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:

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