GroovaRoo with Shelby

GroovaRoo Shelby logo-2BWI Olympia sat down with Chapter Support Volunteer Shelby Magnuson to find out more about GroovaRoo! GroovaRoo Dance™ is a babywearing dance class that focuses on bonding with your baby, meeting other caregivers, and having tons of fun laughing and babywearing all while soul-line dancing! It began in San Diego, CA when Amber & Meeshi Anjali combined Amber’s passion for babywearing and Meeshi’s passion for dance. It has since spread across the nation and even across oceans through their teacher training courses. Shelby is currently the only GroovaRoo certified teacher in Washington State and holds classes in the Olympia area.

Why Shelby became a GroovaRoo instructor.
When Shelby found out about GroovaRoo, she knew it was something she wanted to
share with the Olympia area. Shelby moved to Olympia with a 4-month- old baby
knowing absolutely no one. It was very lonely at times (escpecially moving during
the season of never-ending rain) and she desired an opportunity to meet other
caregivers of young children. Many families in the Olympia area move from
elsewhere, and it can be a struggle to build a community. On the other hand, many
people are rooted here, but entering parenthood can be a difficult transition time. It’s
also tough to find something fun indoors to do during Washington’s rainy, cold
season. GroovaRoo is an opportunity to bond with your baby, release stress through
dancing, and build community with other caregivers. Shelby wanted to offer this
opportunity to families in and near Olympia.

19787445_10207420811037414_2649335809038398953_oBesides doing GroovaRoo, who is Shelby?
Shelby lived the majority of her life in Texas. She has a B.S. in Environmental Science and taught middle school and high school science classes before entering into
motherhood. She is currently a stay-at- home-mom and certified GroovaRoo teacher. Her family moved from Texas to Washington in September of 2016 and they
absolutely love Olympia and the PNW! They enjoy hiking together, exploring downtown Oly, eating at food trucks, dreaming of owning a houseboat in the Sound, and dancing together.

Attending GroovaRoo with Shelby:

When did classes start?
After Shelby attended teacher training in San Diego, CA and became certified, classes
began in June of 2017 and are currently on Thursdays from 10-11:15am in
downtown Olympia. Occasional Saturday classes are held in the summer, but come
fall they will be weekly. Current class schedule can be found here.

Do I have to be a skilled dancer to do GroovaRoo?
GroovaRoo Olympia classes are designed so that anyone from beginner to skilled
dancer can enjoy learning soul-line dances and bonding with their baby.

Who may come?20495666_10212762206746645_1389928732_o
Moms, dads, grandparents, and any caregivers are invited to come dance as a family!
If you have older kiddos, they may come and dance with a baby doll carrier or a
scarf can be used to make a “makeshift” baby doll carrier. They may also just sit to
the side and play or watch if preferred.

When can I start?
Pregnant mothers and their partners may begin GroovaRoo while expecting if
permission for exercise is given by a doctor or midwife. Postpartum mothers must
wait 6 weeks for a vaginal birth and 8 weeks for a cesarean birth or until cleared to
resume exercise. Baby must be 6 weeks old even if worn by a caregiver other than
the postpartum mom.

When is my baby too old?
As long as your little worn is comfortable being worn and you are comfortable
dancing while wearing him/her, you may come. It is preferred that baby be on the
front facing in, “heart-to- heart”.

“Groovaroo is such a fun way to connect with other moms, babywearers, dancers! It has allowed me to share my love of dance with my daughters in such an authentic way because it is something we do together. I don’t have childcare options so it has allowed me to reconnect with myself. I lost my own passions in the needs of my children. My firstborn has always been a high needs baby so when I get overwhelmed by motherhood groovaroo is a fantastic way to have fun with my kids while doing something for myself.”

