Sunday, December 20, 2009

A Little Brag! (oh's a great BIG brag!)

Well, what a great early Christmas present for Shelley and I........ Unido Baby Slings are in the Oh Baby Magazine!  How cool is it, to be featured in an Oh Baby Fashion Feature for the holidays!

Infact, it's really worth celebrating as it's not every day we get approached by NZ's #1 baby glossy for a feature (especially considering we don't even pay for advertising with them!).  SO....... let's give a sling away!

The Low Down:

- Tell us the name of the 2 slings featured.  (email:
- 1 entry per person BUT each sling is worth 1 entry (so get both right and it's 2 entries)
- Extra entries for:
    - Tweeting about the competition/magazine feature
    - Mentioning on your FB status
- IMPORTANT: on our FB fan page or blog tell us when you have tweeted & added it to your FB status so we can count the extra entries!
- Give away is open to ALL FANS/BLOG FOLLOWERS in any part of the world!
- Competition starts NOW and finishes on Monday the 28th December 2009 10pm (Aus time)

CLUES!  Don't fret if you don't have access to an Oh Baby Magazine, we have put clues up on our fan page and here!

The Sling!  We are giving away our latest creation:  A Kaleido with Grape Unido Baby Sling! 


Thursday, December 17, 2009

Introducing Kaleido

Here is the stunning Kaleido, another new design added to the Unido Portfolio!  Well, not that new,  Kaleido has been with us for about a month now but with all the BUZZ of Christmas it missed out on it's feature earlier.
Kaleido looks fabulous with Dark Grey or Grape but would look just as great with other colours from it's palate too!

Pictured is Carla with her 2 month old little Ben wearing the Kaleido with Grape, and doesn't he look just super comfy cuddled up to his Mama?  Ben is just so scrummy, he let us carry him in our slings around the Auckland Parent & Child Show 2009 for over an hour.....the entire time between feeds (when he needed his Mama)!  He was the perfect example to model how effective Unido Slings are :-)

Kaleido with Grape and Grey are available from our website and selected retailers (for a limited time)!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Fashion or Device?

Everywhere I look these days I see loads of Mama's (and Dad's!) embracing the benefits of babywearing! It's fantastic that the information on how great it is for baby and how convenient it is for you is getting out there!

What does baffle me though, is the shear amount of babywearing 'devices' there are out there - you know the ones, the gadgets that can only be used for approximately 6 months, the bulky devices, with all the buckles and straps and plastic and polyester/nylon fabrics, special back boning to keep them 'ergonomic and comfortable'.....etc etc. The babywearing device companies are truly getting out there and doing an oh so fabulous job of marketing.

BUT What many don't realise, is that babywearing doesn't need to be complicated, there is simply no need for padding, straps, buckles, boning etc!

How many people I see walking the streets of Sydney/Auckland, dressed in designer outfits, carrying designer handbags, wearing designer sunglasses BUT then carrying their gorgeous bundles in mechanical babywearing devices - completely defeating the purpose of the entire outfit, correct? Or is it just me?

We take a completely different approach to Babywearing - Simple, fashionable and FOR YOU! Afterall, your sling is a garment YOU wear! Don't cover up that dress you spent 3 hours hunting for and 3 months slimming down for with buckles and straps and synthetic fabrics.

We enjoy babywearing, it's easy, great for baby and FUN especially when you can take pleasure in choosing one to match your own sense of style! Let's face it, we ALL like to dress up and when Mama duty calls we tend to put ourselves last and NEED to find ways to spice it up a bit!

There are plenty of Soft Structured Carriers, Slings and Wraps out there that are embracing our desire (need!) to co-ordinate and be fashionable (as well as being extremely functionable) and many can be found at

So, if 'device' is the word that pops to mind when you think babywearing, then go check out Slingbabies AND our website :) to be reformed!

It's a Pollen Sunrise!

Here is Jess with 7 month old Lorelai in the latest edition to the Unido Portfolio, the stunning 'Pollen Sunrise'.
Pollen Sunrise is luxurious cotton sateen and your choice of 100% cotton diagonal weave drill. 
We absolutely love Pollen Sunrise with Chocolate or Grape!
This sling is perfect for the fashion savvy Mama to showcase her expression of originality!  Ooh!  And, Pollen Sunrise looks fabulous with the latest fashion Maxi dresses available in the shops this summer!

Pollen Sunrise is available from our website and selected retailers (please refer to our list of retailers down the left hand side!)

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Refreshing NEW Peppermint

The latest addition to the Unido Portfolio is Peppermint!

Peppermint, modelled here by the lovely Jess and her happy little bundle of smiles Lorelai (7months old) is gorgeous cotton sateen lined with 100% cotton diagonal weave drill. 
Of course, you can choose your own colour for the reverse of the sling (if you order through our interactive portfolio) but we think Peppermint looks most stunning with Navy (as pictured) or Forest.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Ooh now that's a FANCY Tattoo!

Welcome the NEW 'Tattoo' to our current portfolio!
Modelled here by the lovely Shona and her beautiful 1 month old baby Paige.  Tattoo is fashioned with gorgeous cotton sateen and black 100% cotton diagonal weave drill.
Tattoo is reversible, highly durable, and when you get the right size Tattoo will last from Newborn through until 2 years plus!  Tattoo can be purchased from selected retailers (listed down the left hand side of the screen) in either Small, Medium or Large or made with your choice of linings from our interactive Portfolio at our website

Monday, November 30, 2009

The 10th Love for your Pouch Competition!

