Saturday, August 15, 2015

Mark your Calendar for International Babywearing Week!

Can you believe we have less than two months until International Babywearing Week? You just need to take one step right now to ensure you get to join us in the fun of IBW 2015 and mark this date on your calendar - October 10, 2015.

 

What's so important about October 10, 2015? 


It's THE BIG EVENT!!!!


And this year's BIG EVENT has even more fun packed into it than last year! We will have free babywearing workshops, games, food, and even a couple other special workshops which will be revealed very soon! 


Also, it is important to note that for the month of October we are only hosting this one big event on October 10 and we are not having any of our regular meetings throughout the month.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Macy's Shop for a Cause



Our group has partnered with Macy’s for their annual “Shop for a Cause” fundraiser on August 29th. This means we are selling Macy’s savings passes for $5 each and that entire $5 gets to stay with our group. The savings pass entitles you to save up to 30% all day (August 29) on select regular, sale and clearance merchandise – even brands that are normally excluded. Save 25% on select designer apparel collections for him & her, Impulse, designer handbags, Wacaol, Tumi, Wustoff, Henkels, Kate Spade home & All Clad. Save 10% on electrics/electronics, watches, furniture, mattresses, and rugs/floor coverings. Passes are good at any Macy’s Store. There is also a raffle ticket included to be deposited at the store you shop at (1 winner per store) to win a $500 Macy’s Gift Card.

We will have passes for Sale at all of our upcoming meetings this month. If you are unable to attend a meeting or the meeting you go to has already occurred you can also purchase passes online through Paypal using the donate button to the right. Please make sure to note with your Paypal transaction that it is for a Macy’s savings pass. After we receive your online payment you will receive an electronic savings pass through email. If you any questions or would like more information please contact one of our admins or visit MACYS.COM/SHOPFORACAUSE.

International Babywearing Week Sponsorship Opportunities

Babywearing International of North Central Illinois is seeking sponsors and donors for International Babywearing Week (IBW) 2015. IBW is October 4-10 and our one big event this year will be on Saturday, October 10th. It will feature classes, games, raffles and lots of fun! In order to help fund these events we are asking for your help in the form of both sponsorships and donations.

Our sponsorship opportunities:

$50 Sponsorship - Receive mention on our blog on a special IBW supporters page until the following IBW, in our Facebook group and during IBW events.  You can also provide us with material (one type of flyers, cards or coupons) that attendees will be given during our Oct. 10 Embrace Your World Event.
$100 Sponsorship - Receive the above plus mention on our IBW flyers.
$125 Sponsorship (3 available) Receive above plus half of the 4' x 10' table in the conference room or a 2’ x 4’ table next to a walkway at our Embrace Your World Event on Saturday, Oct 10 in Elburn. You may hand out information and/or sell items.
$250 Sponsorship (3 available) - Receive everything from the $100 sponsorship level plus mention in print media advertising and a vendor table in the welcome area at our Embrace Your World Event on Saturday Oct. 10th in Elburn. You may staff the table and hand out information and/or sell items. *There is one spot left at this level.*
$75 Class Sponsorship - Receive your name listed on the Event registration as a sponsor, your logo on the class you sponsor at our big event, your material (flyers, cards or coupons) passed out during the class you sponsor and given to attendees at the event. There are 9 spots left at this level. If you would like to teach a class (some examples are babywearing yoga, babywearing workout, etc.), your teaching will be in lieu of cash.
Donation Opportunities:

We are also seeking donations for our raffles and giveaways.  Donors will receive mention on our blog on a special IBW supporters page until the following IBW, mention in our facebook group and public page.   You can also provide us with material (flyers, cards or coupons) that attendees will be given during our Oct. 10th Event.

Want to do a sponsorship or donation for this great event? Send an e-mail to bwiofncil@gmail.com to let us know. We only have until the end of August to get everything in place and receive donation items so don't miss out on this exciting opportunity!

Monday, July 6, 2015

An opportunity for you to have an exclusive BWI colorway from Wrapsody!

We have an exciting opportunity for you!


Wrapsody has opened up a preorder for the BWI exclusive wraps, Kailani (Hybrid Stretch) and Laguna (Breeze/Gauze). You can order through the links below. When you place your order, put our chapter name (BWI of North Central IL) in the notes field under the billing address section and $10 from every wrap purchased will go directly to our chapter! How cool is that?


Check it out:

Kailani Hybrid https://wrapsodybaby.com/shop/stretch-hybrid/hybrid-kailani-preorder-bwi-fundraiser/


Breeze Laguna https://wrapsodybaby.com/shop/breeze-wrap/breeze-laguna-preorder-only/


The preorder closes on July 13th and wraps should be shipped in October.

Here's an action shot of
 the Wrapsody Bali Breeze Laguna
 that is in our lending library.

Friday, June 19, 2015

How to get your Facebook Event Invites!


