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The Natural Nursery has now closed.  Thank you to all our fantastic customers over the last 12 years.

We have loved helping you choose the right slings and nappies for your families but now the time has come for us to move in a new direction.

Essential Family Festivals in the South WestpinArabella is the editor of Exeter Baby Activities – the essential parenting guide to life in Exeter and being a mum (or dad).

Recent posts include:

Your Essential Guide to Family Friendly Festivals in the South West

How to Choose the Perfect Potty for your Little One

 

 

The Benefits of Baby Swimming

At Baby Paddlers we have experienced first hand the benefits to starting your child swimming young. Depending upon the pool temperature, we recommend (in line with STA guidelines) that babies start from birth. Swimming is among the most awesome experiences you'll ever share with your child. Babies are naturally in love with the water as they grow and develop in the womb. Lots of pregnant mothers are opting for a water birth because it's considered to be the most natural entry into the world plus it is great for pain ...
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A Mountain of disposable nappies

Nappy Mountain

This is one baby's pile of disposable nappies  - quite a lot when you see them all heaped up like that - what a Nappy Mountain! Making the change to real nappies is super easy - it's great for your pocket, your baby and the environment too. You can find out more reasons to switch on our Cloth nappies: Why are they best page? And don't forget, even making the change to cloth for 2 or 3 nappies a day will make a huge difference ...
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Ring Sling types of baby carriers and slings

Types of Baby Carriers and Baby Slings

Modern babywearing is characterised by a wealth of choice, so much so that many new parents feel overwhelmed.  In reality, there are actually only a few main Types of Baby Carriers and Baby Slings. Stretchy Wrap A long piece of t-shirt like material that you wrap around yourself before putting baby in.  Suitable for newborns (including prem babies with some brands) up to bigger babies.  Most commonly worn on the front, though hip carries are comfortable too.  Potentially the easiest sling to use as the fabric is very forgiving and ...
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Snowdrop Snowdrop

The start of spring is my favourite time of year and although it is still so very cold outside at the moment, the first snowdrops remind us that it won't be long until the warmer weather is here. Today has been all about the snowdrop song - one of the blessings of parenting Steiner educated children is seasonality of their songs - the gentle rhythm following the ebb and flow of the year. Snowdrop Snowdrop little drops of snow What do you do when the cold wind blows I hang ...
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Seamless Joins

One of my New Year goals had been to make time for some grown up craft so for today's Make it Monday I'd like to share my new crochet discovery: seamless joins. I'm part way through making the retro spot blanket for my littlest one and those annoying bobbles when joining have been annoying me. See it there in the picture above? It's only tiny I know but it still bugs me. So today while youngest one flopped on the sofa feeling poorly, I flicked through the Moogly blog until ...
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Ergo Baby Carrier

Ergo Baby Carrier in Stock in Exeter

Very excited to receive a huge delivery of ErgoBaby Carriers.  Lots of boxes with lots of new stock so I've been busy unpacking, sorting and best of all playing. We've added the Ergo Baby Carrier 360 to our product range - allowing you to carry your baby in 4 different ways, all of them in the correct ergonomic babywearing position. Also perfect for the current weather are the very practical and useful babywearing covers - they can be used on your front or your back and are a great way ...
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Sling Meets in Exeter

The Natural Nursery is delighted to be able to support Exeter Sling Meet. Sling Meets are a fantastic way of finding out more about babywearing, whether you are an experienced baby carrier user, looking for a newborn stretchy wrap carrier or want to try on a few carriers before splashing out on a new one. It's also a lovely social occasion - lots of room inside and out for children to play and a chance to meet local mummies (and the odd babywearing dad). Exeter Sling Meets happen every month, ...
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Half Price Beco Infant Inserts

Fantastic offer on Beco Soleil Infant inserts - half price on selected designs. The Infant Insert quickly and easily adapts the Beco Soleil Carrier into a baby sling for a newborn. Save £9.50 on selected colours at The Natural Nursery this week ...
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On the 12th day of Christmas

Although I love decorating the house for Christmas, I am secretly a little glad when 6th January comes and we can pack it all away until December. I do like spend half an hour salvaging bits to reuse for craft projects; some during the year and some for our Advent crafts. This box has the fronts of Christmas cards, scraps from crackers, party hats and other sparkly bits that we will use to make gift tags from with recycled ribbons to tie them on with. It's not much in the ...
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Tula baby carrier in exeter

Baby and Children’s Market Feb 2015

If you are looking for some bargains, then the ever popular Baby and Children's Market is for you. There are over 40 stalls, a great mix of pre loved and exciting new products, so you are sure to find some amazing deals. I've bought gorgeous wooden toys before, including an amazing bargain of a hardly used tool bench, complete with saws, hammers, nails, screws, bolts etc for only £3! The Natural Nursery will be there, with a range of super cute real nappies for you to see first hand just ...
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It’s my birthday!

And no, I'm not going to tell you how old I am. I'm spending the day relaxing with family and friends but I'd like to share the birthday cheer by offering 10% off over the whole site. No need for pesky codes, the discount is applied automatically for you. That means you could by a new Tula toddler carrier for under £100 including free UK postage. See you next week when I'm a year older ...
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New Year!

Happy New Year everyone. I hope 2015 is a peaceful year full of joy for you and your family. As ever, I start the year full of good intentions, this time mostly centred around filing. I promise, promise that I will be better at it this year. What promises have you made yourself as we start this year? ...
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Tula Baby Carrier Review

We know how fantastic the Tula baby carrier is (we use the toddler carrier with our 3 year old) but it is always great to know just how much our customers love them too. This is one of the reviews we have had recently: "Beautiful carrier, well worth the price. The padding makes it very comfortable for my daughter and for me, and I love the little touches, such as the integral bands to wrap up the excess straps so they don't flap around when walking. The pocket on the ...
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Cherub Chews Nursing Necklace Review

Someone loves their Cherub Chews necklaces! We received this review from a happy customer: "I have two of these necklaces in different colours. The shades of the knitted beads are beautiful and the wood looks and feels lovely. As for my one year old he loves cuddling up and twiddling the beads, he seems to find it calming and appears to like touching each different colour. I'm now thinking of getting more colours to match more outfits as I wear them casually as well as with my smart work wear ...
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Baby Sling Safety

Like everyone in the babywearing community, we are The Natural Nursery are deeply saddened to learn of the death of a baby last Christmas in a sling.  The death of any baby, in any circumstances is a tragedy and we would like to extend our condolences to all affect by this loss. If there is any message to take away from this sad event, it is that clear, concise and practical information on the safe use of slings, just like any other baby product, is vital for new parents. So, ...
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Save With Real Nappies

We are well into 2014 now, how are you going with your New Year Resolutions?  Lots of parents I have spoken to have vowed to make sure they stop wasting money this year and when you have young children, making the switch to real nappies is a no-brainer. Washable nappies are super cute - those bottoms are so fluffy and squidgy and modern real nappies are super easy to use too.  No need to fold, no need to boil or soak and many families are actually doing LESS washing as they ...
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Simple Crayon Craft Christmas Present

Rainbow coloured crayons recycled from broken crayons made by my 10 year old for our toddler as a Christmas present. They are very simple to make and look amazing too. You need: Collection of old, broken crayons Cupcake moulds or small, oven proof containers Oven Method Remove the paper from the crayons and break into 1-2 cm pieces. There is no need to be exact. Divide your broken crayons amongst the cupcake cases. I think random works best. Put the tray in a hot oven for about 10 mins. You ...
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Discount Girasol baby wrap

Girasol Baby Wrap – £15 Discount

This week's special offer is an amazing £15 off any instock Girasol baby wrap here at The Natural Nursery. We love Girasol wraps - unlike mass produced wraps they have a lovely handwoven feel with all the uniqueness that brings. They come in a range of vibrant and not-so-vibrant rainbows so there is one suitable for every personality. They can be used for newborns right the way through to heavy toddlers for front, back and hip carriers - the possibilities are endless. Buy your Girasol wrap from The Natural Nursery ...
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New Boba 4G with integrated infant insert at the Natural Nursery

Made with the help of mountaineering professionals in Boulder, Colorado, USA (thus the name "BO-BA" from BOulder BAby Carrier), the Boba 4G carrier is built so babywearers around the world can continue to enjoy the great outdoors with their growing babies, from birth to pre-school - the perfect carrier for babywearing families! As the successor to the Boba 3G Carrier, the NEW Boba 4G (4th generation carrier) retains all your favourite features with key enhancements made to the infant support system that allows the user to fit different size infants ...
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Children’s Egg Recipes

This week is British Egg Week so we thought we would do a round up of some toddler and child friendly egg recipes. Some are favourites from our family recipe books, others have been shared on our Facebook Page. Scotch Pancakes Pancakes are a Sunday morning staple but during the week we make Scotch pancakes as a quick pudding or simple snack.  They can be eaten straight from the pan and are nice cold too - they travel well so we take them out with us for day trips. 200g ...
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Real Nappy Tips – Drying Pocket Nappies

Washing modern real nappies is VERY easy and pocket nappies are among the quickest to dry but this little tip will help you speed the process up even more. When you have washed your pocket nappies simply turn them inside out before you peg them out. It only takes seconds to do yet I find it reduces the drying time by several hours as the wetness on the now exposed waterproofing can blow/evaporate away ...
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Cycle to Work Day

Today is cycle to work day, are you joining in? It's a great fun way to encourage more people to think about getting out of their car and onto their bike. Today will be a mixed day for me as I have school and work to fit in: social breakfast at school, drop a baby sling off for someone to try out, then off to breastfeeding cafe with a set of real nappies for a lovely mama to try out, a bit of food shopping, then back to school for ...
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The Winner of the Lactivist and Natural Nursery Bundle is………..

Huge congratulations to Victoria Lumb who entered the competition we ran over World Breastfeeding Week 2013. She wins a bundle of Lactivist goodies, nursing tea and breastpads! ...
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Win a Hoppediz Balloon Ball – ends Sunday 18th August 9pm

We have just had a big shipment in from Germany full of gorgeous wraps and ring slings and to celebrate we are giving away a fabulous Balloon Cover to one lucky winner. Hoppediz slings are extremely versatile baby wrap – there are literally hundreds of carrying positions for babies and toddlers of all ages and parents of all sizes. The Hoppediz slings have a special broken twill weave that allows the fabric to stretch and mold around your baby on the diagonal, yet gives fantastic support, even for heavier babies ...
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Celebrate World Breastfeeding Week in Style – Comp ends 7th August 2013

Lactivist and the Natural Nursery have got together to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week in style. All this week there are lots of prizes to be won in their joint competition, including Lactivist goodies, nursing tea, breastpads and more. There are lots of ways to enter, from sending simple Tweets to posting up your favourite picture of you nursing in a sling. Enter using Rafflecopter below or on our Facebook pages. www.facebook.com/lactivistpage www.facebook.com/naturalnursery Good luck! Lisa and Arabella a Rafflecopter giveaway ...
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Pretty Hoppediz Woven Baby Wraps at the Natural Nursery

The Hoppediz is a Woven baby wrap sling in a range of gorgeous patterns and colours.  The Hoppediz baby wrap has a special broken twill weave that allows the fabric to stretch and mold around your baby on the diagonal, yet gives fantastic support, even for heavier babies and toddlers. "This arrived 2 days after ordering :). Bright and colourful was lovely and soft and easy to use, even for a novice like me! Easy to follow instructions." Angelique The Hoppediz has these benefits: Extremely versatile baby wrap – there ...
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ERGOBaby Carrier – “baby backpack a lifesaver”

