English | Threaded together
French | Tissé Ensemble
Polish | Zamotani
Portguese | Entrelaçados
Spanish | Entrelazados
Lithuanian | Išausta kartu
Malay | terjalin bersama
Hindi | एकसाथ बँधे
Slovakia | Spradení v jedno
Mohawk | Tekaseriie’taieston
Romanian | Ţesuţi Împreună
Dutch | Aan elkaar gebonden
Turkish | Sarındık Birbirimize
Croatian | Zajedno, rukom pod ruku.
Greek | Υφασμένοι Μαζί
Serbian | Upleteni (za)jedno
Finnish | Yhteenpunotut
Arabic | مُرْتَبِطِينَ مَعاً
Tagalog/Filipino | Magkahabi
Czech | Propojeni
Russian | связаны воедино
Indonesia | Jalinan kebersamaan
Maltese | Meħjutin Flimkien
Catalan | Enllaçats
Italian | Legati insieme
Estonian | Lõimitud kokku
The Vijay Owens Babywearing Advocacy Award for Lifetime Achievement in Promoting Babywearing
Congratulations to Diana Rosenfield winner of the Vijay Owens Babywearing Advocacy Award for Lifetime Achievement in Promoting Babywearing. Founder and owner of Wrap Your Baby, a website that is a comprehensive resource of babywearing information organized by many different descriptors that make searching for helpful carry tutorials is easier. Diana has been building her tutorial library for the past 10 years.
The Jennifer Rosenberg Babywearing Advocate of the Year Award
Congratulations to LaKeta Kemp winner of the Jennifer Rosenberg Babywearing Advocate of the Year Award. LaKeta is known as Tandem Trouble on YouTube and was nominated for her work this past year creating a comprehensive channel of accessible video tutorials. She has been educating online, pushing the technology to the advantage of tutorial watchers, but also keeping in mind accessibility and inclusivity all the while. She works tirelessly to create valuable free education for new babywearers and tandem wearers as Tandem Trouble and, recently became the owner of Wrapsody.
The Perla Robertson Award for Distinguished Babywearing Educator
Congratulations to Amy Rainbow winner of the Perla Robertson Award for Distinguished Babywearing Educator. Amy was nominated for her work as “Amy Wraps Babies,” a website that has amassed more detailed information in one place than perhaps anywhere other than Wearing Wiki. She has created tutorial videos, presented information on babywearing, and created content on her website to further educate babwearing people at all stages. She recently created a series of multi-pass carry video tutorials using stretchy wraps beyond Pocket Wrap Cross Carry and Front Wrap Cross Carry. Not only does she provide this information as a resource to anyone with access to the internet she also provides babywearing education in person as a VBE for the Portland, OR chapter of BWI. Amy is a CBWS graduate, also does private consultations, and can be seen at babywearing events and in online videos and interviews with other babywearing “celebrities.” Her work is expanding our resources of videos that reach a wide audience and photographs that help show how a woven wrap moves or how a pass crosses the body.
Award Recognizing Outstanding Diversity and Inclusiveness by a Babywearing Educator
Congratulations to Brittany Brown Marsh winner of the Award Recognizing Outstanding Diversity and Inclusiveness by a Babywearing Educator. Brittany is an incredible educator and an important part of the babywearing community at large. She never hesitates to advocate for marginalized caregivers and does so even at a personal risk to herself. Brittany has a huge online presence being a voice for people of color, bringing attention to injustice and educating. She’s always going above and beyond to provide inclusive education giving as much as she can to the community.
Best Babywearing Outreach Program (Vendor or Business)
Congratulations Bijou Wear winner of the Best Babywearing Outreach Program by a Vendor or Business. Bijou contributes carriers and has made financial donations to nonprofit groups such as World on My Shoulders to help support low-income caregivers, particularly victims of domestic violence, at the grassroots level in chapters around the country. They also contribute to support The Carrying On Project, which provides carriers to military families in need at no-cost to the recipients. Bijou has made sharing babywearing knowledge and tools part of what they do as a company.
Best Babywearing Outreach Event or Program (Non-profit or Individual)
Congratulations to World on My Shoulders winner of the Best Babywearing Advocacy Event of Program by a Non-Profit or Individual. World on My Shoulders was nominated for their grassroots work connecting to those in poverty and/or survivors of domestic violence, people who need resources that will help them navigate their futures more successfully. It is hard work to find these people, build networks of trust and, fundraise to be able to help them in their acute time of need. WOMS also did extensive work organizing aid for black communities in Houston after Hurricane Harvey.
Best Blog or Website Maintained by a BWI Chapter
BWI Outstanding Educators
Congratulations to Samantha Reddy one of three winners of the BWI Outstanding Educator Award. Samantha Reddy created a series of blog posts for the Portland, OR chapter detailing fit information about hard frame hiking pack carriers. This has been an invaluable resource for our local babywearing community. This information wasn’t something that was readily available or that existed before she created this resource to be shared with the world. Samantha created the hard frame carrier 101 and even found local volunteers to try different hard frame packs to comment on their comfort and fit on a variety of body types for her hard frame carrier comparison. She is the Portland resident expert on these carriers and often has people coming to a meeting or local play date specifically for her help. http://bwipdx.weebly.com/hiking1.html
Congratulations to Ricki Franklin one of three winners of the BWI Outstanding Educator Award. Ricki has gone above and beyond as the president of our chapter for the past year including: setting up a partnership with The Family Support Center to get carriers for caregivers leaving domestic violence situations, homelessness and, other people in need; participating in Baby Day at our local food bank and, multiple other organizations in the area.
