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Sleepy Nico's Highlights of 2015

Posted on December 31, 2015 | Posted under Baby Carrier, Blog post, Made in Britain, News from Sleepy Nico, Sleepy Nico Carrier, SleepyNico Carrier, Toddler Carrier | 1 Comment

It has been another really exciting year for Sleepy Nico, this little company continues to grow and I am so proud to be helping it along. Here are just a few of the highlights from 2015.

 

Sleepy Nico Toddler Carriers

 

We have been making the toddler size for a while now and they are so popular. There have been some amazing designs, including a Hogwarts Map, stunning wrap conversions and of course the original SplashMaps Sleepy Nico carrier. We are now delighted to be able to offer a small range of ready to wear toddler size carriers and will be building on this in 2016.

 

 

Retailers

 

Sleepy Nico now has baby carriers available from a handpicked group of shops and online retailers. All of them are trained carrying consultants and can offer you expert help with fitting and safety. You can find them at:

 

The Sling-Spot in Sheffield – Rosie stocks three limited edition designs exclusive to The Sling-Spot, Maggie, Fred and Savanna as well as our baby carrier 'collection'.

 

 

Seahorse Slings in Ireland - Nicola based in Cork sells a small selection of our carriers, take a look for designs now discontinued.

 

Love to be Natural in Northern Ireland – Beth has a broad selection of Sleepy Nico baby carriers available to buy.

 

Just Keep Slinging – Hen has a small selection of our carriers and a few limited editions are still available

 

 

Northern Sling Exhibition

 

What a blast we had up in Sheffield this summer for the Northern Sling Exhibition, Sleepy Nico was the silver sponsor of this fantastic educational event introducing and informing so many parents about the benefits of babywearing.

 

 

 

Our stall was very busy with so many happy faces and beautiful babies. Thanks for all those who let me photograph them for our special picture.

 

New Collections

 

2015 saw lots of pretty new baby carriers go on sale, it has been so much fun choosing the fabrics that will carry your babies. Our new charity carrier was also launched in the autumn, with £10 from every sale going to Bryn's Helping Hand. This design has proved really popular and we are already on our second run.

 

 

 

The beautiful fabric was chosen by Bryn's parents Rosie and Midge in his memory and the story behind the Importance of Feathers is very moving.

Prima Baby Awards 2016

 

What a great way to end the year with the fabulous news that Sleepy Nico have been shortlisted for a #PrimaBabyAwards2016. We won't hear until the beginning of March but are totally thrilled that our baby carrier is listed alongside some of the big names in babywearing.

 

2016

 

Next year we are welcoming the lovely Sarah who will be working alongside Kerri making custom made baby and toddler carriers and some of our limited editions. We are also hoping to get out and about and meet more of you at events around the country – we'll be at the Suffolk Baby Show in March.

 

Thank you for your custom and support this year, it has been amazing.

 

Happy New Year

 

Angeline x

 

 

October News from Sleepy Nico

Posted on October 26, 2015 | Posted under Baby Carrier, Blog post, Exclusive baby carriers, Exclusive Toddler Carriers, Made in Britain, News from Sleepy Nico, Sleepy Nico Carrier, Toddler Carrier | Leave a Comment

Northern Sling Exhibition

I was lucky enough to attend the Northern Sling Exhibition in Sheffield earlier this month. It was a fantastic event with workshops, educational talks and a buzzing marketplace. It was wonderful to meet so many Sleepy Nico fans and customers using their Sleepy Nico carriers. The famous Hungry Furby Baby Carrier (pictured) was still in use and lots of beautiful custom baby and toddler carriers being worn by proud parents.

I was also privileged to watch the the moving babywearing film 'I Will Walk With You' by Ricardo Lacombe which happens to feature a Sleepy Nico Baby Carrier or two! It will be available to watch later this week, we will announce it on our facebook page.

 

New Limited Edition Baby Carrier

Have you seen our stunning new Baby Carrier Ella?

As autumn rapidly becomes cooler and the leaves fall from the trees we thought everyone could do with a reminder of warmer brighter days.

This beautiful baby carrier is named after one of my younger daughter's sparky little friends who brightens things up where ever she goes.

 

Custom Carrier Slots - Baby and Toddler

We have room on our waiting lists for both baby and toddler carriers. Ana makes all your custom baby carriers and they usually take 2-3 weeks to be made. Kerri is our toddler carrier specialist and the wait is approximately 3 weeks at the moment. Please do get in touch for details, especially if you are thinking about ordering one as a Christmas present.

Email Angeline at info at sleepynico.com for further details and an order form. A couple of our recent designs have had a lot of attention. The Harry Potter inspired toddler carrier Quinn:

and the baby carrier Bertie goes to Ballet



Sleepy Nico Baby Carriers now available from retailers

Sleepy Nico baby carriers are now available from a selection of exclusive retailers. Visit their sites or shops for a wide range of designs.