-GroovaRoo participant and BWI Olympia Volunteer Babywearing Educator, Nicole Casada

How do I learn more?
Find GroovaRoo with Shelby on facebook here.
Find GroovaRoo Olympia on facebook here.
Further questions? Check out GroovaRoo with Shelby’s website.
Follow GroovaRoo with Shelby on instagram

Watch for a Special GroovaRoo & BWI Olympia Lending Library Event during International Babywearing Week October 2nd-8th, 2017!

If you are interested in hosting a workshop or class for your playdate, group, or
business near Olympia, please send an email to



Spring Auction Fundraiser

facebook post auction

“Spring” into a new season, with a bigger and even better BWI Olympia. Our fundraising goal is $1,000 to fund a new lending library for dedicated Lacey meetings. Contribute to a great cause and get cool new stuff in the process!


Click Here to visit the auction on our public Facebook page.

All proceeds to be used by Babywearing International of Olympia to acquire the carriers and items used to support our meetings and programs. BWI Olympia is a 501(c)3 non-profit, charitable organization.

INVOICES WILL GO OUT BY Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

(that is when shipping/pick-up can be finalized)



Winning bidders will be contacted after the end of the auction.

Payment Types Accepted

  • Cash (in person only)
  • Online payment via PayPal (A PayPal account is not required. Major credit cards accepted)

Items not paid for by Wednesday, April 5th at 11:59pm will be forfeited.

Winning Bidder Item Pickup/Shipping

Items not picked up by Saturday, April 22nd at 12:30pm will be forfeited. No refunds will be made; payment made are considered a donation to Babywearing International of Olympia (a receipt for tax purposes can be provided).

Arrangements can be made to pick up at an April meeting. Shipping cost and paypal fees will be item to winning big amount for items you wish to be mailed to you.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Ricki Franklin by email,


  1. By bidding in BWI Olympia’s auction, each bidder agrees to these auction rules.
  2. All sales are final. There will be no exchanges or refunds. All items are “as is.” BWI of Olympia has attempted to describe items correctly, but neither warrants nor represents and in no event shall be responsible for the correctness of descriptions, genuineness, authorship, provenance or condition of the items. No statement made in item listings, or made orally at the auction or elsewhere, shall be deemed such a warranty, representation, or assumption of liability.
  3. The auction item value listed is an estimate of fair market value. Items have not been appraised. The amount you pay above this fair market value estimate is normally tax deductible as a charitable contribution. Please consult your tax adviser to clarify amount of deduction.
  4. Payment for items purchased must be made in full at the completion of the auction. BWI Olympia  accepts cash, credit and debit cards, PayPal, or a check made payable to BWI Olympia.
  5. Following payments, you may pick up your purchases at the agreed upon location (12:00pm on April 7th at Family Support Center (BWI Oly meeting) or 12:00pm on April 22nd meeting at Tumwater Timberland Regional Library (BWI Oly meeting)), or have them shipped for an additional fee. You must show your paid receipt for items to be picked up.
  6. The purchaser must pick up all items by April 22, 2016 at 12:30pm, unless special arrangements are made. Any item left unclaimed, without prior arrangements, will be sold and proceeds will go to BWI Olympia.

Each person bidding assumes all risks and hazards related to the auction and items obtained at the auction. Each bidder agrees to hold harmless from any liability arising indirectly from BWI Olympia, their elected and appointed officials, members and employees, Facebook, and its agents and employees, the event organizers, sponsors, and/or volunteers connected with the auction. This sale is not affiliated or endorsed by Facebook.


We are so thrilled to have so many supporters donated amazing items for this auction. Please take the time to like their Facebook pages or visit their websites to give them a thank you for supporting BWI Olympia. 

One Hour, Outdoor Photography Session with 20 edited Images. Retail price $300, opening bid $30. Donated by

90-Minute Massage in studio, choose between many options. Retail price $120, opening bid $25. Donated by

Tula Blankets, complete Narwhal bamboo set with storage bag, new, never unrolled. Retail price $65, sold out online! Opening bid $30. Donated by Erin Patterson.

