This year, International Babywearing Week was celebrated with the theme "Embrace Your World." This of course had the 2 fold meaning of baby being our world, but also, getting out there to embrace what our local community has to offer. So we did both!
Our chapter planned several fun and informative activities during International Babywearing Week. One thing we planned was an auction to benefit the chapter. This was a great success and raised $400 for our local chapter!
|An example of one of the baskets won by the participants!|
Our chapter did a day at Cox Farms in Centreville VA to enjoy the slides, music, and donuts! The members who attended Cox Farms had a great time!
|A group of members wearing their little ones at the farm|
Another day we hit the Smithsonian National Zoo in DC! It was a gorgeous day and we saw lions, tigers, and pandas, oh my!
|L and her little one look out over the elephants|
|M wears baby on her back while observing the elephants, and big kid S photobombs in the background.|
|Even 5yr olds get tired. M let me borrow her wrap when my 5yr old announced she was worn out|
|Half our group meets up to see the big cats!|
|Another chunk of the group plays with the bears|
On Sunday we had an event with Takoma Attachment Parenting that gave us a chance to do a little outreach while the bigger kids did crafts!
|AM demonstrates using an SSC to a group of parents|
|The toddlers, preschoolers, and big kids enjoyed making crafts|
Our friends at Honest Soul Yoga in Alexandria hosted us for "Rogue Monday." This has become a DC-MD-VA tradition where we host an event outside of the exact dates of IBW, but on the federal holiday to give working families a chance to participate. This year we did a fitness and yoga walk. This was a lot of fun!
|The group warms up in the studio before the walk|
|Making our way out and working on some yoga poses|
|The group spread out down the path on the walk|
|Then we gathered together for some more yoga|
|This was a tough one, arm dips on the edge of the playground|
|A little relaxation break|
|Cool down back at the studio|
And finally, while IBW was kicking off, several of your leaders were taking an opportunity to grow in their knowledge with the second part of the Center for Babywearing Studies course. We joined leaders from several local groups including BWI of So. MD, BWI of Central MD, and Quantico Area Babywearers to become better educators to our local members.
|A group photo with Joanna from Center for Babywearing Studies|
and a group of educators including Angelique, Jessica, and Ann Marie from our chapter.
Overall, IBW was an amazing week and we had a great time spending it with you! We look forward to seeing you at a meeting soon.
Posted by Ann Marie
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