Babywearing 101 and Socializing (East, May)
May 9 @ 1:30 pm - 3:45 pmFree
Welcome to Babywearing 101! The goal of these meetings is to get people carrying. Trained babywearing educators volunteer their time to give parents and caregivers the skills and confidence to carry their children in comfort and safety.
Meetings are open to all parents and caregivers (and those expecting to become parents or caregivers). You can read about our Acknowledgements and Standards of Inclusion here: https://carrymeclose.ca/policies/
Currently meetings operate on a pay-what-you-can basis, with donations directly supporting CMC’s ongoing activities by allowing us to purchase insurance for our volunteers and carriers for our collection. You can read more about donations here: https://carrymeclose.ca/donate/
How Meetings Work:
From 1:30 to 2:00, we will have time for people to arrive and socialize. There is no instruction during this time, just getting to know other babywearers in the group.
From 2:00 to 3:30 we offer babywearing instruction.
We open with a season-specific reminder about the basics of babywearing safety (Visible and Kissable!).
Most of the meeting is spent in small groups tailored, as much as possible, to the needs of attendees.
During small groups we are usually able to teach the basics of front, hip and back carrying using a variety of carriers.
During this time educators can also assist with fitting and troubleshooting carriers brought by attendees.
Educators will provide assistance with special carrying circumstances when possible.
How the Carrier Collection Works:
The CMC carrier collection includes a wide variety of buckle carriers, wraps, meh dai/bei dai, ring slings and other babywearing options.
The carrier collection will be available to all present to learn with and try on for fit during the meeting, and for our volunteer educators to use for demonstration purposes.
Who can attend this event?
All parents, caregivers, and those soon to be parents or caregivers are welcome to attend.
Do I have to bring a baby to this event?
We have weighted demo dolls for those whose baby’s have not arrived.
Can I bring my older child with me to this event?
Your older children are welcome to attend with you. We suggest bringing a not too messy snack or small toy to make it easier for them to wait 🙂
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
The location is accessible via TTC. The Queen Streetcar is right out front and the Broadview and King streetcars are a less than a 5 minute walk away.
For those driving there is street parking in Queen (paid), side streets (free) and a green P lot a few minutes north on Broadview.
Do I have to pay to attend this event?
Meetings run on a pay what you can donation model. Our suggested donation is $10/ person. All are welcome to attend, regardless of ability to donate. We wish we didn’t need to ask for money from anyone, however insurance is expensive (roughly $150/month) and is needed to protect our volunteers.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No! Just show up. We appreciate RSVPs as a courtesy so we know how many to expect, but we understand that life with children means lots of last minute decisions.