A key feature of the ErgoBaby Baby Carrier is its design - unlike some other baby carriers, it holds your baby in the anatomically correct position, so your baby is "seated" in the carrier rather than suspended from it.  Studies have shown that this is better for the development of your baby's spine as it does not put undue pressure on developing bones. For the parent, the Ergo is comfortable even for long carries and can be quickly adjusted to fit from 5' to 6'5" so it adapts well in ...
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Sylas in his Lactivist cloth nappy t-shirt

Win in the Natural Nursery Real Nappy Week Comp! (Ends 21st April 2013)

It's Real Nappy Week and to celebrate the Natural Nursery has some Little Lamb goodies for you to win. Using the nifty little Rafflecopter widget you can warn one point each for liking the Natural Nursery Facebook page, the Real Nappy Facebook page, following us on twitter and tweeting about the competition (which you can do daily). Earn a massive 10 extra points for sharing your pictures of real nappies on the Natural Nursery Facebook page. These pictures will make up a gallery of real nappies so you must be ...
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Wonderful wrap at a wonderful price! Hoppediz Woven Baby Wrap

The Hoppediz Woven Baby Wrap comes in a range of gorgeous patterns and colours.  The Hoppediz baby wrap has a special broken twill weave that allows the fabric to stretch and mold around your baby on the diagonal, yet gives fantastic support, even for heavier babies and toddlers. Natural Nursery customer Danielle bought this to wear at her sisters wedding. She said: "I wanted something not as bright as my normal stash. Very nice and went lovely with my dress, and it was pritty soft out of the box so ...
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Stunning Colours with a Girasol Ring Sling

These ring slings are made from Girasol baby wraps, woven in Guatamala under fair trade conditions. Benefits: The beauty and support of a woven wrap but with the speed and adjustability of rings Fast to put on – pre-thread the rings, pop over your head and pop baby in, before adjusting Can be used to support breastfeeding (we advise returning baby to a tummy to tummy position after nursing) One size fits most Unpadded for ease of adjusting Weight is distributed over your shoulder and back Easy and fast to ...
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“Comfy for both of us” ERGOBaby Carrier – baby backpack

A key feature of the ErgoBaby Baby Carrier is its design - unlike some other baby carriers, it holds your baby in the anatomically correct position, so your baby is "seated" in the carrier rather than suspended from it.  Studies have shown that this is better for the development of your baby's spine as it does not put undue pressure on developing bones. For the parent, the Ergo is comfortable even for long carries and can be quickly adjusted to fit from 5' to 6'5" so it adapts well in ...
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Save £100s with beautiful cloth nappies at the Natural Nursery

Wool Nappy Wraps “surprisingly effective!”

Disana Wool Wraps are beautifully soft overpants made from two layers of knitted new wool. Possibly the most natural cover as they contain no artificial elements. Wool is naturally watertight and the soft knit construction allows plenty of air to circulate and they are ideal for babies with sensitive skin. The soft ribbing around the legs and waist hold the pants firmly in place without the need for elastic. Very comfortable and very economical. You will need to lanolise these pants before using but the oil in the wool will ...
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Ergo Bundle at the Natural Nursery

ERGOBaby Carrier Bundle; “fantastic for using in an airport”

A key feature of the ErgoBaby Baby Carrier is its design - unlike some other baby carriers, it holds your baby in the anatomically correct position, so your baby is "seated" in the carrier rather than suspended from it.  Studies have shown that this is better for the development of your baby's spine as it does not put undue pressure on developing bones. You can get a great value bundle of: Ergo Baby Carrier Heart2Heart Infant Insert All together in one, The Bundle of Joy pack includes an ultra comfortable ...
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Boba Baby Wrap at the Natural Nursery

“Fantastic” Boba Wrap gets Top Marks

The Boba Baby Wrap is a stretchy wrap baby sling for use from newborn to toddler. It is made from a soft yet sturdy cotton knit (95% cotton, 5% spandex) to give a simple to use, comfortable and supportive carrier for your baby. There a no buckles or straps, simply wrap the sling around yourself and pop your baby in. The fabric is slightly thicker than some other brands so some parents find it a little more supportive. The stretch means that you can tie the sling in the morning ...
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Sling Library Competiton

Here at The Natural Nursery we love to help share the babywearing love so we are offering a Moby Baby Wrap up as a prize for one lucky Sling Library. The Moby is one of our best-selling slings and we think it is a fabulous starter sling, popular with mums and dads, easy to tie and great for popping baby in and out of. To enter your favourite Sling Library or Sling Meet, just comment below with the name of the group and the answer to the following question: How ...
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|Exeter Pop Up Shop

We are so excited!  The Natural Nursery is returning to the High Street, Exeter McCoy Arcade to be exact. The Natural Nursery will be setting up shop for several days a month in our first ever pop up shop. Exeter families will be able to see and handle a range of baby carriers and real nappies before ordering exactly what they want, knowing it is the perfect product for them. Arabella has been using cloth nappies and slings for nearly a decade and has been helping other families find just the ...
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Bumble Bee Fancy Dress at the Natural Nursery

Fairly Traded Fancy Dress from the Natural Nursery

There are hours of fun to be had in our range of fairly traded fancy dress costumes. Perfect for parties and days out you are guaranteed a big 'Ahhhh' whichever costume you choose for your child. We have beautiful butterfly dresses, incredibly cute baby strawberrys and for older children versatile 2 or 3 in one costumes like the reversable Elf/Robin Hood costume or the 3 in one Emergency Services costume. The only problem is getting them off the child to wash them, luckily they are made to a really high ...
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Manduca Baby Carrier M Position

Babywearing Tips – The M Position in the Manduca Carrier

Developed by a babywearing instructor and mum in Germany, the manduca organic baby carrier is incredibly comfortable for both wearer and baby. The manduca baby carrier is a soft structured carrier which grows with your child from birth to pre-school, making days out easier and more fun. Safe baby wearing guidelines recommend babies should be carried close enough to kiss and in the all-important M position. The M position corresponds to a baby's natural position and helps their hips mature as nature intended. Your baby's knees are pulled up - ...
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Hotslings Adjustable Pouch at the Natural Nursery

Gorgeous Adjustable Pouch Hotslings in stock at the Natural Nursery

Say bye bye to sizes and hello to the infinitely adjustable pouch (AP) from Hotslings! Two strategically placed buckles allow the AP to fit comfortably on multiple users while also easily accommodating postpartum body changes. This sling can be used safely to cradle carry, front carry and hip carry. Each Hotslings print is a one of a kind, guaranteeing that Hotslings designs will not be found on any other product, Features & benefits: Wide, sleek shoulder design. Safety label & red arrow to ensure correct wearing. Two strategically placed buckles ...
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Baba + Boo Red Hearts Wet Bag at the Natural Nursery

New Baba + Boo Wet Bags at the Natural Nursery, not just for nappies!

We have 4 new fabric choices for the fantastic Baba + Boo waterproof wet bags. They are designed to store dirty nappies when you are out and about but are just as useful for putting wet clothes in after too much puddle splashing in this lovely summer weather! They are made from the same fabrics as the Baba + Boo nappies - solid bright colours or funky animal prints - for a stylish look. Benefits: Waterproof wet bag for reusable nappies on the go Funky animal prints or bold colours Zipper ...
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New Range of Calin Bleu Gauze Baby Wraps, Perfect for Wet and Sunny Weather!

We are really pleased to have the new colour range of Calin Bleu gauze baby wraps, especially in this changeable weather - they are perfect because they are light enough to wear in the sun and dry quickly after the rain. The wrap sling is easy to put on and is perfect for babywearing as it can be used as a: Front carrier Hip carrier Back carrier Breastfeeding sling Calin Bleu wraparound baby slings are designed and made in the UK to allow both parents to use the same baby ...
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Win a Set of Brand New Design EccoBots Washable Fleece Wipes (ends 16th July 2012)

Here at the Natural Nursery we are very excited to be stocking the brand new fleece prints in the EccoBots range of nappies, nappy wraps, boosters, liners and wipes. There are 6 beautiful new prints from this Devon company; Mini Dot Sage,  Fuchsia or  Navy. Wonky stars on Blue or Red and Strawberries on Pink. These wipes are just great and by far cheaper than disposable wipes! A generous size - they measure approx  20cm x 12cm They are lovely and soft against babys skin Great for little ones with ...
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Very Cute Moby Mini Slings for Dolls and Teddies.

Children love copying adults and these lovely toy wraparound slings are perfect for little ones from 2-6 years. They are reversable, so one side shows the Moby logo and the other side is blank. Your little one might need a little help tying the wrap on but after that the doll or teddy can just slip in and out, there are no buckles or hard catches. They are made from 100% cotton and come in different colours to match the 'grown up' Moby Baby Wrap ...
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Ellaroo Organic Ring Slings – Elegant and versatile babywearing

Ellaroo baby carriers are designed by parents, for parents. The styles are inspired by traditional baby carriers from around the world, while keeping the modern parent in mind. Ellaroo was founded in 2003 as a reliable source of superior baby carriers, and to be an economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable business. The product list has grown gradually, always focused on well-crafted designs that are practical and convenient for parents. The Ellaroo Ring Sling  has an elegant design, with a touch of padding in the shoulder and rails. Lightweight brushed aluminum ...
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Car Seat Crying

Car Seat Crying By Elizabeth Pantley, Author of the “No-Cry Solution” book series   Some babies fall asleep almost before you’re out of the driveway, but others won’t spend five happy minutes in their car seats. Usually, this is because your baby is used to more freedom of movement and more physical attention than you can provide when she’s belted into her seat. Hearing your baby cry while you are trying to drive is challenging. Even though it’s difficult to deal with, remember that you and your baby’s safety are most important ...
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Why Consider the Boba Baby Wrap?

Why consider the Boba Wrap? You want to mimic the environment that your baby felt in the womb – All infants crave pressure and containment, especially within the first year of life. The Boba Baby Wrap envelops your baby with clinging support. You want extra support for preemies or smaller babies – If you have a preterm baby or a baby under seven pounds, your baby will be too small for the Boba Carrier. If you are interested in Kangaroo Care the wrap is ideal and will perfectly adjust to ...
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Beware of Fake Ergo Baby Carriers

We have recently been contacted by people who have purchased fake Ergos - it seems that the sale of potentially dangerous carriers is still going on so we would remind people to only buy from authorised dealers. In fact, Ergo will be appearing as part of the Fake Britain television show tomorrow, 28th May 2012  (BBC1, 09.15 ) as they are so concerned about the dangers posed to babies and toddlers from fake products. Ergo say: At ERGObaby, we want all babies and toddlers to be carried safely, securely, and comfortably ...
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Tips for a first time baby wrap wearer from Calin Bleu

Practice and perseverance are the keys to successful, long-term baby wearing. Don’t let the initial difficulties, or a fussy baby, put you off. In some ways, baby wearing is similar to breastfeeding – it is both a natural thing and a learned skill. It does take some practice and perseverance, but once you get the knack of it, it just feels right. So stick with it! As time goes by, you will develop your own style, that both you and your baby enjoy. You will find out what type of ...
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Did you know babywearing has loads of scientifically proven heath benefits?

