Something new….

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

Get set……

There is a totally unmissable competition launchingat 9.30a.m. on Wednesday 25th August on the Petit Poppet facebook page.

This competition will require you to employ some detective skills and some imagination…

There will be one lucky winner who will receive a staggering prize which will be worth a minimum of £100!

Make sure you are ready and waiting for the details on Wednesday and be sure to invite all of your friends in the meantime!

Good luck!

August 22, 2010. Tags: , , . baby sling, exciting, Petit Poppet. Leave a 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.

In the Spirit of Voting…

I classify as what they’re referring to as a ‘floating voter’.

I’m frantically googling tonight to try and find something, just one little frag of something that tells me which box to X tomorrow. So far… nothing.

As a primary educator, first time mum and businesswoman, I’m looking for quite a lot from our leaders. Is this wrong? I don’t think so. Why shouldn’t I have high expectations of the leaders of our country? Why shouldn’t I be expecting support where I need it and the ability to have choices ahead of me rather than enforced decisions made on my behalf? I want my daughter to grow up in a world where women make informed decisions and live fulfilling, yet balanced lives.

So if any of you out there in the ether know something I don’t, please enlighten me. I sat my way through leaders debate after leaders debate and swung from being firmly in one camp to be being in the middle of somewhere that looks like nowhere.

I think this calls for a spreadsheet…

A much easier decision (but still no simple choice!) needing your vote is the fantastic face of SnugBaby contest. It might be too late to enter but it’s not too late to vote for your favourite to go through to the final judging panel. Check out the gallery and click the heart of the pair you’d like to see as the new face of SnugBaby.

http://www.snugbaby.co.uk/newface/gallery/

SnugBaby is a UK made and BSEN tested Mei Tai sling. It comes in a
range of fantastic colourways and fabrics with the added bonus of being double sided (to keep the men in your life happy 😉 ). The straps are very comfortable and provide even weight distribution when carrying in the wide variety of positions it offers. The unique thing that SnugBaby offers over other Mei tai’s is the seat base that can be narrowed to fit the size of your baby. With limited editions and a brand new organic style just out (which also happens to be the UK’s first BSEN tested organic fabric Mei Tai), you’ll find yourself spoilt for choice.

Drop by Petit Poppet’s SnugBaby page to browse our styles or contact us to arrange a trial.

I imagine that both voting for the Face of SnugBaby or choosing your favourite design are easier tasks than the voting options for tomorrow leave us with.

May 5, 2010. Election, Face of SnugBaby, Petit Poppet, SnugBaby, Vote. 1 comment.

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.

A Word From Jo…


I had a very productive and exciting telephone call with Jo Cameron today.

Jo first burst onto our screens in The Apprentice in 2006. Since then, she has gone on to become a hugely successful businesswoman and runs the wonderful Women on their Way (www.womenontheirway.co.uk) which supports and encourages women to fulfil their potential. Jo is a patron of SANDS (Stillbirth & Neonatal Death Society UK). Sadly, she lost her first daughter Emmeline after she was born prematurely at 24 weeks. Since then, Jo has made it her mission to raise as much money and awareness for babyloss and the charities associated.

I was fortunate to have the opportunity to talk to Jo on the telephone today. As I explained the journey that led me to Petit Poppet (www.petitpoppet.co.uk) she was thrilled to hear how the tiny idea of loaning one sling out for SANDS donations had turned into a full scale business/fundraising project in such a short amount of time. It was great telling her the story and hearing her ideas about how she can support me with it in the future.

So thank you Jo, you were a pleasure to talk to and it was lovely to share the excitement I have for what I’m doing with someone who understands what it means to me.

You can read what Jo had to say about Petit Poppet and her thoughts on babywearing at www.petitpoppet.co.uk/awordfromjo

I love reading your comments, so please tell me what your thoughts are too!

April 28, 2010. attachment parenting, babyloss, babywearing, Jo Cameron, Petit Poppet, SANDS. Leave a comment.

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 http://www.babysigningmummy.com

*A set of handmade hairclips from Poppy Sparkles – http://folksy.com/shops/PoppySparkles

*A studio photoshoot and a 20″x16″ box framed photograph from Jo Belfield Photography in Cheshire – http://www.jobelfield.blogspot.com

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

*A Sleepytot baby comforter from http://www.babyduckshop.co.uk

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 http://www.petitpoppet.co.uk 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 – http://www.petitpoppet.co.uk/#/shoo-shoos/4536917479) but am only allowed one pair at the moment and it’s a toss up between…

or:

Thoughts?

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 info@petitpoppet.co.uk )

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 www.petitpoppet.co.uk 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 www.justgiving.com/slingsforsands or to simply learn more about this invaluable charity and how it supports those it benefits visit: www.uk-sands.org/

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

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 http://www.petitpoppet.co.uk/beco

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.

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