Monthly Archives: October 2011

Winner: RadicalRed BlackLine manduca and manduca front pouch

Thanks to everyone who has joined us on the New Zealand Babywearing Week Facebook page and helped to achieve the goal of reaching 1000 members on the page by the end of New Zealand Babywearing Week! To celebrate we have a BlackLine Manduca in RadicalRed & a Manduca front pouch courtesy of Wickelkinder and My Natural Baby Ltd to give away to one lucky page member!

And the lucky winner is:

Andrea Morgan

Congratulations Andrea!  And a big thank you to Wickelkinder and My Natural Baby Ltd for sponsoring this giveaway.

Thanks to everyone who joined our page this year and participated in one of the many events held around New Zealand.  Look out for summaries and images from the events on the blog over the coming weeks.  And a photo competition on the Facebook page – details coming soon . . .

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New Zealand Babywearing Week Online Market Place

New Zealand Babywearing Week

New Zealand Babywearing Week is here!!  I’m so looking forward to hearing how all the celebratory events go this week.  With events scheduled in thirteen cities and towns throughout New Zealand the week is set to be an exciting one! To find an event near you check out the New Zealand Babywearing Week events page!

Starting on Tuesday there will also be an opportunity for New Zealand baby carrier and sling retailers to share on the New Zealand Babywearing Week Facebook page wall, their special deals for New Zealand Babywearing Week. Here is how it will work:

  • The New Zealand Babywearing Week Facebook page will double as an online market place between 9am – 1pm each day from Tuesday 11 – Sunday 16 October
  • Retailers may post their baby carrier and baby sling specials, tagging their Facebook page and linking to their website.  Alternatively retailers can post their specials on their own Facebook page, tagging New Zealand Babywearing Week.
  • Retailers may post a maximum of once per day on the New Zealand Babywearing Week Facebook page
  • Inappropriate posts will be removed from the New Zealand Babywearing Week Facebook page e.g. the type of baby carrier is not a safe design, the retailer has posted more than once that day etc.

So keep an eye on the New Zealand Babywearing Week Facebook page during the week for some special deals on baby carriers and support New Zealand baby carrier businesses :0)

Helen

New Zealand Babywearing Week Giveaway with My Natural Baby

Hello everyone.  We’re on the countdown to New Zealand Babywearing Week (10 – 16 October 2011) and we are looking forward to celebrating with you – just ‘one more sleep!’.  And time for our last major giveaway for this year! The next giveaway will be drawn once we reach 1000 page members over on the New Zealand Babywearing Week facebook page.

Our 1000 liker giveaway sponsor is My Natural Baby Ltd. One lucky ‘New Zealand Babywearing Week Facebook page’ member will be randomly drawn to take home a just launched BlackLine Manduca baby and kids carrier (organic) in Radical Red valued at $255.00. A Manduca front pouch  ($39.95) completes the package. (Open to NZ residents only).

The Manduca Baby and Kids Carrier has been designed in Germany by Wickelkinder GmbH.  Orthopaedically designed and packed with features, the Manduca baby carrier is one of the most versatile and comfortable soft-structured carriers on the market.

 Main features of BlackLine Manduca:

  • Can be used for newborns (from 3.5kg) and for children up to 20kg (about four years old).
  • Includes an integrated infant seat insert
  • Has an integrated back-extension for older babies and toddlers
  • Has integrated head and neck support
  • Is adjustable to fit most people
  • The outer material is 100% organic cotton
  • The inner material is 100% organic cotton
  • Can be machine washed at up to 30C
  • Comes with instructions.

The Manduca allows your baby or toddler to be automatically carried in an orthopaedically correct position (‘M’ position), i.e. sitting position with legs spread to the side, and knees higher than hips.

In the Manduca you carry your child comfortably close to your body. You can carry your child on your front or on your back. The ergonomic and adjustable waist belt allows for baby’s weight to be carried on your hips, preventing back pain. The padded shoulder straps can be worn straight over the shoulders, like a backpack, or crossed.

All materials used for making Manduca are specially tested and controlled for harmful substances.

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To be in with a chance to win, join us over on the New Zealand Babywearing Week Facebook page – that’s it!  Simple, easy.

For extra entries in the draw check out these options:

  1. Like the My Natural Baby Facebook page
  2. Update your Facebook status with the following: “I’m in to win a BlackLine Manduca in RadicalRed with @New Zealand Babywearing Week and @My Natural Baby”.  You will need to ‘like’ both New Zealand Babywearing Week and My Natural Baby for the tags to work and remember to make sure your update is ‘Public’.
  3. Like the Manduca New Zealand Facebook page and leave a comment on the Manduca New Zealand Wall to say hi.
  4. Leave a comment under this blog post to let us know why you would like to win a BlackLine Manduca baby & kids carrier.

Good luck to all who enter!  And thanks for helping to spread the word about New Zealand Babywearing Week!

Weekly Focus: Ring Slings

Storchenwiege ring sling

Ring slings are a one shouldered carrier suitable for newborns through to toddlers.  A ring sling can be used the same way as a pouch sling – the difference though is that a ring sling is adjustable so one size will fit all wearers.  The ring sling is adjusted by pulling the end of the fabric through purpose made sling rings, allowing baby to be adjusted upwards and inwards so that they are nice and snug against the wearers body.

Storchenwiege ring slingAlways make sure to use a ring sling that has been made with purpose made sling rings as these have been weight tested for safety.  Never use a ring sling if the rings have a join in them as they may pull apart causing the sling to become dangerous.

Babies can be carried in several different holds in a ring sling – upright cradle, tummy to tummy, hip and back. The most common carry with a ring sling is the hip carry as shown below.

