1. Learn about carrier types
Confused about what type of carrier would work best for you? Not sure what makes a pouch or ring sling different from a mei tai or soft structured carrier. Confused how wraps work? Wonder which style will be best for spring hikes, or which will look nice at your cousin's June wedding? We have examples and can help you choose a style that works with your needs. You can also make use of our extensive library to try carriers and determine which one (or two, or three, or ten - okay, some of MAY have a FEW too many carriers, but don't tell our husbands) is right for you.
2. Learn how to wear a newborn, infant, or toddler safely and comfortably
Babywearing is a skill, and like all skills, it requires instruction and practice. Since it is a skill involving your baby, it really isn't one that should be left up to trial and error. While pressing the wrong keys on your first computer might cause you to wipe the hard drive, incorrect babywearing could lead to injury for your little one. Hands on help is the easiest way to learn how to use carriers correctly and safely. There are at least two Certified Volunteer Babywearing Educators at each of our meetings ready to share their knowledge and skills.
4. Make friends for yourself AND your children
Babywearing meetings are also a place where parents can just hang out and chat, about the weather, about the newest infant development ideas, and about which store sells the best tomatoes. For new parents, often the opportunity to have a conversation with other adults about ANYTHING is worth it's weight in gold. For your children, they can grow to have good friends that they enjoy seeing and playing with at the meetings. Some meetings we even go to a nearby playground and let the kids loose.
5. Discover the secrets of the mom who has it all together
Hopefully this overview has enticed you to attend a meeting. We have a lot of fun, learn a lot, and make some great friends. The moms and dads I have met through Beltway Babywearers are kind, friendly, helpful, and are always willing to laugh at me, lest I get too impressed with myself.