The Natural Nursery is run by a family of babywearers.   The Boba range is one of our favorites. Because it is a soft structured carrier there are no poles.   The Boba carrier distributes the weight of your little one to your shoulders and waist. The optimal leg support of the Boba, backed by the foot straps, ensures the proper seated position for the support of your little ones’ hips, pelvis and spine. The Boba 2G is organic and is an incredibly soft, supportive and comfortable buckle carrier which should cover ...
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Attachment Parenting UK – A new resource for UK parents, health professionals and all the family

Attachment Parenting UK is a newly founded Community Interest Company offering resources for the growing community of parents interested in, and practicing attachment parenting principles. The website www.attachmentparenting.co.uk includes a wealth of articles, tips, events, book suggestions, personal stories and a database of support groups that advocate attachment theory and attachment parenting. Attachment Parenting UK is committed to promoting awareness, and providing information to parents seeking leading-edge evidence-based research. Attachment Parenting UK’s founder, Michelle Mattesini, who runs an Attachment Parenting International-affiliated Support Group in Devon is especially keen to encourage ...
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The story behind the Beco Baby Sling

Designed by a babywearing parent, active sailor and rock climber, Gabby Caperon. Beco combines perfect ergonomics, excellent weight distribution and stylish design from top quality fabrics. Each carrier is handmade by a skilled seamstress in facilities which apply high social and economical standards. Sustainability and minimal impact of our production on the environment is important to us. Gabby says: "I designed the Beco Baby Carrier  in November 2005. Since inception, the design has undergone many changes and today, I still work on improvements and fine tuning. A lot of improvements ...
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The Volcano Effect: Why Skipping a Nap Results in Meltdown

The Volcano Effect: Why Skipping a Nap Results in Meltdown By Elizabeth Pantley, Author of The No-Cry Nap Solution From the moment your child wakes in the morning he is slowly using up the benefits of the previous night’s sleep. He wakes up totally refreshed, but as the hours pass, little by little, the benefits of his sleep time are used up, and an urge to return to sleep begins to build. When we catch a child at in-between stages and provide naps, we build up his reservoir of sleep-related ...
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Make it Monday – Cornflower Slime

Cornflower and water mixed together has amazing properties, you can slice it and pour it! It is reusable because it dries into a powder again and, the water evaporates from it pretty quickly meaning you can vacuum away any mess! I usually start this off on a tray and give my child a bowl with a couple of tablespoons of cornflower, a small jug of water and a spoon for stirring ...
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A Ride on Mother’s Back: A Day of Baby Carrying Around the World (Emery Bernhard)

5.0 out of 5 stars World wide, Children and families benefit from babywearing.,15 July 1999 Review By An Amazon Customer This review is from: A Ride on Mother's Back: A Day of Baby Carrying Around the World (Hardcover) Beautiful visual and written images of babies and children from many cultures being carried in wraps and slings, on backs and in arms, as families work and play together. Babywearing and breastfeeding are depicted in harmony with the family's daily life. Babies and children are shown learning from their close proximity to ...
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Beautiful New Gauze Wrap Sling Colours from Calin Bleu

The Natural Nursery are excited to have in stock, two new colours for Calin Bleu Cool Wrap Baby Carriers. Ocean Teal and Midnight Grey are fashionable, stylish colours, gender neutral and great for all year round! The Cool wrap baby carrier spreads the weight evenly around your back, both shoulders and hips, making it easy to carry your baby from birth to toddler. It is light, breathable, compact. A wrap baby sling made from a single, long piece of fabric that you wrap around yourself and baby to give a ...
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Why consider a Boba Baby Carrier?

The Natural Nursery is run by a family of babywearers.   The Boba range is one of our favorites. It is a soft structured carrier that distributes the weight of your little one to your shoulders and waist. Why consider a Boba Carrier? You want a carrier that you can take on and off in two snaps – This is a huge plus. When you want to go somewhere fast or you have a cranky baby that you want to bring outside it is wonderful. You only want to buy one ...
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Shifting Schedules – When to Change from Two Naps to One Nap

Shifting Schedules – When to Change from Two Naps to One Nap  By Elizabeth Pantley, Author of The No-Cry Nap Solution During the early years of life, nap schedules are in a continuous state of change. After a newborn period of all-day napping, babies eventually settle into a regular two-nap-a-day routine. Most children switch from these two daily naps to one nap sometime between the ages of 12 and 24 months. However, that year of difference is a very long span of time. This shows that age alone is not ...
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Make it Monday – Minibeast Jigsaw

This is a downloadable print off from Nature Detectives. There are 2 different sheets to print out, then you can swap bodies, head and legs; create a minibeast family; make up names...... We had loads of fun with these taking it in turns to choose a part and making the silliest creatures we could think of, we also made a few of our own legs, heads and bodies to add in. We printed ours off in black and white and coloured it in, but the idea is so simple that you could ...
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Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves

Book Description Every parent would happily give up ever scolding, punishing or threatening if she only knew how to ensure that her toddler/child/teen would thrive and act responsibly without such painful measures. Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves is the answer to this universal wish. It is not about gentle ways to control a child, but about a way of being and of understanding a child so she/he can be the best of herself, not because she fears you, but because she wants to, of her own free will. "Aldort's book ...
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Keep your baby safe – don’t buy counterfeited Beco Baby Carriers.

A safety message has been issued by Beco Baby Carriers who say "Over the past months, we have noticed a number of unauthorized internet sellers of counterfeit Beco Baby Carrier products. No warranty protection is offered with respect to counterfeit products. Don’t RISK your child's safety just to save money!" The Natural Nursery is an authorised retailer for all the babyslings and carriers we sell and you can rest assured that all the products sold at www.naturalnursery.co.uk are genuine! Beco Butterfly Suitable from newborn to pre-school, this innovative carrier can ...
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New Nappy Round up at the Natural Nursery – Pop-ins and Smartipants

Just a quick round up of the new nappies we have in at the Natural Nursery this week. Pop-In Nappy + Bamboo£14.99   £11.99 One size Pop-In nappy with bamboo soaker. Pop-In Nappy + Bamboo Printed£16.50   £13.20 One size Pop-In nappy with bamboo soaker. Smartipants, Pocket Washable Nappy, 24PK£324.00   £220.00 24 pack of this one sized, birth to potty pocket nappy - easy to use and economical. Smartipants, Pocket Washable Nappy, 12PK£162.00   £116.00 12 pack of this one sized, birth to potty pocket nappy - easy to use and economical ...
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Tantrums, Fussing and Whining

Tantrums, Fussing and Whining from The No-Cry Discipline Solution (McGraw-Hill 2007) by Elizabeth Pantley             If you ask parents to list the most frustrating discipline problems during early childhood, you would find that these three items appear on every list. All children master their own version of these behaviors – every parent has to deal with them! Controlling their emotions Most often these behaviors are caused by a child’s inability to express or control his emotions. Tiredness, hunger, boredom, frustration and other causes that ignite The Big Three can ...
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What is a Moby Baby Wrap?

The design of the Moby Wrap uses your entire back, as well as your shoulders, to carry the weight of your baby. Unlike other carriers, which have narrow straps or go across one shoulder, the Moby Wrap is a wide piece of durable fabric that is wrapped over both shoulders. It is amazingly comfortable and easy to wear. There are no buckles, snaps or other fasteners (that may break or bend). It is easy to adjust the fit of your Moby Wrap by varying how tightly you wrap yourself and ...
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How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk

Review Mumsnet Best Awards 2011 - Best parenting book `An excellent book for reassessing the way you talk to your children and, as one said, "putting it into practice isn't as hard as I imagined and the children respond so, so well".' --Mumsnet, January 2011 Synopsis This down-to-earth book is written to make relationships with children of all ages less stressful and more rewarding. The authors use innovative ways to solve problems. In this book you will learn to cope with your child's family conflicts peacefully ...
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Hand Woven Ellaroo Wrap Baby Carriers

At the Natural Nursery we are really pleased to be stocking baby carriers from Ellaroo. It is essential to the Ellaroo team that their work contributes something meaningful to other people’s lives. Ellaroo has a mission to improve people’s lives – farmers, crafts people who make the products, staff, resellers, parents and babies – at every level of business interactions. The Ellaroo wrap sling is made from hand-woven Guatemalan fabric  which forms snugly around you and baby, without being bouncy.Lightweight breathable and easy to manipulate. Simplicity of design makes this ...
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Beautiful New Pop-In Nappies at the Natural Nursery!

The Pop-In washable nappy is a unique cross between an all-in-one nappy and a two part system that is almost as easy to use as a disposable nappy. The outer cover has a built in absorbent panel: simply pop the soaker and bamboo booster in, ready to put on your baby just as you would a disposable nappy. This highly flexible system allows you to adjust the absorbency to your baby’s needs and with the addition of the night time booster you have a complete nappy system that will last ...
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EllaRoo Organic Lightly Padded Baby Sling at the Natural Nursery

EllaRoo Lightly Padded Baby Sling Organic. The Ellaroo Lightly Padded Baby Sling is 100% organic cotton fabric, with just a touch of padding in the shoulder and rails. The inner and outer rails are fully independently adjustable through lightweight brushed aluminum Sling Rings, with an open tail for maximum adjustability and versatility. The sling is designed to cup the shoulder and spread naturally over the back, keeping baby secure and close to your center of gravity. The Ellaroo Lightly Padded Baby Sling is a simple all-around sling, or the perfect ...
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Carried babies cry less, sleep better and learn more.

At the Natural Nursery we have a whole range of different types of baby carriers and reams of experience to help you choose the right one for you.  We love the Boba range, it is a soft structured carrier. There are no buttons, snaps, or poles. It is essentially made from a piece of rectangular fabric with foam shoulder straps and a foam waistbelt.  The Boba carrier distributes the weight of your little one to your shoulders and waist. Most often framed backpacks don’t have much of a seat, and ...
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Make it Monday – making paper beads and necklaces

Today, let's look at more more ideas of things to do at home with children: paper beads and stringing beads into necklaces, garlands or bracelets. Material: - Paper. You can buy fancy colour paper for this activity but reclaimed paper will work just as well. Take a look at your recycling bin to put aside brightly coloured paper. Larger or thicker paper will be better for small children. - Glue stick. We tried glue stick and PVA glue. Both work but the stick was easier. - Scissors or a paper ...
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What Mothers Do: Especially When it Looks Like Nothing

Review 'The best parenting book you've never heard of.' - Anne Karpf, The 'Guardian' 'Naomi Stadlen writes with understanding, deep insight and humour. This is truly woman-to woman.' - Sheila Kitzinger, childbirth educator, mother 'I wish I'd had this book years ago - to show to bosses who didn't understand, to friends who couldn't grasp why I was permanently tired, and even to myself - to know that I wasn't the only one who wished for an extra eight hours in the day.' - Anne Diamond, television presenter, mother Product ...
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Real Nappies – What you will need

This very quick checklist is helpful when you are planning what to get for your baby and might give you some ideas for a present for a new mum! How about a nappy bucket and mesh with some fleece liners all tied up with a big bow on top for an unusual gift idea. Wet bags come in all sorts of incredible designs now too, leopard and giraffe are my favorites! You will need approximately 15-20 nappies, with 3-5 wraps of each size (if used). Please visit www.naturalnursery.co.uk/reusable-nappies-advice.html for advice ...
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Local Real Nappy Incentives can save you ££££

Are you interested in trialing real nappies?  Why not see if you can get a cash incentive from your local council? The Natural Nursery can help you with the paperwork – you will always receive an emailed and paper receipt from us for your reusable nappy purchase but do let us know if there is anything else you need. We keep this list as up to date as we can on www.naturalnursery.co.uk, but this is the list as at 1st April 2012. Please let us know if there are any schemes ...
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Boba says: Babywearing: A Better Way to Move Through Life

