s bigger than that, as parents know, baby doesn’t always accommodate leaving the house on a predetermined schedule – somedays it’s a get out when you can! Moreover, there’s nothing worse for baby blues or postpartum depression than feeling trapped and stuck inside your home. Getting out of the house, no matter the weather, can be one of the best things to help you enjoy your maternity or parental leave.

Thankfully, there are many things we can do to protect us during peak sun hours, go out and have fun.

What to wear?

I would recommend wide brimmed hats for both you and your little one. However, if you’re wearing baby on your back, check that the brim of your hat isn’t hitting your child in the face. Especially if you like to wear high on the back with a wrap or an onbuhimo.

If you have a baby who hates wearing hats, or just manages to get out of all of them, consider using a parasol. There’s nothing like a golf umbrella to provide you with a portable shade blanket as you enjoy a summer festival or garage sale.

Finally, take a good look at what both you and your child are wearing to head outside. Most carriers will provide coverage of the baby’s torso, so many of us use one piece baby suits or just take kids outside in their onesies. Which leaves only their legs and feet exposed. Consider using baby legs. Choose fibres that allow for the sweat to be wicked away on both your bodies.

How to cool down?

Generally

  • Place a cloth between you and your baby, it catches the sweat and is much more easily replaced and is more practical than constantly changing clothes.
  • Stop often to nurse or bottle feed your baby, smaller more frequent feedings are highly recommended. Hydration is important.
  • Get a portable personal fan, provided your arms are long enough to keep it out of baby’s reach while using it (backwearing rocks with this one).
  • Drinks plenty of fluids yourself, smaller more frequent quantities are best. Especially breastfeeding moms, you’re hydrating for two!

At home

  • Keep your window shades down and curtains closed to reduce the heating effect of the sun.
  • If you have air-conditioning, keep it no cooler than 24-26 degrees Celsius. This prevents the baby from going from one temperature extreme to another and helps with their thermoregulation.
  • Use fans to help circulate the air. For those with air-conditioning, a fan also reduces your electricity use and can save you quite a bit of money. If you have a toddler, keep them out of reach.
  • For those without air conditioning, keep the windows open.

Out of the house

  • Stick to walking in shady areas whenever possible, where there is a good breeze you can catch. A nice patio, a large beach parasol, a shady forest walk, or shady side of the street are all great options.
  • Goto air-conditioned places! Visit shops, go grocery shopping, malls and catch up on your chores.
  • Consider joining a walking group at your local mall. Even if they aren’t specifically for parents, it’s always nicer to walk with someone else and you can meet some of your neighbours that way.
  • Use a wide-brimmed hat or a parasol.

Warning for stroller use…

Putting your child into the stroller may be a great way to give each of you a chance to cool down, but please remember, placing a cloth over top of the stroller cuts air circulation and creates a heat sink. Temperatures can rise quickly to 30 degrees Celsius as is shown be experiments conducted in Sweden.3

Things to remember

  • Keep track of your baby’s diapers. A baby is well hydrated if they have six to eight wet diapers over a 24 hours period.
  • The pee should be a pale yellow. If it’s dark, increase their water or fluid intake.
  • If you are breastfeeding your baby, make sure you drink plenty of water.
  • Water is best for keeping babies and toddlers well hydrated. Fruit juices, cocktails and pop are to be avoided.

And most importantly of all, enjoy summer!

 

I would like to extend a big thank you to all the families who provided me with their babywearing pictures.

  • Jacqueline Bradley, PEI. Jacqueline is an admin for the PEI Babywearing and attachment parenting facebook group.
  • Audrey La Duchesse Gingras, QC and ON.
  • Kendra Runions, ON. Kendra supports parents with feeding at Full Circle Feeding in Carleton Place, ON.
  • Amélie Longpré, QC. Amélie is an instructor from Drummondville QC and you can reach her here.
  • Ashley Saskiw, AB.
  • Lindsay Browns, AB.
  • Avril Blaine, BC.

