IBDD2016 – An amazing success of a global babywearing dance

IBDD2016 – An amazing success of a global babywearing dance

Wouldn’t you agree Babywearing Dance Week and Day were amazing! Everything we’ve seen and heard shows that it was a spectacular success, with families from 5 continents all coming together in spirit to celebrate the beauty, the passion and the experience of babywearing dance.

A total of 18 different groups took part across the world to share the passion and visions of IBDD. It’s awe inspiring to think that even though we were all dancing in our own communities, together we created an energy, a buzz and a community feel, a collective movement of babywearing dancers and babywearers around the world.

More than just about sharing the moment with our babies, (which of course is beautiful and very important), IBDD built itself on the promise to share babywearing dance safety and good-practice. And everyone who took part in IBDD really did take that on board. Just look at everyone’s websites, social feeds and videos and you’ll see how babywearing safety has really been brought to the fore. (We’re definitely honoured that everyone is sharing our PEACE and SAFE guidelines with their communities in order to promote safe babywearing dancing).

And this year’s IBDD definitely made a lasting impression around the world, with everyone dancing the beautiful “Love is This” routine and working together to smash the Guinness Book of World Records for total number of people babywearing dancing to the same routine worldwide (we still have to get confirmation from the Guinness Book of World Records about whether we did in fact break it, but we’ll let you know when we hear from them). Either way, go us!!

From all of us at Joimove, we want to send out a super huge thank you to the IBDD team. We’re proud to be co-founder organisation of this wonderful initiative and know it can’t have been easy getting an international week of celebration off the ground, so thank you for all your hard work and dedication. And to everyone who participated, watched and believed in IBDD, thank you too! Without you, IBDD wouldn’t have been as successful as it turned out to be.

Can’t wait to hear what’s in store for IBDD 2017; dancing for our ourselves, for our communities and for the world. Watch IBDD website for updates www.babywearingdanceday.com

Here is the IBDD2016 video highlighting by all participants from 5 continents.


4 Reasons Why Babywearing Dance Is Here To Stay

4 Reasons Why Babywearing Dance Is Here To Stay

Babywearing dance may be a relatively new phenomenon, but we’re certain that it’s something that’s only going to grow in popularity.

Take a look online, on TV, in magazines and in your neighbourhoods, you’ll find it becoming more and more common. From viral videos to flash-mobs to local classes, everyone’s doing it. It’s the easy, fun, active and joyful way to bond with baby.

Here are our four reasons why we think babywearing dance is here to stay:


We all dance

We all do it, whether wearing baby or not. We tap our toes, swing our hips and move about rhythmically when we hear music. Sometimes we do it consciously, but most often, we do it without realising it. Music moves us.

The same thing happens when you’re wearing your baby. You’ll probably find you consciously or unconsciously hold your baby’s hands, gently kiss their head, wrap your arms around them for deep cuddles, sway your body, tap your toes or shuffle about when you hear music. Dancing, movement and rhythm are part of us and we pass it on to our little one.

Maybe you do it to help calm a stressful moment with your baby, or you do it to play and engage with them, either way you’re connecting, caring and reinforcing attachment with your baby.

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No extra equipment needed

You don’t need to buy any extra equipment to enjoy dancing with your baby. If you can pick up your baby or carry them in a sling or carrier, you’ve got everything you need to enjoy the physical closeness and joyful communication that is dancing.

Its important to remember, however, that no matter what way you enjoy dancing with your baby, safety has to come first. From making sure your baby’s head and neck are fully supported at all times to remembering the T.I.C.K.S of babywearing, safety first.

You’re important too. Don’t over exert, watch your back, and if you’re dancing with a carrier or sling, remember to choose the right size and type suitable for your activities so you can prevent lower back pain as well as shoulder or neck injuries.



Its good for us

Babywearing dance has benefits for both wearer and baby that span the physical body and the soul. Keeping active, no matter how you do it, gives you confidence, plenty of endorphins and can help boost selfesteem, not to mention keeping you fit.

For baby, what’s better than introducing them to music, rhythm and movement through a loving dance? Family health professionals, paediatricians, physiotherapist, psychologists and babywearing experts alike all know that there are plenty of benefits for baby; from helping to sooth colic, and create better sleep, it also solidifies connections between wearer and baby, creating joyful parenting moments and a nurturing touch.

It’s important however that you never see babywearing dance as means to “losing baby weight” or calorie burning. If you only treat wearing your baby as extra weight for a cardio session or practice fast and bouncy movements, you could be putting both you and your baby at risk of overheating, overstimulation, and in extreme situations, shaken baby syndrome. So, to keep safe, remember that baby is the main focus of your dance so keep it slow, gentle and smooth; not fast, bouncy and extreme.

Babies learn from what they see, so if they see you being safe, active and happy, they’ll mimic your good moves. Wear your baby comfortably and safely, practice smooth and gentle moves with a low level of music, keep your heart open and receptive and you’ll find lasting joy for both of you!

love is this by Joimove scotland

International Babywearing Dance Day

With the first International day recognising babywearing dance scheduled for 21 September 2016, you know it’s no fad!

The number of babywearing dance practitioners is growing every day. With the help of JISBD and all of our wonderful Joimovers, we can increase the reach of this joyful practice, ensuring it reaches more hearts and souls, creating a happier, healthier world.

What do you think, are there other signs babywearing dance is here to stay? What would your top four reasons be?

“Love Is This” International Babywearing Dance Routine

The world of babywearing dance isn’t a large one so it was no wonder GroovaRoo Dance and Cool Mumz Dancin came onto Selen Yilmaz, our founder’s, radar.

After introductory emails and a few chats, it became apparent to Selen that Meeshi Ravi Anjali, co-founder of GroovaRoo Dance in San Diego California, and Intan Armelia, our recent JISBD student and founder of Cool Mumz Dancin in Singapore, had very similar ideologies and thoughts about babywearing dance.

So, in just three weeks, after online meetings and discussions (which is no easy feat between three countries and countless time zones), the three founders decided to hold the first ever global babywearing dance event.

More than just independent events in three locations, their vision was to hold flashmobs worldwide during the weekend of 21st and 22nd May. And that’s exactly what happened.

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“Love is This”, a collaboratively created routine, brought together over 1000 families in the USA, Singapore, Turkey, Lithuania and Scotland to dance and share their love of babywearing dance.

Selen Yilmaz said of the event that “It was wonderful to see and hear of the excellent turn out for our inspirational event. All of us who collaborated believe that dancing with children is a fundamental way to grow happiness within the family unit. We feel that dance not only helps to build happier, more confident and caring children, but is a building block to help families create lasting relationships and esteem, through being active. That’s why we wanted to inspire our communities to take part and get to know the beauty that is babywearing dance.”

She continued by saying “More than just a dance routine, we also wanted to showcase the power of collaboration in creating community cohesion. Working together, we were able to show how babywearing dance transcends the boundaries of geography, it’s universal.

love is this by Joimove scotland

Although used for the initial global flashmob event, “Love is This was conceived as an introduction to the First International Babywearing Dance Day (IBDD), scheduled for Wednesday 21 September 2016.

Selen said she believes that they’ve only scratched the surface of the number of people who could benefit from and enjoy babywearing dance, and she hopes to find more people taking part in September for IBDD.

So, here’s to bringing increased happiness and joy across cultural and generational divides.

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Will we see you in September for IBDD? We’ll be looking out for you!