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:


Je porte mon bebe JPMBB

Thank you to everyone who entered our JPMBB giveaway over the last week!  For those of you who missed it, entrants were required to email their answer to the following question:

Why is the JPMBB wrap suitable for back carries when other stretchy wraps are not?

The key points needed in the answers was that the JPMBB is made with purpose woven fabric which does not sag, and also that the JPMBB is much wider than standard stretchy wraps (the purpose-woven fabric can go from behind your child’s knees & under their bottom, right up over their shoulders which keeps them safe and secure on your back).  You can learn more about this on the je porte mon bebe page on our website.  How-to videos have been added to the My Natural Baby website too so check them out – je porte mon bebe insructional videos.

Now onto our winner! The entries with correct answers were collated and our winner was drawn randomly.  Congratulations to:

Bella Munro

In her blog comment Bella had chosen a JPMBB in Grey-Green with a Pistachio Pocket like the one pictured above.  Congratulations Bella! I know you will love your JPMBB.

Thanks to everyone who entered our giveaway.  JPMBB wraps are available in New Zealand from My Natural Baby and selected stockists. Wholesale enquiries are welcome.

We’re feeling excited to be giving away a je porte mon bebe (JPMBB) wrap to one lucky family!  JPMBB is new to New Zealand and the fantastic wraps have joined many Kiwi families already.  With four colour options currently available in New Zealand the winner of this giveaway will be able to choose their favourite!

To enter, read the information on the JPMBB page on the My Natural Baby website and answer this question:

Why is the JPMBB wrap suitable for back carries when other stretchy wraps are not?

Email your answer to giveaway @ mynaturalbaby dot co dot nz

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 je porte mon bebe (JPMBB) wrap thanks to @My Natural Baby”.  You will need to ‘like’ the My Natural Baby Facebook page first for the tag to work and remember to make sure your update is ‘Public’.
  3. Leave a comment under this blog post to let us know why you would like to win a JPMBB wrap and what your colour choice would be.

Entries are open to New Zealand residents only.  Entries close at 8pm on Sunday April 22nd with the winner to be announced here on our blog on Monday April 23rd at 8pm.

Good luck to all who enter!

Helen xx