Use the links below to navigate between sections and questions.
- When and how often do you have meetings?
- Does it cost anything to attend a meeting?
- What do you do at a meeting?
- Can I bring my children/mom/husband/friend?
- Someone gave me this carrier at my baby shower and I have no idea how to use it. Can you help me?
- Do I need to RSVP to attend a meeting?
- Which baby carrier is best?
- What kind of baby carrier should I get?
- What does this word/acronym mean?
- I’m interested in wearing my baby but I’m on a tight budget. What are my options?
- Wow this carrier is expensive! Why does a piece of cloth cost so much?
- I saw someone post a picture of their carrier “collection” and they have dozens! Why does anyone need that many carriers?
- Can’t I just make a baby carrier?
- Where can I buy a baby carrier locally?
- Where can I buy a baby carrier online?
When and how often do you have meetings?
Check our Facebook page events for meeting locations each month.
Does it cost anything to attend a meeting?
All of our regular meetings are free and open to the public. It does not cost anything to attend!
What do you do at a meeting?
Meetings are typically semi-structured. When you walk in a volunteer will great you, ask what you came to receive help with and then match you with an educator who can meet your specific needs. Some of our meetings will be structured with a special presentation in the beginning. Depending on the size of a meeting you may be viewing a demonstration with multiple caregivers or receive one-on-one hands on assistance.
Can I bring my children/mom/husband/friend?
Yes, yes and yes! Caregivers and children of all ages are welcome and encouraged to attend. Please note that we do not currently offer any childcare during meetings so we ask that if you need assistance keeping tabs on your little one(s) while you are getting assistance with a carrier, please bring someone who can help you.
Someone gave me this carrier at my baby shower and I have no idea how to use it. Can you help me?
Yes, we can! Our peer educators have extensive knowledge of many types of carriers. Bring your carrier with you to a meeting and our educators will help you adjust and use your carrier.
Do I need to RSVP to attend a meeting?
Facebook allows you to indicate your attendance in the events but it is not required. You do not need to give any advance notice if you want to attend a meeting. Just show up! However, if you think you will be running late, it would be helpful if you sent us a message on Facebook, especially if you are returning a carrier.
I can’t make it to a meeting. Can someone meet me to help with my carrier?
Unfortunately, our volunteers are only available during allotted meetings times. If you cannot make it to a meeting, you are welcome to post your questions in our Facebook group and we will trouble shoot as best we can but it may not be the same as hands-on assistance. Alternatively, there are local retailers who offer assistance with carriers for a fee or for free if you purchased a carrier from their store.
I’m interested in teaching others about babywearing. Can I do that?
You sure can! Carry Wichita is a peer to peer support group and all of our educators started out as parents who just wanted to learn more about babywearing. You do not have to be licensed or accredited by any organization to teach babywearing; CWI does not currently offer an educator accreditation program and it will be at the discretion of current leadership to accept or deny educator applications. Although it is not required by law or our organization, paid babywearing certifications programs do exist and we can help you find more information about these programs.
General Babywearing FAQ
Which baby carrier is best?
Carry Wichita does not endorse any specific brand or type of baby carrier as “the best.” What works best for one family or baby may not be the best for another. The best carrier is the one that fits your needs.
What kind of baby carrier should I get?
Baby carriers are like jeans and a lot depends on individual’s personal preference. Our peer educators can make recommendations based on features you are looking for but the best way to figure out which carrier you should get is to come to a meeting and try them all on! Our library has a wide variety of carrier types and brands that you can try for free with free assistance and instruction from our peer educators. You can certainly find your preferred carrier through online reviews and trial and error but you will save yourself a lot of trouble and hassle if you try before buying.
What does this word/acronym mean?
Babywearing has become a culture of its own complete with its own lingo and set of acronyms! This can be confusing and intimidating to new babywearers. For a quick rundown on common abbreviations and terms visit BWI Glossary here or Babywearing 102 Glossary here.
