Sunday, October 2, 2011

New Zealand Babywearing Week


Here at Babywearing Wellington we're looking forward to the first ever New Zealand Babywearing Week, which will run parallel to International Babywearing Week from 10-16 October.

Babywearing Wellington will be organising a few different events to celebrate the week, the main one of these being our annual sling walk through town on 16 October. This year we've decided to go for an easier (flatter!) route, starting at Frank Kitts park at 2pm then walking past Te Papa, onto Courtenay Place and then Cuba St ending at the Southern Cross Guest Room, our regular slingmeet venue. Check out the route map below.

Register on the day from 1.30pm to go into the draw to win heaps of great spot prizes from the NZ Babywearing Week sponsors Wickelkinder (Manduca), My Natural Baby, Rockin' Green NZ, Ours DVD, The Natural Parent magazine (more details at bottom of this email) and local businesses Le'esscience, Baby on the Move and Wish Skin Spa. The main prize will be a Sweet Soda limited edition Manduca valued at $255 provided by Wickelkinder! In addition, the first 30 families to register on the day will receive a small goodie bag with giveaways and vouchers.

We'd love to see you all there with your child/ren and favourite carriers, and it would be great if you could spread the word around your friends and family. Everyone is welcome - you don't need to have a 'worn' baby to attend, and the route is buggy-friendly. The idea is to get as many supporters of babywearing together as we can! The sling walk poster is available here for you to print out and distribute if you can - the more advertising the better. So we have a vague idea of numbers, we'd appreciate it if you could let us know by email or by RSVPing to the Facebook event whether you think you can make it. In the meantime, check out the photos from last year's sling walk.

In addition to the sling walk, we're planning a Latin-inspired babywearing dance class on Monday 10th and a 'Make Your Own Stretchy Wrap' with our resident craftster, Hester, on Friday 14th. More details to come on both these events.

Hope to see you at one or more of these events!

For information on events in other parts of New Zealand, check out the list on the New Zealand Babywearing Week site.

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