Friday, December 18, 2009

Regular meetings start in January 2010!

We've been working on getting regular meetings going again. And now we have some new leaders and a schedule!

2nd Tuesday of the month 9:30 AM
455 Claremore Drive
Marie 208-745-9092 and Angela 208-360-2299

4th Monday of the Month 9:30 AM
The Royal Station
406 Main Street
Heidi 208-652-0117

We're planning to start a Teton Valley meeting in the spring.

If you or anyone you know might be interested in coming, spread the word!

And if you or anyone you know might be interested in starting a meeting in your area, let us know.

Happy Babywearing!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The 2010 Babywearing Website is finally live!

Check it out!
We still want your help if you are willing.
Businesses, babwearing, local and otherwise, there are tons of ways to help sponsor this conference and get your name out there!
We are still doing photo shoots for the site so holler if you will help us.
See it all here!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Make your own carrier: The finished carrier pt 2

Beth's Mei Tai
Kimber's pouch
Karma baby pouch

Another satisfied customer!
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Make your own carrier! The finished carriers pt 1

No Sew ring sling from Sleeping Baby
Pouch from Karma Baby
Kimber's lazy seamstress pouch
Sleeping Baby ring sling
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Make your own Carrier night April pt 2

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Make your own baby carrier night April!

Okay, this was a hoot!
Heidi and I ran around like crazy ladies and I think we got 11 carriers finished with 3 nearly finished. Not too shabby!

Melanie and Dawn chatting
Busy seamstresses!
Look at everyone working so hard!
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Sunday, April 12, 2009

April 23 come to a Baby Carrier making class!

Here are the details:

April 23 7pm (plan on being here 3 hours and be ready to jump right in)

We will be in the LDS church on the corner of 2nd West and 2nd North. It is a brick building and Rigby Junior High is right in front of it.

Heidi Donnelly (owner of Silly Goose Baby Carriers) and Kimber Tower (owner of Ball Baby Carriers) will be on hand to personally help you make a carrier safely and correctly without losing your mind. Brittany Blackburn (president of Idaho Babywearers) will be doing safety inspections and showing you how to use your carrier when you finish. We will have other members of Idaho Babywearers available to tell you about babywearing and give you any assistance or advice you might need.

We welcome ANYONE who wants to sew a carrier to come. Bring your friends and your family members who want to sew and learn with seasoned professionals!

You will need to bring the following:

A printed out copy of the instructions from the baby carrier you want to make. A list of links to patterns will be listed below. We need the instructions so we know how to sew your carrier.

All materials your instructions tell you to bring. IE: fabric, thread, a sewing machine, scissors, measuring tape, iron etc. Don't plan on someone having anything you can use, you need to fend for yourself!

Wear comfy clothes and be ready to have fun!

This won't be a kid friendly event due to the abundance of needles and irons. Please, only bring babies you can wear for the entire event or who won't be able to crawl or walk around for their safety.

*** Some important notes for making carriers:
You MUST use durable fabrics. For example, if you want to make a mei tai you need heavy fabric like a twill or a canvas. You can used a quilters cotton for the decorative parts , but for the actual carrier it must be strong and sturdy. Home dec fabric will work too.

Let me say this again: Quilter's Cotton is a bad call for your carrier. You must have sturdier fabric, at least 7 0z

For ring sling makers, please buy your rings at We will not allow you to complete your carrier with any other kind of rings. Safety first! They ship quickly, are light weight and are worth every penny.

Here is a list of links to FREE baby carrier patterns. Remember, these patterns are given as a gift to you and you CANNOT use the patterns to make baby carriers to sell or for any kind of profit. These are only for do it yourself projects or flat out gifts.

