Something new….


September 6, 2010. Tags: , , , . advice, baby carrier, baby sling, babywearing, Petit Poppet, Slings. 1 comment.

The ABM Conference Report

Yesterday, two of my wonderful Petit Poppet agents and I went to London to exhibit at the association of Breastfeeding Mothers Conference.  We were kindly invited to attend so it was an opportunity too good to turn down.

The week preceeding the conference had been somewhat stressful due to the launch of Nappy Days, the writing of school reports and the buying and attempted selling of cars.  The latter of which resulted in me leaving home much later Friday night than I had intended as someone wanted to come and look at the car.  Luckily, because he was keen to get home for the football, I was on the (very quiet) road and arrived at my best friends house in central London in record time.  I listened to the horrendous England Vs Algeria as I sailed down the deserted motorway and was overjoyed that I hadn’t made the decision to stay home to watch it – I would have been sorely disappointed with the result.  That’s another blog post altogether though and one I’m not sure I should begin…

When I arrived in London, I was delighted to be presented with my Petit Poppet T-Shirts which had been produced in an incredibly short amount of time by Jody at  Chilli Promotions, they looked even better than I had imagined and I can’t recommend her highly enough.

Saturday morning, I set off for the venue for the conference.  I was greeted by Corinne, one of my agents and shortly after, Cathy, the second agent attending arrived.  It was wonderful to all be together and we really felt like a great team spreading the word about what we do.

Our table was set up and we were off.  It was absolutely wonderful seeing so many babywearing mums in one place and talking to people who already knew all the benefits offered by wearing your baby.  Kate Evans, author of The Food of Love was on the stand next to us and even bought some Huggalugs as arm warmers for her son.  Sadly, I didn’t think quickly enough to buy a copy of her book that I could have asked her to sign… next time!

The seminars were so engaging.  Listening to the discussions that were taking place and the knowledge that was floating around was an empowering experience.  I was proud to be among these confident mothers and learnt a great deal from them.

The highlight of the day for me was without doubt, the babywearing seminar and catwalk show.  Shortly after lunch, a flood of beautiful fabrics appeared before my eyes in the form of woven wraps, SSCs and ring slings.  There were babywearing mums and dads and even a tandem carry.  I was in heaven.

Following the catwalk show where some of the Petit Poppet slings were shown, Corinne demo’d a Solarweave Connecta on stage complete with breastfeeding toddler.  This was absolutely brilliantly done and I was so proud to see the Petit Poppet logo up there on her chest as she was doing such a fab job.

Corinne demoing the Solarweave Connecta at the ABM Conference

Once her demo was done, it was my turn in the spotlight.  I had been asked to help the lovely Maya with a Mei Tai sling as she was looking to try something else having loved using her striking (and aptly named!) Maya Ring Sling.  We took to the stage and the benefits and features of the Mei Tai were explained as I helped her get her beautiful daughter into the SnugBaby which was the Mei Tai I selected.

With Ring Sling before....

Looking Snug in the SnugBaby Mei Tai after - whilst I blether on...

Maya loved the SnugBaby and her little girl was content peeking out over the top at her audience.  Once fitted, I was interviewed and asked why I would recommend a Mei tai carrier and about my own views on the benefits of babywearing.  I don’t really remember much about what I said but it felt great, I think I’m rather suited to being the centre of attention 😉

All in all, it was a fabulous day and a wonderful experience.  I would like to thank Cathy and Corinne for coming along to help me man the stand, I couldn’t have done it alone!  I would also like to thank Emma Pickett of the ABm for inviting us along to the conference, we’re already looking forward to next year!  A final thanks to Yolanda for allowing me to use her pictures.  I was way too ditracted to take any good ones!

For those who are left wondering… I sold my car this afternoon and collect my new one tomorrow, can’t wait!

June 20, 2010. Tags: , , , . attachment parenting, baby carrier, baby sling, babywearing, Boba, Boba 2G, Connecta, huggalugs, Petit Poppet, SANDS, Slings, SnugBaby, toddler carrier, Try before you buy. 4 comments.

Boba Love

I actually can’t believe that I have fallen so hard. I am entirely, absolutely and without reserve, head over heels for the new Boba 2G toddler carrier.

Just released this week and with limited UK suppliers, Petit Poppet have almost entirely sold out of the first order of the Boba 2G. When presented with the selling points, it is easy to be sceptical about yet another soft structured carrier but the proof is in the pudding so to speak.

This afternoon, armed with an exhausted nearly 1 year old (next week eeek!), I pulled out the Boba I had been eyeing up and put Ellen in a front carry. I was pleasantly surprised to find that not only was it a great fit for both of us, but that it was really comfortable and supportive. Cleverly, the webbing at the shoulders is adjustable each side meaning that you simply pull in the direction that is easiest when in either a back or front carry. This is the first SSC I have seen that has adopted this simple but genius idea.

