What is Babywearing International?
Babywearing International, Inc. (BWI) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to promote babywearing as a universally accepted practice, with benefits for both child and caregiver, through education and support. Babywearing International of Wichita is a local chapter of BWI supporting Wichita, Kansas and surrounding areas.
For more detailed information about BWI mission, goals and beliefs you can visit our national affiliate website here.
What do we do?
First and foremost, we are about educating. All BWI chapters are led by Volunteer Babywearing Educators (VBEs) with extensive knowledge of different types of baby carriers and babywearing safety, and Chapter Support Volunteers (CSVs) that aid the chapter in non-educational tasks. While Babywearing International chapters do not sell or endorse specific brands of baby carriers, this chapter maintains a lending library so that members and attendees can try a variety of carriers to determine what meets their individual needs. At our monthly chapter meetings we offer education on babywearing safety and offer support to anyone who is interested in getting more information or assistance with their own baby carriers. Our VBEs will give demonstrations, answer questions, assist caregivers in finding and using a certain type of baby carrier, and offer support and encouragement to babywearing parents and caregivers.
Second, we are a community of parents and caregivers who support and empower each other in the journey through parenthood. Many of our members form long lasting friendships that begin at our chapter meetings and outreach events. Even after parents have mastered the basics of babywearing, they come to the meetings simply to enjoy other the company of other families who also love babywearing.
BWI of Wichita meets twice a month; the two regular monthly meetings are always free and open to the public. You do not have to be a paid member of our group to come to the meetings and get help. We welcome anyone and everyone to our meetings. They are a family-friendly event; babies, toddlers, parents, grandparents, other caregivers, and everyone in-between are invited to join us!
Does it cost anything?
Membership ($30/year) grants you access to the lending library. You're able to check out a carrier at a meeting for the month; carriers are due back at the next month's meeting.
If you're interested in becoming a member, you can join at any of our meetings. In addition, you can fill out the membership application and contact a chapter leader for payment options.
All official BWI events will be listed on our public page and shared to the Facebook group. To get automatic invites to our events, please like our page (www.facebook.com/BWIwichita) and subscribe to events. There are numerous outreach activities we participate in each year; at these events a VBE will be present and working on behalf of BWI. Note that any event or activity that does not have a VBE present on behalf of BWI are not a part of our organization.
Sounds great! How do I find you?
We are on Facebook! Like and subscribe to events on our public page below to receive notification sabout our next meeting or outreach event.
You can also request to join our Facebook group (www.facebook.com/groups/wichitababywearers) where you can chat with other members and VBEs in between meetings.