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Riley, age 2, using a Beco with Wren in a front carry.
This week, October 8-14 2012, is International Babywearing Week!  Check out Babywearing International for ideas to celebrate this week, how to find a group near you, or for more resources on babywearing.  Check out their short video introduction to babywearing here.

I learned to carry Riley when he was just a few days old!  We tried out a pouch sling and a ring sling (click here to learn about the different types of carriers!).  Then, as I got a little more comfortable, we started using the Moby wrap on a regular basis.  Henry also approved of the Moby and wore Riley quite often.  It was our go-to way of getting a sleepy baby to sleep!  When Riley was around 5 months old, I decided I wanted a soft structured carrier.  I tried out the Beco & Ergo each for one week and decided that the Ergo Baby Carrier was the best choice for our family.  Everyone loved it!  Riley soon enjoyed riding around on our backs while we enjoyed the freedom of carrying our baby on our back!  I still used the ring sling & pouch quite often, but preferred the Ergo for longer time periods due to it's comfort.  Later, I decided to save up enough money and bought a used woven wrap.  I was in love! However, Riley was nearly 2 and very independent - he wanted nothing to do with riding around on mama's back anymore.  Now Riley is 3 and still asks to be carried on my back from time to time so I keep the Ergo in the car, just in case.
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Riley, 2 months, in a Moby front carry with Mama & Daddy.
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Riley, 3 months, trying out a back carry (I think rucksack carry) in the Moby wrap.
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Riley, 10 months, in the Ergo in a back carry.
 
 
Bringing Information and Resources to Houston is an amazing event held each year to educate pregnant women and families in a free, fun, and exciting way!  As you arrive, you receive a free goodie bag with pamphlets, coupons, and freebies.  Next, you must decide which of the speaker sessions you'd like to attend.  There are multiple rooms where a variety of informational lectures/talks/demonstrations/films take place.  You can learn about nutrition, education, babywearing, breastfeeding, health concerns, and so much more!  

Then there are the vendors!! So many wonderful vendors come from all over Houston and the surrounding areas to offer their services.  Some vendors have supplies you can buy right at their booths, others offer discounts for when you visit their store later.  Many vendors have freebies, giveaways and raffles, and baby stuff for you to try out.  I'll be honest - the vendors are personally my favorite part of the B.I.R.T.H. fair ;-)

At Noon, we celebrate the physicians in the community who help support healthier mother & baby maternity care.  Following the awards, there is a fashion show!  The models are families from the community wearing clothing from various local stores as well as cloth diaper apparel and sometimes babywearing gear.  The children have such a great time being a part of the fashion show!  You can tell they know they're doing something very important!

Oh, and did I mention that all of the B.I.R.T.H. Fair events are FREE!?!  Yup!  100% FREE!!  So if you are pregnant, new mama, old mama, small family, large family, or even just thinking about having a family, this fair is for YOU!  Come out and meet the members in your birthing community!  It is a wonderful time to find the support you need for your pregnancy, babies, and children of all ages!  Also, don't forget to stop by and see me at the Music Garden booth - I'll be helping out there this year!

Click here for a detailed list of the Special Speaker Sessions: diapers, dads, & doulas, vaccines & VBACs, waterbirth, healthcare options, postpartum disorders, & education...there is something for everyone!

Babywearing

"Got a babywearing breakdown? Come by the BIRTH Fair's Sling Station, open 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, October 6, 2012. Local babywearing "technicians" will provide free, one-on-one baby carrier advice and tune-ups. Improve the fit of your existing carrier, learn a new technique or carry, get a recommendation, or ask a question!

New to babywearing? Please join Angelique Geehan and Mary Puryear Potee at 11 a.m. for "Baby Carriers and Slings 101." This orientation will cover the benefits of using cloth slings, major types of carriers, how to select a good carrier for your family (including basic safety points), and where to find help as your family's babywearing needs change.

Please feel free to spread the word!" -  from my friend's Facebook page :-)

Extras! - This is a 3 day event!

Special Speakers Series

Friday, October 5, 2012

United Way - 50 Waugh Dr. - Houston

9:00 am to 12:00 pm - CPR - FREE - register at actco23@yahoo.com 
9:00 am to 9:45 am - Circumcision
9:45 am to 10:30 am - Placenta Encapsulation
10:30 am to 11:15 am - Abdominal Scar healing
11:15 am to 12:00 pm - Acupuncture


Sunday, October 7, 2012 
Haven Center
St. Stephen's Episcopal Church - 1827 W. Alabama

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm - Birth Trauma & Your Baby's Brain - Pauline Dillard
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm - The Birth of a Father - Patrick Houser
 
 
Happy Valentine's Day! Riley helped me prepare valentines for his classmates and other friends outside of school.  Mama glued the doilies together, he placed the stickers on them.  He also helped me prepare crayons to be melted into new shapes - I could not find an appropriate heart mold so we made squares.  He loved peeling the paper off of the crayons and breaking them up!  

He was very excited for his gift - a Mini Beco baby carrier for his doll, Wren!  He was so cute and so sweet carrying his doll around yesterday!  
Henry & I even managed to have dinner alone together after Riley went to bed, followed by a sappy Romance movie - Tangled!! Hehehe...All in all, it was a pretty good day!
 
 
Mothering Magazine is offering a free Beco Mini Carrier ($30 value) with the purchase of ANY book, coupon code BECO.  Go check it out!!
 
 
This week is International Babywearing Week!  But what does that mean??  Parents and caregivers are celebrating wearing their babies by reaching out to educate as many people as they can this week.  It's a fun way to share our love of babywearing!  

What is babywearing?  It is the very old practice of holding/carrying your children using a cloth carrier.  There are many types of carriers to choose from making it easy find a good fit for you and your family.  

Why wear your baby? There are many reasons but a few of my favorites include:  babies that are carried cry less, they are happier babies, their needs are met quickly as we learn to understand their cues, & it creates a great opportunity for bonding!  Besides, it's just plain fun!

Please visit the International Babywearing website for more details about babywearing and how to participate this week.  Here are a few quick links from their site:
Fact Sheet
Resource Guide
Groups celebrating around the world
Contests & ideas to participate in this week
One minute video introduction to babywearing

For more links, please visit my Parenting page.
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Mama & Riley learning to use the Moby wrap at 3 weeks old