So you wanna come to a Babywearing International of Hampton Roads meeting? Here are some awesome tips to help you get the most out of our meetings!
Don’t be late! Double check meeting times on our Facebook pages as they can vary from time to time. Being on time means getting as much meeting time as possible to take advantage of the library, educator help and a chance to socialize!
Return carriers on time to avoid late fees! Carriers are due within the first 30 minutes of meetings. It’s important to have these carriers return before or within that time frame so that they can be properly inspected and checked out by another member. Late fees will be charged after the 30 minutes is up. It’s $5 if it is not returned the day of the meeting and $1 per day after. If you cannot return a carrier on time, please contact your area representative to arrange a drop-off.
Water only and no snacks! While we are aware children can get hungry and need snacks, it’s important to keep our donated spaces clean and tidy. We also have noted allergies among members so to keep everyone safe, it’s important that most snacks stay out of the meeting space.
Take advantage of our stations! Each meeting there are carrier stations with demo carriers and educators to assist you. Feel free to have a seat in one of those stations to either watch or ask questions. It’s also a great opportunity to shadow an educator if you desire to become an educator for BWI of HR in the future!
Make sure to check in at the door! When you walk in, a volunteer will be there to greet you and ask you to sign in. This sheet provides us information on attendance. You’ll also notice two boxes; the hold harmless and photo release. The photo release simply gives us the okay to photograph you. All of the photos taken at the meeting are for blog posts and social media purposes only. If you decide you wouldn’t like your photo posted anywhere online, please let those with a camera know that you would not like your photo taken and remember to stand out of the group photo taken at the end of the meeting. The hold harmless means that BWI of HR is not responsible for any injuries that may occur during a meeting.
Make sure to RSVP online! Once you see the events posted online, either on our Facebook page or Facebook group, make sure to RSVP. This helps educators prepare for the size of meetings. Let us know if you have any special requests before a meeting as well. An educator most comfortable with your request can comment and plan to meet up with you for a one on one experience!
Make yourself comfortable! Meetings are a very relaxed environment. Parents and caregivers of all kinds are welcome as well as older siblings. Don’t be afraid to socialize and make new friends, introduce yourself to someone new, or try new things at meetings. It’s a good reminder to dress in layers for meetings as the spaces can vary in temperature, bring water, and any carriers you may have questions about.