Maya Wrap Ring Sling Pattern

The Sling-A-Ma-Bob (a hot dog style ring sling)

The Karma Baby Pouch pattern (Stacey is okay with quilter's cotton doubled up for her pattern, it's your call):

Upmama Adjustable baby pouch hybrid (easy and very nice to have a hybrid!):

A multitude of different types of baby carrier patterns, including the Sleeping Baby style ring sling (in my opinion the comfiest type of ring sling) and the Ball Baby mei tai pattern. Most of these are very easy to sew:

Beth's Mei Tai (this thing is great!):

The Scandi Mei Tai (wicked fun to sew)

Okay, if you find another pattern you want to use, let us know so we can familiarize ourselves with it.

This is a going to be a really really fun night and we hope a ton of you come out to make a carrier.

Remember, anyone is invited to attend if they want to make a carrier! You don't have to be from Idaho even! Just maybe post a quick comment here or give an email so we know to watch for you!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Announcing the Keynote Speaker for the 2010 International Babywearing Conference

We are thrilled to announce that KELLEY MASON will be our keynote speaker!

Kelley is a babywearing pioneer, owner of the Kozy mei tai carrier (the Gold Standard of baby carriers) and a loving mama to 4 and one on the way and wife to Charlie! She is also the gal you see on the "Tummy 2 Tummy" babywearing instructional dvd teaching the abc section.

Kelley will be talking about the impact of babywearing on her family.

She and Charlie will also be teaching classes at the conference.

We are honored to have them!

Go to Kelley's site HERE to learn more about her!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

THE conference logo

Do you love it or what?
Thank you to Drew Harris (and his lovely model/slavedriver Marie) for creating this. It is perfect!

Friday, February 27, 2009

Who wants another sewing class?

I think we should hold another diy carrier class! Anyone up for that? What kind of carrier do you want to make? Or should we all make whatever we want?

Monday, February 23, 2009

Reminder: La Leche League Meeting for babywearing tomorrow!

So, we should go.

If you want the address, email and we'll send it to you.

7pm in Idaho Falls
Bring babies and carriers
It will be fun!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Meetings! Meetings! Meetings!

Okay, here we go:

This Saturday 9am at Natalies house (email us for directions). This is a planning meeting for the 2010 conference. We'll go over what we have finished and talk about what we need to be doing next, hand out more monthly assignments, etc... If this can be as kid free as possible, that would be a bonus, but do what you can, we understand. If you want to be involved in the conference in any way, we welcome you! Please come and Britt will give you some slave work to do!

Next week on the 24th there will be a Babywearing Night at a La Leche League meeting in Idaho Falls. We are welcome to attend, but NOT as Idaho Babywearers, only as bwing people. Mamas, Daddies and kiddos are welcome. Might be fun to go and meet new people... and it is kind of LLL to invite us as individuals.

Okay, that's all the meetings so far. Hope to see all of you!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Idaho Babywearing Conference 2010 February Info so far...

Kimber here. I will be posting this on shortly. Please please, go post at the babywearer if you are involved in the planning of this conference so people there can get to know your name.


Britt is out of town, but she did give me permission to post this.

*** First off, if you are in Idaho, particularly SE Idaho, we welcome anyone wo wants to help. Please check the bwing blog (I'll put it in my siggy in a sec) and get in touch with us.

Now, on to the nitty gritty so far:

Who: Idaho Babywearing Conference 2010 (that is our organizations name and we have out tax exempt crap going right now)

What: A family babywearing conference (more on the family part in a bit) with an expo at the end (more on that too)

When: The 2nd week of June, Wed-Sat (hold on, I'm giving reasons in a sec)

Where: Rigby, Idaho (seriously hold on!)

Why: Okay... here we go.
This is the general plan for the conference.

Tues will not be a class day, BUT we are going to put on a Yellowstone Nat Park babywearing day for all the families. You don't have to go with us, but we bet we'll get a good group rate. This will be great time to bw together, go on a great family trip. socialize and hugely promote the bwing love! We will be photographing and blogging this as fast as we can upload to our computers.

