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14 Feb, 2010

Giveaway alert: TWO Pure baby slings from Sakura Bloom

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Giveaways and product reviews

First of all, let me say that I am very happy to be posting this giveaway on Valentine’s Day. I love the idea of wearing your baby close to your heart.

Sakura Bloom is giving away two slings from the Pure collection to two lucky Canadian readers (one sling each). Yay!

The slings are linen – from the Pure collection – and are top sellers in Canada.

I love the look… so simple and elegant. I wish these had been around when our girls were small!

Since I’m choosy about what I give away here at the Fishbowl (and my own babies are way past the babywearing stage) I ran the Sakura Bloom brand by some babywearing friends. They confirmed that their slings are gorgeous and are great quality.

Some good to know info (this is from the Sakura Bloom website):

Naturally antibacterial, cool to wear, and perfect for all climates, linen is also easy to care for and becomes softer and stronger over time. Handcrafted from a single layer of linen, each sling is lightweight, breathable, and adjustable.

All Sakura Bloom slings are machine washable in cold water on a gentle cycle, fully reversible, designed to fit all body shapes and sizes, and easy to use with newborns and toddlers. Each comes with a detailed booklet with instructions, tips, and many photos. Whether a special treat for yourself or a gift for a friend or loved one, each of our slings is beautifully packaged and sent with care.

Pretty awesome, isn’t it?

Here’s what you need to do:

  • Check out the Sakura Bloom website. Come back here and leave a comment. Tell us what colour of Pure sling you’d pick if you win. (Personally, I love the black one. Or maybe the orchid? So hard to decide!) If you’re keen, I’d love to hear your thoughts about babywearing – why is it important to you?
  • Please make sure you leave a valid email address. If I can’t contact you by email OR if I don’t hear from the winner within 36 hours I will do another random draw and give the prize away to someone else.
  • One entry per household please.
  • Canadian entries only – thank you!
  • I’ll do a random draw (using random.org) at noon (EST) on the February 21 2010, so entries must be posted by that time.

Thank you Sakura Bloom, and good luck to you all!

p.s. I have another giveaway coming up tomorrow. If you (a) don’t have a baby on the way or (b) your kids don’t fit into a sling anymore, this will be a good one for you!

46 Responses to "Giveaway alert: TWO Pure baby slings from Sakura Bloom"

1 | Gliding through motherhood

February 14th, 2010 at 5:41 pm


oooh! I love the look of them. I’d go for spice or kiwi I think.

2 | Amanda

February 14th, 2010 at 5:59 pm


ooh, love these! would choose either the storm colour, or driftwood!

3 | Tiana

February 14th, 2010 at 6:00 pm


If I won, I’d choose the maple. These look VERY nice!

4 | Accidental Pharmacist

February 14th, 2010 at 6:07 pm


I’m loving the driftwood or the raven. Lovely.

As for babywearing, it kept my prem close when she couldn’t stay inside. Now that she’s bigger, it means we can go anywhere without fussing over a bulky stroller. Great for a big city.

5 | Tiana

February 14th, 2010 at 6:30 pm


oh I forgot to talk about babywearing! I look at it this way: the baby just spent a lot of time IN my feeling hugged and warm all the time. I think it should take some time to get used to the outside world before physically being separated from me (or dad) and slowly as it ages, it can venture out further from it’s central safe space (me)

6 | Jen

February 14th, 2010 at 6:36 pm


I love the maple and the storm–both are beautiful!
I have 8 month old(5 month adjusted) twins–if I didn’t wear one(or both!) of them, I’d never get anything done! I’ve just gotten into tandem wearing and absolutely love the feeling of my son nestled into my chest and my daughter bobbing along behind me on my back. Plus, I feel so accomplished and awesome and just…like a superwoman when I wear them both!

7 | Amy @ Muddy Boots

February 14th, 2010 at 6:47 pm


For me, spice or driftwood, please.

