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Wondering what sling the mom and baby on the July/August issue of Mothering Magazine are wearing?  A Sakura Bloom!  They are wearing our new Lime – Simple Silk sling!  Woohoo!

As is that weren’t cool enough, my sister Carole is quoted in the babywearing article.  She is interviewed not as part of Sakura Bloom but as her alter ego, professor of anthropology at the University of Colorado.

This issue will be a great resource for new parents and we’re thrilled to be a part of it!

Whoa!  The winning video from our Sakura Bloom Triathlon has gone viral!  If you haven’t seen it yet, check out the babywearing moves of these Baby Mamas!


See the winner announced on the Adventures in Babywearing blog —-great job, Leigh (and friends!) from Marvelous Kiddo.

Wondering what sling that is?  Leigh is wearing the chocolate~teal sling from our Silk Essential Collection.

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Tell us a little about yourself, your family, and your love of babywearing.
I have 3 children Ella 7, Brennan 4 & Finn 8 weeks. I have been babywearing since my first child was just a few months old and here I am seven years later (where does the time go)! I am a full time Mommy & part time Photographer.I am actually just getting back to work since having Finn and will be wearing him during my upcoming photo sessions.

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What was your “a-ha” moment with baby carriers?
When I had my second child I really realized how wonderful babywearing truly is & how important is is to have your hands free!

What is your favorite thing about a ring sling?
I love that it is adjustable giving a perfect fit every time. I also think they are so pretty.

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Clearly we’re biased, but we love photos of parents with babies in slings.  What do you like most about photographing infants?
There is nothing more beautiful than capturing the closeness of a parent and child…babywearing creates an amazing closeness. My absolute favorite thing to photograph is an infant in a sling.

What is your Sakura Bloom sling of choice?
Right now we only have our Simple Linen in Organic Raven (which we love) but if I could pick any one it would have to from the Luxe line and probably Moondance.

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Thanks to Stephenie and Finn for sharing with us!

carrie_heather2What’s even better than sharing baby sling love with your children?  Having a close friend who does as well.  At Sakura Bloom, we hear a lot from parents who are teaching the ropes to their friends and family, showing them the hows, whens, and whys of using a baby sling.  Our dream is to reach the point where everyone on the block knows how to put on and use a sling.

Two women in Chicago are helping us get closer to this goal by spreading the word with style and care.  We’re thrilled to introduce them to you in this interview, two of our favorite Sakura Bloom mothers: Carrie and Heather!

Tell us about yourselves, your families, and your favorite things.

Heather – I’ve been married to Mark for 8 years and have two kids, Moriah who is 3 and Isaac who is 8 months old.  I stay at home with the kids and love being a Mom.  My first experience with slings was when I was on a missions trip to Malawi, Africa in my college days.  I always thought that someday when I had kids of my own I’d love to use the simplicity of a sling.  I like to get my hands into many different crafts and hobbies and always seem to be doing some project.

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Carrie – I have degrees in math and physics.  When my son came home, I expected to go back to graduate school a few months later.  Well, last words and all.  Turns out the little man needed me with him.  I am now the mother of two children, both born in South Korea.  My son is almost four and my daughter who just turned 2.  We live in Chicago, but still miss our hometown of Ann Arbor and hope to move back there someday.  My favorite things?  SHOES!  And BAGS!  And SLINGS!  Seriously, I freely admit that I have a passion for heels, handbags, and Sakura Bloom slings.  Did you know you can carry a baby in a Sakura Bloom sling while wearing 4″ heels and still be comfy?  Because you can.  I’ve done it.

I work part time while my husband is with the kids as a photographer.  It is something I fell into and really love.  I love the math side of it; I’m always seeing angles, etc. while I am shooting.  I think perhaps once the kids are in school, I will go back to grad school.  But we’ll see.

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You two became friends through your love of baby carriers.  What have you learned from each other over the years?

Heather – I learned my love for ring slings from Carrie.  I used mostly mei tais and wraps and saw how easy a ring sling was with her kids and decided to give it a try.

Carrie – To not be such a stereotypical guilty mother!  Heather also taught me how to wrap.  I think I introduced her to Sakura Blooms? (Yes, she says I did)

People often can’t refrain from commenting on babies in slings.  What are the best comments you’ve received from strangers?

