For the Love of Babies, Slings, and Cake – IBW 2015

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What has 4 arms, 4 legs, and 2 eyes at the back of its head?

 

 

It’s a babywearing mom!

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Look, mommy! Ask daddy to buy you a new necklace.

October 10 marked the end of this year’s International Babywearing Week (IBW) celebration.  It was a family day out as daddy, mommy, and baby Sophia dropped by One Rockwell East to celebrate IBW 2015 with sling-crazy parents of Babywearing Philippines (BWP).

International Babywearing Week is an annual outreach event sponsored by Babywearing International.  It’s a week-long celebration which help promote, advocate for, and focus media attention on the benefits of babywearing. (Carry all the babies!)

Babywearing Philippines (BWP) is one of our local babywearing groups who hosted IBW here in the country. Established last year,  it now has more than 24,000 members.  The group has helped introduce babywearing to countless parents and we wouldn’t have adapted and explored this advocacy if not for this group.

 

*Photo credit: Babywearing Philippines

*Photo credit: Babywearing Philippines

The first time I met another babywearing momma was at the IBW 2014 sling meet at Bonifacio Global City.  Sophia was only 2 months old then and she was the youngest baby in the group.  It was my first opportunity to cuddle an international brand wrap – Girasol and finally got to touch and try out a Tula. Hurray!

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Sorry, TICKS wasn’t followed. Please be nice it was my first time with a Tula.

Tula Ahoy Matey courtesy of mommy Cheryllad Pineda. <3

Tula Ahoy Matey courtesy of mommy Cheryllad Pineda. ❤

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OMG! The look on my face. My thoughts were, “Why is this wrap (Girasol DW) so expensive?” I’m now embarrassed by my naivete. sigh

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Can’t believe there are 24,000 members now.

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It was my first giveaway jackpot and Katrina Ambion’s one of many wins! (You lucky momma, you.) Thank you mommy Christine of Izzy Breezy. 😀

And hey, we were also seen on GMA 7’s Balitanghali.

Spot us in the background!

Unfortunately, this year’s  limited space and BWP budget meant that not all mommies, daddies,  and bubbas were able to join the celebration.  Only 200 slots were available. So,  what did an eager wrap-obsessed beaver do? I stalked the event registration of course!

Having secured a slot for myself and Jason (It was 100 petots per slot),  we enthusiastically awaited for October 10.

BWP had the following fun activities lined up for the day.

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*Photo credit: Babywearing Philippines

And they also prepared loot bags for the first 100 families to arrive at the event.

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Someone’s happy with his goody bag 🙂

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Look at all those goodies!

They had some of my favorite retailers on site.

CEO

CEO Emporium

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Little Yeoh Trading 🙂  I look extra fluffy beside Claud.

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Urban Heat by Jackie Crasco. Sophia was so enamored by one of the Shupeas shoes (see that empty spot?) She had a mini melt down when we didn’t get her one. Oh no! Another shoe-a-holic in the Domantay household.

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Nanay at Ako Boutique with Earlie Pasion-Bautista

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Lovely colorful ringslings

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Nanay at Ako Car Go

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With Mommy’s Little Boss’ Mav Galang. They have Sophie Giraffe Teethers. 🙂

Mommy's Little Boss lactation cookies. They made me mighty hungry.

Mommy’s Little Boss lactation cookies. They made me mighty hungry.

Raak Naturals for Cloth Nappy Mommies :-) Unfortunately, we weren't successful in using CDs :-(

Raak Naturals for Cloth Nappy Mommies 🙂
Unfortunately, we weren’t successful in using CDs 😦

More cool stuff from Raak

More cool stuff from Raak Naturals. Lookie, they have Mother Nurture Choco & Coffee Mix for lactating moms. 🙂

 

There were more shops on display but baby kulit was so cranky and suplada, we weren’t able to check out the other goodies on sale. 😥

The following retailers were also on site:

The Baby Depot

Micaela’s Closet

Babies are Blessings Ph

Suzanne’s Emporium

(If I wasn’t able to include you on the list, I’m so sorry. Please let m know and I’ll update this post. 🙂 ❤ )

Some of the key note speakers who shared their expertise with the lucky attendees were the following:

She is so statuesque and lovely! Too bad we weren't able to chat with her.

She is so statuesque and lovely! Too bad we weren’t able to chat with her. (Photo credit: Babywearing Philippines)

It's been almost 2 years since my last yoga class. I don't think I can reach my toes anymore.

It’s been almost 2 years since my last yoga class. I don’t think I can reach my toes anymore.

Fresh from the UK, mommy Ann is the mommy of BWP. She is the founder of the group. She talked about sling DIY and she offered free Babywearing consultation that day.

Fresh from the UK, mommy Ann is the mommy of BWP. She talked about sling DIY and she offered free babywearing consultation too. 🙂 (Photo credit: Babywearing Philippines)

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Photo credit: Babywearing Philippines

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Photo credit: Babywearing Philippines

 

Sadly, we weren’t able to stay long at the event and listen to Nona Andaya-Castillo and Doc Shary May Baton. It was grandma Bing’s birthday and we had to leave early or we won’t have cake. Unfortunately, our love for cake trumped our passion for babywearing. 

 

Happy birthday, grandma! We love you and your pancit. <3

Happy birthday, grandma! We love you, your pancit and of course, your cake.

 

I hope you enjoyed reading about yesterday’s adventure. Say hi to us next time when we bump into each other at the 2016 International Babywearing Week sling meet. 😀

For the mean time, here are some pictures with the lovely mommas that we met at #bwpibw2015

 

Mona and baby in Kitty Steps-Day. It's so soft! Meow!

Mona and baby in Kitty Steps-Day. It’s so soft! Meow!

Diane and baby in a Shadrach Collection wrap. The colors are so pretty IRL. :-)

Diane and baby in a Shadrach Collection wrap. The colors are so pretty IRL. 🙂

With one of BWP's lovely admin, Margaux. :-)

With one of BWP’s lovely admin, Margaux. 🙂

Sophia and I in Mokosh wrap. Thank you Claud for letting me wrap with this beauty. I'm Mokosh curious no more. :-)

Sophia and I in Mokosh wrap. Thank you Claud for letting me wrap with this beauty. I’m Mokosh curious no more. 🙂

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Babywearing group photo. I can’t wait to see the shots from the professional camera peeps.

Let us know how you celebrated IBW this year. Please send us your comments, rants, and raves. We would love to hear from you.  Like our page on Facebook at Fluffinay, follow us on Instagram and Twitter too. 😀

 

Xoxo

Anne

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