Cotton Candy.  Praline.  Mochi.  Rock Candy.  Taffy.

Just in time for Mother’s Day, Sakura Bloom is delighted to launch our new Pixie Collection.  This limited edition collection features a single layer of gorgeous striped linen.  In colors as sweet as the candies which inspired them, these slings are strong and supportive but also lightweight and fun.

Perfect for a spring or summer baby.  Perfect for any time!

View the Pixie Collection!

Boston Babies!  Boston Parents!  Come visit us at the Green Living Down:2:Earth Show at the Hynes Convention Center this weekend!  Sakura Bloom will be in booth #517-519 with our friends from Diaper Lab in Somverville.  The show starts tonight 5-9, Saturday 11-7 and Sunday 11-5.  Fun!

Together with 15 babywearing businesses, Sakura Bloom speaks out on News ImageBabywearing Safety via the Associated Press.

Dallas, TX (PRWEB) March 11, 2010 — With the publication of an Associated Press article regarding the CPSC government warning on baby slings and the Consumers Union’s concerns about “bag-style” slings, the companies co-sponsoring this release are taking a stand to help educate the public on the differences between safe vs. unsafe baby slings and carriers as detailed below. Continue reading…

This press release is co-sponsored by the following awesome companies:

Hotslings, Maya Wrap, Moby Wrap, Wrapsody, Gypsymama, Together Be, Kangaroo Korner, Taylormade Slings, Scootababy, Bellala Baby, Catbird Baby, SlingEZee, ZoloWear, HAVA, SlingRings and Sakura Bloom.

Confused by the recent news from the CPSC regarding baby slings?

We got together today with our friends Meg Barry, babywearing educator, and Kate Glynn from A Child’s Garden in Northampton, MA to make an educational video showing how to properly position an infant in a baby sling.

Proper positioning and use of slings is key, but so also is quality and style.  The CPSC announcement concerns “bag” slings, a very particular style of baby carrier.  Sakura Bloom Baby Slings are “ring” slings, designed very differently, and meant to be worn high and snug, and with baby in an upright position.  Our video demonstrates proper positioning (as does our online library of educational videos), as well as how to tell if your (non-Sakura Bloom) sling is a “bag” sling.

Have questions about using your sling?  Find a babywearing group near you for some hands-on instruction and support (or check your local store–for example, A Child’s Garden has babywearing open hours every 4-6).  In addition, here is a great article on proper positioning in a baby carrier from The Babywearer, an excellent online resource for all things having to do with babywearing.

Babywearing is a skill, something the parent does with a well-constructed safe baby sling, not something the sling does for you.  Take the time to learn how to use your sling properly and you will bring untold benefits to your child and yourself.  The joys of benefits are global and time-tested over centuries and centuries.  We invite you to join us and parents around the world in safely and lovingly using a baby sling!

Our friend, Sarah Buttenwieser, recently interviewed Lynne for the latest issue of Preview Massachusetts Magazine.  You can read the interview here!

The babywearing group with the most tickets purchased in their name and thus the grand prize winner of a FULL COLLECTION (yes, that’s right: an. entire. wardrobe.) of Sakura Bloom slings is…

Pittsburgh Babywearers!!!

A big congratulations to all from Pittsburgh for their support of our Spread the Love benefit!  And, a huge thank you to all the dedicated babywearing groups out there.  We have been truly humbled by the outpouring of support from the babywearing community.

From all at Sakura Bloom, our deepest thanks to everyone who joined us to show your love and support of babywearing  We are especially grateful to our amazing retailers for their generous support and big hearts.

The individual winners of the thirty-six $100 gift cards to our fantastic retailers will be notified by email.  There’s going to be a lot of shopping this weekend!

Finally, we are thrilled to be able to support the most active babywearing groups around the world by providing them with a Sakura Bloom sling for their carrier libraries.  We believe in babywearing, we believe in the benefits and joys of baby carriers, and we believe in our slings—we’re honored to be able to share our passions with you all!

In this series we are introducing you to our wonderful retailers, the amazing women who are helping us to make the Spread the Love benefit a reality.  Please welcome Salina from Dipaer Lab in Cambridge, MA (Boston)!

Tell us about a typical day in the life of Salina.
Depends on the day …. but it’s almost always chaotic!  At first it was life with 2 under 2 years old, now it’s life with 1 preschooler and 1 toddler.  3 weeks out of the month I work from home trying to answer emails, phone calls, reports and ordering while balancing the needs of my toddlers!  Luckily my husband is also working from home, but there are some days when it feels like neither of us gets very much done!  But WE LOVE being home with our two kiddos and know that we’ll be sad when this stage of our life passes!  5 days a month I am away from my family in Boston working at our retail store, Diaper Lab.  I miss my family, but I also LOVE being in the store meeting customers and educating families about cloth diapering and babywearing!  I also have to say that we have a WONDERFUL staff at our store and I love the camraderie and mom talk that goes on when I visit!

