BABYWEARING INTERNATIONAL INC

Rating: 4.79 stars   14 reviews

Issues:

Location: 424 Woodbine Ave Syracuse NY 13206 USA

Mission: Babywearing International Inc. is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote babywearing as a universally accepted practice, with benefits for both child and caregiver, through education and support.
Results: We have held International Babywearing Week for the past several years, which has raised awareness of the benefits of babywearing as well as important safety information on an international level.

2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

I wanted so badly to carry my fussy firstborn but could not figure out how to use my too-small hotsling-- and knew the bjorn pack could be hard on a baby's hips. This group taught me how to carry my son on my back using a mei tai, a lifesaver. Then I learned all sorts of other carriers, and my daughter has been carried in everything from a ringsling to a wrap. It really lessened the pressure, with her, knowing that I could keep her at peace and still have my hands free. Plus, vacationing without a stroller opens up the possibilities! Have toured everything from an aircraft carrier to a cave, simply would have been impossible without the sling.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

learning hands-free ways to carry my baby

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

spread the word

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Rating: 5 stars  

Babywearing is such a tremendous blessing for mothers and children, and it really is not difficult, yet there are barriers to learning the skills needed to carry a baby comfortably and safely. Babywearing International helps me share my passion for babywearing with my local community with support I otherwise would not have.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Providing insurance, tax-exempt status, and other support.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would fund it so that a full-time administrator could be hired.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I bought a pouch when my son was born, but ended up returning it. It wasn't comfortable for me and I wasn't sure my son was positioned properly. I had instructions, but no one to ask. I wanted to wear my son, but didn't feel confident I was doing it safely so I gave up.

After my daughter was born I kept thinking how great it would be if someone could show me the different carrier options and tell me how to safely use them. Thankfully I saw a posting for the local Babywearing group and went to a meeting. The women I met were extremely nice and very helpful. I absolutely love wearing my daughter and it never would have happened without these wonderful women. I only wish I had found them sooner!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my everyday life.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find more funding so that babywearing becomes more mainstream. There are so many people who would benefit from this group, but probably don't know it exists.

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a new mom, I was intimidated by the number of gizmos and gadgets marketed at me, but from before I had given birth, my husband and I both were committed to baby wearing. We purchased two carriers and thought "this will be sufficient". Unfortunately, the two carriers we chose were not sufficient - one was intended for newborns and the other was uncomfortable. In my search for carriers that would suit our needs, as well as likeminded moms, I found BWI. As a result, I now own way more carriers than one would necessarily *need*, but I also am able to accomplish so many more daily tasks because of them. Now I am the mom of two girls, aged 4.5 months and 19.5 months, and I have a part time job where I can bring my girls. Without babywearing, I wouldn't be able to do my job - either at work or at home. Without BWI, I probably would have given up wearing, instead of making it a key part of our parenting approach.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my daily life! Without babywearing, I have no idea how I'd get the laundry done, take two kids for a walk, or get the baby to nap.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand to more locations.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is an incredible group of parents, working to help all parents enjoy closeness and comfort with their babies through babywearing. Having attended meetings in multiple states, I can tell you that this group is truly something special.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Helping caregivers in their daily lives.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

More new chapters!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I love BWI because I make and sell baby slings on Facebook:
www.facebook.com/mimmydesigns
BWI has helped me understand the needs of Slings and generate a suitable product which is suitable for all mothers.
The information I have gained from BWI is second to none
So i wish to say Thank you and please use BWI for all your information about wearing your baby (something I believe is the way nature intended it)
:-)

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Information i have received to help me get the best knowledge of baby wearing.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not!

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Rating: 4 stars  

I have witnessed first-hand the impact that this organization can make in the lives of young families. It is a very empowering and rewarding experience to be able to help parents learn to safely use their baby carriers and/or helping them to pick a carrier that will work well for their needs. There is nothing quite like the look of relief and happiness on both the faces of caregivers and their babies when a carrier "clicks" for them.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

witnessing the caregivers helped when they learn to comfortably and safely wear their children. It's a great feeling to be able to make a difference in the lives of families through such an important bonding tool.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

attain funding to better support current groups, add new groups, and provide materials that would enable groups to educate even more families.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

Now that I know how to safely wrap my baby onto my back I have him there frequently. He peers around and loves the motion as I fold laundry or take a walk. And he feels so warm against my back. I'll be sad when he is too old for this. Babywearing International helped me learn how to do this. The women who lead the meetings are great... and very knowledgable.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The physical and emotional closeness fostered by baby wearing.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase it's outreach so more moms have access to it.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 4 stars  

I first learned the importance of wearing my babies when I became a mother for the first time. I had a high-needs baby that needed to be held upright, I had a job outside the home and I had a house and husband to take care of. I purchased my first sling very early on and wore it often even though it wasn't very easy or comfortable. When the second baby came, I knew there must be something better, but nothing I found worked for us. I was determined to make something work when I had my 3rd child. By then (2004) slings were easy to find on the internet. I read review after review and I was lucky enough to meet someone in person who could help me with a sling! I finally found something that was comfortable, practical, easy and stylish!

After I had my 4th child, a local babywearing group was started. I began attending the meetings and learning all I could. I loved babywearing so much that I decided to help teach other caregivers the joys and benefits of wearing your children close.

This group has grown and spread the love of babywearing all over the world via the internet and all over our locale with meetings and special events.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the look on a new mom's face as she realizes for the first time that she can meet the needs of her family while meeting the needs of her baby as well.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Promote babywearing to the public media as one of the most important tools in your parenting toolbelt.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I knew I wanted to wear my baby before my first was even born. I did a ton of research online for the carrier that I thought would be a good fit for our lifestyle. I decided to purchase a pouch, a wrap, and a structured carrier.

Well, the baby arrived, and I found that I was not happy with my carrier purchases. I couldn't get my little one in the pouch properly (turns out it was too big). The wrap was just too overwhelming because there was so much fabric (over 6 yards). And the structured carrier was also too big for my frame, although it states on the carrier's website that it would fit someone with my height/weight.

Thanks to the lovely internet and a wonderful thing called Google, I was able to find our local babywearing group. I was amazed at the amount of carriers that was collected in one room. I didn't even realize that there were THAT many different types and makers. The women I met were super nice and very helpful. I walked out that day armed with new information and a plan to find a carrier that would fit me.

Fast forward to today, two kids and three years later. I am now volunteer with our local group. I teach others how to find the perfect carrier for them. I spend roughly 12 hours a month dedicated to leading meetings, assisting fellow parents with their carriers, and other misc. administrative tasks for our group.

When I became a stay at home mom, I also became lost. Nothing I read had prepared me to the life of mom. I was successful in the workforce, but as a mom, I did not feel like I had direction. Yes, I wanted to be home with my kids, but I knew that there had to be to my existence than diapers, feedings and naps.

Through BWI, I have found my niche. I am able to use my skills to educate others, interact with both adults and children, and spend my time doing something that is close to my heart. The people that I have met are genuinely kind and down to earth.

While I originally came in looking for help with a baby carrier, I have walked away with a treasure chest of information regarding life, families, and friendship.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

being more aware of the different types of carriers available to parents, thus becoming a better parent.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make it available to all parents the SECOND they find out they are expecting a baby.

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