Have you noticed the changes at Aquabub?

April 7, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Posted in Babywearing, Birth Pools, Updates, waterbirth | Leave a comment
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Aquaborn birth pool from Aquabub

Aquaborn Eco Birth Pool

It’s been a while since I last updated here and lots has changed since my last post back in August 2010!! In September Aquabub underwent a restructure and is now focussed primarily on inflatable birth pools for sale and for hire, as well as a small range of products for pregnancy and labour. Our quality brands of baby carriers (Manduca, Kozy Carrier and Storchenwiege) and our range of Baltic amber teething necklaces and jewellery now have a new home over at My Natural Baby Ltd which is our new business which launched on 1 September 2010. So Aquabub has returned to it’s beginnings as the business started out with just one la bassine birth pool for hire – the pool I’d laboured in with my first son.

We are very pleased to have recently added the fabulous Aquaborn Eco Inflatable Birth Pool to our range (pictured above). We have Aquaborn professional and Aquaborn personal use pools available for purchase in New Zealand, and we are now offering the Aquaborn professional birth pool for hire along with the others in our ‘hire pool’ – Birth Pool in a Box, la bassine and Electra. The Aquaborn birth pools can be purchased via the Aquabub website. For hire enquiries see the contact us page on the Aquabub website for our email address.

Best wishes



Unido Pouch Sling giveaway – and the winner is . . .

April 11, 2010 at 10:58 am | Posted in Announcements, Babywearing, Competitions, Giveaways | 6 Comments
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Unido pouch sling - Raspberry Truffle

Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway to win a Unido pouch sling in your choice of size and fabric! Thanks again to Sarah and Shelley from Unido for providing a sling for our winner.

The lucky winner (thanks to random.org) is:

Tarryn van Zyl

Congratulations Tarryn!! Tarryn’s choice is Raspberry Truffle with chocolate lining like the pouch sling pictured above. Please contact me with your delivery details Tarryn, using the email address that is listed on the Contact Us page over at the Aquabub website.

Thanks again to everyone who entered the draw to win. As you will have seen, the Unido range is available for purchase via the Aquabub website. Unido pouch slings are both a practical parenting tool and a fashion statement with their range of gorgeous fabrics!

Happy babywearing everyone!


WIN a Unido Pouch Sling!

April 2, 2010 at 12:32 am | Posted in Babywearing, Competitions, Giveaways, Uncategorized | 63 Comments
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Unido Pouch Sling - Pollen Sunrise

Win yourself a Unido Pouch Sling! 100% New Zealand made baby slings.

As seen in the New Zealand Herald and OHbaby! Magazine.

Thanks to Sarah and Shelley at Unido we have a Unido pouch sling to give away to one lucky reader! The winner may choose a sling from available stock of the current range of Unido pouch slings listed on the Aquabub website in their choice of fabric and size (S, M or L).

Unido Baby Slings fuse the timeless art of baby wearing with the requirements of the modern, fashion conscious parent. These beautiful slings are designed for carrying babies from newborn to two years old, and are made from locally sourced, natural fibre designer fabrics. Constructed with an absolute focus on comfort and safety, Unido Baby Slings are an affordable, durable and exciting garment suitable for any occasion!

Unido Baby Slings are pre-washed/pre-shrunk with organic essential oils, making your new Unido Sling safe to wear from the moment you receive it.

To enter the draw to win a Unido pouch sling, leave a comment to this post saying why you’d like to win a Unido pouch sling. Also please mention what your favourite fabric & lining colour combo is and your size (S, M, L). (See the available fabrics on the Aquabub website).

Bonus entries:

For an extra entry in the draw, become a fan over at the Unido facebook fanpage and mention in your comment here that you are a fan.

If you haven’t already joined the Aquabub Facebook fanpage, pop over and join us and then mention in your comment here that you are a fan for an extra entry in the draw.

A winner will be drawn on Sunday 11th April at 10am (New Zealand Time). Good luck to everyone who enters!


Win yourself a Storchenwiege woven wrap – and the winner is!!!

