International Babywearing Week 2014

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Celebrate good times, come on! Yahoo! It’s a celebration! (You know you sang along with me!)

That’s right baby wearing mamas, daddies, and friends – we are celebrating International Babywearing Week with babywearing groups around the world! How exciting is that? So come out, celebrate, and share your babywearing pride and passion with Kitsap County as we focus on this year’s theme: Share the Adventure! 

International Babywearing Week is an annual outreach event sponsored by Babywearing International. It is a week-long opportunity to promote, celebrate, advocate for, and bring media attention on the numerous benefits of babywearing.

Prizes! Prizes! PRIZES!

This year we will be celebrating International Babywearing Week by having in-person and online activities so that everyone can be involved all week long. All with fabulous giveaways and so much fun. There will be small giveaways at each event as well as a grand prize giveaway of a Sakura Bloom Ring Sling on Saturday for Instagram participation. Each day our amazing Instagram Admin, Jennifer Duer, will post a question of the day. You simply post your picture to answer that question and you are entered. (Only one entry per person per day.) Be sure to be following @bwi_kitsap for the question and then tag #ibw2014, #bwikitsap, and @bwi_kitsap in order for your entry to be registered. Instagram entries will not be accepted after 1pm on Saturday, October 11. For the in-person events, you get an entry for attending and an additional entry for wearing your BWI of Kitsap Peninsula shirt. (More about how to purchase these to follow.)

 

2014 International Babywearing Week Events

Sunday Kick-off (October 5): BWI of Kitsap Peninsula Meeting at Keyport Bible Church, 3:30pm-5pm

Come help us kick-off International Babywearing Week at our monthly meeting. We will have a usual meeting format with a demonstration of the basic carrier types, opportunities for questions and answers, and carrier check-out. Accompanying all of this we will have BWI of Kitsap Peninsula t-shirt sales. (I told you I would get to it.) Wear a BWI of KP shirt to any event during the rest of the week and get an additional entry for that event’s giveaway. Members can purchase their t-shirts in advance at our North meeting coming up on Sunday, September 14 at Keyport Bible Church at 3:30pm. (Members wear your shirt to the kick-off meeting and get an extra entry that day!) T-shirts will be $20 with the proceeds going to BWI of KP to expand our lending library. We have sizes from S-XXL. If you decide to become a member (which why wouldn’t you?!) at the kick-off you will get an extra entry into our Sunday giveaway.

***PLEASE NOTE THAT: All carriers are due back at this meeting no matter when they were checked out.***

 

Match-up Monday (October 6): Bowling at All Star Lanes, 4pm-5pm

Who doesn’t love some friendly competition? Grab some friends and come bowling with us at All Star Lanes in Silverdale. This is definitely an event for the whole family and a great opportunity to get your hubby to see all the awesome babywearing dads. I know I will be bringing my babywearing hubby! The cost is $8/person and there is a military discount available. 

 

Take a picture Tuesday (October 7): Babywearing Photoshoot at Long Lake

Have your babywearing joy captured by Ashley Renee of Beautiful Beginnings Birth Services. Ashley will be holding 20 minute sessions and providing you 5 images for $40. You will be able to book your sessions with Ashley for that day from 10am until 7pm. She will be taking a break between 12pm-1pm and 4pm-5pm. Some of the proceeds for this event will be donated to BWI of Kitsap Peninsula so that we can expand our lending library. Her photographs are beautiful and  truly capture the babywearing love. Here are some examples of her work from previous sessions.

 

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Whack it Wednesday (October 8): Mini Golf at Timberland off of Waaga Way, 4pm-5pm

Bring your family out to whack some balls at Mini Golf. Babywearing makes Mini Golf fun for the whole family. The cost for this event is $4/person if we have more than 15 people. So grab all your babywearing and non-babywearing friends and come on down!

