Membership/Links

Mission and Non-Discrimination

The mission of Babywearing International is to promote babywearing as a universally accepted practice, with benefits for both child and caregiver, through education and support.

An important part of making babywearing a universally accepted practice is ensuring that BWI meetings, events, and online spaces are welcoming for people of all backgrounds. Given our education mission, BWI is necessarily supportive of the basic tenets of social justice. Therefore, BWI does not condone silencing, tone policing, or otherwise oppressing marginalized groups, nor does BWI discriminate or permit discrimination by any member of its community against any individual on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, parental status, marital status, age, disability, national origin, or citizenship status.

Membership

Membership in BWI is NOT required to attend our meetings. Meetings are held free of charge for the community. However, dues help BWI to expand advocacy and outreach efforts both locally and nationally. Membership also entitles you to borrow carriers (one at a time) from our lending library for a period of one month. Membership dues are $30 a year. Join in person at a meeting (cash, credit card, or Paypal to dcmdva@babywearinginternational.org accepted). Or Join Online!

The library agreement may be found here.

Gift Memberships

Share the joy of babywearing with a gift for family, friends, and co-workers! The perfect baby shower gift! Please email us at dcmdva@babywearinginternational.org for details.

Stay In Touch

On Facebook
Our group's Facebook page
Our group's Facebook Chatter group
On Instagram 
Our group's Instagram page
Interested in receiving updates and reminders?
Sign up here for meeting reminders, newsletter and other updates.

Other Helpful Links

Want to support us?
Designate BWI of DC MD VA as your charity and always shop on Amazon Smile.

DIY Instructions and Advice
Jan Andrea at Home
The Mamatoto Project

Babywearing Tips and Information
The Babywearer
This is a site/forum with reviews of carriers and vendors, live advice and chat about carriers, and a For Sale or Trade board where you can find used carriers.
Our Youtube Channel
Find all of our tutorial videos in one place!

Baby Carrier Industry Alliance
The Baby Carrier Industry Alliance is an organization that exists to advance the well-being, growth, and interests of baby carrier manufacturers, importers, distributors, retailers, and educators. It does so through advocacy, public relations, information sharing, industry research, and business development assistance conducted with appreciation for the needs of parents, caregivers, and children.

Nurturing Across Cultures
Dedicated to educating the public about traditional methods of birthing, family and community relationships, and in-arms and attachment parenting as practiced by indigenous peoples worldwide, and as relevant to our own lives as caring members of the world community. Their commitment is to promote ways of bonding and being with babies, small children, and each other, ways that lead to greater self-esteem for every individual, as well as inner and outer peace and sense of community.