BWWA announces 'First Six Weeks Program'

At Baby Wearers Western Australia Inc. we are all volunteers who also have families and have been through the first six week of parenting. We know it can be a stressful time, and sometimes leaving the house is way too hard, or unwanted. Baby wearing offers caregivers and babies significant benefits (you can read more about them here) so we have created an extended loan period to encourage West Australian families to wear their babies and kick start their baby wearing journey from birth!

BWWA’s First Six Weeks Program: borrow a newborn baby carrier for six weeks- simply pay for shipping!

BWWA’s First Six Weeks Program: borrow a newborn baby carrier for six weeks- simply pay for shipping!

What is the First Six Weeks Program all about?

BWWA Inc. members are eligible to borrow a newborn-appropriate baby wrap or carrier for an extended period of six weeks for the cost of shipping. BWWA’s Carrier Library Coordinator will assess your application for the program and allocate the right type of carrier for your situation. As a general rule, babies that weigh at least 3.5kg and are medically well can be worn in a stretchy wrap or Caboo hybrid stretchy carrier until approximately 7-8kg. If baby was born prematurely, weighs less than 3.5kg or is medically unwell a ring sling or woven wrap will generally be more appropriate. If you have a preference for a particular style of carrier please ensure you make a note of this in your application form.

OK I’ve ordered, what happens next?

Our Carrier Library Coordinator may get in touch for more information before deciding which carrier to send you. Once a decision has been made, a courier will be booked to deliver this carrier to your door. Supporting documents including TICKS safety information and instructions for use will either be included in the courier package or emailed directly to you.

I’m new to baby wearing, what do I do?

Unsure how to use the baby carrier you are offered? No problem! We will email you to request delivery instructions for our courier service, as well as providing you with written and/or video instructions to get you baby wearing from the moment your carrier arrives.

But what happens when it arrives and you have tried it but aren't sure whether you have done it correctly? Simply email us a few pictures of you wearing your baby in the carrier and we can do a fit check for you! We may email back advice or request a Zoom or real life demonstration to get you comfortable and confident with the carrier.

How do I sign up for the First Six Weeks Program?

Simply head to our Online Store to sign up for a BWWA annual membership for just $30/yr AND while you are there add our First Six Weeks Program to your cart at the same time. You will then receive a newborn appropriate baby carrier for the cost of having it couriered to your door (and back to us at the end of the loan period!). Plus your annual membership means that at the end of your six week newborn loan you can attend one of our local baby wearing meets and get unlimited access to the BWWA Inc. lending libraries for the remainder of your membership cycle! How awesome is that?!

My six weeks is up, what do I do now?!

A BWWA Inc. representative will contact you at the end of your loan period to arrange for a courier to collect the carrier from your home and return it to us. You will be emailed a shipping label which you will need to print and attach to an appropriately packaged parcel (take note of how it arrives at the start of the loan and wherever possible we request you reuse the courier bag/box it arrives in). Simply leave the parcel in a designated pickup location for a courier to collect on the day we book it in and our courier service will do the rest! You do not need to wash the carrier prior to returning it.

*Please note: all baby carriers borrowed from Baby Wearers Western Australia Inc. are subject to our Lending Library Terms and Conditions. A copy of this document is emailed to all new members and is available on our website and in the Files section of Baby Wearers WA Inc. Chatter Group on Facebook. Failure to return a carrier belonging to Baby Wearers Western Australia Inc. will result in an invoice being sent to cover the cost of replacement and may result in the suspension of your borrowing rights.

Did you know you can purchase a BWWA Inc. membership gift voucher? Pair this with the First Six Weeks hire for the ultimate baby shower gift!

Did you know you can purchase a BWWA Inc. membership gift voucher? Pair this with the First Six Weeks hire for the ultimate baby shower gift!

Want to purchase a BWWA membership and First Six Weeks Program hire as a baby shower gift? We have got you covered! The Online Store now also has Membership Gift Vouchers which can be purchased as a physical or digital voucher (simply make a note at checkout if you would prefer a digital voucher). Parents-to-be simply need to email us to activate their membership once their baby is earthside and let us know they are ready to start their first six weeks of baby wearing!

It really is super simple.

TICKS Baby Wearing Safety Guidelines:
*Tight
*In view
*Close enough to kiss
*Keep chin off chest
*Supported spine
— babyslingsafety.co.uk

Why borrow a carrier?

Being able to try on and use a selection of carriers is a great way to find out what style of carrier works for your and your wearees needs. The carriers available in the large baby stores are a small representation of what is available on the carrier market. These carriers are often sold as one size fits most but in reality this is generally not the case. Save money, waste and time wearing uncomfortable carriers and try before you buy!

BWWA Carrier Libraries have a selection of varying carrier styles available for loan. Newborn options right through to pre-schooler carriers are available. Carriers may be loaned at a Meet until the next scheduled date of that Meet. Meet Leaders will demonstrate and assist in fitting carriers to you, Demonstration dolls are available to use before trying any carrier with your own child.This ensures that you can leave the Meet confidently using the carrier.

What is Baby Wearing?

What is Baby Wearing?

Baby wearing is the act of carrying your baby in a sling or carrier.

It can be any type of sling or carrier, from a simple piece of cloth to a structured carrier. The important thing is that your baby is held close to you.

Baby wearing is a traditional parenting tool that has been used throughout the world for hundreds of years. It has increased in popularity in recent years within western society. Cultural and generational learning has not been passed down to current generations so new parents are now learning this ancient art from scratch. Parents and carers are turning to well meaning friends and family, postnatal midwives and doulas, parenting groups and the internet in order to learn how to wear their baby.

Baby Wearers Western Australia Inc. is here to help!

There is a lot of misinformation available and virtually no minimum safety standards regarding baby wearing at the moment. Scary stuff, right!? Thousands of YouTube videos depict unsafe baby wearing practices, with sub-optimal carriers and carrying styles taught to the unsuspecting, sleep deprived carers searching for an answer to help their little person to sleep, calm, heal and grow.

We don’t know what we don’t know.

This is where Baby Wearers Western Australia Inc. comes in!

Our mission is to inclusively educate, facilitate and promote baby wearing in the Western Australian community.

What are the benefits?

  • Baby wearing can strengthen the bond between you and your new baby through physical contact and closeness.

  • It is easier to meet your babies needs, they are close to you, you can respond to their early cues. 

  • They are calmer because their primal needs are met.

  • It allows you to have your hands free to continue with household tasks, tend to older children or run errands.

  • A baby who is carried is closer to other people, able to interact face to face while feeling safe.

  • Baby wearing can assist with breastfeeding and management of postnatal anxiety and depression. 

  • It is particularly useful in caring for babies and children with special needs.

  • Baby wearing is believed to reduce crying in babies during the first 3 months of life, or “the fourth trimester”.

How do I wear my baby?

This is a broad question with a vast range of answers. Every person is different, so what works for one person may not work for another. Why not join us at a baby wearing meet and try out a few options in real life. Meets are free to attend and suitable for the whole family. If you would like to borrow something from the lending library at the baby wearing meet a 12 month membership is only $30 and is available here.