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    Winter 2011 Listing of Events

    Morning Cygnus Lactation Services
    Location 402 N. Seymour Mundelein, IL
    Monthly Second Friday Morning 10 a.m. – noon
    Jan 14, Feb 11, Mar 11, Apr 8

    Morning Be By Baby
    Location 1654 W Roscoe St Chicago IL 60657
    Monthly First Tuesday Morning 11 – 12:30 p.m.
    Jan 4, Feb 1, Mar 1, Apr 5

    Evening Grayslake Area Public Library, Room ABC
    Location 100 Library Lane, Grayslake, IL
    Monthly Thursday Evening 6:15 – 8:15 pm
    Jan 27, Feb 17, Mar 24, Apr 28, May 26, June 23

    Morning Algonquin Public Library, Harnish Room
    Location 2600 Harnish Dr, Algonquin, IL
    Monthly Last Thursday Morning 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 a.m.
    Jan 20, Feb 24, Mar 17

    Morning Waukegan Public Library, Bradbury Room
    Location 128 North County Street, Waukegan, IL
    Monthly Last Thursday Morning 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
    Jan 27, Feb 24, Mar 31, Apr 28

2010 International Babywearing Week Celebration

The Lake County Babywearers is pleased to announce its event to help celebrate International Babywearing week. 

 Come celebrate with us

Sunday, October 10 from 12:30 – 2:30 at The Little Gym in Gurnee.   

It will be an afternoon of  learning and fun.  We will be educating the public on safe babywearing, helping moms, dads and caregivers get their little ones into carriers, and trying out different types of carriers.   We will have Little Gym staff running open gymnastics and games in the gymnastics area for all ages, primarily toddler’s and preschoolers.

We will be holding raffles to give away:

– a Sakura Bloom Ring Sling

– an Anaju Bamboo Baby Wrap donated by 3TreeDesign

– a Catbird Pikkolo donated by Catbird

– an Action Baby Carrier donated by Heavenly Hold

– several childrens doll carriers

– and several other items

 Due to having staffed Little Gym associates we would love to have a count of how many will be attending, so please leave a comment and let us know that you are coming and how many you plan on bringing.
 
This event is made FREE to the public by the Lake County Babyewearers.
 
Cannot make the event but want a chance to win one of the raffle prizes? Email hyacynthworth {at} yahoo {dot}.
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International Babywearing Week Oct. 6th-12th

Stay tuned for more updates on an exciting IBW event hosted by the LC Babywearers

Safety testing your carriers

No matter how gently you treat your carriers they are made of fabric and are not indestructible. They can tear or fray just like any other fabric item, but with a carrier a tear can be dangerous. The best way to prevent potentially dangerous tears is to regularly inspect and test your carriers for signs of weakness. 

 I found out the other week ago, that one of my carriers stitching was starting to come apart and that it wasn’t in very good shape.   Thankfully, this was pointed out to me by a fellow babywearer as I hadn’t really paid attention to the stitching on it before.

I came across this blog post today and thought it really is a great idea to test our carriers every so often.   This is important, whether you get a used or a new carrier,  always test it first.

http://beltwaybabywearers.blogspot.com/2010/01/testing-your-carriers.html

Some fun for the day

The song Single Ladies by Beyonce came on the radio today, and it made me think of this cute remake.  Enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PU84rDbdu8Q

Everyday babywearing: Hostage

There might as well have been bars on our windows and chains on our doors this afternoon.

And as any mother knows, sanity is fleeting and crying fits are abundant when your little ones are stuck in between your four walls when all they want to do is romp outside.

I tried. I really did. I attempted to jail break at least a few times, but every attempt was thwarted by natural disasters {of the minor to moderate level}.

First we tried playing in the back yard; I wanted to take pictures of our garden for my weekly post, G. wanted to “brune” the bushes with his scissors and baby E. wanted to eat dandelions {which is totally fine because did you know dandelion greens are actually, like, good for you?}.

In less than 60 seconds, however, we were swarmed by droves of mosquitoes, and, holy blood sucking crazy, I’m not exaggerating. I had to flail my arms and head like a mad woman trying to exercise the demons while running to the patio door just to get those little vampires off me and the baby.

I conceded in back-yard play, opting instead for the farmer’s market. And then the heavens let loose.

Of course, I’d already promised G. strawberries when it started blowing and pouring.

I told him we’d wait out the weather and go, but his little heart spewed out onto his sleeve in mourning for the strawberries he’d never eat; as the downpour raged on, so did his crying.

I thought about going to the grocery store for strawberries, but with two kids melting down on the floor, I didn’t want to chance a public outing. So I did the only thing I knew to do:

I wrapped the little onto my back tighter than Scrooge clung to his wallet in A Christmas Carol and encouraged the bigger one to strip down to his birthday suit.

For some reason, being naked makes G. happy and being tied up like a rug makes baby E. insanely happy.

And insanely passed out.

I’d say the naked “e-mail” time and the purple hemp wrap saved two certain boys’ afternoon from utter ruin and disaster.

And a lovely phone call from a good friend who shared how nice it was to talk saved a certain mommy’s afternoon from the same dreary fate.

Hyacynth Worth is a babywearing educator and co-leader of the Lake County Babywearers. She blogs about life, motherhood and boys at Undercover Mother. She was not compensated in any way for mentioning the Didymos Indio Hemp wrap. Baby E. was being carried in a rucksack carry.

Sakura Bloom Spread the Love Benefit

Love babywearing? Passionate about introducing new parents to the art of holding their babies close while having their hands free? Huge advocate for slinging your babe?
If you said yes to any of the above, would you consider purchasing a ticket on behalf of the Lake County Babywearers for the Sakura Bloom Spread the Love Benefit?
The tickets are $10 each. Our group could one one of 36 gift certificates to babywearing vendors, which would help us add lovely carrier additions to our lending library. And we have a shot to win a whole slew of Sakura Bloom Ring Slings if our group purchases the most tickets!
If you love and appreciate what our group has done for you in your babywearing journey, would you consider purchasing a ticket and increasing our chances to enhance our babywearing lending library. A whole community of mothers would benefit from more additions to our library. Help us spread the babywearing love.

January Morning Make-up Meeting

Topic: Quick carries and/ or frequent in and out’s

Date: January 15, 2010

Time: 10 am – noon

Location: Cygnus Lactation Services, 402 N. Seymour Mundelein, IL.