 

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Footnotes
1. This webpage by the state of New South Wales in Australia is one of the most comprehensive out there on how to take care of yourself in the heat.
2. Caring for kids is the web portal for information to parents from the Canadian Pediatrics Society. They recommend staying in from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. Read more of what they suggest here.
3. Read more about this experiment here.

Benefits of cycling for families

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.

  • Not got the energy to do a long trip? Take a 15 minute ride to the store to pick up what you need.
  • Have to take your kids to school? Pop yourself and the kidlets on the bicycle and get them there.
  • Prefer cycling just on the weekends – what I call a Sunday bike rider?

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 who engage in what is known as “enriching activities” which includes outdoor activities experience diminished symptoms of PPD.3 Something you can do with the whole family is even better.4

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Footnotes
1. This is an indepth report for Public Health Ontario on Perinatal Depression by Cindy-Lee Dennis, a professor at the University of Toronto.

For more information on Canadian resources visit Postpartum.org. Though they are located in BC, the have lists of Canadian resources.

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.”

Here is a link to another study which shows exercise has some impact on PPD.

3. Other ways to reduce PPD are listed on slide number 9 and cite information from studies by Zajicek -Farber 2009 and Cadzow et all 1999.

4. Cycling rules and why you shouldn’t cycle and babywear.

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.

Information on children’s mental health by the Centre of Disease Control in the United States.

BWICAward Prizes 2018

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
Link to similar item in store Link to similar item in the store
Green Glass opalescent Tree of life pendant Seven chakras pendant with Swarovski crystals
Link to similar items in store Link to similar items in store

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.

  

BWICWeek 2018 Prizes

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
With Chewellery
 

 

 

Winner: Lindsay Sanderson
Little Luv Sling Conversion: Wooly Snowflakes
With Chewellery
 

 

Coming soon – ring sling giveaway from Little Luv to celebrate Canada Day.

Moncton Babywearing Group: Best Babywearing Group in Canada 2018

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

  • They are a fantastic resource helping so many of us with fit on our current carriers, networking babywearing mum’s through the Facebook group & local meetups, trying out a variety of different carriers before purchasing.
  • They helped me learn how to properly use a ssc at a group meeting. And they also have helped guide me / answered my questions in regards to purchasing a different type of carrier. I greatly appreciate the education and support that they provide as I would of otherwise shyed away from babywearing.
  • Wonderful resource for all things babywearing! They also have an awesome lending library. Lots of tips and instruction on different carriers, plus information on how to safely wear baby. I bought both carriers I own now due to the discussions in the group.

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Windsor Babywearing group

  • This is such an amazing and supportive group run by local moms who manage the online group, schedule babywearing play dates and also offer a lending library on their own time. I like the playdates, it’s where you can meet up with other like minded moms to try on various different carriers and learn what may work best for you. They also do one on one learning sessions as well. I love this group.
  • They provide so much knowledge and information regarding so many carriers and they take so much time out of their lives to run this group. When I joined, I quickly learned how inviting and generous this group is. Such a nice community.
  • They are so great!!! They have the best babywearing moms and we are so lucky have such a great babywearing community here in Windsor.

 

Ottawa Babywearing Group – Under Wraps

  • I joined OBG Under Wraps group about a couple of years ago, it was formed by many enthusiasts who enjoy using woven wraps to carry their children. It has been my to go group if I ever have any questions about wraps bst, wrap techniques, or just simply to show off my new wraps. The members in the group are extremely friendly and positive, no one talks about controversial topics, no triggering posts. It’s truly a sanctuary for people like me who just want to learn more about woven wraps, admire beautiful pictures of parents wearing their littles.
  • Couple years ago, the babywearing community had many dramas going around and I honestly stopped enjoying being in the community as much, but since joining Under Wraps, the joy has returned. Even its parent group has been quite peaceful. The groups admins really work hard to make sure people are here to discuss and share babywearing knowledge in a safe space. My babywearing days are coming to an end very quickly as my youngest is already 2, I hope for the next couple years this group continues to grow peacefully.
  • I have always been a part of the main Ottawa Babywearing Group, but to me Under Wraps is special.  It is a smaller community, I feel like I know all of them and they are my go to place for many things — be it quick questions, commiserating and sharing parental woes, and enjoying everyone’s squish pics. In this group, there’s always someone happy to answer questions and share experiences. It’s a great group of moms and dads.

