Meet Amber and Meeshi from Groovaroo!

We are super excited to introduce you to Amber and Meeshi Anjali! Amber is a CBWS Graduate and her husband Meeshi is a dance instructor. Together they've created the concept of Groovaroo which has propelled dancing while babywearing into the mainstream and has sparked a viral sensation. 

Amber and Meeshy from Groovaroo

Amber and Meeshy from Groovaroo

How did you get into R&B/Soul Line Dancing? What has your experience been like?

Meeshi first discovered R&B/Soul Line Dancing when a friend of his shared a line dance on his Facebook page in the summer of 2012. While he was already familiar with the three most popular line dances (Cupid Shuffle, Wobble and Electric Slide), he had no idea of the breadth and popularity of R&B/Soul Line Dancing in African American communities. Already a student and teacher of multicultural dancing for 20 years, Meeshi felt particularly drawn to this style of dancing for three reasons: 1) he loved how the structure of the dance perfectly fit the structure of the music, 2) he loved how playful, interactive and improvisational everyone was with the music and with each other, and 3) he loved how accessible and inclusive it was people of all ages and levels. Pure beginners danced side by side with advanced dancers sharing the floor as equals.

Primarily self-taught, Meeshi was able to teach himself to line dance by watching YouTube videos from Tamika Shipman of the Parkside Experience in Philadelphia. He then started attending line dance events locally in San Diego and across the country. He was excited about how welcoming everyone in the line dance community was to him, and in fact, they felt more open to him than almost any of the other cultural dance styles he had been training in over the past 20 years. He has been teaching R&B/Soul Line Dancing in San Diego since 2013 and has been fortunate enough to teach at national line dance events in Chicago and Philadelphia.

Who were your teachers?

As mentioned above, Meeshi was mostly self-taught using the Parkside Experience YouTube videos. These videos were a weekly line dance event in Philadelphia where Tamika Shipman filmed the dance instruction prior to the social dancing. The primary Parkside teachers are Chris Blues and Hassan Abdul-Rahim. He was also greatly inspired and influenced by four other Philly-style line dance teachers: Bernadette Burnette, Ray Boyd, Kenny Johnson and Ed Williams. Locally he has learned from SoCal teachers Patricia Murray, Ed Griffith, Jackie Rice and Youshia Berry.

How did you come up with the idea for a babywearing dance class? What was your experience with babywearing prior to the class?

Amber was introduced to babywearing through a family that she used to nanny for. She realized how much it helped to comfort the baby especially when going for walks. She saw a video of two people babywearing and dancing salsa in Spain and thought that babywearing and soul line dancing would fit perfectly together because most of the movements start with a gentle rocking of your hips, just as you would rock your hips to soothe your baby. 

What do you hope parents and families will get from taking this class? 

Our hope is that parents will discover that GroovaRoo Dance is not an exercise class to workout with your baby, but a movement class for new parents to feel good in their bodies again, bond with their baby and other families, and find the support of a like-minded community of parents going through the same challenges and triumphs. In cultures all over the world dance is an integral part of family life, however in America, dance is frequently viewed a performance art that is to be enjoyed but not participated in. When parents are attending a children's dance class they often feel compelled to watch rather than join in the fun. Dance should be an interactive social activity for the whole family/village to do together. Dancing with your baby is just the beginning of our larger cultural mission of normalize family dancing in America. Let's dance for LOVE!

Have you gotten any one thing out of teaching this kind of class that surprised you or was different from your expectations?

When we first started our classes we chose songs that seemed more "child-oriented" but over time we realized moms really wanted to dance to familiar pop music. They wanted to dance the way they'd enjoyed dancing in the clubs prior to baby. We subsequently have been labelled as the "Dirty Dancing" of babywearing dance. Along with bonding with their babies and other women, moms feel empowered to get their "sexy back" in our classes.

Filming the NBC Nightly News Report

Filming the NBC Nightly News Report

Wear oh wear did the time go?

