Figuring out which carrier is best for you can require a lot of trial and error, and it can also change over time. As one of our services to the community, Babywearing International of Greater Austin has a substantial library of carriers available to rent. Popular brands include Ergo, Kinderpack, Boba, Catbird Baby, Didymos, Girasol, Wrapsody, Pavo, Lillebaby, Beco, Tula, Sleeping Baby Productions, Sakura Bloom, Kozy, Moby Wrap and many more.
Lending Library Basics:
We encourage those that come to our meetings to become members of Babywearing International. The cost is $30 annually. The first $20 of this stays with us, your local chapter, and allows us to cover all the costs of running the group and funding new carriers for our lending library. The other $10 goes to our parent organization, Babywearing International, to fund research, give carriers to the local chapters, and cover insurance for each chapter’s Volunteer Babywearing Educators.
BWI members may rent one carrier per meeting each month. Carriers from a previous meeting must be returned before a new carrier may be rented. There is currently a $10 fee per rental for all non-members. The rental period is approximately 30 days with the carrier being due at the next meeting from which you rented. Your carrier must be returned within the first 30 minutes of the meeting to be considered “on time.” Carriers returned at a meeting but after the first 30 minutes on the specified due date will be charged a $5 late fee. Carriers returned after the specified due date will be charged $10 + $1 per day late fee. We only have a limited availability of all our carriers, and we frequently have people make a special trip to try a specific carrier at a meeting, so please understand the importance of returning rentals on time! We do require a government issued photo ID for all rentals.
You may view a complete list of our lending library policies here.
You may view pictures of our lending library carriers here.
You may view detailed laundering instructions for our lending library carriers here.
The lending library availability feature is currently undergoing a make over. Please refer to the spreadsheet below to see what’s available in each library. If you are looking for something specific and don’t see it listed or would like to know if a specific carrier will be available for rental, email us at RentalHelp@bwiAustin.org and we will gladly answer your questions. Thank you for your patience!
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