WEAR Schedule and Exhibitor Announcement!

WEAR Schedule and Exhibitor Announcement!

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WEAR: A Babywearing Conference is almost here! We are so excited and cannot wait to see all the babywearing mommies, daddies, and caregivers converge on downtown Chicago for a weekend full of fun, education, and community!

We have been hard at work on finalizing WEAR’s 3 day schedule which includes more than 60 workshops, interactive sessions with industry experts and healthcare professionals, and a range of high profile speakers including world-renowned child development researcher Dr. Henrik Norholt. Other prominent speakers include Jennifer Labit, CEO & Founder of Cotton Babies, speaking on Babies at Work, Jessica Martin-Weber of The Leaky Boob speaking about the bond of babywearing, and Karin Frost, Founder of Ergobaby sharing The Ergobaby Story. Other talks and workshops include Using Babywearing To Support Breastfeeding Goals, The Babywearing Guide to Hiking, Babywearing Posture: A Chiropractic Perspective, and How Babywearing Can Help Children and Caregivers on the Spectrum. There will also be a one-on-one consultation room; babywearing fitness classes, including Babywearing Yoga and a WEAR dance party. You will find our full schedule at the bottom of this post!

We are proud to announce that several of our sessions have been approved by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) for Continuing Education Recognition Points! We have four sessions per day that qualify, and you can now pre-register for these sessions. These sessions are open to all attendees, but if you want continuing education credit for them, there is a $5 per session fee that gets you a pretty little certificate saying that you completed the course.

To register for CEU’s on Friday, click here.
To register for CEU’s on Saturday, click here.

To register for CEU’s on Sundayclick here.

Next up, childcare, because we all need a break at some point. Childcare is being sold as half-day, full-day and multi-day packages. We have kept the price point extremely affordable, and are even offering a multi-child discount. Childcare will be provided by Chime and limited to 20 children. Register now by clicking here.

We will also have over 40 companies exhibiting on Friday from 9:00am-4:00pm and on Saturday from 9:00am-12:30pm. These amazing exhibitors include: Babies R Us, Baby Carrier Industry Alliance/Center for Babywearing Studies, Baby K’tan, Babyganics, Beachfront Baby, British Swim School, Buzzidil Baby Carriers, Baby Wearing Lounge, Catbird Baby, Chompy Chic Chewelry, Crane, Diversey Health Center/Dr. Sarah Keuss, Doll Point – Dietz Dolls, Ergobaby, Evenflo Feeding, Eylas, Free Soul Designs, Fresh Apparel, Gypsy Publications, History of Baby Carriers with Elephant Ears, Holistic Parent, Kind Snacks, Lift Me Up: Babywearing to Thrive, Lights-Camera-Fun, Lil’ Tulips, Lillebaby, MamAmor Dolls, Moby & Dolcino, MommyCon Shoppe, MommyNearest, Nunamoochie, River Babe Threads, Sandra Sanchez Photography, Sling Rings (Precision Concepts), Sloomb, Smart Bottoms, Snuggy Baby, Tekhni Wovens, The Carrying On Project, TK Photography, Tula, West of the 4th Weaving, and X and Y Kidz.

For all of the latest information, announcements and WEAR fun, please join the WEAR: Babywearing Community Group and follow MommyCon on Facebook!

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WEAR SCHEDULE

Friday, May 27, 2016

9:00AM-4:00PM The Babywearing Lounge (Erie)
Touch, feel, and try on dozens of carriers in our signature Babywearing Lounge.

9:00AM-4:00PM Community Loom: Learn to Weave (Michigan Foyer)
Join your fellow attendees on our community loom. During the conference, attendees can sit and throw the shuttle. At the end of the conference, we will post an online auction for the commemorative woven piece. Proceeds will benefit the charity that receives the most votes during the conference.

9:00AM-4:00PM Exhibitor Hours (Great Lakes Balloroom A-D)

Open 24 hours a day: Evenflo Feeding Lounge (Superior West)
Evenflo Feeding will be bringing their plush feeding lounge to the WEAR Conference. This lounge offers a quiet place for you to feed your child, pump in private, or escape the conference for a bit of reprieve. The lounge will be available 24 hours a day for our conference attendees and those staying at the hotel.

8:30AM-9:00AM Welcome to WEAR! Join the Organizers for an Introduction to the Conference (Great Lakes E)
Speaker: Xza Higgins
WEAR seeks to unite thought leaders, manufacturers, and educators in the babywearing space. Join us for coffee to meet the minds behind the conference, learn about the differences in the tracks, and learn about what is at the heart of WEAR.