February 22, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Posted in Announcements, Babywearing, Competitions, Giveaways | Leave a comment
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Storchenwiege Inka

Thank you to all who entered our very first blog competition. It was great to get your feedback on your favourite colourways – this has helped us a lot in putting together our opening order which we will be placing later this week. We will initially be stocking the seven most popular colourways, with more to be added during the year. The seven most popular, as voted by you are:

Louise Bio Green
Louise Bio Turquoise
Leo Bordeaux
Leo Cafe
Leo Green

If your favourite isn’t in the lineup above, you are welcome to place a pre-order if you just can’t wait to get your hands on your favourite ;0). We’ll be taking pre-orders up until midday, Thursday 25th February and each pre-order will require a 50% deposit. Just email through your pre-order and we’ll look after you! (Our email address can be found on our ‘Contact Us’ page on the Aquabub website). All Storchenwiege wrap orders will qualify for free shipping within New Zealand. (Pricing will be loaded on the Aquabub site very soon).

And now, to announce our very lucky winner! The entries were collated and each assigned a number – and a winner was then selected thanks to random.org. The winning number was 23 – and that number corresponded to an entry from . . .

Anna Scorbi


Anna very appropriately selected Storchenwiege Anna as her favourite! (Pictured below). Anna your wrap will be ordered with our opening order at the end of the week and will arrive towards the end of March. Please email us with your contact details.

Storchenwiege Anna

Thanks again to everyone who entered! We had so much fun with this blog comp that we’ve decided to run another one! So watch this space for the next blog comp announcement – all will be revealed during the second week of March!


Calling Kiwi Babywearers – win yourself a Storchenwiege Wrap!!

February 4, 2010 at 9:12 pm | Posted in Announcements, Babywearing, Competitions, Giveaways, New Products | 121 Comments
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Storchenweige - Louise Bio Turquoise (Organic)

We are very excited to announce that we have been confirmed as the new New Zealand distributor of the premium quality baby wraps – Storchenwiege. And we’re giving one away to one lucky person!

The Storchenwiege® sling was developed and tested alongside midwives and babywearing experts. The weave of the sling is what ensures it can be tied stably and in a way that is good for your baby’s health – supporting their bodies in an anatomically correct way which is so important for their spine and hip development. It is made of strong threads of 100% cotton woven lengthwise and crosswise, creating diagonal elasticity. The sling is shrink-resistant and can be washed at up to 60°C, but should not be put in the tumble-dryer.

Storchenwiege® baby slings are regularly checked by an independent testing institute. The cotton yarns are also certified pursuant to the Oeko-Tex Standard 100, which ensures they contain no harmful substances and they are repeatedly inspected during production. The controlled-production dyes used are non-toxic and contain no heavy metals. These qualities make Storchenwiege the perfect fit for the Aquabub range of natural parenting products!

Would you like the chance to win a Storchenwiege wrap sling in your favourite colour and size? Entry is simple and can be done as follows:

1. Visit the Storchenwiege page on the Aquabub website, browse the range of sling colours and note down your favourite.

2. Check the sizing chart on the Aquabub website and note down your preferred size.

3. Head back to this blog post and leave a comment with the following information:

Answer this simple question: How many colour options are there in the Storchenwiege range as listed on the Aquabub website?

Include in your comment your favourite colour and size.


In addition to leaving a comment on this blog post (one entry), additional entries may be gained by:

1. Becoming a fan of Aquabub on Facebook and let me know you are a fan in your blog comment = one extra entry.

2. Tweet about this giveaway using the following text so that I can tally your tweets (no more than one tweet a day – I don’t want you spamming your followers! ;0) one daily tweet = one extra entry. Please let me know in your blog comment what your Twitter username is too):

Calling Kiwi Babywearers – win a Storchenwiege wrap from @Aquabub Visit the Aquabub blog to find out how. http://www.aquabub.wordpress.com

(Tip: it’s a good idea to have your Twitter software shorten the blog url).

Entries close at 10pm New Zealand time, Saturday 20th February. Entry is restricted to New Zealand residents only. The winner will be announced on this blog on Monday 22nd February and the winner will be asked to make contact with me via email to share shipping details. The winner’s sling will arrive with our opening order which will arrive mid – late March.

Good luck to all who enter!! I’m looking forward to discovering your favourites – this information will help me put together the opening order. I’m so excited to be bringing Storchenwiege back to New Zealand! Woohoo!

