We are determined not to overload our nursery and our child with EVERYTHING. There are so many children around the world who grow up with nothing…. Our child is lucky through the luck of birth to be born into the first world. We hope to teach him how lucky we all are and to teach him awareness of the world around him by showing him firsthand.
So..to the Nursery. With what we have chosen, we have tried to remain eco-friendly and organic where possible.
We have been soooo lucky to have been given a Hushamok as a newborn gift by my mother-in-law. It’s a beautifully designed organic baby hammock that is designed to mimic movement that the newborn baby has been used to within the womb. It is designed to cradle them and gently rock them to sleep with each movement they make. You can find some fabulous prices on secondhand sites such as Gumtree.
There is also a gorgeous little organic swaddle bed by Tetra that would be a fabulous and potable bassinet that doesn’t disrupt your child’s sleep. They also have wonderful and sustainable cot mattresses and pillows.
There are many wonderful sustainable cots out there on the market such as
This cot converts into a table as your child grows…Soleil baby bed
And this one grows with your child into a toddler bed…..Ubabub
For highly biodegradable…..Cardboard Album
There are so many beautiful “green” cots to create a fabulous designer nursery with an eco edge.
We have chosen not to purchase one of these cots (as much as I would like to) because we have been very lucky to have been given a cot from a friend that is no longer needed. Now I call that sustainable. Recycling at it’s best. Once again, if you’re not so lucky to be given a cot, check out Gumtree or a similar site to buy a secondhand cot. Just remember, if you choose to paint it make sure you use low VOC or VOC free paints. Just ask at your local hardware and tell them you need kid friendly paint.
SHEETS AND SWADDLES
Now if you read my blog regularly, you would know how much I love Ecolinen Organic. Ecolinen Organic have some beautiful cot and bassinet sheet sets for your special little oone. Think the most beautiful sheets you have ever slept in, imagine they were 100% organic cotton and Whalllaaaaa!!! Divine!!
For swaddling, we have purchased some beautiful 100% bamboo swaddling muslin wraps from Little Bamboo. Bamboo is such an absorbent, breathable and sustainable fabric designed to keep your child warm in winter and cool in summer.
For something a little thicker Groswaddle make some 100% organic cotton swaddles designed especially for newborns. They are cut specifically and are such a beautiful warm cotton weave that keeps babies so warm and snug.
REUSABLE MODERN CLOTH NAPPIES
I am a firm believer in using cloth nappies. I understand every family is different and I will never judge others, but for myself there is no option other than cloth nappies. Besides being reusable, they are better for the environment and your child’s skin. Some question the water used for nappy washes and the detergent, but today’s modern cloth nappies are sooooo much more than the terry towelling squares that were used on us as kids. Once rinsed, they can be placed in a normal washing load with other clothes, require biodegradable detergents only and do not require soaking or whiteners as they are designed to remain white when dried on the clothes line in the sun!
Cocobaby have THE most beautiful designs for their MCN’s. Butterflies, spots, floral patterns…… I can’t tell you how divine they are! Their sizing is one-size-fits-all from birth to toilet training.
If you are looking for one-size-fits-all pocket nappies with insertable bamboo liners that you can adjust depending on your requirements, look no further than Green Kids. I think the design of their nappies is pretty clever and the bamboo inserts are so absorbent. Within the pocket, they draw any moisture away from your child’s skin meaning the nappy can be worn for longer between changes. They also stock fabulous bamboo reusable and washable wipes that I intend to use each and every nappy change. So soft and absorbent on your child’s skin.
Every child is different and I have been told that what nappy brand leaks for a friend’s child might fit your child perfectly. Therefore, I suggest you purchase one or two of each nappy brand you like and try them before purchasing a full set. A full set can be around $600 but if you compare that to the $2000-$4000 cost of disposables over the same period, I think it’s fabulously worth it!!
TEETHING AND SOOTHERS
There is much debate over whether you should “dummy” your child. I say whatever works for you and your family. Hevea manufacture some fabulous natural rubber dummies and teethers.
My mother-in-law knows me so well and had given us a beautiful Parisian “Sophie le Giraffe.” A wonderful 100% natural rubber teething toy that has been a favourite with French children since 1961! How stylish!!
PRAM AND CAR SEAT
The “greenest” pram I can find is the Orbit G2. Made with Orbitgreen certified fabric, it is the world’s first stroller with all fabrics and foams certified safe by Oeko-Tex® Standard 100. It is also BPA and PVC free. Only problem is it is not currently available in Australia. Orbit also make a fabulous baby car capsule that clips into the Orbit G2. It uses safe flame retardants in it’s manufacture without the potentially harmful chemicals, PBBs and PBDEs, used in most other car seats. I looked at importing one of these into Australia, but as they are not currently certified to Australian standards, if you have a car crash and the child is injured or worse, you as the parent must wear any court findings including manslaughter….. Scary I know!! Therefore, I have chosen instead to purchase a secondhand running pram on Gumtree and a new baby-to-4-years Australian certified car seat and fit them out with a natural sheepskin fitted liner that is washable and will minimise skin contact between our child and certified flame retardant fabrics.
CLOTHING AND TOYS
Pure Baby is a truly beautiful organic Australian children’s clothing brand that is all about social conscience. Their clothing is divine!
A friend of mine runs a fabulous organic children’s sleepwear company called Cocoome. Many children’s pyjamas and onesies are coated in a flame retardant chemical, hence why organic is so important for our children’s sleep. Amanda’s designs are beautiful. Tell her I sent you. You’ll love them!
Ecotoys have fabulous wooden toys and organic cotton dolls for when your little one grows and starts to interact. Wonderful toys that are also highly stimulating.
Some other companies that have toys that I love are Alimrose Designs and Moulin Roty. Alimrose Designs are stunning Australian designed dolls, toys, bibs etc that are sooooo unique and divine! The company gives back to Save the Children Australia and Bear Cottage, a respite and palliative care hospice for children & young people with life limiting illnesses & their families in Sydney, Australia.
Moulin Roty, as far as I know, are not eco but they do have some of the most beautiful traditional wooden toys and plush toys you will ever see designed by a French toymaker. For a classic, unique toy that will be pride of place for a lifetime, look no further…
I have chosen a tote bag from Apple and Bee as my nappy bag. A fabulous Australian company that is carbon neutral and commits itself to having the lowest minimal impact on the environment that it possibly can. They also stock a fabulous range of bibs, nappy mats, library bags, lunch boxes, totes and accessories for kids and adults of all ages.
Petit Collage have some stunning mobiles for your child’s nursery. Made in the US from sustainably harvested bamboo, all the images are laser cut and assembled by hand.
I have chosen though, a beautiful white handmade Indian dream catcher similar to this to be hung over our baby’s cot.