Points mean mirrors

Carrying your baby in a back carry in your baby sling can be extremely liberating and frees up not only your hands but pretty much your movement in general.  I find myself frequently reaching for the sling of late and throwing Ellen on my back just so I can get the car packed up, get my makeup on and get out of the house.

The only problem with back carries is that when you’re on your own, it can be hard to tell if they’ve drifted off.  Also, I miss seeing her face after a short while.  As a solution, I have had a keyring mirror created that you can easily attach to your sling with something like a Toy Tie which you can use like a rear view mirror to check on your little one as they cosy in on your back.

“How do I get my hands on one?” I hear you cry?  Simple!  Join in the game and earn yourself some points.  Once you have reached 100 points, email me to let me know and I will get your mirror out to you.

The points

Recruiting a ‘liker’ to the Petit Poppet facebook page – 10 points (for each new ‘liker’!)

Posting a link to the Petit Poppet site on your blog – 10 points (for each link)

Posting a permanent link to Petit Poppet on your webpage – 40 points

Buying a sling – 50 points

Offering to hand out flyers and business cards to baby groups/classes – 20 points

Joining Slingtalk and reaching 20 posts – 20 points

Submitting a review to Petit Poppet – 20 points

Submitting an action shot of you babywearing to Slingtalk or Petit Poppet – 20 points (for each new picture)

So, get point gathering and keep me updated here with your progress!  I look forward to giving away all these keyrings in no time!

July 15, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , . Uncategorized. 5 comments.

Pimp my blog

Seriously…. I currently have the dullest looking blog I’ve ever seen!  Hopefully the content is enough that people want to come back but as it’s the end of term, time is precious even more than normal and my blog is sadly (yet again) neglected.

So, if even I can’t find the time to come here, how can I expect other people to do so?

All ideas big or small are welcome whether they be motivational, plug-in suggestions, fancy clothes for my blog, whatever you like I’m yours!

And please come back and read again 😦

July 15, 2010. Tags: , , , . Uncategorized. 2 comments.

Sex, boobs and babies

Yes, believe it or not I spent nearly my entire teaching day talking about the afore-mentioned subjects with my class of 9/10 year olds today.  We had a maths lesson in the middle of this lot which they protested wildly about.

We began the ‘sex’ part of our Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) today and the title of the lesson was puberty.  The idea was that I would explain twelve statements related to changes that occur during puberty and they would sort them Venn diagram style into things that happen to boys, girls or both.  We didn’t get past the first five before we had veered wildly off topic.  I’ll give the children their due, they started out as to be expected, giggling and looking mortified because their teacher said the S.E.X word.  Then they declared me an expert in SRE as I have ‘just had a baby’ and maturity and inquisitiveness took over.

Our day took us on a journey that heard us debating issues such as breast versus bottle, breastfeeding in public, homebirth, teenage pregnancy, STD’s and the use of the female form in advertising.  I warned you – wildly off topic!

The interesting part for me was that this was the first time teaching SRE since having my baby and it gave me a whole new angle on it.  Some of the children were actually asking me for my experiences which has never happened before and while I thought it would be mortifying (I may as well have been wearing a sandwich board saying I’VE HAD SEX!), it was surprisingly wonderful to be sharing it with them.  Obviously there were no gory details or scary bits included but the girls wanted to know a.) does having sex hurt? b.) does having a baby hurt? and c.) does breastfeeding hurt?  It was nice to be able to talk to them about something that has been recently so important to me and I was astounded at how astute they were.  They confidently asked very pertinent questions and considered my responses carefully.  We all had a wonderful day and I really feel I have left them today having taught them something that actually matters.

In the world of Ellen, she is teething molars hence my lack of blog posting.  Evenings are traumatic and the drool is a wonder to behold.  I sent her to nursery today in a bandana bib from Nappy Days stock and when I collected her they were raving about them so am pleased I know I have a fab product on board!

In Petit Poppet news, I was delighted to reveal on the facebook page last night that we are now a Hoppediz stockist.  The biggest problem this is presenting me with is what to start with stock wise – the woven wraps and ring slings come in so many beautiful colourways I am simply unable to choose.  You can help by visiting the site and letting me know which your favourite 4.6 wraps, 2.5 wraps and ring slings are.

Three weeks til the summer holidays… roll on freedom!

July 2, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Uncategorized. 4 comments.

