Monday, November 24, 2008

Darling Babies, Darling Moms

From the Kenyan tribal mother lovingly toting her newborn in a sling as she goes about her daily work to the California socialite strolling the boardwalk with her one-year-old slung to her hip, babywearing is fast becoming a more or less ubiquitous practice around the world. Slipping away are the days of padded, buckled contraptions with Swedish names; replacing these well-intended but complicated devices are simple, lightweight slings that emphasize comfort and imitate the natural feel of the womb. Polkadot Papoose, an independent maker of handcrafted baby slings and matching burp cloths, affirms a belief in the beauty of motherhood by specializing in products that honor the value of practicality without sacrificing an ounce of style. After all, a mom is still a lady.

With baby slings named for literary figures and authors, and a commitment to ending the scourge of human slavery (a portion of every sale goes toward freeing child prostitutes in India and worldwide), as a brand Polkadot Papoose enjoys a noteworthy uniqueness from many other babywear manufacturers that factory-produce their slings for profit only. With a full range of styles including those as gracefully understated as the Adele; as boldly feminine as the Sylvia; or as exotic-yet-versatile as the Sayuri, that same quality of uniqueness extends to each and every sling as well. And with three gorgeous new styles in the mix (Scout, Holly, and Anita), the collection just keeps growing. If choosing a favorite seems difficult, fret not: Should you win today’s giveaway, Polkadot Papoose will be giving you a Baby Sling and Burp Cloth Set of your choice ($76 value.) To qualify, visit Polkadot Papoose Baby Slings, then come back here to tell us about your favorite style. Tell us in a second post if you happen to subscribe to Wishing Willow, since our subscribers receive an extra entry in the contest. To post without a Google account, just click “anonymous.” Be sure to also leave your email address. The winner will be chosen randomly. If you're so ambitious to earn a third entry, tell us what kind of products you would like to see more of on Wishing Willow. Contest ends 12/03/08.

Polkadot Papoose Baby Slings is offering a whopping 25% off all purchases made by Wishing Willow readers through 12/31. Use the promo code: willow when checking out.

**We have a winner! Mommy Instincts Reviews who said, "I would have to say the Ophelia would be perfect for me and my new daughter who is due March 2009."

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Super Blogger Girl! said...

I like the melanie bast!

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Terra Jones said...

Beautiful fabrics!!! I love them all, but Adele is my favorite.

Thanks!

Terra Jones said...

I'm a subscriber via reader

Thanks! :)

Christina said...

Christina - xristya@rock.com - My favorite is the Sayuri Baby Sling, and besides being against human trafficking in India and ANYWHERE on earth, I love the idea of always carring a baby close, which I would tend to do even without a sling! Not to mention how fashionable these are also!

Christina said...

Christina - xristya@rock.com - As a proud subscriber to Wishing Willow, this is the post for my extra entry!

Christina said...

Christina - xristya@rock.com - For my third entry, perhaps more illustrated (children's or adults')
books? Or books about the female experience? I first found out about human trafficking in New Dehli, India, through a book with many photos (and later through the movie Born In Brothels, very similar in outlook, where the woman making the movie gave children cameras to take photos and later they had an exhibition in London and sold some, to try to get out of having to live as potential prostitutes of the future!).

Angie said...

The Melanie baby sling is cool..as are all of the fabrics. Love that it is reversible. Thanks for the giveaway!

angiedkelly at gmail dot com

Angie said...

I am also a subscriber. Thanks!

~ Cee ~ said...

I love the Elisa fabric. Thanks for the giveaway!

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Keyomi said...

i would love a Melanie Baby Sling. beautiful vibrant colors. Lovely!! :) Thanks

Keyomi said...

i am also your subscriber

Mommy Instincts Reviews said...

I would have to say the Ophelia would be perfect for me and my new daughter who is due Marh 2009.

Thanks for the opportunity!

Jen

Mommy Instincts Reviews said...