I was able to borrow a linen Sakura Bloom for a week when Andrew was just a few weeks old and it was heavenly for those newborn snuggles. Even though Andrew is a year old now, I still wear him almost daily and I KNOW that SB’s are super supportive, even for older babes.

As for why BWing is important and why I love it, I could write a book! For those wanting more info, http://www.thebabywearer.com is a great site and their forum is incredible. Also it was started by a Canadian mama.

Babywearing International used to be call NINO, which stood for “Nine In, Nine Out”, as in babies are held for nine months IN the womb and should be held most of the time for the first nine months OUT of the womb. Mine are held for MUCH LONGER. ;)

8 | Rae

February 14th, 2010 at 7:02 pm


We’re on child #3, but I loved babywearing so much when #1 was little that I started making my own! (www.slingtastic.ca) I love that I don’t have to wait for elevators or monkey around on busses, and that baby will just fall asleep if they get tired in arms!

Even though I make my own though, I have a collection of pretties I love! I would /love/ the Kiwi one :D

9 | EmmyB

February 14th, 2010 at 7:12 pm


I’d love the bayou one to go with my blue-eyed babies. My babywearing days are just about over, and I’m sadly now selling my slings off, but I could also write for ages about how very useful my slings were – neither of mine were/are good sleepers, and sometimes the only way to possibly get a nap out of them was to strap them on and go for a walk. If I won this, I’d happily give it away – slings are now my standard baby shower gift!

10 | AmyB

February 14th, 2010 at 7:40 pm


I’m drawn to the Plum, but I think I would have to go with Raven so that the husband would be comfortable wearing it too.
I love the idea of babywearing, both because it feels so good to have her cuddled against my chest and because she seems so cozy and warm there. I would also love to have a way to carry her around that isn’t the car seat or stroller so we can take more walks or trips to the park without worrying that we’ll encounter roadblocks.

11 | Finola

February 14th, 2010 at 7:43 pm


If I win, I’ll have another baby.
Wait, no I won’t.
I would give it to a sweet young Mom to be that I know though….not sure if that disqualifies me from the draw though.
And I agree, I wish I had had one of these when my girls were little!

12 | Carly

February 14th, 2010 at 7:46 pm


Personally I love the “Driftwood” sling, but if I’m blessed enough to win, I’m going to gift my expecting-her-first-baby-girl-and-lover-of-all-things-purple cousin with an “Orchid” sling.

But, shhh . . . don’t tell her.

Thanks for the giveaway!

13 | Dina

February 14th, 2010 at 10:31 pm


I would love the Black Raven or Driftwood. As for babywearing, it has made life a lot easier for me. My little one has hated the stroller since day one so my sling has been invaluable to me. Even now that she is a year old, I still like to go for a walk (although she is getting heavy) and I wear her around the house to get things done. I find that it calms her down and many times has been the only way to get her to sleep.

14 | Shannon

February 14th, 2010 at 11:49 pm


I really love the kiwi color! I LOVE babywearing, especially now that I have #2 and need to keep up with #1!! I have my hands free and still able to hold my babe…I dont want to put her down! They are only small for so long!!!

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16 | Jennifer Andersen

February 15th, 2010 at 9:38 am


Thanks for introducing me to these beautiful slings. Oh my! They are gorgeous and look so comfortable. I didn’t do babywearing with my first. I just went everywhere with a stroller. Talk about inconvenient! I can’t tell you how many times I got dirty looks from other people because my stroller was in the way or how many places i couldn’t go because the stroller didn’t fit. Besides, getting to “hold” my baby all the time would be pure bliss.

I’d chose kiwi.


17 | Tali

February 15th, 2010 at 9:53 am


The Storm one! Which I’ve wanted since the Sakura Bloom slings came out (I made my own instead, which was great). I wore my babies all the time since I hated using a stroller, and because I was always taking the bus! Much more convenient.

My kids are a little too old to be slung now, but this would make an excellent gift for a very deserving new mom that I know!

18 | Stacey

February 15th, 2010 at 10:45 am


I think I would go for Plum.