9:00AM-9:45AM Finding the Perfect Soft Structured Carrier (Michigan 1)
Speaker: Kristy Gill
What is the best carrier? This is question many new parents and caregivers ask. With so many different brands and types on the market, the options are endless – and oftentimes overwhelming. You may have heard that finding a perfect carrier is like finding a perfect pair of jeans; this is absolutely true! From brands, styles, size, fit, to how/when the carrier will be used, there are so many considerations. This session is aimed at helping new parents to determine the perfect soft structured carrier for their family and their needs.

9:00AM-9:45AM Babywearing Yoga presented by Ergobaby (Ontario)
Speaker: Dr. Dara DaCunha
Join us for yoga that will recharge the soul and gets your body moving. Everyone is welcome to join us for this interactive session for all skill levels. Babywearing modifications will be provided to those wearing their little ones.

9:00AM-10:15AM More Than Just Convenience: The Science Behind Infant Carrying (Michigan 2)
Speakers: Kathy Loughren and Kate Schnetzer
A 34-year Neonatal Nurse Practitioner and world-renowned speaker on infant health, Kathy Loughren MSN ARNP IBCLC, breaks down the science behind infant carrying. From the physiological to psychological, wearing your baby can be about more than than just a convenience – it can be life-changing for baby and parent. IBLCE approved for 1.25 R-CERPs.

10:00AM-11:00AM I Want to Be An Educator, Now What? (Michigan 1)
Speaker: Laura Brown
Have you ever wondered how to turn your passion for babywearing into a career? In this session, Laura walks you through different opportunities to gain experience, how to decide if training or certification is right for you, getting started teaching private consultations and classes, as well as opportunities with retailers, manufacturers, and other babywearing related businesses and fields. She’ll also cover important aspects such as branding, advertising and building your business via social media and networking, as well as liability considerations.

10:00AM-11:00AM Wrapping 101 with the Moby Wrap & Tekhni Wovens (Ontario)
Speakers: Laney Kolker and Alisa DeMarco
Curious about stretchy wraps and woven wraps? This session will be hands-on. If you don’t have a baby with you, no problem! We will have dolls, wraps for you to use and hands-on instruction from Center for Babywearing Studies-trained educators.

10:30AM-11:30AM Benefits of Babywearing for Children and Caregivers (Michigan 2)
Speaker: Theresa Carlson Carroll
Theresa Carlson Carroll is a pediatric occupational therapist and babywearing mom who will share current evidence on how babywearing can support a child’s motor, sensory processing, cognitive, and psychosocial development. The benefits of babywearing for caregivers will also be discussed, as well as special considerations for children who demonstrate developmental delays or disabilities. IBLCE approved for 1 R-CERP.

11:15AM-12:15PM Babies at Work presented by Cotton Babies (Michigan 1)
Speaker: Jennifer Labit
Jennifer Labit will discuss why Cotton Babies has made the decisions to allow babies at work. She will discuss how babywearing can help support a parent who chooses to keep their baby at work and carriers to consider and avoid. Important issues to consider as an employee using this benefit will be discussed including office etiquette and how to talk to your employer about bringing your baby to work. Finally, she will discuss legal safeguards and boundaries that employers considering this benefit will want to have in place before allowing an employee to bring a baby into the workplace.

11:15AM-12:15PM Fancy Tie-Offs and Finishes (Ontario)
Speaker: Cortney Baca
If you’re looking to shake up your wrap routine, come and play during this session! Enthusiasts and educators alike are invited to come and have fun as we look at some of the options for tying off your basic carries with a few new twists! We’ll integrate sling rings into some front and hip carries, as well as look at some ruck and double hammock tie-off variations. This session is all about celebrating the FUN of woven wrap versatility!

11:15AM-12:15PM From Passion to Brick & Mortar (Great Lakes E)
Speaker: Sarah Bailey
This session dives into building a babywearing focused retail store. Hear from a seasoned retailer on the joy and challenges behind owning a retail store.

12:15PM-1:30PM Lunch Break
With hundreds of restaurants within walking distance, our downtown location offers the best in dining for all budgets, dietary restrictions, and time-frames. The Water Tower Place food court is located just one block away and offers more than a dozen different dining choices. One of our personal favorites is Wow Bao, but you can also find pizza, pasta, stir fry, a salad bar, and more in the Food Life cafeteria. For more recommendations, check out our blog!

12:15PM-1:30PM Ultimate Educator Session hosted by Alisa DeMarco (Huron A & B)
Speaker: Alisa DeMarco
This session is open to Ultimate Educator Package ticket holders. Enjoy lunch while learning about all the amazing carriers you will be receiving. This session is hosted in collaboration with the WEAR Team.

1:30PM-2:00PM Educator Speed Dating: Meet the Educator with Heather Felker (Huron A & B)
Meet babywearing educator Heather Felker, talk shop, and ask questions to help you as an educator! Whether you are curious about social media, educating practices or learning new carries, this session will give you a chance to talk with an experienced educator one-on-one!

