My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Babywearing International of DC-MD-VA, Vienna, VA, USA
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.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Have more get-togethers outside of the meetings where babywearing would be seen in different settings. I think it would help new parents feel more comfortable to try babywearing around other people who are more experienced, especially since it isn't really considered conventional.
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