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:
- 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.
- 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.
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)