1:30PM-2:15PM Introduction to the Mei Tai (Ontario)
Speaker: Beth Warrell Leistensnider
After learning a brief history of the mei tai, parents and caregivers can learn how to use one of the oldest carriers on the modern babywearing market.

1:30PM-3:00PM Traditional Baby Carriers: Then and Now (Michigan 1)
Speaker: Angelique Geehan
This session will discuss carriers from around the world and different traditions, how to use them, and the cultural origins of the carriers we use today.

1:30PM-3:00PM Babywearing Saves Lives: Kangaroo Care (Michigan 2)
Speakers: Kathy Loughren and Kate Schnetzer
A NICU Neonatal Nurse Practitioner of 34 years and world renowned speaker on infant health, Kathy Loughren will share her experiences with Kangaroo Care in the NICU setting with preterm infants, the science behind KC, the importance of KC on preterm and special needs newborns worldwide, and how to promote this practice in your own setting or community. She will be teaming up with Certified Babywearing Educator Kate Schnetzer on the practicalities of actually executing Kangaroo Care. IBLCE approved for 1.5 L-CERPs.

1:30PM-3:00PM Wrap Geekery (Great Lakes E)
Speaker: Rachel Gaston-Pifer
This session will show attendees how to discern their magic length for short (rebozo / FWCC TUB / RTAS / RRRR) and long (FCC / FWCC / DH) wraps, considering tapers, moldability, and child size. Attendees will leave with an understanding of how to determine g/m^2 using a postal scale and measuring tape. There will be a discussion of how to repair pulls and broken threads. Attendees will get a chance to try out different repair and measuring tools. No Babies Allowed: there will be sharp objects. This is a semi-hands-on workshop

2:00PM-2:30PM Educator Speed Dating: Meet the Educator with Laney Kolker (Huron A & B)
Meet babywearing educator Laney Kolker, talk shop, and ask questions to help you as an educator! Whether you are curious about social media, educating practices or learning new carries, this session will give you a chance to talk with an experienced educator one-on-one!

2:30PM-3:00PM Educator Speed Dating: Meet the Educator with Laura Brown (Huron A & B)
Meet babywearing educator Laura Brown, talk shop, and ask questions to help you as an educator! Whether you are curious about social media, educating practices or learning new carries, this session will give you a chance to talk with an experienced educator one-on-one!

2:30PM-3:15PM Tandem Babywearing Basics (Great Lakes E)
Speaker: Karyn Tankersley
This class will be a live demonstration and group practice of basic tandem babywearing considerations helpful for caregivers of multiple children (both twins and children of multiple ages).

2:30PM-3:15PM Benefits of Babywearing for Non-Gestational Parents presented by Baby Tula (Ontario)
Speaker: MaryEllen Olson
MaryEllen will discuss the benefits of babywearing for those who are the non gestational parent (NGP) of their child. This includes dads, families with more than one mom, foster parents, adoptive parents, and anyone else who considers themselves a parent. MaryEllen will share her own experience in addition to data collected from online groups geared towards GLBTQ and other non gestational parents. This will include benefits and challenges of babywearing as a NGP, the difference in experiences babywearing, and input for companies and brands who wish to reach this population in their marketing or advertising. There will be time for discussion and Q&A as well.

3:00PM-3:30PM Educator Speed Dating: Meet the Educator with Xza Higgins (Huron A & B)
Speaker: Xza Higgins
Meet babywearing educator Xza Higgins, talk shop, and ask questions to help you as an educator! Whether you are curious about social media, educating practices or learning new carries, this session will give you a chance to talk with an experienced educator one-on-one!

3:15PM-4:00PM Babywearing and The Healing Parent with The Leaky Boob presented by Arm’s Reach Portapak (Michigan 1)
Speaker: Jessica Martin-Weber
This session will discuss trauma survivors as parents and the healing of babywearing.

3:15PM-4:15PM Babywearing as an Evidence-Based Intervention for Young Mothers (Ontario)
Speaker: Lela Williams, Ph.D.
Lela Rankin Williams, Ph.D., VBE, Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at Arizona State University, is leading a community-based intervention study to quantitatively and qualitatively assess the benefits of babywearing within a vulnerable population. She is working with young moms (15-25 years old) to compare those who received parent programming from an agency to those who received the same programming plus an infant carrier on measures of attachment, health, and postpartum depression, anxiety and stress. Mothers receive an infant carrier when their babies are between 2-4 weeks of age and were asked to wear their babies at least one hour daily. Mothers were followed up 3- and 6-months later. Preliminary results indicate that babywearing is effective at improving mother-infant attachment and health outcomes. IBLCE approved for 1 E-CERP.

3:30PM-4:30PM An Introduction to Social Justice Concepts (Huron A & B)
Speaker: Angelique Geehan
Dip into the jargon of current social justice discussions and begin discussions on how understanding these concepts can improve effectiveness and reach while building community. Prerequisite: Participants must have business and professional goals that are compatible with a commitment to treating others and themselves with compassion and respect.

