• Baby clothes hanging on a rack A simple guide to buying practical baby clothes

    A mother will change their baby’s clothing several times a day so don’t complicate it.  Below is a list of a few simple rules to keep in mind when shopping for baby clothing:

    • Know how the sizing works and don’t get too carried away.  It’s hard to predict what size your baby will start at and how long they will be in the newborn or 0-3 month clothing.  So the best tip is to only buy a few garments in the smaller sizes.  If in doubt then go larger; you can always roll the hem up.
    • Choose soft fabrics to protect your infant’s sensitive skin.  Keep it simple and stick to cotton or bamboo.  Tip: Organic cotton and bamboo are the softest and safest fabrics for dressing your baby
    • Ensure the clothing is comfortable, i.e. when dressing your baby make the clothing fit the infant and not vise versa.  Opt for items with a lap neck design for comfort and ease of changing.
    • Avoid any garments with irritating tags or seams.  Look out for brands that use inner neck heat stamps which replace conventional tags.
    • Make sure the garment is safe. Take special note of how secure the buttons, tags, zips, ribbons or decorative detailing is.  If anything comes loose it is a chocking hazard.

     

  • Close up of a baby's eyes Your baby’s vision development – step by step

    Did you know that your baby’s vision develops over a period of time (12 months to be exact).  It’s important that we aid our baby’s sight skills by understanding their sight milestones and introducing relevant toys and objects.  Below is a brief summary of the developmental sight milestones as well as tips to help improve their sight along the way.

    Birth – 2 months: When your baby is first born their vision is ‘fuzzy’ and they can only see faces or objects up to 6-10 inches away (albeit very ‘cloudy’).  The only colours they can see are shades of grey, black and white.  This is a great time to offer contrast black and white patterned books, objects or toys to your baby.

    2-3 months: Your baby will find it easier to focus on specific objects in his environment and recognise faces.  They may even start responding to your smile with a smile of their own.  This is also the age that they become aware of different shades of colour and hence will show preference between brighter shades.  A great time to introduce vividly colourful objects and toys to your child.

    3-4 months: They can see right up to approx 10 feet away and focus on smaller objects.  This is when they should start to follow moving objects and reach out for things.  A great chance to offer them large objects (designed for babies) that they can attempt to grasp.

    5-7 months: Your baby’s colour vision is robust and he can clearly differentiate between different shades of colour and enjoy more complex patterns. They can also start to see a 3 dimensional view of the world as they begin to pull themselves up to a sitting position.  This is when you can introduce books with large, bright coloured pictures.

    12 months:  Your baby’s eye sight has fully developed and he can finally see the way an adult see’s.  Another interesting fact is that his eye colour has also almost reached the final colour they will be for the rest of his life (they will only change ever so slightly now right up to the age of 2).

  • Crying baby boy in checkered shirt How I survived the Terrible Two’s

    Toddlers are continuously frustrated because they can’t quite articulate what they want.  This leads to very testing times for us parent’s and hence it’s super important to learn how to manage these tantrums without letting them ‘rule the roost’.  As tempting as it may be to reach for that bottle of wine, it’s really just going to mean that you have even less patience when they do misbehave.

    These are some of the tip’s that worked for me and my toddler Indie:

    • Give your toddler attention in positive ways which will in turn provide them with a sense of belonging.  Read the signals.  For example, I found that when Indie started to whine I was best to give her immediate attention.  If I was busy doing something then I would find a way to include her, alternatively I’d read one of her favourite books or play a game like hide and seek.
    • Allow your toddler to make some decisions which will give them a sense of significance.  For example let them choose what clothes they would like to wear or ask them if they would like to brush their teeth before or after getting changed into PJ’s.
    • Try to remain calm and rational.  The less upset and frustrated you get as a parent, the quicker the meltdown will pass. This is because the more emotion you portray, the more likely it is that they will think it’s a game and want to continue.
    • Master the art of distraction.  When I saw a temper tantrum brewing I’d become really engrossed in a nearby object or toy and wait for Indie to come over to see what I was doing.

    Finally, possibly one of the best tips I received was that consistency is key.  If your punishment is to send them to the naughty corner, then make sure you do so every time they misbehave.  And remember – there really is light at the end of the tunnel!