According to Boba Baby Carriers, 'Bringing your little one along for the ride is better for the both of you.' They say that: Carried babies… Cry less. 43% less overall and 54% less during evening hours. Become Independent Faster. Making them confident and less clingy. Sleep Better. They fall asleep quicker and sleep for longer periods of time. Are Happier. They feel loved and secure. You can read the full article on the Boba Blog at http://www.bobafamily.com/blog/2011/10/13/babywearing-a-better-way-to-move-through-life/ Or you can buy a Boba Baby Carrier in the UK from The ...
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Cute Babies in Real Nappies – Orla

This is Orla who is very happy to be wearing a beautiful blue cloth nappy - thank you to her mum for sending in the picture! ...
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Make it Monday – free colouring sheets: babies & baby slings

Prepare the next generation of babywearers! Children love colouring pictures, and familiar pictures in particular. These images of mums carrying babies in their baby slings will appeal to them. Award-winning British artist Susan Cook of Picture Dreams, has produced these beautiful drawings of babies for your little ones to colour-in. You can download the A4 version as a jpg (right click on the large image and choose print) or as as pdf. If you don't have a printer, email us your address and we'll be happy to pop some in ...
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Real Nappy Week Comp – Win Washable Fleece Nappy Liners – (ends April 30th 2012)

These beautiful and bright fleece liners are shaped to fit comfortably inside a cloth nappy. They are made in Exeter by Eccobots. Fleece liners work well inside all real nappies as they are soft against your baby’s skin and help to keep the wet away from the bottom, meaning a more comfortable baby. To win a set of 10 washable fleece liners: Tell us how reusable fleece liners will make your nappy changing easier. You might get some ideas from the product description at http://www.naturalnursery.co.uk/washable-nappy-accessories/fleece-liner-for-real-nappy-10-pk.html To get more entries just ...
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Three in a Bed: The Benefits of Sleeping with Your Baby

Review Current Western parenting advice, says Deborah Jackson, stresses the need to minimise the "bother" that children cause; Jackson claims that this culture views the child as a potentially dominating personality that could undermine parental authority when older and emphasises that this tendency needs to be trained out of them early. The author disputes the scientific basis for such claims, and such a culture, and appeals to parents to trust their own instincts. Using extensive research she puts the case for a child-orientated approach to parenting.This book is controversial, thought-provoking, ...
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Why I chose to use cloth nappies

Hi, my name is Lisa and you might know me from www.lactivist.co.uk. I'm now the mum of an 8 year old but I clearly remember the nappy days and my reasons for choosing cloth rather than disposable. When I was pregnant I planned and was lucky to get a natural homebirth, breastfeeding was a given (I'd lived in Asia and seen the very dodgy marketing of Infant formula over there, and having spent almost 9 months growing this baby I didn't want to put anything in it that I hadn't ...
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8 Top Tips for Keeping Cloth Nappies Soft and Fluffy

When it is cold and wet a lot of people rely on radiators to dry their real nappies.  If you live in a hard water area this could mean that your nappies go a bit hard. Some nappies are better than others for hard water areas: The Flip Nappies from bumGenius are good for hard water areas, and they dry relatively quickly too. They are one size nappies, easy to use, you need a cover and an insert that can be disposable or washable, if you want to learn more ...
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How to care for your cloth nappies

You will need to wash your new nappies a few times before you use them to ensure they are fully absorbent.  We suggest that you just wash and use a few nappies first to make sure they suit your baby as you will not be able to return any used or washed nappies. When you need to change your baby, flush the disposable liner down the loo and pop the soiled nappy into your nappy bucket, ready for washing. If you are using a 2-part nappy system, you can wipe ...
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Washable Nappy Tips – Baby Wipes

More Washable Nappy Tips for Real Nappy Week 2012. It is easy to spend a fortune on disposable baby wipes, when it is very simple to make and use your own washable wipes. Even families that use disposable nappies often use reusable wipes as they are so soft on the baby, save hundreds of pounds and don’t contain any nasty chemicals. Washable wipes can be used for all sorts of clean ups – on hands and faces, not just on bots. I just dampen my wipes under the hot tap ...
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Types of Real Nappy Comparison Chart

Here at the Natural Nursery we are passionate about real nappies and we want to make it easier for you to find the very best ones for your family. Sizing Real nappies may be sized, to cope with growing babies or one sized/birth to potty, meaning the same set of nappies should fit from around 8lbs to 35lbs, roughly the size of babies/toddlers when they are in nappies. Flat Nappies Terry squares or pre-folds - rectangles of fabric that can be folded in a number of ways to ensure the ...
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Make it Monday – Making your own baby wipes

Just like cloth nappies, switching to reusable baby wipes can save you a lot of money, especially the early months. Reusable baby wipes are just as easy to use as flushable baby wipes. You can use water to clean your baby's bottom or make your own natural cleaning solution. Once your baby's nappy is changed, you can pop the wipes in your laundry. They are made especially to wash and dry easily. If you decide to make your own baby wipes, the first thing will be to choose a suitable ...
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Real Nappy Week Tips

Another tip to make Real Nappies Real Easy for you, Real Nappy Week 2012. I always use a nappy liner inside my cloth nappies - it makes it easier to dispose of the solids, helps to protect the nappy from staining and keeps the baby's bottom drier. You can buy paper liners that you either flush down the loo or dispose of in the bin but I prefer to use fleece nappy liners as: They are super soft and dry to the touch even when the nappy is wet, so ...
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Real Nappy Week Comp – Win Reusable Baby Wipes – (ends April 30th 2012) winner was Megan Bayford

We have instructions for making your own  baby wipes on the Natural Nursery Blog but if you fancy winning some of these ready made by Eccobotsof Exeter  a Rafflecopter giveaway You need javascript enabled to see this giveaway. The draw will be held after the 30th April 2012 and the winners will be notified by email. This prize draw is only open to people in Europe, sorry! ...
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Real Nappy Week Freebies, Exeter

Real Nappy Week Freebies! The Devon Real Nappy Project have generously provided Mama Packs for everyone attending our Real Nappy Week events this week. The contents of the Mama Packs do vary, so here is a photo of the contents of one of the RNW Mama Packs. We also have a number of extra items for you to collect too: Your free New Parent Pack full of info about being a parent in Exeter Free 8 page guide to Real Nappies A free washable wipe from the Devon Real Nappy ...
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Why Love Matters: How Affection Shapes a Baby’s Brain

Review "Why Love Matters is hugely important. It should be mandatory reading for all parents, teachers and politicians." - The Guardian "Sue Gerhardt's choice of title reflects the loving attention to detail that is the essence of this book... excellently researched and well-written book which deserves to be widely read by practitioners, researchers and parents." - Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice "Sue Gerhardt has written a vitally important book - a must-read for every parent, teacher, physician and politician." - Daniel Goleman, author Emotional Intelligence "I would like ...
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Real Nappies and the Environment – See a Nappy Mountain!

UK parents throw away around 3 billion disposable nappies every year - that is a lot of landfill and this is what one babies nappy mountain looks like - It is believed that it will take up to 500 years for these nappies to decompose (all the while producing dangerous methane gas), which could be a big headache for our grandchildren. A Women’s Environmental Network study shows that disposable nappies use: 3.5 times as much energy 8 times as much non-renewable raw materials 2.3 times as much waste water as ...
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Choosing your cloth nappies

With so many brands, styles and types of nappies around, it can be a little hard to work out which one is right for you and your baby. There are a number of factors that you might like to consider: Your budget Flat nappies or simple one size nappies are more economical than all-in-one nappies. There might be a real nappy incentive scheme in your area which could give you cash back or offer a free trial. Speed of drying Pocket and flat nappies will dry quickest, followed by slim ...
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Cute Babies in Real Nappies – Erin

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Make it Monday – Growing food from kitchen scraps

This is from the fantastic site - citygirlfarming.com which has loads of ideas for growing food in small spaces. I've grown the tops of carrots (just pop them in a saucer of water), accidentally sprouted potato's and tried and failed to grow avocado's before but this blog has some new ideas! They are so easy to do with children, and the small seeds are so fast to grow too! If you do grow any please send us your photos to lisa@naturalnursery.co.uk There's all sorts of growing experiments you can do ...
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Real Nappy Week Comp – Win a Lactivist Cloth Nappy T-shirt – Ends 30th April 2012 (winner was Chery Halliwell)

You could win an organic 'My cloth nappy makes me happy' t-shirt from Lactivist. Professionally screen printed in blue and black ink on unbleached cotton short sleeved organic t-shirts with nickle free poppers at the shoulder. Allowing for slight variations they are like this: Organic 100% cotton Short Sleeved T-shirts with Shoulder Poppers The size 3-6 month organic sleeved popper shoulder t-shirt measures: 50cm (20 inches) around the chest 24cm (9 inches) from back of neck to hem Size 6-12 month organic short sleeved popper shoulder t-shirt measures: 55cm (21.5 ...
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The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding

Product Description It's no secret that breastfeeding is the normal, healthy way to nourish and nurture your baby. Dedicated to supporting nursing and expectant mothers, the internationally respected La Leche League has set the standard for educating and empowering mothers in this natural art for generations. Now their classic bestselling guide has been retooled, refocused, and updated for today's mothers and lifestyles. Working mothers, stay-at-home mums, single mums, and mothers of multiples will all benefit from the book's range of nursing advice, stories, and information-from preparing for breastfeeding during pregnancy ...
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Cute Babies in Real Nappies – Ethan

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Real Nappy Bargains at the Natural Nursery for April 2012

This is a quick round up of some of the real nappy bargains you can find at www.naturalnursery.co.uk. You might also be lucky enough to live in an area where there is a Real Nappy Incentive Scheme which could give you a money off voucher you can use online. Pocket Nappy Gift Pack - Nappy + Wet Bag£15.25   £14.25 Washable nappy gift pack - birth to potty pocket nappy and wet bag. Imse Vimse Shaped Nappy, Organic Flannel£7.99   £4.99 100% organic cotton shaped nappy that is non-bulky and quick drying. The nappy ...
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Washable Nappies, Babies health and how much money you can save…..

Washable Nappies Modern cloth nappies are easy to use, save you a fortune and are better for your baby and the environment. A modern washable nappy system consists of an absorbent part (the nappy) and a waterproof part (the nappy wrap or cover). There are lots of types of nappies and you can find out more about the different styles at www.naturalnursery.co.uk My Baby’s Health Disposable nappies contain over 200 chemicals, some of which are believed to cause cancers or hormonal changes. Cloth nappies are made from soft or natural ...
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Make it Monday – Juice Carton Recycling

Despite dilligently sorting tins, bottles, paper and cardboard and composting any food that is leftover from leftovers, my little family still manages to produce lots of rubbish for my big black bin. My challenge to myself - and anyone else who cares to take it up, is to find something else to do with things I normally throw away and this week I have chosen - milk and juice cartons. Normally, I squash them down so they take up less space in the bin but it would be great to ...
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Real Nappy Week Comp – Win a £25 gift voucher with your top tips – (ends April 30th 2012)

To be in the draw to win a £25 gift voucher to spend on anything you like at www.naturalnursery.co.uk just leave a comment on the Natural Nursery Blog on this post www.naturalnurseryblog.co.uk/natural-nursery/fluffy-friday-special-real-nappy-week-ends-april-30th-2012/telling us Your top tips to make nappy use easier. Maybe you have a great idea that helps you get out of the house quicker, or have you got a system for washing that saves you time? Whatever it is, big or small we would love to hear about it. To get more entries just tell people about the ...
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The Wonder Weeks – Hetty van de Rijt

Product Description The Wonder Weeks. How to stimulate your baby's mental development and help him turn his 10 predictable, great, fussy phases into magical leaps forwarddescribes in easy-to-understand terms the incredible developmental changes that all babies go through during the first 20 months of their lives. This is the extended, "fat" edition with 2 more chapters covering 2 more leaps in the mental development of your baby up to the end of the sensorimotor period. The book is based on the discovery of a little known phenomenon: all normal, healthy ...
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Choosing a Baby Carrier

Choosing a Baby Carrier By Elizabeth Pantley, Author of the “No-Cry Solution” book series     Most parents find a baby carrier to be invaluable during the first year of their baby’s life. There are many types and styles to choose from. The different types of baby carriers fall into three main categories: slings, front packs and backpacks. Slings These are made of fabric and are available in a wide variety of styles. They “sling” sash-style over your shoulder to hold baby in front of you. Slings offer many benefits ...
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SHOCKING SURVEY REVEALS DANGERS TO MAN’S BEST FRIEND THIS EASTER!

