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
Babywearing comes down to two basic things – first is keeping a child secure in the carrier, with airway safety being the very first consideration, second is preventing falls.
But it’s not always the baby we’re trying to keep from falling. Which means that baby carrying is also about controlling the adult to keep the baby safe. Which means the adult has to mind their speed, stability, all while managing obstacles while carrying.
When cycling, the most important thing to mind is protecting the baby in case of a fall. Helmets contribute greatly to injury prevention while cycling. Below is information from a website maintained by Chris Gilham, an Australian journalist. Currently, most provinces and territories require helmets be worn.1
I also spoke to Kendra Runions, a feeding support consultant in Eastern Ontario2. She worked for 2 years selling specialty safety equipment for power sports applications and some of the families she helped had riders were as young as two years old.
When I asked Kendra about helmet wearing, this is what she said:
“I could easily write a novel on just helmet wearing. Is it a correctly fitted helmet? Is it optimal materials to withstand the most
likely crash scenario?
All of these factors should be in play when choosing a helmet from tricycles to tobaggans and dirt bikes.”
Do you feel adults can gauge whether a helmet is properly fitted and safe for their child?
“No. Honestly a lot of adults don’t know even how to fit a helmet for themselves. An incorrectly balanced and fitted helmet can cause a more severe injury than would have been originally sustained even in a relatively minor accident. I’m talking tip over and fall accident. All of these factors should be in play when choosing a helmet for everything from tricycles to toboggans to dirt bikes.”
What happens to the body dynamic forces when a baby is worn on the body?
“First off your center of gravity is shifted. I’ve consistently warned adults of having other adult passengers because there is some input required for manoeuvering and if your passenger does the wrong thing it can definitely throw you off enough to cause an accident. Now just think of how unpredictable kids are, along with having their leverage points reduced when wrapped or carried and just basically being too short for their legs to reach anything.
Velocity, distance, gravity, pretty much every force could potentially be encountered based on what type of accident could occur. The possibilities are literally endless.”
What about if the baby is worn on the back?
A back worn child is actually what I picture by default. Everything I have mentioned is at play. This is where I want to note that in the event of most accidents, especially low speed, think under 5 km/hr, your back passenger will end up off the vehicle before you. There are many scenarios in which the driver will remain with the vehicle but the passenger will not. This isn’t as bad as it sounds. In order to absorb impact and mitigate potential damage to the human body its better on us to take space to stop v.s. one fast and sudden stop. Everyone has heard “tuck and roll”. A back worn child cannot break free from the adult to do this. Any adult with a child strapped to them is no longer the correct shape for their own body to make the adjustments it
needs to maximize their own injury protection. The adult will most likely be fighting base protective instincts in order to try and shield the child.
Can you always protect your baby in case of an accident? NO.
Think about the difference if you fall while walking, versus if you fall while biking. Now add a baby in the mix on a parent’s back or even in the front. It changes the centre of gravity, which with experience you can accommodate for, but it also adds a weight. If a back pack can go flying off your body when you get into an accident while cycling, or you crush it with your body, think about replacing that very same backpack with the weight of a child.
Additional to the information from my interview with Kendra, here is an excerpt from iBike, an American organization centred around cycling information and safety about cycling while babywearing:
“The conservative approach is that taking an infant on a bike in a backpack has risks and is potentially dangerous — and it is illegal in some jurisdictions. Some of the issues are: The center of gravity is higher; if you wear helmets, your helmets may banged together; the child is quite vulnerable in a fall because the distance is higher and there is a greater chance of the infant ending up underneath the adult in a tumble; and the backpack provides less protection than a child seat or trailer. Slings would present similar issues, though in is a sling the child is lower down and their head is better supported, so it unlikely for the adult and child to bang heads — it is also unlikely that the child would be wearing a helmet.” 3
Should you cycle with your babes? Absolutely YES!
There are many great ways to cycle with your kids. You can use a trailer until they are old enough to sit unsupported, at which point you can move to a bike seat, as Lauren has with her child here. Lauren lives in Ontario.
Trailers can be be found for affordable prices on second hand boards, and now is the time to start looking. Often, you can buy a trailer or bike seat and then use the money from the resell to by your children their first bike.
Thank you to Kendra from FullCircleFeeding.com for providing us with her expertise for this article. Please read our other cycling articles Babywearing and cycling abroad and the Benefits of cycling for families. .
1. This website tracks all bicycle helmet laws from countries such as the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand and Australia. You can check it out here. For more about bike helmet legislation in Canada, visit the Canadian Pediatric Society here.↩
2. Kendra is the owner of Full Circle Feeding, a business that helps families with breastfeeding, chest feeding, and just feeding their babies. They specialize in working with traditional and non-traditional families. From her website, “Non traditional family unit? Grandparent feeling out of touch? Nervous new father feeling left out?” Visit their website for more information.↩
3. To read more about what iBike has to say about early helmet wearing and babywearing while cycling, visit this page here.
BWICweek is full of fun this year, and includes the return of the Babywearing in Canada educator awards – do you have an event you’d like to register? Register it today! Events must take place between May 18-26, 2018, to qualify.
Check out last year’s official events: 2017.
By registering an event that takes place anytime between May 18 to May 26, 2018, you are entered into our prize draw.
Events can include:
Officially register an event using the contact form below, up to three events are allowed per planner, and each event will qualify you for an entry into our giveaways.
Are you still looking for that last minute gift to give? Or something to suggest to someone else?
Consider taking a look at these carriers I explored this past year that are new to the babywearing world.
Looking for something unique in Canada? The LennyLamb Up is perfect, a blend between their baby and toddler sizes, this will meet your needs through out your entire babywearing life. See the featurette I did below while attending the Babywearing Conference in Poland. Want to learn more about LennyLamb, read this article about my visit to their homebase! Lenny Lamb can be purchased in Canada at Lollipop Sky, specializing in many baby carrier brands.
There’s also the Sleepbelt or JoeyBand. Though not a baby carrier, it is a great gift to give to new parents who are expecting, and can be easily added to the birthing bag for home, hospital or birthing centre. Perfect to keep the baby on you while seated, it is also very useful to help attach the baby to the mom after a c-section.
Here’s the Flexia by Babylonia Slen. It is a structured carrier with an interchangeable body so it can grow as your baby grows. Extremely innovative and comes in some classic colours. It can be ordered from any of their stores, like from HetKnooppunt.nu in the Netherlands or directly from Babylonia itself.
Or know someone who is expecting twins? Consider the innovative twin carrier by MiniMonkey.
And finally, the newly redone toddler flip by Kokadi.