NZ Babywearing Week 2015!
We have had lots of fun walking, pic-nicking and diy-ing with you. We had an incredible response from our sponsors who generously donated so many items for us to use throughout the week in our goodie bags and as spot prizes! If you were lucky enough to receive some goodies or spot prizes at our events you can find more details about our super sponsors further down the page.
We started off our Babywearing Week Celebrations with our 6th Annual Slingwalk on Sunday 4th October. We met up at Frank Kitts Park down on the waterfront to sign in and collect the awesome goodie bags! Once baby’s were secure and everyone was ready we headed off walking. It was great to have so many join us this year, a quick head count before leaving put the number of adults walking at close to 70! Keeping with tradition we followed the same route that our Babywearing Wellington Founders first walked back in 2009.
Our walk took us up along the waterfront to the markets, towards Courtenay Place, along to Cuba street and then made our way up to the Southern Cross. There were baby’s on the front and baby’s on the back, baby’s wearing baby’s and even a teddy in a sling! Tandem carries and buggies too, all walking together doing the babywearing thing. Wovens, stretchies and ring slings, mei tais and ssc’s, hands-free and smiling, we all had lots of fun. Meeting at the Southern Cross, the table was pretty full, prizes here and prizes there it was all pretty cool!
There were five lucky winners who won big on the day, and they all took home brand new carriers! A Kozy Carrier from My Natural Baby, a Diva Ring Sling from the Sleep Store, a Little Frog woven wrap from Woven, a Nature Baby Cotton Ring Sling and a Tula Ring Sling from Nestling. Keep an eye on our facebook page for another carrier giveaway from Baby First that didn’t quite arrive in time for Babywearing Week
Babywearing Wellington’s Annual Picnic took place on Wednesday 7th October. We had a lovely time hanging out at Frank Kitts Park, showing off our carrier stashes and getting to know each other. It was nice to be able to spend a bit of time chatting and relaxing in the company of other babywearing fanatics 🙂 Thank you to those who came down and stayed even though it was a bit grey out! It was great to be able to hand out some more spot prizes to everyone who came along.
DIY RING SLING WORKSHOP
Our final event for Babywearing Week was our DIY Ring Sling Workshop, held on Saturday 10th October at the Petone Depot. This workshop was run by a few of Babywearing Wellington’s former committee members: Evie, Hester and Sarah, who are super talented crafty babywearers 🙂 The workshop booked up pretty fast and the 8 lucky attendees spent the morning learning about what fabrics are suitable for making ring slings with, what sling rings are needed and how to stitch them together. Support and guidance the whole way resulted in brand new ring slings walking out the door at the end of the workshop 🙂 Goodie bags, spot prizes and a take-home ring sling! What a fantastic way to end Babywearing Week!
Thank you to all who were involved with making Babywearing Wellington’s celebrations of New Zealand Babywearing Week a success! Thank you to those who came along for the sling walk, the picnic and the workshop. Sharing the Wearing is so much more exciting when it’s with other enthusiastic babywearers. Thank you to all of our sponsors, we have had so much feedback about how fun our events were and how awesome it was to win a prize (because there were so many prizes!!) Your generosity is really appreciated and it’s been great to share your company and products within our Babywearing Wellington Community.
OUR AMAZING SPONSORS!!
Anna Munro Photography – Thank you for gifting us with 50 discount vouchers for our goodie bags and a $100 voucher spot prize.
Baby First – Thank you for the Gaia Babycare Skin Samples that went into all of our goodie bags, the three no-spill sippy cups that were given away as spot prizes and the Agility Stretchy Carrier that will be given away in a facebook competition.
Bubble Bubs – Thank you for the discount vouchers that went into our goodie bags and the two cloth nappy gift packs that we were able to give away as spot prizes after the sling walk.
Cafe L’affare – Thank you for the free coffee vouchers that went into all of our goodie bags.
Cheeky Cherubs – Thank you for the $10 vouchers that didn’t quite make it into the goodie bags, these will be e-mailed out to everyone who attended our walk, again, our apologies that these decided to go for their own walk!
