We’re going to talk about babywearing support. There are two types of babywearing support-volunteer support from a babywearing group leader, and paid support from a babywearing educator. I have broken down the differences in this post and I highly encourage everyone to read it to understand why there’s a difference.
I started a babywearing group in Ogden, Utah when my son was about a year old mostly to find like minded moms to bond with. It didn’t really get off the ground until another awesome like minded mom came in and started really organizing things (she knew other babywearing parents at that time, I didn’t). I really enjoyed the group for a few months before we moved to Oregon for my husband to attend graduate school. Less than a year after we moved I knew I really needed to create a support group in my new community and I better knew how to get it off the ground. I started Corvallis Babywearers in May 2012. I had seen some dangerous babywearing practices and heard from a lot of families that they had wished they’d been able to babywear but the two options that they could purchase locally didn’t work well for them and they didn’t know there were other options available. I was able to work in my community until we moved after my husband graduated last August. There are still some wonderful women that are keeping the group going which I’m so happy about because it was a great passion of mine and I put a lot of work in to it.
While we lived in Oregon I had the opportunity (in March 2014) to attend the Babywearing Institute on one of our trips back to visit family in Utah. I was taught by Beate, the founder of the Babywearing Institute, who has been babywearing since she lived in Germany and wrapped her siblings. She and her husband own Storchenwiege which makes beautiful German-style woven wraps. They also own the online shop, Children’s Needs. I was surprised how much I learned and different wrapping techniques. I also learned better practices for how to teach babywearing. I used the skills in my babywearing group but also started offering babywearing consultations until we moved. I took a short break while we got settled and I again offer babywearing consultations.
I love both types of support and both types will help you wear your baby. There are advantages to having a paid consultation and there are advantages to a support group. I would like to share some tools to help you find local support.
Here are some tools to help you find a babywearing group or online support:
- Babywearing International (not all babywearing groups are affiliated with BWI and are still awesome groups so be sure to check out several tools to see all the groups available in your area).
- Online baby carrier retailers with listings or look up tools:
- The Babywearer (Online forum with a lot of babywearing information. There are also local boards within this forum. You have to register to view forums but it’s free!)
- Baby Center (online support)
- Facebook (do a search of common terms that you call your area and babywearing. There are also online groups such as Babywearing 102)
Here are some tools to help you find a local educator:
A special note on YouTube. You can learn to do a lot of things on YouTube. Some can be dangerous and some can show not-as-optimal positioning. It’s important to learn what is optimal positioning before scouring YouTube for videos. I have compiled many babywearing videos on my YouTube channel. You can check out my babywearing playlists here.
Where is your favorite place to go for online babywearing support?
I am a Certified Babywearing Educator and a Lactation Educator. I offer babywearing and breastfeeding classes and consultations in the Oklahoma City, Mustang, and Yukon areas in Oklahoma. If you are interested in learning more you can contact me or visit my website.
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First Published: Jul 27, 2015 11:06 PM
Why pay a Certified Babywearing Educator when there are free options for babywearing help?
There are a lot of free babywearing helpers out there. Babywearing groups are wonderful and are a great way to get together with other babywearers. I have started 2 groups, 1 was taken over by another mom when we were about to move out of state, the other has been running successfully in Corvallis, Oregon since May 2012. Babywearing groups are wonderful places to be around other wearers, get some help perfecting a specific carry, or check out a new carrier. One on one consultations are much more in depth because all of the Educator’s time and attention is focused on YOU and YOUR baby rather than a couple minutes of help here and there while the group leaders try to help everyone out.
I have been certified by the Babywearing Institute in 2013 after attending the beginning and advanced babywearing courses. This means that I have spent 4 days of intense, hands on studying beyond my own experience and studying as a babywearing group leader. A lot of our time in the coursework was spent learning about normal baby anatomy and physiology of the hips and spine and how to support those with proper carriers. I also learned about many different special circumstances and how to support those through babywearing. I was able to experience nearly every brand of carrier on the market as well as many babywearing accessories. I learned about best practices in babywearing and how to support babies and parents using up to date research and evidence based practices. I also passed a written exam and had hands on practice during and after class. You can find out a little more about The Babywearing Institute by clicking the link. Certified Babywearing Educators promote best practices and safe babywearing. I can help you make your carrier work for you in most circumstances as well as offer suggestions and help you find a carrier that fits your budget.
What happens during a consultation?
When you book a consultation with me I will gather some information from you through a Google Doc form. This will help me to know more about you and your situation so that I can spend our time (and your money) well. I cater the consultation to each family so they all look quite different but there are elements that are the same.
- I always start out having parents (and any other adults present) sign a waver. I will teach you how to wear your baby safely. It is your responsibility to take care as well as consult with your doctor and your baby’s doctor if you have any conditions which may cause harm to your body while babywearing.
- I will sit down with you and teach you a little about the development of your baby’s spine and hips. Learning this background information will help you judge if a carry or carrier that you see will promote best practices and be safe and ergonomic for both you and your baby.
- I will show you a few different carriers. I will demonstrate a carry, allow you to try a carry with the weighted demo baby, and help you with a carry with your baby. We will usually limit to 1-2 carries so that those can be perfected in our time together and so that you will feel comfortable doing the carry even in the middle of the night.
- I will be available to you with unlimited email support after our consultation.
- I will provide you with handouts and brochures as well as a DVD about wrapping.
- I will help you with your carrier if you already have one and help it work for you.
- I will give you some suggestions of other carriers that you may be interested in based on our conversations as well as the information I gather from you before we meet.
- I give a discount on follow up sessions to use if you want to try another carry or try wearing your baby on your back (when your baby is large enough and old enough).
Please contact me today to book a consultation. You can email me by clicking here.