I just wrapped up my fourth trip to Chicago for the WEAR Conference and Mommycon. What a wonderful time! I find it refreshing to be in the same space year after year. That may sound strange but honestly, I like knowing where things are and how to get around. Because of my teaching schedule this is a rare and nice feeling. 

Over the last four years, I have attended many MommyCons and I find them a great way to connect with people making their way through the early years of raising a child. The attendees are engaged and interested and for me, as an educator, it is a dream to have such a captive audience.

This year between the Wear Conference and MommyCon running concurrently the audience had a good mix and balance. I felt like I got to exercise my own "educator bones." I also learned from others in sessions that were fun and functional,  through stories panelists shared, and from those who attended my sessions. Of course I also learned tons from the folks I helped.

During my sessions on toddler-wearing I had an outstanding crew join me while I taught over 50 people (maybe 75 if you include the many toddlers). Six of our educators generously volunteered their time to assist in the session. They helped by demonstration but also by assisting those who wanted to try different options or tweak their carriers for comfort. It was a robust and fun session. (If only I had a picture!)

I had a lovely impromptu teaching encounter in the Babywearing lounge while I was grabbing some carriers for the Toddler session.  A woman walked by several times (obviously wanting help but maybe not comfortable enough to ask). Eventually she saw me piling up the carriers, figuring that I was working in the lounge; she asked me if I would help her.  Of course I didn't have the heart to say no and in the end she got her darling on her back and we were both fulfilled by our exchange.

I met many new people and had a chance to reconnect with so many friends (and still somehow managed to miss just as many as I saw). There's just never enough quality time to do everything and of course I didn't take enough pictures! (I never do.)  

  • We had a graduate reunion which spread out throughout the restaurant. There were over 50 graduates present at the reunion! 
  • There was a party hosted by Abby's Lane, it was loud but fun to connect to people.
  • BabyTula's newest carrier, Free to Grow, was released at their launch party, which was also loud, but simply lovely.
  • There was an awards luncheon.
  • There were a few new carriers announced to arrive in April: 
    • the Babylonia Flex 
    • and Beachfront Baby's newest line of carriers as well. 
  • I must thank my friend and host, Beth Leistensnider of Catbird Baby, for giving me a place to rest my head and for shuttling me to and from the airport! 


Though I didn't see everything or everyone I'd hoped to, I still left feeling really connected. Thanks to Xza, the MommyCon Team, and all the attendees for making this a wonderful weekend!


Off to Calgary!


Joanna :)


Here are a few pictures - thank you to everyone who shared. If you click on the picture it will enlarge. 

WEAR Sessions approved for CEUs

The following WEAR sessions have been approved for CBWS continuing education units:

• The Still-Face Paradigm - 1 CEU

• Babywearing and PTSD: When the Parent Comes Home - 1 CEU

• Public Health Outreach for Baby Carrier Educators - 1 CEU

• Let’s Grow Your Passion into Your Profession - 1 CEU

• Babywearing as an Aid to Bonding and Attachment in Non-Traditional Families/ Non-Gestational Parents - 1 CEU

• Priming Parents for Proximity - 1 CEU

• Beyond the Sacred Hour: Why We Should Talk About KC as Continued Care -


• Babywearing and Liability Law - 1 CEU

Graduate Stories: Austin Rees

Graduate Stories: Austin Rees


When and Where did you take CBWS trainings? 

Oct 2013 Foundations in Bethesda, MD and Oct 2015 Progressions in Baltimore, MD

Business name:

I'm the owner of Breast+Skin+Sling and co-founder of Sacred Milk  

What kind of work do you do?

  • Through Breast+Skin+Sling I prepare mothers, prenatally, with the foundations of Breastfeeding, Skin-to-Skin and Babywearing through the following options:
  • Private, customized in-person, or virtual prenatal consults
  • A four week Breast+Skin+Sling class series
  • A dynamic weekend Sacred Pregnancy + Sacred Milk retreat Through Sacred Milk. My partner, Sara Goff, and I create programs that inspire instinctual wisdom for mothers as they embark on their Milk Journey. We also share the Sacred Milk program with Sacred Pregnancy Instructors and Sacred Doulas at live retreats.