Seahorse Slings in Cork, Ireland

Available at Love to be Natural from November

Just Keep Slinging

The Sling Spot in Sheffield which exclusively stock the limited edition Maggie and Fred baby carriers


Maggie

 

Wishing you all a lovely crisp autumn and fun Halloween with your little ones (my two girls are crazy for dressing up, making things and spiders so it's their favourite day!).

Best wishes

Angeline x

 

Sleepy Nico - Made in Britain

Posted on October 03, 2015 | Posted under Baby Carrier, Blog post, Buy British Day, Collection, discount, Made in Britain, SleepyNico Carrier, special offer | Leave a Comment

It's Buy British Day today and Sleepy Nico Carriers are made here in Britain.

 

Sleepy Nico had a very international start, with its founders both being from Russia and living in London. I met Maria and Nico at a number of multi cultural events in London where parents from around the world got together and swapped parenting tips and styles.

 

 

Many years on and Sleepy Nico carriers are still made in Britain but all in Suffolk. Sleepy Nico has three dedicated seamstresses, Kerri and Sarah both work on your custom made toddler and baby carriers and live locally. The online collections are made by Ana in Bury St Edmunds and overseen by the amazing Jane. I like to be able to work with a team of people who are passionate about what they do and because we are all close it means our lines of communication are open and easy (usually!). It's also great to be adding to the local economy.

 

 

The materials used to make Sleepy Nico are all bought from within the UK. Our quality corduroy from Brisbane Moss, a textile mill in Lancashire and all the lovely patterned fabrics from UK suppliers – although of course your good taste brings in designs from around the world. A couple of our organic designs are made and printed by a fair trade co-operative in India. I hope by having Sleepy Nico carriers made in Britain that in a small way we are helping to keep valuable skills from dying out on our doorstep!

 

Sleepy Nico may be homegrown, but its popularity is widespread and there are fans in Belgium, Sweden, Morocco, Ireland, Malaysia, Singapore and Australia. I have also seen lovely holiday pictures of your SN's in action in Mexico, the US and all over Europe and of course there are just a few in Sheffield ;).

 

 

With International Babywearing Week coming up (4-10 October 2015) I would love to see photos from around the world please send them in.

 

For other British made brands visit www.makeitbritish.co.uk

 

For 10% discount on baby carriers on Buy British Day please use BBDAY at the checkout (this applies to the online collection only).

 

Angeline x

 

 

Autumn/Winter Collection 2015

Posted on September 23, 2015 | Posted under Baby Carrier, Blog post, Collection, Designs, Discount, Fabric, Made in Britain, Sleepy Nico Carrier, SleepyNico Carrier, special offer | Leave a Comment

It's that time of year again and I'm delighted to introduce you all to Sleepy Nico's latest Collection.

Four beautiful carriers that we hope you will love as much as we do.

 

Oliver

We just loved these fun geese and knowing how much parents and children like animal and bird prints this was a must. The fabric is by Cloud 9 so it's a gorgeous organic print from the US. It's namesake is my brother-in-law who is a keen rower and makes moving across the water look like an effortless joy. He is also witty and a bit silly so I thought this suited him perfectly.

 

Abigail

Teal is an autumnal colour and a favourite of mine, my Mum's and my sister Abigail! We often turn up to see each other to find we are all flaunting a new teal item. I've already named a carrier after my lovely Mummy (Judy) so I thought it was time my fabulous sister got a mention. She is very stylish and lives a glamourous life in the US, there isn't an autumn where she lives but I'm sure if there was she would be enjoying a beautiful teal print like this one.

 

Bryn

Bryn is Sleepy Nico's charity carrier of the year and this beautiful print was chosen by Bryn's parents in his memory and for their charity – Bryn's Helping Hand. More details about Bryn and the importance of feathers can be found here on his product page.

 

Maggie

This is a first for us, a limited edition design sold exclusively by Rosie from the Sheffield Sling Surgery. It turns out Rosie loves teal too and her youngest is called Maggie. To purchase a Maggie please visit Sling-Spot

 

We hope you like them and the meanings behind their names. There is a 10% discount on all carriers purchased from our website till midnight on Sunday 27th September with the code BLOG10.

Angeline x

Handle with care

Posted on February 19, 2015 | Posted under Baby Carrier, Blog post, Fabric, Made in Britain, Sleepy Nico Carrier, SleepyNico Carrier, Toddler Carrier | Leave a Comment

Every Sleepy Nico carrier has a care label sewn onto it with instructions for washing, drying and ironing but caring for your carrier is more than the right setting on the washing machine!

So how are they made?