Wed-Fri there will be classes from 9am-4pm with a larger either speaker as the last class or a group round table class. So, smaller classes earlier on, big class at the end. We will also be opening up certain classes to medical professionals, professional midwives, pediatricians, nurses, childbirth educators, doulas, etc at a different rate in order to enlighten the medical community both locally and not so much local. I promise, we will be posting more on classes later on, so fear not.

All late afternoons/evenings we will be hosting cheap to free family activities at different places that a nearby. A few we are working on (but we are not commiting to any of these just yet): Bearworld, Heise Hot Springs, a rodeo... there are more, but these just pop to my mind right now.

Saturday will be a great day for advocacy. Here in Rigby we have Stampede days the same week as the conference (we're doing this on purpose!). about 6000 people will be coming for the morning parade. This is a traditional small town parade, right down to the tractors and ponies. Bring a bag, because we throw a lot of candy to the kids! Our (well my first and now everyone's, lol) dream is this: At the beginning of the parade, all the conference members walk the route (it's not that long, promise) whilst wearing their babies. The news will be there of course (they are every year). We can hand out literature and so on. Think of the sight of a hundred (my personal wish is for 100) bwing families walking together, united in bwing. Seriously I get so excited just thinking about it. Think of the chance to make that impact on thousands of people!

Right after the parade is the fair/carnival at the city park down the street. Vendors, this is your place. The fee will be through the city most likely (no promises yet) and will be $25-$50. We're still working on that as needing tables and such will make it closer to $50,but still, I believe that is an okay price for a vendor. Again, the news will be there, there will be music, all sorts of fun family activites going on and then you go home.

We know there will be some arguments, here are out responses so far.

Date. We know. We know. We have been agonizing. We even asked the city if they would be willing to push back Stampede Days and shockingly, they didn't laugh at us. But, it was a no go, and we feel strongly that the opportunity to show thousands of people babywearing (plus the thousands more who will come when we're done beating the news to death with the BIG story of the conference coming here) is just too important. Also, if we work around the city schedule, it will be cheaper for the vendors and that is key if we are to have vendors at all. We are sorry, truly, but we have to stick to that week.

Location. We know again. Rigby. But... here's the deal. We can put on a cheaper conference if it is literally in our backyard. That translates into cheaper for vendors, for attendees... Idaho is going to be more expensive to travel too no matter what, but if we keep the cost down in attendance and such, we hope it won't be too prohibitive. Also, we are aching to show so many of you our beautiful tiny town! (But we are a bit afraid you won't leave once you find it...) Another reason, we will be able to work very closely with the city government, local businesses and local law enforcement for a few reasons: We know them, we're married to them, we are them! This makes our planning easier and the city more hospitable for you. Finally, because this town is going to make all of you feel like rockstars. This is a big deal and people are already thrilled that you are coming. They plan to put on their purty dresses, curl their hair and put in their teeth!

Travel. Yes, it won't be as easy as a big city. I suggest renting a car if you are willing to drive. Or, rent a car after you get off your plain. We live in the west and public transportation isn't really common here. We're asking around, but we're giving a heads up now that a car should be in your plan. However, when you get to the conference, you will be able to park for FREE and walk everywhere you need to go for the day. Food places are within walking distance, the grocery store, fabric and craft stores, realtors (I kid, kinda), parks, our houses. All walking distance.

Family aspect. Okay, this is a biggie to us. For a lot of you, it sounds like this NEEDS to be a family deal. We love that. While you are in class, we plan to have a list of fun cheap or free things to do. Golfing, fishing, swimming, parks, zoos... We are family oriented and we want this to be a family friendly affair. For the menfolk, we are working on some fishing guides, because this really is the best fishing!

Lodging. there are a ton of hotels nearby and we are working on discounts for you. Also, there are several great campgrounds, one at Rigby Lake which is lovely and not too expensive. We strongly urge you to get in touch with your inner mountain woman/man and enjoy the outdoors!

