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Chimparoo – GOLD Conference Sponsor

About Chimparoo

image001Chimparoo was created in 2007, and is also know by it’s official name L’écharpe Porte-bonheur Inc.

The founder, Christine Duhaime, is a certified occupational therapist and has over 20 years of experience in design and textiles.  Furthermore, she is also the mother of four children. Christine has put all her passion as an occupational therapist and experience in design and textiles into Chimparoo by offering quality babywearing products.  Chimparoo offers a wide range of carriers, from full buckle styles right down to the simplicity and beauty of their wraps.  Christine has also been able to do this with a dynamic team of experts to communicate the benefits of babywearing. Chimparoo’s wide range of products are now available worldwide.

Chimparoo’s team of babywearing experts has:

  • A strong knowledge of ergonomics, and healthy baby development;
  • Accumulated knowledge, development, and experience in the field of babywearing due to our community involvement;
  • Kept current and applied the most current research in the field of babywearing in their design process;
  • Benefited from a team that has actively practiced baby carrying for nearly 10 years;
  • Experience in educating the public, healthcare professionals and stakeholders in the perinatal care services;
  • A great relationship supporting perinatal organizations & associations, and the baby carrier industry.

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Awarded December 2, 2014.

 

 

“I am very excited to have Chimparoo as one of our gold level sponsors.  We have a very strong babywearing industry in Canada and the success of Chimparoo, the versatility of their product line, coupled with their design aesthetic makes them one of the premiere babywearing companies in Canada.” — Débora Rodrigues, President & CEO of Babywearing in Canada.

Visit the Chimparoo website and check out their fantastic line of carriers.

Check out this year’s agenda for the First Babywearing in Canada Conference.
PURCHASE your conference ticket HERE.

The answers to your conference FAQs

FAQs

When and where is the First Babywearing in Canada Conference?
It is part of Babywearing in Canada week and takes place Thursday May 21, 2015, at the Ottawa Birth and Wellness Centre (OBWC).  The OBWC is at 2260 Walkley Road, at the St. Laurent intersection.

Purpose of the conference?
The conference is part of Babywearing in Canada Week (#BWICweek) which runs from May 19 to the 25, 2015, and its focus is on technical babywearing expertise and health & wellness, specifically relating to the post-partum period. Geared toward professionals, service providers, and parents hoping to improve their baby carrying skills, attendees will participate in understanding the impact of birth on women and families post-partum in a uniquely Canadian context.

How longwill it be?
Seminars will be offered all day. Registration starts at 8:30 am and closing remarks are at 5:30 pm.

Is there parking available?
Yes, there is parking on site both in front, and alongside the building. Parking is free.  Parking is also available along St. Laurent Boulevard.

What buses pass by?
You can take the 112, 114, and 148.  Nearest transit station is at Elmvale Mall, which is roughly a 20  minute walk in good weather.

How much does the ticket cost?
Ticket will cost $125.00 for the entire day.  It is a great deal – during the conference you will be able to take up to five different seminars – at only $25 a seminar, that is a steal!  Not only do you get expert babywearing technique and healthy & wellness information for the post-partum period,you get to meet and network with other members in your community.

Are meals included and are there restaurants nearby?
Yes, meals and snack breaks are included as part of the conference fee.  Should you like anything extra there are lots of options near St. Laurent and Walkley: A pizzeria, a Chinese take-out, a shawarma restaurant, and a Metro grocery store with hot and cold counter.  A bit further down the way is the Elmvale Mall, which also has quite a few options.

Can I bring my baby?
Yes, babies and nurslings are welcome.  There are some great benches just outside the main rooms where you can take care of their needs in case you need to duck out for a little break.  We ask that toddlers stay at home because they might not let you listen in and enjoy the full conference experience.

Are there giveaways and a conference kit?
Yes, a full list will be announced May 1, 2015, and some of our sponsors have already started posting on their facebook pages from you what you’d like to see in their giveaways!  Those who plan #BWICweek events also qualify for giveaways.  Sign up here to become an official celebrant.

How can I find out more information?
Stay-tuned and use the #BWICweek hashtag to follow us on all social media.  Also check back in regularly as more information is posted to the website.

Toddlers – keep them safe

toddlers keep them safe

Toddlers are fast.  They are sneaky.  They can figure out the pieces of a puzzle and learn how to bypass a lot of systems or protections you have put into place around the home.  They are the cat houdinis of human development.

