Up & Away We Go, Baby Wearing Around Jacksonville

In 2009, right before I had my son, I was gifted a ginormously long blue piece of fabric and was told it would be a lifesaver. I unrolled it and quickly rolled it back up. It was at least 8 feet long! What was I supposed to do with this thing that looked like it should be a hammock? (I remember being so overwhelmed with all things baby product, walking into Babies R US like a zombie thinking how will I ever navigate these things?)

Hunter was born and carrying him in my arms was great and all, but I kept thinking that maybe I should go look at that long piece of fabric. So I opened the directions and just stared at them. For days. Then I opened up You Tube to watch tutorials. It took more than a dozen tries but finally I was hands free! I could walk around the house flailing my arms in all of their glory. This started my great relationship with baby wearing.

I was drawn to baby wearing because of the usefulness of it. I don’t know what I would do without this skill. I could take walks on the beach with my infant, carry things, eat! Then when I had my second child, it was baby wearing to the rescue again. Wearing my newborn while keeping up with my 3 year old, and opening Bay & Bee saved my sanity. Baby wearing is a daily habit in my household, whether it is wearing her at work, grocery store or the beach.

Baby wearing is not only convenient for parents, but turns out that it has great benefits as well. It is soothing for children and helps colic.


Is it Safe?
If done properly, yes! You can learn all about baby wearing safety online at Baby Wearing International or come to a First Coast Baby Wearing group meeting!
You want to follow and remember TICKS
In View
Close enough to kiss
Keep their chin off chest
Supported straight back


How Old Should Baby Be?
People can be worn from birth to any age! Different types of carriers are better suited to different body types, activity levels, and age of baby.
What kind of carriers are there?
Here is a quick over view of the five basic types of baby carriers
Stretchy Wraps are long pieces of Fabric like the Moby or Boba Wrap. They are great for newborns! Stretchy wraps are made out of a soft cotton that stretches like a jersey material. They are ideal for front carriers only.

Woven Wraps come in a variety of lengths that you can do any kind of carry with front, back, hip. There is a whole world of names and wrapping styles that could take up a blog post of it’s own. This is the most versatile type of baby carrier but also the one that takes the most patience and practice.
Ring Slings are arguably the simplest type. It is a long piece of woven fabric with rings that act like a knot. Ring Slings are an ideal newborn carrier and are also fantastic for the up-and-down toddler phase.
Mei Tais typically have a wide middle panel and padded shoulder straps. It is a cross between a soft structured carrier and long wrap.

Soft Structured Carriers are my favorite! Tula, Boba, Ergo are all great examples of these. They have two buckles and are often compared to a backpack.


There is so much to experience with baby wearing. First Coast Baby Wearing group on Facebook is a great Jacksonville resource! They have monthly meetings where you can learn about safety and try on any carrier. They have a huge variety and a great lending library.


First Coast Baby Wearing generally meets at Bay & Bee the 3rd Saturday of each month. You can check FCBW or Bay & Bee Facebook page for updates.

This month we have a meeting on Sunday, August 24th from 1pm-3pm. All are welcome to come learn!
Bay & Bee has Tula’s and Moby’s in stock to purchase and try on. As well as a basket of different sized wraps and ring slings to try. If you can’t come to a meeting, we are happy to help answer your questions at Bay & Bee.

Get Carried Away
International Baby Wearing Week is October 7th-13th ! We will be celebrating Baby Wearing Week at Bay & Bee with great public event on October 12th. Details will be announced soon.

There is such a great community of baby wearers in Jacksonville. If you’ve been curious you should join the facebook group, come to a meeting or just come by Bay & Bee to learn more about baby wearing.
Bay & Bee is a locally – owned small business, inspired by Montessori and Waldorf educational principles to create a stimulating eco- friendly play environment.

Our unique play space nourishes community and focuses on child led play.
Monthly membership allows for unlimited and flexible play, so that you can stop by as your schedule allows to experience open play, classes and workshops.

Located on Atlantic Blvd in the Harbour Village Shopping Center.
13475 Atlantic Blvd
Jacksonville, FL 32225
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Welcome to Summer Party!

Summer is here for Jacksonville!

Since winning best party spot for kids in Jacksonville, we've been wanting to figure out how to throw a party for people who haven't been to a party at Bay & Bee.

We've got it!

Let's Celebrate Summer together!

We are inviting Members and Non Members to join us at Bay & Bee Jax on Sunday May 27th to celebrate!

Arrive anytime between 2pm and 3pm to enjoy

live music, bubbles, open play, light snacks & enter into our Summer Raffle!