 

Winnipeg Babywearers

  • The Winnipeg Babywearers has an active Facebook group of four thousand where members can access peer to peer support. Leaders are great at directing parents to current information and supporting all their members. They run two monthly meetings where anyone can access in person help, which includes trying carriers from their extensive lending library.
  • The group has been meeting for over 15 years. Many leaders donate years of service providing a strong foundation for the group. Leaders are so helpful and kind, they work to make you comfortable and successful.
  • The Winnipeg Babywearers were instrumental in helping me feel successful with babywearing. The in person help was so important to me and taught me so much more than anything I was learning online. It was so helpful to be able to try carriers before committing to a purchase. I went in thinking I would hate a ring sling thanks to the group I discovered how to use them to their full advantage. Now 7 years later they are still my favourite carrier.

 

 

Official 2018 #BWICweek events

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.

These are the official events for 2017. Join our facebook group and follow us on facebook or Instagram for the latest new. 🙂

Charlottetown PEI

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. 🙂

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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.

Moncton NB

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.

Ottawa ON

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.

 

Saskatoon SK

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.

Terrebonne QC

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. 🙂

ACE Wrapping: Best babywearing blogger in Canada 2018

Congratulations Asia from ACE Wrapping on winning the Best babywearing blogger in Canada for 2018.

 

ACE Wrapping

Blogger’s name: Asia
Youtube channel
ACE wrapping art facebook page.
Helps admin Fancy Finishes facebook group.

 

 

  • Asia is the face of fancy finishes with woven wraps. Not only does she help admin a Fancy Finishes facebook group, she also regularly contributes to other groups such as including Geeky Wrappers. This is where I met her.
  • I find Asia to be very approachable, kind, down-to-earth and helpful when sharing her tips and techniques.
  • I love how she is so creative in combining different elements of wrapping into seamless and safe carries. I feel like she has invigorated my wrapping skills and I think she would be a wonderful face for the best Canadian wrapping video blogger. 🙂

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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.

 

Momma Luvz

Blogger’s name: Teresa
Website Momma Luvz Blog
Momma Luvz facebook page.
Youtube channel.
Instagram: @Mommaluvzblog

  • I have been following Teresa since my first son was born. I love how she breaks down each carry and includes tips for seat poppers. Her website is easy to follow with different sections, and she even offers in person help. I wish I was closer to meet her in person. She has been amazing to follow.
  • She also blogs about a wide range of topics, even has a playdough recipe which was a hit with my toddler! I love her.
  • I find her videos easy to follow along with and I like the little bits of text she uses to get our attention about what we should watch out for.

Close to the Heart: Best babywearing store in Canada 2018

Votes are in! A huge congratulations to Close to the Heart, this year’s best babywearing store in Canada.

Close to the heart

Owner: Larissa
Business website: Close to the Heart
Facebook page.
Instagram: @Closetotheheart.shop

 

 

 

  • I honestly didn’t know much of anything about babywearing before Larissa. She was there to offer me any information on many different brands and answered all the questions I had! I’ve been carrying my daughter for 16 months now thanks to Larissa and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Larissa is such a kind person, always there to help anyone out. She’s has monthly meet ups locally with other parents in the area where they can try carriers and share information. Larissa is also a single mother of two, running her own amazing business carrying handmade baby products too, not just baby carriers. She’s an amazing educator and even more amazing lady.
  • Larissa helped me chose the right kind of carrier for my baby and myself. She is dedicated to educating on babywearing and has a lending library to test and try out products or lend a hand
  • Larissa is hard working and believes wholeheartedly in baby wearing. Helped me with fitting my carrier correctly. She is very devoted and knows her product. One of the most amazing knowledgeable babywearing educators in the area!

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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.

