What is Carry Wichita?
Carry Wchita, Inc. (CWI) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to promote babywearing as a universally accepted practice, with benefits for both child and caregiver, through education and support. CWI serves the Wichita Kansas Metro and surrounding areas in South Central Kansas.
Our core beliefs and guiding principles are:
- that baby carriers are powerful tools for parents and caregivers, enabling them to hold their babies more comfortably, more securely, and longer than they would otherwise;
- that the practice of babywearing is beneficial for both children and caregivers;
- that babywearing promotes bonding between children and caregivers;
- that all types of baby carriers have value, and caregivers benefit from having a wide range of available options;
- that baby carriers should be comfortable for both children and caregivers and can be used for as long as is mutually desirable;
- that babywearing is compatible with any parenting style or philosophy
that through education and support children and caregivers can benefit from the ease, comfort, and utility of baby carriers.
As an organization CWI seeks to:
- provide information about the benefits of babywearing for both children and caregivers;
- provide high quality educational information about the types of carriers and their proper usage;
- develop a positive image for those who practice and promote babywearing;
- enlist members of the medical community, birth professionals, and child care providers as babywearing facilitators;
- to further advancements in research about the benefits of babywearing and babywearing techniques
- be a resource for researchers and other professionals who are looking for evidence-based information about babywearing.
What is “babywearing?”
Babywearing is the practice of carrying an infant or toddler in a sling or other soft sided baby carrier.
Babywearing promotes bonding, supports breastfeeding, can help combat postpartum depression, and makes caregiving easier. Research suggests that carried babies sleep, feed, and grow better. One study found that carried 6-week-olds cried 43% less than other children. Babywearing is not about any particular parenting style or philosophy. Any caregiver can do it: moms, dads, grandparents, siblings, sitters, nurses, or doulas. There are safe and effective carrier options for every budget and taste.
What do we do?
- We offer monthly educational meetings led by volunteers with extensive knowledge of different types of baby carriers and babywearing safety.
- Our educators will give demonstrations, answer questions, assist caregivers in finding and using a certain type of baby carrier, and offer support and encouragement to babywearing parents and caregivers.
- While we do not sell or endorse specific brands of baby carriers, we maintain a lending library so that members and attendees can try a variety of carriers to determine what meets their individual needs.
- We allow carriers to be borrowed from our lending library on a month-to-month rate of $8 or for a $30 annual tax-deductible membership.
Carry Wichita currently holds one educational meeting a month which are always free and open to the public. You do not have to be a paid member of our group to come to the meetings and get help. Meetings are a family-friendly event; babies, toddlers, parents, grandparents, medical professionals, childcare providers and other caregivers are invited to join us! We will also periodically host social events, playdates and special workshops.
There are numerous outreach activities we participate in each year.
All official BWI events will be listed on our public Facebook page. Please like and follow our page (www.facebook.com/CarryWichita) to be notified of upcoming events. You can also sign up for text or email notices at remind.com @ICTBWI.
You can find us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Pinterest! You can also request to join our Facebook chatter group (www.facebook.com/groups/wichitababywearers) where you can chat with other members and educators in between meetings.
An important part of making babywearing a universally accepted practice is ensuring that BWI meetings, events, and online spaces are welcoming for people of all backgrounds.
Given our education mission, CWI is necessarily supportive of the basic tenets of social justice. Therefore, CWI does not condone silencing, tone policing, or otherwise oppressing marginalized groups, nor does CWI discriminate or permit discrimination by any member of its community against any individual on the basis of age, citizenship status, class, color, disability, gender expression, gender identity, marital status, national origin, parental status, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation.
Carry Wichita is committed to supporting marginalized people in the babywearing community and will support movements to correct and educate the community and companies on issues that affect marginalized cultures. We are working to update our resources in all areas. For corrected terminology, please see our blog posts and the links there to the original content in regards to #notyourpodbutai and #takebacktherebozo.