I am also a subscriber to Wishing Willow via Bloglines!

Thanks!

Jen

arbrashears said...

I love the Sayuri Baby Sling!

arbrashears(at)msn.com

cathyhall said...

i love the Sayuri Baby Sling the most, thanks.

cathyhall said...

I am an email subscriber

Lisa said...

I love the Melanie Baby Sling and Nora Burp Cloth Set. I would love to have one of these slings. Thanks. angel_2417@yahoo.com

Lisa said...

I'm a subscriber

cathyhall said...

I am feeling adventerous and would love to see things for older kids reviewed (my son is 4 ) - such as natural toys and boy clothes. I love the blog though!! (especially as you've always got something going for the moms)

mverno said...

the melaney baby sling

Mia J. said...

My favorite is the Melanie.

Christie said...

I love all the Polkadot Papoose slings but I have say Holly would be pretty for the baby girl, I never had:)

Christie said...

I'm the most loyal subscriber:) lol jk

Princess Caitlin said...

Oooh, so lovely! I think Adele is my favorite, but I love all of them.
I can't wait to grow up and have kids just to have a reason to buy one. :D Or maybe I can win one!

Princess Caitlin said...

Faithful subscriber here. :)

Karen said...

Love the Adele.

ktgonyea at gmail.com

Kristal said...

Oh, I love the Sayuri!

Kristal said...

I'm a new subscriber. Looking forward to seeing more of your blog!

Sandy said...

sayuri or the elisa mrs.mommyyatgmail.com

Sandy said...

subscriber mrs.mommyyatgmail.com

Sam said...

I like the Josephine!
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Discount Bento Mama said...

I like the Anita. Well, heck, I like anything with pink. Pretty design.

Discount Bento Mama said...

I am a subscriber.

Discount Bento Mama said...

I would be interested in seeing whimsical items for boys.

Angela said...

I like the Josephine. Plus, that's my grandmother's name...how cool is that!?

Angela
adsanford05@hotmail.com

Angela said...

I have subscribed to your blog! (I still like the Josephine!) :)

Angela
adsanford05@hotmail.com

sphinx63 said...

I like the Adele one, very nice!

nanja said...

I like the Melanie Baby Sling. Lovely blue color and pattern.

nanja said...

I'm a subscriber

Jenna said...

I really like the The Melanie baby sling. SO cute! Thanks!!

reb said...

I love the Melanie.

rebbi511 at peoplepc.com

Erik and Megan Pyper said...

Oh I have been wanting one of these forever. I hope I win. I love the Adele Baby Sling. Great fabrics. Thanks for the chance to win.
Megan
megpyper@gmail.com

Andreah said...

I would choose the Anita. Thanks for the giveaway!

Andreah said...

I'm a subscriber =)

cari_and_kevin_king said...

I love the josephine.

charlies_secret_angel2006 at yahoo dot com

cari_and_kevin_king said...

I subscribe to your blog via reader.

Anna Lloyd said...

I love the Sayuri design. Lovely designs!

Anna Lloyd said...

I subscribe!

ann marie said...

They are all soo beautiful! Sayuri is my fave =)

AmandaSue said...

I'm loving the anita design! I like the brightness and the colours are cute. thanks for entering me.

AmandaSue said...

I just subscribed via email

layla said...

My favorite styles (yes, I have 2) are the Sayuri Baby Sling and the Adele Baby Sling. Beautiful fabrics.
laylarenee[at]cfl.rr.com

layla said...

I'm a subscriber.
laylarenee[at]cfl.rr.com

Kristy said...

I love the ophelia style the best!

Kristy said...

I am now a subscriber as well!

Aisling said...

The fabrics are all lovely, but the Melanie is my favorite

Aisling said...

I am a subscriber.

Jayme said...

love the fabrics but i like the Melanie Baby Sling the best!

jayme[dot]bouwens@yahoo[dot]com

JULIE said...

I like the Melanie Baby Sling most.

Stacy said...