Heather – My favorite is always “I wish they had one of those when I had babies”.  I mostly just love being an example and then get such joy out of seeing my friends buy a sling for themselves.  Isaac is a real cuddler so lately I’ve been getting comments about how cozy the sling is and how much he seems to love it.

Carrie – The one I get most often is, “That’s the best seat in the house!”  Darn straight it is. Love it.

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Do you share slings?

Heather – I’ll try them on… that’s how I fell in love with Sakura Bloom ring slings =)

Carrie – We have.  Not often enough though!

What do you wish all new parents knew about baby slings?

Heather – They’re simplistic.  They also encourage bonding and getting to know your child and his/her needs.  It also allows you to get other stuff done and to get around easily when a stroller isn’t always convenient.

Carrie – That they are the best things ever.  Seriously.  My babies are so comfortable in slings and I love having them close to me.  That and Sakura Blooms are comfortable and stylish!  Can’t beat that. They are fabulous in the city, as strollers just don’t always work so well on public transit.  I love how easily I can adjust my children in a Sakura Bloom from my hip to my lap (or from my back or from my front…) while riding a train.

I wish I could give every adoptive parent a sling.  Using them is probably the single best thing we did with both our children to encourage attachment.

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If you could choose just one Sakura Bloom sling for each other, which one would it be and why?

Heather – Surf Luxe because of the amazing support for her kids and the color would be stunning on her and her kids.

Carrie – Sol Luxe because she looks amazing in orange and I hate her for it. 😉

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(Thanks to Carrie, Heather, and their beautiful families from all of us at Sakura Bloom.  Next time in Chicago!)

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Have sling, will travel!  In this edition of Men in Slings, we are thrilled to feature new dad Vincent and his adorable son Leland.  From their local coffee shop in Vancouver to the other side of the world, read on to learn about the places they go in their Sakura Bloom baby sling!

What is your favorite thing about a baby sling?
The physical and emotional connection that you feel when having your baby close to you.

We hear you traveled to Hong Kong and Toronto with just a Sakura Bloom sling and nothing else (no stroller).  Can you tell us about that? Our boy was just under 20 lbs. when we were traveling so it was very manageable to use a sling all day. In fact, the freedom and mobility is unbeatable when traveling in urban cities that are cramped and full of stairs. We did get a lot of stares however mostly because a) dads generally never carry their kids and b) slings are ultra rare in Hong Kong.

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What do you wish other fathers knew about using baby carriers?
A baby sling is a lot more comfortable for both the baby and dad than most carriers. Also, babies like to be close to you. Eye contact and touch is extremely important and strollers deny them of these needs.

What is your Sakura Bloom sling of choice?
Pure Organic Raven – gender neutral color, breathable, strong fabric

Anything else you’d like to add?
The slack fabric is great for covering the baby when it’s sunny out but still allows him to see through it! Also, the packaging for the sling is very well designed.

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(Thank you to Vincent, Leland, and their behind-the-scenes photographer Grace from everyone at Sakura Bloom!)

Welcome to a special edition of our Men In Slings feature! Sakura Bloom is a family company owned by two sisters, and here we present an interview with our brother Eric in Boston. Eric has been slinging his now 11 month old son, Gus, since he was just a few days old. Here they are in the Storm sling from our new Sakura Bloom Men’s Collection.

Your two sisters (Lynne and Carole) own Sakura Bloom, so you pretty much had to try out a baby sling with your son. But, even with knowing how much they loved slings, what surprised you about using a sling?

The biggest surprise was probably how effective it was. I am still amazed how the simple design of the sling works so well at carrying and calming a baby. A calm, relaxed baby equals calm, relaxed first time parents, so the sling quickly became a key part of our daily routine.

How long does it usually take for your baby to fall asleep in your sling?

Usually 10 minutes or so. Walking with Gus in the sling seemed to help settle him down, so I would take laps around the inside of our house- around the 8 or 9 minute mark the snoring would inevitably begin. It took a little practice to master the transfer of a sleeping baby out of the sling, but it soon became second nature.

How long can you carry your baby barehanded? how long in a sling?

