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Official 2017 #BWICweek events

Babywearing in Canada week takes place from May 19, 2017, to May 27, 2017. Have you registered your official event? Fill out our form here!

These are the official events for 2017. Join our events page on facebook for all the latest news. 🙂

Event planners qualify entry into our giveaways – which include manduca carriers from our GOLD sponsor.

Gatineau QC
Event planner: Julie Caron
16 rue Bériault, Gatineau (J8X 1A3)
Date: May 19, 2017
Time: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Business: Les Mamatinées

Il vous sera donc possible de discuter entre mamans autour d’une collation, d’en apprendre plus sur le portage à travers des échanges avec les mamans, de magasiner un porte-bébé neuf ou de seconde main et même d’expérimenter un cours de Danse Portage! Une quinzaine de porte-bébés seront disponibles pour l’essaie. Entrée pour chaque adulte est $5.

(English translation: Come and snack with us while we talk babywearing! We will talk about how the various ways you can get a baby carrier trading, buying new, or even second-hand. Various carriers will be available for you to try to see what is best for you, and we’ll even try our hands at babywearing dance. Entry fee per adult is $5

Lien de l’événement (event link).

Ste-Thérèse QC
Event planner: Catherine de Montigny
Centre Culturel Thérèse de Blainville
Date: May 20, 2017
Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Business: Salon du Portage

3ième édition du salon du portage

Le Petit salon du portage is a group of 4 moms Who organise babywearing events twice a year.  Our events include classes with babywearing instructors, vendors (such as Chimparoo, Dahlia Wrap, and many more), rallye, photography, Zumba babywearing dance classes, a carrier swap, a baby carrier fasion show and more! All of this happens in just one day -be sure you don’t miss it.

We have about 5oo visitors on each édition.  This Will be the third 🙂

Petit salon de portage link

Grand Prairie AB
Event planner: Teresa Donnessey
Muskoseepi Park
Date: May 21, 2017
Time: starts at 12:00 pm
Business: Momma Luvz and Carry Me Mommy

Come join Teresa from Momma Luvz and Jessica from Carry Me Mommy for a Babywearing walk around Muskoseepi park to celebrate Babywearing Week in Canada! Bring your own carrier and let’s get to know each other. If you don’t have a carrier and would like to join please send Teresa at Momma Luvz or Jessica at Carry Me Mommy a message and we’ll provide as many as we can. The weather should be nice, hope to see you there, older children welcome! Meet us at the Pavillion at noon 🙂

Event link.

Ottawa ON
Event planner: Daniela Pueyo Grande
Lansdowne Park
Date: May 21, 2017
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Business: Salsa Babies & BWIC Ottawa Babywearing Group

Join Salsa Babies Ottawa for its 2nd Annual Family dance and picnic at The Great Lawn in Lansdowne Park from 10 am to 12 pm. This year we are teaming up with Babywearing in Canada to celebrate the 6th annual Babywearing in Canada week too!! Come and meet other Salsa Babies Ottawa parents and BWIC Ottawa Babywearers and their kiddos, while enjoying the ourdoors and the beautiful tulips. Bring your blanket and snacks, we will bring carriers, the props and the music to play and dance! If you have never attended one of our classes, or gone to a BWIC babywearing group meeting this is your chance to learn more about what we do. Feel free to invite your family and friends, as this is a faily event open to anyone! See you there, Dani & Débora.

Event link.

Saskatoon SK
Event planner: Fred Berry
Kinsmen Park
Date: May 22, 2017
Time: 10:30 am – 1:00 pm
Group: Saskatoon Babywearers

Enjoy a great day of babywearing!

Saskatoon Babywearers is hosting an event to celebrate Babywearing In Canada Week. We will meet in the picnic area of Kinsmen Park at 10:30 am for a babywearing demonstration from Saskatoon Babywearer’s certified babywearing educators. There’s always something cool to learn at a demo, even for experienced wearers! A few minutes past 11, we will cross Spadina and walk eastbound on the beautiful Meewasin Trail. Walks are a fun way to talk with friends and meet other babywearers.
We will return to the park around 12 for a picnic lunch. Bring your lunch and picnic blanket! Stay as long as you’d like to have fun at the park with your family. Don’t forget your sunscreen, hat, and water! Strollers are also welcome. If your kids are past the wearing stage, just come on out for a walk and picnic with friends. We’d love to see you! If you have a specific babywearing question or concern you would like help with at the demo, or would like to borrow a carrier for the walk, please message the page to make arrangements.

