Sunday, September 28, 2014

It's all in here! International Babywearing Week events!

In case you forgot to mark it on your calendar last time you read our blog, we've got one week left until the kick off of International Babywearing Week 2014!  #‎intlbabywearingweek‬  #bwiofncil

Here are all the events that BWI of North Central Illinois are hosting throughout the week. Come to one or come to several. We will have special giveaways at each event we are hosting! We also have great raffles you can buy tickets and enter to win. The drawing for those will be completed at the conclusion of International Babywearing Week.

Sunday, October 5 - THE BIG EVENT!  1-4pm at Great Lakes Leadership Campus in Elburn
Event details here!
Event Tickets here!

This will be a great afternoon of workshops, food, and fun. Follow the event ticket link so that you can pick your classes you want to attend and also to let us know if you will be utilizing the free childcare we have available.

Monday, October 6 - Dekalb October Meeting **Special Location**   6-8pm at Lehans Drugs in Dekalb
Meeting details and sign-up here!

Tuesday, October 7 - Babywearing Photos with Hilary   10am-12pm at Emricson Park in Woodstock
Details and sign-up here!
The cost is $25 (cash only please) for a 15 minute photo shoot. You will receive 3 edited images - one will be a group shot and the other two are your choice! Please contact Katy Willis Meyer or one of our educators to reserve your session.

Wednesday, October 8 - Babywearing Yoga   6-7pm at Radiant Heart Yoga in West Dundee
Details and sign-up here!
Come and wear your little one while doing a yoga class. This free event is at a very kid friendly location. Get in a little workout and have some fun!

Thursday, October 9 - Two events!
South Elgin October Meeting  10:30am-1:30pm at Fluff Envy in South Elgin
Meeting details and sign-up here!

Park Play Date 11am-1pm at Belvidere Park in Belvidere
Details and sign-up here!
Pack a little picnic lunch and after we eat and let the kids play at the Bloom Playground we'll take a walk through Belvidere Park and enjoy the fall colors.

Friday, October 10 - Online Event!
Post pictures to our Facebook group and Instagram of your wearing from International Babywearing Week. We'd love to see what you've learned and how babywearing has helped you. Make sure to tag your photos too.  #intlbabywearingweek  #bwiofncil

Saturday, October 11 - Phillips Park Zoo   10am-1pm at Phillips Park Zoo in Aurora
Details and sign-up here!
Enjoy this free zoo with fellow babywearers. Bring your whole family and check out if any of the animals are wearing their babies too.

And last but not least - we are putting another scarecrow in the contest at Scarecrow Fest in St. Charles. The festival runs from October 10-12 and our babywearing scarecrow will be in the Traditional Category. Visit the festival and vote for us so we can do even better than our 3rd place winner from last year! Scarecrow Fest details here!

BWI of NCIL is looking forward to Share the Adventure!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Wings and Babywearing

You read right, wings and babywearing. I promise you don't HAVE to eat your wings while wearing your baby but if you want to you can. You should however visit a participating Buffalo Wild Wings on September 29, 2014 (anytime after open at 11am) because 10% of sales(with coupon) will go to BWI of NCIL! Locations participating are Rockford, DeKalb, Mchenry, South Elgin and Aurora.

When we receive membership money a portion goes to our parent organization and the rest stays with the group so we can purchase more awesome carriers for our lending library. Fundraising helps us offset other costs our group encounters. This includes costs associated with things like our main IBW event which you can read about here, intensive wrapping and carrier workshops that we provide throughout the year, and outreach efforts.

Bring the appropriate coupon from below to the participating location nearest you to help support the group and have some great food at the same time. Lets not forget to give a big thanks to Buffalo Wild Wings for helping us out and donating to our group!

Please either save and print the images below or if you belong to our facebook group click the links below to get .pdf versions of each coupon.

Rockford Coupon

Aurora Coupon

Mchenry Coupon

 South Elgin Coupon

Saturday, September 13, 2014

International Babywearing Week is coming!

