International Babywearing Week 2018

Welcome to our International Babywearing Week page! International Babywearing Week (IBW) is a week-long opportunity to celebrate, promote, advocate for, and focus media attention on the many benefits of babywearing. This year is special to our Austin community as we are not only celebrating all things babywearing, but also the rebranding of our local organization to Austin Babywearing! Join us at one of the many events throughout the week or during one of our online events as we come together as a community to support one another through babywearing.

IBW is celebrated October 1-7, 2018

The theme for IBW 2018 is Babywearing Has… We are taking this week to focus on the many things babywearing has given us or allowed us to do in our lives. Most importantly, babywearing has created a community for us and we are extremely grateful for all of you for being a part of it!

Schedule

All events are free and open to the public

Monday, October 1 – Babywearing Has… let us play!
Babywearing Playdate
Location: Beverly S. Sheffield Northwest District Park – 7000 Ardath St, Austin, TX 78757
Time: 10:00 am
Facebook event: Babywearing Has… let us play!

Join our Babywearing Volunteers as we sit and enjoy some adult company as the kids and babies play. Bring your lunch to enjoy with new and old friends. We will be kicking off our week-long scavenger hunt during our playdate as well! Be the first to receive the clue sheets and instructions on how you can be entered to win some amazing prizes from our IBW 2018 Sponsors! Clue sheets and instructions will be posted here and on our Facebook page and discussion group Monday afternoon.

Tuesday, October 2 – Babywearing Has… allowed us to eat
Fundraiser at Phil’s and Amy’s
Location: Phil’s Icehouse and Amy’s Ice Creams – 5620 Burnet Rd Austin, TX 78756
Time: Anytime during their business hours – 11:00 am – 10:30 pm
Facebook event: Babywearing Has… allowed us to eat

We will have Babywearing Educators there to answer any (and all!) of your questions about babywearing and offer fit checks on your personal carriers from 11:30 am – 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm. While the volunteers are present, we will also have giveaways (while supplies last). If you haven’t been to Phil’s or Amy’s yet, you are in for a treat! Great food, amazing company with babywearing friends, and a playground for the kids!! Be sure to mention Austin Babywearing when ordering so your purchase counts towards our fundraising goal!

Wednesday, October 3 – Babywearing Has… given us many outdoor adventures
ABW hikes with Hike it Baby Austin
Location: Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park – 12138 N. Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX, 78753
Time: 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Facebook event: Babywearing Has… given us many outdoor adventures

Fall is in the air (kinda), which means it’s hiking weather! Babywearing has been a crucial part of hiking for many of our volunteers, and we are excited to have Hike it Baby Austin in town to help us get outside with our little ones! Hike it Baby is a national organization dedicated to building communities that support getting families outside with children from birth to school age.

This hike will start with a Babywearing 101 session that will go over basic babywearing safety and the various types of carriers. After a Q&A session and fit check for those who would like one (bring your questions and carriers!), we will be hiking together through the beautiful trails of Walnut Creek. The large group will split into two groups – adult and kid paced, so no matter what your speed is, come out and enjoy the company and trails.

Hike it Baby asks that you register on their website before the hike in order to sign their waiver. If you are new to the site, you will be prompted to register for a free 90 day trial. Hike it Baby Austin will be giving away a free membership at the hike!

Thursday, October 4 – Babywearing Has… allowed us to borrow all the carriers
Austin Babywearing Membership Drive
Location: Wherever you are (and have internet access)!
Time: All day!
Facebook event: Babywearing Has… allowed us to borrow all the carriers

All of our meetings and events are free and open to the public. We are financially able to host these events, purchase new carriers for our lending library, and be a sustainable organization because of our amazing members. During our Membership Drive, you are able to purchase a new membership or renew your existing one. As a thank you, we will be offering memberships at a discounted rate of $25 for a single membership and $40 for a dual membership (memberships are normally $30 and $45) AND you will receive 1 free ticket for our Silent Auction during the Community Fair on Saturday! If you are unable to attend the Community Fair, we do have digital tickets available (but the fair is going to be awesome and you should try to attend). See Saturday’s event below for more information on our Silent Auction.

Wondering why you should become an Austin Babywearing member? We will explain here, in this blog post (super handy).

Learn more about the finer details of becoming an Austin Babywearing Member here and you can take advantage of our Membership Drive pricing by becoming a member here!

Friday, October 5 – Babywearing Has… given us LOTS of selfies!
Social Media Fun
Location: Austin Babywearing Facebook Group
Time: All day! (Or when we wake up and post the thread)
Facebook event: Babywearing Has… given us LOTS of selfies!

Come play with us online! Who doesn’t love reminiscing over photos of children they’ve worn? Scroll through those photos and get ready to play Babywearing Uno. The game is played similarly to regular Uno by posting a photo that matches the one above it in some way in the thread. For example, if the photo posted is of a person wearing a child in a blue ring sling, you can post a photo of you wearing a child in a ring sling or a different type of blue carrier. Watch out for those Wild cards posted by one of our Volunteers! All participants are entered to win a ticket to our Silent Auction. Winners will be chosen randomly, so the more times you play, the more chances you have to win! We will have 3 lucky winners from this game.

We will also be playing other surprise social media games throughout the day, each with chances to win tickets to our Silent Auction and opportunities for silliness and fun!

Saturday, October 6 – Babywearing Has… created a community
Community Fair
Location: St. Richard’s Episcopal Church’s Parish Hall – 1420 E Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock, TX 78664
Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Facebook event: 
Babywearing Has… created a community

Our Community Fair is our largest fundraiser of the year! Visit with many local organizations, play games, participate in the Silent Auction full of family prizes, and browse Austin Babywearing’s HUGE carrier sale. Babywearing Educators will be available to help with any questions you may have and offer fit checks for your personal carrier. We will also have our ENTIRE lending library available for you to view. We will not be offering library rentals during the event, but will at our main meeting on Saturday, October 13, 10:00 am at HEB Mueller’s Community Room.

See our Sponsor Page to view all the vendors who will be joining us and a list of the organizations who donated to our prizes throughout the week and Silent Auction. Not able to make the event? You are still able to purchase digital Silent Auction tickets by clicking here (available on September 25th). A list of Silent Auction items is also available on the form. We hope to see you there! 

Sunday, October 7 – Babywearing Has… given us some peace
Caregiver and Child Meditation with The Little Yoga House
Location: Beverly S. Sheffield Northwest District Park – 7000 Ardath St, Austin, TX 78757
Time: 10:00 am
Facebook event: Babywearing Has… given us some peace

Whew! What a week of exciting events! Now it’s time to unwind and relax during a free meditation session with one of the instructors from The Little Yoga House. The Little Yoga House is a kids and family yoga company offering Prenatal Yoga, Mommy and Me style classes, a Children’s Boutique, Birthday Parties, Camps and Kids and Adult Aerial Yoga classes!

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