Our meetings are free and open to the public, led by Volunteer Babywearing Educators (VBEs), Advanced Babywearing Educators (ABEs) and Master Babywearing Educators (MBEs) who have had their skills assessed and accredited by Babywearing International (BWI). We also have VBEs in training and volunteer administrative support (Chapter Support Volunteers) helping at our meetings. We thank all our volunteers for all their hard work! We have meetings all over the Twin Cities of Minnesota. We also try to have a play date or fun activity every month.

[Image Description: Overlapping text bubbles and Babywearing International (TM) logo Image Text: Who attends BABYWEARING MEETINGS? Expecting Parents Dads Nannies Educators Parents Volunteers Older Siblings Moms Grandparents Babysitters Foster Parents Extended Family Anyone caring for a child is welcome. Feel free to meet the needs of your child(ren) during the meeting.]

 

Parents, parents-to-be and caregivers who are new to our group often wonder what they can expect at our meetings. Our meetings are free and open to anyone regardless of where you live. You do not need to be a paying member to attend a meeting. Paying for a membership supports our group and our mission financially and allows you to check out up to two carriers per month from our lending library for the duration of your monthly or year-long membership.

Our meetings are usually two hours long. You are welcome to come for the whole time, or if you need to arrive late/leave early, that is no problem at all. We try to allow a few extra minutes at the beginning of the meeting to wait for those who might be running a little late (this never happens with children, right?); this is a good time to return a borrowed carrier to a volunteer. Feel free to look through the lending library, visit with friends, or introduce yourself to someone new while we wait to get started.

We will begin with a few housekeeping announcements, things like who can help with what and when to check out carriers (at the end of the meeting). Then, we will go around the room for introductions, usually having everyone share their name, child(ren)’s name(s), and what they’re hoping to learn at the meeting. Each month we have a different carry or carrier of the month and a quick demonstration. After the demo, we will direct everyone to small groups to focus on different carrier types (wraps, ring slings, soft structured carriers, meh dais/bei dais, and pouch slings). If you come to simply hang out, visit and try new stuff, that’s great! You certainly do not need to join a small group, just visit with others and mingle. The small groups are helpful if you want to learn something new or have questions regarding a specific carrier type. If small groups aren’t your thing, find a Volunteer Babywearing Educator to ask whatever baby carrier question is on your mind.

If you would like to support our group and our mission by becoming a member, you can find a chapter volunteer to help you. Once you are a member, you may check out up to two carriers each month.  You can check out a carrier at the end of the meeting, which is to ensure all library carriers are available during the meeting for attendees to try.

We hope you will join us at a meeting soon!

[Image Description: Road map with directions from the beginning to the end of a babywearing meeting and the Babywearing International (TM) logo Image Text: Navigating Your First Babywearing Meeting Join one of BWI's free instructional meetings! BEFORE THE MEETING Find the next event on our website, Facebook page, or Facebook group. Feel free to bring any carriers you own, your children, and support people. AT THE START OF THE MEETING Sign in, return any carriers you have due, and settle in. DURING THE MEETING Learn how to babywear! Get free advice from Volunteer Babywearing Educators, ask questions, and try on any of the library carriers. END OF THE MEETING Sign up to take home a library carrier (ask your chapter for the details). See you next month!]