Fit4Mom Olympia 5 session gift certificate, stroller strides or Fit4Baby. Retail price $59, opening bid $15. Donated by

Lularoe Cassie XL & Hand knit Wool Shawl, adult sized, new. Retails $60, opening bid $15. Lularoe donated by Shawl donated by Rachel Piper.

One of a Kind Handmade Wrap Scrap Wallet Didymos Fish Deep Sea Hemp lined with an 100% woven cotton whale print and 100% linen, new. Features multiple compartments and zippered pouch. Retail price $60, opening bid $20. Donated by and

Baby K’tan in your size fitted by North Star Boutique, Baby K’tan 3-6 months athletic mesh onesie, and Baby K’tan  mobile phone wallet. Retail price $70, opening bid $20, Donated by

Pacific Northwest Wovens Canvas tote, 20% off coupon, and 2 clings (stickers), new. Retail value $60, opening bid $20. Donated by

Mothers on the Move Soft Structured Carrier, new without tags. Retail price $45, opening bid $15 Donated by www.facebook/MothersOnTheMove

SnuggyBaby Ring Sling, size M/L, like new condition, comes with product registration card, 100% cotton. Retail price $99.99, opening bid $20. Donated by

Handmade Seahawks Custom Baby Carrier Accessories including suckpads, booties, and bib PLUS Seahawks Tutu. Retail price $65, opening bid $20. Donated by Natalie Watts-Richards and

One of a Kind, Dalek (Dr. Who), woven cotton, universal flat hood with reach straps, suck pads, and fleece lined carseat blanket/bucket seat rain cover, new. Retail price $70, opening bid $15. Donated by

Papooska baby carrier rain cover, works with any carrier with shoulder straps, water resistant, fleece lined, new. Retail price $40, opening bid $10. Donated by

Seahawks Custom Baby Carrier Accessories, universal flat hood with reach straps, suck pads, booties, and hip sack, new. Retail price $40, opening bid $10. Donated by

Tekhni Wrap Scrap Hair ties, Hair bows, or Bow ties. Set of two, new. Retail $40, opening bid $10. Donated by

Sweetberry Waist Bag, converted from Elena Slings Leaves Pumpkin, ring waist, new. Donated by

One of a Kind, two acrylic paintings on canvas, babywearing Starwars, 4 inches by 6 inches, new. Retail $50, opening bid $5. Donated by Elizabeth Barnard.

Babywearing Doll, sits up on its own, wrap scrap doll wrap, decoration use only. Retail price $30, opening Bid $10 Donated by

Handmade faux wrap scrap backpack and crossbody bag baby carrier storage bags, 100% cotton, new. Retail price $40, opening bid $10. Donated by

One Dozen Custom Cookies in decorative tin, made to order in a variety of shapes and decoration. Retail price $20, opening bid $10. Donated by

Double layer flannel swaddle blankets, set of three, handmade, new. Retail price $60, opening bid $15. Donated by Sarah MacPherson at

Double layer flannel swaddle blankets, set of three handmade, new. Retail price $60, opening bid $15. Donated by Sarah MacPherson at

One of a Kind, Handmade Jewelry Set, new. Retail price $85, opening bid $15. Donated by Ashley Smith.

One of a Kind, acrylic painting on canvas, 4 inches x 4 inches, new. Retail $40, opening bid $5. Donated by Corrie Metz.

Set of Handmade Fabric Flower Hair Clips, Grow with me onsies, new. Retail $40, Opening bid $5. Donated by Mariah Bailey,

Handmade double layer flannel burp cloths, 7-10” x 20”/measurements and patterns very, new. Retail price $35, opening bid $10. Donated by Rachel Thornley.

Handmade double layer flannel burp cloths, 10”x 19.5”/measurements and patterns vary, new. Retail price $35, opening bid $10. Donated by Rachel Thornley.

The Mini Mat, red, new in package. Retail $20, opening bid $10. Donated by

Handmade Block Quilt, bound,  44 inches x 56 inches, new. Retail $75, opening bid $15. Donated by Rachel Piper

Hand Knit Wool Shawl, adult sized, new. Retail $45, opening bid $10. Donated by Rachel Piper.

