What is International Babywearing Week (Calgary)?

At Babes in Arms we are thrilled to have teamed up with Babywearing Calgary as well as other local, mom-owned babywearing businesses to plan International Babywearing Week in Calgary, October 6-12. According to Mayor Bronconnier’s official proclamation of the event in Calgary, “using a baby carrier makes it easier and more comfortable, allowing parents and caregivers to hold or carry their children while attending to the daily tasks of living” – and that is why we want to promote and celebrate it!

We started celebrating early in September when our Baby Carrier Drive kicked off, collecting safe, used carriers for the moms at Elizabeth House. Carriers are being accepted until October 12 at Babes in Arms as well as at Attachment Parenting Village Canada‘s free weekly playgroup. The carriers will be presented to Elizabeth House, a non-profit organization helping teen moms, on October 14, at which time a group of babywearing experts from Babes in Arms, Babywearing Calgary, Uppy Baby and Stick With Me, Baby! will also teach the moms present about proper positioning and how to use the carriers.

On Saturday, Oct. 2, Babywearing Calgary presented a babywearing fashion show at the Calgary Breastfeeding Challenge. This fashion show featured common misconceptions about babywearing and contrasted these with the truth.

Sunday, Oct. 3 was the monthly Babywearing Calgary free meeting at Room to Grow.

Friday, Oct. 8 at Room to Grow we are hosting an Ice Cream Social with, of course, ice cream, as well as babywearing-themed party games, prizes, and a showing of Away We Go, in which Maggie Gyllenhaal plays a babywearing mom. For more information on how to register, visit the Facebook event.

Saturday, Oct. 9, Uppy Baby is hosting a babywearing mall walk at Cross Iron Mills. Everyone is welcome and this is a great time to get pointers on your current carrier and have a look at what other parents love. The informal walk will give parents a chance to discuss questions and concerns about babywearing. Again, for more information please visit the Facebook event.

Finally, Tuesday, October 12 we are taking part in a free Baby Carrier Clinic at the AP Village Canada playgroup. Various babywearing experts will be on hand to help you get the most out of your carrier or to help you choose the best carrier for you. This is an especially great event if you’re a little unsure of your little one’s positioning while in your carrier. Check out the Facebook event.

**<Edited to add:> We have added a second Babywearing Mall Walk for Friday, Oct. 15, 2-3 pm. We will meet by the carousel in the food court at Chinook Centre – look for the wraps and slings! This event is free and requires no pre-registration but if you’d like more info, visit the Facebook event. <end edit>**

Want to show your support for babywearing? Consider changing your Facebook profile picture to a photo of you wearing your little one and writing a caption like “Happy Babywearing Week!” – you can even link back to the Facebook pages for Babywearing Safety, Babywearing Calgary, or the Baby Carrier Industry Alliance (or Babes in Arms, of course!).

The baby carrier industry, and therefore babywearing, is currently under attack by the CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Council) in the USA. One major manufacturer of high quality baby slings has already been bankrupted by this action and the entire industry is at risk. Because the Canadian government follows suit with American government standards, we urge anyone who cares about babywearing to take this opportunity to follow this story. You can make a difference by spreading the word, becoming a Baby Carrier Industry Alliance member, or, if you are in the USA, contacting your congressperson.

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