Monday, November 1, 2010

Holiday meeting schedule

The holidays are here and that means everyone's schedules are filling up fast!  So, the holiday schedule will be as follows:

Rexburg and Rigby meetings remain the same.
Ashton meeting moves to Nov. 18th.

All meetings are cancelled.  If you check a carrier out in Novermber, it is due in January at the regularly scheduled meeting.

All meetings resume on the regular schedule.

Happy Babywearing!  And Happy Holidays!

Recent meeting photos!

Magic Ergo:


Peekaroo babywearing vest over a Babyhawk Oh Snap:

See that little bug in the Amauti?  Nothing like an Amauti here in Eastern Idaho winters!

And a little one-month-old snuggled in a Moby:

I think he's smiling. 

Come join the fun! 

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Reason for alarm

Recently there has been quite a lot of buzz in the babywearing world.  I'm not "in the know" so to speak, but I know people who are in the know and their level of alarm regarding what is happening and what can potentially happen is very alarming.  They can't give me specific details, but I've been watching and frankly, I can see why they are alarmed.  I know enough.

Hotslings, a pioneering babywearing company, closed in August.  Owner Kristen DeRocha, who has been in business since 2003, was and still is an influencial voice in the babywearing world.  She has been active in working with the CPSC to create standards for baby carriers, spearheading the movement and chairing the ASTM Sling Standards subcommittee The fact that she closed her business should be a warning sign for all of us.  But it is only one event leading to what is happening now.

In early 2008, the babywearing world was buzzing with concerns about bag slings.  Basically, when a baby is carried in a carrier that looks like a duffle bag, the baby can be forced into a curled position that can potentially cut off their tiny airway.  And the baby is covered in fabric which makes it hard for the parent to moniter the baby as well as potentially limiting the baby's fresh air supply.  One carrier used in the study was the Infantino Slingrider.  (Great information here)

In March of this year, the CPSC issued a warning about sling carriers for babies.  Also in March, The CPSC Chairman had some strong words of warning in his JPMA Summit Keynote Address.

Regarding all of the 104 rules, it is not the intent of CPSC to write new standards that essentially create a marketplace with no products that can meet the rules. But we will not sacrifice an iota of safety in writing these new rules . . .

. . . One of the products that the Commission has recently added to the list of juvenile products that will be subject to a 104 rule is infant carrier slings. Although a draft mandatory rule is a ways out from being proposed, I want to make a good faith gesture today and give you advanced notice that a general warning is likely to go out to the public very soon.\

We know of too many deaths in these slings and we now know the hazard scenarios for very small babies, so the time has come to alert parents and caregivers. We want to empower them to make a decision that is best for the safety of their baby, while realizing that slings play a role in the bonding of baby and mother in many cultures.

. . . A new Commission that has new powers – and we are not afraid to use them. If you resist our efforts to recall children’s products, be forewarned, this Commission stands ready to be creative in the use of our enforcement authorities . . .
A good faith gesture?  Advanced notice?  Empower them to make good decisions?  New powers they are not afraid to use and use creatively?  I'm not sure what all that means exactly, but it sounds very "politically correct," and "you can pat me on the back again later," especially in context.  I encourage you to read the whole speech.  It kind of made me want to vomit.

In March of this year, the Infantino Slingrider was recalled.  Over one million of the carriers were recalled after three deaths were reported. Infantino will replace the recalled carrier with of of their Wrap and Tie infant carriers (and both versions look suspiciously like a Catbird Baby  mei tai and a Babyhawk mei tai respectively.  But maybe that's just me.). 

Then, in June of this year, a work-at-home-mom had her ring sling recalled (all 40 of them) because in 2007 a ten-day-old baby died in one.  When I read the original recall, I remember being alarmed because it stated that the CPSC, along with "concerned companies such as Infantino," were working to make carriers safer for babies.  Some wonder if the recall notice was simply copied and pasted from the Slingrider recall, which would make it an innocent mistake.  But, others wonder, since Infantino is a very large company with an obvious interest in making the environment for smaller baby and babywearing businesses hostile, if Infantino could have played a more direct role in the recall. 

