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I use my Snugglings sling all the time with Asher, he likes sitting in it looking out and often falls asleep in it. Its easy to use and really saved us when he was at an in between stage for the carrier we have, he still prefers the sling though.

Karen Taylor, Vancouver BC

The Snugglings pouch sling is a great carrier. The soft fleece is wonderful with a little give to make it easy to use and so snug and cozy for your newborn but not so stretchy that it gives too much to carry your three year old on your hip! You can easily tuck it in your bag or stroller to have on hand and it doubles nicely as a blanket or dry place to sit or lay baby. Getting the right shape is key in a pouch sling and snugglings has done it.

T. Frame, www.MamaMaven.ca

 

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Global TV BC

Vancouver, BC, Dec 15, 2009

Snugglings featured on Global BC

We were on TV! Snugglings was featured on Global BC TV 6pm news. Our Perfect Match Gift Set was featured in their "Best eco-friendly gifts for $25 or less" segment with Sheila Colman and Michelle Tice from SavvyMom.ca, with a really flattering review! There's more info on Global TV's blog, and if you want to watch the clip, there's a video of it here. (After the ad...)











BabyVibe.ca - Babywearing - Better Brands

Vancouver, BC, Nov 17, 2009

snugglings baby blankets

Last week, we brought to you the pros and cons of different types of gear for babywearing, which provides countless benefits for you and your baby. This week, we’re bringing you the scoop on some of our favourite brands of baby carriers.


Snugglings
We love the line of fleece pouch slings from Snugglings. Made in Vancouver, Snugglings’ slings are soft, provide the perfect amount of give to easily slip your baby or even toddler in and wear comfortably. The easy-to-use slings pack up nice and small so that they can easily fit in the diaper bag or stroller. Perfect for cooler days, the fleece provides extra warmth and comfort for your baby. Even better, the price is right. www.snugglings.com.






cozy up for fall | yoyomama

Vancouver, BC, Oct 9, 2009

snugglings baby blankets

The fall is well and truly here and even though we’ve got lots of sunshine it’s crisper, it’s cooler and it’s time to bundle our kids up a little more. Which is why our minds have turned to blankies and booties rather than sunscreen and shorts.

Blankets are perfect for the neither here nor there weather of fall – they never go amiss as an added layer in the stroller or car seat – and we’re particularly smitten with Eco-Blankets from Snugglings.

Not only do these blankets come appliquéd with graphics that don’t scream “nursery” but one side is super cuddly recycled microfleece while the other is a soft organic bamboo and cotton blend. And they come in colour combos such as navy and jewel red (our personal fave) or tan and green which are bright enough for kids, but restrained enough to appeal to adults too. The only downside? While they’re a generous size for a stroller blanket, they’re not big enough for us to cuddle under on the couch.

But no matter how well you wrap your babe in a blanket, their feet always tend to peek out. Which is why we like Baby Booties from Polar Feet for keeping them cozy. Made of fleece with a Velcro closure which adjusts to fit, we’ve put them to the test and they really do stay on your babe’s feet. They also have double thick soles with a nonskid appliqué for beginning walkers. And because they’re super soft they work as both socks and shoes, which is very handy when you’re in a hurry to get everyone out the door.

The booties come in four different patterns, everything from snow flowers to dots to a cow print, and two different sizes, 0-6 months and 6-12 months. And they’ve got other cozy toesie offerings for those in your family with slightly larger feet.

Both Snugglings and Polar Feet are local companies, which not only means they don’t have the carbon footprint you get with products manufactured overseas but you’re warming locally rather than globally.






Featured Finds | urbanmommies.com

Vancouver, BC, August 28, 2009

snugglings sling

Snugglings makes comfy, cozy, baby slings in great colours and designs and many sizes. Slings are a fantastic and safe hands-free way to cuddle and carry your baby close to your heart. Snugglings slings are reversible, versatile, can be used as a blanket or changing pad and are great for discreet nursing. These slings are also made with “eco-fabrics” which are great for the environment. Order yours today at the Snugglings Website.






the sling thing | yoyobelly

Vancouver, BC, July 2, 2009

snugglings sling

Slings have become more mainstream and a common must-have in a modern mama's arsenal of accessories. And that means there's been an explosion of brands and styles hitting the market. So how's a mama-to-be supposed to know which is the right option for her? Especially if she doesn't yet have a baby to test drive myriad options? We went to Tanis Frame of mamamaven fame who independently researches everything from greening your home to baby carriers, for more info, ideas and recommendations.