Saskatoon Babywearers is a volunteer organization, independent of any commercial business.

Event link.

Richmond BC
Event planner: Rachel Pang
Private home (Claudia Chan)
Date: May 22, 2017
Time: 10:30 am – 1:00 pm

Small playdate to discuss new carries, wraps, and trying different things.

Thornhill ON
Event planner: Inna Chesnokova
Golden Line Gymnastics, 55 Glen Cameron Rd. unit 3 (L3T 1P1)
Date: May 23, 2017
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Business: Dancing Mom and

Celebrate it with us to our 2-hour event!

  • Mommy and Baby Barre Class: Put your little one in a sling and imagine you are a real ballerina! Babywearing Barre is a great workout that will wake up your muscles, make you feel great, and help you prepare your body for summer! Challenge your body, get ready to move, sweat like a dancer, and loose lots of calories.
  • Mommy and Baby Salsa Class: Enjoy great music and comfortable moves of Salsa that will bring your baby back to the time she spent in your belly. Combine a great time with your baby and your new amazing workout.
  • Babywearing Consultations and Chat: Whether you are a practicing babywearer or just a beginner, you are welcome to socialize with like-minded parents, chat about kids, try some slings, ask any questions.

Limited spaces, registration is required. Event link.

Rockland ON
Event planner: Erin Vanasse
Morris Village Park
Date: May 23, 2017
Time: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Business: Salsa Babies & BWIC Ottawa Babywearing Group

Babywearing in Canada is hosting their “6th Annual Babywearing in Canada Week”, so what better time to host another babywearing meet-up!?! Super excited to host another Babywearing Meet-up in Rockland for all the local moms (and Dad’s!) to come out and chat about the benefits of babywearing! This event will be held at the Parc in Morris Village (weather depending). Bring your picnic blankets, little pop up tents, whatever you like! It will be a potluck, so please comment in the event to let us know what you would like to bring. People had a great time trying on different wraps and carriers at our last meet-up, so please bring whatever you think pepole might like to try out!

Event link.

Charlottetown PEI
Event planner: J.C. Martin
Date: May 23, 2017
Time: 10:00 am
Group: PEI Babywearing

PEI babywearing play date. We’ll go for a walk, head to the playground and have a picnic if you want to hang out longer. The ice cream shop will be open. I’ll bring all the carriers so we can geek out. Prizes pending. Raindate May 24th

Event link

Grande Prairie AB
Event planner: Jessica Matwiiw
Muskoseepi Park
Date: May 25, 2017
Time: 10:00 pm – 11:30 pm
Group: Grande Prairie Lending Library

Grande Prairie Babywearing Lending Library will be hosting our 3rd Babywearing in Canada Week play date. Come out to Parent Link on May 5th from 10:00am-11:30am and join in on the fun. Grande Prairie Babywearing Lending Library will be giving away a year membership at our play date. Everyone is welcome to join us!
Come out and learn all about Babywearing. Try out all the carriers the library has to offer, get help with your personal carriers or just come out and meet new people.

Event link

Milton ON
Event planner: Cindy Black
Centennial Park, 50 Martin Street
Date: May 25, 2017
Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Business: Birdies Room

Come and celebrate Babywearing in Canada week by joining us for a social in the park followed by a walk along the pond and trails. We will meet at the gazebo off of Martin Street at 10am. Bring your blankets and partake in a casual social from 10am-11:30am where you can see, feel and try on Didymos carriers. We will then hit the trails around the pond at 11:30am-1pm. We hope to see you there!

Event link.

Orangeville ON
Event planner: Jill Bailey
Rotary Park
Date: May 26, 2017
Time: 9:00 – 11:00 am
Group: Orangeville and Area Babywearers

May meet up and hike. Event link.

