Here is a list of professional babywearing educators I have trained. If you are interested in a private class or one-on-one consultation, please let me know, and I would be thrilled to discuss whether I might be a fit for helping you or make a referral.
Babywearing International of Greater Houston (also on Facebook) has accredited Volunteer Babywearing Educators (VBEs), free meetings around town, and a carrier lending library that all may try at meetings. Members (dues are $30 per year per family) can borrow carriers for approximately a month at a time.
I also recommend you join the Facebook group of the Houston Baby Wearers, then use the document about other local subgroups to find a meeting that suits your needs.
The Babywearer forums are free to join, though you must register, and are an extensive, searchable source of information.
The Baby Carrier Industry Alliance works to increase awareness of quality baby carriers and supports members of the baby carrier industry by propagating standards, promoting educational outreach, participating in research, and helping small businesses comply with standards.
The The Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a safety standard for infant and toddler carriers.
For my BI students, here are the basic and advanced exam questions (text only).
Local small retailers (in alphabetical order)
I believe that supporting small, local businesses is an important part of building community. Undoubtedly, Houston has many wonderful businesses I have not listed, but these are ones I have a personal connection to and fully endorse. These business owners take pride in education and service, and because of them, Houstonians have had an increasing number of choices when it comes to commercial baby carriers and other children’s products. These stores are Houston-based and do ship. If you should ever have a negative experience with any of these, please do not hesitate to contact me, and I will do my best to help facilitate resolution; these owners are open to feedback.
Blossoming Mama — Erin Estilette
The Pure Parenting Shop — Sarah Saunders Godwin
Sweet Baby Pearl’s Eco Emporium — Pat and Camarie Young
A Woman’s Work — Gretchen Penny
Woodland Babies — Lauren Logsdon (also offers babywearing consultations)