In July, the Baby Carrier Industry Alliance was formed.  Basically, it's a group of small babywearing businesses banding together "to advance the well-being, growth, and interests of baby carrier manufacturers, importers, distributors, retailers, and educators. It does so through advocacy, public relations, information sharing, industry research, and business development assistance conducted with appreciation for the needs of parents, caregivers, and children."  Members of note:  Kristi of Wrapsody by GypsyMama, LLC who spearheaded the forming of the Alliance and recently was recognized for it by Babywearing International.; Vesta Hartman Garcia, founder of and Ellaroo; Beth of Catbird Baby; Jan of Sleeping Baby, Arie of Tadpoles and Butterflies, Paul and Rochelle Price of Slingrings (Rochelle is the new Chairperson of the sling standards ASTM committee) and Kristen DeRocha who started Hotslings.

Hotslings folded in August.  The decision to close Hotslings was directly related to what is going on with the CPSC and the babywearing and baby industry, according to the press release

For months now the BCIA has been warning of an impending recall.  The name of the company affected by the recall has not been released and there also has not been a recall issued.  From the outside, this could appear that the BCIA and others are crying wolf.  But, I beg to differ. 

In the beginning of October, a statement was released by the online forum The It read in part:

A recall of a major baby carrier is being forced through this week. We want you to understand how this has been handled and to appreciate the immediacy of the problem!

Company was informed by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) that, after several years, a closed investigation of their product was being reopened.

Company was told by the CPSC to issue a recall of every product back more than ten years, and to discontinue sales, while admitting that there is no product flaw.

Company stopped all sales, with the intention of clearing up the matter and reopening shortly.

Company asked for the Health and Science report that the CPSC later claimed to have, indicating the need for a recall.

CPSC has NEVER complied; inside word is that there is NOT a Health and Science report.

Company was sent two draft press releases and asked to voluntarily recall their product or the CPSC would issue a unilateral recall (a forced recall) which included inflammatory language as well as a threat to pursue action against entire class of baby sling products.

Company held fast, knowing that the product is safe and a benefit to babies and stated they would be willing to work with the CPSC on a public education campaign about sling safety.

CPSC asked for Company’s financials.

Company complied.

CPSC said to company “You are no longer in business, we don’t need your cooperation in order to recall! Prepare to DESTROY all product next week!” Next week is International Babywearing week!

The "imminent" recall hasn't happened. Yet.  This could be intrepreted that they are crying wolf.  I interpret that to mean that the BCIA and the people they are working with have so far been successful in holding it off.  However, it could still happen.

At the very least, we need to realize and remember that the folks who are raising the alarm are business people and advocates who are in the know and have a vested interest in the babywearing industry.  They are people we can and do trust with our babies. We have made purchases with them and we go to them for advice and information.  I've interacted with many of them and they are good people with the best interest of you and your baby in mind. 

Also, there is information they have that they are not able to share.  They are not crying wolf.  They are doing what they can with the information they have without sharing information they can't share.  Hotslings closed BECAUSE OF this information.  Others with this information are making changes in how they do business and working to raise awareness the best they can.

Recent announcements of childrens products being recalled because of what "could" happen if the product is used improperly instead of a recall based on solid evidence that it is actually a dangrous product may be a ridiculous show by someone (who may have been quoted above) and some "concerned" company (that may also have been mentioned above) working to make a name for themselves and working to make competition go away any way they can rather than working to actually make products better and safer and the world a better place for both babies and their caregivers.

It's all fishy to me.  And it seems to be going against what Chairman Tenenbaum said in his speech about "empowering " parents and caregivers to make decisions that are best for the safety of their children.  It appears to me that they are making that decision, and so many others, for us for their own benefit and touting it as something else.