I never realized what a workout it is to carry a baby. After 15-20 minutes barehanded, the biceps start to burn a bit and I’ll need to start switching him from arm to arm. Big difference with the sling- I can carry him as long as needed and still do other things with my hands free.

What would your ideal sling look like?

I’ve been asking Lynne and Carole to work on a nice Scottish plaid sling that looks like it could’ve been used on the set of Braveheart, but as of yet, no luck…

What’s the strangest thing you ever found in the pouch of a sling?

A bunch of Cheerios and a quarter. The quarter went right into Gus’ college fund.

(Thanks to Eric and Gus from the whole SB family!)

Who says slings are just for women?

Across this country and around the world, fathers carry their children too. In this Men In Slings column, we’re featuring an interview with one of our customers from Chicago–Allan with his adorably handsome son—shown here in our gorgeous, but no longer available Green Tea sling from the Artisan Collection.

How did you discover baby slings?

I discovered them through my wife. She is very proactive at finding the best parenting practices.

What experiences has carrying your child let you have that you would’ve missed out on otherwise?

Every time that I carry my son is an opportunity to develop a healthy, close relationship with him. It recently occurred to me during a walk with my wife–during which my son was napping on me–how unfortunate it is that so many parents aren’t aware of this simple, proactive choice they can make. Just today, for instance, we went for a walk along the stone wall of a riverside, which is a walkway ill-suited for strollers and too dangerous to allow a toddler to surmount. As we walked, I was able to point our two ducks swimming and negotiating the light rapids of the river, to which my son said, “I want to do that!”

Also, almost every Saturday (when its nice outside), my son will take his nap while I’m carrying him on a walk with my wife. As he sleeps, he will intermittently give me hugs and squeezes, and it makes me feel like the happiest father in the world.

Have you convinced any of your friends to use slings with their babies?

By practice and through conversation I think I have convinced several of my friends and family members that “baby-wearing” is a clearly superior alternative to strollers. Slings are particularly wonderful for infants, and I have some long-time friends who live in Texas who decided to use a sling after they stayed with us for a weekend before their child was born. I think that once you’ve been around a family who integrates baby-wearing into their everyday life, it would be difficult to rationalize not using a sling or at least some kind of baby carrier.

What is your Sakura Bloom sling of choice?

Anything double layer. I trust my wife to make the pattern choice!

Anything else you’d like to add?

Yes–using a sling has been particularly important in the formation of a healthy, deep bond between myself and my adopted son. We’re in the process of adopting a little girl and plan on using slings again when we bring our daughter home. There really is no substitute for closeness in the parent-child relationship, and using a sling makes achieving this ideal accessible and convenient.

(Our thanks to Allan and family, and congratulations on the newest member of your family. We hope she’s here with you soon!)

Welcome to our first installment of Sakura Bloom’s Men In Slings!

Our first father is Marco from Fremont, California, pictured here with his beautiful daughter. We love how comfortable they look, his daughter’s sweet polka dot pants, and that West Coast foliage in the background!

Read on for Marco’s insights on why baby slings are just as good for dads as they are for moms:

What is your favorite thing about a ring sling?

This is a bit selfish, but I love the freedom and independence it gives me. I’m able to do things without lugging around a huge stroller or worrying about accessibility.

Describe the moment you *got* it.

My wife has worn our daughter from her second week of life, so I’ve always seen that she was happiest that way. At first we had a Bjorn, but it pulled on my shoulders. I used it for a bit and then my wife did a lot of research and found out that Sakura Bloom ring slings are much more ergonomic and enjoyable. So after many conversations and trying out her slings, I got a Sakura Bloom of my own.

What do you wish other fathers knew about baby slings?

I wish other fathers knew how wearing your baby helps you to carry on doing the same things you did before you had the baby. I think a lot of dads think they’re stuck on the floor playing with their kids without being able to do anything else. I do chores, I am on the computer, I cook, I work on the garden, and I know exactly where my daughter is.

What is your Sakura Bloom sling of choice?

Although we own several Sakura Blooms, there is one that is just mine: its a Storm Simple Linen.

What do you use your sling for most?

I use it to put my daughter to sleep at night. When she’s really fussy and in a mood, cradle carry and a song puts her to sleep in 10 minutes!

(A big thank you to Marco from everyone at Sakura Bloom!)

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Children love slinging their babies, too!