What makes your job or your business unique? 

I combine my background as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant with Babywearing. I uniquely offer cutting edge information, along with in-person sisterhood, creative expression, and honoring within the classes/retreats I facilitate. Mothers gain the information on how to initiate their Milk journey, but also gain a circle of local support made up of peers and professionals. With this knowledge I have witnessed mothers step into motherhood trusting their bodies, their babies, and their Milk. Through classes or consultations mothers discover their innate instincts and wisdom so they enter their unique Milk relationship secure, confident, supported, and connected to their baby.


What does a "day in the life of" look like for you? What's a "good" day of work?

In my businesses I typically spend each day responding to emails in reference to an upcoming retreat or I communicate with businesses from whom we purchase products for our gift bags. I scan for articles to share on our social media or work on a Milk Monday post by searching for the perfect photo to complement the clip of information we have written for Sacred Milk. When I have a prenatal consultation I pack in the morning, making sure I add in my kit at least two of each type of carrier and two demo dolls. I review the pre-consultation form the client has completed beforehand and make sure I bring books and handouts to meet their needs. Then I pack up their unique client gift. Examples of gifts I have shared in the past were a pair of BabyLegs, a sculpture that represents motherhood and the Sacred Pregnancy or Sacred Motherhood book. When I arrive at someone's home I set up the space for the consultation and "catch up" with the client. I begin with teaching them how milk works and the impact birth and postpartum procedures have on milk. We move into skin-to-skin contact and the expectations of a newborn. Together we begin to create a core support team full of local peers and professionals. We end the consultation with a babywearing demonstration and practice. I enjoy meeting couples or families in their home because the space represents them. I am invited into their sacred space and share tools they can use in their space. We discuss where Mom will spend most of her day when baby is born and adapt that area to meet her needs. Many mothers have appointments late in pregnancy outside of the home so this is an opportunity for them to not have to leave their house but still meet their needs and prepare for their milk and babywearing journey.


How did the CBWS training(s) play a role in your day-to-day work? 

I learned more than just a set of technical skills in my CBWS trainings. Not only did we become proficient on carriers and carrying techniques, CBWS taught communication comprehension, which included positive and neutral language. We practiced how to empty ourselves and remove our convictions and meet clients where they are in the moment. These courses gave me the tools to create an individual outline for me. I can take each lesson and adapt it to be the most beneficial for my client.


Any thoughts/input you want to share about how you balance your "work life" with your "real life"?

I am a mother to four children ages 13, 11, 9, and 3. When I first started Sacred Milk I was homeschooling my older children. My Sacred Milk business partner is a homeschooling mother to six children and lives in another state. Together we must balance creating our program along with meeting the needs of 10 children. I created Breast+Skin+Sling after I moved to Baltimore, MD. Living in a new city and starting a new business presented challenges. Thank goodness I met a magnificent massage therapist in the area at a Sacred Pregnancy retreat earlier in the year. She introduced me to a tightly-knit and supportive birth community. I began to attend Birth Circles, and created a mastermind group of different professionals in the birth community. We met monthly for peer support, accountability, and business brainstorming.  


What is one piece of advice you wish you could share with your "pre-CBWS" self? 

When I registered for the Foundations course my husband was in the middle of retiring from the Army and interviewing for a new career. The government shutdown was looming and we had no extra funds. I was also in my third trimester of pregnancy and was feeling poorly. I reached out to everyone I knew to help support me financially to attend. Months later I was able to repay them. I was determined to take advantage of this course that was only about an hour away. I was stressed about finding the funds for the course along with feeling crummy due to my pregnancy. Thankfully, it worked out! Through this course I created some fabulous friendships and people I can network with in Virginia and Maryland.  