3:30PM-4:30PM Introduction to the Ring Sling (Great Lakes E)
Speaker: Mat York
Get a clear, technical understanding of how to make ring slings work. We will start from the basics — materials, construction, and mechanics — and proceed to loading, positioning, and troubleshooting techniques. We’ll discuss why ring slings can be so great for any age of child and many different caregivers.

4:15PM-5:00PM Post Apocalyptic Babywearing: Emergency Babywearing (Ontario)
Speaker: Kit Jenkins
This class is for those who enjoy learning about about self defense while babywearing, tandem and emergency babywearing, and can maintain a sense of humor. We will be talking about different things to use as baby carriers should the need arise, some hand-to-hand combat skills with consideration given to what babywearing can do to your center of gravity, and what kind of carriers make great bug-out bag options!

5:00PM-5:45PM INVITE ONLY: Meet the Founder of Ergobaby, Karin Frost (Huron A & B)
Open to our speakers and media only, and RSVP is required. Meet and mingle with the founder of Ergobaby, Karin Frost. Hear her story, share in the laughs, and have some wine.

5:00PM-6:00PM Dinner Break

6:00PM-8:00PM The WEAR Party: The Babywearing Battle, Raffles, and Dance Party (Michigan Ballroom)
Join us for a babywearing dance party with fun raffles, cocktails, and a star-studded edition of Babywearing: X-Factor. Join top babywearing educators as they battle it out for the chance to win carriers for their libraries, gift cards, and more! Open to 3-Day Pass holders only.

8:00PM-9:30PM Stash Share: Wovens, Conversions, and Ring Slings (Huron A & B)
Bring your carriers for a community based share! You can try out fellow attendee carriers and get to know each other! Please note that there will not be a WEAR staff member present for this session.

8:00PM-9:30PM Stash Share: Buckles, Mei Tai’s, and More (Huron A & B)
Bring your carriers for a community based share! You can try out fellow attendee carriers and get to know each other! Please note that there will not be a WEAR staff member present for this session.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

9:00AM-12:30PM Exhibitor Hours (Great Lakes Ballroom A-D)
We will have over 50 exhibitors in attendance, including the MommyCon Shoppe!

9:00AM-4:00PM The Babywearing Lounge (Erie)
Touch, feel, and try on dozens of carriers in our signature Babywearing Lounge.

9:00AM-4:00PM Community Loom: Learn to Weave (Michigan Foyer)
Join your fellow attendees on our community loom. During the conference, attendees can sit and throw the shuttle. At the end of the conference, we will post an online auction for the commemorative woven piece. Proceeds will benefit the charity that receives the most votes during the conference.

Open 24 hours a day: Evenflo Feeding Lounge (Superior West)
Evenflo Feeding will be bringing their plush feeding lounge to the WEAR Conference. This lounge offers a quiet place for you to feed your child, pump in private, or escape the conference for a bit of reprieve. The lounge will be available 24 hours a day for our conference attendees and those staying at the hotel.

9:00AM-9:45AM Teaching Back Wrapping (Great Lakes E)
Speaker: Rachel Gaston-Pifer
In this session, we will look at how certain front wrap carries can build back wrapping skills. We will discuss the benefits of and experiment with various back loading (and unloading) methods. We will look at where on the caregiver and the baby the magic C afferent nerved skin is located, which allows for skin to skin therapy in a back carry. We will use our new-found front wrap carry knowledge, loading skills, and S2S therapy knowledge to explore the ruck back carry.

9:00AM-9:45AM The Babywearer’s Guide to Hiking (Ontario)
Speaker: Jennifer Tolisano
This session is based off of the group, Babywearing with Keiki, which has more than 4,000 members and serves as a resource for those who are curious about hiking, babywearing, and the combination of the two. The organization’s leaders will share what their community means to them and the organizational details required to run a large volunteer organization, including acquiring and training hiking leads, planning hikes and other special events, and administrating a large Facebook group. This session will also discuss best practices for babywearing while hiking.

9:00AM-10:30AM Babywearing and Fathers: What It Will Do For Your Child, Your Marriage, and Society presented by Ergobaby (Michigan Ballroom)
Speaker: Henrik Norholt
Fathers’ caregiving behavior is distinctly different to mothers’ and has been found to contribute uniquely to child development. There is a growing body of research demonstrating how fathers’ brain caregiving systems are influenced and shaped through being and interacting with their infant through father-infant contact. Parental oxytocin, spouse mutual affection, as well as parent-infant affection and attunement have also found to be related. At a societal level, in the Scandinavian countries, mothers’ sustained insistence on fathers’ involvement in childcare as contributed to the creation of family-oriented societies, while maintaining extraordinarily high economic productivity. IBLCE approved for 1.5 R-CERPs.

