The Davao City edition of the biggest babywearing celebration across the globe formally opened on Tuesday, October 1.
The 4th International Babywearing Week (IBW) organized by Dawow Moms will run until October 6 at the NCCC Mall Buhangin Activity Area.
Dawow Moms admin Axel May Clapano, in an interview with Edge Davao, said the week-long celebration jumped off with a surprise flashmob presented by more than 100 Dawow Moms babywearers as the event promises array of educational and exciting activities for parents and their babies.
“IBW will feature free babywearing consultation, seminars, and lectures for parents in Davao City,” Clapano said, adding that fun activities such as zumba, raffles, and games also await participants.
Clapano, however, expects massive turnout of participants in this free-admission activity which aims to promote, advocate, and focus media attention on the many benefits of babywearing.
“We are expecting more than 2,000 mommies but given the fact that we have more than 9,000 members in Dawow Moms, we can never tell,” she said.Starting on Wednesday, October 2, Dawow Moms IBW will conduct daily online trivia, games, and raffle that comes with exclusive prizes will be posted across Dawow Moms social media sites including Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube.
Clapano, meanwhile, underscored that the culmination on Sunday, October 6 will kick off with a free medical consultation from NCCC HB1 followed by storytelling for children courtesy of PlaygoalZ.
“Among the highlights of the culmination are the opening of Mompreneur booth by Ms. Jezza Damada (Associate Vice-President -NCCC Supermarket), babywearing lecture entitled “Shadrach Co: Continuing the babywearing and weaving Tradition”, by Shadrachs Collection, presentation form Moringa O2 entitled “Family Care Regimen”, zumba, and an exciting camaraderie games to spice up the event,” she added.
A total of P50,000 worth of giveways, raffles, and lootbags will be given away courtesy of Shadrachs Collection, NCCC Mall, Johnsons Baby, Moringa O2, Pampers, Downy, Farey Concepts, Hiyang, Julia’s Crib, Sweet Essentialist, Ken Ombina Photography, Carlos Estrada Photography, PlaygoalZ, Love Mama, Laurel & Co., Silver Trays, Kangaroo’s Pouch, Organic Moringa Choice, Grazzi Hafna, and Balai Torrentira.
Meantime, Dawow Moms is a community-based support group which practices and promotes natural parenting in Davao City. It was established in 2015 by young moms who aspired to raise awareness and provide resources about babywearing and other natural parenting practices like breastfeeding, cloth diapering, tamang KAIN, and baby led weaning in Davao City.
The group started with 15 core members and eventually swelled to over 9,000 members.
It started organizing intimate babywearing meet-ups until it became part of the world’s biggest annual babywearing conclave with the like of the IBW.