Hartley: An Alliance of Moms & Slumberkins Collaboration

April 24, 2018

Hartley: An Alliance of Moms & Slumberkins Collaboration

We have a very exciting announcement that has been in the works for a while – and now the time has come to say: We’re so happy to introduce you to Hartley!

Hartley is a special Slumberkin, whose story was written specifically for children in blended families, in foster care, or who have been adopted.

Hartley Slumber Sloth

Both of us have very personal connections to children in foster care. My (Callie’s) parents were foster parents when I was a child, so I understand how painful of a transition it can be for both the children placed in the home, and for the family that opens their home, when the time comes for a foster child to leave. Kelly’s own father was a foster child, and she has also worked with children in foster care for many years as a therapist in the Portland Public School District.

In our ongoing mission to give back, we have partnered with the Alliance of Moms to support a cause that you can see is very near to our hearts: foster care. Founded by five LA moms in 2014, the Alliance of Moms is a membership-based auxiliary group that supports the work of the Alliance for Children’s Rights. Their mission is to break the intergenerational cycle of babies born to teens in foster care. (You can read more about their mission, along with some staggering statistics, here.)

For this very special partnership, we have created an exclusive Alliance of Moms Slumber Sloth and Sleepytime Rhyme board book: The Hartley Bundle.

The Hartley Slumber Sloth is an ultra-soft and cuddly friend that, when used as a transitional object, can provide an immense amount of comfort and a feeling of security – to help ease anxiety and transitions for little ones.

The corresponding interactive Hartley Sleepytime Rhyme board book focuses on diversity within families and the importance of love – not blood – binding families together into a “Heart Family.” Themes of healthy family attachments, family transitions, self-esteem, and acceptance are woven throughout this thoughtful and heart-warming story. The pairing of the Slumber Sloth and Sleepytime Rhyme is perfect for normalizing diverse family structures and empowering children to take a fluid and positive view of the important relationships that shape our lives. It emphasizes that whether near or far, we carry our families in our hearts.

For every Hartley Bundle purchased, Slumberkins will donate a portion of proceeds directly to the Alliance of Moms. When you choose to purchase this bundle, you are directly impacting the organization and the young mothers and fathers they support – empowering them to become informed parents who are equipped to give their children the healthy childhood they so deserve.

Our Hartley Bundle will be available on May 1st, 2018. 



78 Responses

Callie Christensen
Callie Christensen

May 01, 2018

Congratulations Alexandra Perry, you are the winner of a Hartley Bundle. We will email you.

Thank you for all of the amazing feedback and comments! We are so excited to debut Hartley today for National Foster Care Awareness Month.

Amy (A Good Kinda Crazy)
Amy (A Good Kinda Crazy)

April 29, 2018

This is amazing! Spreading the word… I hope someday to have a COUPLE of reasons to bring into my home! :)

Ashleigh
Ashleigh

April 29, 2018

This is amazing ! We recently just adopted our little girl and we are so blessed to be able to call her ours ! Thank you so much for helping and making a difference for these kids.

melissa
melissa

April 27, 2018

Love this so much!!!! Thank you for making a difference!

Kathi Isenhour
Kathi Isenhour

April 27, 2018

Hartleys story touches my heart. My daughter is fostering a child and it is the best ever.

Lauren
Lauren

April 26, 2018

I’ve been a foster mama for almost 15 Months to a beautiful baby girl. We said yes to bringing her home when we were 30 weeks along, and both girls are such sweet blessings to us. Both girls would love this sweet book.

Amanda
Amanda

April 26, 2018

I’m so excited about Hartley. I’m a new foster mom and a few other foster moms have recommended your slumberkins. I currently have a sweet foster baby. I would love to purchase Hartley for him and future fosters that we are privileged to love.

Ashley
Ashley

April 26, 2018

This is so amazing! Some of my friends have adopted and it’s ai wonderful to watch their journey and love. I hope to adopt in the future when my girls are older❤️

Stephanie
Stephanie

April 26, 2018

Wow! I love this and the message and comfort it can provide!! Truly heartwarming! 💕💕💕

April
April

April 25, 2018

Love the collaboration you’re supporting specifically because my parents were foster parents for over ten years then went on to adopt 5 children who they fostered. I fell in love with a baby girl through foster care, hoping I’d adopt her one day. She was in my care from birth to 7 months. Later she was taken from me and adopted by a relative. I was heart broken and could not bring myself to foster again. Blended families, foster care and adoption is such a huge part of my life and I’m so excited that I can join the Slumberkins family with a new character that we can completely relate to! My kids and I can identify with being apart of a blended family so Hartley will be such a special addition to our home! We’re so excited for the release!

