Raffle tickets go on preoder now! They will continue to be on preorder right through until the main event (and then available for sale at the event as well). The main events falls on the day of our meeting, 10/08/2016. This means you can pay for your tickets now and not have to worry about fumbling with money at the event. However, you will not physically receive any tickets when you purchase them. We have decided to do this so that you don’t risk losing them, and you can hold off to see what other prizes we will have to offer
Celebrate International Babywearing Week (IBW) with babywearing groups around the world! This year’s theme is Best Seat in the House!
International Babywearing Week is an annual outreach event sponsored by Babywearing International. It is a week-long opportunity to celebrate, promote, advocate for, and focus media attention on the many benefits of babywearing. Locally, we celebrate International Babywearing Week through a series of events throughout the Greater Burlington area.
Written by Dana McKeen
The elusive comfortable ruck - is it a myth? Does it require a magical comfy wrap? Tough shoulders? There are of course many factors, but once you nail down the concept of how the carry functions, you can develop your technique to maximize comfort from that factor first, then figure out the rest.
Certain carries can be comfortable higher or lower on the back. For most people, a ruck is not one of those carries. This has to do with the direction of the pass and how it moves across baby in relation to your tightening. Here are some photos as an example - please note, working with an opinionated toddler watching her favorite show as a bribe, but the concepts are still illustrated!
Here you can see that baby's shoulders are NEARLY level with mine. In an arms in carry, the top rail would read as being nearly parallel to the floor. This is an important key for most people. As you can see, with the direction of the rail being almost straight across, tightening is easier. In the next two images, note the direction of the way the weight is distributed through the wrap - helpfully illustrated by the arrows on the wrap and highlighted by me, you'll see that it is spread throughout the wrap fairly evenly, except just what is gathered by the bottom rail.
The example below is exaggerated for effect, and looser than COULD be achieved when this low, but you will see why it is tricky.
As you can see, the top rail would need to travel a U shape, even as tight as possible, to go down to where baby is and then travel back up to the opposite shoulder, which makes it very difficult to get a snug top rail. Also if you review the images below, you can see that the direction of force from the shoulders (even though the wrap still covers baby in the same way) is almost all pointing very much at a downward angle without much distribution of weight. This contributes to the feeling of the carry "hanging" on the shoulders.
With other carries that have either a sling, cross, or torso pass - baby can be in a lower position, but still achieve a snugger fit and good distribution of weight, due to the path the pass follows. It can go straight across the body either diagonally or horizontally, distributing weight very effectively.
For example, see below, a Double Hammock with a Candy Cane Chest Belt - the wearee is lower than in a ruck, but due to the nature of the sling passes, the weight is still distributed evenly with a snug top rail.
There is room for a little variability, of course. Some people really need the parallel top rail in a ruck even with a toddler to be comfy. Others, like myself, are okay with a little leeway in the form of arms out but shoulders level/close to level, which still allows the pass to function almost like a horizontal pass between the shoulders.
Hopefully with this in mind, you can perfect your ruck positioning and get that awesome comfy ruck down!
Never been to a meeting? Not sure what to expect? This blog is for you!
Our monthly meetings are held on the second Saturday of every month at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints*, 400 Swift Street, South Burlington from 10-12.
*The doctrinal views and policies of the church in no way reflect the stance, opinions, or policies of BWI of Greater Burlington or our volunteers. Everyone is welcome no matter what at all times. The space is donated for us to use for free, which is extremely hard to come by. We appreciate being able to use it, and we hope that everyone knows we welcome all. Thank you.
We are a very welcoming group. We are not going to care if you come in using a stroller or carrying your baby in their car seat to a babywearing meeting. We are not going to mind if you are happy with the carrier you already have and just want to come hang out (in fact, we hope you do! We love community.). We also welcome people from all walks of life. Additionally, we encourage you to bring your partner, parents, or any other support person you would like to bring. Big kids are also absolutely welcome (I have a 7 and almost 5 year old that attend)!
These meetings are free and open to the public. Anyone interested in babywearing is welcome to come.
When you arrive, you will park out back and use the back door to enter. When you come inside, take the left to find us in a large room. You can't miss us, promise. You will be greeted by the lovely Dana and sign in.
We officially start the meeting at 10:15ish. We do introductions, talk about the group, go over safety, the library, and things like that. Around 10:30ish, we break up to start doing the hands-on help and such. You will note that each table has a sign up sheet to help ensure everyone that comes receives hands on help. The last 30 minutes you can check out items from the library!