Becoming a member of Babywearing International of Kansas City has many benefits. Your membership supports this wonderful community and keeps our chapter growing. One of the biggest and most useful membership perks is our extensive lending library!
First off, we would LOVE to tell you about the membership perks and explain what membership money goes for. The cost of a yearly membership is $30, half of which remains with our chapter, and the other half goes to Babywearing International, the organization at large. Why in the world would we want to give away half our money to the national organization? Well, because that money helps them help us!!! Babywearing International supplies us with informational type brochures, educator support and professional development, and also some donated carriers for our lending library. The remaining 50% of membership dues stay with our Kansas City chapter, money that we can use for business cards, other forms of advertising, and most importantly carriers for our lending library!!!
So now that you know what membership money goes toward, I’m sure you’re still wondering what the incentive is to become a member. By paying for a yearly membership to Babywearing International of Kansas City you then gain access to our lending library! Members are able to have unlimited access to our lending carriers (one carrier at a time for a one month time period) to help you in your carrier selection, seeing if there’s a carrier that you might prefer for the next phase of your babywearing, or even just for the fun of trying out new carriers!
So on that note, I would love to introduce you to our current lending library!
Stretchy wraps/carriers are those that contain multi-directional stretch.
Hybrid wraps are those that contain one directional stretch. They often have more versatility than multi-directional stretchy carriers.
Water wraps are those that can be used in the water.
Woven wraps are wraps are wraps that do not contain significant stretch, woven of cotton, hemp, wool, silk, or linen. They come in a variety of lengths and can be used for a variety of front, hip, and back carries.
BB Slen 2 (2.7 meters)
Hopp Tuniz 2 (2.7 meters)
Amazonas Indio 2 (2.7 meters)
Colimacon et Cie 3 (3.2 meters)
Zara Original 4 (3.6 meters)
Purple Waves 4 (3.6 meters)
Girasol Tiramisu 5 (4.2 meters)
Storchenwiege Inka 5 (4.2 meters)
Dolcino Red 5 (4.2 meters)
Ellaroo Christiane Size 6 (4.6 meters)
Dolcino Black 6 (4.6 meters)
Didymos Indio Monti size 7 (5.2 meters)
Didymos Indio Orient (cotton/linen) 7 (5.2 meters)
Ring slings are one shouldered carriers that are adjustable, with the tension held by two rings that the fabric loops through.
Sleeping Baby Productions Ring Sling (size large, pleated shoulder)
Comfy Joey Linen Ring Sling (Medium)
Sakura Bloom Ring Sling (Medium)
Mei Tai’s are Asian style baby carriers that consist of a body, two waist straps, and two shoulder straps.
Soft Structured Carriers
Soft structured carriers are those consisting of buckles that connect the carrier.
Pouch slings are made of a loop of fabric. They are either non-adjustable or minimally adjustable.
Hotsling Pouch (Size Medium)
So all of the carriers listed above are great reasons to become a member of Babywearing International of Kansas City, not to mention just supporting your local babywearing education and advocacy organization! Our lending library is always growing, and we are adding new carriers as often as possible so that we can continue to meet the diverse needs of our babywearing community here in Kansas City!