That's where you all come in - no, really - come on in! Become a leader!
When my son was about 6 weeks old, I went to a Boston Babywearers meeting. We learned about Mei Tais, and I checked one out of the library. It was SO MUCH BETTER than the Bjorn, I was amazed. I could actually go into stores with Jack! I could do stuff around the house! WE COULD GET FROZEN YOGURT FROM BERRYLINE WITHOUT THE BEHEMOTH STROLLER! (It took awhile for my pregnancy craving to subside.) Then, I had to return the carrier, and my newly unemployed SAHM budget didn't include buying a new one right away. Fast forward a few months, and another library checkout, and the then-president emailed to ask me if I might be willing to donate something from my etsy shop for the International Babywearing Week raffle. She also mentioned that she thought I'd be a good fit with the leaders, and would I like to help with IBW planning.
As a new mom in a new place (I'm from Kentucky and had moved here just a month or two before becoming pregnant), I was nervous about helping, but excited to maybe make some new friends - after all, I didn't know much about babywearing. But, I sewed some diaper bags to donate, and headed off to an IBW planning meeting. I nearly turned around and went home, I was so nervous about meeting everyone! But, I took my non-mobile little guy inside, sat down, started helping, and never looked back. I exclusively taught mei tais for a month or two, and then learned about SSCs, and so on. I have had lots of fun, and made lots of very good friends through the group. In fact, without these women, I don't know that I'd have survived this far into parenthood. We share a lot more than babywearing, that's for sure!
In fact, I stayed on as a leader BECAUSE of the friends I had made. My etsy shop is about 6 times as big these days, plus I work from home in the IT industry part time, and I coach youth volleyball a couple of days a week, so I'm plenty busy without BWI. The fact that it's a cause I believe in is important, but that it gives me the opportunity to share something I love alongside friends I love makes it a slam dunk in my life.
Join us. Come make friends. (And, bring a friend along with you.) Help us share the babywearing love with other families! Learn more about the aspects of babywearing you don't know. Make awesome friends, and have fun with them while you help others. Please don't take it personally that I haven't asked you personally - despite being good at talking to crowds, I'm actually really terribly afraid of rejection. And I'm horrid with names. So, this is me, asking you (yeah, YOU!), personally, to consider being a leader, in whatever capacity is interesting to you.
If you're like me and you only know a few things, that's ok - we'll teach you. We won't ask you to do something you're not ready for - I promise. If you're not ready for any of it, that's ok too - you can help us advertise meetings, find locations, set up the room, greet people who come in, plan for IBW, and more. If you have time to come to one meeting a month - fabulous! If you have time to come to all of them - fabulous! We would be happy to have whatever you are able to give, and I promise - all the families you connect with will be happy, too.
And, if all of that (and all of us) aren't enough - you get to snuggle babies while their mamas put on carriers!