 

Thrilling Thursday (October 9): Weather dependent Tacoma outing, 11am

Let’s spread the babywearing love in Pierce County. The weather will decide if we will be heading to Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium or The Tacoma Children’s Museum. The final destination will be decided the morning of. On a sunny day we will head to the zoo. If you have never been to PDZA, you will absolutely love it. It is such a fun place. If the rain comes a calling, we will head to the museum. This place has rave reviews and is fun for all ages. So grab your favorite carrier and pack a lunch as we hop on over to Tacoma. For more information on admission to these locations please check out their websites linked above.

 

Flash Mob Friday (October 10): Flashmob at Kitsap Mall, TBA

You know you have always wanted to be in a Flash Mob. Well here is your chance! Our amazing VBE Kellie Greenhill will be choreographing a babywearing flashmob to share our babywearing pride. Stay tuned for details.

 

Super Saturday (October 11): Corn Maze Finale at Pheasant Fields Farm in Silverdale, 2pm-4pm

Let’s go out with a bang at Pheasant Fields Farm! We will be closing International Babywearing Week by walking through the Corn Maze. This activity is definitely made easier by babywearing. Especially if it is muddy! We are getting a special group rate so you don’t want to miss this opportunity. The maze will be $5 for adults and only $3 for kids! After you navigate your way out of the maze, don’t disappear! We will be doing our final giveaways including the Instagram grand prize of a Sakura Bloom Ring Sling at 4pm! (You remember, right? A picture a day to answer the question of the day? Ok. Good!)

 

We are all super excited to celebrate International Babywearing Week with all of you. Start following us on Instagram @bwi_kitsap to get ready for those daily questions for your chance to win a Sakura Bloom Ring Sling during International Babywearing Week. Get out there and wear those babies. 

 

 

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Here’s what you missed

Attendees of our Members Only Wrap Party showing off their cool new carries.

Attendees of our Members Only Wrap Party showing off their cool new carries.

Have you been following our events on our Facebook? What a great month we have been having so far! Here are some highlights:

Moms at our Ring Sling table getting some personalized assistance.

Moms at our Ring Sling table getting some personalized assistance.

We had our North Meeting on Saturday April 12. It was so good to get together with you and to see some new faces. Did you miss it? Don’t worry! We will be having another meeting on April 24 at the Kitsap Birth Collective in Port Orchard. Our very first South Meeting! (I know all you Port Orchard gals are squealing with excitement!) What does this mean? You now have two opportunities to check out carriers from our lending library. That’s right you can get one carrier at the North Meeting try it for two weeks and get a new one at the South Meeting. This is completely optional of course. You are more than welcome to keep the carrier for a whole month and return it to the same meeting you borrowed it at. Just be sure to keep track of which meeting you borrowed it from so you don’t get invoiced for a late fee for keeping it over the allotted time.

Cozy!

Cozy!

New squish and mama loving the feel of the Ring Sling.

New squish and mama loving the feel of the Ring Sling.

Little squish fast asleep in his very first front wrap cross carry. Watch out these wraps have sleepy dust.

Little squish fast asleep in his very first front wrap cross carry. Watch out these wraps have sleepy dust.

We had our members only wrap party on Monday April 14. These events are one of your perks as a member. Get individualized attention with your wrapping technique and learn some fun new carries. Don’t have a wrap? Never wrapped before? Don’t even know what a wrap is? This is the place for you too! This is also a great way to get to know other members as it is a much smaller group. Keep a watch out for the next members only event, you won’t want to miss it!

We have 6 VBEs (Volunteer Babywearing Educators) in our group now: Desiree Rios, Jennifer Duer, Andria Head, Shannon Brethauer, Katie (Katherine) De Lima, and Tamara Younger. Keep an eye out on the blog for bios so you can get to know us better.

Now that you know what you missed, here’s what’s coming up so you don’t miss anything!

In May, we will be auctioning off some items to raise money for our lending library. All of the proceeds from the donated items will go right to building up our library so that you can have more options when it comes to checking out carriers. If you’re interested in donating an item to be auctioned off, please contact Andria Head.

Are you a member? Well be on the lookout for our first round of t-shirt sales. Members will have first dibs on placing an order for these fabulous t-shirts. This is another fundraising event for our group so snatch them up before they all disappear. Not a member yet? Quick turn your paperwork in! What are you waiting for? Still not sure? Well don’t worry, we will open up round two to non-members.