9:55AM-10:40AM Fall In Love With The Mei Tai presented by Babyhawk (Great Lakes E)
Speakers: Joanna McNeilly and Laney Kolker
Join Laney Kolker and Joanna McNeilly for a discussion around bringing Mei Tai’s into your educational practice focusing on the best ways to teach the carrier to new users with children of all ages.

9:55AM-10:40AM Babywearing and Infant Development (Huron A)
Speaker: Allyson Storey
This session will cover infant milestones and development in a practical manor, including what you will actually see versus western society’s expectations. We will also discuss babywearing and in arms parenting and the impact they have on an infants development.

9:55AM-10:40AM How to Make Attachment Parenting Work with Work: Babywearing When Returning to Work (Ontario)
Speaker: Allyson Downey
Having a baby doesn’t have to mean putting your career on hold. Though pregnancy and childbirth can create tricky situations for moms in the workplace — ranging from avoiding the “mommy track” to managing childcare — it’s possible to balance a successful career with committed motherhood. Drawing from her research for Here’s the Plan, this talk outlines practical, brass-tacks advice on keeping your career moving forward through the childbearing years.

10:40AM-11:40AM Therapy with Infants: Treating a Traumatized Child (Michigan Balloroom)
Speakers: Inger Thormann and Inger Pouslen
Two Danish psychotherapists have worked with inspiration from French psychoanalysis and a crucial imperative: Never allow the child’s pain to be forgotten. As psychotherapists working with infants, they have seen first-hand that even very young children can benefit from therapeutic communication. Together, they developed a method of infant therapy that is now used with people of all ages who experienced a trauma before they had a fully developed language. In an engaging presentation, supplemented with video clips from their therapy sessions, the presenters introduce their audience to the ideas and methods of infant therapy. IBLCE approved for 1 R-CERP.

10:40AM-11:40AM Brand Partnerships in the Babywearing Narrative with The Leaky Boob presented by Arm’s Reach Portapak (Huron A)
Speaker: Jessica Martin-Weber
How to use online storytelling that connects with the heart while working with brands to raise awareness, educate, and support families without sacrificing your values. Learn how to find your voice, navigate partnerships, and inspire engagement beyond the tutorial.

11:00AM-11:45AM Working with WIC: Why, How, and Getting Past Resistance (Great Lakes E)
Speaker: Rebecca Morse
How can baby carriers be of use and get into the hands of underserved and underprivileged populations? During this session, Rebecca will discuss different types of service organizations and how to find them and approach them effectively and the differences between working in lending library settings and public health settings. Rebecca will also share lessons she’s learned while teaching in public health settings and the difference between working with privately funded and publicly funded organizations. She will also share ways to get involved with WIC.

11:45AM-12:45PM Lunch Break
With hundreds of restaurants within walking distance, our downtown location offers the best in dining for all budgets, dietary restrictions, and time-frames. The Water Tower Place food court is located just one block away and offers more than a dozen different dining choices. One of our personal favorites is Wow Bao, but you can also find pizza, pasta, stir fry, a salad bar, and more in the Food Life cafeteria.

11:45AM-12:45PM The Ergobaby Story with Karin Frost presented by Ergobaby (Michigan Ballroom)
Karin Frost, founder of Ergobaby, discusses the role of attachment parenting and babywearing through her journey as a mother and the creator of the Ergobaby Carrier. RSVP is closed.

12:45PM-1:45PM Teaching Shorties: Rebozo’s, No-Sew Ring Slings and More (Great Lakes E)
Speaker: Alisa DeMarco
Learn to teach and use shorties by the founder of Tekhni, Alisa DeMarco. The session will show you standard carries for short woven wraps. You can bring your own wrap or use one of the Tekhni’s available for demonstration.

12:45PM-1:45PM Origins of Baby Carriers and Finding Your Babywearing Origin Story (Ontario)
Speakers: Rebecca and Kyle Morse
In this class, we will explore baby carriers from all over the world and their history. You will be able to touch and feel carriers on display around the room. We will discuss the modern history of babywearing and how babywearing has come into western cultures through the last 50 years. Then we will discuss how to get in touch with your babywearing origin story and how to use your own personal history and the history of babywearing to make you a better educator.

12:45PM-1:45PM It’s Okay to Get Paid! (Huron A)
Speakers: Laura Brown and Angelique Geehan
Sometimes, a stigma attached to charging for services related to caregiving (and therefore babywearing) can limit an individual’s options for supporting their community’s needs. This session presents a call to action and pathways for professional growth in an emerging field.