Brighton ON
Event planner: Carrie Hutchinson
15494 County Road 2
Date: May 26, 2017
Time: 11:30 – 1:00 pm
Business: Eco Kids

Eco Kids Babywearing Picnic. Lets celebrate Babywearing In Canada Week by having a babywearing potluck picnic and enjoy the company of other fellow babywearers!

Event link.

Chatham ON
Event planner: Teresa Corso
36 Parkview Court N7M 6H9
Date: May 26, 2017
Time: 10:00 – 12:00 pm
Business: Bear Bums

It’s Babywearing Week!

Join Catherine O’Halloran of Mama Connection and Tamara Corso of Bear Bums for an informative introduction to babywearing. We will take you through different types of carriers and great options for various ages and stages.

Come on by to chat and connect with local mamas, and bring your carriers with you if you have questions about the size or fit. We are not babywearing educators, but we can guide you through the basic fit of ring slings, soft structured carriers, mei tais and wraps.

Take advantage of Bear Bums Babywearing Week in Canada Sale and get 15% OFF ALL CARRIERS! Tamara will have Tula, Chimparoo “Trek”, and Beco “Gemini”, “8” and ring slings available to try on or for purchase!

You won’t want to miss this!

Event link.

Vote Best Babywearing Group in Canada

In 2017, we held Canada’s very first Babywearing Educator Awards.

Best Babywearing Group – sponsored by manduca


Renfrew County Babywearing Group

  • Meagan is so enthusiastic about babywearing, and shares her passion about babywearing, and her compassion for new parents with the community.
  • As a military spouse and new mom, Meghen started the Renfrew County Babywearing Group as a way to create connections between moms in the community (the military is one of the largest employers in the area), and give parents tools to comfort their baby, improve postpartum adjustment, and get things done.
  • The Renfrew County Group reaches out to baby wearing folks by showcasing where our online moms can meet and connect in person by pointing out events where folks are babywearing, and how great it is, or just to say “Hi! I see you.  You’re doing a good thing.”
  • This fosters a greater sense of community when the moms connect back and say “Hey I was there, that might have been me!” Through the Renfew County Babywearing Group, you can borrow  carriers which helps people find what works for them.  Meagan’s enthusiasm as group leader, and positivity about babywearing really shine through!

Link to facebook group.


Nominations also included:

Babywearing Calgary

  • There are at least two meetings a month, but often more. One in the south, and one in the north. As for accessibility, meetings are close to transit options. That said, we have pretty good public transit here, so there’s that. Big kids (siblings) are always welcome too, which is fantastic. An effort is made to make the meeting spaces kid/family friendly.
  • For me it’s the genuine community. I find it open, non judgemental, and full of great people with great resources happy to help.
  • No drama, no judgement, no guilt. That is pretty rare on Facebook, particularly mom groups. So this is a gem!
  • The lending library is free, there’s no cost. It’s one of the biggest and most diverse you’ll find. The ease of use and accessibility is nuts.

Link to facebook group.

Babywearing of Algoma

  • I’d like to nominate Babywearing of Algoma for Best Canadian Group. Although we are a smaller community, we do big things in our area.
  • One of their strengths is providing a way for moms to take their online connections and conversations enabling them to meet in person. Our group leaders run monthly ‘Carrier Connect’ meetings and get togethers, are always there to answer questions. The ‘Carrier Connect’ meetings allow for those new to babywearing to learn all about the options for wearing without having to purchase multiple carriers. This helps parents find the one that works best for them.
  • Our gatherings are very social and many new friendships are formed. Our leaders also step out into the community at other mom and baby events, hosting a table to connect with as many new moms and dads as possible.

Facebook page and link to facebook group.