For example, check out these recent recalls of childrens' products:

Fisher-Price Recalls Children's Trikes Due to Risk of Serious Injury: 7 million units sold, 10 reports of injury

Valco Baby Recalls Jogging Strollers Due to Strangulation Hazard:  The opening between the grab bar and seat bottom of the stroller can allow an infant’s body to pass through and become entrapped at the neck by the grab bar, posing a strangulation hazard to young children when a child is not harnessed.  (my emphasis)

Graco Recalls Quattro™ and MetroLite™ Strollers Due to Risk of Entrapment and Strangulation:  About 2 million sold.  Four reported deaths and six reported incidents inovlving eintrapment.  "Entrapment and strangulation can occur, especially to infants younger than 12 months of age, when a child is not harnessed." (my emphasis)

Rumor has it that the CPSC is currently being investigated because of the attempted forced recall of the baby carrier.

Power corrupts.  Money corrupts.  Evidence seems to point to the CPSC and "concerned" companies such as Infantino are making a run to destroy the beautiful and beneficial practice of babywearing here in America and limit our choice of quality carriers.  Be alarmed.  Let's not let them get away with it.

What can you do? 

  • You can support the BCIA.  Join for as little as $25. 
  • If you can't join, simply donate.  They need both members and funds to fight the fight. 
  • Contact your elected officials and tell them what you think!
  • Share your babywearing story
  • Spread the word.  Blog it.  Tell your friends.  Tell your friends friends.  Tell their mothers!
  • Educate yourself regarding safe babywearing and safe carriers. 
  • Support the people and businesses fighting the fight. 
  • Tell the "mom and pop" businesses you know of TO BE ALARMED!  Sprout Stuff only sold 40 carriers.  She may have had good intentions, but she became an example of what can happen.  Small shops who don't know about all this are easy targets for something this big and they are a danger to themselves and to the industry in general.
  • Encourage your friends to buy from reputable business that offer a quality product and know how to use it.  Paying for a good carrier is always worth the money.  All carriers are not created equal. 

Go fight the good fight.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Ashton Meeting 10/28

Come and join us at Ashton Community Church.  We'll be talking about cold weather wearing options in addition to carrier options that are right for you!

Happy Babywearing!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Babywearing Week

Babywearing week is October 6-12. Come celebrate with us. We will be having a meet and greet and the Rigby public Library and a sewing lab.

Saturday Oct. 9 Come join us at the Rigby public library from 11-3 for a meet and greet. We have invited La leche league and birthnetwork as well. We will be there with carriers galore! Come touch, try on, and check out a carrier from our lending library. This will be our Rigby meeting for the month of October. If you currently have a carrier from our lending library please bring it with you to the meet and greet, and exchange it for a new one.

Tuesday Oct. 12 7-? Sewing Lab. It will be at Marie Harris's home (470 Annis Hwy Rigby, Idaho)

Members of Idaho Babywearers will be on hand to personally help you make a carrier safely and correctly without losing your mind. We will be doing safety inspections and showing you how to use your carrier wehn you finish it.

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!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Ashton meeting 9/23

We will be meeting at Ashton Christian Fellowship as usual.  But since preschool has started, come in and go down the stairs and right down the hall. 

And if you have a carrier to return, please bring it back so you can try another one!  Hope to see you all there!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Rexburg Meeting

Our Rexburg Babywearing Meeting will be this Wednesday, September 15 at Mommy N'Me starting at 9:30. Mommy N' Me is located just west of Melaleuca. Come and try a new carrier and borrow one from our lending library.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Spotted in Pocatello

A babywearing billboard!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Rexburg meeting is scheduled!

Come join us at the first Rexburg meeting Wednesday, August 18th at 9:30 am. Jill of Mommy N' Me has generously offered her store space to us! Thank you Jill! (Her store is pretty awesome, so use it as an excuse to come check it out!)

24 S 1st W just west of Melaleuca. 228-0366

Come join the fun!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

World Breastfeeding Week Picnic

We just wanted to let you know that the Idaho Babywearers will be at the World Breastfeeding Week Picnic at Kate Curley Park in Idaho Falls this Friday, August 6 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. This is a free event with lunch provided and a lot of free give aways. We have donated a carrier for their raffle. Come and get a free lunch, let the kids play and maybe win a new baby carrier!

