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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

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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

We’re really excited about the new Huggalugs designs that have recently arrived in New Zealand.  More leghuggers, Baby leghuggers (Nubies) and legruffles, and introducing the Flutter by Huggalugs range!  The Flutter range includes gorgeous top quality pettiskirts, pettitops, crocheted hats and headbands.  Pictured above is the Flutter Sherbet Rainbow pettiskirt with matching pettitop.  Huggalugs legruffles are the perfect accessory and many legruffles colours will go well with the Sherbet Rainbow colours – there’s even Sherbet stripe legruffles in the range so you’re spoilt for choice.

There are some fabulous new leghuggers designs in regular length, fitting easily till 8 years old  (Even some grownups like to wear Huggalugs leghuggers on their arms!), and Nubies size (0-6mth on the legs and up to 5yo on the arms).  One of my favourite new designs is the Whimsy Frost, pictured below in Nubie size (top) and in regular size on the arms (below).

Now here’s how you can win yourself your favourite from the new Huggalugs designs.  Head over to our Huggalugs New Zealand Facebook page and check out all the new designs which feature in their own special album – click here to view the new Huggalugs designs album.  Share your favourite pic (the one you’d like to win – you can choose more than one if you like ;0) including a comment of your choice as your status update about how you’re in to win your favourite and tag either the My Natural Baby page or Huggalugs New Zealand page. If your favourite is a sized item, comment under the image in the album stating which size you’d like.  On Sunday December 2nd one lucky photo sharer will be randomly drawn as the winner.  The winner will be advised if their chosen item is out of stock (these are selling fast!) and allowed to choose another item of same value.  This giveaway is open to New Zealand residents only.For an extra chance to win, leave a comment on this post to let us now which is/are your favourites.

Good luck!  And enjoy checking out the new designs!  If you’d like to view the entire Huggalugs range of designs currently available in New Zealand, please visit the My Natural Baby website.

Helen xx

We’re really excited about the new Huggalugs designs that have recently arrived in New Zealand.  Now we not only stock Huggalugs leghuggers, lacettes and legruffles, we also have Huggalugs beanies!  Pictured above is one of the new lineup – Capri Ziggy, available in three sizes to fit NB – 6 years old.

In addition to the new beanies there are new leghuggers designs which are perfect for your little people, fitting easily till 8 years old.  (Even some grownups like to wear Huggalugs leghuggers on their arms!)

Huggalugs leghuggers in Locomotive, Locomotive Stripe and Dapper Argyle

Now here’s how you can win yourself your favourite from the new Huggalugs designs.  Head over to our Huggalugs New Zealand Facebook page and check out all the new designs which feature in their own special album.  Share your favourite pic (the one you’d like to win – you can choose more than one if you like ;0) including a comment of your choice as your status update about how you’re in to win your favourite and tag either the My Natural Baby page or Huggalugs New Zealand page. On October 15th one lucky photo sharer will be randomly drawn as the winner.

For an extra chance to win, leave a comment on this post to let us now which is/are your favourites.

Good luck!  And enjoy checking out the new designs!  If you’d like to view the entire Huggalugs range of designs currently available in New Zealand, please visit the My Natural Baby website.

Helen xx

 

As a thank you to the 600+ people who have joined us on the My Natural Baby Facebook business page during the last two and a half months I’m doing a giveaway! Six lucky page members will each win a pair of Huggalugs leghuggers and may choose one of the following designs:

Huggalugs - Rocketman


Huggalugs - Sport


Huggalugs - Susan


Huggalugs - Aussie


Huggalugs - Nordic Girl Stripe


Huggalugs - Dinosaur


Huggalugs - Joy


Huggalugs Maple Gem (bright red with white maple leaves


Huggalugs - Irene

And the lucky winners are:

* Juliet Van Der Heijden

* Susan Noble

* Brooke Litchfield Taylor

* Phllipa Wilson

* Braydee Boland

* Leanne Seymour

Congratulations! Please contact me via the Contact Us page on the My Natural Baby website so that I can arrange to get your chosen pair of Huggalugs leghuggers to you.

If you missed out this time don’t worry – we’ll be doing more giveaways over the coming months.

Thanks again for joining us over on the My Natural Baby Facebook page.

Helen
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