Brantford Babywearers

  • Rachel has gone out of her way for five years to lead and educate new wearers in Brantford, Woodstock and Oakville.  She is an outstanding educator with no bias towards carriers or brands.  Brantford Babywearers made me feel confident in what I was doing. I enjoy having the support from other moms and being able to ask thoughts and experiences with different carriers. The meetings are fantastic and the lending library was a life saver.
  • I like how real everyone in this group is about their experiences with different carriers without pushing their bias at all. The meeting I was able to go to was really inclusive and relaxed. For me this is a big thing because I get easily intimidated. The online support is amazing, especially for the pictures when you can ask, “Hey does this look right and if something doesn’t there’s no judgement, just help and encouragement. It makes it easier to reach out and ask for help.
  • Personally I also appreciated that Brantford’s lending library was so diverse – it really allowed me to try a lot of different things before I bought. Given the size of the community, and that many of us have to use online venues for buy sell trade, I found this to be a valuable resource. It’s a lot of work to maintain the library.

Link to facebook group.

Honourable Mention

Windsor Babywearing group. This submission was received after the nominations closed, but the replies were so heartfelt for the work this group does in their community, I decided they deserved a shout-out here.

  • They’re are absolutely fantastic and provide so much knowledge and information regarding so many carriers. It’s incredible 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 amazingly helpful and knowledgeable. They’ve brought together such a wonderful group of babywearing mom’s that feel like a second family. We are truly blessed here in Windsor to have such a great babywearing community.
  • This is such an amazing and supportive group. It is composed of a few experienced and passionate local moms who not only run babywearing play dates but run a lending library on their own time. The offer play dates where you can meet up with other like minded moms where you can try on various different carriers and learn the ins and outs of what may work best for you. If you can’t make a play date they open their homes for one on one learning sessions as well. In person, online, you name it they are there to answer any questions you may have! I am so thankful to have a local group that is so welcoming and not only passionate but knowledgeable as well. Thank you to these fabulous ladies (Danielle, Nikki, Georgina, and Sarah)


VOTE Canadian Babywearing Educator 2017

2017 we held Canada’s very first Babywearing Educator Awards.

Best Babywearing Educator – sponsored by manduca

We had over 20 nominations for best babywearing educator for the 2017 awards and choosing the best of them was a challenge! I was hoping to have three strong contenders and instead ended up with four – there are so many helpful people in Canada!


Cindy Larrivée, Portage Double

  • Elle m’a apprit une multitude de choses et est toujours la quand j’ai besoin d’aide ou des questionnements. Merci pour ton grand cœur Cindy. She showed me many carrying options and was always available when I had questions or needed help. Thank you for your big heart, Cindy.
  • Cindy give us the real information and really addressed our needs.  Because of her I can carry my baby the way I always wished.
  • She helps both moms and crafters achieve a better safety in babywearing.

Meet the other 2017 nominees:

Diane Pepin, Mother’s Helper

  • Diane introduced me to babywearing. She taught me how to use several different slings, gave me a video, and printed information with web links. She trained me to help her at baby events with demonstrating and sharing information, as well as hooking me up to speak to a class on parenting and family at a high school.
  • This woman cares not only about what she does, but the women and men she is helping.  As she was helping us through our babywearing journey she would offered many solutions to suit our needs.
  • When ever I called her in a panic because my wrap wasn’t just right she would talk me through it in such a calming manner that was not only respectful but built me up.  It is because of her that I am such a big advocate for baby wearing.

Dr. Jill Bailey, member of Orangeville Babywearers

  • As a local birth doula I connected with Dr. Jill who reached out to me about helping to build a babywearing community in our town (Orangeville, ON).
  • Dr. Jill has been a local go-to resource for so many moms in our community and has been a guest at our “Mom & Baby Socials” multiple times.
  • She is encouraging towards all parents in her approach, is extremely knowledgeable, and is a passionate babywearing mom herself. It would be an honour to be able to celebrate her efforts in our small town.

Jennifer Wadleigh, Calgary Babywearers

  • Jen was a complete stranger to me and set me on a path to helping me survive motherhood. I was a nervous first-time mom to a very tiny and very vulnerable preemie and Jen came to my house to help me find the right kind of carrier and the right way to carry.
  • She was so generous with her time and her knowledge, which made me feel so comfortable and confident. My daughter was 8 weeks early and just over 4 pounds when she came home. She needed to be carried constantly – she was cold and so small and really needed the extra love. Babywearing helped me give that to her while giving me the freedom to do more than just sit and hold her for the first two months she was home.
  • The time Jen took with me helped me be totally confident in the way I was carrying her and I will be forever grateful. She gave me a huge gift in being able to meet my daughter’s needs and my own.