April
April

April 25, 2018

Love the collaboration you’re supporting specifically because my parents were foster parents for over ten years then went on to adopt 5 children who they fostered. I tried to Doncaster care for a year but after caring for a child from birth to 7 months she was taken from me and adopted by a relative. I was heart broken and could not bring myself to foster again. Blended families, foster care and adoption is such a huge part of my life and I’m so excited that I can join the Slumberkins family with a new character that we can completely relate to! My kids and I can identify with being apart of a blended family so Hartley will be such a special addition to our home! We’re so excited for the release!

Erika Broyles
Erika Broyles

April 25, 2018

I love the story behind him! Warms my heart

Rachel poll
Rachel poll

April 25, 2018

Seriously can’t wait! Love the message behind him

Lesli
Lesli

April 25, 2018

A-mazing! I can’t help but think of the stories each little Hartley would be able to tell if he could talk;)
He would speak of the tears he caught in his soft little furry face while comforting a little one struggling to fall asleep and perhaps quietly cried tightly holding to him. He’d tell of the good days when the children shared their heart story with him. He’d hold their secrets dearly and secured in his own heart and little by little take away a bit of their anxiety and insecurity.
I ❤️ Hartley

From a mother of 4 adopted and very loved (and finally safe) little ones.

Ally
Ally

April 25, 2018

This is so so beautiful. What youre company makes and does is wonderful. So thoughtful, cared for, loved and beautiful!! Love the story behind Hartley. So wonderful. Have a blessed day! Thank you for being such a warm ray of light!

Cameron s.
Cameron s.

April 25, 2018

As foster parents in the middle of a tough placement, I am beyond excited to have found slumberkins and Hartley!

Alex
Alex

April 25, 2018

Oh I love this! I can’t wait to get one for our precious son’s birthday next month, his first birthday post-adoption after going into foster care at birth. I’m also going to get one to send to his first mama, who loves him so much, but can’t celebrate the birthday with us. Such a sweet sentiment, and the perfect way for me to help them feel closer.

Melanie Reilly
Melanie Reilly

April 25, 2018

This is so beautiful. thank you for writing this important book! I can’t wait to read it to my girls and to share it with others.

Jenna H
Jenna H

April 25, 2018

What a great idea and partnership!
My little guy would love this soft and cuddly sloth ❤️❤️

Cleone
Cleone

April 25, 2018

My grandpa was adopted and this story has meant and helped so much in my family already. 💕

Jennifer Rivera
Jennifer Rivera

April 25, 2018

My son and I just discovered slumberkins. He really wants one and he has his eyes set on this one. I love the story. I personally feel like you could also read this to a child who has just lost a loved one. I maybe biase because we did just lose my dad a few months ago. But the part about no matter how far apart we are I will always be with you really reminds us of him. Thank you.

Stephanie
Stephanie

April 25, 2018

Love this! I think our little babe would love to have Hartley. ☺️

Grace Cuffari
Grace Cuffari

April 25, 2018

Thank you so much for making this sweet lovie! I would love to get one of these for each of my foster children!

Jenna
Jenna

April 25, 2018

I love this. We would adore this sweet little lovie for our beautiful little girl.🌸

Nikola
Nikola

April 25, 2018

Thank you for this giveaway & for making these thoughtful sloths. We are in the paperwork phase of adopting and when we meet our little one, we will become a transracial family. Thinking this will be such a meaningful gift for our yet unknown & waiting child. 💕

Ashley Y
Ashley Y

April 25, 2018

I love that this gives back to a good cause, and Hartley is also cute!

Kristen
Kristen

April 25, 2018

I love this! We adopted my son over a year ago and we got him the Bigfoot for his first Christmas with us. This is such a great gift for children and parents who are adopting. This is so needed, more than you know.

Jaime
Jaime

April 25, 2018

I love this so much! Sloths are amazing, slumberkins are amazing and most importantly, supporting all children – especially those with an extra struggle is AMAZING!

Haley
Haley

April 25, 2018

Such a beautiful and thoughtful idea! Coming from a blended family I would have loved this as a kid! Glad that this was created for kids nowadays!

Matt Cardenas
Matt Cardenas

April 25, 2018

I love toys w/ intension. Teaching your kids valuable lessons and a donation is made to a great organization, just bc you choice to purchase a great toy. What a great message Hartley will be teaching to children & helping An alliance of moms at the same time. win/win.

Kristina
Kristina

April 25, 2018

I love this. So good to see support for blended families.

Tiffany Cardenas
Tiffany Cardenas

April 25, 2018

I can’t wait to get Hartley, to teach my kids about different kinds of families and the true meaning of the word family.

