What is babywearing?
"Babywearing" simply means holding or carrying a baby or young child using a cloth baby carrier. Holding babies is natural and universal; baby carriers make it easier and more comfortable, allowing parents and caregivers to hold or carry their children while attending to the daily tasks of living. Babywearing helps a new dad put a fussy newborn to sleep; it allows a new mom to use both hands to make dinner; it lets an experienced parent or caregiver carry a baby on her back and wash the dishes, do the laundry, take a hike, or weed the garden, all while keeping the baby safe and content.
Babywearing is a skill!
There is a learning curve with many baby products, including baby carriers. Parents and caregivers often benefit from thinking of babywearing as a skill they can learn rather than as the result of a product they can buy. Many babywearing techniques can be learned in just a few minutes; some techniques, such as carrying a baby on your back, take more time and practice to master, but the extra effort is rewarded with liberation and increased comfort.
Babywearing International, Inc. is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote babywearing as a universally accepted practice, with benefits for both child and caregiver, through education and support.
Babywearing International is a of a rapidly growing network of local chapters across the United States dedicated to providing free educational meetings and support to caregivers. Established in 2011, the Phoenix Chapter meets several times each month at various locations throughout the Valley. We have an extensive Lending Library from which members may check out different styles and brands of carriers, and all meeting attendees are welcome to try on and receive instruction for carriers from our Volunteer Babywearing Educators (VBEs). Each of our Volunteers believes that babywearing promotes bonding, learning and growing together.
You can join BWIP at any anyime for just $30/year (tax-deductible) and take advantage of member benefits, which include being able to borrow any carrier in our library for up to one month at a time.
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