Honourable mention:

Corwyn Warwaruk, West of the 4th

  • Corwyn is one of the leaders in our community for safe Babywearing.  He helps anyone who asks, with no strings attached.
  • He is happy to teach anyone how to wear their baby in what they already own. He can make the best out of any carrier and help a parent use it properly, safely and comfortably first baby and caregiver.
  • He gives back to the community and is overall an amazing person, daddy and friend.


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Who would you choose as the best Canadian Babywearing Educator 2017.

GOLD Sponsor – BWICweek 2017

Babywearing in Canada is very proud to announce that manduca1 is the GOLD sponsor for the 6th Annual Babywearing in Canada week which is from May 19 -27, 2017. Have you registered your event yet? Do it today – follow this link.

The company behind manduca was founded in 2002 and is located in Germany. From the very beginning manduca’s focus has been to inspire parents to wear their children by offering practical, beautiful products that parents enjoy using.2 manduca has always striven to be innovative in their carrier design. Starting with their first carrier, their original soft-structured carrier:

  • It allows babywearing right from birth because of the infant seat (baby insert).
  • The insert is thin and minimizes the amount of material between the baby and the parent’s body, increases the benefits of wearing. It is also easily rolled up and tucked away.
  • Their SSC has an innovative panel extension, allowing parents to have as long of a babywearing journey without needing to rely on upgrading as their child grows and changes in size. Easy to use, you simply unzip and voila! You have a larger carrier.
  • It was the first carrier to include so many features to adjust the carrier, from the dual adjustable straps on the bottom, the three way buckle at the waist, increased adjustability on the straps just above the panel to reduce or prevent stress on the parent’s body from babies who like to lean out.

Parents choose manduca because they also want a baby carrier made of organic fibres.  Sustainability, organic materials and fair production continue to take priority in everything they make. Nearly everyone who works at manduca is a parent, they are mums and dads, too. They know exactly how important it is to master the challenges parents face every day, all while keeping your hands and minds free of worry. Safe babywearing is their ultimate priority, as is peace of mind. manduca products are designed with all this without sacrificing beauty, comfort, or the environment.

The manduca baby carrier enables parents to keep their hands free, is made sustainable, offers ergonomic positioning for the parent and child, is extremely comfortable and versatile without sacrificing style.


1. Visit the manduca website to see more of their collection. And like their Facebook page!
2. More information on manduca can be found here on their blog.

2017 Canadian Babywearing Educator Awards

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

It’s time to celebrate excellence in babywearing education in Canada!

Have you been helped by someone in your babywearing journey and you’d like a chance to thank them? Nominate them for the very first Canadian Babywearing Educator Awards.

We have FOUR categories this year:

  • Best babywearing educator: This can be anyone who has helped you in person or online.
  • Best babywearing event: Was it a picnic, a walk, a dance mob, or just the best meeting you’ve ever attended? Tell us about it and nominate the person who held it!
  • Best Canadian group: In your opinion, which is your favourite babywearing group? One that holds the best meetings, offers the best support, or the most interesting conversation?
  • Best Canadian babywearing article, video or website of 2017

Nominees will be chosen using these criteria:

  • How they have helped people in their community
  • If they have behaved with complete professionalism.
  • Have actively worked or supported the babywearing community in the past 12 months within Canada.

Nominate your favourite for this year’s BWICawards!

Voting for the awards will begin in April.

Winners to be announced during the 6th Annual Babywearing in Canada week.

Official 2016 #BWICweek events

Babywearing in Canada week takes place from May 21, 2016, to May 28, 2016.

Here are the official events registered to date.  Each event will qualify the planner for entry into our giveaways – and you can register up to three.

Prince George BC
Event planner: Char Duncan
Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park: Just a walk in the park for fresh air and Babywearing!
Date: May 21, 2016
Time: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Medicine Hat AB
Event planner: Holly Mitchell
Echo Dale Regional Park
Date: May 28, 2016
Time: 11:00 am
Join the event!