 

Birdie’s Room

Owner: Barb
Business website: Birdie’s Room
Facebook page. Birdie’s Room Chit Chat facebook group.
Instagram: @BirdiesRoom

  • Where do I even begin. She’s built our group lending library, gives us with space for our babywearing group meetings, offers local discounts, lets people borrow before they buy. There is no end to the support she provides to the local babywearing community. Last but not least sponsored me to go to Canadien babywearing school.
  • Barb from Birdie’s room has started me on my Babywearing journey 4 years ago.  She has worked tirelessly to bring babywearing to parents across the world, and shown countless people the joys of babywearing. She has been so generous with our local Babywearing group, as well as other deserving organizations, including the Carrying On Project. She always operates her business with the most admirable professionalism, and thoughtful care, in everything she does. She’s not only an excellent business owner, but an excellent person, inside and out.
  • She’s been such a great help to our whole community of babyweareres. Providing knowledge, time, help, support and overall a rock for the babywearing people!

 

Hugs and Cuddles

Owner: Kerri
Business website: Hugs and Cuddles
Facebook page. Hug and Cuddles Babywearing Chatter facebook group.
Instagram: @Hugsandcuddles

  • I first met Kerri Devine at the peach festival 2 yrs ago. I had just purchased a second hand mei dai and was having trouble with it, I had asked for help at another store previously and they had half-heartedly offered me advice, then informed me that I could book a consultation. So when I met Kerri, she helped me, and was so kind to me. And since has helped me with all of my babywearing purchases. She’s kind and really knows her stuff. I recommend her to everyone and try and stop and say hi to her when ever out and about at shows and whatnot.
  • Kerri is incredibly knowledgeable and helpful. She takes as much time as needed for one to find the carrier that is right for mom and babe. She this all and does not pressure the buyer into making a purchase. Overall, she is very kind and easy to work with.
  • Kerri is so smart and informative. She makes sure that you leave with product that is best suited for you. She’s always quick to answer questions. Not only that, but she also comes out to meetings to help local Mama’s. She’s so passionate.

 

Snips and snails

Owner: Karen
Business website: Snips and snails baby
Facebook page. The Snail Shell facebook group.
Instagram: @Snipsandsnailsbaby

  • Karen from Snips and Snails is so kind and helpful, answers all the questions, helps get the right style and fit to beat suit your needs. There’s so many variables most people aren’t aware of when you first start out and when you dive down the rabbithole of babywearing.
  • Karen has been fantastic for all our babywearing needs. She has been quick to answer any questions we may have and helped us find what will fit our baby. She has always gone above and beyond to ensure the best selection is available and to ensure we receive our orders and items in a quick fashion. She is a great mom and business owner to buy from and speak with. She is fantastic and I have referred others to her as well and will continue to purchase from Karen in the future.
  • They make shopping for anything so easy. She helped me pick out a carrier for my toddler that I can also use with baby #2 and is even going to fit it for me and teach me how to use it. She set up a payment plan for me too! Snips and Snails is the best place to go to! Karen is amazing, because she engages with customers online a lot. She herself participates in various online babywearing groups, and is always ready to help or give feedback.

Honourable mention

Carry me mommy

Owner: Jessica
Business website: Carry Me Mommy
Facebook page.
Instagram: @Carrymemommy

  • Jessica, the owner, is incredibly helpful in answering any and all questions I have. Her shipping is fast. She also has a very generous payment plan option, making high quality carriers accessible for nearly everyone.

 

Emporte-Moi: Best Babywearing Educator in Canada 2018

A huge thank you to everyone who works helping parents in their communities. I am very pleased to announce this year’s Best Babywearing Educator is Mai-Anh from Emporte-Moi. Congratulations!!

Emporte Moi

Educator: Mai-Anh
Webpage: Emporte-Moi
Facebook: Mamasupial Montreal

 

 

 

  • I have a feeling I only know a small amount of what Mai does. I know she has her own business and babywearing group, but I don’t know her through her local efforts. She started a private babywearing group for mothers interested in babywearing that are also physicians. This has connected mothers who will learn about babywearing themselves but also share with their patients.
  • This is a very active group with over 3300 members and Mai has worked over many years, building up valuable FAQ resources to share and educate from the best babywearing practices) – ie. water safety, babywearing preterm infants, etc. I am also an admin within this group, along with a handful of other educators, but she should be commended for her continued passion and support for fostering new babywearers and helping experienced ones as well.
  • Mai answers nearly every question within her groups, which is impressive considering she is also a physician herself with a busy schedule. She is also fully bilingual.