It’s happening again…

I have been neglecting my blog again…  Yes I feel bad but there just aren’t enough hours in the day sometimes.

As you may already know, I have recently bought a new business.  Nappy Days is a site selling a wide range of modern, washable  nappies and offers support and advice to anyone thinking of trying real nappies or indeed, already using them.  I’m currently spending my days perusing the web and  sourcing new suppliers to compliment the existing ranges.  Wee Notions are on board as are MotherEase with lots more to come.  If you have a brand or product you would like to see Nappy Days stocking then please leave a comment with details.  I want Nappy Days to be your shop, so feel free to make all the requests you like!

The site will be live very soon so watch this space!

In the meantime it’s back to the school reports… they WILL be finished tonight and then freedom will once more be mine!

June 16, 2010. Uncategorized. 1 comment.

It's happening again…

I have been neglecting my blog again…  Yes I feel bad but there just aren’t enough hours in the day sometimes.

As you may already know, I have recently bought a new business.  Nappy Days is a site selling a wide range of modern, washable  nappies and offers support and advice to anyone thinking of trying real nappies or indeed, already using them.  I’m currently spending my days perusing the web and  sourcing new suppliers to compliment the existing ranges.  Wee Notions are on board as are MotherEase with lots more to come.  If you have a brand or product you would like to see Nappy Days stocking then please leave a comment with details.  I want Nappy Days to be your shop, so feel free to make all the requests you like!

The site will be live very soon so watch this space!

In the meantime it’s back to the school reports… they WILL be finished tonight and then freedom will once more be mine!

June 16, 2010. Uncategorized. 1 comment.

Mega Week

What a mammoth week for Petit Poppet (www.petitpoppet.co.uk)! Has certainly been keeping me on my toes. We’ve raised just shy of £700 for SANDS and this week has seen us sign up our first PP Agents!

The agents are going to be demoing slings face to face and earning commission for their hard work. Not to mention raising funds and awareness for SANDS (Stillbirth & Neonatal Death Society).

If you would like to know more drop an email to info@petitpoppet.co.uk 🙂

February 27, 2010. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Happy New….Sling?

Where on earth has 2009 gone? It seems to have literally passed me by. Apparently this is what happens once you have children my mother-in-law informs me.

On reflection… 2009 has certainly been MY year. I have been lucky enough to get to know the most beautiful and pure human being I’ve ever known – my daughter, Ellen. Her birth was a life-changing incident and I only hold fond memories of the entire experience (despite agonising SPD and 14 days overdue-dom).

Starting my own successful WAHM business has just been the cherry on the cake and to end the year in style, Petit Poppet has taken delivery of the beautifully handcrafted Melkaj Mei Tai slings from Poland.

What will 2010 hold? Who knows but I’m looking forward to the ride.

Happy new year one and all.

December 30, 2009. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Reality Bites

I have accepted my fate. As of 4th January I will be back to my old self – almost. It will be my first day back in my role of Primary School Teacher. It won’t be quite the same as before, afterall, I’m a mother now and will also be part-time which is going to require a large amount of adjustment in itself.

This realisation comes after Ellen enjoyed her first settling session at nursery today and I enjoyed my school Christmas ‘do’ last night. Ellen, being the social butterfly I had suspected, didn’t even look back at me once she got her hands and knees onto the soft surfaces of the beautiful nursery she will be attending. I left her for just over an hour and when I collected her I was given a ‘report’ explaining what she had been doing in my absence. Rather amazingly, it described how she had been making christmas biscuits and exploring the treasure chest. That’s my girl.

So, I’m making the most of the festive period and finally feeling more relaxed about my inevitable fall from the luxury of Maternity Leave. All I can say is that I’m doing everything via http://www.petitpoppet.co.uk I can via http://www.petitpoppet.co.uk to make sure it’s a temporary solution and that I can one day, hopefully, achieve my dream of being a full-time WAHM. 🙂

December 17, 2009. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

It’s in the bag…

Literally..all in my new fan dabby dozy changing bag from Ju Ju Be.

Let me start by saying that I am NOT a bag fan. Never have been into handbags etc so could not understand what all the fuss was about.

I figured that as Petit Poppet (http://www.petitpoppet.co.uk/) is now a retailer for Ju Ju Be I better order one and see for myself just how wondrous these bags were.


I remained sceptical. I spent nearly two weeks weighing up all the different designs before I opted for a BeAll in Lotus Lullaby.