2pm Welcome Play, Snacks & Bubbles!
3pm Ashton will draw our Raffle Winner ($60 Summer Fun Basket, filled with Think Baby sunscreen, RoShamBO shades, HABA sand toys and more.)
3-4pm LIVE MUSIC with Ashton Taylor
4pm Bubbles and Snacks Continue
5pm Goodbyes and parting coupons.

Ready to Party? Heck Yea!!!

Get your tickets Below!


Mother's Day 2018

We have 2 special offers
for Mother's Day!


Buy a 10 day pass pack and get 2 FREE day passes!

Be sure to enter code
MOTHERSDAY18 in comments at checkout to redeem offer HERE

Enjoy 35% off our unlimited annual membership!
(save $410!)
Click HERE for more information


Valid between May 1st and May 31st, 2018!
Offer ONLY AVAILABLE with code at time of purchase.

Silhouette Artist!

Silhouette Artist Keith Donaldson returns to Bay & Bee Jax on March 25th!
Book your appointment now for heirloom quality silhouettes! (and it's so much fun!)

All you need is to sit for 3 minutes. Wiggly little people welcome!

Motherhood Support Meeting- For All New Moms Adjusting to the New Role

Parenthood is just amazing, so perfect and fulfilling! Or so they say, until you have a baby yourself. Not that glamorous at times. Feelings of loneliness, uncertainty, fear, self doubt, anxiety might start rolling in every now and then. Or all the time. It's normal. In fact, it is estimated, that 40% of all new moms go through postpartum anxiety and around 10% postpartum depression. You are not alone! 

Together with various pre and postnatal experts we would like to welcome pregnant and new moms, as well as mothers of young children who are finding the challenges of pregnancy and/or motherhood to be different than expected. Join us to create a supportive connection between other mothers. Babies and young children are welcome to attend. 

Those monthly meetings are free to public, do not require membership. Just bring socks for yourself (we are a shoe-free facility).

If you know anyone who's struggling with postpartum feelings, please invite them to the meeting! It's an informal gathering, following our new moms playdate at 2pm.

Motherhood Support Meeting is led by Ida Brown at our Atlantic Blvd location-  a Northeast Florida native with a passion for supporting new mothers. Ida comes from a mental health background and has training through Postpartum Support International. As a mother of a toddler, Ida knows how the isolation and exhaustion of motherhood can dampen those magical moments that we all crave. With years of experience facilitating groups, Ida is excited to offer mothers a safe place to share the silly, the successful, and the serious or to simply connect with other moms.

Bartram Springs Bay & Bee has Hiroko Hsieh leading the meetings. Hiroko is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and mom to 2 young children and lives in Julington Creek area.

Happy Birthday to US!


4 years of fun, community and laughter. 

From now until March 8th, 2018 Celebrate with us by joining with no registration fee!

Schedule your first free visit HERE, or if you are ready to sign up come on in anytime!


Non-Members book a party by March 8th for any date and get a 1 month silver (4 visits) membership gift certificate!

Members book a party by March 8th for any date and get $48 store credit!

*LIMITED TIME ONLY* 10 Visit Day Pass

We love feedback: the wonderful and the constructive criticism on how we can make the space better and more available to people.

We have had many requests for a 10 day pass pack, after a lot of work, we are thrilled to announce the 10 Visit Day Pass.  We are testing this program out for a limited time and while supplies last.

December 11th- December 31st.

The 10 pack  $150 + tax. for 1 child.
Additional Children $45 + tax
Infant under 7 months with paid sibling - Free


Every new family is required to pay a one time registration fee. (If you have already paid it, then no need to pay again)


The registration fee is a one time fee.
This sets you up as a member in our system.
With that you can
-switch between all the memberships levels
-put the account on hold (for month to month members only)
-cancel and come back anytime per your contract terms.

The 10 day pack can be used anytime within the year FROM DATE OF PURCHASE. (this is different than buying a month to month membership online and activating it the first time you come in)
 12 months to use it from date of purchase.

Unused sessions are forfeited.
- Yes, you can go and come back the same day.
-Valid for open play, classes and events.

We are not able to offer our infant discount for 1st child under 7 months or military discount on the pass pack.


Why can't we do a 1 day drop in or less than 10 days?

Bay & Bee is founded on the Montessori Method which relies on repeated actions. We believe when you make something routine (like coming to Bay & Bee) it enhances and encourages confidence and independence from the child. It also helps foster a community.

The value of our program is rooted in repetition, exploration, and engagement in the community.

We offer a quality program and in return ask for a little bit of commitment.



TO PURCHASE A 10 DAY PASS - CLICK HERE or visit us in store!