Anyone with children has always had a bit of a laugh when the door knob protectors can be opened by their kids, yet flummox adults each and every single time.

Unfortunately, a few weeks ago that is exactly what happened – a very bright, precocious, intelligent little boy by the name of Elijah Marsh woke up late one night, and decided he was going to go exploring and conquer the world.  He got up, knew that you needed boots because it was winter (excellent logic!), was able to get the door opened, find his way down to the ground level and all the way outside.  He was found the next morning only a few hundred metres from home, and unfortunately this young bright light passed away.

You can buy the best locking system or deadbolt around.  I guarantee you that toddlers can and will use chairs to be able to access it, and will be able to unlock a lot of them.

Consider using sound.  Either an electronic door chime that rings everytime the door is open, or even something simpler like a set of bells or windchimes the door has to hit each and everytime it is opened.  It can even be a game where your little one taps the bells on purpose when you enter or leave the home because that jangly noise is a lot of fun.

It’s something I used when my son started unexpectedly sleep walking during a severe fever and was found outside at night wandering around.  We were lucky, we caught him just past the front stoop.  The sound of the door opening woke up his dad, but everyday after that we had bells on the door knob.  Because it was loud and is a sound that is completely and utterly out of place.  It will catch your attention, even in the dead of night when you are fast asleep.

Let’s not have any more boys or girls like Elijah.  Add sound to your doors to alert you and let’s keep all our children safe.

Benefits of babywearing – Communication

Sewfunky Medallion Trim on Jet Black Ring Sling (#SF008)
There are many benefits to babywearing, but some of my favourites are the ones that arise from the natural symbiosis of the proximity effect. Speaking earlier is usually mentioned as one of the benefits of babywearing, because your child is in close contact with you and can see everyone’s lips.

I like to change this to reflect what is really happening from day one, that the true benefit of babywearing is increased communication between parent and child. When you wear a child, not only are you that much closer to hear their cues, but they also learn how you move through and interact with the world, even right down to the simple act of breathing. How do you breathe? When do you hold your breath? How do you exhale? When do you exhale — when you are at rest, when you are excited, when you are walking, when you are talking to others? All this is part of communication.

The really cool thing about being a parent is seeing which things your baby picks up from each parent. I see this very clearly in my own children. And to think that it all started with babywearing.

So share a breath with your child and babywear today.

RIP Elijah

Elijah Marsh

A terrible tragedy occurred in Toronto this past week. A three year old Houdini by the name of Elijah Marsh escaped his parents’ unit in the middle of the night, wearing only a light shirt, boots and a diaper.  Because in his mind, he was a big boy – he could open and unlock the doors, put on his clothes, and knew the way outside ALL by himself.

Just in those actions we can see how he was a very intelligent boy with an intrepid spirit.  Unfortunately, he also was only three, and three years olds do get lost.  He was found metres away from home far too late and died shortly thereafter in hospital.

I, like other Canadians, mourn with his family.  This bright, bold, beautiful boy did what most children his age would do.  A light was lost in Canada this week.

Rest in peace, Elijah. Rest in peace.

Make Canada Stronger

Make Canada Stronger

An important part of Babywearing in Canada for me has always been creating community.

We have a wonderful country and a great way to make it stronger is to buy from local Canadian small businesses. Without them, our communities would be barren.  By shopping locally, you create jobs for your fellow Canadians, support families, build better communities and have fun doing it!  That has always been an important part of Babywearing in Canada for me.

That is why if someone posts a question on my facebook page on where to find something in Canada, I ask my Canadian business network if they can chime in, and I point out Canadian options on where to find something.  I have also run a Make Canada Stronger Campaign on facebook to support the Canada you want to see in your neighbourhood.  Small business owners are not only more likely to keep the money in your community by hiring local services to support their operations, you are also supporting someone who sends their kids to your schools, who cares about the development of your neighbourhood, who is just trying to make an honest living around their passions — babywearing and natural parenting.