Love the Adele Baby Sling.

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Kama @ Today's Housewife said...

I can't decide between Sylvia Baby Sling and Sayuri Baby Sling. So awesome! I love the patterns!!

Michelle said...

I'd have to choose Melanie as my favorite!

jenny said...

wow i think thay are all realy nice and well any one would do for me thanks

kellyache[at] hotmail.com said...

The Adele is my favourite. Subtle but stylish. Thanks!

kellyache[at] hotmail.com said...

Also, I'm a subscriber. Thanks!

Sweetpeas said...

The Maryanne is my favorite.

Kelly F said...

I really like the Scout Baby Sling. They are all so beautiful and unique.

Kelly F said...

I am a subscriber :)

Anonymous said...

I like the Josephine style.
Andrea
dearandrea@sbcglobal.net

lace said...

I think I like the Adele sling the best.

lace said...

I just subscribed via rss

kristin-mason@hotmail.com said...

Hard to choose, the ophilia is pretty

oona said...

I love the Adele sling, gorgeous material and the little pocket is so handy!

Thanks!
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oona said...

I am a subscriber too :)

Thanks!
foxsquirrelrabbit at gmail dot com

Lisa said...

I like the ophelia the best!

Shannon said...

I like the scout.

oneinamil23 said...

wow, great colours!! i like the sayuri the best!

autumn398 (at) yahoo.com

Hil'Lesha said...

I love the Sayuri Baby Sling.

lilacbutterfly [at] earthlink.net

grommom said...

sayuri is my favorite

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grommom said...

i'm a subscriber

recyclebin@att.net

Blondes Poop & Mascara said...

I would love to win the Sayuri Baby Sling!!! Thanks!!

Insignificon said...

I like Adele!

Insignificon said...

I'm a subscriber, too!

Laura said...

I like the Adele fabric design best, thanks!!
laurachilton {at} hotmail.com

Laura said...

I'm a subscriber too, yay!
laurachilton {at} hotmail.com

melissad.williams said...

I like the Scout!

melissad.williams said...

I just subscribed!

Smiles Across Miles said...

I like the Marianne. I love their choice of fabrics

Amy said...

Josephine is my fav.

Meg said...

The Adele is so classy looking. These are gorgeous fabrics, Thanks!
gomeggo[at]gmail[dot]com

Lo said...

I love the Josephine.

Roberta said...

I covet the Holly! - a gorgeous pattern/ fabric and name.

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Roberta said...

I am a subscriber, thanks so much for all these giveaways, especially in time for teh holidays.

rhubbert(at)socal.rr.com

sara said...

I love the Sayuri Baby Sling!!

LN said...

The Adele is so sweet.

Linda and Greg said...

Melanie is my fave...thanks!
anthonlm01(at)aol(dot)com

Linda and Greg said...

I also subscribe!!

PsychMamma said...

I love the Melanie!! They're all beautiful though!

PsychMamma said...

I subscribe!

mogrill said...

I love the Anita! So beautiful!

Lynn H said...

I love the Melanie!

The Jackson Family said...

I love the Scout sling, so great!

The Jackson Family said...

I'm also a subscriber

jil@jildesigns.com

sarah said...

i adore the holly baby sling!

fertawert AT yahoo DOT com

The Saunders Family said...

love the melanie style!
mom2maria at hotmail

Katherine said...

The Melanie is TOO cute!!

shirahjoy1 at hotmail dot com

Misty said...

I adore the Sayuri baby sling!

Alli said...

The Elisa Baby Sling is gorgeous!

MaggieM said...

The slings at Polkadot Papoose are just beautiful! Choosing one favorite was very difficult, but it would be the "Elisa Baby Sling". The colors are so bright and beautiful. I totally support their worthy cause.

maggie@mannwieler.com

MaggieM said...

I'm a subscriber by email:)

maggie@mannwieler.com

socmama said...

These are beautiful! I like the Sayuri style best. Thanks!

socmama said...