Grande Prairie AB
Event planner: Jessica Matwiiw
Muskoseepi Park
Date: May 26, 2016
Time: 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Group affiliation: Grande Prairie Lending Library

Red Deer AB
Event planner: Amy McMillan from Live, Love, Carry on
Heritage Ranch and Kerrywood
Date: May 25, 2016
Time: 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Group affiliation: Event page on FB

Dauphin MB
Event planner: Dauphin Babywearers
Vermillion Park
Date: May 26, 2016
Time: 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Group affiliation: Event in closed group on FB

Collingwood ON
Event planner: Laura Rice
Sunset Point
Date: May 25, 2016
Time: 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Event information: Come on out for a special meet up for all care givers. Big thank you to Naledi Stones from Georgian Bay Area Salsa Babies for setting up this event as well as teaching us how to Salsa dance with our little dance partners snuggled close.

Ottawa ON
Event planner: Melissa Nadeau
Mer Bleue Conservation Area
Date: May 26, 2016
Time: 10:00 am
Event information: We’re a bunch of moms who had their babies at roughly the same time, and have been getting together weekly for walks before heading off to a local coffee shop.

Ottawa ON
Event planner: Andria Patterson
Private home, Orleans ON ( a borough of Ottawa)
Date: May 27, 2016
Time: 1:00 pm
Event information: A bunch of moms with April Due dates getting together to share stories and learn about babywearing.

First BWIC Conference Seminar descriptions

Please see the detailed descriptions of the conference seminars.  Have you purchased your tickets yet? Space is limited. Get them here today!

9:00 am – 10:30 am:
Conference welcome & Babywearing in Canada parenting redux presentation
Speaker: Débora Rodrigues, President and CEO,

Description: I have been working in the field of babywearing since August 2008, and in that time I have seen many parents try to fully adopt all the principles of attachment parenting and fail.  I believe it is because attachment parenting is an incomplete parenting modality, and even undermines some of the benefits gained through babywearing. It is past time to reframe AP, to put it into its cultural perspective, and develop something different.

11:00 am to 12:00 pm:
Room one: Babywearing and Breastfeeding
Speaker: Britt Pegan, Owner of Milkface Nursingwear, & Chair of the Baby Carrier Industry Alliance

Description: Breastfeeding is important.  It is the best food for your baby.  It is portable, and just the right mix as it changes throughout the day, including as your baby grows to meet its particular needs.  The best thing about it, is its convenience and portability. Which makes it a perfect thing to combine with babywearing!  Britt will explain at what age you should be able to comfortably start to wear and nurse your baby, explain what is a proper latch, what adjustments you might need to make to move your child from a nursing position and back again – depending on the carrier you are using.

11:00 am to 12:00 pm:
Room two: Babywearing and the Pelvic floor
Speakers: Karyn Jacobsen-Hughes, Owner of Kneaded Touch Clinics; and Débora Rodrigues, President & CEO,

Description: Being pregnant is hard on the body.  As your hormones prepare you for birth, they cause the pelvic floor to loosen & weaken, making recovery can be challenging for some women.  Karyn, from Kneaded Touch, is presenting jointly with Débora from Babywearing in Canada.  This presentation will make excellent use of Karyn’s knowledge of anatomy as she explains how the pelvic floor works, how it is supported by the muscles through to the abdomen, and how it can be weakened by placing too much stress by bearing weight in the front. Débora will then detail impacts in selecting the proper baby carrier.

1:00 – 2:00 pm:
Coping after a c-section
Speaker Jennifer Gillean, Ottawa Chapter Leader for ICAN, & Owner, Chelsea Retreats & Birth Story Healing

Description: C-Sections, even planned ones, can be extremely hard on a family trying to welcome a new baby into their fold.  Not only is the mother uncomfortable & in pain, needing help with simple tasks upon release from hospital, but their spouse is also needing to cope with transitioning to parenting all while taking care of the mother and the babe.  It can cause a significant amount of stress. Learn the issues parents face after a c-section.

