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!