Kozy Carrier


Babywearing Wellington Rose Gardens

During a visit to Wellington in December last year, my family and I enjoyed joining the end of year Babywearing Wellington meeting at the Rose Gardens.  I’ve been a supporter of the group since it’s inception back in 2010, inspired by New Zealand’s first dedicated babywearing group in Auckland, Slingbabies, which started in 2007.

Babywearing Wellington is run by a fabulous group of volunteers. Some of the faces have changed over the years but the level of support provided to the local community when it comes to babywearing has remained constant. The interest in babywearing has increased so much recently that the group now also has a monthly meeting in Petone in addition to the original monthly meeting at The Southern Cross on Abel Smith Street at the top of Cuba Street.

When the group was first forming back in 2010 I had the pleasure of meeting with one of the original group leaders Beth, and donated the very first carrier for the group’s lending library, a Kozy Carrier. Here’s a pic of Beth and I together the day I handed over the Kozy – Beth (on the left) put it to good use right away!

2010 kozy donation to BW WLG 2010

And so it was with equal pleasure that I donated a second Kozy Carrier for the group at the December meeting. Here’s another pic with Hester (left), the current sling library manager for the group:

Presenting Kozy to Hester

If you’re in the Wellington area and would like to try out a Kozy Carrier mei tai then see if you can get along to a Babywearing Wellington Meeting. They next meet on Friday 7th February 2014 at The Southern Cross. In addition to the Kozy Carrier they also have examples of our other brands in their lending library too including 2 x manduca’s, a Storchenwiege woven wrap (4.6m), a Storchenwiege woven ring sling and a JPMBB hybrid stretchy wrap.

Before we left the meeting that day I got to meet a lovely lady (also called Helen!) who hired the Kozy Carrier I’d donated to the group back in 2010. So lovely to see it being put to good use!

Kozy Carrier - Waverley

I shall leave you with some other pictures that I snapped that day – some showing parents proudly wearing their manduca’s, and three shots where Hester was helping a new Mum learn to use a woven wrap.

Thanks for having us that day Hester and team!  Helen & family. xx

Olive manduca at BWW Dec 13 meetOlive Manduca & red fumbees

Ocean manduca BWW Dec 13 meetOcean manduca with sleeping hood in use

woven wrap 1Hester giving hands on help with a woven wrap.

woven wrap 2

woven wrap 3Happy Mum & bubs!

To find out more about Babywearing Wellington:

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Thank you to everyone who nominated deserving Dads in the Manduca RAOK giveaway for Father’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 Karyn and Kenny Jack who wrote:  “I would like to second Paula Andrew’s nomination”.  Thank you Karyn & Kenny Jack for enabling Paula’s nomination of her own father to become the manduca winner. Paula wrote:

“I’d like to nominate my dad. He cared for my children for one day a week of the days I had to go back to work since my eldest was 3months old. When she was one I became pregnant again and he didn’t even bat an eyelid at having two to look after. Then I became pregnant again when my 2nd child was one. My twin brother also was expecting his first child. My father was excited about having all four grandchildren to look after and trawled the internet for a new car to fit them all. Sadly he is unable to look after the kids by himself anymore due to being diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. We have been contemplating putting a front pack on him in his wheelchair so he can hold the babies without fear of dropping them, however the one we have doesn’t fit him anymore”.

Paula please send a message through the My Natural Baby Facebook page with delivery details for your Dad’s new LImitedEdition HIghFive manduca. If he finds the waist band uncomfortable when sitting please let me know as I’ll be happy to help with a Kozy Carrier or a je porte mon bebe hybrid stretchy wrap as both would work comfortably for someone in a wheel chair. I’m so glad to be able to help your Dad enjoy snuggles with his grandchildren for as long as possible.

