We’ve had lots of questions lately on what meetings we currently offer, what we do at our meetings, and how to choose the meeting that’s right for you. Here’s a break down of our meetings to help you choose a meeting!
1st Thursdays Overland Park Meeting
New Birth Company (Corporate Woods)
9209 W. 110th St #36 OP, KS 66210
This meeting takes place on the 1st Thursday of each month, and it’s geared toward general babywearing needs. Whether you’re an expectant parent, new babywearer, experienced, or somewhere in between, this is the meeting for you! It’s hosted by the free standing birth center, New Birth Company, and it’s a family friendly atmosphere. This is currently our only evening meeting so you will often find whole families in attendance. We regularly do a carrier 101 at this meeting and tend to whatever babywearing needs/questions you come with. Our lending library is open at this meeting and available to members of Babywearing International of Kansas City.
2nd Tuesdays (Even months) Advanced Wrapping
Itsy Bitsy Bums (Brookside)
6215 Oak St. KC, MO 64113
Even numbered months (Feb, April, June, Aug, Oct, Dec) 6:30-8:15 pm
This meeting is specifically tailored to advanced woven wrapping techniques, and gives our “regulars” a place to hang out, perfect advanced carries, and try out different wraps. Prerequisites for this meeting are having mastered Front Wrap Cross Carry (FWCC) and at least one back carry. If you are an experienced babywearer looking to explore advanced techniques with other carriers, this would also be a great meeting for you! If you are experienced with other carriers but are looking to learn woven wrapping basics, we ask that you attend one of our general meetings first (1st Thursdays or 4th Tuesdays) to get the basics down before delving into the advanced techniques focused on at this meeting. The lending library is not available at this meeting.
This meeting will alternate between day and evening times each month in order to hit a wider audience. Please see the Events section of our Facebook page for time details on this meeting. If you’re not on Facebook, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a schedule.
3rd Thursdays East Side Meeting
Lakeland Community Church
913 NE Colbern Rd
Lee’s Summit, MO 64086
This meeting will have the same format as the 1st Thursday and 4th Tuesday meetings, appealing to all carrier needs and ability levels. The meeting is located in the Toddler Room, which is a very family friendly space. To access our meeting space, please enter through the main church doors and head right. You will find our room on the right hand side of the hall. The lending library is available at this meeting.
4th Tuesday’s Midtown Meeting
Kansas City Public Library Plaza Branch
Large Meeting Room
4801 Main Street
Kansas City, MO 64112
10:00 am-12:00 pm
These meetings, like the 1st Thursday meetings at New Birth Company and the East side meetings, are geared toward all babywearing needs. We often do a Carrier 101 at this meeting, along with addressing everyone’s specific needs. The meetings take place in a family friendly atmosphere and are geared toward all carrier types and ability levels. The lending library is available at this meeting
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How do I know which meeting is right for me?
If you are an expectant parent, new to babywearing, new to a carrier type, or learning back carries then the 1st Thursday, 3rd Thursday or 4th Tuesday meeting is your best bet.
Can I bring my husband and/or children?
YES!!!! The evening meetings are often heavily attended by dads, but we also see them at our daytime meetings as well. Children are always welcome, just be aware that they will require supervision (we don’t have provided childcare.)
What should I bring to the meetings?
Just bring yourself and whatever carrier(s) you own and are looking for help with. If you don’t yet have a carrier or a baby/child, no worries, we have lots of carriers to work with and have weighted dolls to practice with.
Can I come to the meetings late?
Yes!! The educator staff is at the meetings from start to finish, so if you can only make it for the last 30 minutes of the meeting, no worries! You will have plenty of time to get your carrier questions answered and get the help you need!
Do I have to stay for the entire meeting?
Nope! You are welcome to stay as long as you like! If you come at the start of a meeting and have a sleepy baby/child, just make sure to let an educator know so that we can give you the help you need before you have to leave.
How do I access the lending library?
Our lending library is available to Babywearing International of Kansas City members. The cost of a membership is $30 per year, and it gives you access to our full library of carriers. You check out one carrier a month and return it at the next month’s meeting, at which point you can check out another!
Do I have to attend meetings to use the lending library?
Yes. Due to time restrictions of our volunteer educator staff we are only able to lend carriers through the meetings.
Feel free to post your question on our Facebook page or email us at KC@babywearinginternational.org
With our meetings we strive to meet the needs of the babywearing community across the metro area. As our educator staff grows we will continue to add meetings across the metro area. I hope that you can join us at one of our current meetings!