I subscribe via reader.

Wehaf said...

My favorite style is the Emily!

urchiken at gmail dot com

Shelley said...

Adele Baby Sling is my choice.

Thanks as ALWAYS for another great giveaway.

tskrush (at) cox (dot) net

Shelley said...

I am a subscriber

Sundi said...

I think the Ophelia is so pretty! Thanks! ksrutledge at hotmail dot com

ThreadBeaur said...

I was just over at the shop the other day. Today I went back to pick my favorite. I love the Adele and Elisa Baby Slings, I had to put two because I could not pick just one!

ThreadBeaur said...

I also subscribe to your blog. I have the link on my igoogle page. Now I can see it everytime I connect to the internet!
threadbeaur [at] yahoo dot com

What an incredible contest. The slings are so cool.

DJ said...

I love the Holly!!
I would love to give one to my sister who is expecting.

michelle said...

I love the Adele sling the best. What great designs!

michelle at northofthe49 dot com

ThreadBeaur said...

The third entry, because I really like your blog, and the slings, I will try for a third. Third times the charm right!

Well, I love when you have independent artists and crafts people. I love the commentary that you include. I would love to see more giveaways from photographers, and mixed media artists.
Perhaps, a few quilts, or blankets.

I really have enjoyed your blog since I found it, and I love that you are introducing us to many new artist! Keep up the good work!

zoe hunter said...

I love the Adele sling..very pretty colors, and fabric. Thanks for the fab contest.

zoe hunter said...

I am a subscriber.

beartifix@aol.com said...

All are pretty, but Adele is my favorite. Thanks!

beartifix@aol.com said...

And I am a subscriber.

Mrs. Olsen said...

I like the Holly Baby Swing. Pretty!

rebolsen at gmail dot com

Jana said...

I like Adele. :) Or Melanie. I can't decide.

Allison said...

I LOVE these slings! They are all Anna Maria Horner fabrics-- how cool! My fave is the Scout sling-- so bright and pretty-- but it is really hard to choose just one! Thanks for the great giveaway!

April said...

Fabulous slings! My favorite style is the Josephine Baby Sling.

Ashley said...

Tree Drops Return Address Labels is my style. I love her fabrics, they seem one of a kind.
ashlomb at yahoo dot com

bocktalk said...

I like the Marianne!

Erin, maker of chimes said...

I like the marianne or josephine patterns, they're all so pretty though!

dinnertimechimes at aol.com

CutieFruity/TaylorFam said...

I like Marianne, but maybe I'm partial b/c that is my moms name.

EllyBean said...

My favorite style is the Melanie Baby Sling!

Anonymous said...

My favorite is the Scout baby sling. Thanks for the great giveaway!
~Sarah
french_mk at yahoo dot com

Seraphina Rose said...

wow, lots of entries! my favorite colors are in the holly baby sling! jessica
www.seraphinarose.etsy.com

Amander said...

Love Sayuri.

Amander said...

I'm a subscriber!

ky2here said...

I'm liking the Adele.

caseydeuce said...

I love the elisa!

tiff said...

I love the sayuri design.

texan_michael(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

Erin said...

I think I like the Josephine sling best, although it was a tough choice! I'd love to win one for my cousin (though I have no idea which she would like best)---so thanks for the giveaway.

emhagedon at gmail

Erica said...

The Ophelia Baby Sling is lovely. I also like the Adele Baby Sling, because it can be used for either a boy or a girl.

Andrea said...

I love the Elisa sling!

PurrPrints said...

The adele and sayuri styles are my favorites--though to be honest I'd be hoping to win this for a friend, since I don't have a child and she just did :)

PurrPrints said...

Oh and I just subscribed via my google reader

mommyjen99 said...

My favorite is the Ophelia Baby Sling . I have a 4 month old little girl and this would be awesome!
jen62728@aol.com

mommyjen99 said...

I am a subscriber
jen62728@aol.com

Abigail said...

