Monthly Meeting-September South

Tuesday Sept 27tth 1:30PM-4PM

First Christian Church of Port Orchard

Monthly Meetings are always free and open to the public for anyone interested in learning about babywearing. We have demos and explanations about the basic types of carriers, general how-to and safety, offer one-on-one assistance, and provide a place of community for babywearers to come together. All skill levels are welcome! Please bring your own carriers if you would like help, or to share with the group. The monthly meeting is also when we open our lending library to members to check out and return carriers.

If you are returning a carrier to the lending library, please be on time and turn it in at the beginning of the meeting. Thanks!

*If you love our meetings and would like to see them continue please think about donating $1 at the welcome table. We appreciate every donation and thank you guys for helping keep our group running!

Monthly Meeting- September North

Saturday, September 10th 10AM-1PM

Gilberton Community Club  8050 Ilahee Rd NE Bremerton, WA 98311

** NOTE THE NEW LOCATION!! ❤️ **

Monthly Meetings are always free and open to the public for anyone interested in learning about babywearing. We have demos and explanations about the basic types of carriers, general how-to and safety, offer one-on-one assistance, and provide a place of community for babywearers to come together. All skill levels are welcome! Please bring your own carriers if you would like help, or to share with the group. The monthly meeting is also when we open our lending library to members to check out and return carriers.

If you are returning a carrier to the lending library, please be on time and turn it in at the beginning of the meeting. Thanks!

*If you love our meetings and would like to see them continue please think about donating $1 at the welcome table, to help pay the fee for some of our locations. We appreciate every donation and thank you guys for helping keep our group running!

**If you or your children are sick, please skip this meeting and catch the next one**

Lending Library Review- Yaro Turtle Brown Size 4

Budget wraps always hold a special place in my heart. As someone who once thought she could NEVER afford a woven wrap it makes me glad that the market for budget wraps has increased so exponentially. When I started wearing, which wasn’t even that long ago, your only real option were Storchenwiege’s, Lenny Lamb’s and Little Frog’s. Today the economical babywearer has a multitude of brands to choose from, and they range from cutesy to classy.

Our lending library’s Yaro Turtle is a perfect budget friendly wrap. Retailing at $75 for a size 6, you get a lot of bang for your buck. Te wrap is 100% cotton, it’s thin and airy, with just a little texture to give it a little grip. I also really love the neutral color, you can wear it with jeans (or yoga pants, who am I kidding, I don’t wear jeans), or a little back dress (which I also don’t wear, ha!).

To test out the wrap I decided to try a FWCC tied under bum, and a kangaroo carry with my 12lb.  8 week old. And to see how it held up against the might of a toddler, I bribed my 30lb, 2 1\2 year old into a rucksack, and a shepherds carry.

For my 8 week old I really appreciated the softness. While I wouldn’t describe it as “blankety”, or “kitten belly soft”, I also wouldn’t describe it as burlap-y. I happened to be the first one to play with this when it first joined our library, and it was pretty soft on arrival, and has softened further with regular checkouts.

For my FWCCtub, the wrap was easily tightened, and I appreciated the texture and slight grip for this carry in particular. I find with FWCCtub that if the wrap is too slick that the knot can be difficult to secure without baby being able to pop their seat. That was not a problem at all with this wrap

With Kangaroo carry I appreciated the wraps two different sides. The wrap is a bit plain looking compared to some of the more Lisa Frank inspired wraps,, and it adds a bit of interest to show off both the right and wrong side of the wrap. It’s also a really helpful learning tool with this carry, since when you do the shoulder flip it can be easy to get twisted or grab the wrong rail and not notice. But with the two opposing sides its obvious when you’re on the wrong track.

For my rucksack carry with my 2 1\2 year old, the wrap did get a bit diggy, and I had her up for less than ten minutes. There really isn’t much cush in this wrap, which is a bit of a compromise. I did really appreciate the thinness. It was over 75°F the day I wrapped her, and temperature wise I didn’t really notice that I had a huge, sweaty, toddler on my back.

Sheperds Carry is one of my favorites. With this carry we were able to counteract some of the digginess we encountered with the ruck, by spreading the shoulders out a bit. And the second pass helped enormously with bearing her weight. And again, the thin, airiness of the wrap came in handy we weren’t hot at all even with the second pass.

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Lending Library Review- Beco Gemini

Review by: Nicole, VBE

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Nicole’s Beco Gemini Review

 

Near the end of my pregnancy with my second child, I started really looking forward to trying different carriers that weren’t readily available when my toddler was an infant. The Beco Soleil had become one of our favorite pieces from our lending library. There were a few quirks we weren’t wild about, but once it was adjusted properly it fit the two of us like a glove.

So naturally, I was super stoked to try one of the library’s two Beco Geminis once new baby arrived. The Gemini is a really versatile carrier. The bottom snaps down to accommodate small babies without an infant insert, or to allow an older infant with good head control to face forward for short amounts of time. As baby grows, you make a simple snap adjustment, no rethreading through a waist strap, and you’re on your way.

Another fun thing about the Gemini is that it comes in some really cute prints, and its a pretty economical carrier, retailing at $130, but its not rare to find them on the swap for under $80. Beco has also partnered with the wrap company Tekhni to make semi-wrap conversions. Since I’ve always liked Tekhni, I had my eyes on one of these “Bekhni”‘s, if my tester from the library panned out.

