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About Bumbini

Bumbini was founded in 2009 with the goal of providing cloth diapers to suit every family. Katie Mark took it over November 2012, and is proud to be continuing on that tradition of helping families discover how fantastic cloth diapers are. Many of the cloth diaper companies out there, especially online, are geared towards parents who already have a lot of knowledge of cloth diapers and the commonly used lingo. For this very reason, Katie tries very hard to make Bumbini a great online store for people starting with cloth. Bumbini’s website is easy to navigate and broken down into easy to understand sections, and includes great resources for parents new to cloth, including an online workshop, diaper trial program, newborn rental kit and a blog with a (hopefully) humorous take on common cloth diaper topics.

I am so proud to be Canadian and I love to support other Canadian companies, so I carry as many Canadian products as I can including Bummis, Funky Fluff, Anointment, Monkey Doodlez and Applecheeks.

I have the incredible privilege to stay at home with my two kids, and do my work when they are asleep (those glorious couple of hours they actually sleep!) I could not be happier to spend every day watching my kids grow up, and owning Bumbini allows me to do that.

Visit Bumbini’s website!

“Bumbini’s attention to detail and their ability to explain cloth diapering very simply, coupled with their great selection for parents with all levels of experience sets them apart from a lot of the other cloth diapering businesses out there.  I can also attest to their support of Canadian businesses, they were the very first company to step forward to support the First Babywearing in Canada Conference, which helps us build the start of something phenomenal!” Débora Rodrigues, President & CEO of Babywearing in Canada.

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

 

About Eco Chic Movement

ECM-logoDr.  Alexis Reid is a chemical engineer and former breast cancer researcher, turned naturopathic doctor. While she was doing her master’s degree in toxicology, Dr Reid was shocked to discover that chemicals well established to be linked to breast cancer are commonly found in skin care products. Dr. Reid knows that these days it seems like you need a degree in chemistry to try and decipher the ingredient list on your skin care products and she doesn’t like the green washing the larger companies are using to essentially trick consumers into buying products that are still full of unsafe chemicals.  Chemicals with known links to cancers and should never be used on your skin or those of your child.

So she set out to do something about it by starting Eco Chic Movement (ECM). Eco Chic Movement brings you 100% chemical free safe, effective skin care. ECM’s mission is to make skin care products that work as well as chemical laden products without the risk.

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“Eco Chic Movement’s Skin Conditions Cream is amazing. We tried tons of oils and different creams for our baby’s eczema and excessive dryness due to Ottawa’s harsh winter and Skin Conditions is the only cream that actually helped reduce the irritation (and it was getting bad!). We also love that it is made in Canada and free from parabens, phthalates and sulfates. Yay for a local solution.” Simona Ioffe, Social Media Guru, BWIC Team

Belly Laughs – GOLD Conference Sponsor

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About Belly Laughs

Belly Laughs was opened in November of 2007 by a mother who was transformed due to the birth of her first child.  She was so passionate about being able to offer products right in her community and with the help of her family, the store became a reality.

One of the things that helps create a great atmosphere in Belly Laughs is their staff of Moms. All but one of their staff are mothers and because they’ve all had different experiences in their journey to parenthood, it has added a depth to their level of service and experience. Between their team of moms, they have had high-needs babies that demanded to be worn all day & co-slept with at night, and babies that just enjoy the ride and coziness of a baby carrier. Their staff also understands the hardships that occur in motherhood as they have between them experienced many highs and lows.  This is why their business is all things mom and baby, from the every day to the unique and trendy.

All the products we carry are mom tested and staff approved. Belly Laughs has a great selection of brand name children’s and maternity clothing on consignment at the store. Be sure to check out their website and blog, where you can post any questions or suggestions you may have, or review the products they carry.

Visit their website today!

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

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

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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

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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.