Helen xx

Auckland Sling Walk – the video!!!

January 21, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Posted in Babywearing | Leave a comment
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Back in September I wrote about International Babywearing Week 2009 and the events we were going to be supporting. One event over that week was a ‘Sling Walk’ I’d organised and asked a friend to capture some video footage as we walked around a Mall for a bit then on to a Park down the road. I have finally found time (or rather made time!) to get the footage edited and made a video of our walk. I hope you will enjoy it! It’s the first time I’ve done any video editing!!

Examples of a Mei Tai (Kozy Carrier and a home-made Mei Tai), Soft-structured carrier (Manduca) and wraps including a Vatanai Wrap in Maruyama colourway feature in the video.

International Babywearing Week 2009 – we had a blast in Auckland!

October 12, 2009 at 6:17 pm | Posted in Babywearing, Updates | Leave a comment
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It’s been a couple of weeks now but I want to share a little of what we got up to to help celebrate International Babywearing Week 2009.

Of course we ran a special on Kozy Carrier – the gold standard in mei tai style carriers, and Bear Hug Baby super comfy ring slings.

We attended the Sling Expo on the Friday, organised by Slingbabies , a non-profit babywearing advocacy group, which was a great success. It was a fun family day with a sausage sizzle and bouncy castle for the kids. The sling vendor’s enjoyed showing their wares and helping visitors try out some slings, and the Slingbabies sling library was well showcased too. Pictured below is my husband Duncan (not long before he went and sizzled some sausages on the bbq), wearing our almost three year old son in a Kozy, alongside a visitor who tried her new baby in a Kozy Carrier too.

Comfy Kozy's

Comfy Kozy's

We participated in the Auckland sling walk on the Sunday, organised by Aquabub and supported by Slingbabies. We were thankful the previously rainy weather took a turn for the better and we enjoyed a dry walk to the park after walking around the Mall and turning a few heads. The kids enjoyed playing at the park afterwards and we all enjoyed a picnic under a tree. A friend volunteered his time to video the walk and he enjoyed the walk with his young family as well. When I’ve had a chance to edit and splice the footage I’ll post the video here!

Here’s a pic of a few of us from the Auckland Sling Walk. That’s me on the left with my nine month old Aiden in my Windy Day Kozy Carrier.

Auckland Sling Walk

And here’s a pic of me and my boys enjoying relaxing at the park and watching the birds after the walk.

Helen & kids relaxing after the Auckland Sling Walk


International Babywearing Week 2009 – What’s Happening in Auckland?

September 21, 2009 at 10:16 pm | Posted in Babywearing | Leave a comment
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International Babywearing Week 09 Logo

International Babywearing Week commenced today and we are excited to be involved in celebrations in Auckland!

On Friday we will have a stall at the Babywearing Expo organised by non-profit babywearing advocacy group Slingbabies. Slingbabies have been busy fundraising for the last few weeks with raffles, and Trade Me auctions of beautiful products donated by New Zealand vendors including Aquabub. The Cause: to raise money and awareness of the Kangaroo Care initiative. All proceeds will go towards providing special Slingbabies wraps to the Auckland Hospital NICU ward to aid parents and caregivers in providing Kangaroo Care to their precious premature babies. Friday’s Expo will be their grand finale and is set to be a fantastic family day. For more information please visit Slingbabies’ Babywearing Week page.

On Saturday a ‘Slings at the Zoo’ event is scheduled. Babywearers are invited to meet at the Rotunda at 10am at the Auckland Zoo. For more information visit this Facebook event page.

On Sunday the ‘Auckland Sling Walk’ is happening at 11am. Babywearers are invited to meet at St Lukes Mall for a walk around the Mall and down the road to the final destination, Rocket Park. This walk is going to be videoed and participants invited to order their copy of the DVD at the end of the walk. All proceeds from the sale of the walk DVD will go towards the Slingbabies Kangaroo Care fundraiser. More information can be found on the Auckland Sling Walk Facebook event page – if you are able to join us please rsvp on the event page and share the event with your friends and family.

I will leave you with a video I found on YouTube a few weeks ago. This is what a group of babywearers did in The Netherlands last year to celebrate International Babywearing Week 2008. This video inspired me to organise this year’s Auckland Sling Walk.


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