August 2013


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This Sunday is Father’s Day in New Zealand and we’ve decided to run a random act of kindness (RAOK) giveaway like we did for Mother’s Day back in May.  YOU get to nominate a deserving Kiwi Dad you know to go into a random draw to win a lime LimitedEdition HighFive manduca baby & kids carrier (pictured above) plus a pair of matching fumbee shoulder strap protectors.

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 Dad 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. In your comment please mention why the Dad you’re nominating is perfectly suited to receive this random act of kindness. Dads – you can nominate yourselves too!  The prize can only be shipped within New Zealand.

For an extra entry in the draw, leave a comment here on our blog under this post with the name of the Dad you’re nominating (so I can match up the entries with those on the Facebook page) and list three things you like about the manduca baby & kids carrier.

A winner will be chosen randomly from those nominated at 8pm on Father’s Day – Sunday 1st September 2013, and their name announced here on our blog.

Have fun with your nominations – I’m looking forward to hearing about all the great Kiwi Dads out there and finding out who the lucky winner of the LimitedEdition HighFive manduca will be!

Helen xx

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Thanks to everyone who participated in our group pat on the back for the babywearing group volunteers throughout New Zealand. The groups are managed by teams of volunteers who are also experienced at carrying their babies, toddlers and sometimes older children in a variety of baby carriers and slings. I enjoyed reading about the experiences you’ve had while attending meetings and events organised by your local babywearing groups. I attended my first babywearing meeting back in 2006 when I went along to the then very new Slingbabies group in Auckland for help with a ring sling I’d won in a competition. Group founder Jessica Richards was a wonderful help to our family and I’ve been so pleased to have been able to give back to the Slingbabies group over the years by donating baby carriers to their sling library and helping out at group meetings when I’ve been able to attend. As more groups started forming around the country I’ve been pleased to help them with donated carriers too. In 2011 I helped form a new group on Auckland’s North Shore, and last year set up three new groups in Whangarei, Keri Keri and Rotorua, although the latter three groups are on hold for the time being while I attend to my older son’s needs and support him through his cancer treatment along with the usual grind of home and business!

So now I am excited to once again provide a giveaway to a lucky participant in our pat on the back event. The winner may choose a Manduca LimitedEdition HighFive of their choice from the two colours pictured above – royal or lime.  The manduca LimitedEdition carriers are made from 100% organic cotton, are suitable for children from 3.5kg – 20kg and can be used for front, hip and back carries. The winner, drawn randomly from all participants, is Paul John Scott who shared about his experience with the Waikato Baby Carriers group. He wrote:

“I am really grateful to Waikato Baby Carriers for letting me ask all the dumb questions! Always felt welcome and supported.”

Paul please get in touch by messaging me through the My Natural Baby Facebook page and let me know which colour of LimitedEdition HighFive manduca you would like!

Congratulations also to Claire and Kerry who founded and run the Waikato Baby Carriers group. I’ll be in touch to find out which type of carrier you’d like from our range to add to the group’s sling library.

 

Happy Babywearing everyone!

Helen xx

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Back in June was National Volunteer Week. I had meant to have this giveaway up during that week, but family commitments took priority in the end, and so I’m playing catch up now. I can’t dangle a carrot and then not follow through! And there are some wonderful volunteers I’d like you to help me acknowledge.

Throughout New Zealand there are babywearing groups, managed by teams of volunteers who are also experienced at carrying their babies, toddlers and sometimes older children in a variety of baby carriers and slings. I invite you to join me in a ‘group pat on the back’ for our babywearing group volunteers who do a fine job of passing on their skills, encouraging parents and providing places of friendship and support.  If you have received help from your local babywearing group I’d love to hear about it. So here is how this giveaway is going to go:

One lucky giveaway participant is going to win the Manduca LimitedEdition HighFive of their choice from the two colours pictured above – royal or lime.  The manduca LimitedEdition carriers are made from 100% organic cotton, are suitable for children from 3.5kg – 20kg and can be used for front, hip and back carries. To enter, all you need to do is to share your experience on our Facebook page between Thursday 8 August and Wednesday 14 August, by leaving a comment under the relevant question posted there, and tagging your local babywearing group’s facebook page. Tagging their page will help raise awareness of the groups to our other facebook page members, and it will also allow your local babywearing group volunteers to easily read your experiences and feedback, and hopefully give them some warm fuzzies.

The post to look for on our facebook page from 9am tomorrow (Thursday 8th August) is:

“Have you received positive babywearing help and support from your local babywearing group? Please share your experience and tag your local babywearing group’s facebook page in your comment to give the group volunteers a virtual pat on the back!”

A winner will be selected randomly and announced here on our blog on Saturday 17th August 2013.

Your local babywearing group that you tagged in your facebook comment will then be contacted by me and invited to select a baby carrier from our range to be added to their group sling library! They may choose a carrier from one of the following ranges: manduca, Storchenwiege, Kozy Carrier and je porte mon bebe.

Good luck and thanks for joining in the ‘group pat on the back’ for our babywearing group volunteers.

Helen xx