  • Cute baby laying down Your guide to choosing Organic, Non-Toxic Nappy Rash Creams

    Nappy Rash

    Most babies will suffer from nappy rash in their first years of life. This very common irritation is caused by a number of things, from teething, to changing frequency to chafing to sensitive skin.  You’ll often find yourself applying a nappy rash cream which is why you’ll want to find a cream without chemicals and Toxins.

    Toxins & our children

    Toxins don’t belong in our kids products for so many reasons but most importantly because a baby’s skin absorbs toxins at increased rates; and since their bodies and immune systems are not fully developed they can not detoxify these chemicals.

    Furthermore, the toxins found in nappy rash creams and balms are carcinogenic and have been linked to causing allergies as well as reproductive and organ system toxicity.

    5 Toxins to avoid

    Reducing your baby’s exposure to toxins isn’t an easy task.  The key when choosing a nappy rash cream is to make sure you read the ingredients and avoid the below toxins:

    1. Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA)
    2. Propylparaben
    3. Petrolatum
    4. Boric Acid/Sodium Borate
    5. Fragrance & Colouring’s

    Did you know that another way to significantly reduce your child’s exposure to toxins is by choosing Organic Baby Clothing

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  • Why are more and more people favouring Organic Baby Clothing?

    Organic cotton & bamboo are grown without using any chemical fertilisers or pesticides.  In other words – they aren’t farmed in conventional ways. Furthermore, after the harvesting process Organic Cotton and Bamboo doesn’t undergo any chemical bleaching, detergent washes, print dying etc like their conventionally produced counterpart’s.

    But why all the hype?  Organic fabrics are Eco friendly and produced in a ‘safer’ environment.  They are better for your health AND they last for more washes which means you save money over time.  Finally, it’s best to buy clothing made from natural fabrics as it reduces the risk of skin irritation.

    Ultimately, the final decision as to whether you choose Organic Clothing is yours to make.  No matter what you choose, remember that the most important factors for choosing Baby Clothing are quality and hygiene.

    If your baby’s skin is extremely sensitive and prone to irritations, organic fabrics will be the safest option. If you cannot afford to fill your child’s wardrobe with only this kind of clothing, you should aim to buy organic materials for the ‘Essential Pieces‘ that come into direct contact with your baby’s skin, while the rest of their clothes can be made from regular fabrics.

  • Teething

    Most babies start teething anywhere from 3 and 7 months old.  In special cases a newborn could have a tooth at birth or could be as late as a one year old.  Teeth can break through one at a time or several can come through at once.  For some of the lucky babies there are no teething signs at all but for most there is some level of discomfort.  The most common signs of teething can be Refusing to eat, Pain waking them from sleep, Drooling and Gnawing.  Soothing your babies pain can be as simple as buying a rubber teething ring which you keep in the fridge or freezer for them to chew on or it can be as extreme as soothing gel that you buy from the chemist.  Just keep reminding yourself that it won’t last forever and is part of natural progression.  By the time your child reaches the age of 3 he or she should have a full set of 20 baby teeth.  Their permanent teeth should start coming in around aged 6 and they shouldn’t fall out until then.

  • Being Tired is now a way of life

    Every time I see or bump into somebody and they ask how I am, my initial response was to say “TIRED”.  I truly believe that the hardest thing about parenthood at this stage of my life is the sleep deprivation.  It’s not the lack of sleep but the broken sleep that affects me most.  I don’t know about you but if I don’t have a enough sleep then I am one cranky person with a short fuse.  With two girls under two and fourteen months apart, my world has been flipped upside down.  What I have come to realise is that every parent is tired.  So I have made a sub-conscious effort to stop saying those words and am training my mind to accept that this is now a way of life.  I know that it’s not forever and that there is light at the end of the tunnel.  So for now, when I see or bump into someone I have stopped saying that I am TIRED and now I tell them I’m BUSY, which is a whole new article…..

  • Organic Cotton vs Organic Bamboo

    What are the Benefits of Organic Cotton?