When it arrived, I unpackaged it and thought the print was fairly nice. The surface of the bag felt much better quality than I had envisaged and so I emptied my old Boots freebie and went about the boring job of packing it. This was where I fell in love…

All of a sudden the usually mundane of packing the change bag was transformed into a pure delight. The BeAll had a pocket for everything inside it’s voluminous main compartment. I had a big empty hole in the middle after I had stashed my nappies, wipes, toys, bibs and spare change of clothes! The luxury of deciding what to fill that gap with was a joy I’d never known the likes of before. Then I discovered the quick change pocket at the front (under the main flap)…

This quick change compartment allowed me to store two nappies, a small pack of wipes and contains a wet shuttle ready for used wipes etc to be neatly tucked away. I felt ready to take on the world once I had this bad boy packed – and we weren’t done yet.

The outer flap has a large zip pocket on which has a mobile phone sock and a bungee for car keys. Plus, the shoulder strap has a large wide memory foam pad and is oh so comfy.

The two insulated bottle pockets on the outside were today, the perfect storage spot for the Calpol and Olbas oil since my baby girl is suffering with an awesome cold 😦 and the changing mat that is tucked in the back pocket is magnificent… It is made of memory foam and feels great to touch. Ellen literally laid on it on her front pressing for squidginess factor again and again. It kept her entertained for ages. This back pocket is also where the genius ‘crumb drains’ are to be found. Simple but mucho clever – two little holes so you can keep your snacks in the pocket and if the crumbs leak out (which they inevitably do) you just tilt the bag and out they come. Tah da!

I can’t quite believe I’ve managed to harp on about this for quite so long but I am stunned by it’s allure. Like I said, I ain’t into bags. Although I have a funny feeling I am now!

Ju Ju Be will be added to the site ASAP but if you can’t wait til then please feel free to email info@petitpoppet.co.uk to arrange an order. You definitely will not regret it!

December 15, 2009. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

It's in the bag…

Literally..all in my new fan dabby dozy changing bag from Ju Ju Be.

Let me start by saying that I am NOT a bag fan. Never have been into handbags etc so could not understand what all the fuss was about.

I figured that as Petit Poppet (http://www.petitpoppet.co.uk/) is now a retailer for Ju Ju Be I better order one and see for myself just how wondrous these bags were.


I remained sceptical. I spent nearly two weeks weighing up all the different designs before I opted for a BeAll in Lotus Lullaby.

When it arrived, I unpackaged it and thought the print was fairly nice. The surface of the bag felt much better quality than I had envisaged and so I emptied my old Boots freebie and went about the boring job of packing it. This was where I fell in love…

All of a sudden the usually mundane of packing the change bag was transformed into a pure delight. The BeAll had a pocket for everything inside it’s voluminous main compartment. I had a big empty hole in the middle after I had stashed my nappies, wipes, toys, bibs and spare change of clothes! The luxury of deciding what to fill that gap with was a joy I’d never known the likes of before. Then I discovered the quick change pocket at the front (under the main flap)…

This quick change compartment allowed me to store two nappies, a small pack of wipes and contains a wet shuttle ready for used wipes etc to be neatly tucked away. I felt ready to take on the world once I had this bad boy packed – and we weren’t done yet.

The outer flap has a large zip pocket on which has a mobile phone sock and a bungee for car keys. Plus, the shoulder strap has a large wide memory foam pad and is oh so comfy.

The two insulated bottle pockets on the outside were today, the perfect storage spot for the Calpol and Olbas oil since my baby girl is suffering with an awesome cold 😦 and the changing mat that is tucked in the back pocket is magnificent… It is made of memory foam and feels great to touch. Ellen literally laid on it on her front pressing for squidginess factor again and again. It kept her entertained for ages. This back pocket is also where the genius ‘crumb drains’ are to be found. Simple but mucho clever – two little holes so you can keep your snacks in the pocket and if the crumbs leak out (which they inevitably do) you just tilt the bag and out they come. Tah da!

I can’t quite believe I’ve managed to harp on about this for quite so long but I am stunned by it’s allure. Like I said, I ain’t into bags. Although I have a funny feeling I am now!

Ju Ju Be will be added to the site ASAP but if you can’t wait til then please feel free to email info@petitpoppet.co.uk to arrange an order. You definitely will not regret it!

December 15, 2009. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

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