Category Archive BWICAwards

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.

  

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.

_______________________________________

 

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.

 

This poll is closed! Poll activity:
Start date 20-01-2015 03:59:19
End date 26-05-2018 23:59:59
Poll Results:
Which is your favourite babywearing group in Canada for 2018?

 

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. 🙂

____________________________________________

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.
This poll is closed! Poll activity:
Start date 18-05-2018 03:59:19
End date 25-05-2018 23:59:59
Poll Results:
Vote for the best blogger in Canada 2018

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!

________________________

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.

 

This poll is closed! Poll activity:
Start date 18-05-2018 03:59:19
End date 25-05-2018 23:59:59
Poll Results:
What is the best babywearing store in Canada for 2018

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.

 

_________________________________________

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.

 

This poll is closed! Poll activity:
Start date 18-05-2018 23:59:19
End date 25-05-2018 23:59:59
Poll Results:
Choose the best babywearing educator in Canada for 2018!