Maybe you've aged out. Maybe you're stashified. Maybe the meetings are always during naptime, during work, or your child can't handle the commotion. We understand these challenges, but you should still consider membership!
“What's that?” I hear you ask. “Isn't the prime benefit of membership access to the library? I don't need that.”
Well, yes, that is one of the main benefits of membership. Did you know you also receive discounts to many businesses too? However, the real reason you should become a member is that babywearing is important to you.
Think of all the times when babywearing got you through a tough day—the sickie snuggles, a fought nap, making dinner while your little one cut some teeth, keeping a toddler safe on a busy street or in an airport, getting out of the house again once one baby became two.... Think of all of the times the babywearing community was here for you, for support and advice, and been-there-done-that-know-how-you-feel understanding.
You should become a member because you want that experience be available to new parents who are struggling and need help, community, and support.
BWI of Greater Burlington has made huge strides in the past year towards providing outreach in our community. We are now offering monthly workshops and soon bimonthly playdates. These things take time and money (think printing costs). Every member who ISN'T checking out a new carrier each month gives us resources that we can put towards printing materials and covering the costs of outreach efforts like these or towards needed administrative expenses for the group. Your $30 membership payment is an investment in our group and in our community.
So, even if you are someone with older kids, come to a meeting. Bring your big kids and remember what it was like when they were little. Visit with friends you see all the time or those you don't see enough. Plus become a member because even if you don't babywear much, or at all anymore, you're still a babywearer.