Conference cost. We are working on the price of where the confernce will be and honestly, that will make the biggest impact on price. (Another bonus to hosting here in Rigby is that the cost will be lower than at a lot of bigger places). We are shooting for less than I spend on groceries in a month and if you know me, that is CHEAP. We will keep you updated on that.

I need special things type requests. We love ya'll, we do. But, here's the deal. To keep conference costs low, we will not be doing any sort of special catering. For Real. We will be handicap accessible of course, but that is where it has to end. We are sorry, but we have to draw that line in the sand right this second so we don't get overwhelmed down the road. We hope you are cool with that.

So, there you have it. What we have to show so far. We are having monthly inperson meetings, we are moving along and we are excited.

More in the next threads.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Meeting next Saturday!

Yes, it is V day this week and my hubby and I are going on a date in the morning and Britt is out of town, so next week!

Here is your important info:

10:30am at the Sugar Mill just past Rigby
We will be doing an update meeting about Idaho Babywearers presidency (we need to get that wrapped up!) and just general bwinr.g.

Now, if you are interested in learning about or being involved in the 3rd International Babywearing Conference, please come to the planning meeting that same day at 9am. Address will be posted later. Those of us with assignments, we need to finish them by that time (note to self!).

The conference is going to be awesome and we really want anyone who wants to help to come and be involved!

See you next week and happy V day!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

First Meeting!!!!

Today was our first meeting for the June 2010 International Babywearing Conference! Can you feel our excitement?! :) If you'd like to volunteer your time, resources, or support feel free to email us and we'll scoop you right up! It's going to be a crazy fun week - but we want to be all planned and ready for it early so we aren't scrambling at the last minute. We can't WAIT! :)
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Friday, January 9, 2009

Meeting at Kimber's!

Well, sorry for the short notice, but if there are any night owls or early birds out there, our monthly meeting will be held at the home of Kimber, where she's nursing a broken tailbone and can only travel so far before screaming pain occurs.

It will also be a little earlier at 9:00 instead of the regular 10:00 meeting.

Reasons: (because I need them anytime times change for an earlier showing)

~Brainstorming on International Babywearing Conference 2010 in Idaho
~Allowing us gab time before the Sugar Mill opens in case they want us to demo later
~Kiddies are a bit happier at that time
~Kimber broke her tailbone and that's the time she said, so there!

If you didn't get a chance to make it, don't sweat it though we may shun you for awhile. ;) We'll post the outcome, and hopefully Brittany will be taking some pics of us in all our morning glory so you can see WHY you missed out!

Happy Babywearing!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Another Meeting Saturday!

10:30 AM
Will post the location later. Please post a comment if you are coming, not coming, whatever.

We need to talk about this babywearing conference stuff!

Monday, January 5, 2009

MEETING Jan 6th! Important!

So, we're meeting at 7pm at Natalie's house

358 West 2nd North in Rigby

Muy Importante to attendo. Pleaso. (I ran out of spanish, sorry.)

We are discussing the 2010 babywearing conference, whether or not we CAN do it, we WANT to do it etc. We need every single voice on this one. Please show up.

We will also roll around in a pile of carriers for funsies.

Be there!

Call us for directions.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Idaho babywearers, please weigh in at

If you are excited at the idea of the 3rd International Babywearing Conference being hosted in Idaho by US... then please post on these links at thebabywearer.

Also, you should join here anyway because it is awesome!

I'm Kimberlina there if you need to find me!

here you go:

Reasons to come to Idaho:

Where are you from poll:

Conference Costs:

Conference Focus:

Conference location:

Thursday, January 1, 2009

So, um, wanna host 2010's Internation Babywearing Conference in Idaho?

I jokingly mentioned the idea on tbw and nobody laughed at me. Now I'm thinking it might just rock. We have 3 college campuses nearby, it would be awesome to do... It would take a small army of us, but I believe we could recruit people for it and think of how amazing it would be to pull it off!

What do ya'll think?