Connect with Austin on Social Media

Facebook Breast Skin Sling ❤︎ Instagram Breast Skin Sling ❤︎ Facebook Sacred Milk ❤︎ Instagram Sacred Milk 

#teamCBWS - Julianne

Favorite color:  Green


TV Shows I'm watching:  West World, Desus and Mero, Project Runway


Last book read: Dan Brown, Inferno 


Favorite Superhero: Spider Man


Which Harry Potter character are you?  According to Buzzfeed, I'm Harry Potter. According to me, I'm more Ron Weasley. :)


What music are you listening to now? Kate Bush mix, 90s Hip Hop, Christmas carols


What did I want to be: An obstetrician or a teacher


You may not know- That dessert is my favorite thing and when I went out to restaurants as a kid I used to choose my dinner based on what my dessert would be. 

Why Series pt 1

Why Series pt 1

Why use a baby carrier?

We asked caregivers to tell us why the love using a baby carrier! Here's just a few reasons a baby carrier has made their life easier (and more fun!)...

1. Look Ma, no hands!

(Photo credit Rebecca Snow)

(Photo credit Rebecca Snow)

2. It's FUN!

(Photo Credit LaNek Sides)

(Photo Credit LaNek Sides)

3. Get off the beaten path with your little one.

(Photo Credit Bethany Cain)

(Photo Credit Bethany Cain)

4. Bath time for your toddler is no sweat!

(Photo Credit Nurjanna Ng) 

(Photo Credit Nurjanna Ng) 

5. Baby snuggles while you enjoy your dinner.

(Photo Credit Natasha Henderson O'Malley)

(Photo Credit Natasha Henderson O'Malley)

6. Navigate public transportation with ease.

Photo Credit: Nurjanna Ng Claire Soignet 

Photo Credit: Nurjanna Ng Claire Soignet 

7. Sibling bonding made easy!

(Photo Credit Austin Rees)

(Photo Credit Austin Rees)

8. Be the calm in the crowd.

(Photo Credit Claire Soignet)

(Photo Credit Claire Soignet)

9. Squeeze in some work during naptime (or just catch up on Netflix!)

(Photo Credit Tanya Childress)

(Photo Credit Tanya Childress)

10. Nurse or bottle feed baby on the go!  

(Photo Credit Krystal Fare) 

(Photo Credit Krystal Fare) 

11. Helps make the transition of welcoming a new family member seamless! 

(Photo Credit Kristi Hayes Devlin, Rebecca Snow, Tanya Childress, Nurjanna Ng, Baxter Snider)

(Photo Credit Kristi Hayes Devlin, Rebecca Snow, Tanya Childress, Nurjanna Ng, Baxter Snider)


(Photo Credit Natasha Henderson O'Malley, Alexandra Sullivan, Christyn Ibara, Claire Soignet, Melissa Mcgill Cooper)

(Photo Credit Natasha Henderson O'Malley, Alexandra Sullivan, Christyn Ibara, Claire Soignet, Melissa Mcgill Cooper)

Graduate Highlight: Meet Amber Kozak

Graduate Highlight: Meet Amber Kozak

I would describe myself as very passionate and empathetic. I have learned that this is what empowers me to be better, to do the right thing and inspire others. I have been told that it’s a weakness, it’s not, it is my greatest strength.
— Amber Kozak

Amber is a CBWS Babywearing Consultant, and works under her business' name Babywearing Unicorn. She works at a natural parenting store in Philadelphia called CLOTH where she does in store Babywearing consultations for customers and teaches a class on early infant bonding. She also volunteers with, and is one of the founders of, Philly Babywearing Group. 

Amber has a new Zine coming out in August called "Mom Punx" her first issue is called "Mommy Group Misfits" It can be a struggle to be accepted by other parents when you have dyed hair and tattoos or you don't fit the mold. In this issue Amber will be talking about body modifications such as tattoos and piercings in regards to pregnancy and parenting. There will also be an interview with a really awesome LGBT couple Shalee and Mallory Ellis.