Dogs Trust launches its “Chocs Away” Awareness drive A shocking new survey** from Dogs Trust has revealed that over 57% of pet dogs have eaten chocolate intended for humans and over 1 in 10 have become ill from it. Of these, 8% have died due to the effects and nearly a quarter have required urgent veterinary treatment. To prevent the number of dogs that end up hopping to the vet with chocolate poisoning, Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, is today launching a new “Chocs Away!” awareness drive ...
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EllaRoo Lightly Padded Baby Sling new at the Natural Nursery

The EllaRoo Lightly Padded Baby Sling is 100% handwoven, lightweight Guatemalan cotton fabric, with just a touch of cotton padding in the shoulder and rails. The inner and outer rails are independently adjustable through lightweight brushed aluminum Rings, with an open tail for maximum adjustability and versatility. The sling is designed to cup the shoulder and spread naturally over the back, keeping baby secure and close to your center of gravity. The EllaRoo Lightly Padded Baby Sling is a simple all-around sling, or the perfect foundation piece for a well-rounded ...
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Make it Monday – Indoor rainy fun

Spring! It has been raining solidly all day and we are bored bored bored! So here is the recipe for a fantastic fun indoor picnic. Ingredients: a tablecloth or sheet old newspaper and magazines picnic food - sandwiches and lashings of ginger beer at least one small child How we did it Spread out the cloth in your desired picnic area Set the scene with newspaper trees Move some house plants nearer the cloth Cut out large daisies from magazines and scatter on the floor near the cloth Spread out ...
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Unconditional Parenting: Moving from Rewards and Punishments to Love and Reason

Review "Those seeking alternative methods of raising confident, well-loved children will warmly embrace Kohn's message." - Publishers Weekly "Alfie Kohn does it again: He takes a topic (parenting) that has been studied and written about for years and gives us a wise way of adjusting our lenses so that we really see it clearly. He doesn't give simple rules, he gives deep understanding and a core foundation for parents." - JoAnn Deak, Girls Will Be Girls" Product Description This book presents a provocative challenge to the conventional wisdom of raising ...
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Eight Sleep Tips for Every Child

Eight Sleep Tips for Every Child                                           By Elizabeth Pantley, author of The No-Cry Sleep Solution     Up to 70% of children under age five have sleep problems. Sleep issues are complicated and have many causes. They’re hard to deal with because when children aren’t sleeping, parents aren’t sleeping, and that lack of sleep affects every minute of every day for every person in the family because lack of sleep isn’t just about being tired. Sleep has a role in everything -- dawdling, temper tantrums, hyperactivity, growth, health, and ...
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Patapum Baby Sling in stock at the Natural Nursery

Discover the world on your mum’s or dad’s back. The new way of parenting! Great for shopping, walking, hiking or doing housework while being hugged by the person you love the most. Your Baby! The Patapum Baby Carrier is one of the best back baby carrier you will find. It is lightweight, comfortable, stylish and easy to use. Can be used with infants who can sit up alone and are strong enough to support their head. Around 5 months old, up to 40 Lbs. (18-20 Kgs.) Patapum Carriers are not ...
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Make it Monday – Penny’s Easy Carrot Cake Recipe

I'm getting more carrots than I really need in my veg box at the moment and this recipe from Penny's Recipes is a brilliant way to use them up! Penny says "I first baked this cake when I was having a meeting at my house. I thought I would test it out on those attending – they are people who will always be honest about my cooking!! I was surprised that one person immediately identified it as a carrot cake before tasting – as it is not a typical one ...
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The Science of Parenting – Margot Sunderland

Product Description It's time to re-write the rule book on raising a child. Based on over 700 scientific studies into children's development, BMA award-winning author and child psychotherapist Dr. Margot Sunderland explains how to develop your child's potential to the full. Find out the truth about popular childcare tactics, how touch, laughter and play build emotional wellbeing for life, and the strategies for effectively dealing with temper tantrums and tears. This is the first practical parenting book to give you the facts, not the fiction on the best way to ...
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Cat-Naps — Making Short Naps Longer

Cat-Naps -- Making Short Naps Longer By Elizabeth Pantley, Author of The No-Cry Nap Solution   Is your child a cat-napper? Does your baby fall asleep being fed, while in a car seat, sling, rocker, or someone’s arms? When transferred to bed, does your baby then sleep 30 to 50 minutes? That’s the exact length of one sleep cycle. These factors combined define the main cause of mini-naps: an inability to fall asleep or stay asleep without aid – your baby wakes fully at the end of the first sleep ...
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Going Visiting With Your Baby

Going Visiting With Your Baby By Elizabeth Pantley, Author of the “No-Cry Solution” book series   Babies love new places! There’s so much to investigate and new things to touch. But many people aren’t too happy to have your little one crawling or toddling freely about the house exploring everything in sight. While you think its adorable that Baby found the Tupperware, your host may not think it’s cute that her tidy cabinet has been rearranged by sticky baby hands. If your host has a big heart she’ll let you ...
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Make it Monday – Recycled Plastic Bag Crafts

Want to know what to do with those plastic bags that you seem to accumulate?  Well, this blog has all the answers. http://www.greenlivingtips.com/articles/138/1/Recycled-plastic-bag-crafts.html It says "According to some estimates, Between 500 billion and a trillion plastic grocery bags are used globally each year. The WorldWatch Institute states it takes 430,000 gallons of oil to produce 100 million plastic bags - so that comes to a staggering 4,300,000 gallons or 16,277,270 litres of oil to make a trillion bags."I love the idea of making a bag out of bags and I've ...
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Detoxing Childhood: What Parents Need to Know to Raise Bright, Balanced Children

Review "constructive, intelligent solutions on how to take the lessons of the past, embrace the good things about the present and raise bright balanced children for the future" (DAILY RECORD) Product Description Sue Palmer's ground-breaking book TOXIC CHILDHOOD generated national debate. Now, in this important follow-up book, she provides an essential guide on how to bring up children in a way that avoids the problems of a toxic world. Includes practical, easy-to-follow advice on: Food Play Sleep Language Childcare and education Family life Using TV, computers and mobile phones to ...
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Fluffy Friday – Win a £15 Natural Nursery Gift Voucher with your craft ideas! (ends 5th April 2012)

Most mums I know have days when they are stuck for ideas for something to do with small children. The Natural Nursery Blog is coming to the rescue but it needs your help! Make it Mondays are for blog posts that feature easy, cheap, eco friendly and fun things to make and do with or for small children. We have quite a few planned already, keep an eye out every Monday for recipes, ideas for reusing drinks cartons and plastic bags, instructions for making your own wet wipes and brilliant ...
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Introducing Make it Mondays!

Every Monday on the Natural Nursery Blog there will be a new idea for something to do, from rainy day play to recipes, colouring sheets to download, instructions for making your own baby wipes and loads of other cheap and easy seasonal ideas. We are starting off on Monday 12th March 2012 with some great ideas for clever and easy things to make out of old plastic bags. We'd love to hear your ideas for anything you would like to see on the Make it Monday slot, I'd like to ...
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EllaRoo Wraparound Baby Carrier – Versatile and Beautiful!

If you are looking for a lightweight carrier that can be used in 4 different carrying positions and comes in loads of different colour choices then you are in luck - The Natural Nursery is now stocking the EllaRoo Wraparound Baby Carrier. It is 100% cotton and is a much lighter weight fabric than many other wraparound slings. The result is a lighter, cooler baby carrier, easier to manipulate, being lighter and less weighty. Perfect for the summer when you want to be cooler, and great for cooler weather as ...
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March 2012 at the Natural Nursery

Now the sun is starting to come out of hiding I want to be out enjoying it! Here at the Natural Nursery we have loads of beautiful new slings and baby carriers to make getting out with a baby or toddler not only easier, but stylish too. Here are just a few of the new slings that are now in stock and they all have free UK postage too! Beco Butterfly Suitable from newborn to pre-school, this innovative carrier can be used in both front and back carry positions Boba ...
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Beautiful Beco Gemini Slings at the Natural Nursery

Suitable from newborn to pre-school, the Beco Baby Carrier is as practical as it is stylish. Combining great ergonomics with excellent weight distribution, this innovative carrier can be used in both front and back carry positions. The internal sling allows you to securely buckle your baby into the carrier then handle baby and carrier as one unit, passing between parents without the need to remove a sleeping baby from the carrier. The Beco Baby Carrier also includes a removable infant insert to use with babies up to 15 pounds, allowing ...
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Baby-led Weaning: Helping Your Baby to Love Good Food – Gill Rapley

Review It sounds like common sense: after all, would you want to be strapped into a high chair and force-fed spoon after spoon of bland vegetables? It's surely much more exciting to be able to exercise a bit of control over your diet. --Guardian Book Description Everything you need to know about baby-led weaning - the latest buzz in parenting circles - from leading health visitor Gill Rapley Product Description Contrary to popular belief, there is no research that supports the current mainstream view that babies should be weaned by ...
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“Bright and colourful, very snazzy!” Maracas at the Natural Nursery

These ethically traded maracas are a fun musical toy and are made from smooth wood and make a rattle sound when they are shaken. They come in a variety of patterns and colours - you will receive one pair of maracas in a random colour way but do let us know if you have a boy / girl preference and we will do our best. They are suitable for age 3 years plus. Natural Nursery customer Rhiannon said: "Love these maracas, they are beautifully made and really colourful. The handle ...
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Boba Baby Wrap now in stock at the Natural Nursery (in 13 different colours!)

The Boba Wrap is made from a soft yet sturdy cotton knit (95% cotton, 5% spandex) to give a simple to use, comfortable and supportive carrier for your baby. There a no buckles or straps, simply wrap the sling around yourself and pop your baby in. The fabric is slightly thicker than some other brands so some parents find it a little more supportive. The stretch means that you can tie the sling in the morning and pop baby in and out during the day without having to take the ...
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The Father’s Home Birth Handbook – Leah Hazard

Review The Father's Home Birth Handbook successfully bridges continents, cultures, and even genders. This book is well written and enjoyable, thorough and highly relevant. It is an important read for all parents, no matter where they may think they want to give birth. --Patrick Houser, author of the Fathers-to-Be Handbook A quite brilliant book. --Annalisa Barbieri in The Independent Fathers' stories often get lost in the torrent of birth literature, so Hazard's book is a lovely change of pace. The book not only spotlights men's stories, but also points out ...
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Boba 3G Baby Carrier now comes with extra features!

