Sunday, November 5, 2017

Upcoming meetings!

Please take note of the upcoming meeting dates for November and December. We also have a new location for the Dekalb meeting so take a look at the details on the Calendar tab.

We hope you will join us at one of these free meetings to learn more about babywearing and get help from our Volunteer Babywearing Educators.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

It's International Babywearing Week!

Babywearing International of North Central Illinois has some fun things happening and some exciting giveaways to celebrate!

Member Giveaway

We have an exciting giveaway for members of BWI of NCIL. For any member who has a current membership that will not expire before October 31, 2017, including any new or renewing members who purchase their membership in October 2017, you are automatically entered into a drawing for your choice of either a Tula Standard Baby Carrier or a Beco Ring Sling! The winner will be drawn on October 30th so if you are wanting to join, please do so before that date either online or in person at one of our free meetings.

Name Those Threads & IBW Playdates

This whole week on our public Facebook page, check out our Name Those Threads game, which has you taking a look at our lending library and figuring out the names of four close-up photos of carriers each day. Each correct set of answers gets you entered to win a giveaway that will be drawn on October 9th. Visit to get started.

Also, on the public Facebook are links to our special playdates we have going on during IBW. Be sure to hang out with us at the Midwest Museum of Natural History, come do Babywearing Zumba at Rumba Dance Fitness, or visit with us at the Burpee Museum of Natural History.

IBW Photo Scavenger Hunt

Visit our closed Facebook group for an IBW Photo Scavenger Hunt. We have a post there with all the details of the pictures you need to take and then post during this week in order to be entered into a drawing which will be drawn on October 9th. If you complete the whole list, you'll be entered into an additional drawing!

Pampered Chef Fundraiser

Shop for some awesome products from Pampered Chef consultant, Kara Atwater, and help out BWI of NCIL at the same time. Either shop at one of our meetings using the catalogs we will have available or shop online at

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Happy Anniversary, BWI of NCIL!

This month marks the 4th year since BWI of North Central Illinois began. It certainly has grown in the past four years, and even in the past year alone.

Our lending library has added many new carriers, enabling us to split four sub-libraries into six. This makes it easier to have high demand carriers at every meeting. Our ability to add to these libraries comes from paid memberships and generous donations from both members and businesses.

Recently our Board of Directors has seen a lot of changes. We thank those volunteers that have served previously and moved on to other things as their children have grown. We want to welcome some new faces as we move into our fifth year as a non-profit organization.

The current BWI of NCIL Board of Directors is:

President - Sarah Montgomery
Vice President - Alieta Guntly
Secretary - Jordana Bullion
Treasurer - Myra Walls
Member Benefits Coordinator - Jamie Symons
Outreach Coordinator - Amanda Tracy 
Training Coordinator - currently vacant

The BWI of NCIL Board of Directors, May 2017
Left to Right: Amanda Tracy, Jordana Bullion, Sarah Montgomery, Myra Walls, Alieta Guntly
Not pictured: Jamie Symons

BWI of North Central Illinois is always looking for volunteers to help in various ways with our group, and the Board of Directors always welcomes input from our members. We all look forward to continuing to make BWI of North Central Illinois a valuable resource for our area. Our group strives to help caregivers in our six county region learn about babywearing as well as to reach out and provide additional resources to  the communities we serve.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Weather Warning - Rockford meeting

Just want to put out a little warning that we may end the Rockford meeting today a bit early. There are tornado watches out for all of our counties right now. If you have a carrier to return, please try to come to the meeting as timely as you can. If you cannot make it to the meeting for any reason, including just not wanting to head out with this watch issued, please send Alieta Guntly a message. She can set up a time to do an exchange at her house within the next couple days instead.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Weather Cancellations for West Dundee & Aurora Meetings

We have discussed the upcoming storm that will be starting today and going into tomorrow. We have decided that for the safety of our members and our volunteers that we are cancelling the West Dundee meeting (which was scheduled for Friday night) and the Aurora meeting (which was scheduled for Saturday morning).

If you have a carrier checked out from the lending library that was due back at one of these meetings, please keep it until the January meeting. We do have two remaining meetings coming up in December at Woodstock and Rockford if all goes well.

We will see you in the New Year! Stay safe!

Saturday, October 1, 2016

International Babywearing Week 2016

We are celebrating International Babywearing Week 2016 with several exciting things.

IBW 2016 takes place from October 5-10 but we will be doing a special membership drive all month long!

We also have a Wrapping Workshop coming up on Sunday, October 9th from 1:30-3:30pm. BWI of NCIL members get free registration and it is just $5 for non-members. Follow this link to get tickets.

You'll find out some more fun details throughout this week so keep watch on our Facebook and the blog.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Macy's Shop for a Cause

Exciting fundraising opportunity! Our group has partnered with Macy’s for their annual “Shop for a Cause” fundraiser.

How does this work?
To participate and help out Babywearing International of North Central Illinois, we are selling Macy’s savings passes for $5 each. Once we receive your $5 in person at any of our July or August meetings before the event, we will then give you the shopping pass.

If you are unable to attend a meeting, 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.

How does this benefit Babywearing International of North Central Illinois?
That entire $5 you donate to us in exchange for the shopping pass gets to stay with our non-profit organization!

How does this benefit you?
The savings pass entitles you to save 25% all day on August 26-28, 2016 on select regular, sale and clearance merchandise, including home – even brands that are normally excluded!

Also, save 10% on electrics, electronics, watches, furniture, mattresses, and rugs/floor coverings.

*Some exclusions apply. These are listed on the back of the shopping pass. Feel free to ask us if you want to see the items excluded and we'll show you before you purchase the savings pass.

Where can I shop with my Macy's Shop for a Cause pass?
Passes are good in person at any Macy’s Store during the event dates of August 26, 27, and 28, 2016.

Just in case you aren't aware, we have three Macy's stores in the counties that our chapter covers -  Macy's Cherryvale in Rockford, Macy's Spring Hill in West Dundee, and Macy's Fox Valley in Aurora. Or you can visit any other store you are near during the time period.

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!

*Passes are not valid for shopping online.*

If you any questions or would like more information please contact one of our admins or visit MACYS.COM/SHOPFORACAUSE.