The Best Seat in the House: International Babywearing Week 2016


In the world of babywearing, it’s one of the most exciting times of the year: International Babywearing Week!  During this time we come together to celebrate the joys and benefits of keeping our baby close, in the “best seat in the house”.  The goal of International Babywearing Week is to celebrate, promote, advocate for, and focus media attention on the many benefits of babywearing.  

BWI-Madison is one of the many organizations celebrating International Babywearing Week 2016, and we’ve put together online challenges, in-person events, and a treasure chest full of prizes from our generous sponsors.  Check out the details below, and join us to celebrate the best seat in the house!

The Best Seat on the Web: BWI-Madison Facebook Group

Did you know that BWI-Madison has a Facebook Group where you can ask questions, get advice, and share your babywearing journey?  During International Babywearing Week, we’re hosting online scavenger hunts, daily discussions, and some of the cutest babywearing pictures you’ll find in Madison (not to mention the chance to win amazing prizes from our very incredible sponsors)!  Join us online at ​

The Best Seat for Adventures: IBW 2016 Events

To celebrate International Babywearing Week, we’re also hosting 4 in-person events!  Join us for any or all of them:

IBW Lending Library Pop-Up
Friday, October 7th at 10:00 am
Rennebohm Park 
115 N Eau Claire Ave, Madison

We have a variety of carriers from the weekday lending library that are just waiting to be checked out!  Come by before the IBW zoo meet-up, and check out a carrier. (This will be a check-out event only, not a full meeting.)  ​

Apple Picking at Door Creek Orchard
Saturday, October 8th at 10:00 am
Door Creek Orchard 
3252 Vilas Rd, Cottage Grove

Join Drew Joseph for apple picking and babywearing at Door Creek Orchard.  The orchard is free to park at and walk through.  You can pick your own apples, or buy them from the already picked selection.  There are also snacks available for purchase.
Henry Vilas Zoo Babywearing Meet-Up
Friday, October 7th at 12:00 pm
Henry Vilas Zoo, Primate House
702 S Randall Ave, Madison

Meet up with Lindsay Olig as she leads a leisurely walk through the zoo. Meet at 12 pm at the primate house with your baby on you (though you’re still welcome with a stroller or kid in hand).  The zoo is free to the public.

Picnic Point Babywearing Hike
Sunday, October 9th at 10:00 am
Picnic Point 
Madison (Directions)

Join Sosha Lund and Brooke Bateman-Plumb as they lead a hike through Picnic Point. Meet at the parking lot entrance at 10 am, and we’ll walk out to to the lake, then through the “rougher” trails (optional).  Hiking out at Picnic Point is free, as is parking on the weekend.

The Best Seat for Partnership: Our Generous Sponsors

We couldn’t make our International Babywearing Week celebration happen without the support of our generous sponsors.  Please take some time to visit our sponsors – online or in-person – and learn more about the amazing products and services they offer.  If you stop by a local sponsor, be sure to snap a picture with your baby for our Scavenger Hunt and a chance to win one of the amazing prize packages!  

The Best Seat for Your Baby: Celebrate Babywearing with Your Little One(s)

We hope that you’ll join us in celebrating International Babywearing Week 2016 by visiting our Facebook Group, posting in one of our online challenges for the chance to win wonderful prizes, meeting us for our babywearing events, and supporting our sponsors!  If you’re new to babywearing or just looking to share what makes it special for your family, this is a great time to learn more, connect with other caregivers about the benefits and joy of babywearing, and celebrate your babywearing journey.  We hope to see you soon!  Happy Babywearing! 

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