The New Boba 3G incorporates the original Boba Baby Carrier design that so many have come to know and love, and now more than a dozen new and updated features ... truly a one of a kind baby carrier! The foot straps attached to the waist belt keep older children comfortable while enabling a healthy sitting position. The footstraps not only give tired little legs a rest, but support the legs in a flexed abducted (froglike) position which naturally tilts the pelvis, fills out the hip sockets and aligns the ...
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Childbirth without Fear: The Principles and Practice of Natural Childbirth

Review The most influential birthing book of the last 100 years.--Fit Pregnancy Ina May Gaskin, author of Ina May's Guide to Childbirth A brilliant, courageous classic. The Practicing Midwife, January 2006 A fascinating read ... for all those seeking to pursue childbirth as a normal physiological process. Michel Odent's foreword is excellent. Product Description Over 40 years ago, this pioneering doctor introduced his philosophy of childbirth education--now known as natural childbirth. His modern classic, which has sold more than 200,000 copies in hardcover and trade paperback editions, has been revised ...
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£30 Cashback for Real Nappies from Bournmouth Borough Council

You could save £30 from the cost of buying washable nappies by opting for Bournemouth Council's Real Nappy Incentive Scheme. The thought might fill parents and would-be parents with horror but the fact is washable nappies have come a long way in the last 30 years. Bournemouth's Real Nappy Incentive Scheme To encourage parents to overcome the cost hurdle, Bournemouth Borough Council is offering parents the opportunity to claim £30 off the price of real nappies with a minimum spend of £45. Parents can apply for a voucher beforehand to ...
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Versatile, Stylish Beco Gemini Slings at the Natural Nursery

New in for 2012 the Beco Gemini is a 4-in-1 baby carrier offering four comfortable carrying positions – front facing in, facing out, hip and back carry, a comfortable, practical baby carrier with a definite sense of style. It’s all about the options you have.  You no longer need to scrutinize over one or the other, nor do you have to use all of the carrying options offered. We are all unique, your baby is unique and it is only you who knows what feels right for you. The difficult ...
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Parents wanted for NHS information film – deadline 15th Feb 2012

“I wonder if you can help. I am currently working on a project called Digital Babies (a Digital Care Social Enterprise) which is a collaboration between ITN, NHS Choices and The Royal College of Midwives. The aim of the project is to form 100+ bite sized video clips answering 100 of the most commonly asked questions of new parents and parents to be. By doing this we hope to inform future mums and dads of the answers as simply and visually as possible, hearing mums and dads talking honestly about ...
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Wokingham Borough Council give £30 Cashback to Cloth Nappy Users

Wokingham Borough Council are offering £30 cashback to encourage people to use reusable nappies. Did you know by using real nappies you could save up to £500 per child compared to using disposables, as well as helping the environment. How to claim cashback Download the nappy cashback form or contact Wokingham Borough Council to make a claim. For more information about cloth nappies and a list of Real Nappy Incentives in the UK please visit www.naturalnursery.co.uk ...
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Boba 2G Organic Soft Baby Carrier now in stock at the Natural Nursery

Boba is an incredibly soft, supportive and comfortable buckle carrier which should cover all your baby wearing needs through to pre-school. Boba has a tall, supportive back panel to keep your centre of gravity close to your body and support your little one's back and in addition, innovative removable foot straps attached to the waist belt for your child’s feet to rest in enabling a healthy sitting position for your child and also give tired little lets a rest. Product Description: Accommodates children 15-45 lbs / 7-20 kg One size ...
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Free Real Nappy Trial Pack for Wealden Parents

The trial pack is available to Wealden's parents to borrow free of charge for approximately one month, allowing them to try washable nappies and see which ones suit them best before they purchase a set. The pack includes a wide range of the different types of modern washable nappies on the market, including some nappies made from bamboo, which is a greener alternative to cotton. The trial pack is available in two sizes - Birth to six months and six months to potty. Types of Nappies There are three different ...
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The Natural Nursery Cloth Nappy Star for January 2012 – Maddison

Thank you to everyone who sent in photos of their beautiful babies for the Natural Nursery Cloth Nappy Star Competition. The winner, drawn at random, was Maddison, thank you so much to mum Melony for sending in the photo of her giggling daughter! Love it! Here at the Natural Nursery Blog we are getting quiet a collection of Stars in our galleries, there will be more comps soon so make sure your cameras or phones are ready to snap pictures of bumps, nappies, slings and any products you buy from the ...
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Uttlesford District Council – Sample Real Nappy Pack for £10

If you live in Uttlesford you can get a sample cloth nappy pack for £10 - a saving of £15 and a £10 voucher towards real nappies. To take advantage of these offers or for more information please call the Essex Cloth Nappy Helpline on 01245 437318, or visit www.essex.gov.uk/nappies. Disposable nappies now account for four per cent of all household waste with the average baby going through 5,000 nappies from birth to potty training. Disposing of all these nappies costs the taxpayer around £40 million a year. Approximately 8 million ...
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‘Fab’ Lambskins at the Natural Nursery

This stroller fleece is easy to fit – it has no straps or ties and fits around the safety harness and straps it has specially cut holes to fit carseats, strollers and buggies. It has a fully adjustable head cushion to adapt as your baby grows. Lambskins have been used for centuries to sooth and calm babies, provide a safe and secure environment and help keep them cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Natural Nursery customer Rhiannon said: "Amazing lambskin! My baby loves it. It is so ...
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Thurrock Council supports the use of real nappies with £10 voucher

Thurrock Council supports the use of real nappies. They're offering a £10 voucher off of the price of real nappies. For more information on the Real Nappy Campaign please contact Thurrock Council's Waste Management Team on 01375 413943 or email waste@thurrock.gov.uk. Introducing Reusable Nappies You have seen the many brands of disposable nappies available, but have you ever thought about using reusable nappies on your child? Reusable nappies are made from soft breathable cotton and are used with a liner and a waterproof wrap , which work together to provide ...
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Can I ask for you support?

We have been sent this request which I am happy to share: Can I ask for your support and to sign and share this petition? http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/24494 if it gets at least 100,000 signatures, it will be eligible for debate in the House of Commons. The petition is not anti-formula it is anti the marketing/advertising of it (For every baby born Approx £20 is spent to promote Formula by its companies compared to about 14 pence spent by the UK government to promote breastfeeding). It's part of a bigger picture that ...
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Three Rivers District Council offer up to £80 Cashback for Real Nappy Users

Real nappies can save you money! Using home laundered nappies rather than disposables can save £500 on the cost of keeping babies in nappies. When your baby no longer need nappies real nappies can be passed on to younger siblings, saving even more money. Real nappies aren't just expensive for parents. For every £1 spent on disposable nappies the taxpayer pays 10p towards their disposal. Real nappies are better for the environment. Approximately 8 million disposable nappies are thrown away every day in the UK - that's 3 billion a ...
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Cloth Nappies and the Festive Holidays

Did you carry on using your cloth nappies over the Christmas break? I did mostly but did mix and match with some of the Flip Disposable inserts, so I didn't need to put the tumble dryer on with all that rain we had. I don't feel too bad about this as we hadn't used any disposable nappies since we had the water switched back on after the kitchen was re-done. I still have some left in the pack of 18 Flip inserts that I opened before Christmas. so it goes to ...
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£50 Real Nappy Cashback Scheme for Stevenage Residents

Stevenage Borough Council are offering £50 cashback if you use re-usable nappies or have joined a nappy laundering scheme. Not only do re-usable nappies reduce the amount you throw away, But with £50 cashback they also reduce the amount you spend! The WasteAware partnership of councils would like to thank those Hertfordshire residents who avoid the mountain of waste created by disposable nappies. So, if you buy re-useable nappies or have joined a nappy laundering scheme, you can claim up to £50 towards the cost. To claim your cashback please ...
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7 Gifts – Time – Washable Nappy Demo, Exeter

If you fancy joining me to talk about washable nappies, and you are local to Exeter, then why not pop along to tomorrow's demo at Health Foods Unlimited, Cowick Street? More details are on the Exeter Baby Activities site - http://www.exeterbabyactivities.co.uk/?p=1018&preview=true ...
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7 Gifts – Health – The gift of donated breastmilk

Breastmilk is the normal food for babies under 6 months old (and a vital part of their nutritional needs for much longer) but there are some occasions when a mother is unable to nurse her own baby, such as when the mother is sick or the baby is premature. In these cases, donated breastmilk improves the health outcome for the baby and is the preferred option over formula. I have been lucky enough to be accepted as a breastmilk donor for our local hospital, so most days I pump a ...
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New Year Resolutions

The New Year is traditionally seen as a time of renewal, of rebirth, a chance to put the old behind you and look to the future, all reflected in the obligatory New Year’s Resolution. The problem I have with NY Resolutions is that they are always focused on you as a person, a promise to be a better person, to miraculously change who you are, as if making one simple promise is all it takes to become the mythical being you have always wanted to be. This year I am ...
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Has your cloth nappy got Natural Nursery Star Status? win a goodie bag (ends 26th Jan 2012)

Has your cloth nappy got Natural Nursery Star quality? We would love to see your pictures! Everyone who emails us a photo of their beautiful reusable nappies to stars@naturalnursery.co.uk will get a 10% discount code to use at www.naturalnursery.co.uk and one lucky person, drawn at random after the 26th January 2012  will win a Natural Nursery goodie bag! Entries from Europe only please and if you send us a photo you are giving us permission to use it on the Natural Nursery websites. The winner of this round of Natural ...
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Should Babies and Toddlers watch TV? (by Elizabeth Pantley)

So much television programming is aimed at young children. Much of it appears to be educational: teaching the ABCs and life skills. When is it appropriate to introduce a baby to television, and what do parents need to know about this topic? A great deal of research has been done on the effects of television on children’s lives. The first step in making the decision is to get the facts. Because nearly all of us have one or more TV sets in our home, and since most of us watch ...
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Fluffy Friday – Win Flip Disposable Nappy Inserts with Happy Nappy Tales (ends Jan 5th 2012)

Thank you to everyone who entered the Fluffy Friday Competition to win a Nappy Change Mat in beautiful mosaic design made from recycled fabrics from the production of the bumGenius nappies. The winner was Joanne Lyles who has been emailed. Congratulations Joanne! We asked you where the worst place you had to change a nappy was and the answers were so good they have been compiled into a list: Baby Changing rooms where the table was filthy, flooded or there was soggy tissue all over the floor. In the boot ...
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8 Top Tips for Keeping Cloth Nappies Soft and Fluffy

When it is cold and wet a lot of people rely on radiators to dry their real nappies.  If you live in a hard water area this could mean that your nappies go a bit hard. Some nappies are better than others for hard water areas: The Flip Nappies from bumGenius are good for hard water areas, and they dry relatively quickly too. They are one size nappies, easy to use, you need a cover and an insert that can be disposable or washable, if you want to learn more ...
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Free Real Nappy Trial Kits in Oxfordshire

If you live in Oxfordshire and would like to give cloth nappies a try, but are unsure about paying out for a full set, you can borrow a trial kit completely free of charge and with no obligation to buy. Each kit contains a good range of the most modern styles and brands of nappies, with all the necessary accessories. They are supplied by nappy sellers in Oxfordshire, who will explain how the nappies work before you get started. You will be able to use the nappies for up to ...
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Epsom & Ewell Borough Council Real Nappy Trial Kit

Epsom & Ewell Borough Council does not favour any one brand of nappies.  We believe that only you can make the decision on which nappies best suit you, your baby and family.  The nappies included within the trial kit are examples of nappy styles available.  You may find that your local nappy stockist sell a similar style under a different brand name. What's in a kit? There are 24 trial kits available in Surrey and each one holds everything you need to road test Real Nappies on your baby.  There are a range ...
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The Natural Nursery Happy Baby Star for December 2011 is Zachary!