Print of original art by Suzi. Print is 5×7 but mounted in frame with 4×6 mat, wood frame included, new. Retail price $40, opening bid $10. Donated by

Crochet Cowl, 100% organic cotton, adult sized, new. Retail price $30, opening bid $5. Donated by

Jenny Jenkins Album Oven Toucher and Handmade Crossbody Bag, fully lined, with pockets. Retail price $40, opening bid $10. Donated by Jenny Jenkins and Natalie Cross.

Handmade Rag Quilt, 36 inches x 56 inches, new. Retail $65, opening bid $5. Donated by

Seahawks Bum Genius Bummis Cloth Diaper Bundle includes medium Seahawks wetbag, Seahawks diaper cover, BNIP Bum Genius Freetime AI0 OS cloth diaper, 6 pack Bum Genius OS microfiber inserts, 2 packs of Bummis liners, Mothers love rash/thrush cream, NoisyDesigns decal, & Over the Moon diaper ointment. Retail Value $75, opening bid $20. Donated by

Newborn Set include crochet baby blanket, crochet baby hat, handprint kit, Hallmark keepsake ornament, Silver baby keepsakes set. Retail value $80, opening bid $10. Donated by

Handmade hood with attached cowl, 100% acrylic, adult sized, new. Retail price $30, opening bid $5. Donated by

Hardcover books titled, Start Today and What Do You Do With An Idea? & Handmade Pieces to Peaces Headbands, size adjustable from baby to adult, two count, new. Donated by

Wrap Scrap Goodies including key fob, toddler booties (soles are wool and measure 5.5 inches), and tote bag, new. Retail price $60, opening bid $10. Donated by, , Natalie Cross,

BWI Olympia March Membership Drive 2017

It’s time for BWI Olympia’s first membership drive. The volunteers that run our organization and your generous donations paired with industry support has helped us grow so much that we need more members to use our carriers! Through generous community support we’ve put together a fantastic collection of prizes for a 2017 March Membership Drive. The only way to enter for the drawing is to become a member, renew, or gift a membership to BWI Olympia during the month of March. See our Facebook Post for full details. Here’s a preview of the prizes:

Membership Drive March 2017 prizes

All the details about the benefits of membership and forms to sign up are located here:

Twighla Allen is a sustaining member of BWI Olympia. She renewed her membership recently and when asked why, she had this to say, “Sometimes I get stuck in a SSC rut. But, when I get a new wrap, I’m motivated to try new carries and finishes. Buying a lot of wraps just isn’t an option for some people. So, the lending library is a great way to get that “new wrap buzz”. I’m able to try out a lot of different wraps without the price tag. I also renewed in order to support the library. I see it as such as amazing community resource. For the price of membership, you could use a different carrier every month, for the entire year, without having to purchase one. The lending library helps keep babywearing accessible to all.”
We’d love to hear from current members about why your family values their membership. Email your BWI Olympia sustaining membership story to along with a full sized picture using a lending library carrier.

Babywearing International of Olympia 2017

Hike It Baby Lending Library Hike
Hike It Baby Lending Library Hike

Happy New Year, BWI Olympians!

We spent 2016 spreading the word about how our non-profit organization benefits families. Well, many people in our community heard us and came to see what we were all about. BWI Olympia volunteers hosted more than 50 events serving over 500 families and providing 125 lending library rentals! Since July of 2016, we have acquired over 50 carriers! Fifty-four carriers are available for check out, another 28 carriers for teaching/demonstration use, plus accessories like suck pads and infant inserts.

