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Welcome to Babywearers of Northern NJ

For generations people have been babywearing worldwide.  Babywearing is simply a term used to describe holding your baby with the aid of a carrier.  As simple as it sounds, babywearing is a skill that, for years, was passed down from parent to child.  However, over the years, many of these skills have been forgotten or lost.

This is where Babywearers of Northern NJ comes in!  We can help!  We are not experts or professionals; just a group of very passionate babywearing moms who love to spread the word (and the skill) of babywearing.  Here are just some of the ways we can help:

  • Pregnant and new parents and their partners can come see our carrier library to find one that might work for them.
  • Have a carrier? We can help you learn to use it with hands on help!
  • Overwhelmed with the different options?  Come try on a carrier before you buy so you know what will work for you.
  • Already a skilled babywearer? Come help others, learn new skills, or simply meet like minded parents!

Come help us spread the babywearing love!

2017 Monthly Meeting Schedule

We currently offer 5 meetings per month all over northern New Jersey:

1st Saturday of the month at 11:00am
Hillsdale Public Library
509 Hillsdale Avenue
Hillsdale, NJ 07642

3rd Thursday of the month at 12:00pm – cancelled for July, will resume in August 2017
Hillsdale United Methodist Church
349 Hillsdale Avenue
Hillsdale, NJ 07642

3rd Friday of the month at 10:00am
Women’s Health Center
116 Newark Ave
Jersey City, NJ 07302

3rd Sunday of the month at 11:00am
Rutgers University-Newark
Engelhard Hall
190 University Ave
Newark, NJ 07102

4th Wednesday of the month at 11:00am
Maplewood Community Center
120 Burnett Ave
Maplewood, NJ 07040

Our meetings welcome all caregivers – moms, dads, foster parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends. The more the merrier!

For the most updated schedule information, join us on Facebook.

Our Website (you’re on it!)
Our Facebook Page
nnjbabywearer@gmail.com

Babywearers of Northern NJ was founded by Bo, Elissa and Jennefer and is currently led by a small group of very passionate babywearing moms!

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Official August 2017 Meetings

Our August 2017 Meetings are:

Saturday, August 5 at Hillsdale Public Library at 11am

Thursday, August 17 at Hillsdale United Methodist Church at 12pm

Friday, August 18 at Women’s Health Center in Jersey City at 10am

Sunday, August 20 at Rutgers University-Newark at 11am

Wednesday, August 23 at Maplewood Community Center at 11am

The lending library is slated to begin renting again in August but our policies may change. Please stay tuned for more details. As always, you can find the most up to date information in our Facebook group.

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Official July 2017 Meetings

Our July 2017 Meetings are:

Saturday, July 1 at Hillsdale Public Library at 11am

Sunday, July 16 at Rutgers University-Newark at 11am

Thursday, July 20 at Hillsdale United Methodist Church at 12pm – Cancelled, will resume August 2017

Friday, July 21 at Women’s Health Center in Jersey City at 10am

Wednesday, July 26 at Maplewood Community Center at 11am

As a reminder, the lending library will be available at all meetings for trying but we will not be lending anything out until August. Please stay-tuned for updates to our lending library.

 

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Lending Library Update

We have a serious problem with carriers not being returned on time or not being returned at all. In an effort to inventory what carriers have disappeared and create a better system of accountability we are going to temporarily stop renting after the May meetings. ALL CARRIERS MUST BE RETURNED BY JUNE 30. On July 1 we will cash checks/PayPal invoice for any carriers that are not in our possession. We will have all 5 regular June meetings.

You can return a carrier at a meeting or pm an admin to arrange an alternate way to return a carrier. Alexis is moving this summer so we will have some but not all our meetings in July and Aug. At the June, July and Aug meetings the lending library will be available for trying on carriers, but not for renting. Keep an eye on the events to see which meetings are still happening in July and Aug.

In Sept we will start renting carriers again, but with much more stringent measures to ensure our carriers come back to us.

We are sad that we have to lay down the law on this. We try to be flexible and patient because we understand everyone has little ones and busy lives, but when you don’t return a carrier you prevent another person from being able to benefit from this free service we provide. Just the other day we had a person at a meeting who wanted to compare her bjorn with the lillebaby. The lillebaby was rented 4 months ago and hasn’t been returned. So now this mom needs to make an extra trip to a Buy Buy Baby with her 6 week old to try one on in the store or wait around until the carrier gets returned to us and then come back to another meeting.

We’re not trying to shame the person who rented the lillebaby. We literally have dozens of carriers out like this. I’m trying to put a face on the consequences of not returning a carrier on time. It’s a huge time commitment for the admins to have to track down the carriers and a massive inconvenience for the caregivers that go through the effort to get an infant out of the house and to a meeting only to find that we don’t have a variety of carriers available to try on.

Luckily, many people who rent carriers return them responsibly. Unfortunately, those who haven’t returned carriers have really caused lots of problems. We’re hoping our new system puts an end to people taking advantage of our group.

Thank you for understanding!