We love this picture of Zachary being tickled by his big brother! Thank you to everyone who entered the December Happy Baby Stars competition. The winner was drawn at random and his mum will be getting a Natural Nursery goodie bag! Natural Nursery stars competitions run reguarly and the next one is all about slings! So please send in your pictures of babywearing to stars@naturalnursery.co.uk to be in with the chance of winning a goodie bag. [flagallery gid=5 name="Gallery"] ...
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Natural Nursery Sling Stars – win a goodie bag (ends 29th Dec 2011)

Has your baby carrier got Natural Nursery Star quality? We would love to see your pictures! Everyone who emails us a photo of their slings  to stars@naturalnursery.co.uk will get a 10% discount code to use at www.naturalnursery.co.uk and one lucky person, drawn at random after the 29th Dec 2011  will win a Natural Nursery goodie bag! Entries from Europe only please and if you send us a photo you are giving us permission to use it on the Natural Nursery websites. The winner was Joe Norris who sent in this ...
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£30 Real Nappy Incentive for Medway Residents

Medway Council has a scheme that can help you if you are thinking about reusable nappies. They are good for your baby's health, good for the environment, cheap and easy to use. Reusable nappies have changed since the traditional terry nappies. There is a wide choice of designs, styles and colours. Many even look like disposable nappies. If you are still not sure, why not come along and have a coffee at one of the monthly nappucinos? An important incentive A £30 financial incentive, payable in three instalments, is being ...
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Twelve Days of a Natural Christmas – Day 12 – Pocket Nappy Gift Pack

There is still time to give aBaba + Boo  Nappy Gift Pack as a Christmas present. It would make a  lovely new baby gift as it contains a birth to potty pocket nappy, 2 inserts, matching wet bag and a guide to reusable nappies. This reusable nappy consists of a waterproof outer with a “pocket” made of soft fleece.  Simply stuff the booster insert into the pocket, adjust the snaps to fit your baby and put on just like a disposable. Benefits of the Baba + Boo Pocket Nappy One ...
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Twelve Days of a Natural Christmas – Day 11 – Mother-ease Onesize Washable Nappy

The Mother-ease Onesize Washable Nappy is a birth to potty reusable nappy that will fit from 8lbs (3.5kgs) to 35lbs (16kgs). Available in 4 fabrics to suit your baby: Original unbleached cotton – made from 85% cotton and 15% polyester.  The fabric is specially made to ensure that only cotton touches your baby’s skin – the polyester is in the base of the fabric to give strength and fit. Stay dry – made from the same cotton/polyester as the original nappy but with a special stay dry fabric sewn to ...
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Twelve Days of a Natural Christmas – Day 10 – Nipple Cream, Lansinoh Lanolin

Lansinoh Brand Lanolin is the purest form of lanolin available for breastfeeding mothers. It does not need to be removed before nursing and because it is completely hypoallergenic, it can be used even by those who are allergic to wool and other lanolin products. Lansinoh lanolin goes through a unique process that does not require the use of preservatives, additives, perfumes or other chemicals, so it is a totally pure and natural product. This process means that the cream is virtually odourless, so it will not interfere with the bonding ...
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Twelve Days of a Natural Christmas – Day 9 – GEN-Y Universal Nappy Wrap

We have had a fantastic review of the GEN-Y Universal Nappy Wrap from Jody: "I LOVE these wraps!I was a firm pocket user but was always quite wary of leaving them on too long and getting leaks, we tried flips but they were boring looking so someone suggested these! they are fantastic and eventually I converted to just these and some fitteds and pre-folds.They are lovely to look at, fantastic quality, bombproof with an inner gusset, can be used over anything and I love that the rise adjustment is hidden ...
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Twelve Days of a Natural Christmas – Day 7 – Flushable Nappy Liners

The Natural Nursery has biodegradable nappy liners that you can flush away! You simply place them in the cloth nappy so they go next to the babies skin, they are designed to make your life easier because you can just flush them away and they will take the solids with them. Flushable nappy liners  are made from soft paper, they are gentle on little bottoms for a happier baby. They are designed to have one way moisture control that helps prevent wetness from coming into contact with your baby's skin ...
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Twelve Days of a Natural Christmas – Day 6 – Moby Baby Wrap

With 17 different colours to choose from the Moby Wrap could be worn on any occasion. The award-winning original Moby Wrap is the one of the most recognised wraparound baby carriers available. Made from beautiful, soft stretch cotton and available in a variety of colours, the Moby Wrap is an ideal carrier for newborn and premature babies. The Moby Wrap can be used from birth to 35lbs, but really stands out in the infant stage. Simply wrap the fabric around you according to the directions and pop your baby in-an-out as ...
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Twelve Days of a Natural Christmas – Day 5 – Fair Trade Fancy Dress

We love ethical clothing and even the fancy dress at the Natural Nursery is fairly traded! This colorful fiery red dragon costume has some great features to make any little monster look amazing. The hooded cape has a brilliant tail, spine and green wings, it's tummy is shiny scales to give this great outfit even more character. The plush head has white soft pointy teeth and big eyes, the velcro fastening front makes it easy to put on and take off. This outfit is available in two sizes 18 months ...
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Bracknell Forest Council £30 Cash Back to try Cloth Nappies

Disposable nappies are not just expensive for parents - about eight million nappies are thrown away every day in the UK. Most of these end up being buried in landfill sites. We all have to pay for this waste to be disposed of and it’s becoming increasingly expensive as we run out of landfill space and landfill tax increases. There is an alternative - have you considered modern cloth nappies? Bracknell Forest Council is offering a financial incentive of £30 cash back to borough residents who choose to use cloth ...
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Twelve Days of a Natural Christmas – Day 4 – Breastfeeding Slogan T-shirt

These soft organic baby t-shirts make perfect presents for first or fifth time mothers. They cheekily tell the mum how to look after the baby; 'Hand wash only, Love unconditionally, Breastfeed as required.' The t-shirts are ethically manufactured from 100% organic cotton. Izzy was impressed with the quality and said: "Good quality cloth, the print keeps it's colour through many washes (so far).Cute but subtle.What's not to love?"  www.naturalnursery.co.uk/breastfeeding-advocacy-clothing/care-instructions-short-sleeved-organic-top-3-6-months.html ...
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Twelve Days of a Natural Christmas – Day 3 – Amber Teething Necklace

Amber is a natural teething remedy - as worn by our own children here at the Natural Nursery.Baltic amber teething necklaces have been used in Europe for many years to help calm and sooth teething pains. Tracy said they are 'amazing' "I love these,  I used them with my 3 year old and have even just bought her new ones as she loves them, have bought ready for my new born and buy these as christening gifts for friends. I can honestly say we did not even get a rosey ...
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Natural Nursery Happy Baby Stars – win a goodie bag (ends 15th Dec 2011)

Is your happy baby a Natural Nursery Star? We would love to see your pictures! Everyone who emails us a photo of their happy baby to stars@naturalnursery.co.uk will get a 10% discount code to use at www.naturalnursery.co.uk and one lucky person, drawn at random after the 15th Dec 2011 will win a Natural Nursery goodie bag! Entries from Europe only please and if you send us a photo you are giving us permission to use it on the Natural Nursery websites. [flagallery gid=5 name="Gallery"] ...
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Twelve Days of a Natural Christmas – Day 2 – Ergo Baby Carrier

The ERGObaby Carrier is one of our best sellers at the Natural Nursery. What better way to stay warm this winter than by holding the one you love close whilst keeping your hands free! Ciara left a review saying it was the 'best baby buy' and went on to say: "This is a fantastic sling! It is soft, adjustable, comfy for both Mom & baby and great value. We have the Galaxy grey one as I love stars and use it with the newborn insert from birth.My 22 month old also ...
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Twelve Days of a Natural Christmas – Day 1 – Fleece Nappy Wraps

Fleece Nappy wraps are great for babies and toddlers that are moving around. What a fantastic colourful present they would make too! Fleece nappy wraps allow a greater airflow than pul based wraps so are ideal for babies with sensitive skin or who are prone to nappy rash. They can be used during the day or night but it is important that your baby moves around whilst wearing a fleece wrap else compression wicking can occur. The Eccobots Fleece wraps are made just a few miles away from the Natural ...
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Presents for Babies and Children under £10 (including postage)

All these lovely things can be bought for under £10 including postage from the Natural Nursery. They would all make great presents! BabyLegs BabyLegsare multi-use legwarmers for babies.  They can be used in lots of ways to protect your baby from the cold or the sun, provide cushioning for crawling babies and make a great fashion statement. BabyLegs are available in a range of great colours and patterns to suit both boys and girls. They are one size and will fit from newborn to around 5 years or older. £5.99 ...
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Real Nappy Maths – you can save between £1171.44 and £395.62!

An enormous thanks to Olga for letting us re-post her incredible research about the cost of real versus disposable nappies. Olga has set up Green Fluffy Bottoms which is a Facebook group dedicated to real nappy advice and chat. It was established in July 2011 and has been very active ever since.  They  are a mixture of experienced real nappy users and complete beginners, always happy to answer any cloth related questions. An average child potty trains about 2.5 years old = 912 days in nappies 7 nappy changes a ...
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Two Week Free Cloth Nappy Trial from West Berkshire Council

Britain throws away nearly 3 billion nappies a year. Disposable nappies are not just wasteful and costly for parents, but dealing with nappy waste costs local authorities thousands of pounds a year. Disposable nappies make up 6% of domestic waste going to landfill in West Berkshire and nearly 8 million nappies are thrown away each day in the UK. West Berkshire Council funds several trial buckets containing Real Nappies for parents to try for two weeks. This gives parents and carers the opportunity to try out different types of nappies ...
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Books for children for under £5 including postage!

While stocks last, the Natural Nursery has some bargain books that would make fantastic presents for  children, thesel come in at under £5 including postage! There are more on the website at www.naturalnursery.co.uk Georgia meets the Railway Goblins An old lady reveals to a young girl her own memories of a childhood in which she was invited to join the railway goblins in their magical events and adventures in helping to keep the railways safe and running properly.  £1.50 (reduced from £5) The Ice-Cream Machine: Totally Fizzbombed - Paperback Twins ...
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Real Nappy Incentive Schemes for London

You can apply for a Real Nappies for London voucher as long as You are a resident of a participating borough. (Click here to check if your borough is participating) You are expecting a baby or have a baby under 18 months. Vouchers vary in value from £25 to £55 depending on the scheme in your borough. They can be used to buy trial kits, cloth nappies or for real nappy laundry services. www.realnappiesforlondon.org.uk If you don't live in London there might well be a Real Nappy incentive scheme near ...
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ERGObaby’s Performance Baby Carrier great for Mums and Dads!

ERGObaby's Performance  baby carriers are made of durable, lightweight, and breathable fabric and can accommodate all active moms and dads. Just in at the Natural Nursery is this lovely new colourway; Charcoal Grey and Black go with almost anything and are perfect for mums and dads. We have been asking about babywearing dads on the Natural Nursery Facebook Page and some mums say that dads are really happy to carry their children but they prefer the slings to be in neutral colours. Alison sent us in this review that tells ...
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The First Natural Nursery Star is…..