    • It’s healthy – Organic Cotton farming does not use synthetic fertilizers, harmful pesticides or other dangerous chemicals that can be harmful to your health.
    • It’s Environmentally-friendly – The process omits harmful chemicals that would damage the soil, environment and workers.  Furthermore, cotton is a renewable resource.
    • It’s High Quality – The fibers are softer and stronger because they are not broken down by chemical processing.
    • It’s Durable – Because Organic Cotton isn’t ever exposed to weakening chemicals it will last many years with proper care.
    • It’s Comfortable – Natural fiber’s are much softer and comfortable to the touch.
    • It’s Invigorating to know that by choosing organic cotton clothing for your baby that there won’t be any chemicals touching their skin AND there is no harm to the environment.

    Did you know that Conventional Cotton products use almost 8,000 chemicals during production? Published by Think Green, Go Organic.

    What are the Benefits of Organic Bamboo?

    • It’s High Quality – This is because it’s extremely absorbent, very breathable, and ultra-soft.  These features mean it’s both luxurious and practical.
    • It’s Hygienic – Bamboo is resistant to odour, mold, mildew, and bacteria even after numerous washing’s.
    • It’s Hypo Allergenic – This means it’s suitable for all skin types.
    • It’s Easy to Care for – Bamboo clothing doesn’t wrinkle and is machine washable in cool water. Furthermore, fabric softeners are not needed or recommended.
    • It’s Environmentally Friendly – Bamboo is a renewable resource. In addition, pesticides and fungicides are not required in the production of bamboo as is it is seldom eaten by insects or infected by pathogens.

    Did you know that Bamboo is not produced from a tree but an extremely fast growing grass?  In fact, Bamboo is the fastest growing plant on Earth.  Some species can grow up to 1 meter per day and up to 60 feet in height within 90 days.

  • Organic Baby Food or Conventional Baby Food

    What is organic food? Food that is grown in a farming system without the use of potentially harmful man-made substances such as growth regulators, pesticides and livestock feed additives. However, Organic Food Farmer’s in Australia are allowed to use a very limited range of pesticides. Therefore you are not ‘eliminating’ your child’s consumption of pesticide residue but you are significantly reducing it.

    In saying this, it’s more important to reduce exposure to pesticide’s for babies as opposed to adults because a baby’s immune system hasn’t developed enough to fight off all these toxins.

    Here are some good reasons’ for you to buy Organic Baby Food:

    1. It reduces your child’s exposure to pesticides.

    2. It’s environmentally friendly.

    3. It tastes better because without pesticides the plants can produce more antioxidants and vitamins.

    I personally found it really challenging to sustain a fully organic diet when it came to feeding my babies. Firstly it can cost you about 50% more to buy Organic Foods and secondly I didn’t have access to all the organic produce I wanted.  My solution was to choose organic where it really did make a difference.

    What foods should you buy ‘Organic’? Certain produce requires significantly more intervention than others to flourish (e.g. pesticides or growth hormones).  So when it comes to feeding your baby, these are precisely the foods that you should always try to buy Organic.  For example:

    Apples, Capsicum/Peppers, Strawberries, Blueberries, Grapes, Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumber, Corn, Lettuce, Celery, Nectarines, Peaches, Potatoes, Strawberries, Spinach, Beef, Chicken, Milk, Yogurt & Cheese.

    Whatever decision you make, the most important thing you can do is offer your child a balanced diet right from the beginning.

  • Should you use glass baby bottles or plastic baby bottles?

    I personally didn’t choose glass baby bottles for my 2 children (ages 1 & 2) but I would definitely reconsider if I was to have a third baby and this is why:

    Many of the older plastic baby bottles are made with polycarbonate plastic which is a hard, unbreakable plastic and can leak a compound called BPA (bisphenol A).  BPA can result in developmental hormonal complications because of the way it imitates Estrogen in our body’s.

    Fortunately you can find PBA-free plastic bottles nowadays but bear in mind that plastic is also less durable than glass baby bottles and they should NEVER be put in the microwave.  Furthermore, you should dispose of your plastic baby bottle as soon as it becomes at all damaged, scratched etc.

    Glass is easier to clean and simply sterilised in boiling water without running the risk of leaching harmful substances into the milk.

    Glass baby bottles don’t change the flavour of the milk when heated whereas plastic bottles tend to impart various flavours into the milk (including breastmilk) when heated.

    Of course glass bottles do have the obvious drawbacks of being heavier as well as being breakable. Just make sure you choose a glass bottle that has tempered glass and is ‘shock resistant’.  Finally, choose a glass baby bottle brand that offers silicon cover accessories.