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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

Who We Are

Lake County Babywearers was founded in May 2007.

Tabitha

I’m a stay at home mom to my 19 month old son, an 11 year old daughter, and a 14 year old stepson.  I started wearing my son in a Moby which was perfect for the little baby snuggling.  I loved being able to wear him and keep him close.  He had colic and wearing him helped so much.  He loved being able to cuddle right up to my chest, listen to my heartbeat and fall asleep.  I then branched out and bought a woven wrap once my little guy was too big for the Moby.  I’ve also used mei tais, buckle carriers and ring slings.  I’m still partial to wovens because they are so versatile, great for cuddling and so supportive.  I still wear my 19 month old everyday usually in a backwrap on my back (when we walk the dog, do the dishes) in a front carry (great for snuggling when we’re outside watching my oldest son play football), or in a ring sling (for quick shopping trips)  I love being a co-leader of the LCbabywearers because I love spreading the babywearing love to other parents and caregivers.

 

 
 
 
 

 

Colleen

I am a stay at home mom to two beautiful spirited girls, at 4 and 2 years old their babywearing days are growing less frequent all the time.  Babywearing is in my blood…my parents used a snuggli to continue on with their life when my brother and I were little; and my husband and I use all types of carriers  now that we are parents. My youngest was a high needs baby and was worn from day one. We started with a Maya ring sling and quickly moved on to Mei Tai’s, pouches, buckle carriers and wraps. I found out late in my babywearing days with my oldest, that I’m a wrapper, and that my youngest at six months was no longer a wrap fan. We have used our Ergo so much it needs to be replaced!
I co-lead the Lake County Babywearers because babywearing has been instrumental in my parenting and I want everyone to reap the amazing benefits of wearing their baby while skipping as much frustration as possible!
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
Hyacynth
A mother of two little boys and wife to her very own babywearing husband, Hyacynth has been wearing her children since her oldest was just a week old. She loves babywearing because it is practical, beautiful and helpful. She began her stint as co-leader of the Lake County Babywearings in 2008 alongside of Colleen, who, interestingly enough, introduced her to babywearing.
Hyacynth writes about babywearing, attachment parenting, faith and life as a mother and wife at her blog Undercover Mother.
In her spare time, she owns a Curves, writes a parenting column and does dishes.
 
 
  

Heather

I am a stay at home mom to two little boys,  (4 and 2 years old).  My babywearing journey really took off with the birth of our second son.  With our first, I used a baby bjorn and linen ringsling.  When our second was born, learning about the other carrier options really saved my life and sanity.  Babywearing made it much easier to chase around an energetic toddler.   I’ve found that although I like wrapping and ringslings, we’re really a mei tai and buckle carrier family.  My two year old gets worn frequently on my back, while doing anything from shopping, preschool pick-ups, or hiking in the mountains.  I’m glad you found this blog and hope you find the entries useful and inspiring, as I have.

 

 

Marion

Hi, I’m Marion, mom to four kids ages 1.5, 5, 7 and 10. My husband and I have been babywearing for almost 10 years, starting with a vintage Snugli and ending with our current small rotation of short wraps and buckle carriers.
 
Using babywearing skills and carriers has gotten our family through colic, preemies, sickness, toddler tantrums, ADHD meltdowns, car break-downs, Christmas plays, family reunions, airport security, parent-teacher conferences and many, many grocery trips. But babywearing has also allowed our family to do many things you ordinarily might not try to accomplish with four small kids. Multi-day hiking trips, museums, zoos, public transportation, stroller-less shopping, camping, marathons, volunteering with charities, cold-weather sports, crowded concerts and lots of outdoor exercise.
 
I love to share how using baby carriers and babywearing skills enables a family to go out, explore and make new memories together rather than always staying home in their comfort zone. Learning to wear your kids is amazing tool in the parenting toolbox, even when most of your kids aren’t babies anymore!
 
 
 
 

 

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4 Responses

  1. I am the mom behind Snuggy Baby, http://www.SnuggyBaby.com, a small company that makes ring slings, stretchy wraps, doll slings, and wet bags. I am planning to particiapte in the It’s a Baby & Family expo in Rosemont Nov. 6-7 I am looking for some experienced babywears who would be interested and available to help me educate new moms about the benefits of babywearing and how to correctly wear slings and wraps.

    I was wondering if one or more of you would be interested in particiapting in this event. or if you knew of a couple of moms who would be interested and do a good job. Of course you would be compendated for your time.

    I am a supporting member of the BCIA, and a passionate babywearing advocate. I believe that parents need to understand the benefits of babywearing and work very hard when I am at any baby fair to educate as much as I sell. The problem is that I usually generate crowds that are too large for me work with on my own, resulting in parents who do not get their questions answered, and I usually do not have a local resource to guide them to if they need hands on support after the sale. With your help, we could educate many more moms, making them all aware of your group and hopefully help your group grow.

    Please e-mail me (info@SnuggyBaby.com) with any questions that you may have, or call me at 260-418-6795. I look forward to hearing from you.

    Jo

  2. Hi!! my name is Lauren! I met Colleen a few months back at the Lindenhurst/Lake Villa Le Leche League meeting.

    I am 16 weeks pregnant and in need of finding the PERFECT way to carry my new baby! There are so many kinds it’s sooo overwhelming! I tried the Euro with my last one and hated it!!

    I see there are meetings but when are the actual classes????? I need to see and touch and feel and try some to see what works. . And the “library” of carriers, is that free?

    tardi88888888@hotmail.com

  3. I am early in my first trimester (7 weeks). This seems like an ideal time to try out various slings, as I’m roughly the same shape and size ill be post-partem. Do you recommend a class first (when are those) or one of the meet ups?

  4. […] Babywearing International of Lake County Meets on the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. at Cygnus Lactation Services, 1500 S. Lake St., Mundelein. Meets on the last Thursday of every month at 10:00 a.m. at the Waukegan Public Library, 128 N. County St., Waukegan. A local, non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to helping parents and caregivers discover and enjoy the art of babywearing. Monthly meetings are held to give an overview of carrier types, provide individual guidance, and an opportunity to socialize (children are always welcome.) Members host playgroups and conduct outreach events. Babywearing classes are also available to help in carrier selection and instruction. There is a yearly fee to take home baby carriers from their lending library. Their Facebook group allows you to ask questions and share information online. Participation is FREE. For more information, visit their blog or email bwichicagoland@gmail.com. […]

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