Wednesday, September 30, 2015

International Babywearing Week 2015

Who is excited for IBW 2015?!?!  I am!!!  Babywearing Around Tulsa has an amazing line up of events, something for every day of the week!  Check it out:
IBW 2014 Guthrie Green Wear-in
Just like last year, we will kick off IBW with a Guthrie Green Wear-In. Guthrie Green is a wonderful place to bring your family and spend a nice social Sunday afternoon.  We hope to see even more of you there this year, lets really show the folks at Guthrie Green how awesome babywearing  is!  We will meet up at one, I hear there will be live music starting around 2!

Monday evening we will have a relaxing family picnic at Hunter Park. Hunter Park has an excellent playground and plenty of space to throw down picnic blankets!  There will also be a babywearing yoga demo for those who are interested!  Bring your yoga mat if you want to follow along.

Tuesday the weather looks great for a babywearing walk!  Stay tuned to our facebook page for the exact location.

Wednesday we will have one of our most popular event, Babywearing Mini-sessions!  This is a fundraiser for the lending library, so all of our photographers are donating their time and expertise to this fun event.  For $10 you will receive a mini-session with a photographer and 2 professionally edited images with full print release.  Check out my pics from last year!

And after the mini-sessions join us for lunch at Guthrie Green.  Its food truck Wednesday, so the offerings should be plentiful and scrumptious.

Thursday its time to #EmbraceYourOptions and come try a carrier you have never tried before!  Join us at Bottoms and Beyond Boutique in Sand Springs for this fun event.

Friday we will be having fun at the Tulsa Zoo.  Meet at 10am by the big globe or just come when you can and hang out with your babywearing friends.  Let's flood the zoo with babywearing!

Saturday we will round out our week with our biggest event yet!  Join us at Go Ballistic from 1-4pm for bouncing and fun and a Mini Vendor Faire!  Curious about our vendors?  Check out the facebook event page here!  Come out and support BWAT, you only have to pay if your kiddos want to play, the vendor faire is completely free!

Can't make it to our in person events?  Don't worry!  You won't be left out of the celebrations.  Check out this list of all of our incredible on-line events!  The Babywearing Around Tulsa group page and businiess page are sure to be hopping all week long.  Start thinking now about what you might want to "Ask an Admin." Anything (within reason) goes!  Get your photos ready to share on each day's theme thread as well!  We can't wait for all the fun to begin!

We hope you make plans to celebrate International Babywearing Week with us.  It is a super fun time of year and we really go all out to make sure it is great for you.  Want to support BWAT?  Consider donating a prize to our festivities.  Email us at or contact us on facebook.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Squish Wearing

Let's be honest here, this is just a photo dump of cuteness. You remember that post about how I was anticipating wearing my squishy little boy while I was still pregnant?  Well here he is in all his tiny cute squishy glory.

Paz Wickandish Sunset

Very first wearing picture. We were still in the hospital and I used this Paz to announce gender. Squeaker is a boy!

Girasol Double Rainbow Azul Ring Sling
Out first grocery store trip was made snuggly and less stressful by this Girasol Ring Sling. A good ring sling is perfect for squish wearing. If you can only get one newborn carrier, I often recommend a ring sling.

Sleepy boy needs some cuddles while big sis needs attention?  I got this. A soft wrap is the perfect way to snuggle one and play with the other.

Clementine Sunshine and Rainbows Turquoise Weft
Squeaker's first trip to the library. He found it to be a very peaceful place.

KHR Memories From Under the Bridge
A luscious fiber festival!  When he wast being doted on by all of mommy's fiber friends, he was snuggles up nice and tight.

Rainbow Frog Wet Paint
Snuggle snuggle snuggle, I just can't help it!  Look at him working on holding his head up!

In addition to their cuteness, I hope that these photos help to demonstrate how babywearing fits in to every day life and how you can keep your newborn close while still taking care of your other kids or your life.  In the majority of the wrapping pictures I am using Front Wrap Cross Carry because it is my favorite newborn carry.  It is a nice secure hold and I feel confident moving around in it.  I know that Squeaker's back and neck are well supported.  As he grows and can spread his legs naturally, instead of taking the cross passes over his legs (which is what is hiding his feet here), I will take them under so he is, in essence, sitting on an X, which will provide additional support when he reaches the wiggly stage.  For now I will take the peaceful, cuddly stage every second that I can get it.  I love to wear my little Squeaker.  (It has also renewed Bitsy's (Big Sis) interest in being worn so maybe there will be a tandem post sometime in the future!)

Somer Johnson is a Babywearing enthusiast and Momma to Bitsy and Squeaker, two bundles of energy. She is a Babywearing Institute Certified Babywearing Educator.  She is also addicted to cloth diapers and makes and sells wool dryer balls as SomerKnits. Occasionally she also carves out some time to knit, spin or weave - her main pre-baby passions.