It’s back to school season again! With that comes new pencils and crayons, backpacks, new teachers and lots of learning. It is not just the kids that learn new things though. We, as parents and caregivers, have to keep learning to keep on top of our children. They grow and change constantly so the carrier that may have been your favorite as an infant may not be working for you as well once they get a little bigger and more independent. You may need some new tricks for that hair puller that can now reach your lovely locks. Or you may just enjoy learning about new and different carriers on the market.

International Babywearing Week is a great way to learn some new skills in your babywearing journey. Whether you are a new wearer or an advanced wearer, we have some exciting things happening. International Babywearing Week is happening October 5-11, 2014. We are busy planning all the activities for the week so mark your calendars for what interests you. Come to one event or all of them! Invite a friend who you think would like to learn about babywearing.

Our first event for International Babywearing Week is our big kick off on Sunday, October 5. This event takes place in Elburn, IL from 1-4pm and features a variety of babywearing classes. We have some favorite classes returning from last year as well as some new ones. There will be refreshments and also some great giveaways. You will have the opportunity to see all of our raffle items up close. There is free babysitting so if you want to attend a class but would like an opportunity to work on something without your little one squirming away, this is a great option. Mark it on your calendar. You don’t want to miss this!

Another great event we have planned for IBW is a babywearing yoga class! This will be held on Wednesday, October 8 at Radiant Heart Yoga in West Dundee, IL from 6-7pm. We are very excited to be holding this class. Look for more details and sign-up on our events page.

The end of International Babywearing Week will be a great opportunity to hang out with other babywearers and enjoy the day at Phillips Park Zoo in Aurora. This zoo has free admission and we will be meeting there from 10am-1pm. Pack a lunch if you want. Check out the animals – see if you can find any carrying their babies. This will be a great event to bring your whole family!

We’ll be having some other fun in there – regular meetings and online events. Watch our blog and our Facebook page for more details but mark your calendars now!

Monday, August 11, 2014

International Babywearing Week Sponsorship Opportunities

Babywearing International  of North Central Illinois is seeking sponsors
and donors for International Babywearing Week (IBW) 2014.  IBW is October
5-11 during which we will have many events and activities planned.  Our
biggest event and fundraiser will be on Sunday October 5th to help kick off
the week and 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, mention on flyers, in our Facebook group and
during IBW events.  You can also provide us with material to set out at our
sponsor table during our Oct. 5th Share the Adventure Event.

$75 Sponsorship - Receive the above plus your logo on our flyers
advertising the event.  There are 5 spots left at this level.

$100 Sponsorship - Receive the above plus mention in any print, online or
radio advertising.  There is one spot left at this level.

$250 Sponsorship - Receive the above plus a vendor table at our Share the Adventure Event on Sunday Oct. 5th in Elburn.  You may staff the table and hand out information and/or sell items.  There is one spot left at this level.  

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, on our flyers and at events
during IBW.   We will also have a donors table where we can put out
information you provide.


We are so excited for International Babywearing Week 2014 and hope you will Share the Adventure with us!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Reflections: One Year Ago

Today is an exciting day for BWI of North Central Illinois!

It's our one year anniversary of being an official BWI Chapter!

It's been one heck of a year!  Filled with the excitement of organizing a new chapter, building a lending library, a huge membership drive the first month, walking in a parade, decorating a babywearing scarecrow, putting together raffles and giveaways, having an extremely successful International Babywearing Week, adding meeting locations, dealing with meeting cancellations because of the extremely cold weather, putting together yet another membership drive, an educational wrapping workshop, training new educators, working expos, making demo dolls and much much more!

Looking back, it's been a year full of wonderful memories!   I can't thank the leadership team enough!  With Rachel, Christi, Melissa and Jacquelyn by my side, it has been a lot of work, but so much fun!  From Rachel cutting up dolls, to me always taking selfies with them, having wine and cake to celebrate successes, to Christi picking us out hats for IBW.. I have enjoyed every minute and cherish the camaraderie we share.  We took our passion and put our heart and soul into building this chapter up.  It truly is an amazing thing for us to see it grow.

