Enter the fun on Facebook. Good luck!!!
Enter the fun on Facebook. Good luck!!!
It’s an extra special time this week! Not only is it the first ever European Babywearing Week, but it’s also birthday week for Karen from Calin Bleu baby slings, Emma from Cherub Chews, and author of The Gentle Sleep Book and co-founder of Gentle Parenting, Sarah Ockwell-Smith!
We would love to include you in our celebrations and so we’ve got together and decided to do a bundle giveaway!
Not only will one lucky winner get a free Calin Bleu wrap or ring sling of their choice, but they will also get a Cherub Chews nursing necklace, a copy of Sarah’s Gentle Sleep book and a special added bonus!
Cherelle from Pens and Positivity has very generously offered this 10 x 8 original mixed media art collage featuring a Calin Bleu Olive wrap.
Titled “Babywearing brightens the darkest of days” it comes mounted and ready to frame. It’s also titled, dated and hand signed on the reverse.
To enter just like our Facebook pages and comment with which sling you’d like to win!
Please head over to Facebook and share and tag a friend who would love to win too!
#EBW17 #EBW2017 #EBW17Giveaway
Closes midnight BST on Sunday 14th May. The winner will be selected at random and announced on Monday 15th May.
Calin Bleu has always strived to make babywearing comfortable and affordable. So we are particularly delighted to offer our cotton gauze fabric for sale by the meter. Parents who want to make their own wraps or slings can do this very important DIY project safe in the knowledge that the fabric has been safety tested for baby carrying. Whether you’re making a new baby gift for yourself, partner, friend or family member the possibilities are endless!
The fabric is available in both full width – approx 132cm to 138cm at £9 per meter and half width – approx 65cm to 68cm at £5 per meter. Our full selection of 14 colours are available as well as the natural, undyed fabric that you can use for your own dying projects.
So if you’ve ever fancied a wider wrap, shorter or longer wrap, a different tail or colour then get out your scissors and sewing machine and get creative!
You can of course make any number of lovely things with this fabric including babywearing bags, muslin cloths, ring slings, toys etc so do let us know what you make as we’d love to see the results !
You may be surprised to know that cotton gauze wraparound slings are firm favourites for winter babies. It’s true that they are loved and recommended by mums and dads who have summer babies to carry, however, there are some great reasons to use them in the winter too.
Baby’s temperature regulation
You probably know that you should keep your home at a nice constant temperature for your baby’s benefit – around 16-20C. Of course you don’t want your baby getting cold, so it’s easy to layer him in so many clothes that he gets overheated. It’s important to remember that when you carry him you add your own body heat to his. If you’re using a wraparound baby carrier then you must also count that as a layer too.
Central heating & winter clothing
When you’re inside on a cold day you will likely have central heating to keep you and your baby comfortably warm. If you’re wearing warm clothing inside too then using a lightweight cotton gauze wrap like the Calin Bleu means that you and your baby will not overheat when you are carrying her around inside as you go about your day.
If you and your baby are feeling perfectly warm inside then simply put on a coat to keep yourself warm. Make sure your baby’s extremities are covered – legs, feet, arms & head where appropriate and as long as you are not too hot or too cold then your baby will be the perfect temperature too. Remember, it’s important that you carry your baby in a breathable fabric, especially when under your coat. When you’re carrying your baby in the winter it’s good to know that by keeping him close to you you’ll know when he’s the right temperature.
Using the wrap over a coat
Alternatively you can also use the wrap over your own coat which is great if you want to go out with your baby and are likely to take him out of the carrier. It can become very difficult and cumbersome to use a thicker, bulkier fabric over the top of a coat, when you are already wearing lots of layers underneath, so the light fabric of the gauze wraps means you don’t struggle getting the wrap tightened just right. Your baby or toddler can then be dressed appropriately for the weather as the gauze carrier will not overheat him or you.
When it rains
If you’re using your wrap over your coat then when it rains you won’t feel it getting too heavy as it weighs less than 0.5kilo! Because it’s so lightweight it dries very, very fast – even in the winter if you hang it to dry, though of course you can tumble dry it quickly too 🙂
What if your baby is at the up and down stage?
Well keeping your wrap with you, folded up really small and safely stashed in your bag, is a great way to make sure your can comfortably carry your toddler whenever you need to, for a long as you need to. You have plenty to carry around with you when you go out with your baby, especially during the colder weather when you may have to lug around coats too, so make it easy on yourself with a lightweight wrap.
Ideal starter sling
If you’re not sure whether a wrap is the right type of carrier for you then a Calin Bleu gauze wrap is an ideal first wrap due to its low cost and no fuss, solid colour choices. As you can see you can use it from newborn to toddler, throughout the colder months and then you’ll see why experienced babywearers rave about them in the summer when they really come into their own.
Happy babywearing in the summer and winter too 🙂
Calin Bleu is delighted to announce an entire new summer range of its much loved Cool Cotton gauze wraps.
Celebrate warm summer days with your little one in cool comfort and style. The new colours are Summer Breeze, a delicate silver grey; Summer Sky, a soft, light blue; Summer Lavender, a gentle pale purple and Summer Sage, a soft muted green. Together with Classic White and Simply Natural these new colours complete the new Summer Range of Calin Bleu Cool Cotton gauze wraparound baby slings.
Share your Babywearing Top Tips and help us help new parents.
We are designing 100 babywearing top tips mini cards to give away to sling libraries etc. So share your tips and as a thank you we’ll enter you into the prize draw to win a Calin Bleu wrap of your choice. Head over to Facebook and leave your suggestions there or do so here and please feel free to share 🙂
If you run a sling library or similar group and would like some top tips minicards when they are made then please get in touch.
We’re very excited to announce we have two new colours available to pre-order now, shipping on 30th April. We have added Ocean Teal and Mountain Grey to our collection of gauze cotton wraparound baby slings. Still excellent value at just £39 for medium, and £42 for long. These versatile lightweight wraps are perfect for babies from newborn to toddlers. Easy to use and small enough to carry around for when you need to carry your little one most. Great to use year round, and even better in warmer weather, these are sure to become classic favourites for years to come.
Take a look at these amazing wraps for example.
These special Calin Bleu wraps are dyed by hand by Yvon from Storm in the Attick, the expert in dye with natural resources in the Netherlands. They are painted in rainbow colours. They are a size medium (4.60m) and on sale at LilaBaby. Hurry, there are only two wraps left in this amazing collection.
The natural baby wraps are the ideal starting point for tie dye baby slings or to get the exact shade you want. The natural cotton fabric is left untreated, unbleached. If you are planning to leave it natural, we recommend that you wash it a couple of times to let the fibres regain their original stretch. To keep a creamy colour, make sure that you use washing powder without any brighteners.
Stay tuned! Over the next few weeks, we have several more stunning wraps to show you – where to buy your very own tie dye wraps right here in the UK and some tips on how to dye your very own unique Calin Bleu.
Remember that you get 20% off when you buy three Calin Bleu natural baby wraps. Get creative, these are perfect for you to dye any colours you wish! Keep them for yourself or give as a present to a friend – the choice is yours!