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  • 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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  • What exactly is Organic Cotton & Bamboo and why are 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.

  • 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.

  • What is Certified Organic?

    Organic Certification is a certification process for producers of organic products.  The Certification for Organic Textiles (such as organic baby clothing) involves the certification of EACH phase of organic fiber and textile production.

    Certification requirements generally involve a set of production standards for growing, storage, processing, packaging and shipping.  However the specific ‘certification requirements’ vary somewhat from country to country.

    A certified organic cotton or bamboo operation has to have been managed in accordance with the organic standards (free from prohibited chemical inputs) for more than 3 years.  Spinning, yarning, dyeing and garmenting are also required to be certified organic if the final product (e.g. onesie, muslin wrap etc) is to wear a “certified organic” label. The producer and manufacturer will continuously undergo periodic on-site inspections.

    In summary, the Certification of Organic Textiles ensures that Organic Clothing is made in a responsible way – chemically, socially and environmentally and therefore the safest clothing for your baby.

     

  • Organic Clothing

    Organic Baby Clothes

    You probably have noticed the term “organic” being used for many different things. It signifies that all the materials are naturally grown with no chemical additions using farming methods that fall within strict environmental guidelines. For organic baby clothing Australia families purchase, this can be comforting for the child along with the parent.

    What is Organic Baby Clothing?

    This is clothing made from natural materials that were grown under conditions that did not include pesticides, destruction of the soil, or compromising the water quality. This means that the clothing did not harm the environment and the materials themselves are strong, well made, and durable while being comfortable for the baby and the parents holding them.

    The clothing is made from cotton, but like any plant it is subject to attack by insects which is why on conventional farms they use pesticides. When grown organically, natural methods are used to keep the pests away so that the cotton is free of any toxins or harmful chemicals.

    Because the skin of babies is thinner, it tends to absorb more of the toxins and other unwanted compounds found in standard baby clothing. By going with organic baby clothing, the baby is protected because there are very few, if any toxins found in the materials.

    Benefits

    There are several benefits to organic baby Australia clothing that parents purchase to protect their child from possible reaction to synthetic materials. While organic baby clothes do not necessarily mean that all babies will not have an adverse allergic reaction, the chances of it happening are quite small compared to standard clothing made from non-organic materials.

    • Less Expensive
    • Protects the Environment
    • Stronger Fabrics
    • Comfortable Feel
    • Protects the Skin

    This type of clothing means that the cotton materials were grown without the use of pesticides. Plus, it prevents soil erosion or a lowering of water quality in the places where the materials are grown. This means that farmers and farm workers are protected as well.

    The fabric is cool, comfortable, and quite sturdy which means that it lasts longer under normal circumstances. Your children are protected thanks to the natural materials used and when washed using the right detergents they can last for a long time. Of course, not enough can be made about the comfortable feel of cotton which not only feels good against the skin, but also means fewer rough places that can irritate. For parents looking to keep their child cool and comfortable, natural cotton with no pesticides or chemicals offers many advantages.

    Organic baby clothing Australia parents want for their children is easy to purchase if you know where to look. With the movement towards more organically grown fabrics for baby, children, and adult clothing, it may soon be that all natural materials are pesticide and chemical free. If you are looking to protect your child with the proper clothing, then organic baby clothes are the answer. You can find them for low, affordable prices and they will last a long time with the proper care.

  • 7 Reasons why you should choose Organic Baby Clothing

    1. Organic cotton hasn’t been treated with harsh chemicals and therefore you are actively reducing your baby’s exposure to toxins.
    2. The fibers of Organic Cotton are softer on their fragile young skin.
    3. Organic Cotton lasts up to 10 times longer before it begins to wear down from washing.
    4. By choosing Organic Baby Clothing you may pay a slightly higher premium but because it lasts longer it ends up saving you money.
    5. Another great feature of natural fibers are that they are temperature regulating meaning Organic Cotton can assist with maintaining a safe temperature for your baby.
    6. Because the production of Organic cotton excludes pesticides and other toxins this supports a healthier environment.
    7. There are no chemical retention’s from Organic Cotton Clothing which means its safe for people with skin allergies or hyper-sensitive skin to wear.