Want to capture the babywearing love on film? Contact Desiree Rios ASAP to schedule your photo shoot session for Saturday April 19. Ashley Renee Schneider of Beautiful Beginnings Birth Services has generously offered to lend her photography skills for a day of baby love and fundraising! She’ll be conducting 30-minute mini-sessions, capturing you and your little while wearing your favorite carrier, breastfeeding in nature, or just you and your family playing with your littles!

Sessions will be $30, and will include five digital (emailed) prints for you to use however you wish. Ashley will give you a signed photo release when payment has been made.

This event is a *DOUBLE FUNDRAISER*! Part of this money will go to Ashley, part to Babywearing International of Kitsap Peninsula and part to Kitsap Birth Collective! How cool is that?!

On the horizon…

Keep a lookout for upcoming play dates, meetings, and wrap parties. And as always keep wearing those babies.

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International Babywearing Week!!

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We are spreading the babywearing love, and doing lots of fun events for International Babywearing Week! Please check out the International Babywearing Week tab for more info! We will also be receiving some awesome donations from some great sponsors, so stay tuned for news about the new carriers coming soon to Kitsap Peninsula!

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Babywearing Field Day

Our first ever Babywearing Field Day was a huge success!  Field Day had been in the works for months, and on July 21st many families and their kiddos came out to South Kitsap Regional Park to play babywearing-themed games, try on carriers, learn more about babywearing, and enter a raffle for some awesome prizes!

The Washington weather gods smiled upon us and we had a ton of sunshine as people competed in a woven wrap tug-of-war (don’t try this at home!), family babywearing sponge race, a mommy carry-a-thon competition (who could complete the most carries in a set time?) and a daddy babywearing obstacle course!  The kiddos who participated had fun choosing prizes from the grab bags, and we gave prizes away to the grown-ups, too!  Our fastest obstacle course dad won a Starbucks gift card and the mommy who won the carry-a-thon, Jana King, won a free year-long membership to Kitsap Babywearers!

We opened up our lending library that day, and began collecting membership forms and dues.  Kitsap Babywearers was official!

So many generous benefactors donated to our raffle that day, including: Simply Sweet Cloth Diapers, Henna by Brandy, Earthbound Family, and King Konversions.  We made almost $300!

That money immediately went toward growing our lending library.  We were able to purchase Babyhawk and Kozy mei tais, as well as three woven wraps!  We now have two Didymos Ninos in a 5 and a 6, as well as a size 2 Storchenweige Albert.

Everyone had a great time, and Kitsap Babywearers’ leaders felt that all their hard work was really worth it.  They look forward to next year’s event being bigger and better, and are currently planning some other sure-to-be-amazing fundraisers for the near future!  Stay tuned!  :)

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July Newletter

July 2013 Monthly Newsletter


Events:
All events are free and open to the public
Monthly Meeting:
Monday, July 15th 2013, 9:30-11:30 am – Haselwood YMCA in Silverdale
Our meetings cover babywearing 101 and safety, offer one-on-one assistance, provide opportunities to try on different types of carriers, and foster community building with babywearers of all skill levels.
If you are not a member of the YMCA, and it is your first visit, please stop at the front desk to fill out a waiver form. You will need a picture ID and have your picture taken. For future visits you will only need to show ID and sign in. To save time, print and fill out the waiver form in advance: http://www.ymcapkc.org/files/library/ef6d2177fd31b30b.pdf
Babywearing Play Dates:
Northern Kitsap: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 3:00pm –  Salsbury Park in Port Gamble
Southern Kitsap:  Thursday, July 25th, 2013 at 10:00am - Belfair State Park in Belfair (since this is a state park, either a parking fee or Discovery Pass is required)
Field Day: Sunday, July 21, 2013 3:00-6:00pm – Jackson Park in Port Orchard See below for details!