I love the Sayuri.
They have a fabulous selection!

leftymylou at gmail dot com

Abigail said...

I'm a subscriber!

leftymylou at gmail dot com

catriona_sweeps said...

The Josephine is my favorite. Beautiful colors.

Shannon said...

I like the Josephine.

reb said...

I like the Melanie Baby Sling.

rebbi511 at peoplepc.com

Jennireesa said...

I like the Sayuri Baby Sling.

Claire said...

I love the subtle stylish Adele version. It would make such a wonderful gigt for my sister-in-law expecting her first child.

Aisling said...

My favorite pattern is Melanie (although there are a few others I'd really like to have too).

Aisling said...

I subscribe to your newsletter.

Lama Works said...

I love the Elisa sling!
lamaworks@gmail.com
lamaworks.etsy.com
lamaworks.blogspot.com

Rebecca R. said...

I like the Holly style. Heard about your blog from my sister.
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Rebecca R. said...

I just subscribed also!
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CrazyDaisy said...

I like the Melanie Baby Sling.

Stephen said...

Adele is my favorite.

jean said...

The Adele sling is my fav! Thanks for the giveaway!

Anonymous said...

I like the Melanie.

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amber said...

the Sylvia is sooo pretty!
Thanks!

shevilkenevil1 at aol dot com

shiloh said...

I am sure my daughter would like the Melanie baby sling best.

Lynn H said...

Great Giveaway!

Missesprincess said...

Elisa Baby Sling is my fav ~ lovely patterns.

oneinamil23 said...

i love them all - but the sayuri the best!

autumn398 (at) yahoo.com

Princess Caitlin said...

As for products I'd like to see more of on wishing willow - handcrafted clothing. It always astounds me how magnificent handmade clothing can be. :D

Sheri said...

The Ophelia is so cute!

SeahorseLady said...

The pretty Adele Baby Sling is my favorite.
Thank you for the nice giveaway.

SeahorseLady said...

I'm also a subscriber.

Lauren S said...

Sayuri is beautiful

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Anonymous said...

My favorite is Adele.
-Terra
partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

cdrury said...

cdrury@gmail.com
Sayuri Baby Sling is lovely

Mia J. said...

They are all very cute but Melanie is my favorite.

Heather said...

I adore the Melanie design! Thanks for the great giveaway.

blissnpieces(at)live(dot)com

zeitersouth said...

I love the Sayuri Baby Sling!
colesammom at gmail dot com

Jennifer said...

The Melanie design is my favorite!

valerie2350 said...

I like Adele :)

Babs said...

I like the Ophelia best.

sherri419 said...

So hard to choose, but the subtle colors of the Adele Baby Sling really caught my eye!!!

sherri419 at gmail dot com

rosannepm said...

Likethe Adele sling and the sayuri burp cloth rosans4@comcast.net

Christy said...

I love the Josephine Baby Sling. What beautiful fabric. Thanks for the great giveaway. ecghick@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I think the Melanie Sling is very beautiful.

stephanie_adkins@yahoo.com

bonobo said...

I love the Josephine.

bonobo said...

I'm a subscriber!

Ardy22 said...

The Sayuri Baby Sling is very cute

ardy22 at earthlink.net

Christine said...

I love the Ophelia sling.

Anonymous said...

I love the Ophelia!

jenny1634@hotmail.com

mogrill said...

Love the Holly Sling!!

Catherine said...

Wow, these are incredibly beautiful! My favorite is Emily (oooh, and Adele in a very close second).

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dpschad said...

I love these slings. It's hard to chose a favorite, but I guess the Adele would be my choice!

Anonymous said...

I love the Adele

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Anonymous said...

I am a subscriber as well.

tracyh247@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I like the Ophelia the best! Thank you! livinforhim2006@yahoo

justicecw said...

I like the Melanie! justicecw@hotmail.com

justicecw said...

subscriber
justicecw@hotmail.com

Erin said...

What great slings! I really love the Josephine!

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