First why baby wearing? Frame points to research that shows that babies who are held often cry less, are calmer and more content, sleep more peacefully and nurse better. She also likes the fact that slings and carriers give you more control of your baby's interaction with the outside world - making it easier to avoid granny pinches and enthusiastic dogs.

The two main styles of slings are pouch slings and ring slings. Frame is a fan of both, but the pouch sling is a great way to get started because they're simple, versatile, easy to pop your baby in and out of, small enough to tuck away and can also double as a blanket or change pad if necessary. They also are sized to the wearer, rather than your babe - and getting the right size for you will make baby wearing more comfortable.

Brands Frame recommends are Vancouver-based Snugglings (pictured), Tot-to-go and Gorgeous Baby. Between the three lines you have your choice of fabrics from fleece to cotton and patterns that are neutral and modern to those that are floral and fun.

We have to admit that every time we tried a sling we were worried our tot would tumble out, so we asked Frame for some how-to tips. She suggested you get started when you've got someone nearby to help you and to be careful when bending over, drinking coffee and cooking. And just as with changing diapers and nursing, practice makes perfect. You'll be more comfortable if you keep your baby close to your centre of gravity and spread the sling's support across your back. Make it simple by thinking about how your baby likes to be held in your arms and wear them the same way - it'll take a load off your arms.

And to give you a little extra help, all the companies above have lots of photos and instructions on how to use their slings. The gorgeousbaby site also has lots of handy videos to help you get started.

Prefer a baby carrier over a sling? Here's our review of one of the most popular carriers around.

Last week on yoyomama we reviewed Strands Vancouver, a local salon that focuses on ammonia-free, biodegradable hair colour. Perfect for pregnant mamas who don't want to compromise style or safety.

yoyobelly




24 Hours Vancouver Review

Vancouver, BC, April 25, 2009


Snugglings 24 Hours Vancouver




Vancouver Mompreneur company to launch at Portobello West Fashion and Art Market this Sunday, April 26.

Vancouver, BC, April 23, 2009


While in the comfortable embrace of maternity leave, the prospect of going back to work can be quite daunting for some new mothers. Leaving a little one in the care of someone else after only one year of bonding is often not an attractive option. As a result, some women decide to get creative and become “mompreneurs” rather than going back to their old job.

The “mompreneur” movement refers to the fast-growing trend of new mothers who make their start in business with the goal of building something that will allow them to have the freedom to stay close to their children while still earning money. In order to be a success, a mother-slash-entrepreneur needs the time-management skills and energy to juggle tending to an infant's every whim, while also birthing a new venture. “I decided to take on starting this business because I've always wanted to be my own boss - the flexibility of it appealed to me. I liked using a fleece sling as a baby carrier with my son, but there weren't many on the market. Out of those available my taste in design wasn't catered for.” says Alexandra Weaver, co-founder of Snugglings.

Weaver, along with co-founder and fashion designer Amanda Kaffka, formed the company's sustainability ethos early. “Cotton slings can be nice but what we really wanted was to make more fashion-forward items using microfleece. It has just the right amount of stretch and softness to be the most comfortable for the wearer and baby”, Kaffka explains. The company's products are designed and manufactured in Vancouver, BC and most are made out of recycled and sustainably sourced materials. Weaver and Kaffka believe that this factor helps to ensure the quality of their products while eliminating labour ethics concerns and the massive carbon footprint associated with manufacturing overseas. In a time when many apparel companies are using overseas manufacturing to increase their margins, Weaver believes it's possible for locally manufactured products to compete on price. “It is most important to us that our products are of top quality, and manufactured close to home under ethical conditions. We partnered with a great local manufacturer and built our business model around making our products locally from the outset.”

To develop the wearability, the correct stretchiness and sizing, the Snugglings line of slings were designed through consultations with Cherish Childbirth Care, a popular local doula and birth mentoring group. Weaver and Kaffka will be providing wearing demonstrations, and selling their pouch style slings and baby blankets at the Portobello West Fashion and Art Market from 12pm to 6pm this Sunday, April 26 at the Rocky Mountaineer station at 1755 Cottrell Street (near Terminal Avenue Home Depot) in Vancouver. Visit www.snugglings.com for more information.


Media Contact: Alexandra Weaver 604 764 7155 or email info@snugglings.com