We got the lending library organized in 2016
We got the lending library organized in 2016

We are kicking off 2017 by streamlining our offerings. We have split the lending library into a Weekday Library and a Weekend Library. That means if you go to a meeting on a weekday you will see one set of carriers and if you go on the weekend you will see another set. The libraries are balanced so you should be able to find what you need at either meeting. The Baby K’tan sizing library and the Pouch Xchange will be available at weekend meetings. We also now have two demonstration libraries for teaching babywearing 101 and taking to outreach events.  We are getting an electronic library tracking system ready to use called, MyTurn. When this system is up and going you will be able to see all the carriers we own and where you can find an opportunity to try one on or check one out.

We will be looking to acquire two long wraps, one for each demonstration library, a toddler sized carrier and a size 5 woven wrap for the lending library. We made an amazon wishlist for the group, if you ever want to help out with things we need give it a look! If anyone is interested in donating a personal carrier please let us know. We welcome donations of any kind of carrier at any event. If it’s not something we can use for teaching we make sure it gets to a family in need of a carrier.

We teach Introduction to Babywearing at BabiesRus
We teach Introduction to Babywearing at BabiesRus in Olympia

This year, our goal is to increase access to babywearing in our community. We plan to offer more outreach events, add more meetings with lending library check outs, and dispersing no-cost memberships to families. If you are interest in joining the lending library, but find the $30 fee a barrier, please contact any leader.

Thank you to our 58 current sustaining members, your $30 donations fund our currently available carriers as well as print materials and other necessities. Many other community members, retailers, and manufacturers donated goods and cash to help us operate last year. Watch out for a post directing you to our preferred business and partnership organizations.

Thank you for creating this wonderful community of families with us. We thank you for your participation and continued support, because without you, we would have no purpose. If you’ve never been to one of our events, please come and see what we have to offer. We think you’ll love it. If you can’t come in person, we’d love for you to participate online: Facebook group , Facebook pageInstagram, or email.

Happy Babywearing,

Ricki Franklin, Advanced Babywearing Educator

Chapter President, Babywearing International of Olympia


Celebrate Babywearing! IBW 2016



Here is a list of the IBW happenings with BWI Olympia this October. We hope to see your faces and families.

October 5: Kick-off for our annual online scavenger hunt. Join the BWI Olympia group on Facebook for a challenging, fun, hilarious good time. With Prizes!

October 7: “Put a Ring On It” 12-1pm– put those sling rings to work! Learn all about sling finishes and carries that rely on sling rings at this advanced babywearing workshop. by the North Start Boutique, 1728 S Gold St. Centralia, WA 98531. (Free, open to all)

October 8: Weekend Meeting. Tumwater Timberland Regional Library. 10:30am-12:30pm.

Babywearing Mini Photo Sessions – Tumwater Falls – Because you are strong and beautiful and babywearing days are short. Capture those moments!

October 9: Raffle and Bake Sale! Incredible prizes and treats! Family Support Center, downtown Olympia. 12-2pm.


From: Babywearing International of Olympia


Local Group Joins Worldwide Celebration of International Babywearing Week


Babywearing International of Olympia will be joining hundreds of non-profit organizations around the world to celebrate International Babywearing Week, which will be held from October 5-10, 2016. The goal of International Babywearing Week is to celebrate, promote, advocate for, and focus media attention on the many benefits of babywearing. “Babywearing,” a term coined by pediatrician and author Dr. William Sears and his wife Martha Sears, simply means carrying a baby or young child on one’s body using a cloth baby carrier. There is a long history of babywearing around the world, but in Western societies it is seeing a renaissance as parents discover the convenience and comfort babywearing brings to their family. Not only does babywearing allow parents the flexibility to have both hands free while carrying their children, but research is also shedding light on how this practice has numerous benefits for children and caregivers alike.  

Babywearing International of Olympia will be celebrating International Babywearing Week with a raffle and bake sale in Olympia, babywearing photoshoots at Tumwater Falls, scavenger hunts around town, a free educational meeting in Tumwater, an advanced babywearing lesson in Centralia, and more. For a complete calendar of events, find us on Facebook.

“This year’s theme is ‘Best Seat in the House,’ encourages us to celebrate the ways that babywearing lets our children have the best view of the exciting things in life,” said Ricki Franklin, President of BWI of Olympia, “Whether we are hiking up a mountain or just grocery shopping, babywearing puts children in the front row.”

