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About Iowa City Babywearers

Our Mission

To provide accessible babywearing education and support in our community.

We are not, and have never been, affiliated with any (inter)national organizations or parenting philosophy in order to better serve the needs of individual members and our local community.

We respect the judgment and competency of our members. You know what is best for your child and your body.

There are no experience prerequisites for learning any carry or carrier. Everyone starts somewhere.

We will meet you where you are.

Our Services

Free Monthly Meetings:

We host casual meetings on the first Saturday of the month from 3-4 p.m. at one of our three local libraries.

When possible, we livestream our meetings in our closed Facebook group for members who have babywearing questions but cannot attend in person.

Bring your own carriers for troubleshooting help or try some of our carriers. We even have an infinitely patient Faux Baby in case your baby isn’t ready or willing.

Lending Library:

We have a selection of carriers available to take home. In order to qualify for lending library use, members need to have attended at least two meetings, fill out the lending form and provide a deposit for the cost of the carrier which is returned when the carrier is returned.

Who We Are

Kelsey Sandeno

is the mother of three, is the current head of the Iowa City Babywearers. She started babywearing in 2009 with the birth of her eldest son and has been teaching babywearing in the Iowa City area since 2010. Kelsey has taught online with BabyCenter, through the ICBW’s YouTube channel as the creator of the Wrap Challenge and Wrappers’ Corner video series, and posts detailed carrier sewing tutorials on the IBCW blog. She specializes in contemporary babywearing culture and textile production.

Aradia Wyndham

taught babywearing in her community from 2006-2014, drawing on her experience using infant carriers as a nanny since 1998. As an undergraduate, she studied anthropology with particular interest in infant carriers and swaddling techniques. As a graduate student, Aradia studied book history with a focus on Medieval and Early Modern English medical and domestic manuals concerning ideas about the female body, birth, and infant care. She the social media manager/content creator for ICBW and the author of the blog The Baby Historian

Faux Bebe

Has over five years experience in Stunt Babying, infinitely patient, and is a recumbant eye-closer. Bebe features a river-rock weighted bum and zip-tie knees, and folds for easy travel.

Support ICBW

Financial Support:

We accept cash donations at our free monthly meetings.

You can become a Patron on Patreon, or send a one-time donation via PayPal.


Gently used or new carriers or babywearing accessories.