1:00PM-2:30PM Precautions and Special Considerations for Tandem Babywearing (Michigan Ballroom)
Speaker: Rachel Gaston-Pifer
Using her experience as a Certified Babywearing Educator and a skilled tandem babywearer, Rachel will address precautions and special considerations for tandem babywearing. She will look at how tandem babywearing can affect the wearer, the babies, and the carriers. Rachel will share data collected from polls given to members of the Tandem Babywearing Facebook group (which has more than 10,000 members) related to successful carries, successful carrier choices, and which carry combination members most seek help with. She will discuss the best tandem options by babies’ gross motor skills levels for both multiples and mixed ages. IBLCE approved for 1.5 L-CERPs.

1:50PM-2:25PM Fitting Carriers: Petite Babywearing Edition (Great Lakes E)
Speakers: Jay McMillin & Hallie Waldrep
Petite statured babywearers often have trouble finding carriers that fit their body frames. This session will analyze and evaluate carriers that will best fit their babywearing needs.

2:00PM-3:00PM Teaching Tandem Babywearing (Huron A)
Speaker: Karyn Tankersley
Class will provide a basic outline of considerations to help facilitate teaching safe tandem babywearing practices. Common tandem babywearing mistakes will be discussed.

2:00PM-3:00PM How to Sell a Baby Carrier (Ontario)
Speaker: Joanna McNeilly
Creating an “it” factor and drive sales in non-traditional ways.

2:30PM-3:15PM Using Wraps, Ring Slings, and Exploring American Babywearing Subculture from a Man’s Perspective (Great Lakes E)
Speaker: Kyle Morse
Babywearing Dad Kyle Morse loves tools and sees fabric carriers as the ultimate parenting tool. In this class, Kyle will demonstrate how best to teach men to use ring slings and wraps with success. He will explore the history of the ring sling and its male/fatherly origins. He will end the class with a small discussion of how men can better understand American babywearing subculture and find their place or set limits if desired.

2:30PM-3:15PM Babywearing Education for High Risk Mothers (Michigan Ballroom)
Speaker: Steffany Kerr
During this session, Steffany Kerr will use evidence based practices to present a framework for working with high risk and vulnerable populations. This session will review relevant research, discuss challenges, and present best practices for babywearing educators for education and advocacy based programming. This session will provide a framework for trauma theory and explore critical issues of relevance to vulnerable populations, and discuss how best to approach these issues using evidence based practices.

3:15PM-4:15PM Implementing Infant Therapy (Ontario)
Speakers: Inger Thormann and Inger Poulsen
Danish psychotherapists, Inger Thormann and Inger Paulsen, use infant therapy, inspired by the work of the late French psychoanalyst Francoise Dolto, to work with pre-verbal trauma and help children regain their footing and begin to thrive. It is amazing to see the transformation these children undergo and the profound connection that is established in the therapeutic meeting. The parents play an important role in therapy. Often, they are deeply pained about the traumatic experiences that have disrupted their connection with the child. IBLCE approved for 1 R-CERP.

3:15PM-4:15PM Branding Workshop: Google Worthy (Huron B)
Speaker: Xza Higgins
Are you curious how to optimize search results? How do you get noticed as a small business when there is so much competition? This session is for you!

3:30PM-4:30PM Using Babywearing to Support Breastfeeding Goals presented by Baby Tula (Huron A)
Speaker: Jay McMillin
Jay will discuss the physiological benefits involved in breastfeeding success that can be supported by the act of babywearing. The session will also touch on some realities of early breastfeeding difficulties and how we can help caregivers avoid them. The second half will include a demonstration of ways to safely nurse in different carriers, information on safety concerns while breastfeeding in carriers, and examples of attire that can make breastfeeding more manageable in a carrier.

3:30PM-4:30PM Rocking Your Babywearing Consulting Business (Great Lakes E)
Speakers: Kate Schnetzer and Kathy Loughren
Do you have dreams of starting your own babywearing consulting business? Learn the essentials to rocking your babywearing business. Topics such as getting started, branding, pricing, marketing, networking, online and community presence, and SEO will be covered amongst others!

4:30PM-5:30PM Dinner with the BCIA Panel: State of the Industry (Ontario)
Speakers: Joanna McNeilly, Beth Warrell Leistensnider, Rochelle Price, and Linnea Catalan
Join BCIA board members for a panel discussion about current industry issues. Bring your questions for a Q&A hour addressing compliance and current regulations, counterfeit carriers, industry best practices and safety messaging. This session is open to manufacturers, retailers, educators and consumers alike. Panel will be led by: Linnea Catalan, BCIA Executive Director Beth Warrell Leistensnider, BCIA founding board member/Catbird Baby Joanna McNeilly, BCIA founding board member/Center for Babywearing Studies. Light snacks provided.

4:30PM-6:00PM Dinner Break

5:30PM Doors are open for the WEAR Awards (Michigan Foyer)

6:00PM-7:30PM The WEAR Awards (Michigan Ballroom)
You voted, and now we will announce the winners for the first annual WEAR awards!

