We are the Southern Maryland chapter of the national nonprofit organization Babywearing International. We serve St. Mary’s, Charles, Anne Arundel, and Calvert Counties. Babywearing International, Inc. (BWI) 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.
Our local chapter started in 2013, after several of our now leaders met in a park to talk about babies and babywearing and saw the need for a group to promote the ideal locally. The group has now evolved and is run by a team of over 20 volunteers from around the Southern Maryland area.
FREE MEETINGSMeetings are free and open to anyone! We hold meetings in St. Mary’s, Charles, Calvert, and Anne Arundel Counties. Check the calendar below or our “Events” page on Facebook for dates and times.
In a meeting, we typically start by chatting while people arrive. Those who have borrowed carriers at a previous meeting return them. After about 15 minutes for carrier returns and late arrivals, we begin with introductions. Then, the babywearing educators do a demo based on requests from the crowd. This might be a simple overview of types of carriers or demo of specific carries depending on what everyone wants to see. From there, we break into smaller groups and chat, try new carriers, and work on anything the crowd is interested in. For the last 15 minutes, we take some time to check out carriers and start cleaning up the library room.
Meetings are free and ALL are welcome to attend (dads, partners, grandparents, nannies, expecting parents, etc) and older siblings are welcome as well.