Something we say a lot is that SSC’s (soft structured, or ” buckle” carriers) are like jeans. They all fit everyone’s body a little differently. Just because you and your bestie may be the same size, you each will have subtle differences in your body proportions and posture. Which may lead to one of you absolutely falling in love with a carrier, while it rubs the other under the armpits in an annoying way.

Two things I disliked about this carrier, and about all Beco’s in general really. The first, is they have three point security buckles. This does mean that it would be insanely hard for an errant toddler to reach up and undo your buckle, however it also means that you need two hands to take the carrier off. My issue with this is that my babies don’t like being set down. Like ever. And usually the reason I’m removing them from a carrier is because they are on the verge of losing it. So setting them down causes the whole situation to escalate.

The second thing, is the direction that you have to pull the straps in order to tighten. They are single adjusters aiming from the body panel to under the arms. It is just a very awkward angle to get a good fit on.

The Gemini is a fairly thick carrier, with cushy padding throughout the entire body of the carrier. This makes it fairly rigid as opposed to its Soleil counterpart, which has a double layer of canvas that molds to the baby’s form. My 12lb. eight week old couldn’t quite get comfortable in it any of the times that we tried. It was very easy to nurse in by simply letting out the shoulder straps a bit, latch baby on, and retighten when I was finished. There is also a fold down head support that is perfect for when baby falls asleep.. It snaps down to the front of the carrier when not in use, and has buckles to fasten it to the shoulder straps when you do want to use it. This carrier also allows you to cross the straps in a front carry (and also to perform a hip carry, if you were son inclined). This was nice for me, since because of the shape of my shoulders the shoulder straps made these little points that couldn’t be adjusted away.

I also tried my 30 lb. Two and a half year old in the carrier, mostly just because she was within the 7-35lb weight limit. We tried forward facing just to be silly. It was very uncomfortable for both of us, but we got a few giggles out of it. Then I adjusted the panel to widen it, and tried a back carry. She was far from knee to knee, which isn’t important for development at this stage, but it can definitely help with comfort. The thick cushy shoulder padding was really nice for someone of her weight.

Overall this is a great carrier. Most of the things that I didn’t like about it were just personal preference, I would absolutely recommend this carrier to someone wanting to use an SSC with a young infant, or to someone who would like the forward facing option. While I wouldn’t call it “toddlerworthy”, it certainly did the job and I would absolutely use this with my toddler if I was in a pinch.

 

-Nicole

Carry of the Week: Week 34 – Knotless Double Hammock

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WEEK 34
Knotless Double Hammock

Tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9oABtXH-yKA

This carry will use your base size -1 and is very similarly done to the Double Hammock Tied at Shoulder learned earlier in this series but will allow you to tie off “knotless” rather than having a double knot on your shoulder which can be uncomfortable for some wearers.

Post photos below of you trying out a Knotless Double Hammock!

We Need Volunteers!!!

Babywearing International of Kitsap Peninsula is a non-profit group that serves our community by helping caregivers learn how to safely and comfortably babywear. We hold 2 meetings each month where the public can try on carriers from our lending library, and paid members can check out a carrier from our extensive lending library for a month at a time. We also do Pop-Up Workshops at locations a little further than our usual meeting spaces which gives more of our community a chance to get help with carriers and see what our library has to offer. We also hold family events, playdates, fundraisers, and talk with teen moms at our local alternative high schools. Babywearing International of Kitsap Peninsula is run 100% by its volunteers.

So, How can you help??

We can always use CSV (Chapter Support Volunteers) and VBE’s (Volunteer Babywearing Educators)!  BUT we could also use kid wranglers, people to welcome our new meeting attendees, people good at social media/promoting, blog writers, carrier reviwers, photographers for candid pictures at meetings and events, help setting up and breaking down for events too!

Here are the two most common questions we hear from people considering volunteering:

I can only commit to one meeting a month. Is that enough to be useful?
YES! Our goal is to have enough volunteers that each person can pick a “home” meeting location near them and focus on attending that meeting each month (of course you’re welcome at all of them as long as you love it, but we are not obligating anyone to volunteer beyond their desire or capability, or to drive an hour each way for a meeting!). And even if you can’t make it to regular meetings, we have outreach events and lots of behind-the-scenes and online projects!

I’m not really interested or don’t have time to become a VBE (volunteer babywearing educator). Can I still help?
YES! Yes yes yes! I mean, we do need volunteer educators, but there are many other options as well.

If you have ever thought about volunteering please reach out to any of our current CSV’s or VBE’s.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/bwikitsap/

This is map showing where all our volunteers are, where we hold events, and meetings. You can see that we can use people in all areas of the county. We can only reach the areas and hold events in places we have volunteers!

The red markers are our VBEs, the purple markers are CSVs, the blue markers are monthly meetings, and the yellow markers are our pop-up workshop locations.
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Hike It Baby meets BWI

On May 6th BWI-Kitsap VBE’s joined forces with Melissa of Hike it Baby Kitsap. Hike it baby is a free group for families to organize hikes with other local families. BWI was asked to join a hike and be there to help Hike it Baby members out with baby carriers.
It was a beautiful day at Evergreen Park in Bremerton. Once the whole group arrived, We were able to do an introduction, and give one on one baby wearing help to those who needed it. Once we began our hike the kids got to lead the way around a loop ending at the playground. When the hike ended, VBE’s Nicole, Samantha, Jen, and Haylee were able to do more one on one help with baby carriers. Overall it was really fun getting out and getting active in the nice spring weather with the community.
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