Last month our first weekend meeting was held at Asbury United Methodist Church, and we had a smashing turnout. Crystal gave a stellar “Babywearing 101” lesson for us. Some key points worth sharing are that babies who are worn or closely carried cry less, and are talked to more by their caregivers, both of which help baby stay in a quiet, relaxed, and alert state. Wearing your baby can also help stimulate a baby’s physical development—balance, inner ear development, and core strength are all strengthened in a baby by being worn.
Of course, Crystal reminded everyone about the safety issues to be aware of for each of the different styles and types of carriers she demonstrated, as well as how to always have clear access to see and check baby’s airway and breathing. Just before we all dispersed to the one-on-one help portion of the meeting, Crystal reiterated the two Essential Rules for Babywearing: (1) do not let your baby die; and (2) do not drop your baby! We had our priorities straight and got to business.
After Crystal’s intro lesson, we were able to help members at all the different carrier stations located in different rooms across the hall from one another—a room for ring slings and mei tais, a room for soft structured carriers (SSCs), with the wrap station remaining in the big classroom. It was so wonderful to help returning members get their littles nestled close to them in a ring sling for the first time, or to finally find the perfect fit for their brand new squish in the Pikkolo. Our volunteers and educators were so happy for the outpouring of enthusiasm among all the attendees for creating a weekend meeting that enables many working parents and caregivers the opportunity to meet up with their Birmingham babywearing family and friends!
Our next meeting will be this coming Saturday, March 21st at 9:00am, at Asbury United Methodist Church—we will meet in the modular buildings to the far left of the church under the covered walkway (“Campus 1”). We can’t wait to see everyone there again!
Clare Emily Clifford, VBE