Amber offers  home consultations in, and up to a one hour drive of, Philadelphia PA. 
You can contact Amber 

Instagram: @babywearing_Unicorn
Please like Amber's page on Facebook

I met Amber at Bond Conference in April,  when she posted about her recent volunteer work at a women shelter in Philly  I asked her if she can write a blog post about her experience. Please read her post below and lets keep on spreading the babywearing love. - Bianca

When I attended the BOND conference in April I was really inspired, not only by the speakers but, by all of the individual work done by all of the folks in the industry, from educators to brand reps. This industry is making big strides to change the way people view early infant development and creating lasting bonds between caregivers and their children. It really inspired me to do more.

At Bond there was a lot of talk about bringing the information back to our individual communities,  and I took that to heart. With the wealth of knowledge I received at BOND, the confidence and inspiration from my peers, along with my background in Babywearing I was able to create a full early infant attachment, kangaroo care, safe sleep (including Breastsleeping), and Babywearing class and teach it at my local shelter for new and expectant moms, as well as provide carriers with donations from two different companies whose reps I first met at BOND. BabyloniaUSA donated BB Tais and MOBY donated their original stretchy wraps, words can not express how much I appreciate their generosity. 

I enlisted the help of Erica Desper of Confident Parenting to assist with fit checks. An active member of Philly Babywearing Group named Kita Wolfe also volunteered to come and take photos. I really appreciate them taking their time to assist me with this project. Many of my peers in the Babywearing community also assisted me by helping me make sure my class presented as gently as possible and I really appreciate their support.


After my general presentation I spoke a bit about spinal development and Erica held up a visual while I used my beaded spine prop to explain progression of the developing spine, before going into general Babywearing.

Participating in this class was so fulfilling for me personally. I believe that every Mother needs a “village” and we as consultants can be such an important part of so many of them.
— Erica Desper

I announced they would be receiving 2 carriers and the 3 of us handed out gift bags. Everyone seemed really excited! I also did a demonstration of each carrier. 

After each demo the girls got into groups of two and I walked them through each step. Erica and I made sure everyone tried on each carrier with a demo doll and had it fitted properly. Some of the women started talking about their due due dates, their baby's genders, and how the anticipation of waiting for the baby to come can seem like a lifetime. For a moment it didn't feel like we were in a shelter. We were just a bunch of empowered women in a room talking about Babywearing. 

Helping other mothers is so important. I’ve learned that babywearing is an unspoken bond. It was great to help welcome those mothers into the family through this class
— Kita Wolfe

When we first arrived at the shelter I must say that my audience was less than impressed, many were uninterested in introductions, going in and out of the room and there was a general vibe of disinterest. Feeling a little disheartened I started presenting anyway and began my talk on attachment. About 1/3 of the way through that first portion, the women began participating a bit and asking questions. This was a big win! I thought deeply about how these women are lacking support that I take for granted every day and how they don't even have a home to go to. I also thought about how I would feel in that situation. Assessing my own privilege and trying to look at things from their perspective helped me understand why it took them a bit longer to warm up and engage. It is important to actively try to look at things from your Audiences perspective, if you are planning to do this type of work, you really need to put a lot of effort into being sensitive to your audience. You never know just what someone may have been through before coming into a space with you.

After class I stayed behind to help the 3 women who already had their babies get comfortable in their carriers. Helping women create stronger bonds with their babies is what my work is all about. Naturally this was my favorite part the end result, happy parents with snuggly babies.

I loved fitting them in their carriers and seeing how strong and confident wearing their babies made them feel it was very heartwarming. I hope to do this again soon.

A special thanks to Moby, BabyloniaUSA and Nova Natural for providing the carriers. 

Have Your Photo Featured With CBWS

Have Your Photo Featured With CBWS



CBWS is working on a series of baby carrier blogs and posts, and we need your help! We would like to feature a variety of babywearing caregivers in real life situations. Below are a list of specific needs we are hoping to fill, but if you've got a great image you'd like to share with us, we'd love to keep it on hand!

