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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
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 – cancelled for April 2017, will resume May 2017
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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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!

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Official May 2017 Meetings

Our May 2017 Meetings are:

Saturday, May 6 at Hillsdale Public Library at 11am

Thursday, May 18 at Hillsdale United Methodist Church at 12pm

Friday, May 19 at Women’s Health Center in Jersey City at 10am

Sunday, May 21 at Rutgers University-Newark at 11am

Wednesday, May 24 at Maplewood Community Center at 11am

This is the last meeting the lending library will be available until September. Rentals are $5 for a month and please bring a personal check post dated for the worth of the carrier if you would like to borrow. If you currently have a rental out please remember to bring it to return at a meeting or get in touch with one of our leaders to make other arrangements. You can email us at nnjbabywearer@gmail.com.

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Official May Meetings

Our May meetings are:

May 7th at the Hillsdale Public Library in Hillsdale, NJ at 11:00am

May 11th at the Maplewood Community Center at 11:30am in Maplewood.

May 15th meeting is CANCELLED FOR MAY!

May 19th at Hillsdale United Methodist Church at 12:00pm in Hillsdale.

The lending library will be available at all meetings. Rentals are $5 for a month and please bring a personal check post dated for the worth of the carrier if you would like to borrow. If you currently have a rental out please remember to bring it to return at a meeting or get in touch with one of our leaders to make other arrangements.

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April Meetings

Our April meetings are:

April 2nd at Hillsdale Public Library in Hillsdale, NJ at 11:00am

April 13th at the Maplewood Community Center at 11:30am in Maplewood.

April 17th at the William Musto Cultural Center at 10:00am in Union City.

April 21st at Hillsdale United Methodist Church at 12:00pm in Hillsdale.

The lending library will be available at all meetings. Rentals are $5 for a month and please bring a personal check post dated for the worth of the carrier if you would like to borrow. If you currently have a rental out please remember to bring it to return at a meeting or get in touch with one of our leaders to make other arrangements.

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February Meetings

Our February meetings are:

February 6th at the Hillsdale Public Library at 11:00am in Hillsdale.

February 10th at the Maplewood Community Center at 11:30am in Maplewood.

February 18th  at Hillsdale United Methodist Church at 12:00pm in Hillsdale.

February 21st at the William Musto Cultural Center at 10:00am in Union City UNION CITY IS CANCELLED FOR FEBRUARY! Will resume in March. 

 

The lending library will be more sporadically available at meetings for the next couple of months. When available rentals are $5 for a month and please bring a personal check post dated for the worth of the carrier if you would like to borrow.  If you currently have a rental out please remember to bring it to return at a meeting or get in touch with one of our leaders to make other arrangements.

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January Meetings

Our January meetings are:

January 13th at the Maplewood Community Center at 11:30am in Maplewood.

January 17th at the William Musto Cultural Center at 10:00am in Union City.

January 21st  at Hillsdale United Methodist Church at 12:00pm in Hillsdale.

The lending library will be available at all meetings. Rentals are $5 for a month and please bring a personal check post dated for the worth of the carrier if you would like to borrow.  If you currently have a rental out please remember to bring it to return at a meeting or get in touch with one of our leaders to make other arrangements.

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December Meetings

Our December meetings are:

December 5th at the Hillsdale Public Library in Hillsdale at 11am. 

December 9th at the Maplewood Community Center at 11:30am in Maplewood. 

December 17th at Hillsdale United Methodist Church at 12:00pm in Hillsdale. 

December 20th at Gypsy Yogis at 10am in Weehawken. 

The lending library will be available at all meetings. Rentals are $5 for a month and please bring a personal check post dated for the worth of the carrier if you would like to borrow.  If you currently have a rental out please remember to bring it to return at a meeting or get in touch with one of our leaders to make other arrangements.