First Annual Kitsap Babywearers Field Day: Sunday, July 21, 2013 3:00-6:00pm – Jackson Park in Port Orchard
Come on out with the whole family for a day of babywearing fun! It’s our big fundraiser of the summer, but it’s also a free event for everyone to come and play!
There will be babywearing themed games such as a babywearing relay race, and woven wrap tug-o-war! We will have babywearing competitions for moms and dads! For a $5 entry fee, moms will compete against each other in a carry-a-thon. How many carries and/or carriers can you put your little one in before the timer goes off?! Winner will receive a FREE one-year family membership to Kitsap Babywearers.* And for a $5 entry fee for dads, we will have an obstacle course for them to safely maneuver while babywearing! Winner will receive a $10 gift card.  *If your family has already purchased a year-long membership before Field Day, you will be credited another year.

We will also have a big raffle! The exciting prizes include hand-painted wood letters designed by Hayley Reid, two terry fitted cloth diapers by Simply Sweet Cloth Diapering Co., a full size Keep it Lite facial moisturizer from Beauty Society (donated by Angelyna Welch), and three pairs of baby legs by Natalie Meyer. Our grand prizes are a free henna session by Brandy Stuart for either belly henna, or a henna session for two ($150 value), and  a free wrap conversion by King Konversions ($125 value)! We are planning on all the funds raised to go toward purchasing more carriers for our lending library! TICKETS are $1 each, 7 for $5, or 15 for $10. If you are unable to attend Field Day and would still like to purchase raffle tickets, please contact us at kitsapbabywearers@gmail.com.

Snacks and refreshments will also be available for sale!

Please RSVP either by email or at our Facebook Field Day event so we can have an idea of how many people to plan for! Also, please let us know if you’d be interested in volunteering. You can contact us at kitsapbabywearers@gmail.com


Membership and Lending Library
We are excited to announce that we have membership available for Kitsap Babywearers starting this month! What’s membership for you ask? Membership gets you access to our new lending library. You can check out carriers from our lending library to actually take home and wear with your little one for the month to try out. Also, as a member, you will be invited to private wrap parties where you can come practice your wrapping skills in a small group setting, and get more personalized, one-on-one assistance. Memberships will be $30 (plus any applicable Paypal fees) for a family for a year. Forms for membership and the lending library agreement will be available in our Facebook group, and on our blog before our next monthly meeting. We recommend you print out, read through, and sign these forms to bring to the meeting. Membership fees will be paid via Paypal.
Some of the carriers we already have available in our lending library include several Sakura Bloom ring slings, a Boba, Moby wrap, an ActiveBaby water ring sling, and some Infantino mei tais. We have a Tula coming our way this fall, among other carriers, and hopefully we’ll be able to make several wrap purchases following Field Day!

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Field day is quickly approching….

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Come on out with the whole family for a day of babywearing fun! We’ll be celebrating all things babywearing, as well as fundraising for our group! Field Day is free and open to the public, with specific activities devoted to raising money.  The day will include: Babywearing games (Free: relay race and wrap tug-of-war) … *Babywearing competitions ($5 entry each: Daddy obstacle course, Mommy carry-a-thon… each winner will receive a FREE year-long family membership to Kitsap Babywearers!)  **Raffle (babylegs, cloth diapers, beauty products, henna session, a free wrap conversion, and more!) Education about and assistance with your babywearing needs Refreshments for sale (juice, water, pretzels, etc.) RSVP here so we know how many to plan for. :) Let us know in your reply how many family members you’ll be bringing with you! If you’d like to volunteer your time the day of, have something to donate to our raffle, or would like to purchase raffle tickets but wont be able to make the event, please email us at kitsapbabywearers(at)gmail(dot)com . *If your family has already purchased a year-long membership before Field Day, you will be credited another year. **Raffle tickets are $1 each, 7 for $5, or 15 for $10 All proceeds will go toward the Kitsap Babywearers Lending Library.
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Baby wearing playdate at Evergreen Park

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Meet Owen, Cooper, Melia, Sloan and Natalie.

Pretty much, the cutest babies ever.

Remember to join us for our next play date, Wednesday the 26th at 3pm Raab Park in Poulsbo.

-Natalie

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