At BubCarrier we are on a mission to help as many mums and dads as possible experience the many benefits that babywearing can provide to them and their babies.
We've put together this useful directory to highlight some of the amazing local Australian babywearing support groups, lending libraries, organisations supporting low-income families who may not be able to otherwise afford a baby carrier or wrap, as well as links to useful online resources and guides from Australia and around the world.
If you know of a group we've missed or article you think we should include here please contact us!
Babywearing Groups, Lending Libraries and Meetups
A babywearing support group or meetup can provide you with lots of useful advice and guidance on wearing your baby, and getting the most out of your baby carrier, sling or wrap. They are a great way to meet other mums (& dads!) and get your questions answered. Its often really comforting to have more experienced people on hand to give you useful hints, and tips as you embark on your babywearing adventure!
Most of these groups are volunteer run, and rely on donations to keep going.
There are a growing number of lending libraries in Australia too, these libraries provide access to a range of different carriers, wraps and slings to use for a small membership fee. We recommend these libraries because they provide low-cost access to quality products, help the environment by re-using carriers, and allow you to 'test drive' before you decide whether to purchase a particular product.
Australia's largest network of babywearing support groups. Includes directory, useful resources and more
Newcastle & Hunter: http://www.facebook.com/groups/173874496043123/
Upper Hunter: https://www.facebook.com/groups/sconeslingers/
Port Macquarie: http://www.facebook.com/groups/299313943441809/
Lithgow Baby Wearers: https://www.facebook.com/groups/328541277238327/?ref=ts&fref=ts
Southern Highlands:https://www.facebook.com/groups/451602911519233/ (closed group)
Blue Mountains:http://www.facebook.com/groups/332672110156342/ (closed group)
Central Coast Peninsula: http://www.facebook.com/groups/BabywearingCCP/
South West Sydney: https://www.facebook.com/groups/376248939121088/
Lower Shoalhaven: https://www.facebook.com/groups/722492751127887/
Central Melbourne: https://www.facebook.com/groups/446490999049136/
South Eastern: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SouthEasternBabywearing/
Central Victoria: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Central-Vic-Babywearers/218352208222350
South Gippsland: https://www.facebook.com/groups/297862290342539
Mornington Peninsula: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mpbabywear/
Baby Wearing WA
Joondalup & Northern Suburbs :https://www.facebook.com/groups/971974689484206/
Mandurah & Peel: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MandurahandPeelBabywearers/
Rockingham & Surrounds: https://www.facebook.com/groups/435078643252204/
South Brisbane: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1769572099928130/
Gold Coast: http://www.facebook.com/groups/362984010386443/
Sunshine Coast http://www.facebook.com/groups/188808851151396/
Wide Bay Burnett: https://www.facebook.com/groups/193344547454288/
Northern Rivers: http://www.facebook.com/groups/371154902952533/
Brisbane Babywearing Community:http://www.facebook.com/groups/379098322169054/
Central QLD: https://www.facebook.com/groups/483560325001213/
Eyre Peninsula: https://www.facebook.com/groups/622530164431492/
Launceston and Surrounds: https://www.facebook.com/tasbabywearers?fref=ts
Southern Tasmania: http://www.facebook.com/STasBW
North West Coast Tasmania:https://www.facebook.com/NWTassieBabyWearers
Charities Who Families in Crisis
These organisations provide access to essential baby supplies & equipment to families in desperate need. At times maybe able to supply or loan a baby carrier to parents who wouldn't otherwise be able to afford one. Clients are usually refereed by a social worker, but if you know of someone in need you may contact them directly and they will usually do what they can to help you!
All of these charities do amazing work, and deserve more recognition. Consider making a donation if you can. We support a number of them, and wish we could do more!
Dandelion Support Network
https://dandelionsupport.org.au/ (Sydney area)
Baby Give Back
https://www.babygiveback.org/ (Gold Coast / Brisbane)
Mummies Paying it Forward
St Kilda Mums (Melbourne)
We Care Uniting
Karinya House (ACT)
Useful Articles and Online Resources
This website, created by award winning expert Dr Rosie Knowles, contains lots of information, tips, guides & useful videos.
Building Bonds Project
A non-profit organisation which believes that every child should have the chance to enjoy close and loving contact with their primary caregiver.
Attachment Parenting International
Useful article on the importance of babywearing
T.I.C.K.S Rules for Safe Babywearing