Firstly we wash all fabric, the corduroy, patterned material and calico (that lines the carrier) in non-bio washing powder. All the fabric is then ironed. The carriers made for our web collection are precut and made so that they are ready for your order - each one takes approximately 2 hours to make. If you order a custom made carrier, we wash your chosen fabric on arrival and then photograph it with suitable colour cords. If we don't have the colour you want we look into purchasing a suitable one (this isn't always possible). The fabric is then cut and matched up, any extras you have ordered are also cut now. It takes two hours to create your custom baby or toddler carrier, it is then pressed, photgraphed and checked.

Your carrier is now a thing of beauty and has been lovingly crafted. Please take care of it, we know they get mucky so when there has been a big dribble or some sick on it do pop it in the machine. Close the velcro tabs and fasten the buckles together. Pop it on a cool delicates wash and then hang up to dry. If you would like to iron it make sure you do so on the other side (cord not pattern).

We send out every carrier with an organic cotton storage bag, when not in use please fold it and place inside and then your carrier is safe from being caught or the buckles trodden on. All the components of your SleepyNico carrier are high quality and they love to be treated well. It makes us sad to see tears and broken buckles, please handle with care and your SleepyNico carrier will last for many babies and beyond.....

 

 

Creating a new collection

Posted on January 04, 2015 | Posted under Baby Carrier, Blog post, Collection, Designs, Fabric, Made in Britain, Sleepy Nico Carrier, Toddler Carrier | Leave a Comment

It's a tough time of year when I start having to think about beautiful new fabrics for the spring collection and spend my time browsing websites full of gorgeous designs!!

But seriously, Sleepy Nico try hard to please you with interesting, fun and some unusual designs. It can be tricky. Personally I have always loved rather garish floral patterns, I made a dress from a curtain with bright pink flowers on when I was 16 and wore it till it fell to pieces. That's not everyone's taste and I have to remember this otherwise Sleepy Nico would need to be renamed 'Angeline's Full On Floral Carriers' ;).

Those of you who have custom carriers or are thinking about it will know what an overwhelming choice of fabric is out there, so how do you find what you like or something unusual?

1. Visit sites and just browse

I like celticfusionfabrics.com, fabricrehab.co.uk and craftybaba.co.uk to name a few, they have easy categories to follow so if you like animals or Japanese prints then go to that section and enjoy.

2. Have you something particular in mind?

If you are a fan of something in particular, elephants for instance then don't start browsing websites but do a search instead. Google (or your preferred search engine) will bring up a huge list of fabrics and lots of lovely pictures. You might find something listed on ebay or etsy that's just a small piece and other people won't have seen before, it could mean your carrier is something truly special.

3. Hunt for a one off!

Never mind online, get rummaging in charity shops, granny's attic and vintage fairs. We have made carriers from tea towels, aprons, waterproof maps - look in unusual places and then we can make you something really different (or you might start a trend - Lindsay Snow!).

I'm looking forward to another exciting year of creating some amazing carriers, you are the ones with the good ideas and we just put them together for you. Go on wow me.

Happy New Year

Angeline x

 

Sleepy Nico - Made in Suffolk

Posted on May 29, 2014 | Posted under Made in Britain, Sleepy Nico Carrier, Suffolk, Toddler Carrier | Leave a Comment

Sleepy Nico had a very international start to life, with its founders both being from Russia and living in London. I met Maria and Nico at a number of multi cultural events in London where parents from around the world got together and swapped parenting tips and styles.

 

Now Sleepy Nico carriers are made in Suffolk and the business is run from here too. Sleepy Nico has three dedicated seamstresses, Kerri and Hayley both work on your custom made toddler and baby carriers and they live in villages next to mine. The online collections are made by Ana in Bury St Edmunds, just up the road really. I like to be able to work with a team of people who are passionate about what they do and because we are all close it means our lines of communication are open and easy (usually!). It's also great to be adding to the local economy.

 

The materials used to make Sleepy Nico are all bought from within the UK. Our quality corduroy from Brisbane Moss, a textile mill in Lancashire and all the lovely patterned fabrics from UK suppliers – although of course your good taste brings in designs from around the world. A couple of our organic designs are made and printed by a fair trade co-operative in India. I hope by having Sleepy Nico carriers made in Britain that in a small way we are helping to keep valuable skills from dying out on our doorstep!

 

Sleepy Nico may be homegrown, but its popularity is widespread and there are fans in Belgium, Sweden, Morocco and Ireland that I know of. I have also seen lovely holiday pictures of your SN's in action in Mexico, the US and all over Europe and of course there are a few in Sheffield! I would love to see more from around the world and if you have one and are living in a far flung place please let me know.

 

For other British made brands visit www.makeitbritish.co.uk.

 

Angeline x

 

 

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