I find babywearing more convenient than a stroller with the teeny tinys. With my second, it was much easier to use the stroller for my firstborn and carry the second than to try to make the 3 year old walk while the baby rode. I love that fewer people will poke at a baby who is being held too.

I also find that so many of the “conveniences” available to us now as parents seem to discourage holding and touching your baby. It is easy to just transfer the carseat to the stroller, and go for a walk. Back to the vehicle and back in the baby goes. If the baby fusses while out, just jiggle the carseat, instead of pick the baby up. It is really sad to me.

19 | susan

February 15th, 2010 at 11:22 am


they are all so nice but I would choose the kiwi color or the storm color.

20 | Beth

February 15th, 2010 at 11:52 am


Wearing my babies has been the most wonderful experience. It calms them when their unhappy, let’s them sleep on the go and keeps them safe and sound when we travel. If I were to win, I’d choose driftwood or storm.

21 | cgb

February 15th, 2010 at 11:54 am


Oooh, pretty slings :)
I’d choose the driftwood colour!

22 | Emily B

February 15th, 2010 at 12:54 pm


I love the Storm. Or the Driftwood. Or the Plum, or organic Raven. It was too hard to choose only one!

23 | Roz

February 15th, 2010 at 1:03 pm


Storm is my favourite. Would make a wonderful gift for one of my expectant friends!

24 | milkfacemama

February 15th, 2010 at 5:12 pm


These slings are lovely and so, so comfortable – I’m sure whoever wins will be thrilled and enjoy babywearing their little ones for a long time with SBs :)

25 | heather y

February 15th, 2010 at 5:41 pm


Thanks for hosting a great giveaway! I’d choose the teal color, not for myself, but for my sister. She needs this, her baby is 15 lbs at 3 months! :)

heather y

26 | Vicky

February 15th, 2010 at 7:18 pm


I have been eying Sakura Bloom for a loooong time. They were on sale a while ago and I tried to snap one up online but shipping to Canada was atrocious.

I love Storm and Spice, but really they are all beautiful. Right now I have a pouch sling that my 8 month old still uses. She falls asleep instantly when I put her in it. I love the closeness of wearing her, and also that it means I can have my hands free to chase after the 3 year old!

27 | Miss Vicky

February 15th, 2010 at 10:36 pm


Good lord, how could I possibly choose? OK, it would have to be the spice. I can’t pass up an orange sling. Although the plum is lovely…

We are big babywearers here, especially when a stroller just isn’t practical or when I need my hands dree (like the other Vicky, I do have a 3 year old to chase after!). My kids were never sling sleepers, though – they have too much fun looking around, checking out the neighbourhood. I also love that you can just chuck a sling or carrier in a bag and whip it out when you need it.

28 | Kristina

February 16th, 2010 at 3:13 am


Oh my goodness, these are so beautiful! We had a sling with babe #1 and it was not an adjustable sling (no ring), which I regretted once I found out more about babywearing options. I love that these are adjustable (versatile = fantastic). With babe #2 on the way and babe #1 turning 3 shortly before, this would be so welcome & appreciated. I dearly love the Kiwi but would probably go for Driftwood because that colour is more versatile & practical. :)

29 | Chrissy

February 16th, 2010 at 9:09 am


They are all gorgeous! I like driftwood the best though.

I wore both of my little ones in a wide array of slings and carriers. I love how free your hands are while you’re still holding your baby close. I found my sling especially useful with my second baby. I was still able to play with my 2 year old, bring her to the park, shop, etc. while still being able to nurse and love the new arrival on demand. I would have been lost that first year without my sling!

30 | Danielle

February 16th, 2010 at 9:25 am


I love the driftwood! My first child needed to be close to me and it was the only way I was able to get housework done!!

31 | Becky

February 16th, 2010 at 12:46 pm


I’d choose Organic Raven.

It’d would be the perfect colour for my baby-wearing husband!

With Baby #2 on the way, a new Sakura sling would be another welcome addition to our family!

32 | Kaitlin

February 16th, 2010 at 6:07 pm


These are lovely! I would certainly choose the Canyon one, regardless of whether or not we’re planning on little ones in the near future. (It’ll be a few years, but these are too nice to pass up).