Kayla marshall
Kayla marshall

April 25, 2018

This is beautiful and such a good cause. ❤️

Jenny
Jenny

April 25, 2018

This is absolutely amazing and yet another reason to support such an amazing company whose mission is to positively impact the lives of children and families. Can’t wait for the release of Hartley!

Molly
Molly

April 25, 2018

As a foster parent I think this is great! Thank you for recognizing the foster care community!

Danielle
Danielle

April 25, 2018

It is so wonderful to see something being made FOR foster kids. When we read books and watch movies, it is often sad watching our little ones struggle to connect the story with the reality of their lives. Thanks for thinking of these kids!

Suzanne
Suzanne

April 25, 2018

How wonderful! I grew up & now am currently a mom of a blended family (the whole brady bunch. His mine & ours things) I couldn’t be more blessed but to have a snuggle & the BOOK to tell a story or help the Little’s understand better will be amazing. You guys rock!!

Lauren Fuller
Lauren Fuller

April 25, 2018

I love this! I’ve been trying to choose the perfect Slumberkin for my one year old foster daughter!

Dana
Dana

April 25, 2018

Love this! What a wonderful way to give littles a sense of comfort and belonging.

Sheri
Sheri

April 25, 2018

I LOVE this! We are expecting to have our foster care license within a couple weeks! I would love to get one of these for our first placement!

Danni
Danni

April 25, 2018

This is such a beautiful special one! So many families are going to take wonderful things from this. We are just now starting to adoption process and definitely need this. Thank you for making this.

Jennifer
Jennifer

April 25, 2018

What a great mission and what a great cause to be donating to! We hope to be able to adopt one day. <3

Mariah
Mariah

April 25, 2018

What a beautiful idea! I love this so much. I come from a family of 11 children, 3 of whom were foster children that we adopted.

Jaclyn H
Jaclyn H

April 25, 2018

I am so excited for Hartley to come out. Adoption and foster care are near and dear to my heart. When I was a teenager, my parents adopted my sister through the foster care system at 9 years old. When my husband and I began to grow our family, and knew adoption was our option we decided that adoption through foster care was the option we would take because it was familiar. When getting licensed to adopt through foster care we decided to become foster parents and have now welcomed and said good bye to 4 children. We have also adopted and hope to add more children as time goes on. Hartley will be the perfect addition to our family to help with all our transitions.

Keleigh H
Keleigh H

April 25, 2018

Such a great story this little guy has!!

Sarah
Sarah

April 25, 2018

Love, love, love Hartley and the meaning behind it!

Crystal
Crystal

April 25, 2018

What an amazing story and thoughtful way to help some of our most vulnerable children. I love supporting these ideals.

Kristin
Kristin

April 25, 2018

I love this so much! We can’t wait for this bundle and hope Hartley can come live with us!

Louisa Amundsen
Louisa Amundsen

April 25, 2018

I absolutely love the idea of Hartley so much! This is a great message for so many children who are separated from a loved one, or have lost a loved one. Thank you for bringing him back! ❤️

Megan
Megan

April 25, 2018

This is awesome! I just got licensed as a single foster mom is SC, and as a high school English teacher, I know firsthand how important literacy is in providing students with narratives to guide their lives and self-perception. So neat to pair a comfort item with a “new” story for these sweet kiddos!

Breanna bellefontaine
Breanna bellefontaine

April 25, 2018

What a lovely and amazing thought. I am a true believer that it takes a village to raise a child. I wouldn’t be able to have my career without the love and support of others for my little guy.

Janna
Janna

April 25, 2018

Thank you all for this partnership! Fostering is near and dear to my heart. As a child I watched all of my cousins enter the foster care system and not understand what happened. Now as an adult, as my son gets older, we are considering opening up our home. A Hartley Bundle would be an amazing way to start that journey.

Taylor
Taylor

April 25, 2018

This is such a great idea! We love our Slumber Sloth and would love Hartley too!! I also have the fox book that I take to work daily at a Day Treatment school. I would love to take this book with me as well!!!

Jessica
Jessica

April 25, 2018

I am so happy that you are putting such a special focus on blended families. Those unique transitions all too often get looked over and I am so happy to support such a wonderful company doing such positive work! Keep it up Slumberkins family! You’re doing wonderful things!

Tracy
Tracy

April 25, 2018

What a beautiful story. Would love to win one of these 💗

Deanna
Deanna

April 25, 2018

Such a great idea. Love this.

Amanda Ashmore
Amanda Ashmore

April 25, 2018

Such a great message and mission! I love your products and what they all stand for. Looking forward to getting this for my baby #2 due this fall. Thank you!

