Eco babies

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There’s something very un-eco about having a baby.

From the nappies; to the constant loads of washing. The leaking boobs. The bottles of milk or formula tins; to the wasted food that ends up on the floor from a disgruntled toddler. The maternity clothes. The maternity pads. The increase in shoe size. Not to mention the Indian sweatshop you manage to keep in business with the continuous need for your baby’s new clothing sizes and then there’s the toys….. Oh the toys!

There’s some things with which you can find a way to hold fast to your eco ethics, some things you compromise on and some things you can do nothing about. The ethical treatment of animals, chemical use on our planet and maintaining a toxin free home are things that I will not compromise on when it come to the health of my family.

Here are some of the products I have trialled and have found to be all that I need for the personal care of my child.

Baby wipes

We purchased 10 reusable bamboo wipes from Green Kids nearly two years ago. We use them every day and they still look like new. It’s as easy as wetting them with water, one wipe (yep.. that’s all it takes! They are amazing!) and throw them in the wash. Simple. For out and about we use Water Wipes. Made with only water and grapefruit seed extract, they are the healthiest disposable wipes I have come across.

Nappy cream

The best nappy cream is fresh air but if you have to use something for a bad rash the best we have come across is raw coconut oil. You will need to apply thickly each nappy change over the entire rash but it works a treat!

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For those hot summer days where bub is struggling with heat chaffing try Tinderbox Baby Powder. Made locally in Western Australia from tapioca starch, cornflour and essential oils, it’s as natural as can be and is capable of holding up against all those toxic baby powders on the market. It’s absorbent as it comes. And smells divine!!!

Nappies

I have written a previous blog on reusable nappies. If you are looking for a great compostable disposable nappy look no further than Ecoriginals, a Brisbane based family business. Look out for their fabulous nappy deals online.

Rashes

Pure Vitamin E oil, Suvana Pawpaw Ointment and organic unrefined coconut oil can heal anything!

Soap

Nearly two years in and we have never used soap or shampoo on our child. We wash him with water alone. Apart from his current flushed teething cheeks, his skin is beautiful. Our bodies are amazing. When we are born our bodies are covered by a white coating called a vernix. The role of this is to protect the newborn’s delicate immune system from invading bacteria. We chose to only cloth-wipe his skin after birth then wait a week before our child’s first bath to give him as much protection from his new world.  We all know that a good immunity comes from exposure to the world. He loves digging in the dirt. On the odd occasion we need to wash his hands rather than wipe with a wet cloth we use Dr Bronner Castille soap.

Moisturiser

Coconut oil. All you need.

Chest Rub

Perfect Potion’s Breathe Easy is the very best natural chest rub there is! Our son LOVES it. We rub it into his chest, his back, his throat and the soles of his feet both morning and night before rugging him up warmly. It helps the congestion enormously!

Cold and Flu remedy

By keeping their little guts healthy you can minimise the duration of most bugs. This is when probiotics are so important! Your child can have a dose morning and night in some milk (Our son is dairy intolerant so I use almond, coconut and rice milk. Rice milk has the same amount of calcium per serve as regular milk.)  Raw unprocessed honey on a teaspoon with cinnamon is a great flu remedy.  My son will have this quite a few times a day whilst he is ill. Also, a spoon or two of coconut oil will help the gut to heal.

Cleaning teeth

Jack and Jill have biodegradable toothbrushes and natural toothpastes that are a hit with the kids.

Probiotics

Such an important start to life is a healthy gut. As well as nourishing foods, probiotics can help maintain a healthy immune system. We use Bioceuticals BabyBiotic 0+ yrs.

Maintaining health

My toddler drinks a green smoothie everyday. I include superfoods like spirulina, wheatgrass, barley grass, gubinge powder for vitamin c, acai powder, cacao, chia seeds, Vital Kids multi-nutrients, bee pollen and raw, unprocessed honey.

I use turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, wakami flakes, kombucha and coconut oil regularly in our diets to help maintain a healthy gut.

Good health and good grooming need not be expensive and detrimental to your family’s health or the environment.

You mum’s rock. Looking after a child is the hardest job a woman can ever do. Baking the baby was the easy part. Be kind to yourself.

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My Eco Nursery

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b65f6cc3599eed35cb2175cb220992edWith only 2 months to go before the birth of our first child, the nursery set up has begun.

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.

THE BASSINET

slide1We 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.

tetra_snuggle_bed_white_4There 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.

THE COT

There are many wonderful sustainable cots out there on the market such as

cot-600x600This cot converts into a table as your child grows…Soleil baby bed

ubabub_plywood-room-BAnd this one grows with your child into a toddler bed…..Ubabub

961d8a7cf08b50dc_cardboardcrub.previewFor 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

product_images_ecoLinen_organic_bassinet_sheet_set1Now 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!!

little_bamboo_muslin_wrap_-_mainFor 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.

gro-swaddle-fv1For 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!

CBHomeCollageCocobaby 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.

9807d420-d7ba-4419-8739-84c17e1683e7If 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.

I have also been very lucky to have been given some fabulous new nappies from a girlfriend.  These nappies are from some fabulous companies.  Baby Beehinds, and Bonnibuns as well as other brands.

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_children_forside_rubber_naturally_designed_1Hevea manufacture some fabulous natural rubber dummies and teethers.

logoVULLI_0250(800x532)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

productimage-picture-stroller-g2-119_jpg_580x420_q90The “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

PurebabyPure Baby is a truly beautiful organic Australian children’s clothing brand that is all about social conscience.  Their clothing is divine!

cocoome_pj_bj_and_romper__20174.1365908723.1280.1280A 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!

eco_toys_1Ecotoys 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.  bg-000-009Alimrose 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.

2_Biscotte_et_PomponMoulin 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…

NAPPY BAG

Screen_Shot 2012-05-22 at 4.49.36 PMI 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.

MOBILES

mobilecribPetit 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.

98e8d4de0094675b0b541bce17c5d935Sweet dreams baby…….xx

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