33 | Sheila Dalton

February 17th, 2010 at 10:22 am


I have a BabyBjorn that was given to my from my sister from her first child… It’s been great to be able to ‘wear’ my daughter as right now my husband is away at college 5 days a week and so it’s been an amazingly helpful way to keep my hands free… I can make dinner and keep a relatively clean house… My daughter absolutely loves it too – she can’t get enough of watching what her mum is up to, and it allows me to stay close to her. I love the Sakura Sling as it keeps your baby that much closer to your heart. It’s so much more of a cuddle. The Organic Raven would be my choice! My husband would love wearing it too!

34 | Chantal

February 17th, 2010 at 1:58 pm


Oh I could totally use one of these. I have an older sling that is sorta working but the padded sides get in the way of a good fit. I was thinking of going out to buy a new one but I will wait till after this draw just in case :)

I would love the Spice one! Thanks Andrea and Sakura Bloom!

35 | cyndie

February 17th, 2010 at 4:20 pm


I love the kiwi!

36 | Jenn of The Roof

February 17th, 2010 at 11:07 pm


Beautiful! I’d pick the Canyon or Driftwood.

I love love love wearing my little one – I’ve missed it since my first has grown too big, but now with a new baby here, it’s become a huge part of our life again. I love that I can be with my 3 year old and still have the baby close by – I feel like I’m being a good parent to both my kids at the same time, instead of stuffing the baby in the swing or the stroller.

37 | Nikki

February 18th, 2010 at 1:03 pm


I like the Plum!

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39 | HeatherK

February 19th, 2010 at 8:32 pm


I can’t decide between Driftwood and Kiwi. Okay I guess Driftwood

40 | RitaC

February 19th, 2010 at 9:42 pm


I’m happily expecting my first baby the end of March and can’t wait to try babywearing. I’ve read so many good things about it. A little nervous about the challenges people have blogged about, but I hope to work through them. I really like the Sakura Bloom slings because they are beautiful and adjustable – especially for the dad! I think Drifwood is perfect for mom and dad. Thanks for the giveaway!

41 | karen at virtually there

February 20th, 2010 at 2:09 pm


I love the orchid one… and the kiwi one. I’m always partial to green!

As for babywearing, I’ve done it a lot with both my girls and plan to rely on it again for the upcoming third and last child. I love how easy it is to do things like wash dishes or help another child while still snuggling with the littlest one. I love walking around town with a baby on my chest, my heartbeat and warmth rocking it to sleep. I love that if I need to, I can breastfeed on the go. I love that I can grocery shop and not have a screaming baby in a car seat hauled through the store. There really is nothing that I DON’T love about babywearing.

42 | Rebecca

February 20th, 2010 at 3:10 pm


The Raven or the Kiwi – black is practical but there’s something gorgeous about that green!

I love babywearing – something I should have done more of with my son, but now with 2 kids, having the ease of wearing my daughter is a blessing!!

43 | Erin

February 21st, 2010 at 12:47 am


Love all the colours! Kiwi is my favourite!

Baby wearing helps your child feel safe and secure…warm and cozy. Now that my children are too big for a sling, my daycare children would benefit from a sling in so many ways. :)

44 | Adam Smith

February 21st, 2010 at 11:09 am


My wife and I are very excited to use this sling with our little babe. The storm or driftwood colours would be appropriate for both of us to use. Thanks for the contest :)

45 | andrea

February 21st, 2010 at 12:50 pm


Thanks everyone for your entries! The winners have been drawn via random.org.

Jen (comment 6) and Amanda (comment 2) each win one Pure sling from Sakura Bloom. Congratulations! And thank you very much to Sakura Bloom!

46 | andrea

February 22nd, 2010 at 2:22 pm


One of the winners turned out to be a U.S resident, and as outlined in the post above, this giveaway was intended for Canadian residents only.

I did a new draw and the winner is:

42 | Rebecca. Congratulations!

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