Sunday, September 15, 2013

Get Carried Away! Gearing up for International Babywearing Week 2013

The leadership team has been busy, busy, busy these last few weeks getting ready for International Babywearing Week! We have some fantastic events planned this year. Get your calendars ready...

What is IBW?
IBW, or International Babywearing Week, is a chance for us to spread the babywearing love as far and wide as possible. Events will focus on education, exposure, and FUN. It's a chance for us to broaden the babywearing community and celebrate what we are all about! We will have lots of fun social events and there will be raffles galore for some amazing prize packages!

When is IBW?
International Babywearing Week of 2013 takes place from October 7-13. 

What's planned for IBW?
We have a theme and/or event each day. We will also be hosting raffles for several different prize packages. You will be able to purchase raffle tickets throughout the week (more details to come on this) and the winners will be drawn after IBW ends.

Monday 10/7: Meetings and Traditional Babywearing
Morning Sugar Grove meeting, 10:30-12:30 as usual at the Sugar Grove Public Library.
Evening DeKalb meeting, 6-8 PM as usual at First Methodist Church of DeKalb.
In addition to our regular meeting routines, we will talk about traditional babywearing! We will have baby carriers from a variety of cultures for you to try on and learn about.

Tuesday 10/8: Tutorial Tuesday
Check in on our Facebook page for the debut of our YouTube channel!

Wednesday 10/9: Web Wednesday
Get the word out online! Post as many babywearing pictures as you can on Facebook, Instagram, your blog, or any other online forum you want. Show the world where babywearing takes you!

Thursday 10/10: West Dundee Meeting and Traditional Babywearing
Join us for our meeting in a NEW and exciting location! 
Swell Gallery is a 650 sf exhibition space in the lower level of a historic building in the downtown business district.
123½ W Main Street in West Dundee, Illinois
As with our Monday meetings this week, we will be available for help and carrier checkout and will also be talking about traditional babywearing across the globe. You will have a chance to try on carriers from a variety of cultures. 

Friday 10/11: Frightful Friday! 
Come check out our babywearing scarecrow in the St. Charles Scarecrow Festival! 

Saturday 10/12: Sweatin' Saturday
We are planning a group hike at Rock Cut State Park. Bring the whole family and join us for some babywearing in the great outdoors!

Sunday 10/13: The Big One
1:00-5:00 PM
This is our showstopper, our main event. Don't miss out on this one. We will be teaching intensive babywearing classes at a gorgeous, 1897 Victorian mansion in Elburn. Classes will be available on many topics including newborn babywearing, wrapping 101, back wrapping, ring slings and pouches, and mei tais/SSCs. We'll have a demo table of DIY baby carriers for the craft-inclined. Karl Dreyer, our resident babywearing daddy, will be working with the dudes. There will also be some fun babywearing games with chances to win a prize. Childcare is available on site! There will be refreshments! The best part? This is all FREE! So come spend the day with us and learn as many new tips and tricks as you can! A full class schedule will be posted prior to the event. We will ask you to pre-register if possible so that we can fully prepare for our classes and activities. 

If you're planning to attend Sunday's big event, please pre-register here:
(If you don't pre-register, please come anyway!)

International Babywearing Week 2013 is going to be HUGE fun. It's our first IBW as BWI of North Central Illinois and we plan to make it a week to remember.

Come on out and Get Carried Away with us!