Hi Everyone! I don’t have very much time these days with Ann Arbor Babywearers and Elephant Ears so busy but I thought I’d post a few pictures just to keep everyone up to date.
Thank you so much to The Babywearing Institute for the wonderful week of Babywearing Knowledge!!! This class was full of exciting and inspiring mamas from all over the country, but especially the midwest. I am looking forward to getting to know all of them better over the years. Look for more certified babywearing educators in this area soon I hope!! The Movement is growing, and that;s exciting for babies!!!
say that 3 times fast
For those of you that dont know what The Great Cloth Diaper Change is, please read the details here: http:\www.thegreatclothdiaperchange.com
Elephant Ears was an official host and we were so proud to be raising awareness about cloth diapers and trying to make the record books!
In April I attended the Las Vegas ABC (All Baby and Child) Conference/Trade Show. It was so wonderful to see our vendors and meet with some of the wonderful members of the BCIA (Baby Carrier International Alliance). It was wonderful to have a meeting discussing how to safely sell baby carriers.
I really enjoyed all of the time we had with the Onya Baby Family as well! They are such groovy wonderful innovative people! 3 Cheers for Babywearing Taking Over the World!!
Last week I had the honor of going down to talk a little bit about babywearing health and safety at API Downriver/Detroit. It was so much fun to meet new mamas who are excited about babywearing and being close to their little ones!
I am loving my chances to teach in a classroom setting. These are 2 different classes that I have been guest speaking in lately around our town. Thank You so much to The Center for the Childbearing Year, for all of the fun lately!
This is how we celebrated International Babywearing Week here in Ann Arbor!!!! This is my first year organizing events and next year I will do much better. We had an event every day of the week last week and it was awesome!!! Babywearing International sent each of their chapters an awesome package full of goodies (read:carriers ) and our attendance at Ann Arbor Babywearers Grows weekly!
Tuesday we had our Regular Meeting,(see sidebar for link) but I added a twist of posting on Facebook that the ladies could Buy/Sell/Trade with each other, which is normally discouraged in abundance at the meeting for fear of distraction. It is a Fun distraction though!
Wednesday’s Event was Farmers Market Day. We all went to set up a table at our local Farmers market and promote Babywearing and Babywearing Safety.
Thursday was DIY day at Lindsay’s house. DIY stands for Do-It-Yourself and Lindsay really can do it all! I wasn’t able to attend, (I had to work 1 day this week right? ) But I hear Lindsay talked to people about making Ringslings, wraps and Mei-Tais. Many of my favorite links for DIY can be found on http://www.sleepingbabyyproductions.com
Friday was a Stash Party and Snack-Fest at my house!
Thanks to everyone who came out to support International Babywearing Week. I know I was so thrilled and impressed by all the support and comments we got from our community and I suspect we will see increased attendance! Happy IBW 2011!!!!!
The Center For The Childbearing Year is a wonderful resource here in Ann Arbor Michigan for childbirth education and doula training courses. The group that I spoke to 2 weeks ago was eager and excited to be working with moms and babies. We talked all about airway safety ( http://www.babyslingsafety.blogspot.com/ ) and spine development. Crying prevention as well as use of different carriers. It was a blast. Thanks to The Center For the Childbearing Year for adding Crying Prevention and Babywearing Education to your training for doulas!
So, as the title implies, Zephyr and I have been on an adventure or 2 as of late. In case you were wondering, Zephyr is awesome in an airport. Smiling and happy as can be and everyone loves a happy baby. This trip had 2 real purposes, to find out if there was an adjustable pouch sling on the market that I could get behind, and probably more importantly, to attend the Baby Carrier International Alliance meeting and see my classmate from babywearing school, Arie Brentnall-Compton of TadpolesandButterflies.com and the Canadian Babywearing School. The trip went above and beyond my expectations.
I talked a ton with everybody about Crying Prevention and the curriculum I have been developing for working with new parents.
Arie helped me to stay motivated to excel at my Lactation Consultant Certification Course this Month. The coursework has been daunting, but I am certain I will be ready thanks to her motivation.