Lift Me Up | Babywearing to Thrive
Lift Me Up is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing ergonomic babywearing carriers to families who have children with special needs. It was founded in 2014 by three mamas. Lift Me Up is entirely volunteer driven and made possible by donations from the community and babywearing businesses.
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BABYWEARING TO THRIVE

Lift Me Up is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing ergonomic babywearing carriers to families who have children with special needs. It was founded in 2014 by three mamas. Lift Me Up is entirely volunteer driven and made possible by donations from the community and babywearing businesses.

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Our goal at Lift Me Up is to serve families who have children with special needs.  All donations are tax deductible.  We are an established 501(c)3 non-profit. Don’t forget to ask your employer to match your donation!

What
BABYWEARING BENEFITS

“Babywearing is holding or carrying a baby/young child using a cloth baby carrier.”¹ At the very basic level, babywearing has the potential to fulfill a child’s need for touch. Meeting this need allows the child to actively take on stressful challenges with greater ease, as often occurs for children with special needs. Babywearing provides correct physical alignment of the hip and spine for optimal development. It improves vestibular system activation and body awareness due to continual motion of the caregiver. It allows for positioning free of pressure on the soft cranium.  Babywearing is helpful in promoting general wellness by allowing the child to be in an upright position with improved respiration. Moreover, babywearing allows children with decreased immunity to remain within the caregiver’s personal space and away from harmful germs. Lastly, babywearing offers appropriate positioning for socialization and learning communicative cues.

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APPLICANTS

Any family who has a child with a developmental special need, who does not already own an ergonomically correct babywearing carrier, may apply.  The child to be worn does not have to be the child with special needs. Each family may apply for a carrier through this organization one time.  Applicants must reside in the United States, its territories, or Canada.

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The application consists of information about the family, the child to be worn, and the medical/functional diagnoses of the child with special needs.  All sections must be filled out thoroughly. Incomplete and/or duplicate applications will not be processed.  Applications will be reviewed by experienced babywearers and a Doctor of Physical Therapy specializing in pediatrics. Please note that there is no guarantee in receiving a carrier. If you are selected to receive a carrier, we will contact you and ship your new carrier, along with safety guidelines and information regarding local-to-you babywearing meetings for further instruction and support. A short follow up questionnaire is emailed to recipients one month after shipment. Lift Me Up is dependent on recipients to fill out this form in order to better serve the community. Recipients of carriers provided by Lift Me Up agree to be a part of a greater movement to bring awareness to the health benefits and caregiver respite that babywearing can provide for families who have children with special needs.  Therefore, Lift Me Up requires that each family who is accepted to receive a carrier, submit a written testimonial and/or photo of their carrier in use via email or Facebook to further the mission of the organization.

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Recipients

Stories of those who have benefitted from a babywearing carrier provided by Lift Me Up

Lift Me Up Mamas

Collectively we have nine little boys, a passion for babywearing, and a love for children with special needs.

Rachel

Rachel embraced babywearing as a special way to bond with her son and make everyday life with small children less physically challenging.

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Kristin

Kristin needed babywearing as a support in mothering four small children; two of which who were immobile at the same time.

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Sarah

Sarah's personal passion for wearing her three boys grew into a tool often used in her professional carrier as a Doctor of Physical Therapy, specializing in pediatrics.

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Resources

Ergonomic babywearing tips and techniques

How to thread your Ring Sling
Ring sling with a Newborn
Front Wrap Cross Carry with Newborn in a Stretchy Wrap
Front Wrap Cross Carry with a Woven Wrap
Front Wrap Cross Carry for Toddler
Front Carry with a Mei Tai
Using a Soft Structured Carrier While Pregnant
BabywearingInt

Babywearing International

Find a Babywearing International Chapter near you

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Baby Carrier Industry Alliance

Contributors

We are proud to have the support of the following businesses and we encourage you to patronize our sponsors