Author: Jaclyn Preciado, VBE
Did you know that BWIO has a lending library of over 150 carriers? If you live on Oahu, you could have access to a HUGE variety of carriers for FREE!!? You can try any carrier from our lending library at a meeting, and if you want to rent a carrier to take home, it would only cost $30 per year?
How do I become a member?
Please complete our new membership form and join us at one of our meetings. More information about our events and meetings can be found on our Facebook Group and Page.
What is included in a membership?
Becoming a member allows you to rent any carrier of your choice PLUS a woven wrap every month! We have three meeting locations where you are able to check out a carrier. In short, you get to try all of the carriers, without buying all of the carriers!
How much is membership?
A membership is only $30, and is valid for one calendar year.
What kind of carriers do you have?
We have a large variety of carriers, including stretchy wraps, woven wraps, meh dais, and soft structured carriers (buckle carriers).
How do I checkout a carrier?
Come to one of our monthly meetings, and a trained babywearing educator will give you hands on instruction on how to use any carrier(s) that you’re interested in. Once you have signed up for a membership, and received hands on instruction, one of our volunteers will complete a check out form for you before you leave the meeting.
How long can I check out a carrier?
You can rent a carrier for approximately one month. It is due at the next month’s meeting at the same location.
What happens if the carrier gets dirty or breaks?
Please do not wash a carrier that you have checked out. If you feel that the carrier needs to be washed immediately, please contact a BWIO admin/volunteer. The carrier will be laundered by BWI of Oahu staff according to manufacturer/warranty guidelines and specifications. You are responsible damages incurred while carriers are in your care. Please contact a BWIO volunteer with any concerns.
Can I borrow more than one carrier at a time?
Typically, a membership includes one check out per month. But, to celebrate our 52 week wrapping challenge, starting March 2018, you can check out one carrier of your choice PLUS one woven wrap, per month. (subject to change)
Can I rent a carrier and take it to travel?
Carriers must stay on-island unless a deposit for full replacement value of the carrier is given before travel. Carrier must still be returned before the next monthly meeting. The deposit will be for the market value of the carrier as set by the purchase market at the time of checkout.
Other benefits of a membership:
Your donation helps sustain our chapter, and helps us give back to the community. The majority of your membership helps us purchase carriers for your local lending library. Your donation helps us normalize babywearing in our community, and helps us to empower and educate caregivers. A portion of your donation also goes to Babywearing International as a whole, and helps provide insurance for our volunteers.
If you are local on Oahu, we would love for you to join us! Children, parents, grandparents, caregivers, significant others, you name it, all are welcome at our meetings and events!
If you are not on Oahu, here is where you can find a BWI Chapter near you.