NINO is a nonprofit babywearing organization. It stands for Nine In, Nine Out. This name is inspired by the work of the renowned anthropologist, Ashley Montagu. In his book Touching (HarperCollins, 1986), Montagu proposed that the first nine months of an infant's life be called "exterogestation", a period that is the same length of time spent in utero. Those of us who love babywearing feel that the best way to simulate the cozy, warm environment of the womb is to carry babies in a sling or babycarrier. But too few people learn about slings in time to put this into practice.
1. To promote babywearing and its benefits to the general public.
2. To sponsor babywearing-related outreach programs, conventions and scientific research.
3. To form alliances with existing babywearing and related organizations.
4. To promote the teaching of babywearing and provide support for babywearing instructors.
5. To inform health care workers and social workers about babywearing.
6. To form grassroots-level groups to carry out NINO’s goals.