We have also started up our Rigby meetings again. We will be meeting at the city park the second Wednesday of the month at 10:00 am. We have a great lending library so if you want to try out a carrier come to our meeting Wednesday, August 11.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Ashton meeting, 7/28!

New location, same time!

Ashton Christian Fellowship
9:30 am

I have to leave a little before noon, but that should still give us plenty of time. ANd I have a DVD player and a movie for older kiddos to watch if needed.


From hwy 20, turn right onto Walnut (the intersection with the abandoned gas station)

Go through town to the T. There will be a stop sign and RR tracks on your right. Turn left and the church is about a block down on your left.

(There are little wooden signs pointing to the church at both intersections)

We'll be upstairs unless they want us somewhere else.

Hope to see you there!

Monday, June 14, 2010


Yellowstone is a site to behold. One cannot come this close to it and NOT go see at least some of it. So, on Tuesday, the day before conference classes started, there was an opportunity to go to Yellowstone.

Old Faithful:

And a bunch of other sites. Babywearing is ESSENTIAL if you are taking a baby to Yellowstone!!

And if you are wondering why Kristi (above center) is not wearing a baby:

Thank you Ann Marie for the photos! Check out her blog here!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Day two . . . one more time

The last session of the day today was the medical professionals panel. And I learned quite a bit. Towards the end, Elizabeth Strong from Ergo, also the moderator, shared a story about how she when to speak to a group of parents and it turned out that they were all deaf. She had an interperter and while she was speaking she realized that these parents NEEDED to be hands free. They needed their hands to communicate and having to choose between holding their baby and communicating didn't seem fair.

Arie Brentnall-Compton also shared that in the work she has been doing with some of the First Nations (Native) populations in Canada, babywearing saves lives. There are fewer maternal suicides, mothers in dangerous situations who are wearing their babies don't have to choose between leaving immediatly when they have the chance and going back for the baby.

I've heard over and over this week how that first moment you get your baby on changes your life. It feels right. Your instincts are suddenly in overdrive. And it's true. Babywearing changes lives. It saves lives. It gets to our human-ness on so many different levels. I want to shout it from the mountatin tops.


Day two . . . again

Tonite was also the family dinner. A chance to visit and play.

And eat.

And there are blue boxes in the corner? Oh my . . .

Welcome to Idaho. We have great little bands who sing songs for kids. And love songs have lyrics like, "If my nose ran money, I'd blow it all on you . . . "

This is her first back carry. And it's Kelley's Kozy. And Kelley is helping. How awesome is that????

And it's beautiful.

While the band is inside singing about running noses, the outside entertainment was also quite entertaining.

For all you babywearing geeks out there, a celebrity shot.

Wish you were all here!


Day two

It's hard to blog when one doesn't have Internet access. And it's hard to blog when one is putting on an International Conference. But today was a good day. A really good day. An amazing day. The concentration of amazing people in one place is really overwhelming for me. So overwhelming that about four times today I felt like I was going to just cry. And I am not a crier.

Tonite I got home and my four-year-old asked why I had to go teach all these people how to use carriers. I asked her if she liked being in a carrier. Of course the answer was yes. And then I told her that all these people are learning how to use baby carriers so they can carry their babies just like I carried her. Yes, my kids have missed me this last week. But see this dad right here?

This dad made a point to find me and tell me that he had a lot of ladies to thank. He wanted so badly to hold his baby, but he could not figure out how to do it. They had a mei tai and they could not make it work. And now the mei tai works. And now he's got a pouch--compliments of Hotsling--and he knows how to use it, too. Now he has TWO carriers that work and he knows how to hold his baby the way he wanted to. THAT is what the conference is about.

This is where I see him in a few years. Yes, I asked and he did this all by himself.

This is the Radcliff family. Melissa designed the Peekaru and together they run TogetherBe.

She called me yesterday because they were going to be late. Because they had a new member of the family just show up at the cabin they are staying at. A puppy. And they named it Rigby. And from that pile of free Hotslings she picked up a carrier for the puppy. Totally awesome!

