Posted on June 14, 2018 | Leave a Comment
Once upon a time there was a wild girl and her friend who every summer went to many music festivals. They loved Glastonbury the most and would wander from field to field enjoying the entertainment, people watching and atmosphere. They made a vow that when they had children they would take them and never stop going.
Posted on June 08, 2018 | Leave a Comment
What inspires you? Could you turn it into a baby carrier?
Posted on May 19, 2018 | Leave a Comment
Almost six years ago, Sleepy Nico became part of my working life (as well as an invaluable tool for our family's parenting) and every evening I sat at our kitchen table and beavered away, often with my youngest daughter asleep in our sling. For the past three years though Sleepy Nico has been located in a studio in Sudbury, the town where we lived. It has been great, giving us much needed space back at home and a more professional working environment for myself and the freelance staff that make Sleepy Nico tick.
Posted on May 06, 2018 | Leave a Comment
I love the theme for this year's European Babywearing Week. It encompasses the many different ways in which carrying a child is beneficial and lovely. It connects us to our children and them to us, it puts them at the centre of family life and connects us all to the wider world.
Posted on March 28, 2018 | Leave a Comment
It seems since I've had children and run a business that that is all I do, I do the school run, I am always late so we run into school and then I rush home to go for a run. I am that Mum who looks like a headless chicken.
Posted on March 06, 2018 | Posted under Baby Carrier, Rainbow Babies, Rainbows, Sleepy Nico Carrier, slings | Leave a Comment
You may have noticed that our new collection has two rainbow carriers in it. Alfie, our charity carrier which has so much emotion in it really does represent hope – it supports the work of Pancreatic Cancer UK and SANDS. Rainbow Starburst, our collaboration with Wild Things, has such energy and fun wrapped up in all those colours. It's a joyous creation much like each beautiful child it carries.
Posted on February 23, 2018 | Leave a Comment
Posted on February 07, 2018 | Leave a Comment
Kirsty Hartley is the owner of Wild Things and the woman behind the fabulous print of our Rainbow Starburst carrier. Here we find out a bit more about what makes her tick.
Posted on January 25, 2018 | Posted under Baby Carrier, Collection, Designs, Exclusive baby carriers, Sleepy Nico Carrier, Sling Libraries | Leave a Comment
Posted on January 12, 2018 | Leave a Comment
Another year gone and as I watch my little girls grow up into much bigger girls I still enjoy seeing all your gorgeous babies and toddlers enjoying snuggles in their Sleepy Nico carriers.
It has been a good year for us and we have enjoyed making your children feel happy and secure as creating some beautiful baby and toddler carriers. Some of the highlights of the year are:
Sleepy Nico turned 5!
A huge personal achievement for me, to run a business for 5 years and be making so many lives easier, babies and parents happy and still enjoying it. Here's to another 5 years of Sleepy Nico! We celebrated with two parties – one at Raspberry Rascals in Bury St Edmunds and the other at Sling-Spot in Sheffield. There were a lot of cakes and baby cuddles. My daughter's came to the Sheffield party and enjoyed forcing cakes on people and 'helping' to sell slings (you'll have to ask Rosie and Rob if it really was any help).
To celebrate our birthday we also launched a really rather lovely short film, made by amazing film maker Ricardo who uses both a baby and toddler Sleepy Nico with his boys. Every time I watch it it brings a tear to my eye, it really has captured the spirit of our brand and how I felt about carrying my children.
Silver Right Start Award
Other highlights included winning silver in the Right Start Best Baby Essentials Awards in which I was invited to an awards lunch. Possibly as close to a red carpet as I'll ever get. I met some great people in the industry, enjoyed a delicious lunch and just like Cinderella had to run off at the stroke of 2 o clock to get back in time to pick my children up from school. No one said running your own business and family life were going to be glamorous!
Bryn's Helping Hand
We were very proud to be able to donate £500 from the sale of Bryn Baby Carrier's to local charity Bryn's Helping Hand. It is an amazing privilege to be able to run a business and use it to do good.
I also want to thank so many lovely people who worked so hard in 2017 to keep Sleepy Nico running smoothly (as smooth as it can be when you have children anyway!). Ana, Kerri and Kerry for their amazing sewing skills, Jane for your brilliant cutting and advice. Thanks to Nicki for keeping things organised and tidy at the studio and the behind the scenes admin work you do. Finally thank you to Karen who is the 'Sheffield branch' of Sleepy Nico and does all our social media – she lets everyone know what's going on :)
I am sure 2018 will prove to be just as exciting with continuing partnerships with Suffolk Babies and Splashings of Love and a new one with Kirsty from Wild Things. Look out for our awesome collaboration in the 2018 baby carrier collection.
Our new collection is launched a week today and includes our new charity carrier, Alfie and some gorgeous new prints.
Happy New Year everyone