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Read on for a Best Nest special AND giveaway from Snugbags Merino Sleeping Bags!
If I had to pick one baby product to recommend to all mums everywhere, from the bottom of my heart it would be, without a shadow of a doubt, a merino sleeping bag.
Now that Nixon has his very own, Rolls Royce of merino sleeping sleeping bags, I will qualify that further by recommending Snugbags Merino Sleeping Bags which are equal parts beauty, luxury and function. Made exclusively from all natural fibres including the most deliciously soft and snuggly New Zealand merino, the quality of these sleeping bags has to be felt to be believed.
Nix was swaddled as a wee baby but once he was working his arms free I moved him to a sleeping bag and he’s worn one every nap time and every night since. Yes, even in summer! It’s an important part of his settling routine, plus his little limbs move constantly, at great speed, all day long so having him zipped up in a Snugbags sleeping bag gives him the tactile cues he needs to remember that it’s time to let
mama rest those little legs rest.
Here’s Kim, owner of Snugbags Merino Sleeping Bags in her own words xx
James, Neeva Rose and I live in Piha, our house is a little bit quirky and different, but it has a lovely beachy feel, it’s ridiculously sunny and it has the most incredible view of the ocean. We are both keen surfers so we love being able to see the water and the waves. It has a huge garden which is perfect for Neevie and our two dogs. I am originally from Holland but have lived here for 11 years and definitely call NZ home – it’s such a beautiful place to live and an amazing place for kids to grow up.
How did you evolve into a Mumtrepreneur?
Before I settled in NZ I travelled extensively and 12 years ago an old Chinese man told me that one day when I was 38 I would own my own business. This has always been my dream and his words have stuck in the back of my mind. Sure enough 18 months ago when I was looking for the perfect sleeping bag for Neevie I came across Snugbags. When I approached the owner to see if I could distribute her products in Europe, it turned out she wanted to sell the company. So I ended up buying Snugbags just over a year ago – a few months after I turned 38! Since then I changed the logo, added new lines (the new Winter Duvet Deluxe with merino fleece inner & the Organic sleeping bag) and I have added new prints and colours. Our new range of Merino pyjamas is about 2 weeks away, so you could say it’s been a busy year ;). I really love it though and specially the creative part of designing the new bags, choosing fabrics etc.
How do you balance work/family life?
Hmm that’s a tricky thing that I am still working on! Neevie is 3.5 and she is at home with me so during the day I don’t really get much done and I end up working most nights! It’s all not as glamorous as it sounds ha! But on the other hand I feel really blessed to be able to work from home, spend time with Neevie, go to the beach, for bush walks, playgroup etc. It’s a pretty amazing life style!
You live in one of my favourite parts of Auckland, how does living out at Piha inspire your daily living and business ethos?
We are very into all things natural, and we love spending time on the beach, in the water and in the bush. We are very active as a family and we are dressed in Merino pretty much every day – winter and summer!! It’s the best fibre to wear spending time outdoors and I feel secure knowing that Neevie is always at the right temperature. So having her sleeping in Merino at night came really natural to us. You cannot beat the unique thermo regulating properties of merino – it keeps children warm and dry in winter and cool in summer. Coming from Holland, I wasn’t familiar with ‘nature’s wonder fibre’ but since moving here I have become the biggest Merino fan!
Your gorgeous products are made here in NZ from textiles you have sourced locally. Was the desire to work with NZ suppliers an important part of the evolution of Snugbags?
Yes absolutely! It’s very important to me to be NZ made and only use merino that comes from NZ sheep. Both our merino and cotton is spun in NZ and all our dying processes are done here too! I love knowing every part of my business so I can guarantee that what we say is true. Our dyes for example are all certified by the highest Organic standards in the world (GOTS) which means they are nontoxic and free of harsh chemicals like formaldehyde and solvents. I think it’s really imported to have children sleep in a natural and chemical free environment, and I love the fact that our products come from sustainable sources and that they are gentle on the environment too.
Nixon has never slept a night out of a sleeping bag since he graduated from swaddling! How widespread do you think the use of this wonder product is?
Neevie is exactly the same and I am even contemplating making a 4-6 yr size sleeping bag for her next year ;). I think all kids should be sleeping in natural (preferably Merino) sleepwear and sleeping bags at night as it’s by far the safest way to sleep. When you dress your child in Merino, there is no risk of overheating, due to it’s amazing heat and moisture regulating properties. And when using a sleeping bag there is no more getting tangled in blankets or waking up cold!
What’s ahead for Snugbags?
We have a few very exciting things happening, the first one being our new range of pyjamas! They are made from a gorgeously soft merino & cotton blend and they will be available in two weeks. As far as sleeping bags go we are looking at larger sizes, more exciting and beautiful prints and more gorgeous colours.
The very, very important stuff!
Snugbags have been very sneaky and surprised us with a secret special JUST for our readers! Head over to the Snugbags VIP page and log in using the password thebestnest and get your bubba all snugged up in some luscious merino this winter! Hurry, as this deal expires Thursday May 28th.
To be in to win a $50 Snugbags voucher head over to The Best Nest’s page on FB and enter via the competition image. Yay!