The finish is superb, it has piping around the bottom which gives it a great quality feel and the hood tucks away as a head/neck support when not in use with two little elastic loops. The organic fabric is lovely and soft and the shoulder straps are well padded. It barely registers on the shoulders in a front carry.

One of my agents was keen to get her hands on a Boba as soon as they touched our shores and here is what she had to say about it:

“Synopsis – It’s bloody brilliant!

The Boba is a fabulous, well made, well thought out toddler carrier. Every detail has been thought about and I really can’t fault it! Even the instruction booklet is brilliant, really easy, clear instructions to follow!

The waist is a padded, one piece waist although it has stitching to allow it to curve comfortably around the waist. The straps are super padded and cleverly curved which means they don’t impede arm movement at all or press on the wrong place on your shoulders. The really brilliant thing is that the shoulder straps are doubly adjustable, where the webbing meets the carrier and where the webbing meets the strap padding, This means you don’t have to pull it in awkward directions to tighten it either in a front or back carry which I find difficult in the Beco and Connecta. At the end of each strap is an elastic loop which allows you to roll the excess webbing up out of the way which looks a bit neater.

The detachable hood is fab and rolls up when not in use to form a neck support, it is fixed in place with little elastic loops which disappear when not in use.

The chest belt is fully adjustable and slides easily up and down the shoulder straps.

The body of the carrier has seat darts which means it’s shaped rather than flat and helps the child sit lower in the carrier and makes for a more comfortable ride. The foot straps work really well, and kept my three year old’s feet in the right place and meant her legs were fully supported and not dangling at all. I have the Willow design which has a gorgeous circular pattern all over the green panel which was a nice surprise as that doesn’t show up in the photo at all.”

So, in summary? We at PP HQ are in Boba Love!

Buy yours at Petit Poppet and 5% of your purchase price is donated to SANDS.

May 1, 2010. baby carrier, baby sling, Boba 2G, organic, Petit Poppet, Slings, toddler carrier. 3 comments.


That’s the amount raised for SANDS at this moment in time and I’m flippidy doo dah excited about it!

A big thank you needs to go to all Petit Poppet customers who have loaned or bought slings, people who have donated to the site and suppliers who have supported in all manner of ways to make this possible. THANK YOU.

So, you’re all here because you want to know who won the prize draw so I won’t keep you in suspense any longer. The winner of the fantastic array of prizes is:

Nicky McCue!

Congratulations Nicky! You have won all these generously donated prizes:

*A fabulous Snoozeshade – The UK’s first (and only!) buggy blackout blind!

*A babysigning book from

*A set of handmade hairclips from Poppy Sparkles –

*A studio photoshoot and a 20″x16″ box framed photograph from Jo Belfield Photography in Cheshire –

*A personalised Nursing bracelet & necklace set from Booby & the Bead

*A Sleepytot baby comforter from

What a fantastic haul!

So… watch this space for the next prize draw when we’ll be celebrating another big landmark moment at

April 18, 2010. £1000, baby carrier, baby sling, Nicky McCue, Prize draw, SANDS, winner. 4 comments.

Hitting the Big Time

I can barely sit still I’m so excited and at the same time feeling all emotional. Petit Poppet has raised very nearly £1000 for SANDS (Stillbirth & Neonatal Death Society UK) in just the 7 months it has been up and running which I never dreamt would be the case so quickly. Not only is the amount of money staggering (to me) but the fact that so many people now know about SANDS who never did before.

To celebrate this amazing milestone, lots of fantastic business mum’s are donating prizes which will be given away to one lucky customer once the SANDS total hits the 4 digit big time!

Between now and the limit being passed, every customer who either tries or buys a sling will be entered into the draw. The draw will take place by random selection once the barrier has been broken and the winner announced here.

Prizes so far include:

*A fabulous Snoozeshade – The UK’s first (and only!) buggy blackout blind!

*A babysigning book from

*A set of handmade hairclips from Poppy Sparkles –

*A studio photoshoot and a 20″x16″ box framed photograph from Jo Belfield Photography in Cheshire –

*A personalised Nursing bracelet & necklace set from Booby & the Bead

*A Sleepytot baby comforter from

Thank you to all the lovely ladies for being so generous with their donations!

There are more donations to be made following todays transactions so this prize draw isn’t going to hang around for long! For your chance to be entered, head to and arrange to try the sling of your choice or buy today!

I’ll leave you with a photo to brighten up my post. Went to the garden centre today and found this furry flower. feels like we have a new pet 🙂

April 11, 2010. £1000, baby carrier, baby sling, Petit Poppet, Prize draw, SANDS, Slings. 2 comments.