 

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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

Educator: Tanya
Webpage: Little Hands and Me
Facebook: LittlehandsandMeParentingNetwork

  • Tanya is the most patient and kind person I have ever met, no question is too small or stupid. She helps you understand how you should carry your baby securely for both yourself and your child. She takes the time to explain why it is important, and focuses on the safety and comfort of both the person carrying and the child being carried while working with what you have. I truly do not have enough words to say how wonderful Tanya is. On a side note, she has helped so much with my mental health after having a baby, and for that I will be forever grateful. She would be a very worthy recipient of any award for helping mothers.
  • Tanya is an amazing person, with such dedication, commitment and passion for what she does regarding early child education and parenting. She works hard in her community to offer wonderful programs that support parenting and child communication, amongst an array of other education efforts. Her dedication and effort really shows an amazing talent and is well appreciated by all the people who participate in her classes.
  • Tanya is tireless in her effort working with families in the Saskatoon area providing valuable information related to feeding baby, safety, and connecting during the early informative years. Not only has she helped others but remains open minded and searching for new material, courses to always improve upon her knowledge base. She has an interest and is certified in positive discipline which i feel is especially important is creating ” conscious” adults of the future!

 

Porter la Vie

Educator: Janie
Webpage: Porter la Vie
Facebook: Projet.Porterlavie

  • Janie s’implique énormément dans le domaine du portage au Québec. En plus de son école qui forme des monitrices et aux parents. En plus, elle offre ces formations dans les deux langues officielles. Elle travail dans ce domain dès 2007. ENGLISH: Janie is very involved in babywearing in Quebec and started her school in 2007. Her school trains professionals, yet Janie also continues to work with parents in supporting them in their babywearing journey. Her courses are offered in English and French as she is fully bilingual.
  • Elle nous transmet les nouvelles informations dans le domaine et partage ce qu’elle apprend dans ces voyages. Recemment elle vient d’aller à Rome pour la première conférence en portage Italienne (1 convegno italiano sul babywearing). ENGLISH: She works to ensure we receive the latest informations in the field of babywearing and including what she learns in her travels. She recently went to Rome to present as part of their first babywearing conference.
  • Établissement de l’Institut National du portage des enfants. Le bût serait de combler des études dans le portage. ENGLISH: She is working with a group to establish the Institute National du portage des enfants. The goal would be to support the expansion of babywearing including studies.

 

Raising a Little

Educator: Lindsay
Webpage: Raising a little
Facebook: Raisingalittle

  • Lindsay is awesome and always willing to help. Whether it be answering questions in person or via social media, adjusting carriers or just being a listening ear. Lindsay has helped me adjust my carrier on many occasions. She loves what she does and doesn’t ask for anything in return.
  • Lindsay is an amazing person. So personable and truely cares about other people, parents, children and their wellbeing. She is so easy to talk to and has so much knowledge. Lindsay has grown her business so much over the past year because of how honest she is.
  • Lindsay helped me by finding the right carrier for my son and I. She made sure I knew how to use it properly and even came to my house to make things easier for me. She deserves to be nominated because she works hard and strives to make her customers happy. She is super friendly and knowledgeable about what she does!
  • Lindsay helped me find the right carrier for my little, my 6’2” husband and my 5’2” self! Our little is only 8lbs and is curious about the world. We need a carrier safe for now and down the road that she could safely view the world around her.

Honourable mention

Educator: Cindy
Works for: Birdie’s Room
Babywearing group member / support: Halton-Peel Babywearers! and Mississauga Babywearing Community

  • I first met Cindy on one of the many babywearing playdates she organizes along with babywearing hikes. Her kindness and encouragement helped me, along with anyone new to babywearing, feel comfortable and at ease.
  • She’s always willing to go above and beyond with answering questions or giving tips and advice, often on her own time (outside of “business hours”).
  • I think she derserves to be recognized for the amazing person she is and the wonderful job that she does.