This is me and Arie Brentnall-Compton on the "Rockin' Couch" down at the museum. Yes, it rocks. Literally. And it's rather theraputic, actually. (And by the way, Arie rocks, too!)

I love this wrap carry. Beautiful. And the Ergo is beautiful, too!

Babywearing is beautiful. And I am loving all these amazing, beautiful people filling Idaho with their passion and information. We hope it spills out into the rest of the world.

More to come . . .


Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Keynote speaker Kelley Mason

Huge thank you to Kelly and her family for making the trip to come speak to us! I loved hearing her perspective on life, family and raising children. (And we got it recorded, so if you want a copy, they will be available.)

One thing she said really struck me. After her story of getting firewood from the wood pile to the house to keep the house warm while her baby sat screaming in the carseat on the porch and how she knew there had to be a better way, she said something about how discovering babywearing suddenly enabled her to meet her needs and the needs of her children. That is such a universal statement.

I've been putting together the museum display and have been struck at how even though every culture does it somewhat differently, all parents universally need to meet the needs of their babies while still meeting their own needs as well as the needs of their families. Native Americans used cradle boards and propped their children up against trees, or even hung them from trees to keep them safe and happy. The traditional Chinese culture coaches young girls into motherhood through the process of making baby carriers even before they are married. These young girls even raise their own silk worms and spin their own silk to do the embroidery on the carriers that they eventually wore to market to attract potential suiters. Sadly, many of these traditions are being lost.

Our western culture seems to have lost most if not all ties to the traditional ways of doing things. But then people like Kelley find that they have a need and they need to meet the needs of others and they can't do it with the tools they have. So they go out and create a tool. And then others who have the same need look at that tool and see it for what it is and want it. And a business is born. It happened to Kelley when she created the Kozy mei tai. It happened to Erika Hoffman, a mother of twins and the founder of Didymos, after she decided out of desperation to try the South American carrying cloth she had in her drawer. It happened to textile engineer Guenter Schwartzer, founder of Storchenwiege, after his search for a solution to help his daughter who was a new mom. It happened to Robyn of Babyhawk after she made a carrier that met her need for function as well as her need for style.

I was talking with a woman from Norway today and she said that where she is from, people tend to think that wearing a baby on ones front is dangerous. And she observed that here in the United Staes, people tend to think that wearing a baby on your back is dangerous. I guess everyone does it a little differently depending on their needs. But in the big picture I am seeing, it's almost as if America is trying to find its tradition again.

The theme of this conference is "Babywearing: the fabric of a global community." And really, I can't think of any better practice that would hold a community together than the raising of our children. Learn to wear your babies. Teach people how to do it safely. Help them find what works for them so they can meet their needs and the needs of their families. It's what this conference is all about. And it will make this world a better place.


It's here!

The first offical day of the conference is over. And as an orgainzer, it went well! (Heidi here, by the way). Rigby is officially the babywearing capital of the world this week. I have never seen so many baby carriers in such concentration! You all are making babywearing SO beautiful. (And all you wrappers are AWESOME!!)

Photos will be coming as soon as we get them. We have professional photographers roaming the grounds we will be posting some of their photos here and links to their websites for you all to purchase what you love.

I have a whole bunch of things to say and not a bunch of time right at the moment. But I want to say right now that one of my favorite things so far has been watching people who have never met one another or who haven't seen one another since the last conference shake hands and hug and carry on like old friends. The babywearing community is amazing.

Kelly Mason from Kozy Carrier gave a great talk to end the day. I will be back later with some comments on that. And I had several people come up to me and tell me that even if they came all the way to Idaho and only took the one class that they took today, it would be totally worth it. That is what this conference is all about.

I shall be back!


Sunday, June 6, 2010

The conference is HERE!

June 9-12th, Rigby will be the babywearing capital of the world!

Want to come? It's free and it's going to be great! Check out the official conference site and register online. It's easy and there's something for everyone.

