From the newspaper this week:
Bringing UP Baby!
Big Island Babywearers, a new nonprofit group in East Hawaii, is exactly what it says it is.
“Through starting a group, we hope to bring people together to learn from each other, and form friendships through a love for using traditional fabric carriers,” said spokeswoman Sally Jackson. “This group serves as a way to provide information, educate parents and caregivers, and bring together people who are passionate about babywearing.
Jackson said folks who come to the group will learn the differences between ring-slings, pouches, wraps, Asian mei-tais, and soft packs like Ergos.
“Plus, a variety of slings and carriers will be available to try on. They will walk away learning how to comfortably and safely wear their baby from newborn through toddlerhood,” she explained. “Babywearing is an ancient tradition in many cultures throughout the world which has more recently been adapted to our modern needs. There are many benefits for both parents and child that babywear.”
*The group gathers on the third Wednesday of each month at 10:30 a.m. at Shipman Park in Keaau. Meet under the shelter near the playground for an afternoon of fun.Follow the group on Facebook for updates and announcements at Big Island Babywearers.
If you've been reading my blog for the past 4 years, you would know I have a love for babywearing! Carrying our babies close to us has been integral to our entire parenting experience, (and I am missing it more and more as our "babies" are growing older.) Through this group I hope to help educate a new generation of babywearing Mamas. I want to help people wear their babies who don't think they have the money to do so. I've never paid more than 15 dollars for a carrier, by making, sewing, or thrifting for my own, and I'd like to help anyone learn, who is interested.