May 2013


L000 manduca newstyle all7 web white

The following two surprise giveaways follow on from the Mother’s Day Random Act of Kindness giveaway we did where so many people nominated deserving Mums they know to go in the draw to win one of the new manduca LimitedEdition HighFive carriers.  All the nominees were very deserving and just one lucky Mum was drawn to receive that LE HighFive.

Two nominees stories stuck a chord as they are both living through extreme challenges with their children right now.  Both these nominees carry the responsibility of caring for children who have life-threatening diseases.  Being a Mum of such a child myself, my heart goes out to them. Our family have been blessed so much by the kindness of others since my 6yo son’s leukaemia diagnosis at the end of January this year, so these two surprise giveaways are what many would call ‘paying it forward’ I guess.  Continuing the chain of kindness and concern for others.

The two nominees are:

1. Harley Lass

Harley has a 2yo child with a condition called Immune Complement Deficiency which means her immunity is compromised. This means that activities that most people take for granted put Harley’s child at risk for serious illness.  Bacteria and viruses that, for someone with a fully functioning immune system, would cause mild illnesses, are life-threatening for someone with a compromised immune system – think hospital admissions, IV antibiotics, isolation and sometimes worse. My own child has suppressed immunity due to the chemotherapy that he is on so I know first hand how challenging and sometimes restricting it can be to keep an immunocompromised child safe.  Being able to have her daughter close in a manduca will help reduce exposure to bacteria and viruses.

2. Paula Baigent

Paula’s son Mostyn, a previously active two year old, was diagnosed in December 2012 with Anti N-methyl D Aspartate Receptor Encephalitis. Since diagnosis Mostyn has been inpatient at Starship Children’s Hospital while his parents do their best to juggle supporting him with the needs of their other three children (two older and one younger than Mostyn) in the family home in Whangarei. Having spent inpatient time with my son at Starship Hospital, and having met families there from out of town, I feel so lucky to have Starship right on our doorstep. It’s one of the many silver linings I’ve found since my son’s leukaemia diagnosis. I really feel for families from out of town and the extra stress of extended seperations from family members and familiar routines.  You can follow Mostyn’s story on his facebook page: Mostyn’s Journey.

Harley and Paula, please send me a message via the My Natural Baby Facebook page and I’ll arrange a NewStyle Manduca for each of you in your preferred colour – choose from black, chocolate, red, ocean, sand, olive or navy.

Best wishes to you both as you continue to battle for the health of your precious children. What you live through each day goes above and beyond what a mother and family should have to endure. Much love from our family to yours.

Helen xx

FB Manduca HighFive ROAK

Thank you to everyone who nominated deserving Mums in the Manduca RAOK giveaway for Mother’s Day.  I loved reading through all the entries and wish I could give a Manduca to all the nominees.  To the nominees, what wonderfully thoughtful friends and family you have. So much love was shared on our Facebook page!!  Thanks to random.org a winner has been selected from all those nominated and the name that was drawn is Cathy White!  Congratulations Cathy.

Cathy received many nominations and the nomination that was drawn was from Cathy’s friend Tracie Frandi who wrote:

“I would like to nominate the lovely Cathy White too – She is one of the most amazing and caring mummas I know, with such a huge heart. Totally deserving of such an awesome prize. I know her lil diamond would love to be snuggled in such an awesome carrier.”

Cathy please send a message through the My Natural Baby Facebook page and let me know which colour HighFive manduca you’d like – grey, royal or lime.

But wait! There’s more! There will be more giveaway news announced here on the blog tomorrow night in support of two families who are living with the extreme challenge and responsibility of life with children who have life-threatening diseases right now. Being a Mum of such a child myself, my heart goes out to them. Our family have been blessed so much by the kindness of others since my 6yo son’s leukaemia diagnosis at the end of January this year, so this is part of the ‘paying it forward’ process in my book! More news on this tomorrow xx

Manduca baby and kid carriers and accessories are available in New Zealand from My Natural Baby and selected stockists nationwide.

