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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

 

 

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.....

 

 

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