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Babywearing has been an essential part of my family’s life that has opened up doors to two communities (babywearing and weaving) and led to the creation of Va Va Valoom Handwoven. Weaving baby wrap carriers has been a creative outlet that brings me so much joy and keeps me involved in both of these communities. I love the design process from start to finish but most of all I love seeing something I wove being used to help hold babies close. 

I’m very excited to be a sponsor and to attend the Up Babywearing Conference this fall!

For more information on upcoming projects, traveling wraps or to check out our chatter group please visit the links below.

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Guest Speaker Introduction – Ratsamy Pathammavong

Ratsamy Pathammavong is a cis, hetero, Lao woman and mother of a toddler. A long-time ‘social justice warrior’ and advocacy facilitator/trainer, baby-wearing and gentle parenting fit her personality and values. When she’s not chasing her toddler, she is a volunteer administrator for All Things Woven Wings, one of the larger Facebook woven wrap company fan groups, and knitter. Her out-of-home responsibilities include managing the health equity and diversity portfolio for one of Canada’s largest charities.

Social Justice – what does babywearing have to do with it?

Feminism, privilege, ableism, cultural appropriation, racism, social justice warrior, and accessibility are all buzz words in media. These terms are also circulating in our babywearing communities on and off-line. Often divisive, but also uniting, these terms evoke strong emotions and conversation. In this workshop, we’ll define and discuss these terms together, and why conversations about social justice are inevitable and important to babywearing.

photo credit to Sarah Condry Photography

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Hug and Cuddles is beyond thrilled to be a sponsor of the Up Babywearing Conference. We advertise with the phrase “Babywearing is our business, passion is our motivation,” because we live and teach what we sell.

Although we stock many options for the “collector,” our objective is to provide affordable carrier options and to reach new babywearers. As such, we carry options around and under $100. For those that appreciate variety, we carry over 20 brands!

Our second goal is to ensure that our clients are happy with their selection. We are available to help trouble shoot any issues following purchase. My greatest fear as a retailer is that someone may purchase a carrier and not end up reaching for it because it intimidates them.

You can follow us on Instagram @hugandcuddles
Facebook: Hug and Cuddles

And if you are looking for chatter, come and join our Facebook chatter group

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Are you a babywearing leader or educator, or member of the babywearing community interested in hosting a speaking session at Up? Do you work in a child-related field and have a topic you’d be interested in speaking about? We are now accepting applications for session topics and speakers on a variety of subjects.

We have a commitment to inclusivity and diversity, and look forward to reviewing all applications. Please send your submission or any questions to our page inbox, or email us at [email protected] We will respond to confirm receipt or answer any questions!

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Dahlia is very proud to be one of the main sponsors of the UP Canadian Babywearing Conference, the first large-scale Canadian event bringing together so many people who are passionate about babywearing. Next September, come to Ottawa to meet influential bloggers, speakers, babywearing educators, manufacturers and store owners.

Babywearing education is a priority for Dahlia Wrap. And for Andrée-Anne Perreault, owner and founder, every decision she makes revolves around the safety of her products; in fact, part of Dahlia’s annual budget is reserved for thorough and independent laboratory testing. Dahlia Wrap chooses to partner with events that share the same goals and values, and also supports babywearing educators by offering free or reduced-price products. Their work can make all the difference.


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Guest Speaker Introduction

Harlan and Madison Kingfisher have been babywearing since the birth of their oldest son Prosper, nine years ago. As a Cree father, Harlan is passionate about traditional First Nations parenting practices that focus on honouring and cherishing children. Babywearing is one thing Harlan is particularly enthusiastic about. With Madison’s help, Harlan has been working to develop a program on his reserve that helps his community return to these traditional parenting practices through babywearing. 

Up is honored for Harlan and Madison to join us and speak about their efforts and what babywearing means to them.


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Dates and location announced!

Mark your calendars – UP is coming to the Ottawa Conference and Event Centre, September 30 and October 1, 2017!

Pre-sale ticketing information will be available soon.

Sponsor and vendor partners are now being accepted for this exciting event. Send us a page message for more information on our vendor and sponsorship opportunities or check out our page link below.

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The UP: Canadian Babywearing Conference will be marking it’s premier in Ottawa, Ontario, September 30 and October 1, 2017, at the Ottawa Conference and Event Centre.

Organized by a group of babywearing enthusiasts hailing from across Canada, this event is not affiliated with any other group or previous conferences.

It is our intention that all funds from the Conference be reinvested in speakers, scholarships, and ensuring the event . Official not for profit status is currently being applied for.  The planning team recognizes our responsibility in bringing awareness to issues within the community and striving for an event that is inclusive and accessible.

2017 UP Planning Team:

Amanda Hart Richardson

Amy Nickerson

Andrea Gordon-Val

Brianna Getz

Brittney Pederson

Elizabeth Fulton

Jen Owen

Julie Kubik

Kerri Devine

Kim Lacroix Bélanger

Sissy Crane

Tamara Witcher

Virginie Mesmant