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Host a Babywearing Dance Party at Your Library!

We’ve all heard of toddler and preschool dance parties, but babywearing dance parties are starting to be a huge hit too! Don’t believe me? Just check youtube.

On a gray Tuesday morning, a group of grown-ups and their littles attended a high energy babywearing dance party at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, IN. Librarians Dori and Erin led the fun while wearing stuffed kangaroos and shimmying to some great tunes.

A group of participants at the BabyWearing Dance Party
Some of the Babywearing Dance Party participants pose for a picture

The playlist was a mix of popular dance tunes for the grown-ups and favorite storytime tunes for the kiddos. Scarves, egg shakers, and noise makers were on hand as dancing props, and an early literacy tip was shared between each song so that everyone could have a breather and learn something new at the same time.

Thinking of hosting your own babywearing dance party? Here are a few tips:

  1. Make sure you have enough space.
  2. Consider having an expert on hand to ensure babies are safe and secure in their slings. We had a babywearers group there with extra slings and the knowledge to help those who may need it (including a librarian who wasn’t quite sure how to fit a kangaroo with a tail into the carrier).
  3. Keep the songs short. We started with the Macarena, which was just a little too long.
  4. Have lots of fun!

Have you hosted a babywearing dance party at your library? How’d it go? Let us know in the comments below.

(Photos courtesy of guest blogger)

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Guest bloggers wearing kangaroos as they get ready for the babywearing dance party
Dori Graham and Erin Warzala; Babywearing Librarians

Today’s guest bloggers are Erin Warzala and Dori Graham. Both are children’s librarians at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Erin is passionate about early literacy, STEM/STEAM programming, books of all genres, and tea.  She blogs somewhat regularly at http://fallingflannelboards.wordpress.com/ and can be followed on Twitter at @fallingflannel.
Dori  tries to incorporate as many songs into her storytimes as she possibly can. Earlier this year, she graduated from Hamline University with her Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults. She hopes to one day publish works that emphasize the value of empathy and that inclusively reflect the diverse world in which we live.

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