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

Breeze Laguna

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, 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 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.


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!


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.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Awesome donations!

We have received so many donations in the past couple months that we want to share with you. We are so excited to be receiving these carries for our lending library.

A huge THANK YOU from BWI of NCIL to Beco, BabyBjorn, Lillebaby, and Marsupial Mamas! 

Beco Gemini Arrows

We received three Beco Geminis and three Beco Soleils. Here's a picture of just one of the new Geminis in action with our demo doll. Thank you Beco!

We have two more BabyBjorn carriers - a BabyBjorn One and a BabyBjorn We. Make sure to check these out at your next meeting. Thank you BabyBjorn!

We received these two carries from Lillebaby. Who will be first to check one of these out from the lending library? Thank you Lillebaby!
Left is the Lillebaby Complete Airflow Champagne
Right is the Lillebaby Complete All Seasons Stone
Our caregivers are going to love these three gorgeous new woven wraps from Marsupial Mamas. What a special treat it is to receive these wraps. Thank you Marsupial Mamas!
Left to Right - Natibaby Passiflora Azurite, Pavo Duet Iron, Natibaby Butterflies Blue-Yellow

A couple of these have moved right into the lending libraries and a couple more will be making the round to all the meetings and then be available for checkout soon. Be sure to try them out when you get the chance.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A Wrap Up to our Wrapping Workshop!

Our wrapping workshop on January 31, 2015 was a great success! Thank you to all of you that were able to join us. The VBE's had a fun time teaching a variety of woven wrap carries and we have heard great feedback from the attendees as well who went. Here are some photos from that day.
We will be doing another wrapping workshop this spring so keep watch for when that occurs. Of course, BWI of NCIL members get free registration and the chance to sign up ahead of non-members so it's one of those nice perks of having a membership.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Best Methods for Breaking in a Wrap

One of the most common questions new wrap owners ask is how to break in a wrap.

What exactly does it mean to break in a wrap?
Picture that favorite t-shirt or sweatshirt hanging in your closet. You know, the one you have had since before you can even remember and could potentially guarantee you a spot on “What Not to Wear”? It's soft, floppy, fits you just right and is so comfy!  Its seen lots of love and wear in its time which has gotten it to that perfect wearable state it's in now. The same is true for wraps and even other carriers in some cases. Once they are worn and loved for a period of time they can reach a new level of comfort and performance.
Below are several methods you can use to help break in a wrap.

Pre and post wash of a new wrap. What a difference!
  • Wash, dry and iron your wrap - The biggest leap in softening a wrap happens after its first wash. Washing before using your wrap also helps set the fibers and remove anything left over from the manufacturing process, especially when talking about wraps that arrive in loom state.  Generally speaking cotton, linen and hemp wraps can be put in the dryer on a low setting, use dryer balls for extra help with softening, or you can hang them to dry. Follow your wash and dry with an ironing and you will usually notice a considerable difference in the feel of your wrap.  ***Always follow manufacturer instructions for washing, drying and ironing.  More delicate fibers such as silk and wool require different care than described above.***

  • Braiding or knot dragging - This method works when the fibers of the wrap pass over each other to help soften them up during the act of braiding.  A common misconception is that having the wrap braided helps break it in but that isn’t the case.   It’s the act of braiding and having the material pass over itself that helps break in the fibers.  A related method is to create a knot with your wrap and pull the length of the wrap through the knot.  I show both of these methods in the video below, a slip knot is another good knot to use for knot dragging (not shown). These methods work best when done repeatedly.


  • Use it as a blanket or sit on it – Cuddle up on the couch with it, use it as a blanket while you sleep, sit on it while you’re in the car.   

  • Run it through a set of slingrings – Thread it through the rings like you would a ringsling and pull the length of your wrap through.   
  • Wrap with it  – Last but certainly not least, use your wrap! This is by far the best method to breaking in your wrap to get it to those perfect soft, gliding, easy to wrap with qualities.  It is so fun to be able to see your wrap evolve into a well broken in piece of cloth, it makes for a memorable journey!

 Breaking in wraps sometimes gets hyped up into something more than it needs to be.  Don’t let it intimidate you!   It doesn’t have to involve extreme measures or be something you have to do before your wrap can even be used.   There are some caregivers that  like the experience of having a new wrap and watching it evolve.  Others like to have a wrap that comes to them already broken in.  This is a great opportunity to take advantage of the secondhand market where you can easily find a wrap that has been well loved and broken in already.  There are also many wraps that arrive really soft and floppy brand new right out of the box and don’t require anything more than a quick wash to get that well broken in feeling.   Whatever method you choose, whether you buy used or new, remember that one of the most important things about wrapping or wearing your child is to enjoy all the memories you create through your babywearing  journey and  cherish all those cuddles!

Happy Babywearing!