2:30 – 3:30 pm:
Babywearing after a c-section
Speaker Andria Bell, Owner of Bell’s Babies

So how can babywearing assist new parents who have also undergone a c-section?  Andria will describe the impacts of a c-section on a mother’s body, both drawing from her own personal experience and from her experience as a post-partum doula & babywearing educator.  Andria will discuss realistic carrying after a c-section, and go through a variety of carriers to allow you to care for  both your body and your baby in this period.

4:00 – 5:00 pm:
Room 1:
Losing a child: Coping today, tomorrow, and forever
Speaker: Lorraine Rigby-Larocque, Owner of Birth to Breastfeeding

Losing your child is one of the most heart-breaking things a parent can experience.  It happened to Lorraine 20 years ago and she still thinks of that child everyday.  Lorraine has also survived many miscarriages (8), and cervical cancer.  Yet, you can find a way to move through it.  Lorraine will talk directly on this very sensitive topic while drawing for her own personal experiences, as well as an expert in pre-natal and post-partum care.

4:00 – 5:00 pm:
Room 2:
Kickstarting your Canadian baby carrier company
Speakers: Jenna Kelly & Bernadeth Betchi, Owners of TieLark

Jenna had a dream to transfer her love of fibre and artistry into a wearable piece of art that could be enjoyed by parents and their babes in one of the most touching ways imaginable, through babywearing.  Joining her in this venture is her good friend Bernadeth.  Come and learn of their journey, from planning their kickstarter, to learning how to weave, and how they arrived at their final wrap Prism with which they have launched their company.  Learn the highs, the lows, and about all the places in between.


The Wonder of Madder Roots

Have you ever been to Northern Ontario?  There is a babywearing wonder up there called Madder Roots.  It is a small hand woven wrap company started by Jenna Dahl, a lovely, well-spoken Madder_Roots_LogoCMYK-01woman with a passion for art in fabric form.

Jenna has been an artist for as long as she can remember.  But she truly discovered her passion for weaving while completing her degree in design at the Ontario College of Art and Design, for everything about the process of making cloths is fascinating and beautiful to her.  The math needed to preparing the threads, as well as setting up the loom are incredibly labour intensive processes. Yet, there is a meditative flow and beautiful symmetry to the process that captures the weaver each and every time.

Jenna likes to work collaboratively on all of her projects with her clients in order to create a one of a kind woven baby carrier that is unique, each and every single time.

Her enthusiasm for weaving, her love of working with the entire creation process from start to finish, and her excellent customer service and client skills is one of the main reasons she was hand chosen to work on this year’s exclusive Babywearing in Canada wraps, which will be up for auction during #BWICweek, which runs from May 19, 2015, to May 21, 2015.  There are two wraps to be auctioned off this year, a three metre custom and a four metre custom twill.

Let me tell you all about the #BWICweek custom wrap creation process.

11080316_958130779128_982973844003484726_oFirst, she creates a series of computer mock-ups with your colour choices.  BWIC colours are red, white, and black.

I was provided with this and immediately told the First Babywearing in Canada Conference planning group all about it.  They got to choose the colourways for this year’s custom, and boy did the group ever explode with chatter that day!  Everyone was so excited.  Can you spot the two colourways that were chosen?

on loom 4Watching this whole process is utterly fascinating because Jenna photobombs you with every single step of the process.  From counting the threads, to getting the loom ready.  It is one wrapswoon after another.
And just when you least expect it, a message saying the wraps are off the loom, ready for washing, and on their way to you.wrap 3 on loom  This is the 3 metre long custom she designed for #BWICweek.  One is to be raffled off to any conference attendee. Have you bought your ticket yet?

Here are the wraps fresh off the loom.  Doesn’t it look neat.

wash 3

And here is one of our customs after it has had a nice wash.

all doneMadder Roots created two custom wraps for #BWICweek auctions 2015. A three metre wrap in one colourway, which is seen here on the left. A second four metre twill weave with a completely different colourway is seen here on the right. Both to be listed during #BWICweek.
To see more of our Babywearing in Canada custom wrap journey, or to learn more about the wonderful work that Jenna does, visit her website.