You can submit your photos by uploading them to our Dropbox here. By uploading your photo into this dropbox, you agree to our public use of the photo within our blog series and via social media.

List of pictures we need :) 


-A babywearing caregiver with a toddler playing on floor in background, or playing with a toddler while wearing

-Caregiver playing with toddler while younger baby is in the carrier

-Caregiver babywearing at a party

-Caregiver babywearing and utilizing public transportation

-Caregiver walking up the stairs while babywearing in a public location (ie:leaving the subway station)

-Caregiver babywearing while eating a meal

-Caregiver babywearing while pushing stroller with shopping bags or other belongings. 

-Caregiver walking with baby in carrier up stairs and easily carrying a stroller too

-Caregiver displaying being "hands free" on baby

-Caregiver active and outdoors with baby in a carrier

-Caregiver wearing a content baby in awake state

-Baby sleeping in a carrier

-Caregiver kissing baby in a baby carrier

-Caregiver and baby looking at each other

-Caregiver interacting with someone else or looking elsewhere, baby looking at caregiver

-Baby and caregiver in Kangaroo Care

-Caregiver and worn baby looking at same thing/exploring same object




Graduate Highlight: Meet Sean Bourke (Father's Day Edition)

Graduate Highlight: Meet Sean Bourke (Father's Day Edition)

Kiddos? Tristan 7, Caden 3

Where do you live? Valencia, Ca

How or why did you get into Babywearing? I got introduced to babywearing though my amazing partner Erin. She wore our older son and wearing just seemed like the natural thing to do with Caden. 

What is the best thing about working in the Babywearing industry? The best thing for me about being in the industry is being able help new parents feel confident in themselves when it comes to babywearing. Being a dad I feel like I am able to connect with other dads and  encourage them to follow there paternal instincts to care and nurture their child by babywearing. 

If you could only own one carrier which one would you choose? Now a days I would have to say a larger (toddler/Pre-k) SSC. Caden has become rather independent and wants to walk around most of the time. So having something that I can just have around my waist and put him up when he gets tired is the best option. If its a generic question about what kind of carrier I would probably choose a woven wrap because it is the most versatile from infant until they decide they are done being worn.

What are you jamming to these days? I have a wide variety of music I listen to these days. It varies from viking metal like Amon Amarth, folk metal like Eluveitie to folk/rock like mumford & sons

What's your favorite quote/mantra/inspiration? I don't have a favorite quote but on the fridge there is a dry erase stick on that Erin or I will write a quote that speak to us and change it every so often.

What's next for you? I plan on teaching some classes and getting more involved in my local community.

Connect with Sean

Graduate Highlight: Meet David Brown (Father's Day Edition)

Graduate Highlight: Meet David Brown (Father's Day Edition)

Kiddos? Chandler 7 Matilda 5 August 3

Where do you live? Glendale CA

How or why did you get into Babywearing? We started wearing with our first and then my wife started BabywearingLA

What is the best thing about working in the Babywearing industry? Helping people

If you could only own one carrier which one would you choose? Kinderpack ciao because it has scooters on it. But we have a new one on the way and the Ergo Adapt can be used longer

What are you jamming to these days? Ska!  There is a podcast called 23 Minutes of Ska

What's your favorite quote/mantra/inspiration? My wife. She is awesome and an inspiration.

What's next for you? I am homeschooling our kids and that takes all of my focus.

Anything else you want everyone know about you: A few years ago I did some tutorials under the title "Yo Pax Daddy Wraps". I think they are funny, informative and a good introduction for dads that might be a little apprehensive. (Note by Bianca: Of course I had to find those videos and I posted them below.. enjoy!) 