Commonsense Organics – Thank you for donating the calico bags for our Slingwalk. These were perfect for our goodie bags and are really cool re-usable totes (that are also the perfect size to store a baby carrier in!)
Eco Store – Thank you for donating a big bag of products for us to give away as a spot prize
Ecomoon Boutique – Thank you for sending us 50 vouchers to use in our goodie bags.
Essano – Thank you for the Rosehip Skincare pack that we gave away as a spot prize.
Kereru – Thank you for the small green balms you donated, they smelled amazing! We used these in our Ringsling Workshop goodie bags, as well as in spot-prize packs.
Lindsay Cowley – Thank you for donating a Kula Wellness prize pack for us to give away as a spot prize, and thank you for donating a World Organic prize pack too!
The Milliemagic Store – Thank you for giving us a beautiful wooden teething necklace to give away as a spot prize, these are awesome for babywearers to keep little hands occupied.
Mokopuna – Thank you for gifting us 50 discount vouchers which we used in our goodie bags.
Mountain Buggy – Thank you for joining us on our slingwalk and providing our goodie bags with more information about your new Juno carrier.
Munch Cupboard – Thank you for gifting us 30 munch wraps! We used these to make up lots of small spot prizes 🙂
My Natural Baby – Thank you for sending us a brand new Kozy Carrier to give away at our Sling walk! The winner was super excited and pulled it out of the box to get help with learning how to put it on before she left.
Nappy Days – Thank you for sending us the discount vouchers to put into our goodie bags.
Nature Baby – Thank you for the booklets we included in our goodie bags, and the brand new 100% Organic Cotton Ring Sling that we gave away at the slingwalk. Our winner was very happy!
Nestling – Thank you for the discount vouchers we included in our goodie bags, and Thank you for the gorgeous Tula Ring Sling we gave away at our Sling Walk!
Oh Baby – Thank you for the magazines and discount vouchers that we put into our goodie bags.
Olive Baby – Thank you for the samples that we put into every goodie bag!
Orange Health – Thank you for gifting us with 8 spot-prizes packs 🙂 the rescue remedy went down a treat with the winners.
Organic NZ – Thank you for the Organic NZ Magazines we put into our goodie bags.
Photography by Jane – Thank you for the free mini session vouchers, we used these in some smaller spot-prize packs that we put together 🙂
Rarpz – Thank you for the discount vouchers we were able to include in all of our goodie bags, and for the nappies and wipes that we were able to give away as a gift pack.
Sigrids – Thank you for the flyers that we included in our goodie bags, and thank you for the big box of products! We made up two big spot prizes for a couple of lucky winners.
The Southern Cross – Thank you for continued support of Babywearing Wellington! Thank you for the flyers we included in our goodie bags and a big thank you for providing us with use of the back room after our slingwalk free of charge, and for putting out a big platter of yummy muffins for our slingwalkers (along with providing water and glasses and clearing the room out so there was enough space for all of us to fit in).
The Natural Parent – Thank you for sending us copies of The Natural Parent Magazine for us to include in our goodie bags.
The Sleep Store – Thank your for sending us a Diva Milana Ring Sling to give away at our slingwalk. Our winner was very pleased 🙂 Thank you also for the $50 credit voucher that we gave away at our picnic.
Trade Aid Wellington – Thank you for putting together a great bag of things for us to use as spot prizes. We made up a craft pack and a food pack which we gave away at the slingwalk and the bead and soft toy string mobile was given away as a spot prize at our ring sling work shop.
Trilogy – Thank you for the 4 everything balms that we gave away as spot prizes across all of our events.
Tui Bee Balm – Thank you for the tui bee balm samples that we were able to include in all of our goodie bags!
Woven – Thank you for sending us that big box of goodies! The magnets and chocolates were a great addition to our goodie bags. We used the 4 $10 vouchers and made up some smaller spot prizes along with some of our other gifted items, the gummy-beads necklaces and kokadi leg warmers were given away as spot prizes at our picnic and ring sling work shop and the Little Frog Woven wrap was an incredible prize to give away at our slingwalk 🙂
Links to our sponsors Facebook pages can also be found on our facebook page Babywearing Wellington