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by Bryant Figueroa on May 06, 2016

Chicago Hosts First Ever World Babywearing Education Day

Hundreds of parents, babies and educators celebrate Inaugural World Babywearing Education Day and join growing natural parenting community at 3-day event

CHICAGO, IL – APRIL 7th, 2016 – To celebrate the growing natural parenting and babywearing communities, the inaugural World Babywearing Education Day kicks-off in Chicago on Thursday May 26, 2016. World Babywearing Education Day leads up to Wear: A Babywearing Conference – a first-of-its kind event for parents and medical practitioners who embrace the social and psychological benefits of babywearing – taking place Friday May 27 through Sunday May 29, 2016 at The Westin Hotel on Michigan Avenue.

"The natural parenting movement has grown significantly over the past 5 years," Xza Higgins, Wear Conference organizer and MommyCon Founder. "Babywearing is a big part of this philsophy. The purpose of World Babywearing Education Day and the WEAR conference is to normalize babywearing and de-bunk the myths surrounding it, educating families about its crucial role in child development. We also want to celebrate babywearing educators who work tirelessly to educate families on a local, national and international level."

Babywearing is an ancient practice celebrated by many different cultures worldwide. In North America, an increasing number of caregivers are now searching for babywearing information and products out of necessity and convenience, encouraged by findings that the use of carriers can support healthy physical and emotional development in infants and the adults who "wear" them.

Wear: A Babywearing Conference includes more than 50 workshops, interactive sessions with industry experts and healthcare professionals, a range of high profile speakers including world-reknowned 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 Babywearing for Children on the Spectrum. There will also be a one-on-one consultation room; babywearing fitness classes, including Babywearing Yoga and Babywearing Bellydance; and a WEAR dance party.

About Wear: A Babywearing Conference Wear: A Babywearing Conference is dedicated to providing the latest research, education and support for babywearing educators and families. We seek to preserve age-old indigenous babywearing practices, while showcasing the latest advances in babywearing innovation, design and fashion. Parents, educators, manufacturers, activists, lactation professionals, and many more gather to promote and support the values of education, inclusion, and infant bonding. To learn more about Wear: A Babywearing Conference, connect with MommyCon on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram