Thursday, April 30, 2009

Upcoming News

It's Mothers Day next Sunday which also means it's Belly Beyond's 1st birthday!

To celebrate both, we are going to have some crazy specials starting with $10 long-sleeved T's and $15 winter Pj's from Albetta. Sizes 1-6 but stock is limited.

ssshhh. We have an upcoming deal on nappy bags so alarming we can't publicize it here. The only way you will hear about it AND be able to purchase is when we send the coupon code out in our newsletter next week so make sure you sign up! Believe me it's so nuts our accountant just called to check we hadn't lost our marbles.

Sign up here

Self Cleaning Mens Underwear!

Got our supply of milkMAN boxers the other day and just have to show you the packaging from the wonderful girls at HOTmilk.

And even better these new HOTmilk boxers are totally SELF CLEANING!

Sure it relies on gender stereotypes for laughs but in a politically correct world it's nice to see touches of humour like this!

So how do you get your man a pair? Buy any two sets from the gorgeous range of HOTmilk (or 2 set plus 1 nightwear item) from Belly Beyond and we'll send you a pair for your milkMAN for FREE!

Enter the milkMAN competition
And while he's trying them on, get a pic and send it into the milkMAN competition. He can win
USD5000 worth of luxury travel and the title of New Zealands milkMAN. Competition closes 14 May.

A win, win situation all round really. You get sexy undies, he gets sexy undies and you could both be swanning off somewhere exotic!

Toddler in My Pantry

How do you know your toddler has gotten into your pantry again?

Go to tip your morning cereal in to a bowl and instead of cereal .....

two potatos fall out.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Top 10 reasons for Babywearing

The practice of Babywearing may be as old as human kind but it fits in so well with a busy modern lifestyle. Babywearing is beneficial for baby, it’s good for parents (studies show it lowers the risk of PND) and it’s becoming a way of life for an increasing number of Kiwi families.
The term Babywearing is simply the practice of carrying or wearing your baby in a carrier and more and more parents are cottoning on to how much easier life is - their babies cry less, are more content and enjoy being included in family life. Babywearing is not about having your child attached to you 24 hours a day but modern instinctive parenting which is mostly common sense. 

Babies of all ages thrive on cuddles and attention. How many times have you tried to put your little one down only to have them cry to be picked back up?  Babywearing skips that whole yo-yo process by putting them in the carrier with you, the child receives the close cuddle and interaction they need and you are hands-free and able to get on with things.
A baby sling was my very first purchase for baby when I was about 13 weeks pregnant. The thought of being hands-free while carrying my baby appealed to my practical nature and I liked the fabrics and the simplicity. Little did I know it would become a way of life and the catalyst of a business specialising in the best baby carriers on the market.
Slings are very versatile and can be used from newborn right up to 2 years +  When my son was a newborn I could breastfeed in public and no one else was any wiser that Ieven had a little one with me. As he grew, he happily sat on my hip and would charm all who met him – he loved being up on their level rather than sitting in a pram at bum height! When he was too heavy to carry comfortably in the sling for long period of time I swapped to the ERGOBaby Carrier. The Ergo can be used from newborn to 3+ and can be worn in front, hip or back carry. One of my favourite things about the Ergo is the ability to swap from back to front carry – means I can breastfeed on the go which is handy when chasing around after a pre-schooler! So here are my top 10.

10 Reasons to Babywear  
  1. Baby is happy. Their natural need to be close to you is met and happy baby = happy Mama
  2. You are hands-free. Life doesn’t have to stop because baby needs a cuddle (this is especially meaningful when you have more than one child!)
  3. Baby can sleep anywhere or on anyone in the right carrier
  4. Perfect for ‘the witching hour’
  5. Correct anatomical positioning for baby's precious hips and spine
  6. Breastfeeding is easy and it’s private
  7. Freedom to go wherever you wish - you won’t be hindered by, or even need, a pram
  8. Great for colicky or reflux babies. Upright is a perfect position to keep nasty stomach acid down where it should be.
  9. Babywearing is a great way for Dads to bond with baby
  10.  Perfect for travel - you might be allowed to take your pram to the Departure Gate but it's usually not allowed on the plane.  Using a carrier means your hands are free to carry your hand luggage onto the plane - particularly valuable when travelling with little ones by yourself! Belly Beyond has a large range of carriers available so you are bound to find the perfect carrier for you.  Don't forget many families have more than one carrier!  
Baby Slings
Soft Structured Carriers 
Wrap Style Carriers
Front Packs  

Thursday, April 23, 2009

ERGObaby - the only Baby Carrier included in Parenting Mags Top 20 Baby Products of the last 20 years

The award winning ERGObaby carrier offers hands-free closeness like no other! Its revolutionary design means your comfort will not be compromised and baby's precious spine and hips are held in the anatomically correct carry position (unlike most front-packs!).

ERGObaby offers 3 carry positions – front, back, hip – that promote healthy spinal development for your child from birth to pre-school.

And, the ERGObaby was the ONLY baby carrier to be listed by Parenting Magazine as one of the TOP 20 PRODUCTS over the Last 20 Years’ for its ergonomic design and amazing versatility.

We love our Ergos, use them almost every day and it's definitely a product we sell because we love it - not the other way around.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

aden+anais Zoo Wraps

Spotted! Naomi Watts seen out and about in Soho the other day with her two sons on Celebrity Baby Blog.

Note the monkey aden+anais zoo wrap used as a cover on the stroller!

Huge size makes them handy as wraps, stroller covers, play mats and mor and come in a pack of four, great for all year round.

Available at Belly Beyond

Happy Earth Day!

We love our little planet and particularly out little slice of heaven known as Aotearoa.

Belly Beyond make a conscious effort to be environmentally friendly in all aspects on our business, from using recycled paper packing fill and re-using boxes. We deliberately partner with like-minded businesses who take care to minimise their packaging and act in other environmentally aware ways.

One of the most amazing products we were recommended by our lovely Stewart Island member Paula, is the ECOtanka Stainless Steel Drink Bottle

Each year we are drinking 30 billion throw-away bottles of water worldwide!

That is 2.7 million tons of plastic!


Available in four sizes.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Merino Sleeping Bag Photos

awwww - THIS is how you get your little one sleeping well.

100% Merino Sleeping Bag by Sweet Cheeks and proudly made in NZ

Twitter Twibes

We are the founder of 3 Twitter Twibes - come and join

All things that make up our core business!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Happy Birthday Belly Beyond

Belly Beyond have celebrated one year in business and since we exceeded our turnover projections we decided to head to lunch at the ever reliable Soul Bar to celebrate.

Salt & Pepper Squid, Bluff Oysters and Beer. BLISS

Heidi & Lou of BellyBeyond - Nice workin' with you Heidi :)
Happy Birthday to us indeed!

NZ Herald Reality Check Article - out today!

Belly Beyond made the NZ Herald today (the country's biggest selling newspaper) in the Reality Check section of the Herald Homes.

The article details the start of Belly Beyond, the growth and progress and the juggle behind the scenes. We laughed at Heidi's hours back then - more like 150 hours a week now aye chick?

Nice shot of Finn in the Ergo Baby Carrier. Looking good Heidi!

OiOi Baby Bags - Smart Customers Pre-Order!

OiOi really is the ultimate baby bag brand. Going strong for ten years now, with many pretenders in the market - these bags have always been among the best available in NZ.

And the Leather OiOi Bags are DELICIOUS. I know it sounds like a sales line, but we honestly have trouble keeping them on the shelves. The NZ distributor doesn't bring very many into the country at the time, and we have to order weeks out as their stock is almost always pre-sold. But we are getting the hang of it and 5 smart customers got their bags delivered last week!

We have a payment plan for Leather OiOi Bags so you can secure yours for only half the cost, with the balance payable just before we courier it out to you!

All OiOi Bags delivered FREE NZ Wide

Release Tan Cow Hide Leather due May 09

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Honest Correspondence in Business?

Just had the funniest email from a potential supplier. Spot the all important word missing from this sentence.

If you have any other questions please do not get back to me.

What a difference a 'hesitate' makes. If only all correspondence was so honest!


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