Thank you Sarah, Missy, and Justine for all the hard work you all have put into the ever growing chapter!  Whether it's donating your time to build a scarecrow, work an expo, teach at 4 meetings per month, all have shown that you are all extremely dedicated and passionate to spreading the knowledge and love of babywearing.  Thank you to our new VBEs,  Ali, Jennifer, Katy and Susan for joining the team, and dedicating your time to help caregivers learn the benefits of babywearing.  Thank you Katy and Rashada, as our new chapter librarians, we appreciate you volunteering and helping to keep the libraries running smoothly. 
If there was one word to describe this year...I would say it was Teamwork!

And thank you, to all of you for coming to the meetings, telling your friends and family about us, and spreading the love of babywearing!

We begin our second year as a chapter with almost 600 FB members, 12 very active VBEs, 7 monthly meeting locations, 3 fully stocked lending libraries, quarterly member workshops, a list of member benefits, regular BW 101s throughout the community and 95 BWI of NCIL memberships!

What does the next year have in store?  I'm sure more than we can even imagine right now!  But we plan to continue to grow our library, continue our outreach efforts, add some play dates, have some fundraisers, train more educators, and hope to serve the communities we are in as best as possible!

Here's to another great year!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

A Big Announcement!

We have an announcement! McHenry county will now be served by BWI of North Central Illinois. BWI of Chicagoland and BWI of North Central Illinois are sister chapters. We have decided together that this will be good for the residents of McHenry county. BWI of NCIL is well-prepared to help McHenry County babywearers. With an extensive library and two seasoned educators living in McHenry county, Tabitha Goins and Rachel Dreyer, we expect a smooth transition. McHenry county members will continue to receive excellent instruction from Susan Field and Jennifer Grant as they will now be educators for North Central Illinois. If you are a Chicagoland member from McHenry county, your membership will be transferred to North Central Illinois unless you request to remain with Chicagoland. You will have all of the member privileges offered by NCIL and will renew on the date that your membership expires. The Woodstock meetings will continue as scheduled and more meetings in McHenry county will likely be added in the future. We expect this move to be good for everyone. McHenry County, welcome to BWI of North Central Illinois!

If you are looking for what babywearing serves your area, this map shows where meeting are for the Chicagoland babywearing groups.

Happy Wearing!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Our wrapping workshop was a huge success!

Our first member workshop was held on a Saturday in April.  We all had a blast!
These workshops will be held once a quarter and will  focus on different skills/carriers. They are perfect for broadening knowledge base on certain carriers and working on more advanced skills.  The workshops are open to members and non members. Members receive priority registration and free admission. Registration for non members are opened up as space allows and are $5 per person.

Our first workshop was a wrap intensive workshop.  It was an afternoon full of wrapping little ones! Whether the caregiver was a novice or an expert, they all learned new techniques and carries.

It was split up into different stations: Front carries, Hip Carries, Beginner Back Carries, Advanced Back Carries and another one that showed variations of ways to make the most of shorter wovens.  
At each station, our caregivers received one on one attention with one of our accredited educators.

Have fun looking at the photos and we hope to see you at the next workshop!

Christi teaching caregivers how to do a Pocket Wrap Cross Carry
looks like everyone is learning lots

Christie and Denise deep in conversation
learning new carries
we had lots of mirrors so everyone could see how the carries look

Jacquelyn teaching Danielle how to do her first back carry!
Sarah's explaining how to do Robin's hip carry

Jacquelyn helping Kim do her first back carry
Melissa teaching Christina's Ruckless

learning advanced back carries
Tabitha teaching how to do a slip knot

A happy ending to a wonderful workshop!

Feel free to leave us a comment or a picture of what you learned!  It was a lot of fun and we can't wait to do it again!