If you don't want to register, come at 2:30 each day (Wed, Thrus, Fri) and attend our all conference sessions. You don't need to be registered or even attend the conference to come. Keynote Kelley Mason and Family will be speaking on how babywearing has affected their family on Wednesday. On Thursday a panel of medical professions will be answering questions regarding babywearing from a medical perspective. And on Friday babywearing expert M'Liss Stelzer will be doing a special presentation that is sure to be very informative and interesting.

On Saturday come to Rigby days and walk in the parade with us! Or, watch and cheer!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Rexburg babywearing meeting!

Elizabeth Sant is hosting the Rexburg babywearers group meeting this Wednesday (the 26th) at 3pm in her home (460 W 7th S Wagon Wheel apartment #2). Please feel free to come and learn. You do not need to have a carrier to come, there are carriers to try out and practice with at the meetings. Contact Elizabeth Sant at 569-2257 or email at Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Rexburg babywearing meeting!

Elizabeth Sant is hosting the Rexburg babywearers group meeting this Wednesday (the 28th) at 3pm in her home (460 W 7th S Wagon Wheel apartment #2). Please feel free to come and learn. There will be carriers there that you can try on and learn about. Rexburg meetings will be every 4th Wednesday at 3:00pm. Everyone is welcome. You do not need to have a carrier to come, there are carriers to try out and practice with at the meetings. Contact Elizabeth Sant at 569-2257 or email at

Monday, April 26, 2010

Sharing Babywearing Love!

Check out the fun website Babywearingvideos from one of the IBC attendees. She also has a super cute babywearing cartoon she made with her husband:

The Obtuse

The Obtuse © 2010 Slingers

We are so excited to have Jami attend the Conference and look forward to sharing more of the babywearing love with all of the attendees.

If you have a website, cartoon or blog that you would like us to showcase here on our own blog, feel free to comment below or send me an e-mail and we'd love to get it up!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

New Babywearing Meetings! Idaho Falls and Rexburg

We have new babywearing meeting locations in Idaho Falls and Rexburg.

Idaho Falls meetings will be held every 3rd Thursday at 1:00pm at Karianne Perrenoud's home (2314 Louise Ln). They start this month. That's this Thursday April 22! Click here for a map.

Rexburg meetings will be every 4th Wednesday of the month at 3:00 pm. The first meeting will be this Month, April 28th. Location to be announced. The time may be subject to change.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

We Need Volunteers!

As the IBC is quickly approaching, we need volunteers to help make things run as smooth as possible during this exciting event!

Not only will you receive a goodie bag complete with a snazzy volunteer badge to make you look super official amongst Conference attendees, you'll be able to use a walkie talkie with your own call name (Kimber already called "Gizmo" as her name), AND a free ticket of your choice for either the dutch oven dinner or rodeo for putting in 4 or more hours.

So, what does an IBC volunteer do, exactly? Good question. We'll need the most help during the registration frenzy, runners, swapping places with others throughout the day while organziers or fellow volunteers attend their classes they registered for, etc.... Babywearing experience is nice but not required.

We'll be having a lot of people unfamiliar with our small town so you may just need to simply point people in the right direction or offer recommendations for local eateries (doesn't that sound fancy?!).

More details will be forthcoming, but for now, feel free to e-mail me (it's Natalie...I haven't figured out a cool codename yet) at with your name, phone number and e-mail. If you have a preference for helping in a specific location or time, we will definitely try to make it work!

This will be a lot of fun and it's exciting seeing all of this unfold as we steadily draw nearer to the Conference!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Babywearing meeting!

Tuesday April 13th at 9:30 is our next meeting! Come one come all. Bring you babies, bring your friends, you can even bring your dog if you feel so inclined. We'd love to have you. Learn to wear your baby or toddler (or dog), safely, correctly, and comfortably. Click here to go to the post with directions to the meeting.

We are working on setting up a group in Idaho Falls and Rexburg. They should be up and running by next month. Check back at the blog for updates.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Photo shoot!