Cypress Crush

It’s not often that I lust after my own products but the new Yamo Cypress has me drooling.

The print is beautiful, my husband approves and the Yamo is a fantastically comfortable carrier – what’s not to like? My biggest debate that I’m having with myself is when exactly I would need to use a Yamo given my current obsession with the Beco. I’m sure there’s a slot and if not, I’ll find one.

Moving on to the next product crush and it’s the spring/summer Shoo Shoo range in it’s entirety ( can be viewed at – but am only allowed one pair at the moment and it’s a toss up between…



As a thank you for appreciating my predicament, blog visitors can buy their Shoo Shoos with free P&P when quoting ‘SS10B’ (discount by PayPal refund. Alternatively, orders can be placed via email )

April 4, 2010. baby carrier, baby sling, Petit Poppet, SANDS, Shoo Shoos, Slings, Try before you buy, Yamo. Leave a comment.

Coins for SANDS

Coins for SANDS
Originally uploaded by Pina Colada PAD

Today, I explained how my website works to my pupils and talked to them about SANDS (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society UK).

Naturally and perhaps fortunately, they had not heard of the charity and were extremely sensitive when I described the kinds of circumstances when SANDS support is called upon. They were touched and agreed it was a great charity for Petit Poppet to support and we had a long debate about the fact that many worthy charities just don’t have the awareness campaigns following them that they deserve.

Following their morning break, one of my girls approached me and handed me these coins. They are the change from her snack money and she asked me to donate it on her behalf.

There are good people growing up in the world and I’m glad to be working with them.

if you would like to donate to SANDS too please visit or to simply learn more about this invaluable charity and how it supports those it benefits visit:

March 31, 2010. baby carrier, baby sling, donation, kindness, Petit Poppet, pupil, SANDS, Slings. 2 comments.

Decisions, decisions

Life is just ram packed full of decisions right now it would appear. I honestly have no room left in my head for any further choices. I’ve spent nearly two weeks trying to put stock orders together for Ju Ju Be Changing Bags and Huggalugs baby leg warmers. There are just too many lovely styles/designs to choose from. In taking such a long time to decide, I am doing myself out of business so have set today as my deadline for making those choices. I’m sure that I’ll be placing additional orders before too long so no idea why this all feels so important.

Thankfully, Easter is nearly upon us and two weeks of release from my ‘real’ job looms. The freedom these weeks are promising me is almost unbearable. I am going to have up to 6 full days to myself which will be the first time since Ellen was born. Don’t get me wrong, I adore every second I spend with her but my house is a mess, my to do list is longer than a long thing and I am going to really enjoy sitting and having a coffee in the morning and drinking the entire cup while it’s hot.

Yesterday we spent the day with our lovely friends who for one reason or another we haven’t seen since before Christmas. You’d never believe we live less than a mile away from each other… Still, we went for a delightful pub lunch by the river. We spent ages deciding what to have to eat from the extensive menu (more decisions) and then when we ordered and asked for them to bring a highchair, were politely informed they don’t ‘do’ highchairs. I was agog. No highchairs? Surely this must be a mistake right? Wrong. We asked at the bar and were again told nope, no highchairs. I never knew such a scenario was possible. I was full of plans to take along my own gigantic highchair next time to teach them a lesson but since the food was rather uninspiring at least we won’t have to worry about the logistics of doing so.

We went elsewhere for dessert and finished off the afternoon with a trip to the swings. Ellen had her first go on the seesaw which she’d never done before and adored it. Especially the bit where daddy bumped mummy really hard and made her fly into the air with her prized camera in her hands. Tut tut.

Happy babywearing 🙂

March 29, 2010. baby carrier, baby sling, BeAll, BeTween, huggalugs, Ju Ju Be, SANDS, Slings. Leave a comment.

Beautiful day

I feel magnificent today. There’s nothing that can beat the sunshine and spring blooms for soothing the soul.

We set off for a walk from home with Ellen in the Beco on Rob’s back and Poppy (dog) in tow.

It was a glorious walk where me met lots of pony friends, crocuses (would the plural of crocuses be croci?), daffodils and general gorgeousness. Stopped halfway for a bitter shandy and returned home for doughtnuts, tea and wine in the conservatory. Life is good 🙂

Taken lots of photos today as my girl is changing before my eyes.

We experiemented with putting Ellen into the Beco before putting it on today and I can’t believe how much easier it made things. Ellen liked it as it acted as a swing for a moment inbetween being sat on sofa and put on her dad’s back. We’re both now more convinced than ever that the Beco is the way forward and all other slings are taking a back seat in our house for the forseeable future!