Caregivers have many options for carrying children from birth through preschool age.  Babywearing International of Olympia maintains a carrier lending library and has accredited  Volunteer Babywearing Educators to help with carrier selection, safety, and comfort. The organization offers 3-5 educational opportunities per month to help caregivers learn to use their carriers safely, try on different styles of carriers, and get hands-on help.  Information can be found on the chapter’s website, or on their Facebook page

BWI Olympia International Babywearing Week Raffle and Bake Sale Play Date

$1 per raffle ticket at our biggest and best play date of the year. Indoor and covered out door play space throughout two rooms and a fenced courtyard. If you love BWI Olympia play dates this is THE play date of the year. There’s a huge play house and lots of climb on toys. Enter drawing only for items you want to win. Over 50 Prizes including Bijou Wildthing size 6, PinkNova swaddle blankets, Wrapsody ring sling, Maya Wrap ring sling, MOTM, Sakura Bloom silk ring sling, Smitten wrap conversion ring sling, Biokleen Clean Kit, Wrap Scrap Creations wrap scrap pumpkins, Risaroo purse, Lipsense, H20 at home, Seahawks, lactation baskets, pregnancy basket, baby goodies, and much more. Do not need to be present to win, but it will be more fun that way!


Come enjoy and afternoon of freshly baked goods, prizes, and fun. Free, public event, please join us. Raffle tickets are available for presale or purchase at the event. See all items here.

Join us October 9th, 2016 12:00pm-2:00pm

Family Support Center

201 Capitol Way N

Olympia, WA 98501

Here is a shareable flyer! Please share with friends and family or anyone you think might be interested please download and share or print the flyer on this link: officemaxprintflyer BWI Olympia Raffle & Bake Sale

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“But First, Let Me Take A Selfie.”

I’m a photographer, and I take a lot of self portraits. I want my kids to be able to look back at these photos of their childhood and be able to see that their mom was there, too. Not always behind the camera. I try to document all the important things. Babywearing is definitely one of the most important things in our life right now.
“But first, let me take a selfie.” We hear this silly phrase a lot, but let’s be real – how many times do you think back on a moment and wish you’d have a tangible photograph to look back on and remember the moment? Let’s face it, a lot of us moms have insecurities. Didn’t lose that baby weight fast enough, dark circles can be seen from miles away, and stretch marks painted across our skin like road maps. But what do our kids see? They see love. They see the woman who would jump into traffic for them. The woman who loves them more than anything in the world. You are their world. You carried your baby in your womb for 9 months, and now you carry them with you still. Wearing your baby is such a special moment between you and your child. Wouldn’t it be nice to document it and show your kids later in life, when they are older and have babies of their own?
You don’t need a fancy camera to take a self portrait. A cell phone, basic point-and-shoot or just your basic DSLR will work just fine. A tripod and a remote are handy, but definitely not necessary! (I broke a piece to my tripod 6 months ago, and I still continue to take weekly self portraits!
To start, put your baby in your carrier! Hold them. Wear them. Breathe in that beautiful baby scent. Relish in the moment. Then, set up your preferred camera – phone, camera. You can get a really neat little tripod for your cell phone off Amazon for a couple bucks. I highly recommend it! No tripod? No worries! I usually find a surface I can set my camera on that’s at the level I want. Could be a window sill, bookshelf, etc. Next, some phones have a neat little self-timer tool. If your phone doesn’t automatically come equipped with it, there are a lot of apps that have that option! (I believe there is an app called Camera + on the app store that does this). If you are using a DSLR, most models have handy little remotes you can snag for a couple bucks that allow you to press the button, toss the remote, and take the photo 2-10 seconds later!sep072016_4098
Now, turn on the self timer, step back, and capture the moment. How do you want to remember this time? Our first instinct is to smile, look at the camera, and say CHEESE! And that’s great – if that’s what you want! As a documentary photographer, I am drawn to the raw, real moments. I don’t wear makeup for these photos. I don’t get dressed up. I don’t even plan them most of the time. Something just happens, and I grab my camera and document it exactly as it was. I might not look like a supermodel, but this is how my kids see me daily, and that’s perfect for me.
If you’re having trouble getting you (the subject) in focus, try putting a stuffed animal or other object in the frame where you plan to stand/sit. This will allow the camera to focus while you jump in the frame.
Our kids’ generation is the most photographed of all time! Let’s be sure that when they’re older, they can look back on these photos and see that we were there, too. And don’t forget to PRINT YOUR PHOTOS!! 🙂
Sandi Harkness is a hobbyist documentary photographer in Olympia, WA. She has two children and is married to the love of her life. She is currently working on a 366-day photo project with her kids, and plans to go into business in 2017. You can follow her work here: or
BWI Olympia thanks Sandi Harkness for this fantastic guest contribution to our blog. Please let us know if you used any of Sandi’s photography tips to get a great self portrait! Win a babywearing photo session from Sandi Harkness in our upcoming International Babywearing Week Raffle and Bake Sale happening at 12pm October 9th at Family Support Center. We’d love to see you there or buy tickets for this raffle item at any BWI Olympia event. Take a look at our public photo album with raffle items here.

