International Babywearing Week 2017

Mark your calendars for International Babywearing Week from October 2nd-8th! Our team of volunteers is working hard to come up with some really fun in person and online events that you won’t want to miss! Don’t forget to like our facebook page, join our group, and follow us on Instagram for updates on what we have planned for the week. We hope you can join us in celebrating just how great babywearing is. IBW

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Kailua Meeting Location Change *TODAY* due to Rain

We’re changing the location of this meeting to Maunawili Valley Neighborhood Park due to rain.  This park has a covered area!
Maunawili Valley Neighborhood Park
962 Maunawili Rd, Kailua, HI 96734
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Fundraiser

Babywearing International of Oahu works hard to support our members and community in the best way possible. For the past few years our volunteers have been transporting multiple suitcases across the island to each meeting in order to have all of our carriers accessible to all of our attendees. Our volunteers have coordinated pick ups and drop offs, jigsawed multiple suitcases into their cars, and loaded and unloaded all of the carriers at each meeting. We have decided it is time to make a change and to do a library split so that each of our three meeting locations can have its very own library. Not only does this eliminate the shuffling of the library back and forth all over the island but it also allows each meeting location to have access to every carrier. We have a carefully made list of all of the most checked out and tried on carriers that will be included in each meeting’s libraries but in order to make this split happen we need to raise funds. One of our wonderful volunteers has organized a fundraiser at Panda Express Mililani Town Center location for June 10th, 2017. All you have to do in order to help BWI of Oahu is go eat at Panda Express on this day and show them this fly (printed or mobile version accepted) and 20% of your purchase will be donated to us! Thank you to our volunteer, Jamie for setting this up and to Panda Express for donating to our non profit organization. In this post you will find a picture of the flyer available to print or save to your mobile device as well as a list of the carriers we need in order to complete our library split! You can also send monetary donations through PayPal to: oahu@babywearinginternational.org

We appreciate your support and hope you can find time to enjoy some Panda Express on June 10th in Mililani!

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BWIO Has New Carriers!

Have you been interested in becoming a member of Babywearing International of Oahu? If you have, now is the perfect time to invest in a membership. In the past few months we have added many wonderful new carriers to our library. These carriers are available to try on and to check out at our monthly meetings. If you become a member you have access to all of the carriers in our lending library and you have the ability to check them out for one whole month at a time. Our lending library consists of stretchy wraps, ring slings, soft structured carriers, water carriers, and woven wraps. We have been working hard fundraising to grow our library and fill it with carriers that you all have been asking for.

We have recently added over 12 ring slings (including two water ring slings with UPF fabric, perfect for taking your little one to the beach) and over 12 soft structured carriers including a Tula free to grow, three lillebaby airflows, kinderpacks, a tula coast, and multiple wrap conversion Soul Sling carriers. In addition to ring slings and soft structured carriers we have added over five meh deis, two stretchy wraps, and a handful of woven wraps.

BWI of Oahu is so excited to continue expanding our library with carriers that we know our community is interested in trying and borrowing. When purchasing carriers we consider which carriers are checked out the most often and what people who attend meetings look for in a carrier. Being in Hawaii we try to purchase cooler carriers, as cool as you can get with a baby attached anyway, in light colors.

We have included pictures of just a few of our new carriers. We hope to see you at a meeting soon where you can come look at the rest of them along with our entire lending library! Our lending library is available at all official meetings to try on carriers, learn how to use them with the help of volunteer babywearing educators, and check out carriers (new and old) to take home and try out for the month!

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Become a Member!

Did you know that our group is a chapter of a non-profit organization? We are run solely by volunteers and donations! We would love for you to become a member of our lending library! You will get access to our lending library with a HUGE variety of carriers.
You can join at a meeting, or online. Here is how to join online:
1. Complete this form: https://goo.gl/forms/FVbrOcbuDGz1lFaL2
2. Send your $30 donation via PayPal to Oahu@babywearinginternational.org

Coming to a meeting, chatting with us, and getting assistance from an educator is FREE! Please let us know if you have any questions!

 

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Volunteers Wanted!

Babywearing International 0f Oahu is recruiting volunteers! Our organization is run solely on volunteers, without all of our current volunteers we would not be able to host meetings or play dates. We would not be able provide in person and online help with carriers. We would not be able to use lend carriers out from our lending library. We are passionate about babywearing and know that many of you are as well. We would love to see you as a Volunteer Babywearing Educator or Chapter Support Volunteer.

You may be asking yourself, what do these positions entail? I’ll tell you!

Volunteer Babywearing Educators (VBE) must complete a skills assessment showing their ability to babywear. Do you only know how to use one type of carrier? That’s okay! BWI of Oahu provides training to our VBEs on how to teach and assist other caregivers with babywearing.

Chapter Support Volunteers (CSV) help our chapter stay organized during meetings. You will be checking members in, checking in and out carriers, chatting with caregivers about what they would like to learn, and maybe even watching toddlers as they run around.

For more details on becoming part of our volunteering team you can e-mail us at oahu@babywearinginternational.org, find our public or group Facebook page by searching for Babywearing International of Oahu and messaging us there, finding our Instagram at @BWIOFOAHU, or messaging us here through our blog. volunteer

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BWIO’s Statement of Social Justice

Babywearing International of Oahu’s Statement of Social Justice

Recently, an issue confined to several closed groups on Facebook was brought out into the public: Didymos and its Ind*o wrap. In short, the design and name of this wrap are examples of hurtful cultural appropriation. Babywearing International (BWI) has issued a statement against racism and appropriation (http://babywearinginternational.org/…/bwi-statement-agains…/) and has asked its chapters to consider removing these Didymos wraps from circulation. Babywearing International of Oahu stands behind BWI’s statement, and also offers the following:

We are a babywearing community, but we are also a community of people, of a diverse set of caregivers who have the best for their families and children in mind. So we will commit to our own statement of social justice. We will make sure our community is inclusive to all, regardless of age, citizenship status, class, color, disability, gender expression, gender identity, marital status, national origin, parental status, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation. Along with BWI, our community will not tolerate silencing, tone policing, or otherwise oppressing marginalized groups. We will remain respectful to all of our community members and we will allow everyone to have a voice. We will practice mindfulness about our own privilege and listen to those who may not always get the chance to talk.

We recognize that babywearing, the very foundation of this community, is thousands of years old and comes from many rich traditions around the world. We will keep in mind and acknowledge these traditions and cultures whenever we can, making an effort to realize that babywearing is not a new trend, but a practice with a rich history.

Your chapter leadership will be removing the Didymos wrap in question from library circulation. Although this is not just a statement against Didymos’s appropriated wraps, we will use that as our jumping off point and will be looking into other potentially culturally appropriative designs. We will listen to your opinions, questions, and concerns, whether stated in the comments on this post, brought up in private messages, or emailed to our account (oahu@babywearinginternational.org).

Although we do not allow tone policing, we ask that you stay as respectful as possible when discussing these sensitive issues. State your opinion, but realize when you should be listening. Ask questions, but understand that it is not the responsibility of any marginalized person to speak for their whole community or to give answers. Express your concerns, but reflect on them first, thinking carefully about how your concerns may impact others.

Thank you for taking the time to read and consider this statement. Below, you will find some links to further reading.

Together, we can continue to make this an inclusive community for all wearers.

http://nationalseedproject.org/white-privilege-unpacking-the-invisible-knapsack

What My Bike Has Taught Me About White Privilege

http://the-toast.net/2014/11/17/cultural-appropriation-birthing-community/

 

 

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