BWICweek giveaways!

Have you registered an official BWICweek event?  If not, consider adding one here. Up to three entries allowed per event planner.  Winners are responsible for paying shipping costs.  Want to check if there is something happening in your community?  Here’s what’s coming up soon.

Bumbini is our Silver Sponsor for the First Babywearing in Canada Conference.bumbini gift packOne of their gift packages is an absolutely wonderful three pack of Ulat wool dryer balls.  Look at how lovely they are!  They are made in Vancouver from 100% Canadian wool – using these real wool balls in the dryer speeds up drying time and eliminates static from your clothing by providing the right amount of space and lift throughout the drying process.  And they are NOT noisy, unlike the other silicone and plastic based ones out there on the market.To check out these wool dryer balls, visit Bumbini’s website.
Little Luv ring sling.Owned and opeLittle Luv donationrated by Desiree Beattie in Ottawa, Desiree has been helping here and there with the conference and also donated this gorgeous ring sling, photo credit to Sara McConnell Photography. This sling made with a double layer cotton and features a symmetrical fan shoulder.  Not only really pretty, but very supportive and would make a great contribution to anyone’s carrier collection!
Hoppediz Curacao 4.6 m wrap with bag, and extra pinny.hopp bwicweek giveawayThis is a 100% cotton wrap, brand new in box, is 70 cm wide new and a great carrier.  Donated by Crown of Dreams Babywearing.

2015 #BWICweek Official Events

Babywearing in Canada week takes place from May 19, 2015, to May 25, 2015.

Here are the official events registered to date.  Each event will qualify the planner for entry into our giveaways – and you can register up to three.

Algoma ON
Event planner: Megan Deresti
Bellevue Park: Playgroup and playdate to kick off #BWICweek
Date: May 20, 2015
Time: 11:00 am
Group affiliation: Babywearing of Algoma

Brockville ON
Event planner: Courtney Gauthier-Cooper
Brockville Babywearing Group Picnic
Date: May 23, 2015
Time: 12:00 pm, meeting downtown
Group affiliation: Independent babywearing activity

Candiac QC
Event planner: Laura Therrien
Rencontre de portage Parc-André-J-Côté
Date: May 20, 2015
Time: 1:30 pm
Group affiliation: Independent babywearing activity

Grand Prairie AB
Event planner: Jessica Matwiiw
Muskoseepi Park Amphitheatre Play date
Date: May 22, 2015
Time: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Group affiliation: Grande Prairie Babywearing Lending Library

Ottawa ON
Event planner: Stacey Ste.Marie-Caldwell
Vanier Muséopark Sugar Bush Walk
Date: May 20, 2015
Time: 1:00 pm
Group affiliation: Independent babywearing activity

Halifax NS
Event planner: Amanda Sabean
Point Pleasant Park Walk & Picnic
Date: May 21, 2015
Time: 11:00 am
Group affiliation: Independent babywearing activity

Prince George BC
Event planner: Donna Andrews
Prince George Forth Park Walk
Date: May 21, 2015
Time: 11:00 am
Group affiliation: Northern BC Babywearing

Renfrew ON
Event planner: Meaghan McGavok
Why is the RCBWG is doing this challenge? Sometimes it’s easy to become excited about the new second, third, seventh baby carrier we get. We may loose sight at what is important in the RCBWG; supporting all those around us and encouraging them to wear while making all here feel at home, welcome, and that they belong regardless of what they wear, and how many carriers they have. Personally I don’t care if you have a tablecloth, DIY, Pavo, Bjorn, Chimparoo, Boba, Natibaby, Ellaroo, or a Rope!!! As long as you are wearing your baby safely!!!!! So let’s WEAR ONE CARRIER and WEAR ALL THE BABIES!!!!  Visit our group.
Group affiliation: Renfrew County Babywearing Group

Victoria BC
Event planner: Claire Perrin
Cedar Hill Golf Course Walk
Date: May 19, 2015
Time: 1:00 pm, meet-up at the South end of the Parking lot at the Rec centre
Group affiliation: Independent babywearing activity