Sharing the babywearing love!

Helen xx

Storchenwiege Anna woven wrap

Thank you to everyone who nominated deserving Mums in the Storchenwiege New Zealand RAOK giveaway for Mother’s Day.  I loved reading through all the entries and wish I could give a wrap to all the nominees.  Thanks to random.org a winner has been selected from all those nominated and the name that was drawn is Jenny Dewar!  Congratulations Jenny.

Jenny received two nominations and the nomination that was drawn was from Jenny’s friend Renee Lyons who wrote:

“I’d like to nominate Jenny Dewar, a wonderful mama and friend, always minding other peoples children so they can have a break, always dropping off meals, even special allergy friendly ones, running a breastfeeding group for young mums, having people come stay for a rest, and being an all around awesome friend and supporter to meeee….I know she’d well love a woven, and it’d benefit not only her but all the people I know she’d share with as well.”

Jenny please send a message through the Storchenwiege New Zealand Facebook page and I’ll arrange to have your Storchenwiege Anna woven wrap sent to you.

Storchenwiege woven wraps and ring slings are available in New Zealand from My Natural Baby and selected stockists nationwide.

Sharing the babywearing love!

Helen xx

 

FB Manduca HighFive ROAK

To celebrate five year’s since the first Manduca baby and kids carrier came off the production line, the manufacturer Wickelkinder GmbH have given us some of the celebratory HighFive LimitedEdition carriers to give away!  Right now we’re running a random act of kindness (RAOK) giveaway.  YOU get to nominate a deserving Kiwi Mum you know to go into the random draw to win her choice from the three available HighFive colours plus a pair of matching fumbee shoulder strap protectors (pictured above).

Manduca baby and kids carriers are made with natural fibres, are suitable for kids from NB – 4yr+, and are adjustable for most body types (there are several points of adjustment and the waist belt extends to a generous 1.5m!). The Manduca has been designed to support a child’s optimal spinal and hip development, holding them in orthapaedically correct positioning. Manduca baby and kids carriers and accessories are available in New Zealand from My Natural Baby and selected stockists.

To enter a deserving Kiwi Mum you know into the draw, head over to our My Natural Baby facebook page, like it if you haven’t already, then leave a comment under the image of the Manduca HighFive RAOK image that’s pinned near the top of the page. Feel free to mention why the Mum you’re nominating is perfectly suited to receive this random act of kindness.  The prize can only be shipped within New Zealand.

A winner will be chosen randomly from those nominated at 8pm on Mother’s Day – Sunday 12th May 2013, and their name announced here on our blog.

Have fun with your nominations – I’m looking forward to finding out who the lucky winner will be!

Storchenwiege Anna Woven Wrap

To celebrate our first 100 likers on our new Facebook page, Storchenwiege New Zealand, we’re running a random act of kindness (RAOK) giveaway.  YOU get to nominate a deserving Kiwi Mum you know to go into the random draw to win a Storchenwiege Anna woven wrap in 4.6m length (Anna colourway is pictured above).

Storchenwiege woven wraps are made with fabric that has been woven for the specific purpose of babywearing. The special weave allows a two way diagonal stretch which superbly supports the spine of your child and the width of the fabric allows optimal positioning with knees up, bottom down and good back support too. The fabric is 100% cotton and all dye used is eco-friendly and non-toxic to you and your child. Storchenwiege products are available in New Zealand from My Natural Baby and selected stockists.

To enter a deserving Kiwi Mum you know into the draw, head over to our Storchenwiege New Zealand facebook page, like it if you haven’t already, then leave a comment under the image of the Anna woven wrap in action that’s pinned near the top of the page. Feel free to mention why the Mum you’re nominating is perfectly suited to receive this random act of kindness.  The prize can only be shipped within New Zealand.

A winner will be chosen randomly from those nominated at midday on Mother’s Day – Sunday 12th May 2013, and their name announced here on our blog.

Have fun with your nominations – I’m looking forward to finding out who the lucky winner will be!