Event Schedule

A non-profit organization providing babywearing education in your community. These BWI Olympia events are both free and open to all caregivers and children. Please join us at all these events in 2016.

Meetings with Lending Library

Friday, September 23 10:30-12:30 Lacey Timberland Regional Library

Saturday, October 8 10:30-12:30 Tumwater Timberland Regional Library

Friday, October 28 10:30-12:30 Olympia Timberland Regional Library

Saturday, November 12 10:30-12:30 Tumwater Timberland Regional Library

Monday, November 28 11:30-1:30 *time change* Olympia Timberland Regional Library

Saturday, December 10 10:30-12:30 Tumwater Timberland Regional Library

Wednesday, December 21 10:30-12:30 Lacey Timberland Regional Library


Sunday, September 18 1pm-3pm at Friendly Grove Park *no Lending Library

Friday, September 30 10am-12pm Priest Point Park *no Lending Library

Introduction to Babywearing

6:30pm second Tuesday of every month at BabiesRUs in Olympia

Falling on October 11, November 8, & no class in December *no Lending Library

South Puget Sound Up With Down Syndrome Buddy Walk Saturday, October 1st, 9am-12pm Lacey Fire Station 34, 8407 Steilacoom Rd SE, Lacey, WA 98513-we are hosting a booth, come check out the event!

International Babywearing Week October 5th-10th TBA

International Babywearing Week Raffle and Bake Sale 12:00-2:00 October 9th, Family Support Center. Don’t need to be present to win, purchase $1 tickets at any BWI event! Check out all the items you can win in our album on Facebook. Address: 201 Capitol Way N, Olympia, Wa 98501. Free street parking and free parking in all Olympia Center parking lots.

Facebook group “BWI Olympia” offers free online support:

➤ Public Facebook Page: 

➤ Blog:

➤ Email: ➤ Instagram: @bwiolympia ➤ Call or Text: 701-660-0294

Olympia Timberland

Regional Library

313 8th Ave SE

Olympia, Wa 98501

Meeting Room

Friendly Grove Park

2316 Friendly Grove Rd NE, Olympia, WA 98506


1000 Cooper Point Rd

Olympia, WA 98502

Furniture Department

Tumwater Timberland

Regional Library

7023 New Market Street

Tumwater, WA 98501

Meeting Room

Lacey Timberland

Regional Library

500 College Street SE

Lacey, WA 98503

Meeting Room


Every lending library starts with one.


