It getting to that time again when everyone is looking towards Christmas! Christmas shopping and Christmas planning are starting to be uppermost in people’s minds and for some this is a great excitement, and for others a huge stress.
Well, here at It’s A Sling Thing we will be aiming to keep things real and low stress for you, as always! Are we “Christmas ready”? Erm, well us personally, not so much, but we are ready to send out gorgeous and high quality gifts that you and your families will love. So whether you are shopping for your family and friends or getting inspiration for what to add to your own Christmas list, here are our top gift recommendations!
Don’t forget if you want to give someone the gift of a consultation or put money towards a larger purchase we do also have Gift Vouchers!
Gifts for Kids
Keeping them Calm
Cuski Comforters are the snuggly soft comforters from Cuski with the evidence based backing. These, and their bamboo version the Cuskiboo, and the mini version, the Miniboo are made from cotton or bamboo terry so they are super snuggly and soft. They are designed to be like little floppy people, with head cute hatted head, and arms and legs, as studies show that babies attach better to comforters that are person shaped, and they are made of absorbent fabric so that they can be snuggled by mum or dad to take on their smell, which helps to comfort the baby, so having 2 can be great so one can be with the parents charging up its comforting powers, and the other can be with your baby, helping them feel safe and secure when they aren’t in your arms!
The Great Swandoodle– sounds like a magician and maybe this product will magically change your life (ok, we don’t guarantee that!) these muslins are giant- no, think bigger, a bit bigger – they are 1.4m square. I can make one into a full length dress (probably not for going to christmas parties, but to entertain the kids!) They are made of soft and absorbent bamboo, and they are one of the softest things on the planet! Both of my kids love to snuggle them, and so do I, to be honest. The are fantastic for safely swaddling your baby, they are totally breathable, they can be used as a muslin burping cloth- I challenge any baby to manage to miss a Muslin cloth that large, or they can be used as a nursing cover, to give a little privacy whilst latching on a baby out and about if that gives you more confidence. These can also be used as comforters, which take on a parent’s smell, as bamboo has great properties of retaining scent, but is also antibacterial, so less likely to be a cause for concern around young babies! We really love these, as I think you can tell!
The Mini Swandoodles are 4 packs of the same silky soft bamboo material as the Great Swandoodle in jazzy designs as normal sized Muslin squares. The Sweet DreameezzZ are the same bamboo fabric in dark fabrics in a large size, between the Mini Swandoodles and the huge Great Swandoodles!
Keeping them Warm
Huggalugs Legs Warmers
Lenny Lamb Turtleneck for Two These super cute cosy cuddles have a balaclava type hood for your baby, and a neck warmer for grownups and they can be poppered together to prevent any draughts between you whilst your little one is in a sling, or separated, if they are in a buggy, or walking! They have a long front and back section for tucking down into their coats and create a wonderful snug and draught free neck, head and ears! They come in a range of colours and are made of snuggly fleece.
Lenny Lamb Elf Hats Well frankly is there anything cuter than dressing your baby or child up as an elf? Forget Elf on a Shelf, I give you Elf in a sling, elf in a highchair, elf in, well you get the picture. and for £3.50 each they are a bargain level of cute factor too!
Huggalugs Leg Warmers– keeping your babies legs or arms cosy and warm in even the coldest of weathers, by adding a light layer onto the bits of your baby not snuggled up in your sling!
Keeping them Happy
Lenny Lamb Doll Carriers are probably our number one top selling product. They are made from gorgeous Lenny Lamb fabrics and with the same high quality webbing and buckles as they use on their actual baby and toddler carriers, and they allow your babies to carry their babies around, just like they have seen you doing. There are few things so cute as that. We have even more doll carriers on their way from Lenny Lamb as I write so there will be lots of choice. What is your favourite Lenny Lamb wrap? If there is a design you love but can’t see, get it touch, and we will try to order it for you!
Gumigem Toy Bags- in Bath Bag and Hand Bag If you are familiar with the GumiGem jewellery you will know how calming an effect chewing can have for little ones. These toy are made from the same silicone as the jewellery in fun and funky shapes. The bath bag is designed for wet play, and has NO HOLEs so no black slime to ruin bathtime fun, instead they can be safely shewed and splashed with then stored in their bag for next time- comes with a sucker to fix to bath tiles. The handbag is designed to replicate the kind of items we carry around in our changing bags all the time as parents- keys, a phone, and we all know how kids love to get their hands on a phone! Give them their own bag- just like yours- and watch them chat away on the phone, just like they see you do!
Prince Lionheart Wooden Balance Bikes Balance bikes are an excellent way to introduce bike riding skills in a developmentally friendly way. It makes sense for children to learn the art of balancing before they learn to pedal, just as they learn to stand and walk, using their balancing skills, before they learn to ride a bike. Allowing them to become competent at whizzing along on a balance bikes means they usually take to a pedal bike without needing stabilisers so much faster! These wooden balance bikes from Prince Lionheart are gorgeous high quality toys and something that any child would treasure!
Viga Lacing Blocks and Cutting Fruit Wooden Toys These make excellent toys that can be used in a variety of ways, to learn fine motor skills, for imaginative play with cooking, and building blocks, and a multitude of other ways- just watch your child find 101 things to do with these simple, gorgeous toy sets! Hours of fun, and each come with a wooden box to tidy them away in too.
Gifts for Grown-Ups
Lenny Lamb Diaries – 2019
What is better than being organised? Being organised with a drop dead gorgeous woven wrap covered diary, that’s what! Perfect for anyone who likes to plan in style, for those who miss their babywearing days, or just for those with excellent taste in stationery! Keep an eye out for these arriving in stock very soon!
Warm, and beautiful. Luxurious and practical. These snoods add cosiness and class to any outfit and are perfect to wear when you have a child in a sling to avoid the safety issues of scarves covering baby’s face, or when you are out and about without a child in a sling!
Perfect and practical, but beautiful too. The Mini Waistbag is perfect for a purse, keys and phone, whilst the large size will also hold nappies, wipes and a few snacks too. Want to be out without hands full and don’t need a larger bag- this is the thing for you. Do you love a different fabric – ask us if we can order you one in!
These soft woven wrap conversion bags have tie straps so you can thread them through your carrier and tie wherever is most comfy for you. No more do you need to worry about how to carry your baby and your baby gear with these versatile bags! Look out for more stock arriving soon and if there is a different fabric you’d like get in touch to see if we can order one in!
Choose from 1 ring or 2 ring finished bags allowing them to be tied in different configurations to suit you, these are converted by the makers of Wompats from Vanamo wraps to make the perfect babywearing bag.
Handmade by Gill at Scrapdoodle these pendants on matching chains are are from scraps of woven wraps to set off any outfit and commemorate and celebrate these days whilst our little ones are comforted by being held in our arms and our slings.
This wonderful mix of anecdote, observation and evidence talks us through the bonding and development between mothers and their babies. It is a touching and affirming read.
Our range of Momawo coats represent some of the more affordable babywearing coats currently available. From the fleece right up to the water proof and fleece lined 4 in 1 there is a coat to suit everyone.
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