Tuesday, August 20, 2013

International Babywearing Conference 2014 Logo Contest

Babywearing International of Phoenix is hosting a logo design contest for the 2014
International Babywearing Conference in the Valley of the Sun!

Contest details:
Logo designs should be submitted to phoenix@babywearinginternational.org by
11:59 p.m. MST on September 15, 2013 with subject "IBC logo contest"

Pixel-based images should be created at 300dpi, with the smaller dimension
(either height or width) equal to no less than 3".  Files should be saved as CMYK
jpg or tiff files.

Vector-based images should be saved with all fonts outlined.  Files should be
saved as CMYK press-quality pdf files.

Finalists will be decided on Septemer 20th, 2013 by Volunteer Babywearing Educators from BWI of
Phoenix.  The winner will be determined by a vote open to the public on the Babywearing
International Blog.

The designer of the winning logo will receive free registration to the International
Babywearing Conference on July 17-20, 2014. 

If you have questions related to the images, please contact
graphics@babywearinginternational.org with subject "IBC logo contest"

Previous Conference Logos:

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Ann Marie Rodgerson

With recent changes to the Board of Directors for Babywearing International we said goodbye to Ann Marie as our president.
Ann Marie served as the President of Babywearing International from July 2011 to July 2013. We want to thank her for the countless hours of volunteer work she provided to BWI. She made many great strides for Babywearing International during her term, but most noteable is her roll in the amazing growth of our organization over the past three years. 
Her Accomplishments with BWI:
When Ann Marie joined the board of BWI in 2010 there were 4 chapters and applications for new chapter affiliations were closed.  She enthusiastically convinced the board to allow her to open applications, and improving on the original affiliation design, she began to add new chapters to the organization. By July of 2011, she had doubled the number of chapters to 8. By the time International Babywearing Week was celebrated in October of 2011, the number of chapters was up to 10. At the International Babywearing Confernce in June of 2012 in Washington D.C., 14 chapters were affiliated in the United States and most were represented at the conference.  During International Babywearing Week in October 2012, sponsorship packages were sent out to 20 active chapters. At the end of her Presidency term in July of 2013, the organization had grown to 37 chapters with dozens more in progress!  During this period of time, the organization also added over 160 volunteer babywearing educators, making the number of individuals serving their communities as representatives of BWI well over 200.

Before beginning her Presidency in July 2011, she expanded the board to bring in more help for the growing organization. She lead the new board in the expansion of the educator accreditation program, updating the website design, development of the VBE Handbook, improving forms and reporting processes, providing contacts for groups and volunteers in the organization, and setting forth a plan for coordinating IBW and IBC for future board members.  She improved communication and outreach by getting the organization involved in social media and overseeing newsletter distribution and blogging.  She dedicated countless hours providing thoughtful and thorough mentorship to people across the globe who contacted BWI, performing skills assessments for potential educators, and serving as a Master Babywearing Educator for BWI of DC/MD/VA. 

In 2010, Ann Marie agreed to take on the task of organizing the next International Babywearing Confernce in Washington D.C.   Babywearers from around the globe gathered in June of 2012 at Catholic University and shared their knowledge of babywearing and other natural parenting related topics.  Attendees left with new carriers, a wealth of information, and renewed enthusiasm for babywearing education and advocacy. Many attendees who were on the fence about BWI membership went home excited about following through with their application and became Volunteer Babywearing Educators and affiliated their chapters shortly after. 

Her enthusiasm and dedication have set a precedent for future board members. The accomplishments from her service on the board have set the organization up for a great future of growth and expansion to a truly international organization.  On behalf of the Board of Directors, Babywearing Educators, Members of BWI, and Babywearers across the globe, I would like to thank Ann Marie for her contributions to babywearing and wish her continued success in her future endeavors.
Susan Chanse

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Welcome Babywearing International of South Metro Minneapolis

Welcome Babywearing International of South Metro Minneapolis!

Babywearing International of South Metro Minneapolis recently became a chapter of Babywearing International. They are located in the Twin Cities Minnesota Metro area. We are excited to have them as an official chapter of our organization!


About BWI of South Metro Minneapolis:

We are very excited to be part of the BWI family! We are committed to providing a supportive, caring community for care givers to come and learn and share the love of baby wearing! We have monthly babywearing meetings to provide education and support on all things babywearing.

Areas Covered
We cover Minneapolis and the South Metro of Minnesota.
We currently hold our monthly meetings at the Burnsville Public Library in Burnsville, MN. We are also holding Sunday meetings at rotating locations around the Minneapolis South Metro. Our meetings are 2 hours long.

Our group was started by Jackie Borgh-Recznik in October 2012. She saw a need for babywearing groups in the Twin Cities and wanted to create a welcoming place for parents to learn safe babywearing . The meetings quickly grew in size, and now Jackie, Kelly Lillibridge, and Christy Hagen are our lead VBE’s, with five additional group members in training. We became an official chapter of Babywearing International on June 25, 2013



Lending Library
As of July, we have 6 wraps, 3 SSC, 2 Mei Tais, a Podeigi, a ring sling, and a pouch sling. Our library keeps growing!

