About Us & Membership

Welcome to Babywearing International of Cleveland! 

Babywearing International (BWI) is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to promoting babywearing as a universally accepted practice, with benefits for both child and caregiver. We provide education and support to parents, caregivers, and educators through our outreach activities. At the heart of BWI is our network of chapters run by Volunteer Babywearing Educators serving their local communities. BWI of Cleveland provides education and support for babywearers in NE Ohio through meetings, our Facebook group, Facebook page, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, Google+ and our blog. We maintain seven lending libraries for use during our open meetings and for check out to our dues paying members. We also encourage informal play dates and group outings as well. This is a very active group with weekly discussion topics and lots of positive energy!


Membership is not required to attend or participate in Babywearing International meetings and outings. However, we do encourage you to consider joining. The annual dues are split between Babywearing International and BWI of Cleveland. Our portion goes towards local education, such as funding carriers for our lending library, business cards to pass out to parents who may be interested in attending meetings, etc. BWI uses their portion to continue to spread knowledge and education, as well as work on safety standards and more. Becoming a member will give you access to our Lending Library, where you can check out one of over 350 carriers for a month. Want to know all about our Lending Library? Head over to the Events and Lending Library pages for more info! You may join at any meeting, or fill out our online Membership Application.  Payment is due at the time you sign up.

We offer two memberships: a Single Sustaining Membership for $30 a year, which allows wearers to check out one carrier at a time, and a Tandem Sustaining Membership for $50 a year, which allows wearers to check out two carriers at a time. For a limited time, current Sustaining Members can upgrade to a Tandem Sustaining Membership for $15.

New and Renewing Membership form

Tandem Membership Upgrade (available only to Sustaining Members whose membership began before 4/30/16)