If you could go on vacation anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
Hmmm….it’s hard to narrow it down, but there are a few places I would love to see…Hawaii.  It sounds trite, but everyone says it’s beautiful.  I would love to revisit London.  I have a thing for urban centers…I just love the energy!  That’s part of the reason I miss Boston and Harvard Square so much!  And, I would love to take a Norweigian Cruise!  There is one that goes through London-Iceland-Ireland-Shetland Isles-Norway that sounds amazing!  Though I have to admit this is a compromise between my husband and I since he loves the cold weather!

If you won the $100 giftcard to your own store, Diaper Lab, what would you get and why?
This is a hard question, mostly because I have tried or own all of the things I love in our store!  But, if I had $100 to spend in my own store to purchase gifts for friends, this is what I would gift:  Monkey Foot Designs Wet Bags!  They are awesomely cute in so many hip, chic, fun fabric patterns and work and hold up incredibly well!  Even if you do not use them for cloth diapering, they work well as cosmetics/travel bags, swimsuit bags and as a bag for wet clothes in the diaper bag.

Where can you find Salina online?
Keep up to date with the latest happenings at Diaper Lab by fanning them on Facebook and following along on Twitter!

We’re excited to introduce you to some of our wonderful retailers, the amazing women who are helping us to make the Spread the Love benefit a reality.  Please welcome Louisa from The Stork Wearhouse!

Tell us about a typical day in the life of Louisa.
Typical day?  I guess now that my kids are getting a little older our days do tend to be somewhat more typical.  My kindergarten son is dual enrolled in home school and our local Montessori school, so he goes to school 4 days a week.  My 3-year-old daughter goes to preschool two mornings a week.  One of those mornings I reserve for work, and the other morning I reserve to have 2 hours to myself per week.  Wow, that’s a change after 5+ years of being full time mom plus full time store owner!  Other than school, and trips to gymnastics and Tae Kwon Do, we don’t have much of a schedule.  I go with the rhythm of each day to decide when to fit in work and when to give the kids my full attention.  My husband does 98% of the cooking in our house.

If you could go on vacation anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

Vacation right now would be anywhere with sunshine!  I’ve become more of a homebody since my kids were born, so I don’t have much desire to travel internationally right now, but a week in Florida sounds pretty wonderful!  (Especially since we’ve received way more than our average annual snowfall this winter already in Iowa!)   Our oldest son is currently deployed to Afghanistan, but unfortunately that’s not a friendly place to visit!

If you won the $100 giftcard to your own store, The Stork Wearhouse, what would you get and why?
If I won the gift card to my own store, I would go straight to our Big Kid Toys page.  My daughter has been drooling over the Welcome Home Balcony Dollhouse and my son would love the Royal Castle.  Wouldn’t take me long at all to spend that gift card!  🙂

Where can you find Louisa online?
Blogging about raising kids naturally at her Natural Kids Blog.  You can also keep up to date with the latest happenings at The Stork Wearhouse by fanning them on Facebook and follow along on Twitter!

In this series we are introducing you to our wonderful retailers, the amazing women who are helping us to make the Spread the Love benefit a reality.  Please welcome Julie from Simple Cloth in Olympia, Washington!

Tell us about a typical day in the life of Julie.
My typical day: waking up super-early to a hungry little nurser, trying to sleep a bit longer, coffee, breakfast, email, bathing dirty little bodies, dressing clean little bodies, sneaking in a shower for myself, finding little shoes and pairing them with wiggly little feet, finding more shoes and pairing them with bigger little feet, putting first little shoes on little feet AGAIN, rushing out the door to preschool and to work at my store, meeting babies and families at Simple Cloth, talking about babies and diapers and carriers, answering phones, answering emails, packing orders, closing shop, rushing to the loading dock at the post office with packages of “fluffy mail,” driving home, slipping into PJ’s immediately, dinner with family, dancing and playing with family, rounding up little boys for bedtime routine, stories, little boy bedtime, trying to stay awake for television and relaxation with husband, stumbling to bed earlier than I’d like to admit.

If you could go on vacation anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
If I could go on vacation anywhere in the world…hmmm…with just my husband I’d choose the French Riviera.  It seems like the perfect combination of beaches, outdoor cafes, and romance.  With my family, I’d choose The Outer Banks of North Carolina.  We actually go there each summer and it’s a wonderful, scenic beach vacation without a lot of commercialism.  We just enjoy each other’s company, play on the beach, and relax at the beach house.  Dreamy!

If you won the $100 giftcard to your own store, Simple Cloth, what would you get and why?
If I won the $100 certificate for Simple Cloth, I’d buy a bunch of the Clothmopolitan bamboo velour wipes (ultra-luxurious!)  and more FuzziBunz diapers (love ’em!)

Where can you find Julie online?
Keep up to date with the latest happenings at Simple Cloth by fanning them on Facebook and following along on Twitter!