The BWI Olympia lending library started with just one wrap, a generous donation of a size 4 Atarah Meadow from Risaroo Wovens for Christmas of 2014. This wrap is a very well-traveled simple piece of cloth. It has snuggled babies in several countries, in the high desert and the big city. It’s been on airplanes, and hula-hooped and hammock-ed. Our lending library carriers stay busy, so our library has policies in place to make sure they are in tip-top shape for our members. We do a full inspection when carriers are checked in and out, and our librarians use our community’s best practices to take care of each carrier. Maintaining a lending library is no small feat, so many thanks to our tireless volunteers who care for the 50+ carriers that belong to BWI Olympia. Additionally, when you check a carrier out, you get one-on-one information and demos about how to use it safety and comfortably. You can also get help from the library and volunteer educators with fitting and finding the best carrier for your baby and your body.

We recently asked some of our members what they think of our lending library. Here are some of the answers we got:

I use it every month. The Beco Toddler is one of my favorite SSC in the Lending Library. It is perfect for hiking with my 2 & 4 year olds. 

I tell people about the lending library to help them find what carriers are right for them. There are so many types and each wearer’s fit is unique. 

We can try so many things and see what we like before we buy a carrier. My husband and I have both used a variety of carriers from the lending library, and we love all the options and support we get. 

The lending library helped me see that I don’t have to be scared of shorties. In the beginning, I was worried about being “too big” for shorties, and I didn’t even want to waste money on them. After checking out a 4 and a 3, I am ALL ABOUT shorties! They have become my go-to. The library is amazing for anyone who is new to babywearing. I am constantly telling people about it. 

I get to try new wraps without the hassle of the swaps. There is no fear of losing anything if its not love. 

I fell in love with a Beco Toddler from the lending library. I loved it so much, I bought my own! 

I love going to a meeting, getting instructions, safety info, hands-on help and demonstrations, and then getting to take the carrier home to practice. It’s been really important for me in building my babywearing confidence and skills! 

BWI Olympia members love the lending library. It’s an incredible value ($30 for a year of carriers, support and education! Dang!) and helps provide carriers and education for our community’s caregivers.

Carry of the Month: High Back Carry with a Simple Cloth Mei Tai


Written by Andrea; modelling by Abi 

One of the things I’m frequently asked about is how to wear an infant on your back.

The general BWI recommendation is that a wearer may begin backwearing after they have mastered a front carry in their carrier and when the baby has sufficient trunk control to sit with minimal assistance, usually between 4-6 months old.

Can babies be worn safely before this? Yes depending on the baby, the wearer, and the carrier. Experienced wrappers, for example, may be able to safely back wrap a full-term newborn.

Many people who back wrap a baby for the first time whether at 4-6 months or younger often run into a few common problems.

  1. “T rex arms” The wearer lacks the arm mobility required to get baby nice and high while making an adequate seat.
  2. “Low Baby” The wearer struggles to get baby in a high enough position to be able to constantly monitor baby.
  3. “Seat Popper” The baby is wiggly making it difficult to make and maintain the seat while completing the wrap job.

One alternative to back wrapping an infant that may resolve some of these common problems is a high back carry with a mei tai. A mei tai can be placed high on the waist to position baby high enough to constantly monitor. The wearer does not need extreme arm mobility to make a seat with a Mei Tai. Finally, the baby cannot straighten its legs out of a mei tai. I recommend trying this carry with a simple cloth mei tai that does not have a structured waist like the infantino mei tai. Simple cloth mei tai’s are great options because they are very affordable and widely available. You can purchase the Infantino Mei Tai at target or babies r’us for around $25. Used ones will be even less expensive. Wrap conversion mei tais are also widely available in budget friendly price ranges such as the Fidella FlyTai and the Baby Sabye Mei Tai.  

In the video I chose to demo the Carry of the Month, Meredith Sinclair shows how to achieve a nice high back carry with a small baby. Meredith is a Master Babywearing Educator with BWI.

This second video is by another Master Babywearing Educator WrappingRachel
I hope you enjoy this month’s carry, and if you do not have a MT, please come see us at a play date or meeting and give one a try!