Congratulations to Kat Chaffin one of three winners of the BWI Outstanding Educator Award. Kat was nominated because she is the type of person you like to watch teach. She is often asked to perform the 101 because her approach to all carriers is informative and, she is a great first introduction to babywearing. Her work has her educating other educators regularly but, her approach is all about making people feel more at ease with their knowledge and approach to wearing comfortably. She is an incredible asset to our chapter and has worked to improve the way our group runs, how our volunteers learn from each other and, how we reach out to our community. She just recently became an MBE, the first in our chapter, and goes above and beyond to answer questions for all of our volunteers. Kat does all of this while also volunteering her time as the President of BWI.
BWI Outstanding Support Volunteer
Congratulations to Cynthia Soliz one of three winners of the BWI Outstanding Chapter Support Volunteer Award. Cynthia was nominated for her work as Social Media Coordinator for her chapter and her extensive blog writing. Austin’s blog has amassed a readership of thousands thanks to Cynthia’s writing and she also writes for the national BWI blog.
Congratulations to Kassondra Coxson one of three winners of the BWI Chapter Support Volunteer Award. Kassondra is like the glue that keeps BWI national running. For IBW, she certainly saved the day by helping out with the website and finding a quick solution to get group registration off the ground! Kassondra works on making our online resources work smoothly and much of what she does for BWI is behind the scenes as a National Service Volunteer.
Congratulations to Stephanie Lu Sinclair one of three winners of the BWI Outstanding Chapter Support Volunteer. Stephanie is the social media queen. She has taken the BWITC website to a new
level. She makes sure it has great content, accurate information, inclusive language, and interesting topics. Stephanie is responsible for the relevant an amazing Forward Facing Out (FFO) blog post that has been getting much attention lately.
The nominees have been reviewed, the candidate chosen and ballot set. Cast your votes for the 2017 International Babywearing Week Awards here! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScJwPnZZ6Lq3gR9x1rri8XtRPjwqUiwPLzHc-MtBB0UnBTJig/viewform
We are very pleased to announce that the logo for International Babywearing Week is now available in 16 languages with more on the way! Thank you to all the individuals who submitted translations of the theme. You can find all available logos for download in the Toolkit tab.
Learn the official babywearing dance for International Babywearing Week 2017, Oct. 2-8, sponsored by GroovaRoo. This simple, family-friendly circle dance was choreographed to Bob Marley’s “One Love” to help everyone get “threaded together” around the world. We invite all babywearing caregivers (and their family and friends) to gather together and “Thread the Love” as part of your local International Babywearing Week celebration. If you would like to share your group’s video-graphed rendition of One Love with International Babywearing Week, post your video to Facebook, Instagram or Youtube and be sure to tag #IBW2017 #ThreadedTogether #IntlBabywearingWeek
In honor of International Babywearing Week GroovaRoo is offering a free dance first class in any participating studio location worldwide. To find a participating location near you, visit: http://groovaroo.com/class-locations/ To receive the discount be sure to mention the theme “Threaded Together” to your class instructor. Promotion expires December 31, 2017.
The instructional video can also be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5ouRAwElKk
Would you like to see your International Babywearing Week Celebration featured on the Babywearing International blog? Fill out the form below and your group may be chosen to be featured in a spotlight blogpost during International Babywearing Week.
Form link: https://goo.gl/forms/Ft0uqWPMNz59sdrv1
Please note that some answers may be revised for length and clarity and, depending on the volume of submissions, we cannot guarantee all groups will be featured on the blog.
Blog features will be posted at BabywearingInternational.org/blog.
This year we will be adding two new awards to the slate of International Babywearing Week awards given out each year, one of which is in honor of a longtime member of the babywearing community who has exemplified what it means to be an outstanding educator. Nominate someone for these awards today! The nomination form will be open until September 29. Candidates will be chosen by October 2 and voting for award winners will take place throughout International Babywearing Week between October 2-8.
Don’t forget to add your International Babywearing Week in-person event, online event, giveaway, or other celebration so that individuals can find you!
We are still working on the registration for official celebrating organizations so please check our website and Facebook page regularly for updates!
Also, we have a graphic designer hard at work on your logo and theme translation submissions. When available, they will be loaded to the Toolkit page on our website.
The IBW 2017 logo is now available for download from the Babywearingweek.org Toolkit in all currently available languages in PNG, JPG and EPS formats.
Please check back as International Babywearing Week draws nearer for more Toolkit resources for celebrating organizations.
We are still looking for translations for this this year’s theme to create matching logos! We are working to have it translated into as many languages as possible. If you would like to submit a translation for your language, please fill out the linked form: https://goo.gl/forms/fN24UbGo4GzgwqDd2. If you submit a translation, please be sure to include a translation of the image description so that our babywearing week celebrations can be accessible to all.