Connect with David


Graduate Highlight: Meet Ben Winton

Graduate Highlight: Meet Ben Winton

Kiddos? Will age 5,  Sam age 2, Third boy due in September 

Where do you live? Birmingham, AL

How or why did you get into Babywearing? I got into babywearing for two reasons. First is because we were having our second son and being hands free really helps. The second reason was for bonding. My wife has been very fortunate to be able to breastfeed both our sons and through it she is able to have a bond with our sons that I am not able to have. Babywearing and being on a hands on dad helps me create a similar bond with our boys. 

What is the best thing about working in the Babywearing industry?  I love the support of this industry. I don't believe there is another industry with this kind of support. 

If you could only own one carrier which one would you choose? A mei tai with a ring waist. 

What are you jamming to these days?  Honestly, I don't listen to music much I prefer books on tape.  

What's your favorite quote/mantra/inspiration? My inspiration is taking care of my family. Finding what helps us/them grow and flourish. Wanting to find what nurtures their best and mine keeps me growing personally both personally and professionally. And inspires to to encourage the same in others. 

What's next for you? Currently, I'm working on growing It Takes a Village Babywearing Consulting. I'm wanting to get more males babywearing and to show them that it's not just for females. 

Anything else you want everyone know about you:  Anything I do, I do because I love it. I love the bond babywearing creates between the wearer and the wearee as well as how wearing creates a village for so many and gives them that community where, for many, it didn't exist before. I want everyone to have the chance to experience what that is like.  

Connect with Ben 





Graduate Highlight: Meet Mat York (Father's Day edition)

Graduate Highlight: Meet Mat York (Father's Day edition)

Kid(dos) (age and name?) Daughter Baylor- 3.5 yrs    Son Miles- 1.5 yrs

Where do you live? Dallas, Tx

How or why did you get into Babywearing?  Acknowledging the extreme bonding experience my wife was developing  through breastfeeding as a new dad I knew I had to find a way to bond with my kids while they were in that early stage of life. Babywearing seemed a natural option to create that experience for myself. I would have never fathomed that almost 4 years later I would be an educator crusading for paternal Babywearing neutrality.  

What is the best thing about working in the Babywearing industry? Watching the families I work with not only enjoy Babywearing but seamlessly make it a part of their parenting style.

If you could only own one carrier which one would you choose? While I reach most often for a ring sling, I'd have to say if I could only have one a Mei tai would have to be it! 

What are you jamming to these days? Depends on my mood anything from acoustic singer songwriter stuff to dancing around to Taylor Swift and disco while cooking! And course the ever present Disney tunes that are always being sung or played to entertain the kiddos! 

What's your favorite quote/mantra/inspiration? "Well that could've been worse" #parentingtoddlers 

What's next for you? I'm really enjoying the path that I'm on as an educator. I find great joy in speaking to families about their Babywearing needs. My next speaking topic to tackle is Babywearing as a family unit: if we're not all participating, what message are we sending? 

Anything else you want everyone know about you:  As much as own my role as a father, I'm still really just figuring it out as I go. 

Connect with Mat

Babywearing Trend Report Fall/Winter 2015

It is that time of year again…how does that happen?!  ABC 2015 just flew by like a whirlwind. That's the All Baby and Child show in case it is not known to you.  I have been attending this show since 2009 and every year there are fantastic things to discover, people to meet and visit, breakfasts and dinners to attend, and for the last 5 years there has been the BCIA Annual dinner.  So much goes on during this show it's amazing anyone ever sleeps!

What are my ‘takeaways’, well in the baby carrier category a few trends instantly jumped out at me.  We are seeing ring slings, hip seats, wraps, and exclusive Mei Tai' keep reading for more details.

First, the Ring Sling is King!  There were so many new options that it was a bit of a tail spin to keep up.  It's clear that many companies are seeing the ring sling as a great newborn option!

Ring slings are available in pretty much every price point and fabric option now.  A must mention is the Wrapsody Ringsling with the Sleeping Baby Productions Shoulder. This is sure to please many new families as this is a truly beloved shoulder style.

