Sunday, October 20, 2013

Our Library is Growing!

Between International Babywearing Week, donations from vendors and companies, and two purchases, our lending library is growing!  Here's a look at what we've received in the past few weeks.

Soft Structured Carriers

Tula - We purchased a Tula since they've become quite popular and are really comfortable.  We're thinking of purchasing a second Tula so more people can try it.  What do you think?  If you're interested in trying the Tula, you'll need to go to the next Rigby meeting.

Boba - Boba donated a 3G in Glacier to our library.  A perennial favorite, we can never get enough Bobas around here!

Pognae - Pognae was a Platinum sponsor for International Babywearing Week 2013 and sent many carriers to BWI and we got one!  It's unique zipper panel will be lots of fun in the summer.

Action Baby Carrier - Action Baby Carriers just changed ownership and they're reaching out to groups to help promote their carrier.  One just arrived to Kristen's house this week and is still new in the package!  It will be at the Idaho Falls meeting this week to try!

Ring Slings

Sleeping Baby Productions - SBP also helped sponsor International Babywearing Week!  We received a beautiful brown 100% linen ring sling.  It's already been checked out and is currently loving a sweet baby.

Bara Barn - We recently purchased a Bara Barn ring sling to add to the library.  It's a sling made from a wrap.  It's thin and supportive.  We chose a beautiful blue color so it would be gender neutral enough for all of our babies.


Girasol Drop - Slingomama, a babywearing vendor in the Netherlands, donated this beautiful 4.6 meter wrap to our library after Kristen won a drawing.  Girasols are amazing wraps for learning to wrap and especially for tiny babies.

Girasol Symphuo - Heart-Hugs donated this shorty wrap to us when we purchased the Tula.  Jenni, the owner of Heart-Hugs, loves to help babywearing libraries grow.  We really appreciate her generosity!  It's a short wrap and is a diamond weave which is very different from anything else in our library.

Mei Ties

Kozy - A favorite brand of mei tie.  Kozy was another IBW sponsor and sent us a blue camo print mei tie.  Perfect for the dads!


Sling Rings - Another Platinum IBW sponsor!  Sling Rings sent us ten pairs of rings to play with.  These rings are designed specifically for babywearing.  They are made from aluminum, are safety tested, and contain no seams that could pull apart during use.  One of our wearers is using them to learn different wrap carries.  I like mine for a no-sew ring sling.

What Else?

As if nine new carriers and ten pairs of sling rings wasn't enough, we are going to continue upgrading our library!  We are working on selling a few unused carriers to fund newer styles.  Also, there are a few more donations we are expecting from IBW.

If you have any carrier suggestions, please let us know!

Friday, October 11, 2013

International Babywearing Week Celebration 2013

We all love babywearing, that's why we're here!  This week is International Babywearing week and we celebrated at Marie's house last night.  Our event started quietly, with Marie teaching us about various carrier types.

Delight, Sara, and Kourtney watching Marie demonstrate carrier styles.

Marie, wearing Grace in a Wrapsody Bali Breeze, explaining the difference between a stretchy wrap, here a Moby, and a woven wrap.  James is in the bottom right corner wondering why all the little girls are playing with his toys.  (I don't know why Marie, Grace and James are sideways, I'm not that technically literate.)

Our calm Babywearing 101 course soon turned into this:

Mamas of tiny babies started dumping ring slings onto the floor in an effort to try all the various shoulder styles.  The pile started small, but eventually grew to contain every ring sling in the library.

The ring sling pile started small but grew rapidly.  No further pictures were taken.  There simply wasn't time!!

We checked out six ring slings last night to families with very young babies.  It was so amazing and heartwarming to see all the happy mommies leaving with their babies in slings.

Wrap lover Brittany, on the right, even got in on the ring sling action as she helped Sara learn to adjust the rings on a Didymos ring sling.

Delight checked out our brand new Sleeping Baby Productions brown linen ring sling.  She was one happy mama!!

I meant to snap a picture of Marie's living room floor prior to cleaning it all up, but forgot.  Imagine every carrier from both the Rigby library and the Idaho Falls library spread across the floor by helpful preschoolers and toddlers.  That's how much fun we had last night!!

Thank you everyone who attended our babywearing celebration!  We as your babywearing group leaders love what we do.  We love watching your face go from stressed to peaceful when your newborn falls asleep on your chest.  We love watching the joy you feel when you leave our meetings with a new carrier and new knowledge.  We've been there.  Babywearing has a special place in our hearts!!!

Our library would be empty without the amazing carrier companies who send us free carriers or sell us discounted carriers.  Marie is modeling a Wrapsody Bali Breeze AND a brand new Pognae, both donated to our library by the companies who make them.  This year we were lucky enough to receive many carriers in celebration of International Babywearing Week.  In addition to the Sleeping Baby Productions ring sling above and the Pognae, Kozy sent us a fabulous blue camo mei tie and Sling Rings sent us ten pairs of rings to try.

 Thank you for babywearing and celebrating our love of babywearing!