Babywearing Has…. A Decade of International Babywearing Week

What a fantastic week! Thank you to everyone who celebrated with the theme Threaded Together! We have loved seeing everyone’s interpretations and embracing what makes us such a strong community of caregivers. Now that #IBW2017 is winding down we have a rather exciting announcement about #IBW2018. The committee realizes that a lot of efforts goes into the preparation and planning of IBW events and activities. We understand that receiving the theme late in the game can sometimes create difficulties for celebrating organizations. To that end, the 2017 IBW Committee has already determined next year’s theme.
Yes, you read that right.
We have a theme! For next year.

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Threaded Together in 26 Different Languages

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[Image description: A collage featuring a grid of 26 logos with the same circular icon and text underneath in 26 different languages. The "Threaded Together" logo is composed of three human figures in orange, light blue and dark blue. They are holding hands and look like they are made from one thread that also creates a circle making a border around them shifts in the same colors. Underneath the circle, read the words "Threaded Together." The 27th logo is circular and has multiple languages behind the Threaded Together icon. The text at the bottom reads: International Babywearing Week 2017, This year's celebration marks the beginning of what is hopefully a more inclusive and truly international babywearing week celebration. With the help of the multi-lingual babywearing community, we managed to translate our theme and logo into 26 different languages! We are very proud and very appreciative to everyone who submitted a theme translation. We hope to have even more for IBW 2018."]
Image description: A collage featuring a grid of 26 logos with the same circular icon and text underneath in 26 different languages. The “Threaded Together” logo is composed of three human figures in orange, light blue and dark blue. They are holding hands and look like they are made from one thread that also creates a circle making a border around them shifts in the same colors. Underneath the circle, read the words “Threaded Together.” The 27th logo is circular and has multiple languages behind the Threaded Together icon. The text at the bottom reads: International Babywearing Week 2017, This year’s celebration marks the beginning of what is hopefully a more inclusive and truly international babywearing week celebration. With the help of the multi-lingual babywearing community, we managed to translate our theme and logo into 26 different languages! We are very proud and very appreciative to everyone who submitted a theme translation. We hope to have even more for IBW 2018.”

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

2017 International Babywearing Week Award Winners

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

Congratulations to Babywearing International of Portland winner of Best Blog or Website Maintained by a BWI Chapter. You can find their website here: https://bwipdx.weebly.com/

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.

Threaded Together logo now available in 16 languages

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.

 

GroovaRoo “One Love” Tutorial

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

Submit your IBW Celebration to be featured on the BWI blog

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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.

Introducing The Perla Robertson Award for Distinguished Babywearing Educator & Award Recognizing Outstanding Diversity and Inclusiveness by a Babywearing Educator 

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.

The Perla Robertson Award for Distinguished Babywearing Educator

Given to those who have put in significant work to providing resources, accessibility, and work into the field of education of the babywearing community, primarily in Educating the Educator and going beyond the scope of common babywearing education to provide more in depth contributions to the field of babywearing education.

Perla “Judy” Robertson has been an outstanding supporter of babywearing education since 2012. Her contributions to the field of babywearing education include founding an independent babywearing group and working with the educational development of new educators, establishing a Babywearing International Chapter where she worked to become a Master Babywearing Educator, the President of the Chapter as well as the Education Coordinator for her local chapter, and on a National level has held such titles as BWI Board of Directors; Treasurer, Diversity and Inclusivity Committee member and BWI Accreditation Coordinator. Perla has dedicated much of her life to education and knowledge in many forms earning a Master’s in Vocal Performance and carrying it over to homeschooling her four children and working in educational capacities in her local community as well.

The Perla Robertson Distinguished Babywearing Educator Award will be awarded to the person who has shown dedication to providing education and support above and beyond in the field of babywearing education and has shown a clear path to finding support for those wishing to pursue this path.


El Premio “Perla Robertson” el educador de porteo que se ha distinguido/destacado

Será otorgado a quien haya realizado un trabajo significativo para proporcionar recursos, accesibilidad y trabajo en el campo de la educación de la comunidad de porteo, principalmente al educar a los educadores y que va más allá del alcance regular de la enseñanza del porteo para realizar contribuciones a profundidad en este ámbito.

Perla “Judy” Robertson ha sido una destacada partidaria de la educación del porteo desde 2012. Sus contribuciones al campo de la educación del porteo, incluyen la creación de un grupo independiente y el trabajo con el desarrollo educativo de los nuevos educadores, el establecimiento de un capítulo de IBW donde trabajó para convertirse en educadora de porteo Master, presidenta y coordinadora educativa para su capítulo local. A nivel nacional ha tenido títulos como pertenecer a la junta de directores de la ICM; Tesorera, Coordinadora de Acreditación de la ICM, Coordinadora de la Dirección de la ICM y Coordinadora Superior de Acreditación de la ICM.

Perla ha dedicado gran parte de su vida a la educación y el conocimiento en muchas formas, ganando una maestría en rendimiento vocal misma que aterriza a su vida aplicando educación en casa “homeschooling” a sus cuatro hijos y trabajando en capacidades educativas en su comunidad local.

El premio Perla Robertson al educador de porteo distinguido/destacado, será otorgado a la persona que ha demostrado dedicación al proporcionar educación y apoyo por encima de todo, yendo un paso adelante en el campo de la educación de porteo y ha demostrado un camino claro para que aquellos que deseen seguir este mismo camino como educadores encuentren apoyo.

Award Recognizing Outstanding Diversity and Inclusiveness by a Babywearing Educator Diversity can be observed in the varied backgrounds and experiences that make up the fabric of the babywearing community, including, age, citizenship status, class, color, disability, gender expression, gender identity, marital status, national origin, parental status, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation. The diversity of a community strengthens it.  Inclusivity is the action of embracing diversity and making sure a community actively works towards dismantling systematic challenges that prevent diversity from thriving.  Diversity is the goal and inclusivity is the action that makes it a reality.

This awards seeks to recognize individuals in the babywearing community who have furthered diversity and inclusivity through programs or actions which systematically reduce inequities in the their local communities or the babywearing community at large.  Recipients have had at least one tangible project that has found success which will be evidence of their hard work, something that has effected inclusivity within their organization or community.

 


Premio al educador de porteo que promueve grandemente la diversidad e inclusión

La diversidad se puede observar desde los diversos orígenes y experiencias que conforman el tejido que une a la comunidad del porteo. Incluye edad, ciudadanía/estatus, clase, color, discapacidad, expresión de género, identidad de género, estado civil, nacionalidad, religión, sexo u orientación sexual. La diversidad de una comunidad es lo que la fortalece. La inclusión es la acción de abrazar la diversidad y asegurar que una comunidad trabaje activamente para desmantelar desafíos sistemáticos que impidan que la diversidad prospere. La diversidad es la meta y la inclusión es la acción que la hace realidad.

Este premio busca reconocer a los individuos en la comunidad de porteo que han fomentado la diversidad e inclusividad a través de programas o acciones que reducen la desigualdad en sus comunidades locales o en la comunidad del porteo en general. Los nominados, han tenido por lo menos un proyecto exitoso tangible que será la evidencia de su arduo trabajo, algo que haya impactado la inclusión dentro de su organización o comunidad.

 

Add your celebration or event!

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.

Logos Now Available in our Toolkit

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.