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There are a few players coming into the lower price point ring sling game in an effort to entice new families to ‘add on’ the ring sling.  The ring sling does happen to be a great carrier to throw in your purse, diaper bag, or under your stroller and I can see why companies are pursuing the 'add on' market.

It was fantastic to see Maya Wrap back at ABC!  As one of the pioneers of ring slings it says a lot about the health of our industry for them to be back at ABC.  This year they unveiled many new colors and a few shoulder styles as well.  Maya Wrap has really grasped that each retailer knows their market best and is providing an array of options so best meet the newer demands of this clientele.

It doesn’t stop here! Tula came to market in full force and their ring sling is front and center. They offer their woven wrap as a wrap-conversion ring sling which is currently a very popular option for many families.

The tried and true fashion statement still is Sakura Bloom, a new line up of colors and a retailer exclusive makes this a consistent high quality ring sling that has excellent fashion sense.  Like instant ‘freshening up’! 

Sakura Bloom also announced their new BLACKOUT collection.  They are currently only available at authorized brick and mortar store. The slings even have a custom branded red/black Sakura Bloom label. Might make a great gift for this special man in your life. 

Sakura Bloom also brought old favorites back and added some new chambray colors. Black Cherry is my personal favorite. You can see them all in the video.

New BlACKOUT collection from Sakura Bloom 

New BlACKOUT collection from Sakura Bloom 

The second trend is the Hip Seat.  This popular trend is just hitting the North American shores in full force. Think a shelf that your baby sits on that is an extension of your hip... but one that is comfortable and lightweight and easy to transport. These are sure to be popular with the ‘up and down’ stage of babywearing and during events, at home while doing house work, and when kids want to be involved and when they just want to see what's going on.  Expect to see more of these over the next few years.

"I can see dads really digging this style, it's like ‘babywearing’ light.  If you can put on a belt…you can put on a hip seat."  

The trend we saw blossoming last year that is still going strong is "the wrap”.  The number of companies showing their newest materials, colors and fabric weaves continues to expand.  Together these companies are bringing ‘wrapping’ towards a more mainstream option.  They are making some progress if the foot traffic at many of the booths is any indication, and yes it brought smiles to my heart.  Making a splash this year was Babylonia, Wrapsody, Poe Wovens, Moby Wrap, Maya Wrap, Hug-a-Bub, and Beachfront Baby.

Joanna stopped by Babylonia booth to test out the water wrap. 

Joanna stopped by Babylonia booth to test out the water wrap. 

Coming out of the Buckle carrier section was not much new..whew!  I am glad to have a year off of comparing all the new changes and just have time to focus on the new colors and fabrics. Thanks!

Honorable mention: not yet a trend, but watch out (!) for the custom limited edition Mei Tais from Catbird Baby and MayaWrap. Touted as the friendliest carrier style for those just starting babywearing.  The retailers were all a buzz about the great new prints and limited runs, by far the most mentioned piece of the show… well... outside of the newest all black ring sling from Sakura Bloom…but go figure!

Our Time at ABC Kids 2015!


I had a blast at ABC 2015, I got to see so many familiar faces and to connect with some new people as well!

Each day I held a session or two designed to help the retailer be the best they can be at selling carriers. In my dream world every city would have a babywearing store, or two, that a person could visit any day for assistance and purchasing of a wide variety of carriers. This  means I want to help them be around for as long as possible! I had a lot of fun at each session and am excited to turn that material into something all retailers can enjoy.  


Every year the BCIA (Baby Carrier Industy Alliance) has their annual dinner during ABC and this year was our 5 year anniversary!  This amazes me on so many levels and I am so grateful for all the work the BCIA does do for our industry.

It was a very nice event, with over 80 people from Manufacturers to retailers, to educators all standing around chatting, eating and drinking. Simply wonderful that our indistry does this!

Of course, the events that happen off the tradeshow floor are super important part of the show too. and here is just a few of the pics from our adventures:

Stay tuned for a Babywearing Trend Report  in the next few days!
Until next year….
Happy Babywearing!