Helen xx

manduca limited edition baby carrier

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

Storchenweige woven wrap Anna colourway

Storchenweige Woven Wrap - Anna

We are busy getting ready for this year’s Auckland Parent & Child Show which is scheduled to take place from Friday 30 September – Sunday 2 October 2011.  We are very pleased to have been granted a spot on the entertainment stage each day of the show to host a babywearing fashion show!  And we need some willing volunteers to model our brands of baby carriers – Manduca, Storchenweige and Kozy Carrier, and the pouch slings of our special guest Unido.  We will also be showing Huggalugs leg warmers – the perfect babywearing accessory from both a practical and fashion point of view.

Our babywearing fashion show will take place on the entertainment stage from 1.30pm – 2pm each day of the show.  Models will receive complimentary entry to the show.  If you are a babywearing Mum or Dad and interested in modelling in our babywearing fashion show please continue reading and email us with the following information:

  • Which show days are you available to model? (Preference will be given to those who are available for all three days of the show, but please do apply if only one or two days suit as we may need you! :0) )
  • Would you be happy to model with your child (rather than a doll)?  If so please state your child’s age.
  • Do you have experience using a Manduca, Storchenwiege woven wrap, Storchenwiege ring sling, Kozy Carrier or Unido Pouch Sling?  Do you own one of these carriers? Which colour/design do you have?
  • Which type of baby carrier from the brands above would you prefer to wear in our babywearing fashion show?
  • Do you have an older child who would enjoy modeling a kids sling in the babywearing fashion show?  If so please state their age.

In addition to your availability at the show, you will need to be available for two rehearsals, one the weekend before the show (venue, day and time to be confirmed) and one on Thursday 29 September on the entertainment stage at the ASB Show Grounds (time to be confirmed).

In addition to complimentary entry to the show models will each receive a pair of Huggalugs leg & arm warmers to keep – and more treats which are still to be confirmed.  The babywearing fashion show will be photographed each day and captured on video for marketing purposes. The organisers will do their best to match the chosen models with their preferred type of carrier but this may not always be possible

If you are interested in joining us please email your answers to the above questions, and a recent photo of yourself (babywearing or not ;0) to helen@ mynaturalbaby dot co dot nz

Thank you!

Kozy Tote Bag

Thank you to everyone who entered the draw to win a Kozy Tote Bag. I really enjoyed reading which are your favourite Kozy Carrier designs. I love Kozy Carriers! The Kozy Tote bag is great too. I use one as an every day hold all bag – with nappies, wipes, wallet, snacks, water, a baby carrier and more if necessary! The bag is a great size and in the summer I use it as a beach bag too. I’ll have these listed for sale on the My Natural Baby website by the end of the week, so if you missed out on winning this one you know where to get one! ;0)

Thanks to random.org we have a winner:

Kerry Sequana

Congratulations Kerry! Please email me your address details via the Contact Us page on the My Natural Baby Ltd website so I can send you your Kozy Tote Bag!

Thanks again to everyone who entered and helped to spread the word about it. The Dobbin & Drum giveaway, courtesy of Bubbalooz is still running so if you haven’t already, check it out and enter.

Helen
My Natural Baby

Kozy Tote Bag

Okay people – let’s do another giveway! This time for a Kozy Tote Bag! I love my Kozy Tote – it’s a great size which means I can fit a baby carrier, nappies, wipes, wallet, kids snacks – everything I need for a trip out with the kids. It is also great as a beach bag!

This giveaway is open to New Zealand residents. To enter, please leave a comment to this post sharing the name of your favourite Kozy Carrier. You can view them on the My Natural Baby website – on the ‘Go Shopping’ menu, click Baby/Child Carriers and then choose Kozy Carrier to view all designs currently available in New Zealand.

For extra entries you can do any or all of the following:

* Visit the My Natural Baby facebook page and ‘like’ our page. Mention in your comment here that you ‘like’ our biz page.

* Follow us at Twitter – @MyNaturalBabyNZ and tweet about this giveaway using the following text: WIN a Kozy Tote Bag with @MyNaturalBabyNZ http://www.mynaturalbabyblog.wordpress.com

Entries close at 7pm NZT on Thursday 9th September and the winners will be announced here on our blog at 8pm NZT on Thursday 9th September.

Good luck to all who enter!

Helen
My Natural Baby