We all know that Facebook goes through updates periodically. This latest one changes how we are doing our event invites. We hear this question often. "When is your next meeting?" So we know you want to be there and we want to make it easy for you to do that!


Our events will be in our blog calendar still but for Facebook, they will only be on our public Facebook page. So follow these simple steps!


1. Go to our public Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/BWIofNCIL and click "Like"
2. On that page near the upcoming events, click "Subscribe" 


Now you will receive invitations to upcoming events, reminders when an event is coming up that you have RSVP'd to attend, and updates such as if there were to be a cancellation due to weather.


Furthermore, in each event you can feel free to post if you are wondering if there is a specific type of carrier that will be there from our lending library or have questions regarding that event.


Friday, May 29, 2015

Budget friendly carriers

Carriers pictured - Comfy Joey Ring Sling, Evenflo Natural Fit Carrier, Babyhawk Mei Tai, Baby K'Tan

So you already spent your tax return, you're saving up for summer vacation and you've been searching for a carrier that will fit into that budget you set for your New Year's resolution, right? There are options in every carrier type so take a look here and see what fits the bill. I'm trying to keep these suggestions all under $100 and nearly all of them do but you'll find some of these are quite a bit lower than that!

Ring Slings

Ring slings come in a wide variety of colors and sizes but also prices. There are good quality ring slings from companies like Comfy JoeyMaya WrapSleeping Baby Productions LLC (SBP), and Zanytoes.

And if you have a short or medium length wrap but are wanting to have a ring sling, you can always buy sling rings from SlingRings.com and just do a no sew ring sling. Here is a little bit more explanation and video on how to do a no sew ring sling from Jan of Sleeping Baby Productions.

Mei Tais

The variety of colors and patterns continue in mei tais and companies like BabyhawkCatBird BabyInfantino, and Kozy Carrier will easily fit in your budget.

Pouches

This is a carrier category sometimes overlooked but if you're looking for budget friendly, a pouch may be your best bet. Hotslings and Seven Slings are two you can check into.

Soft Structured Carriers

This is one of those categories of carriers that usually are on the more expensive end but there are still budget friendly options. The standard size Action Baby Carriers soft structured carrier is just under $100. Ergobaby starts above our budget we are working with but you can find discontinued colors or prints sometimes at stores like Marshalls or TJMaxx (which are authorized retailers) for under $100 so keep your eyes peeled when shopping. EvenfloMoby (the Moby GO), and Infantino have more soft structured carriers you can check out.

Keep in mind, picking a soft structured carrier is like finding your favorite pair of jeans. They fit everyone different. There is no best carrier for every single person so do not discount these options even though you hear of some other brands more frequently. Try them out and see what is most comfortable for you and your little one!

Wraps

Stretchy wraps are a great first carrier with a newborn or infant. There are many companies like BobaBaby K'TanMoby, and Snuggy Baby.

Woven wraps are constructed differently than stretchy wraps, which is why the price point on these is usually more expensive. There are several options like ChimparooFidella, Hoppediz, and Little Frog that have fairly budget friendly prices. 

A great tip when looking at wovens is to consider trying a length shorter than your base size. That will save you some money typically and there are lots of fun wrap carries to try out with a shorter wrap and sometimes with a sling ring or two as well.

Carriers pictured (L to R) - Kozy Mei Tai, Infantino Union, SBP Ring Sling, Moby, Action Baby Carriers standard carrier

Many online retailers carry a variety of brands so watch for sales too!

There are plenty of other resources for finding budget friendly carriers such as Facebooks groups if you are not wanting to purchase brand new. There is Babywearing on a Budget (everything listed is under $100) or you can browse for the brand that you prefer and probably find a buy, sell, trade group for that brand. Saves you sometimes on having to work on breaking in a wrap. Just be sure to ask any questions before you buy, don't hesitate to ask for a more detailed photo of something, and use Paypal so you're protected as a buyer.

And if none of these is quite what you're looking for and you like to try something new, remember you've always got a different carrier each month for a year by using your lending library benefits of our BWI of NCIL membership. Just come to a meeting, maybe learn something or just chat with friends, and check out a carrier to take home and use for the month. All for the bargain price of $30 a year!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

We're adding a new monthly meeting!

We have heard lots of suggestions for an evening meeting more on the western end of the counties that BWI of NCIL covers. So we are adding a new monthly evening meeting in Rockford! 


This will take place at Toys"R"Us/Babies"R"Us in their community room near the back of the store. We are so excited to be adding this meeting to help out those caregivers that cannot come to our daytime meetings. Help us spread the word about this Rockford meeting to those who might like to learn more about babywearing! The first meeting at Toys"R"Us/Babies"R"Us is set for Thursday, April 23 from 6-8pm.


You can check out more details on our Meetings-Events-Calendar section of our blog.


**Please take note that we are changing the name of the daytime meeting formerly called the "Rockford area" meeting to Belvidere to reflect its actual meeting location and to make it less confusing when referencing the new meeting location that is actually in Rockford.