Have you seen all the beautiful photos on this blog and on the international babywearing conference website? You and your baby can be in some of them! We need more models to take pictures of the carriers that have been donated to us. There is no monentary compensation- but you will get a digital copy of the pictures that are taken (and they are just gorgeous).

We are having a babywearing photo shoot this Saturday March 27th at 3:00pm. We are meeting in Idaho Falls in the temple parking lot by the church building. Come and bring your friends!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Babywearing is safe!

But bag style slings, like the infantino slingrider are not! I was happy to see an article posted about it. You can read that article here at cbs news

Here is an article about bag slings that was sent to Infantino, the government and safety commisions a few years ago.

As with anything in life you need to know how to use baby carriers correctly. Ring slings and pouches can also be dangerous if you don't know how to position your baby correctly. click here for a great article on correct positioning for the safety & comfort of your newborn.

If you are new to babywearing find a friend or a local babywearing group to help you find the right carrier for you and your baby. Learn how to use it safely and correctly. If you live in Southeast Idaho come to one of our babywearing meetings. We meet monthly- In Rigby we meet every 2nd Tuesday of the month at 9:30. In Ashton the meetings are every 4th Tuesday at 9:30am. We welcome anyone and everyone. The meetings are free- plus we have a lending library so you can try out different carriers to see what suits you best. click here for directions to the Rigby meetings.

Also the international babywearing conference is coming to Rigby in June (hurray). Classes are free- register today! go to for more information.

Upcoming Events!

March 22nd--Ashton branch of Idaho Babywearers monthy meeting. 9:30am at The Royal Station--406 Main Street, Ashton. Questions can be directed at Heidi--652-0117.

April 10--Baby Spring Fling sponsored by BirthNetwork of Idaho Falls. Come visit our booth while you are there!

June 9-12--3rd Bi-Annual International Babywearing Conference right here in Rigby Idaho! Registration is open and filling up fast! We are also looking for local volunteers. Anyone who voluneers four or more hours will get a free ticket to the Family Dinner on Thurday evening OR a free ticket to the rodeo on Friday night! Come help and meet babywearers from around the world!

We love babywearing!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Beautiful ethnic babywearing photos

One of my facebook friends shared this flickr slide show. It is beautiful beyond words.

The beauty and convenience of babywearing has no cultural boundaries.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Directions to the Rigby babywearers meeting

For everyone that wants to come to the Southeast Idaho babywearers meeting in Rigby, but have no idea where 455 claremore dr is- you are in luck because here are some directions for you.

If you are coming from the Idaho Falls area- hop onto highway 20, and take the first Rigby exit. Take a left onto highway 48 (1st south) at the light by subway. Go down highway 48 until you see claremore dr on your left. Turn left onto Claremore dr and follow the road around and 455 is on your right. NOTE: I believe that the sign for claremore was removed during construction- so if that is the case what you need to do is look for the red brick church that is at the corner of highway 48 and 3rd west. After the church is church street, (which you can access claremore dr from, you just take a left onto church, then a right onto claremore) and the very next street is claremore. It is a small street, so keep an eye out for it. You can see mapquest directions here.

If you are coming from the Rexburg area- hop onto highway 20, and take the Rigby exit and take a right. Follow the road as it curves down main street. At the light take a left onto state street. At the next light take a right down highway 48 (first south). Go down highway 48 until you see claremore dr on your left. Turn left onto Claremore dr and follow the road around. My house #455 is on the right. NOTE: the sign for Claremore dr was removed during construction, and I don't think that it has been put back up yet. If that is the case what you need to do is to look for the red brick church that is at the corner of highway 48 and 3rd west. The first street after the church is church street, (which you can access claremore dr from, just take a left onto church, then a right onto claremore) and the very next street is claremore. It is a small street so keep an eye out for it. You can see mapquest directions here

If you still aren't sure how to get there- or are driving and get lost, but happen to have a cell phone on you, just give me a call at 745-1497 or 360-2299 (my cell) and I will do my best to guide you.

Our first meeting is January 12th at 9:30- hope to see you there!