International Babywearing week in the UAE kicked off with a bang! Through workshops in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, birthday parties and babywearing mall walks to babywearing yoga classes, we met so many new mums, mums-to-be and die hard Babywearing mums!
The week kicked off with Luxe Carrier's 1st Birthday at The Studio. When the gorgeous cake from Frosted arrived we knew we were off to a good start. The cake was a gift from Mamavents and it was such a lovely gesture. We snacked on yummy foods from Lime Tree Cafe. We sampled amazing food and smoothies from their new kid's party menu which was super yummy and quite healthy too. We had lucky winners walk away with great prizes too.
Thank you to the companies that helped celebrate this special day with us:
- TKD Lingerie
- Eggs & Soldiers
- Love Parenting UAE
- Small and Mighty Dubai
A very big thank you also goes to The Studio Dubai in the Courtyard Al Qoz, Dubai. The staff there made us feel very welcome in their bright and spacious studios.
Our Babywearing Mall Walk at Mall of the Emirates started off with a carrier check from Sarah and a funky warm-up with Grainne. And with all the babies close enough to kiss we started our walking. We were amazed at how enthusiastic Dubai mums are, walking the mall without spending a dirham! A fun morning to connect with other mums, stay fit and start the day with a light sweat. Wearing your baby as you exercise is a great way to entertain your baby and use their weight as a safe resistance while exercising. Thanks to all who joined!
My Pregnancy Arabia was a huge hit! A great day of information gathering for new and expectant parents. Luxe Carriers did some babywearing demonstrations as part of International Babywearing Week in the UAE and had mums tying knots and carrying tots! We also joined forces with Eggs & Soldiers and had great products on display.
The Babywearing Playdate at Caboodle was a whole lot of fun. Dubai Sling Library joined us - they are a non-profit organisation that has been set up to enable parents to try a variety of baby carriers before investing in one. If we haven't played enough, we then went ahead and had a Babywearing Yoga class with Livia from Yogaretreats.ae.
The wonderful world of baby being carried while practicing YOGA is truly amazing. Luxe Carriers showed mums some incredibly comfortable and stylish baby carriers and gave them the opportunity to try them out while stretching! It was the perfect way to wind down the UAE's first International Babywearing Week. Thank you for all the mums and bubs that joined us!
Last but not least - we had a fun competition where mums were challenged to change their profile pics to a babywearing one and hashtag #IBWUAE2016 to win a Boba 4G. Congratulations Hana Zaini! From one extreme climate to another, you are our winner for the #IBWUAE2016 profile pic competition.
Finally, a big mention and thank you to the UAE Babywearing community. Our first International Babywearing Week would not have been as successful if it were not for the lovely volunteers and babywearing supporters that help to run the UAE Babywearing Facebook page and the many babywearing support groups. You can continue to find constant support through the following Facebook groups:
- Dubai Babywearing
- Abu Dhabi Babywearing & Cloth Diaper Network
- Ruwais Babywearing
- Babywearing Sharjah
- Babywearing in RAK
Looking forward to next year's #IBWUAE2017!