Try out baby carriers at babywearing lending library events

BabywearingIf you are like most new moms, you are struggling to figure out which baby carrier is best for you.

My son was just 4 days old when I attempted "babywearing" for the first time. I was hooked after that, but knew I had a lot to learn. There are many choices of carriers and wraps, and wrapping a baby can be confusing without help.

Luckily, I found out about Babywearing International from another mom. The non-profit organization has several local chapters that hold regular meetings, often in public libraries, where parents can learn about the most comfortable, convenient and safe ways to carry a baby. BWI even has a lending library where parents can try out the many different styles of baby carriers.

BWI is run by accredited, volunteer babywearing educators who help promote safe and comfortable babywearing.

"Babywearing International gave me access to a variety of carrier styles I likely never would have tried on my own," says Kristi Wiegman, a Leonardtown mom of three. "I would never have attempted wrapping without the availability of the library wraps or the in-person guidance."

The free meetings include demonstrations of the various types of carriers and time to ask questions. Moms can test out and try on carriers at the meeting for free and check one out for one month at a time with a paid $30 annual membership fee. The meetings are also a great place to meet other parents.

"I have met so many amazing people through my involvement and have made friendships that I know will outlast our babywearing years," Wiegman says.

BWI periodically hosts other babywearing events, such as play dates, music classes, ballet and yoga. For more information about BWI and specific meeting times, check out the websites of several local BWI chapters:

By Rachel Weanie

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