8:00PM-9:30PM Stash Share: Wovens, Conversions, and Ring Slings (Huron A)
Bring your carriers for a community based share! You can try out fellow attendee carriers and get to know each other! Please note that there will not be a WEAR staff member present for this session.

8:00PM-9:30PM Stash Share: Buckles, Mei Tai’s, and More (Huron A)
Bring your carriers for a community based share! You can try out fellow attendee carriers and get to know each other! Please note that there will not be a WEAR staff member present for this session.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

9:00AM-4:00PM The Babywearing Lounge (Erie)
Touch, feel, and try on dozens of carriers in our signature Babywearing Lounge.

9:00AM-4:00PM Community Loom: Learn to Weave (Michigan Foyer)
Join your fellow attendees on our community loom. During the conference, attendees can sit and throw the shuttle. At the end of the conference, we will post an online auction for the commemorative woven piece. Proceeds will benefit the charity that receives the most votes during the conference.

Open 24 hours a day: Evenflo Feeding Lounge (Superior West)
Evenflo Feeding will be bringing their plush feeding lounge to the WEAR Conference. This lounge offers a quiet place for you to feed your child, pump in private, or escape the conference for a bit of reprieve. The lounge will be available 24 hours a day for our conference attendees and those staying at the hotel.

9:15AM-10:00AM Why You Should Care: Following Manufacturer Instruction (Michigan 1)
Speakers: Laura Brown & Mat York
Instruction manual’s may not be popular, but they are certainly useful. Join Mat and Laura talk about why we need to care about manufacturer recommendations and what we can do as educators, brands and enthusiasts to change the babywearing-instruction narrative.

9:15AM-10:00AM Creating a Positive Babywearing Community (Michigan 2)
Speaker: Alisa DeMarco
Fans, brands and enthusiasts can join Alisa DeMarco, founder of Tekhni Wovens, for an engaging session on how to create a positive online babywearing community, and the lessons learned along the way.

9:15AM-10:15AM Advanced Ring Sling Techniques (Ontario)
Speaker: Rebecca Morse
This course is an amazing collection of advanced ring sling techniques born out of the true love and devotion that Becca and Kyle have for ring sling use with children of all ages. They will cover among other things: Using your ring sling on the back with ease, adjusting newborns in ring slings for perfect head support, and carrying heavy or older children in a ring sling. They will also go over how to do a proper visible and kissable cradle carry and when as well as breastfeeding techniques and safety. IBLCE approved for 1 R-CERP.

10:15AM-11:00AM Babywearing Nonprofits and Manufacturers: Working Together To Make A Difference (Michigan 1)
Speakers: The Carrying On Project, Babywearing New Mexico, & Lift Me Up
This panel-style session will include the board members of four popular babywearing organizations. It has been set up to facilitate communication, answer common questions that manufacturers ask of organizations, and let each organization tell manufacturers more about what they do and how we can all work together to get more babies worn. Representatives from The Carrying On Project, Babywearing: New Mexico, Lift Me Up: Babywearing to Thrive, and The Babywearing Project will all be present.

10:15AM-11:00AM How Babywearing Can Help Children and Caregivers on the Autism Spectrum (Michigan 2)
Speaker: Steffany Kerr
This course will focus on relevant research related to Autism Spectrum Disorder and how that evidence can support the practice of babywearing as a therapeutic practice and intervention. Practical applications of babywearing as an intervention and methods of incorporating babywearing to meet a variety of child and parent needs will be included. This course will also provide information to babywearing educators and practitioners on how to best support families with a child on the spectrum using babywearing techniques.

10:15AM-11:00AM Fitting Carriers: Plus Size Edition (Ontario)
Speakers: Ben Winton and Kathy Low
There is no need to feel limited as a plus size babywearer! Many wonderful companies are making a great range of carriers to fit all caregivers. This session will include a review of carriers that are well suited for plus size wearers, tips and tricks for fit and comfort in each type of carrier, and methods for positioning around big or tall bodies!

11:15AM-12:00PM Teaching Babywearing Effectively (Michigan 1)
Speaker: Angelique Geehan
Knowing how to babywear and teaching how to be a babywearer are two very different things. Learn the importance of fine-tuning level of detail in narrations, selecting precise and accurate terms, handling information critically, and using inclusive phrasing and positive instruction. These approaches can help remove barriers to comprehension, along with adjusting tone and pacing, speaking voice, and gestures

11:15AM-12:00PM Babywearing and Birth Work (Michigan 2)
Speaker: Cortney Baca
This session is geared towards a professional audience and aims to discuss the following: Culturally mindful integration of modern babywearing into birth work, how we can empower parental intuition while creating a basis for safe babywearing and the impact this has on the immediate postpartum period. How do we network with our local babywearing community in a mutually beneficial way, whether we take steps to become educators ourselves or simply refer to our community with knowledge. Babywearing support is as necessary as childbirth education and infant feeding support. How do we create this culture? IBLCE approved for 0.75 R-CERPs.