Storchenwiege ring sling organic As with any baby carrier, positioning is very important when carrying your baby.  For an upright cradle carry with a ring sling, always make sure baby’s face is clear of fabric and that their chin is not pressed into their chest – an easy way to make sure the airway is clear is to make sure you can fit two fingers between baby’s chin and their chest.  For carries with an older baby or toddler where their legs are out, always make sure their knees are higher than their bottom.  This can be achieved by spreading the fabric of the sling right up to the backs of your child’s knees, creating a comfy seat for them.  This ensures optimal positioning of baby’s developing hips and spine.  The images above and below show the correct positioning with the child’s knees higher than their bottom.

Storchenwiege ring sling LillyWhen carrying your child in a tummy to tummy, hip or back carry, make sure to pull the fabric nice and high up baby’s back, making sure the sling is nice and snug.  This ensures that your child’s back is well supported.

The fabric of the ring sling should be nicely spread across the wearer’s back, as pictured below.  This allows the child’s weight to be evenly distributed across their caregivers shoulder and back and makes for comfortable wearing without any painful pressure points.  The fabric should cap the shoulder, it should not dig into your neck.

Storchenwiege ring sling Bio Eric Ring sling terms and their definitions:

Tail = the end of the sling that hangs through the rings.  This can be held over your child if you’re caught in a rain shower, to cover your child for sun protection or as a breastfeeding cover if desired.

Rails = the edges of the sling.  The top rail goes behind baby’s back in upright carries and can be adjusted to bring baby in closer to you.  The bottom rail goes under baby’s knees in upright carries and can be adjusted to lift baby higher up your body – their bottom should be about level with your tummy button.

For more information about ring slings and to find instructions complete with photos, please visit Slingbabies!

Article written by Helen MacMillan of My Natural Baby Ltd

Storchenwiege ring sling images used with permission.

Winner: Storchenwiege woven ring sling donated by My Natural Baby Ltd

StorchenwiegeThanks to everyone who has joined us on the New Zealand Babywearing Week Facebook page as we count down to October 10th. To celebrate 800 page members we have a Storchenwiege woven ring sling in the winner’s choice of available colourways, donated by My Natural Baby Ltd to give away to one lucky page member!

And the lucky winner is:

Cally Hutchins

Congratulations Cally.  And a big thank you to My Natural Baby Ltd for sponsoring this giveaway.

Keep an eye out for the last giveaway announcement for this year as we count down to New Zealand Babywearing Week 2011 . . .

New Zealand Babywearing Week Giveaway with My Natural Baby Ltd

Hello everyone.  We’re on the countdown to New Zealand Babywearing Week (10 – 16 October 2011) and we are looking forward to celebrating with you.  We’ve been loving the giveaways over the last couple of months thanks to some generous product sponsors.  The next giveaway will be drawn once we reach 800 page members over on the New Zealand Babywearing Week facebook page.

StorchenwiegeOur 800 liker giveaway sponsor is My Natural Baby Ltd. One lucky ‘New Zealand Babywearing Week Facebook page’ member will be randomly drawn to take home a Storchenwiege Woven Ring Sling valued at $140.00 in their choice of colour from available colourways . (Open to NZ residents only).

Practical and simple to put on: The Storchenwiege® RingSling, made of the proven Storchenwiege® sling material, can be worn in one size by different wearers.

Using the Storchenwiege® RingSling, you can:

  • carry your child on your hip, tummy to tummy and on your back.
  • carry your child easily and quickly, but still have both hands free for her brothers or sisters or jobs you need to do.
  • easily manage barriers such as stairs, getting on the bus or train, or rough or irregular paths.
  • give your toddler a rest when she is just learning to walk and cannot yet manage long distances.

What makes the Storchenwiege® RingSling so special?

  • The Storchenwiege® RingSling comes with detailed instructions on how to wear it and a washing bag to protect your washing machine and the Storchenwiege® RingSling aluminium rings.
  • The Storchenwiege® RingSling is made of 100% cotton; the special Storchenwiege® fabric stands out for its extremely good diagonal elasticity. The Storchenwiege® RingSling thus supports the child firmly and envelops her body like a firm bandage. This guarantees a safe, comfortable feeling when wearing it.
  • The fabric of the Storchenwiege® RingSling is certified in accordance with the Oeko-Tex 100 standard for babies. In this way, you can rest assured that it is absolutely safe for your child´s health.
  • The use of large, high-quality aluminium rings makes the Storchenwiege® RingSling comfortable to wear, allowing its folds to be arranged neatly in the rings and thus over the shoulder. The Storchenwiege® RingSling also has different-coloured edges, making it considerably easier to put on, and especially to pull tight.

How to care for your Storchenwiege® RingSling properly:
The Storchenwiege® RingSling can be washed at up to 60°C. Please use the enclosed washing bag to protect your washing machine and the aluminium rings.

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To be in with a chance to win, join us over on the New Zealand Babywearing Week Facebook page – that’s it!  Simple, easy.

For extra entries in the draw check out these options:

  1. Like the My Natural Baby Facebook Page
  2. Update your Facebook status (on your own wall) with the following: “I’m in to win a Storchenwiege woven ring sling with @New Zealand Babywearing Week and @My Natural Baby”.  You will need to ‘like’ both New Zealand Babywearing Week and My Natural Baby Facebook pages for the tags to work and remember to make sure your update is shared with ‘everyone’.  To do this click the drop down menu with the padlock icon under your status update and choose ‘everyone’
  3. Leave a comment under this post to let us know your favourite Storchenwiege ring sling colourway (view available Storchenwiege ring sling colours on the My Natural Baby website) and why you would like to win one.

Good luck to all who enter!  And thanks for helping to spread the word about New Zealand Babywearing Week – the countdown is on . . .