Need Babywearing Help?
At Bean Tree Baby, we believe that babywearing is an important skill and that in order to master it, parents and caregivers need all the information and hands on instruction they can get. Bean Tree Baby offers Babywearing 101 Group Workshops and Private Classes as well as Baby Carrier Fittings, Babywearing Tune-Ups, and Private Babywearing Consultations. All of our babywearing help services are designed to give you the tools and support you need to make informed choices and comfortably carry your baby!
You can find more information on the services listed below and dates for upcoming workshops by visiting the In-Store Babywearing Help section of our website or follow the links for each offering below.
Babywearing 101 Group Workshops and Private Classes
Babywearing 101 is a hands-on info session geared towards expectant and newborn (under 4 months old) families who are interested in learning the basics of babywearing.
Babywearing 101 covers:
- Information on optimal positioning for baby’s physical development and parent’s comfort
- An overview of the five main types of carriers (Pouch, Ring Sling, Wrap, Mei Tai, and Soft Structured Carrier)
- Pros and cons of different carrier types and how to choose what's right for you
After the presentation, there is time for you try on different carriers and receive hands on help. In general, babywearing 101 is meant to be a primer for people with little or no experience with baby carriers so that they can hear about and see what the options are, first hand. We offer both public group workshops at our storefront and private classes at our storefront or at your home. At the end of babywearing 101, we hope that you can walk away feeling ready to choose and use your first baby carrier.
Group Babywearing 101 Workshop Cost: $20* per family
*The price for a 101 workshop includes a $10 coupon which can be applied to the purchase of a carrier. See our website for a list of dates for upcoming workshops.
Private Babywearing 101 Class Cost: $60-100**
*The price for a private 101 class in our storefront is $60 and includes a $30 coupon which can be applied to the purchase of a carrier. The price for a private consult in-home (within Connecticut) is $100 and also includes a $30 coupon which can be applied to the purchase of a carrier. Private 101 classes are by appointment only.
Baby Carrier Fittings
Think you know what kind of carrier you are interested in but want to try it out before buying? Or maybe you are trying to decide between two different carriers? Come see us for a baby carrier fitting! In our storefront we keep samples of all the carriers we sell. We will walk you through trying on a carrier (or carriers!), giving hands on instruction as needed along the way. We also have weighted dolls available, so expectant parents can try on carriers too!
Fittings are done at our Newington store. We prefer a heads up if you'll be coming in for a fitting, so please let us know when to expect you, if possible. Walk-ins are welcome too though, we know how life with a baby can be!
Baby Carrier Fitting Cost: $20*
*The price of a baby carrier fitting with Bean Tree Baby includes a coupon for the pre-tax total of the fitting fee ($18.81) which can be applied to the purchase of a carrier at the end of your fitting or in the future.
Our babywearing tune-ups are short (about 20-30min) help sessions designed to help you get comfortable with using your baby carrier in different ways. During a tune-up we will help troubleshoot any issues you are having with your carrier or help you try a new position. A tune-up is appropriate for anyone looking for a little bit of hands-on help with a carrier, whether the carrier is brand new to you or one you have had for a while.
Tune-ups are done at our Newington store. We prefer a heads up if you'll be coming in for a tune-up so please let us know when to expect you, if possible. Walk-ins are welcome too though, we know how life with a baby can be!
Please note: A tune-up only allows time for "a little bit of hands-on help" with one carrier. If you need in depth help or help with more than one carrier a private babywearing consultation would be a better fit for your needs; See below for more info about a consultation.
Babywearing Tune-Up Cost: FREE if you purchased the carrier you are looking for help with at Bean Tree Baby *or* $15 if you need help with a carrier not purchased from Bean Tree Baby.
Private Babywearing Consultations
The goal of a private babywearing consultation is to give you personalized instruction so that you can become more proficient and confident in carrying your baby. In order to realize this, we work closely with you to make sure we understand your particular needs. We feel strongly that once you have the right tools for the job, you will achieve success. Our private babywearing consultations include:
- Information on proper positioning for baby’s physical development and parent’s comfort
- Step by step, hands on instruction of at least one carrier and carrying position (front carry, hip carry, or back carry) with more as time allows
A private babywearing consult is done in our store or in your home, with a carrier or carriers you already own. We have availability on weekends and weekdays and will schedule a day/time that best fits your schedule. Our consults generally last 1.5-2hrs and can include in-depth instruction in one to two carrier types as time allows.
Private Babywearing Consultation Cost: $60-100*
*The price for a private consultation in our storefront is $60 and includes a $30 coupon which can be applied to the purchase of a carrier. The price for a private consult in-home (within Connecticut) is $100 and also includes a $30 coupon which can be applied to the purchase of a carrier. Private consultations are by appointment only.
Babywearing DemonstrationsBean Tree Baby is available to do babywearing demonstrations at local parenting group meetings or childbirth education classes in Connecticut. We will happily donate our time for a demonstration to groups/classes that are part of a registered non-profit organization; however those within private for-profit organizations are welcome to contact us as well. If you facilitate or attend a group/class whose members you think would benefit from learning more about babywearing please contact us for more information.