Coming Soon…How to Wear Your Newborn

I am expecting our sweet new baby to arrive any day now and once he arrives I will be putting together a series of blog posts showing how different carriers work with a newborn.  I’ll post photos, talk about positioning and give my review for how well certain carriers work with a newborn!

Stay tuned!

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{Guest Post} How Babywearing changed my life!

When my daughter was born my husband worked away from home (and still does). He was able to take almost a month off for her birth but reality set in when he went away for that first week. We don’t know many people in Lethbridge and our family is also far away. So I felt alone.

Because my daughter didn’t like to be put down, I felt trapped in the house. I had a ring sling but I was intimidated by it and didn’t know how to use it. And don’t even get me started on the Moby wrap. Talk about scary!
I was determined to regain some semblance of a social life and some small handle on my housework so I got to work looking at YouTube videos explaining baby wearing. I soon mastered the ring sling and it transformed my life! I could clean my house, shop and visit with friends, all without neglecting my daughter. In fact, it helped me to bond with her and to become more responsive to her needs as I was so close that I could read her cues very well.
I never did master the Moby (I guess wraps will have to wait) and while we have graduated from the ring sling, I am a proud owner of a Babyhawk and Beco Butterfly. I never leave the house without my Beco! I don’t like lugging around a stroller which doesn’t always fit well in stores. And my Babyhawk is my around-the-house carrier for getting housework done. I am constantly getting compliments on how I manage to keep my house looking clean and get all of my errands done, all while my husband is at work. And the truth is that it’s all thanks to baby wearing. My mom even wears her in the mei tai when she watches her – it’s infectious!
I’m sorry that was so long-winded. But it really is how I feel. I couldn’t imagine not wearing my daughter and what my life would look like.
Sincerely,
Kris Lea

Fashion Show Awesomeness

Today I had a table at our local Welcome Wagon show.  SO much fun!  

I just love sharing the babywearing love.  Six other moms from our group came out and helped by modelling for a “Babywearing Fashion Show.”  It was great, all the babies were so sweet, a little 13 mth old girl even slept through the whole things snuggled with her mama in her Ergo.  Love that!

I brought my 20 mth old and she even took an hour and half nap wrapped on my back in our Girasol.  Pretty good for a girl who’s been on a “wrapping strike” for a while.  Hooray!  I’l have to upload a pic from my phone.

I had a table set up with demo carriers and information.  The table was busy most of the time and I had the chance to talk to a lot of mamas and answer their questions.  I hope to see some more new faces at our next meeting. 

A great day spent sharing one of my favourite things about parenting 🙂

Tanya

Back at it!

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The warmer weather is finally here and I cannot wait for us to have our monthly meetings at the park! 

Its been a slow winter for meetings and I’m looking forward to seeing all of our group members again. 

Rosina, one of our long time members, is starting weekly Babywearing Walks and we’re hoping to do a few field trips as a group this summer – so fun!

Ive kept busy over the winter teaching a few classes for Mommy Connections. And will be teaching a couple classes at the Family Center this spring.  Its so exciting to see our group gaining recognition within our city!

My youngest has been on a “wrapping strike” lately, which is sad but she will bring me a SSC if she needs a snuggle.  And I’m expecting another little one this summer, which I cannot WAIT to snuggle in a wrap! 

I’m also looking for any of our members that would like to write a blog post for us on their experiences with Babywearing – let me know!

Tanya

March Meeting – Evening Edition!

Our March meeting is soon upon us and we have heard your requests to try an evening meeting! Please join us on March 11 at the Family Centre, 1010 4th ave, at 6:30am. Our featured carrier this month will be “Woven Wraps,” such as Didymos, Storchenwiege, Girasol, etc. The information part of our meeting on our featured carrier and carrier safety will begin at 6:45pm. After that we would be happy to assist you in trying any style or type of carrier you wish with your baby.
We will be demonstrating front, hip and back carries using woven wraps for newborns through to toddlers.

If you have any questions, please drop us an email at bridgecityslingers@gmail.com

Hope to see you there!

Tanya & Andrea

January Meeting

Happy New Year!

We have heard quite a few requests to have the occasional evening meeting and Andrea and I have been in discussion about it. We will let you know shortly what the final setup for that will be.

Our January meeting will be held at Andrea’s home, if you’ve never been there please email us (bridgecityslingers@gmail.com) for the address.
We will be meeting on January 8th from 9:30-11:30am.

Our featured carrier this month is a Woven Wrap.
We will be using several different brands and lengths of wraps to demonstrate both front, back & hip carries.
If you are wanting to hear the talk on our featured carrier and on carrier safety please make note that our “Information” part of the session will begin at 9:45am.
After that feel free to drop in and we would be happy to assist you in trying any style or type of carrier you wish with your baby. If you have a carrier that you would like help learning to use please bring it with you to the meeting.

Just a reminder, we ask that if you or your children are sick or have something beyond the sniffles that you please wait to attend a meeting until you are feeling better. We want everyone to feel comfortable bringing their little ones to the meetings without fear of them catching something.

If you have any questions, please drop us an email at bridgecityslingers@gmail.com

Hope to see you there!

Tanya & Andrea

Location Change for December!

🙂 Just because you love us…

Our December meeting will be held at Andrea’s home, if you’ve never been there please email us (bridgecityslingers@gmail.com) for the address.
We will be meeting on December 11th from 9:30-11:30am.

Our featured carrier this month is Ringslings, Pouches & Rebozo carries.
We will be using several different brands of each carrier to deomonstrate both front & hip carries.
If you are wanting to hear the talk on our featured carrier and on carrier safety please make note that our “Information” part of the session will begin at 9:45am.
After that feel free to drop in and we would be happy to assist you in trying any style or type of carrier you wish with your baby. If you have a carrier that you would like help learning to use please bring it with you to the meeting.

Also, in light of the more severe flus and colds going around this fall, we are that if you or your children are sick or have something beyond the sniffles that you please wait to attend a meeting until you are feeling better. We want everyone to feel comfortable bringing their little ones to the meetings without fear of them catching something.

If you have any questions, please drop us an email at bridgecityslingers@gmail.com

Hope to see you there!

Tanya & Andrea

Mailing List!

If you would like to join our mailing list please email us at bridgecityslingers@gmail.com and let us know! We will let you know about any upcoming events in Lethbridge as well as a reminder a week before our monthly meetings.

Tanya 🙂

November Meeting

Come and join us for our November meeting in a new location! For the next couple of months we will be meeting at the old St. Patrick’s School Building at 1013 – 8th Street South from 9:30-11:30am.

We are asking, if possible, that everyone bring a toonie donation towards the rental of this meeting space.

Our featured carrier this month is Soft Structured carriers. We will be using Beco, Ergo and Olives&Applesauce carriers for demonstrating both front & back carries.
If you are wanting to hear the talk on our featured carrier and on carrier safety please make note that our “Information” part of the session will begin at 9:45am.
After that we would be happy to assist you in trying any style or type of carrier you wish with your baby. If you have a carrier that you would like help learning to use please bring it with you to the meeting.

Also, in light of the more severe flus and colds going around this fall, we are that if you or your children are sick or have something beyond the sniffles that you please wait to attend a meeting until you are feeling better. We want everyone to feel comfortable bringing their little ones to the meetings without fear of them catching something.

If you have any questions, please drop us an email at bridgecityslingers@gmail.com

Hope to see you there!

Tanya & Andrea