How to Join BWI of South Metro Minneapolis:
People can easily join BWI-South Metro Minneapolis Chapter at our blog: http://bwisouthmetrominneapolis.com/. Because of membership dues, our educators are able to maintain our lending library, provide babywearing pamphlets, business cards and other materials at meetings, and continue to provide support and education to the local community free of charge.


To learn more about BWI of South Metro Minneapolis please visit:

Facebook Group: www.facebook.com/groups/BWISouthMetroMinneapolis

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Photo Contest Winners for International Babywearing Week 2012!

We will try to share all of the photos entered in our hands-free babywearing contest over the next few weeks.  So many awesome pictures were shared!

This contest was sponsored by Diamond Sponsors Sakura Bloom and Britax

Sakura Bloom Pure in Lavender

Britax Baby Carrier with Seat Extender

And the winners are.....

Lauren Hart, shown shearing sheep wins the Sakura Bloom Pure in Lavender.

Michael Gregory, learning Aerith's theme with his little helper wins the Britax Baby Carrier with the Seat Extender.

Congratulations!  Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures!

Blog Contest Winners for International Babywearing Week 2012

Participants were asked to blog about their babywearing journey or what babywearing means to them for a chance to win a baby carrier from Diamond Sponsors Ergobaby and Onya Baby during International Babywearing Week.

Although it was difficult to narrow it down to only two, the panel of judges chose....

Dallas Ann Prentice for "Babywearing Through Motherhood"

Dallas is the winner of an Organic Lattice Carrier from Ergobaby

Priscila Benson for "Priscila's Take"

Priscila is the winner of a Leaf Green/Raw Umber Cruiser from Onya Baby

Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful journey ladies! 

Saturday, October 13, 2012

International Babywearing Week Blog Contest Entries

Thanks to so people from all over the world for sharing their babywearing journeys or what babywearing means to them!  The blog entries were creative, insightful, uplifting, and full of love.  The winning choices were difficult for the judges to make, and they wanted everyone to win.  Many tears were shed and great discussions took place in the process of narrowing it down.  We are sharing all the contestants here for your reading pleasure!  Make sure you have tissues handy. 

Kristin Koontz
Jen Mclellen
Bonnie Stafford
Melissa Gentile
VBE of BWI of Peoria
Corey King 
Susan Urbanski 
Jillian Faulks-Majuta 
Christine M
Kelli Roschak
Claudia Lopez
Erin Gilliam
Lauren Moylan
Denise Mitchell
Dara Salzano 
Dallas Ann Prentice 
Heather Magrow
Laura Stieglitz for Amanda Sronce
Frances Roof
June Ash
Krystyna Bowman 
Nicole Smith 
Nicole Saur
Katie Yohe 
Amanda McMahon
Amanda Santana 
Idaho Babywearers 
Michelle Li 
Priscila Benson 
Gretchen Magrane
Brittney Walker 
The Trucker Wifestyle
Sarah Barker
TaiLeah Madill

The winners will be announced on the final day of International Babywearing Week-October 14th, 2012.

Prize #1 is a Cruiser from Diamond Sponsor Onya Baby

Prize #2 is an Organic Lattice Carrier from Diamond Sponsor Ergobaby

Thank you so much for sharing your stories with Babywearing International!  Happy International Babywearing Week to you! 

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Happy International Babywearing Week 2012!

   We kick off International Babywearing Week Monday, October 8th! To help groups around the world celebrate, we have some ideas for you!  Even if you aren’t a part of a local group, you can still participate in the cyber celebration.  You also could win one of many great prizes!

   On Monday we suggest you get together with other babywearers and have a group photoshoot.  This is a great way to get photos for your group and have some fun in the meantime.  Don’t forget the photo release forms and make sure you post the photos on your blog and Facebook page!   

   Post a link to your blog post about your babywearing journey to our Facebook wall on Tuesday for a chance to win a carrier from Diamond Sponsors: Onya Baby or Sakura Bloom.

   We will also be hosting twitter parties in partnership with thebabywearer.com at 2pm EST on Wednesday, October 10th and at 9pm EST Saturday, October 13th using hashtag #IBW2012.   We also suggest for Wednesday that you host a local babywearing fashion show to get the word out that Babywearing is fashionable!  And as always, don’t forget to post photos!

   On Thursday post a picture of hands free babywearing to our wall for another chance to win a carrier from Diamond Sponsors: Ergobaby or Britax.

   If your group is feeling flashy, we would love to see your Friday Flashmob!  So much fun!

   Saturday is your chance for the big celebration—the Main Event.  Get out there and have fun!  Just be sure you share it with us on Sunday!

   There are many great prizes from Silver Sponsors Barefoot Books Phoenix, Thirsties, Boba, and Moby. We will also be announcing the winners of our annual awards.

   Make sure to subscribe to our blog for a chance to win even more prizes and stop by our Facebook page as well…you never know what might happen!

   Be sure to share all the great photos and videos of your events on our Facebook wall and tag BWI.  

   We are excited to see and hear how you are celebrating International Babywearing Week this year. 

Huge Thank you to our Sponsors!