11:15AM-12:00PM A Map for Success: Living the Business Life You Will Love (Ontario)
Speaker: Kristi Hayes-Devlin
Are you leading your business and family where you want to go, or is your business running your life? Are you accomplishing your personal and financial goals or waiting to see what happens? Using mind-mapping and other techniques, create a road map for the business and life you love, whether you’re a consultant, manufacturer, retailer, blogger, or something else.

12:00PM-1:00PM Lunch Break
With hundreds of restaurants within walking distance, our downtown location offers the best in dining for all budgets, dietary restrictions, and time-frames. The Water Tower Place food court is located just one block away and offers more than a dozen different dining choices. One of our personal favorites is Wow Bao, but you can also find pizza, pasta, stir fry, a salad bar, and more in the Food Life cafeteria. For more recommendations, check out our blog!

1:00PM-2:00PM When a Lending Library Could Be a Learning Library: Alternatives for Trying Carriers (Michigan 1)
Speaker: Laura Brown
Many groups feel the pressure to have a lending library when they don’t have the resources to build or maintain one, or the model doesn’t actually work for them. Why a learning library might be something to consider as an alternative.

1:00PM-2:00PM SIDS, Position Asphyxiation, and Suffocation. How to Prevent the Preventable, Promote Optimal Safety, and Empower Parents to Reduce the Possibility of Infant Injury (Michigan 2)
Speaker: Rebecca Morse
In this class, Becca will explain the differences between SIDS, positional asphyxiation, and suffocation. She will show you how to teach parents empowering skills to know when a baby is breathing properly in any type of baby product, including but not exclusive to baby carriers, as well as how to know when a baby has a compromised airway and how to address it in an reassuring way. We will discuss skills and products you can teach about to help sooth parents fears on their journey, as well as how to talk about infant breathing concerns in a delicate but empowering way. IBLCE approved for 1 R-CERP.

1:00PM-2:00PM Using Social Media to Build Your Brand (Ontario)
Speaker: Xza Higgins
Explore ways you can build your brand while maintaining your sense of purpose. This session will discuss the impact of social media and marketing and how borrowing credibility can put your brand on the map.

2:15PM-3:00PM Why BWI: Education and Community Through Passionate Volunteers (Michigan 1)
Speakers: Kat Chaffin, Kathy Low, Jacquelyn Jennings, & Janet Velting
This session will familiarize you with Babywearing International, what they believe, what they do, and how they do it. A panel of BWI board members and leaders will explain how they enact their mission, the way their structure works, some of their stances and policies, and their goals for the future.

2:15PM-3:00PM Bridging the Gap Between Professional and Volunteer Educators (Ontario)
Speaker: Heather Felker
As the babywearing industry grows and evolves, we have seen growing pains as we all learn to work together in different capacities. Let’s discuss how volunteer and professional educators can work together and why there is a need for both.

2:15PM-3:45PM Mindful Language for Educators: What We Say, How We Say It, Why That Matters (Michigan 2)
Speaker: Cortney Baca
This session is geared towards babywearing educators and will dive deep into mindful language when communicating with students and peers. Cortney will share how choices can help us teach better classes, better consultations, and encourage growth. How can language choices help us with diversity, intersectionality, and inclusivity in our marketing, media, and verbal address within our community? How can emotion-neutral language assist with better carrier fittings as well as become our most vital conflict resolution tool? IBLCE approved for 1.5 R-CERPs.

3:05PM-4:00PM Babywearing In Underserved Populations (Michigan 1)
Speakers: Claudette Garcia and Iola Kostrzewski
Families underserved by the babywearing community often have and share deep roots in child-carrying practices from their cultures of origin. Unfortunately, those roots can be threatened by cultural forces such as assimilation, commercialization (including babywearing being perceived as a “trend” rather than a continuous and traditional practice), and intersecting oppressions. This session will discuss ideas on how we as a community can help support underserved populations while taking responsibility for doing so in respectful ways free of “saviors”.

3:05PM-4:00PM Babywearing Posture: A Chiropractic Perspective presented by Ergoaby (Ontario)
Speaker: Dr. Dara DaCunha
Explore the importance of babywearing posture for the child and wearer. Learn stretches to alleviate pain, exercises to strengthen the spine, and adaptive wearing practices based on common handicaps such as lower back pain and shoulder problems.

4:00PM-4:30PM Closing Statements and End of Conference Raffle (Michigan 1)
We appreciate your attendance at the event and want to thank you with a farewell raffle. This raffle will include items from the conference that are beneficial to educators to take home. Gently used items that were used for demonstration purposes at the conference will be part of this raffle. Items include: carriers, dolls, teaching tools, and more.