I’m interested in wearing my baby but I’m on a tight budget. What are my options?
There is a baby carrier for every budget. The babywearing industry has come a long way in the last few years in the availability of quality and affordable carriers. Our peer educators and other members are more than happy to recommend their favorite budget brands. Baby carriers can also be found second hand in our local swap page or on the many different budget friendly babywearing swaps on Facebook. Exercise caution when B/S/Ting on Facebook or anywhere else. For helpful tips on how to navigate B/S/T go here.
Wow this carrier is expensive! Why does a piece of cloth cost so much?
Many factors play into the cost of certain baby carriers. It seems strange to newcomers and outsiders to spend that amount of money on what amounts to a piece of fabric to carry a baby in but this is an item that must follow rigorous safety standards in order to be CPSIA compliant in the USA and other countries. Many “purpose woven” wraps undergo safety testing, must follow safety standards and comply with certain protocols in order to be sold in the U.S. This process costs manufacturers money and time and is built into the cost of their products.
Also different materials, patterns, weaving methods and brands all factor into the cost of an item brand new. You will also find that many baby carriers are like works of art all on their own. This has made them collectible for many individuals who have fallen in love babywearing and may have “collections” that include dozens of carriers or more.
The important thing to remember is that you don’t have to spend more than you want to on a reliable and safe baby carrier nor do you need a collection of 20 wraps in order to babywear. One parent can spend $25 on a carrier and enjoy wearing their baby from birth through the end of their babywearing days.
I saw someone post a picture of their carrier collection and they have dozens! Why does anyone need that many carriers?
It is not necessary for anyone to have more than one baby carrier for the entirety of their babywearing journey, however, some parents may find that having multiple carriers or multiple types of carriers useful. For example, a carrier for each differently sized caregiver adds convenience so the carrier does not have to be re-adjusted each time. Or a caregiver may prefer one type of carrier for quick errands but another type for wearing for extended periods. As mentioned above, some babywearers have come to love certain brands and carriers so much that they become collectible and enjoy having a “collection” of carriers that they can admire and use daily in the same way that people may have multiple pairs of shoes, handbags, formal dresses and other functional fashion items.
Can’t I just make a baby carrier?
Sure you can! Our peer educators do not offer instruction on how to make your own carriers but there are dozens of online and local resources available to help the crafty person make a DIY baby carrier for $20 or less! Many of our local members also have personal experience doing it themselves and are happy to share their knowledge in our Facebook group. If you choose this route, please exercise caution and make sure you thoroughly research the materials and methods you use to make your carrier. Manufactured carriers go through rigorous testing process to ensure that they are safe. That said, people all over the world have been safely tying their babies to their bodies for centuries using inexpensive materials that you can find at your local fabric store. You can still safely babywear making your own carrier, but choosing the right materials and methods is very important. Here is a small list of resources to help you get started on your DIY carrier journey:
- DIY Babywearing Wiki
- DIY Baby Carrier Advice & Support on Facebook
- DIY Babywearing on Facebook
- Jan Andrea of SBP Tutorials
Where can I buy a baby carrier locally?
There are several big box stores that sell popular brands of carriers as well as local boutiques. We also have a B/S/T thread in our Facebook group where you can purchase used carriers from local parents. You may also be able to find carriers at local children’s consignment stores and sales. When purchasing used from an unknown seller, be sure to inspect the carrier for any wear or damage that might make the carrier unsafe.
- Sweet Cheeks
- Wichita Area Parents of Multiples Consignment
- Buy Buy Baby (can try on store models)
- Baby Depot
- Hannah Banana
- Kids Closet Consignment Sale
- Rhea Lana’s Consignment Sale
- Trenty Tots
- Kid to Kid
Where can I buy a baby carrier online?
If you can’t find what you’re looking for locally, there are hundreds of family run babywearing retailers online as well as big box retailers that you can shop at. See our list of resources for some of our favorite/recommended retailers. You can also ask for recommendations in our Facebook group to find what you need.