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


manduca limited edition baby carrier

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

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

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 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

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!

I am very pleased to bring you another stockist feature. We’ll be featuring our fabulous stockists regularly here and we hope you enjoy learning more about them and their businesses.

Introducing Scamps Eco Boutique. If you haven’t heard of Scamps before their specialty is green products that love our earth and their range includes quality nursery furniture, reusable cloth nappies, beeswax crayons, hypoallergenic bath products and more. Scamps Eco Boutique is also a stockist of the Manduca soft-structured baby and kids carrier.

Read on as Louise Deed shares about her business:

Please share a bit about you and your family.

I’m married with two girls aged (almost) 5 and 2. Baby Deed #3 is due end of June so I imagine life will get even more hectic with three kids (well four if you count the husband!). I’m a Canterbury girl at heart but we made the move back North a couple of years ago for Glenn’s job so now we call Waiuku home. Life in the Deed household can be insanely busy at times but I love it and enjoy the challenge it presents.

Scamps Eco Boutique owner Louise with her family

When did you start Scamps Boutique and why?

During my first pregnancy I was trying to find eco friendly baby products and they just weren’t readily available in New Zealand. To change that I started to set up my home based business, Scamps Boutique. I officially opened our website at the beginning of 2007 when my eldest was a newborn. I haven’t looked back since! We have just celebrated four years in business and look forward to many more.

What do you like best about running your own business?

Everything! I love being able to work from home while still being able to care for my kids. It is a constant juggling act but that is part of the thrill of being a work from home mum. I must admit being my own boss has always been appealing and I am very lucky I have been able to make that dream come true.

What do you find most challenging about running your own business?

Finding the right balance between family/work and housework is definitely one of the most challenging factors about working from home. Some days I find it hard to stop working at 2.30pm and find myself responding to emails or on facebook when the kids are watching cartoons after preschool. I try to keep my nights free so I can spend some time alone with my husband but that doesn’t always happen.

What is your favourite product that you stock?

All of them! I don’t really have an overall favourite but I do have to say I am proud to be the exclusive NZ retailer for the Cushie Tushies cloth nappies.

Cushie Tushies Couture - Jungle Fever

One new brand that I have recently added to our range is the Flexi Bath. What I really like about this product is not only is it PVC and phthalates free, it has a non-slip bottom and surface, making it safe, comfortable and environmentally responsible. The FlexiBath folds easily together and is stored flat against the wall, in a cupboard, under a bed etc.


What is your best selling product?

The Grovia cloth nappies are definitely my overall top selling product. I have noticed that customers buying habits change from month to month so what is popular this month isn’t always as popular next month.

GroVia modern cloth nappies

Onesie Bummsies bodysuit extenders are one of my most popular products, customers love them!

Onesie Bummsie Bodysuit extenders 3-pack in mint


To celebrate their fourth birthday, Louise is running a ‘green babies and bumps’ photo competition with $1,000 in fantastic prizes up for grabs, including an Olive Manduca baby and child carrier. For more information about the competition and to find out how to enter click here! Entries close on 30 April 2011.

Thank you Louise for sharing about your business. We are pleased to have you in the My Natural Baby family!

My Natural Baby