Sure, things may sometimes be cheaper on the internet.  We may occasionally get jealous of how much less it expensive it can be to purchase something over the border in the US.  But think of the cost… a lower standard of living, lower minimum wage, more social dysfunctions, higher levels of poverty, and so on. Compare American to Canadian minimum wages.  American wages are as low as $5.15 in some States (provided you’re not a waiter), to a maximum of $9.00 with an average hovering around the minimum federal minimum wage of $7.25,  In Canada, our lowest minimum wage is $10.00 (provided you’re not a waiter), with the highest at $11.00, which means our standard of living is better and pretty consistent across the country.

I want my kids to have access to universal health care, no matter their income level.  I want them to have a decent living wage, a decent minimum wage. If they end up having tough times later in life, I want the systems and the support in place until they can get on their feet again.  The standard of living in the US is not the life I want for my kids, that’s for sure. This article from the New York Times has some great quotes about the truth of living in Canada, including why defending our differences, and supporting the Canadian way of life is so important.

“Our family values are huge,” said Ms. Mustachi, who has three grown children with her husband, William, 60, a millwork department manager at a Lowes outlet. “From what I see on TV, I don’t get a sense of that in the States.”

Gregory Thomas, 39, an actor and house painter who lives with his wife and two young children in Toronto, said Americans “may get more on their plate when they go to Denny’s, but they don’t have more when they go home.”

When you shop local, you are not just supporting your community, you are making Canada stronger.

Easy Peasy slip knot

Slip knots can really make wraps shine by increasing their adjustability.  Here is an early video of mine showing how to make one quickly and easily.

I teach locally in Ottawa through Crown of Dreams. Wrapping courses available year ’round and upon request.

At your wit’s end with a crying baby

First article in the series: Tackling the myth

You’ve tried absolutely everything.  You’ve checked the bum, the clothes, tried to feed them, burp them, checked to see if they are too hot, too cold, too something… and you just CAN’T figure it out.  And the crying seems to never end, it’s been going on for days and you are just so damn tired.  You are at the point of no return, ready to step off that plank and into the deepest part of the ocean because you feel like taking one step more would break you.

Then to top it off, you’ve tried one baby carrier, two, three.  Heck you’ve tried so many, that you feel you could write a Dr. Seuss book that goes something like one sling, two slings, red sling, blue sling. If you have gone down that list of things that might be wrong backwards, forwards, and sideways, and they are still crying, it is not your fault.

Some babies just cry more than others. Take a deep BREATH.  Because when you have a baby that’s been crying, crying, crying, and you can’t solve the issue right here, right now, it’s time to focus on YOU.  It’s time to take care of yourself.

REMEMBER who you are.  We all had likes and dislikes before becoming parents, ways that we used to successfully cope with stress and it’s time to pull some of those out of your hat.  Maybe you like music.  Who cares if it’s suitable for children, if you like it, if you will be happy listening to it – for a song, for three songs, heck for the entire collection, then do it.

Get out of the house.  When you feel overwhelmed and stuck, when things feel so big, start moving.  Try mommy & parenting groups.  If they aren’t your thing, join a walking club, get in the car for a drive, take a bus ride, slap on your headphones and go for a walk (walks are nicer if you can’t hear the crying as much).

Reach out.  Go down your entire contact list, go down your entire friends list and start messaging all of them. Heck, tell them all the same story – they aren’t going to be comparing notes.  And if you feel like you’re being a pain, then BE A PAIN. Invite them over, ask them to take the baby for an hour or two, get your partner involved while you go for a walk on your own.

GET help. None of us can move through life alone.

Especially if you are feeling so frustrated that you want to just shake that baby, or completely shut down and leave it in another room.  Your goal right now is just to find a way through this moment.  Get the help you need to move from this moment, to the next moment, and to the one beyond that. Find out what you need. Take care of yourself. DO whatever you need to do to find your equilibrium.

And pretty soon you’ll be saying, “Hey, look at me. I coped.”

Baby carriers are just a tool.  There’s no magic in them and they won’t solve anything in and of themselves.  But if you can move through one moment to the next, pretty soon you too will have your magical unicorn pixie dust shot.

 

Tackling the myth – babies will cry even if worn

Unhappy baby

We’ve all seen the pictures, and we’ve all heard the stories about the mothers who have finally found THE CARRIER.  You know the one, the one that guarantees that your child will fall asleep… because it has been blessed by magical pixies sprinkling dust as they race across swards and green fields on unicorns.  It makes you wonder, well, why does my child cry?  Why is my child not sleeping?  Where is my blessed (*&#%$^) sparkly dust?

