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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Family Services

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 helped hundred of parents find the carrier that will make parenting their baby easier.

Target demographics: Parents of Infants and toddlers

Direct beneficiaries per year: Around 500 families

Geographic areas served: Washington, DC Metro area

Programs: Monthly meetings around the DC Beltway to teach new parents about the benefits of babywearing and how to babywear safely and comfortably.

Community Stories

34 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Marni C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found this group when my son was 3 months old and screaming every time I tried to wear him in a carrier. I literally wept tears of joy when a friend recommended them as a place to help me wear my son comfortably. At the first meeting, they corrected my wearing "errors," and found me a carrier that fit me and my son perfectly - I was hooked! I became a member on the spot, and began going to monthly meetings, trying out a different carrier each month. Two years later, I still wear my son, and now volunteer as the librarian for one of the meetings. It's an amazing, helpful, loving group of people - I don't know what I would have done without them!

Previous Stories

Client Served

Rating: 5

This group saved my sanity! When my son was almost four months old, I was in tears because I wanted to wear him, but he screamed and cried any time I put him in our Ergo or Moby. At a loss, I googled Babywearing, and found that there was going to be a meeting in my neighborhood just a few days later! I took my carriers and my son with me, and became a member that very same meeting. The helpful Volunteer Babywearing Educators (VBEs) found a couple of other, different carriers that fit my body better, and I have "checked out" a different carrier from their library every month since then. Proud to say I wear my baby every day since finding them, and whenever other parents ask me about my carriers, I tell them about this group. They have definitely changed my life. Incredibly helpful, knowledgeable, and kind!

Client Served

Rating: 5

This group is wonderful for anybody who wants to learn about babywearing. They are warm, open, and helpful. There are regular meetings that can accommodate anyone's schedule. The carrier library is stocked with carriers for anyone to try. Every new parent in the area needs to take advantage of this amazing resource!

Heather115

Client Served

Rating: 5

I attended my first meeting in September 2013 with my 2 month old daughter. I knew nothing about baby wearing at that time. The volunteers were very friendly and very well educated about all the various types of baby carriers. I left with a greater knowledge of baby wearing and a ring sling for my daughter and I to try out. My daughter and I couldn't be happier that we became involved in this group!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I found this group when I bought my first woven wrap. They've been incredibly helpful trying different types of carriers and I love the monthly rental library. Some of my favorite carrier options were found through their lending libraries. All the VBEs are incredibly sweet and helpful, so much so that I'm considering becoming one to "pay it forward". Everyone leaves the meetings with a better brighter outlook on babywearing.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have always been an avid babywearer, but until I learned about BWI of DC-MD-VA, I had no idea about the diversity of babywearing options available, or that there was an incredible community of support and education. I attended the BWI International Conference in 2012, and was so impressed by the education I received at the conference. Every month, I find the members welcoming, and I am constantly continuing to learn new things about babywearing options and safety from the other members and volunteers. I have made so many great friends through my work with BWI.

Esmeralda H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I started attending the BWI meetings in July 2013 when my son with a newborn. I arrived to the meeting knowing very little about baby wearing, and left knowing about all different types of carriers. The VBEs were very knowledgeable and patient with us newbies. They displayed a passion for what they did that planted a seed in me. That seed has blossomed and now I am very passionate about babywearing. Though they do cover the basics at every meeting I learn more and more which is why I keep attending even after I discovered the perfect carrier and carry for my now three month old. I hope to soon become A volunteer babywearing educator so that I can help other parents in their quest to be closer to their babies. While there are other sources from which I learned, I keep returning to the BWI meetings, not only for the knowledge, but for the camaraderie and like-minded conversation of the other babywearing mamas. It is a very comfortable and laid-back environment where I don't have to worry about my two-year-old and her shenanigans because I know that the other mothers understand what it is like.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I discovered this group shortly after moving to the DC area and after the birth of my second son. I had worn my first quite a bit, but the wonderful leaders showed me various options and tips to take babywearing to a whole other level. It has greatly helped me in managing two young children. A huge help and a great support group!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Before I had my first child, I knew nothing about babywearing, as no one in my family has done it in recent years. However, babywearing came naturally to us from birth, and this group has helped expose us to a variety of carriers and methods, as well as the opportunity to borrow carriers from their lending library. It has also been wonderful to meet other like-minded local parents.

We have been members now for two months and our daughter loves to be wrapped! I intend to continue our membership for as long as we are wearing our daughter, and probably through to our next child.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I discovered this group after my first child was born. I was intrigued by being able to wear my baby so I could be hands free. When I attended my first meeting, everyone was so friendly and helpful, and they showed me how to successfully wear my 6 month old in a sling. The sling was my best friend for several months. When it was recalled, the group let me borrow one from the carrier library, which was so helpful. Volunteers also showed me other carriers and helped me learn how to use them, which led to my purchase of a mei tai and a soft structured carrier.

With my second child, I used all 3, plus a Moby, almost constantly. I had been so intimidated by wraps but they patiently showed me how to tighten the wrap and safely carry my baby.

Three kids later, I'm still babywearing! With my 3rd, it was even more important to have him wrapped up as I cared for his sisters. I went back to another meeting and everyone was just as welcoming as I remembered!

I have recommended this group to many of my pregnant friends and others with newborns/infants.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This group is awesome. When my baby was 3 weeks old I needed help figuring out how to use one of my carriers, walked away with loads of info and better options for me and baby :)