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Do you live in or near Massachusetts? Have an adorable baby? And are pretty photogenic yourself (or have a friend who is)?

We are looking for parent and baby models for the next Sakura Bloom photo shoot. If you’re interested in being considered, please send contact information, child’s age, and current photos of both you and baby to info@sakurabloom.com

Mothers and fathers both welcomed!

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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!)

Just in time for Father’s Day, we are launching a new feature on our blog:

Men In Slings!

People often assume that its just women who use baby slings, but no. Slings are for fathers, too.

So, starting this week, we’ll be showcasing fathers carrying their children in Sakura Bloom slings.

Dads who use slings will tell you that they can be like magic: soothing an unhappy child, perfect for nap time, and fun for a walk.

For those of you who haven’t yet discovered baby slings, here’s some encouragement from the SB Men In Slings home team:

Top 10 Things a Man Can Do While Hands-Free in a Sakura Bloom Sling:

10. Walk around Home Depot.

9. Play Tiger Woods ’08.

8. Watch the Red Sox.

7. Clean bottles.

6. Fix stuff.

5. Tie flies.

4. Make a sandwich.

3. Read the sports page.

2. Play at the park with your toddler.

and

1. Cuddle with your baby.

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We’re doing it again!

In honor of Mother’s Day, one lucky Sakura Bloom customer will win an entire suite of Sakura Bloom slings!

That’s right, an entire suite of slings!

One Pure or Hana sling,

one linen Simple or Essential sling,

one silk Essential or Artisan sling, and

one tussah silk Luxe sling.

This is an $874-1160 value depending on which slings you choose!

Simply purchase a sling from any Sakura Bloom vendor between today, April 1 and May 11 and you will be entered in the contest. Read here about our last winner, here about the current contest, and best of luck to everyone!

Just in time for spring!

The Pure Collection is all about comfort and simplicity: our finest Belgian linens in a single layer of sling perfection.

Easy to use, easy to care for, and with unsurpassed Sakura Bloom quality and attention to detail, including our signature bamboo box…..all at $88!

In a gorgeous array of colors: Pebble. Seagrass. Bluejay. Sunrise. Marine (shown here). Twilight. And Raven.

Perfect for mothers. Perfect for fathers. Perfect for you!

mom2b.jpg Starting tomorrow, Lynne and Eric from Sakura Bloom Baby Carriers will be at the Mom2B trade show in Las Vegas showing the entire SB collection!

The new Pure Collection. The cross-over Hana Collection. Our unbelievably soft Belgian linens in both solids, the Simple Collection, and two-color reversibles, the Essential Collection.

And our silks, oh, our silks. The original dupioni Silk Essential slings. Our signature Artisan slings. And, the exclusive wild silks of our Luxe Collection.

Going to the show? Be sure to stop by the Sakura Bloom booth to say hello and try on one of our slings. The world’s finest baby slings—-there’s nothing else out there like them!

We had a wonderful time at last January’s Mom2B show in L.A. (that’s us at the L.A. show above) and look forward to seeing you in Vegas!

The two slings that probably get the most wear time in my wardrobe are wildly different: the colorful Sakura Bloom Stripe silk sling and the simple Midnight linen sling.

The Midnight is my Little Black Sling.

Perfect with just about anything. Disappears when you want it to over blacks, provides a striking contrast over other colors, and always, always looks classy and comfortable. In two layers of the softest Belgian linen you can imagine.

I can’t imagine being without it.

But….if I had to give up my beloved Midnight linen, here’s what I’d replace it with: one of the sassy dupioni trimmed linen slings from our Hana collectionblack with violet, black with ginger, or black with periwinkle.

Or, if I’m allowed to dream, Moondance! Its not black, but its colors are beyond belief and close enough for me!

Oh happy day!

We’ve just added three new colors to our amazing Luxe Collection of baby slings. The I’m-dreaming-of-a-Caribbean-vacation Belize, the deep, mysterious blue of our Lapis sling, and the frosty perfection of our Glacier sling.

Each of these colors is just stunning in our tussah silk. The depth of the weave accentuates each of the hues as if were invented for the first time today.

Simply gorgeous. Complexly simple. Simply Sakura Bloom!

Living in New York? Traveling to New York?

Find an amazing collection of baby carriers and other great baby and toddler items at MetroMinis Boutique. From Haba toys to cloth diapers to Sakura Bloom baby slings, MetroMinis has what you and your urban baby need.

Not just a great boutique, MetroMinis also holds all sorts of workshops and has a big, kid-friendly area in the back of the store. Baby yoga classes, Strollercize, parenting workshops, sling tutorials, and more!

Buy your Sakura Bloom sling in person from MetroMinis and you will be in the hands of experts!

MetroMinis; 821 Park Avenue, on the corner of 75th Street.

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Storm ~ Lilac that is.

Our double-layer Belgian linen slings are just dreamy. The linen is super-soft from the minute you take it out of the box. Some customers (you know who you are!) have reported wearing the slings without their babies just because the linen feels so nice.

Its also super comfortable and super versatile. As ready for a spin around the park or office, as it is a quick cooking session in the kitchen.

Here we’re wearing our Storm~Lilac linen essential sling. Storm is the perfect grey; Lilac a classic pale purple. Together, they’re just irresistible!