Today I have been thinking about what I love about having a sling.......I know, it was a very long thought!

So, here's my top 9, in no particular order!

1) Hands-free shopping/toddler wrangling
2) Baby is close to their food supply
3) Baby is close to my heart (lots more natural EMF, even more than what's produced by the brain!)
4) Being close to me helps to regulate my baby's temperature when they are very little
5) Being held in a sling reduced the discomfort and spills from my babies reflux (and also meant that there was no need to medicate them!)
6) Carrying my baby in a sling meant that I was able to get housework/dinner done during the fussy times (which is always naturally the busiest time in the house!) and still be able to hold my baby.
7) Slings have been my quick fix when I have a tantruming toddler in the supermarket! There's no escaping or causing chaos in mummy's sling!
8) Never catch the train in Sydney without a sling, taking a pushchair is a NIGHTMARE!
9) The only parenting tool that I have been able to use right from birth all the way through to 2yrs plus!!


NOW no list is complete without the 10th item, whose ever heard of a 9 item list? It just doesn't sit right! So, here's the challenge:

On our blog tell us 1 reason why you love your pouch sling (or what you think would be the best reason for having one) and you will go in the draw to win a Bracelet set from Dr Bloom's Chewable Jewels and a Handcrafted designer coin purse from KraftyAS!

The lowdown on these fabulous Bracelets - courtesy of our lovely friend Bex from

Dr. Bloom created a unique line of teething jewels for fashionista mums and teething tots in mind, paying special attention to using product materials that are FDA approved, free of harmful chemicals and materials, and are both durable and stylish. Join celebrities such as actress and model Milla Jovovich who hits the shops with 10-month-old daughter Ever Gabo wearing her Dr Bloom's jewels.

AND Something not mumsy at all! A beautifully handcrafted coin purse from KraftyAS - made in NZ by a fantastically talented sister duo!

The beauty of this prize pack is that BOTH can be used in unison with your sling - the coin purse can fit snuggly down inside your sling (no need for handbag!) and the bracelets can be worn (or played with) whilst baby is sitting happily in the sling too!

So, tell us what you like best about your pouch sling (or what you would like best) and enter it on our blog. THEN (Very important!) email me your name and email address so I can contact you if you are the winner!  Competition closes Tuesday 8th December 12am.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Market Day in Mt Eden This Weekend 28th November

We are out and about again this weekend!  Shelley will be at the Magic Beans Market 9am - 1pm in the iconic Greyfriars Church, Mt Eden (Auckland NZ) showing off our brand-spanking-new designs!  (for a sneaky peak at the swatches check out 'Pollen Sunrise' and 'Tattoo' on our fan page http://www/ ).
Shelley and team will also be doing free fittings and demos, so even if you only plan on purchasing a sling in future, I advise going down to the market and being fitted by the experts!

As per usual there will be a Market Sale and opportunities to purchase 2nds.

IMPORTANT: We will not have eftpos, cash and cheque sales only.

Oooh and there will be other lovelies to check out too, like Pipi Child, Holly Chic, 3 Wise Monkeys, Mimosa Kids....and that's just to name a few of our favourites!

Come by and say hi - we will be happy to see you!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Exciting New Stockists!

You can now find Unido Designer Baby Slings in boutiques throughout the North and South Island of NZ!  Unido Baby slings are now available for purchase from 2 new fabulous boutiques:

- Baby Divine - Dunedin
- The Child Boutique - Seatoun Wellington

Locals to these boutiques are in for a treat because you can pop in and meet an Unido Baby Sling in person and both stores sell designs from our new collection!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Moving from the Facebook Fan Page to Blog!

Well, the time has come, our fan page is gaining in popularity and I want to give things away and have competitions!

So, in this blog there will be give-aways and product releases and info related to anything in the world of Unido Baby Slings!

Our latest give-away!

At the Auckland Parent & Child Show, we had the pleasure of meeting the gorgeous Sarina from and sampling her delicious (and yes it IS delicious because yes you CAN actually eat it!) New Mother's Little Helper Organic Balm! (RRP: $24.90)

A bit about this fabulous wonder balm (as taken from the The Nudey! Rudey! Website):

'Living up to its name, Mother's Little Helper is ideal for quenching dry skin, to massage the whole family, protect nappied bottoms and sooth itchy skin on a swelling pregnant belly. Containing 97% certified organic ingredients, packaged in a handy reuseable tin, free from nut and palm oils you'll find hundreds of uses for the truly multipurpose balm. Discover for yourself the healing benefits of Manuka and Harekeke, native to New Zealand and long known for their healing and antiseptic qualities.'

And, because MCN (Modern Cloth Nappies) are also fabulous we though why not pair this great Balm with a Nudey! Rudey! MCN Trial Pack! (Available in your colour choice

So here's how to enter the draw for this very cool (and extremely eco!) prize pack: Tell us (posting on the blog) how you could use Mother's Little Helper Organic Balm! The most creative entry wins and competition closes 10pm (NZ time) Monday 16th November 2009 and open to both NZ and AUS Fans.
So get your thinking caps on and enter to win this very cool prize pack!
Sarah & Shelley xxx