Kati
Kati

April 25, 2018

I love this! This makes me tear up just thinking about it; a sweet child carrying Hartley with them to help them with transition and to know that there are always people who love them. My husband and I plan on taking the steps in the next year to become a foster family and to hopefully adopt at some time. We have 2 biological children but have always felt the desire to adopt our next child/children. I plan on buying Hartley for our future foster baby- whether that child remains in our home forever or is placed in another home, I want that child to always know they are loved by us! I hope you guys will keep Hartley around for awhile :)

Hahna Cannon
Hahna Cannon

April 25, 2018

Three little adopted boys. Sorry, forgot to add that 🙈

Natalie Hinds
Natalie Hinds

April 25, 2018

This is incredible

Madigan
Madigan

April 25, 2018

Love this mission! I have so many dear friends that are adopted!

Hahna Cannon
Hahna Cannon

April 25, 2018

I love the mission behind Hartley and all of the other Slumberkins! This hits close to home as I am an auntie of three sweet little boys. Not only that, my husband is in the military so my daughter’s “heart family” looks different than normal. I think this lovey and book is perfect for a military child as well, especially during deployments.

Meredith Klobucnik
Meredith Klobucnik

April 25, 2018

I’d love to win one of these for my baby, such a perfect comfort toy.

Michelle
Michelle

April 25, 2018

Such a beautiful mission you are doing with Hartley. God bless all the foster parents and orphans out there. We have been looking to adopt as well and are still praying for guidance.

Missy F.
Missy F.

April 25, 2018

We are so thrilled Hartley is making a comeback! You ladies have hearts of gold. We absolutely love Hartleys story and it’s just an added bonus that you will be donating to a good cause.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

April 25, 2018

I love this beyond words…my parents were foster parents for many years and it would break my heart sometimes with how kids would come with literally nothing…to me, looking back, this would have been such an amazing gift to give to those children, something to let them know we were there for them & as a transition piece as they moved on for adoption, back home, etc.

Brittany
Brittany

April 25, 2018

I absolutely adore the love and passion behind this company. My son loves his Bigfoot and I wish all kids had the chance to have one of these snuggly creatures in their lives. Thank you! ❤️

Courtnie Ward
Courtnie Ward

April 25, 2018

Our family looks very different! As I’m a single foster momma with 3 little ones two a sibling set that I’m adopting on May 4th and a newborn who just joined our family in February! I can’t wait for Hartley because I know 3 special kiddos who need this snuggly little guy as they navigate the way our family looks! Thank you for raising awareness and supporting a worthy cause ❤️

Cassie
Cassie

April 25, 2018

Love your mission and passion! As a mom of foster twin babies, it’s so encouraging to see an organization that’s doing something to play their part in caring for the orphans!

Heather B
Heather B

April 25, 2018

We are so excited about the Hartley bundle! Our daughter is adopted and we are a new foster family. How perfect Hartley will be for those littles!

Jamie
Jamie

April 25, 2018

I love this! We are in the process of becoming foster parents now. Thank you for giving to the foster care community.

Erin
Erin

April 25, 2018

Our little girl loves Hartley aka Slummy. We can’t wait to have another!

Megan T
Megan T

April 25, 2018

What a beautiful and meaningful little creation! These are so cute; I need one for little E. She’s 4 month old now, I love how easy they are for littles to grab/hold and snuggle! Cute!

Kelly
Kelly

April 25, 2018

I’m so excited about this bundle! We adopted our son at 4 months old and we hope to foster again soon! I cannot wait to order this once it’s released!

Ashley Richardson
Ashley Richardson

April 25, 2018

As the longing in my heart to foster grows, I notice more “resources” and information cross my path. I’m so happy discovered the Hartley Bundle before we meet our first foster child, because I believe this will make a big impact on the little one we may know forever, or just a short while. Transition objects help my biological child day to day, so I can’t imagine the great impact a transition object would have on “our heart children” during their big changes. Thank you for making them a priority.

Samantha
Samantha

April 25, 2018

Love everything Hartley stands for! Such an important message for kids, especially with all the craziness going on in the world today to know they are safe, loved and accepted. Cannot wait to contribute ❤️

Bethany Edwards
Bethany Edwards

April 25, 2018

This is the best!! We are in the process of a domestic adoption, and the support we have felt from people and organizations like you has brought so much peace and hope to us. Thank you for pushing back darkness and working to destroy the stigma around adoption and foster care.

Morgan
Morgan

April 25, 2018

Oh my goodness. This is amazing and precious. Adoption is a beautiful thing that allows for the most special bond to occur. This is such an amazing set! ❤️

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