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Best babywearing blogger in Canada 2018

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. Making you guys like chameleons. Read the entries, and scroll down to the bottom to vote for your favourite. Happy voting – polls are open until Friday May 25, 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. 🙂

 

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.
Vote for the best blogger in Canada 2018

VOTE best babywearing store in Canada 2018

Canadians are passionately grateful to the stores who help them in their babywearing journey. This category received the second highest number of nominations. Read the entries and scroll down to vote, Voting is open until Friday May 25, 2018.

 

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.

 

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!

 

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.

 

What is the best babywearing store in Canada for 2018

VOTE Best Babywearing Educator in Canada 2018

NOMINATIONS are in – and the top four educators for 2018 have been chosen. Voting buttons are at the bottom of the page.  Poll closes Friday May 25, 2018.

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.

 

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 Ă©normĂ©ment dans le domaine du portage au QuĂ©bec. En plus de son Ă©cole 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 Ă  Rome pour la première confĂ©rence 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 bĂ»t serait de combler des Ă©tudes 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.

 

Choose the best babywearing educator in Canada for 2018!

2018 BWICAwards – Nomination time

 

It’s time to CHOOSE your favourite babywearing educators for this year’s awards!

Have you been helped by someone in your babywearing journey and you’d like a chance to thank them? Nominate them for the 2018 #BWICAwards!!!

Submit your chosen favourites for any of the following awards! Each bullet point is a link to the nomination form, click on the underlined section to get to it. You can nominate to multiple categories.

1. Best babywearing educator.
2. Best Canadian babywearing 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?
3. Best Canadian blogger, best videos, anyone you enjoy following on the internet.
4. Best Retailer / store.

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Nominees will be chosen by committee 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.

BWICweek 2018 is COMING

BWICweek is full of fun this year, and includes the return of the Babywearing in Canada educator awards – do you have an event you’d like to register? Register it today! Events must take place between May 18-26, 2018, to qualify.

Check out last year’s official events: 2017.

By registering an event that takes place anytime between May 18 to May 26, 2018, you are entered into our prize draw.

Events can include:

  • A walk or hike
  • A picnic
  • Going to a community event or festival
  • Playgroup
  • Group gardening
  • and anything that has you enjoying your community with a group of like-minded babywearers.

Officially register an event  using the contact form below, up to three events are allowed per planner, and each event will qualify you for an entry into our giveaways.

Your Name*

Your Email*

Province, territory or region of the event

Babywearing group or business name, if applicable

City* (write internet if internet only event

Event name

Event date*
BWICweek runs from May 18-26, 2018

Event location & time (small events with friends count!)

Details about your event!

Website or event link

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 BĂ©riault, 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 Ă  travers des Ă©changes avec les mamans, de magasiner un porte-bĂ©bĂ© neuf ou de seconde main et mĂŞme d’expĂ©rimenter un cours de Danse Portage! Une quinzaine de porte-bĂ©bĂ©s seront disponibles pour l’essaie. EntrĂ©e 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 & DĂ©bora.

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 WithMyBaby.com

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
Charlottetown
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

***WINNER**

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)

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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!

***WINNER***

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 cĹ“ur 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.

VOTE!

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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.

 

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Footnotes
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.