You can try a Beco out or buy one from the site at

Pics to follow once I’ve mastered Photoshop Elements!

March 21, 2010. baby carrier, baby sling, Beco, Petit Poppet, Photos, SANDS, Slings, Try before you buy, walk. Leave a comment.

And breathe….

I’m feeling really rather ranty at The Daily Mail this afternoon. Where better to vent my frustration than here?

The headline to the article I’m referring to reads ‘Yummy Mummy Slings ‘may kill’ babies”. I probably need say nothing more…

But I will…

As usual, this article is hugely imbalanced and jumping on the scare tactic bandwagon. The deaths of infants they refer to all resulted from suffocation due to ill-fitting or badly designed slings. Within the article there is a picture of Nicole Kidman wearing a horrendously poorly fitting bag/pouch sling. Now, had Nicole been advised in how to fit a sling or indeed how to choose one that is suited to her and her baby, the picture would be a great deal more pleasing.

As with all parenting choices, safety has to be considered. We all spend vast amounts of time searching for safety reports on car seats and exploring the latest research around SIDS (AKA cot death). However, we still use car seats and cots for our babies. The same applies when choosing a sling.

A great place for more info on sling safety is:

Make full use of our Petit Poppet agents and ask for a demo or consultation so that you can try out before you buy and ensure you have the ideal, SAFE fit for you and your baby.

That’s all from me on my soapbox for now… but I will leave you with the following press release on behalf of the Consortium of UK Sling Manufacturers & Retailers:

UK Sling Companies Put Baby Safety First
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has raised concerns about “bag-style” baby carriers. It is thought that 14 deaths have occurred in the US over the last 20 years, all linked to the “bag-style” sling. UK Sling retailers and manufacturers are taking steps to ensure that parents have the information they need to continue to use safe designs of baby carriers and position their babies in the safest way possible.

One design of sling now seems to have potential risks. In “bag-style” slings, the deep pouch where baby sits puts the baby in a potentially suffocating curved position. Excess fabric with an elasticized edge may cover baby’s face and inhibit breathing. The design may cause the baby’s face to turn in toward the carer’s body, potentially smothering the baby. It also obstructs the baby from the parent’s view, due to the high and gathered side panels.

The majority of baby carriers and slings are still safe to use, if they hold baby in proper alignment and fit snugly by design and instruction. These safe designs of sling include shallow pouch-style slings, ring slings, soft carriers and wrap slings.

Advice for Parents
If you carry your baby in a bag-style sling, Rebecca Ward, of the Consortium of UK Sling Manufacturers and Retailers advises you to contact your local babywearing group through Sling Meet,, for advice on alternative slings. She says, “While we are unaware of any fatalities in the UK in these bag style slings at the present time, we would caution against using them in light of the recommendations by the US Safety Commission”. If you have another sort of baby carrier, Rebecca advises, “No safety problems have been brought to our attention with any other baby carriers. Make sure you read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.” When using a baby sling, the advice provided by the Consortium of UK Sling Manufacturers and Retailers is to follow these basic principles:

Keep your baby close and keep your baby safe. When you’re wearing a sling or carrier, don’t forget the T.I.C.K.S.


In view at all times

Close enough to kiss

Keep chin off the chest

Supported back

To find out more about baby wearing and get advice on safe ways to carry your baby there are several trusted websites to help you:

· Slingmeet


· Facebook page for Babywearing Safety


· LaLecheLeague

Benefits of Baby Wearing
In well-designed products, studies have shown that baby wearing is not only safe, but is actually beneficial. Such studies have shown that quality baby slings and carriers have been shown to save lives, improve health, decrease crying, increase IQ, and facilitate breastfeeding and bonding. [i] Studies have also shown that worn babies are happier and spend more time in the quiet alert phase. In this phase they benefit more than their non-worn peers in language development and knowledge acquisition. Babywearing also helps babies sleep better, and physical needs, including breastfeeding, are met more quickly by a close, responsive parent. Millions of babies over time have been worn to their benefit making baby slings and carriers more of a necessity than the often-publicized fashion accessory. [ii]

Consortium of UK Sling Manufacturers and Retailers Members

As an aside I’m all about twiiter this week. I never knew the magnitude of it! I have the grand total of 79 followers right now and am enjoying living my life in real time ‘sleb’ update status. I have found I am able to imagine myself of similar status and that one day I will be inundated with 3000 replies for every tweet I put out there into the ether. If you want to be among my throng come follow me @petweetpoppet (see what I did there?!).

March 20, 2010. baby carrier, baby sling, Beco, Hire, Loan, Moby, Petit Poppet, Rant, Rent, Safety, SANDS, Slings, Try before you buy. Leave a comment.

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