And isn’t that just the thing that every single children’s product would like you to believe they can do?  Make your child stop crying?  Have you seen the diaper commercials – those slay me.  There is the child lying peacefully in its crib, mobile spinning gently, in a light shirt, wearing a disposable diaper.  I used cloth, so I never had disposables in the house.  Making me wonder if I missed out on something good – what is in that plastic? WHAT IS IN THAT PLASTIC?  (Seriously, should I be slapping one of those somewhere on my body and sit back and dream of Genie?)

The truth of the matter is that crying is normal.  All babies do it.  It is the only way they have to let you know that something is making them uncomfortable, that something needs changing, that maybe they are hungry, have a dirty bum, are gassy, are too hot, too cold, too something.

Babywearing is great because the proximity effect increases and improves communication between parent and child.  It does not erase crying.  There are some nights you will go down your check list and you will find what is bothering your child immediately.  Other nights, you will try things a million ways and still have a crying child on your hands.  And that is okay.  You are learning each other, you are becoming in-tune with your baby’s needs, and just as friendship between adults isn’t an instantaneous process, neither is the relationship you will develop between you and your child.

Plus, then there’s just the plain truth of the matter – some babies just cry more than others.

Next in the series.

I matter.

Stuck and have a tired child?  Any piece of fabric will do.

Have you ever had something that mattered a whole heck of a lot?  Where you feel compelled to do it — because of the joy you feel when you are in the middle of it, because of the light you bring to others, because it makes you feel complete?  That is exactly what it is like for me when I work in this space, when I help parents find the magic of baby carriers, when I help them be okay with whatever stage they find themselves in right now, whether I am working with clients locally through Crown of Dreams or with parents in my Babywearing in Canada group.

In Canada, we have seen a lot of information on babywearing that comes from other places – either carrying theory developed in Europe or a style of babywearing groups that were developed in the United States.  I didn’t realize just how different my approach was until I joined the BCIA in 2010, and then again when I started attending babywearing conferences in 2012.  Taking part in these things has inspired me to bring what I have been doing locally with Babywearing in Canada, what I have been posting and writing about on the facebook page, and build something larger.

To be more effective, I decided to incorporate.  This I did November 2014. I was really excited.  I was getting ready to submit my trade marks myself, when I heard from one of my babywearing moms that a mommy group had used my name for a For sale or trade group on facebook. My heart fell. With her help, I went and found it. I contacted the admins and asked they consider changing the name of their group and they declined, citing facebook’s rules. But facebook will change a group name if both sides agree that there is a need due to infringement.

It was at this point that I went into shock. I am a single parent managing a household with my part-time income. I did not know if I could find the strength to fight this, or the money. I go work at the office, I come home, take care of the kids, then oftentimes, I hop onto the computer to work on my small business. It requires a lot of energy, time, and organization. Was the fight I would need to gear up for in order to keep the right to my name as a business going to be the end of me? Was it time to give up? Defending myself is not something that comes naturally to me. I have been a pretty private person my whole life. To do this whole-heartedly, I needed to let my voice be heard on another level.  After a really bad night’s sleep, my answer to myself was NO. It’s my dream, don’t I deserve to be on my side, to fight for my vision? YES. Yes, I sure do.

The next day, I consulted with a couple of lawyers, finalized my strategy, and hired them to work on my behalf despite the cost. And it is high for me.

I matter. I have a right to a voice. I have a right to keep and use the name that I have been using since January 2009. I am not going to give up my dreams at this stage, they mean too much. So far, with Babywearing in Canada, I have supported parents locally, organized Babywearing in Canada weeks nationally, supported Canadian businesses. And I intend to keep on doing exactly that. So I made a brutally honest video explaining my situation.  Here is the original posting on facebook and on my YouTube channel.

I have a large stock of carriers. I use them to teach. I have them available for rent locally under the Crown of Dreams logo for parents who want to try a new brand, dress up for a wedding, or for trips. I always sell a few each year, and this year, I am selling more than anticipated to help fund these legal costs. Right now, I am asking for you help and support. Like my Babywearing in Canada page. Go check out my carriers for sale at the link below and see if there’s anything you need, anything you like. And thank you for listening to my story. http://hyenacart.com/CrownofDreams/2918/category/13/Carriers-for-Sale

Original video now on Youtube:

Trade mark submission for Babywearing in Canada.