Congratulations to Sarah Wilson who wins the first every Natural Nursery Star goodie bag! Her name was drawn at random from all the beautiful bumps sent in to feature in the Natural Nursery Star Bumps Gallery. [flagallery gid=3 name="Gallery"] Don't despair if you didn't win, we will be running more stars competitions and if you missed sending us your bump pic this time there will be another chance in a couple of months. The next Natural Nursery Star we will be looking for is a reviewer, more details here http://www.naturalnurseryblog.co.uk/natural-nursery/natural-nursery-product-review-stars-win-goodie-bag-ends-1st-dec-2011/ ...
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Natural Nursery Product Review Stars – win a goodie bag! (ends 1st Dec 2011)

I'm really excited to tell you about a new feature on the Natural Nursery Blog- Natural Nursery Stars! All you have to do is visit www.naturalnursery.co.uk and leave a review for one of our products. Leave a comment on this post letting us know what you have reviewed to enter and to get an extra entryemail us a photo of you using the product to stars@naturalnursery.co.uk (with  Star Reviews in the title) Everyone who enters will get a 10% discount code to use at the Natural Nursery and one lucky ...
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Money-saving columnist says you could save a fortune with cloth nappies

Felicity Hannah is Yahoo! Finance's money-saving columnist this is her article about cloth nappies. The full article is here - http://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/Are-reusable-nappies-worth-yahoofinanceuk-3984659527.html Are reusable nappies worth the effort? Will using cloth nappies on your bundle of joy save you a bundle of cash? Felicity Hannah, 11:44, Friday 11 November 2011 6,000 nappies. That's the number of changes my infant son is likely to need between birth and potty training, according to official estimates. That's a figure to make any penny pincher gulp. Not only that, I also get a twinge of ...
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Little Green Chicken Reviews Pocket Nappies

Katrina is the mum behind the Little Green Chicken blog - she says: "The aim of this blog is to share ‘sustainable baby raising’ knowledge I’ve learned since becoming a mum. The information I’ve found is all over the place, and I thought it would be nice to put it all in one place to make things a little bit easier for others starting out on the same path.Oh, and where did the name come from? Since birth our little one has reminded us of a baby bird – the way she opens and ...
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Fluffy Friday Competition – win an Organic Lactivist Baby Hat (ends 24th Nov)

You could win a beautiful soft organic knot hat from Lactivist! These fairly traded hats measure 38cm around the bottom hem unstretched - stretched they measure 46cm. They are suitable for small babies and newborns and make perfect presents! They come in 2 designs - Care Instructions, with symbols to remind you to 'hand wash only, love unconditionally and breastfeed as required' and the famous Cow slogan - 'I like milk from my mum, not from just any old cow.' To be in the draw to win a printed Lactivist ...
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The Natural Nursery Star Bump Gallery!

We have added some more beautiful bumps to the Natural Nursery Stars Bump Gallery. If you would like your baby bump to be in Natural Nursery Stars just email a picture to stars@naturalnursery.co.uk – with ‘bump’ in the title. Everyone who enters will get a 10% discount code to use at the Natural Nursery and one lucky winner, drawn at random  will be the Featured Star and they will win a goodie bag from www.naturalnursery.co.uk! In sending us your picture you agree that we can use it on any of ...
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NapNap Voucher, not sure how to redeem?

Have you been lucky enough to be given a NapNap Gift Voucher?  Not sure how to redeem it? Our page of handy hints on Redeeming your NapNap Voucher should help. And if you want to give one to a lucky new parent, you can buy them from the NapNap site ...
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Real Nappies for London – money off and incentives!

London has it's very own website for reusable nappies - Real Nappies for London. It is a London-wide scheme to provide parents with an opportunity to try real nappies  and it has been running since July 2007. Many boroughs offer money off vouchers, or free trials for parents who want to try real nappies. If you live in London and want to see if there is an incentive in your area check the list of boroughs here. Events, workshops and ‘nappuccinos’ are run in each participating borough. Residents may go ...
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Fluffy Friday – Win 18 Disposable Flip Nappy Inserts (ends 10th Nov 2011)

Flip Nappy Disposable Inserts tuck neatly inside the Flip Nappy system or bumGenius Nappies for the times when you want a quick and easy solution to your nappy needs. These nappy inserts are perfect for travelling or when you are out and about, simple to use, and produce less waste than using a disposable nappy. To be in the draw to win a Pack of 18 Flip Nappy Disposable Inserts leave a comment on the Natural Nursery Blog telling us How many times a day do you change a nappy? ...
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Breastfeeding Tea can help afternoon milk slump.

Breastfeeding is the most natural way to feed your baby but it can be stressful and exhausting. Not drinking enough or drinking and eating the wrong things may affect your milk production and your baby's digestion. Neuner's organic Nursing tea is made from a premium mixture of organic herbs and is specifically blended to support breastfeeding mothers. Natural Nursery customer said the tea was 'perfect' and that it is  'wonderful tasting tea that definatly helped my afternoon milk slump'. Nursing tea or breastfeeding tea has been used by breastfeeding mothers ...
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Has your bump got star quality?

I'm really excited to tell you about a new feature on the Natural Nursery Blog - Natural Nursery Stars! If you would like your baby bump to be in Natural Nursery Stars just email a picture to stars@naturalnursery.co.uk - with 'bump' in the title. Everyone who enters will get a 10% discount code to use at the Natural Nursery and one lucky winner, drawn at random will be the Featured Star and they will win a goodie bag from www.naturalnursery.co.uk! [flagallery gid=3 name="Gallery"] ...
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“Ideal for customisation!” Frugi Organic Cotton Marl Baby Grow

This is wrap over, organic baby grow is a very popular essential, now with no irritating back label and in extended sizes to fit from newborn to 18-24m.Natural Nursery customer Mukul Patel sent this review in with a wonderful idea of customising the Frugi Baby kimono baby grows. "Great quality material and the most practical design, at a good price. My son draws or paints on these with fabric colours - voila, funky custom clothes for newborns."All Frugi/Cut4Cloth clothing: Is ethically manufactured. Is made using 100% organic cotton hand picked ...
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Lactivist Pro-Breastfeeding T-shirt has ‘Star Quality’

Mummy Milk Rocks at the Natural Nursery with this long sleeved organic baby top. It is a fantastic pro-breastfeeding top for your little one with a fab retro blended screenprint. Natural Nursery customer Laura noticed the quality of the super soft organic cotton and said: 'very thick, fab quality, I love it' So that is 5 out of 5 for a design which Laura cleverly named as having 'star quality' ...
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Fluffy Friday – Win A Mosaic Nappy Change Mat (ends 27th Oct 2011)

Would you like to be the owner of a totally unique, one of a kind Nappy Change Mat in beautiful mosaic design made from recycled fabrics from the production of the bumGenius nappies? Each mat is one of a kind will be made with a variety of colours including yellow, green, pink and blue. The top of the mat in a beautiful, unique patchwork design and the bottom of the mat is soft fleece. The mat folds up nice and small for when you are out and about and can ...
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Exeter Homebirth Group Discuss Water Birth 11th Oct 2011

Exeter Homebirth Group's next meeting is on Tuesday 11th October 7.30 - 9.30pm. We are at West Exe Children's Centre in Exeter. Follow this link for directions: http://westexe.childrencentre.org/index.php?page_id=3. October's topic is WATER BIRTH! We will be sharing experiences of using water in labour and birthing in water, whether at home, hospital or midwife-led unit. A 'Birth Pool in a Box' will be available for you to try (unfilled!). This is the model that we hire out: http://www.nctshop.co.uk/activebirth/Eco-Birth-Pool-in-a-Box-/productinfo/4302/ Email Claire for more details about our pool hire scheme: c.e.arnold@hotmail.co.uk. Our pool is in constant demand and ...
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Ergo Baby Carrier Performance with Infant Insert Review

The ERGObaby Heart2Heart Infant Insert is a specially padded and shaped cushion that can be quickly and easily placed in the carrier and readjusted as needed. This design easily enables parents to ensure that their newborn is positioned correctly on the pillow, keeping pressure off the developing sacrum, and supports the development of the spine and hips. It snaps closed around the infant, holding the baby in a cozy, protected environment close to the heart, as well as in an ergonomically correct natural sitting position. Sian emailed the Natural Nursery ...
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Breastfeeding and Massage May Ease Pain in Newborns

This article is from the website www.staffnurse.com and is about relieving pain in newborn babies that are in Intensive care. The research team found that babies who are breastfed whilst being vaccinated had less pain than babies put on an examination table; "Breastfeeding and massages may help to reduce pain in newborns, delegates at a European conference have heard. Studies presented at the EFIC Congress in Hamburg, Germany have demonstrated that simple, non-pharmacological measures are very soothing to babies in the first days of life. Dr Luis Batalha told delegates ...
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NapNap Vouchers, like book tokens but for nappies

If you are looking for an innovative new baby present, why not choose a NapNap Voucher?  They are like book tokens but for nappies so the lucky recipient can choose their perfect nappy from a range of nappy sellers. You can buy NapNap Vouchers for any amount you like and it will help new parents save money and buy some lovely nappy fluff as well as helping the environment. NapNap Vouchers can now been redeemed at The Natural Nursery, against their range of reusable nappies and nappy wraps, including the ...
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“Easy to care for” Organic Wool Nappy Wrap gets top marks

These organic wool nappy wraps are beautifully soft overpants made from two layers of knitted new wool. Wool is naturally watertight and the soft knit construction allows plenty of air to circulate and they are ideal for babies with sensitive skin. The soft ribbing around the legs and waist hold the pants firmly in place without the need for elastic. Very comfortable and very economical. You will need to lanolise these pants before using but the oil in the wool will keep them watertight and help them "clean themselves" - ...
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Family with 9 children saves money with Cloth Nappies!

The Sullivan family have 9 children, from 18 years to 11 months and twins on the way. Their incredible blog is called 'Larger Family Life' and it is jammed full of interesting stuff. Mum Tania is blogging her twin pregnancy, writing about baking, homeschooling and loads of ideas for saving money that are good for big or small families. This is what she has to say about cloth nappies. You can read the rest of the story and about the Sullivan Family at www.largerfamilylife.com "One of the main questions we ...
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Fluffy Friday – Win Baba + Boo Nappies – ends 13th Oct 2011

This Fluffy Friday competition from the Natural Nursery is for a set of 3 Baba + Boo Series II Pocket Nappies This is the new edition of the popular Baba + Boo washable nappy system, featuring a snugger fit and two inserts. This pocket nappy consists of a waterproof outer with a “pocket” made of soft fleece.  Simply stuff the booster insert into the pocket, adjust the snaps to fit your baby and put on just like a disposable. Benefits: One size/birth to potty pocket nappy - only one set of ...
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Celebs and Slings – Pink with her Ergo and Carey with his Ergo.

This picture of singer Pink multitasking with her new baby Willow Sage was in the Daily Mail. She is using an Ergo Baby Carrier which is the best selling baby carrier at the Natural Nursery.  This baby carrier is suitable from birth to toddler and Pink also has a Heart2Heart Ergo Infant Insert which supports and cocoons newborns. Pink is wearing the black and camel Ergo with a natural colour insert and her husband Carey Hart has the same sling in Cranberry. This baby carrier also comes in solid camel ...
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Quick Guide to the Flip Nappy System

The Flip Nappy System allows you to nappy the way you want, when you want. 1. Start with a one size nappy cover 2. Add the insert you want and put on your baby 3. Flip the used insert out 4. Replace the insert with a clean one 5. Reuse the cover As a hybrid system, there are several inserts to choose from, giving you the most flexible nappy system possible. Organic Cotton, One Size Inserts: The organic cotton insert can be folded one way for a newborn baby and the ...
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Neuners Breastfeeding Tea “A boost to you and your milk supply”

Neuner’s Breastfeeding Tea is a traditional herbal tea made from organic ingredients, including fenugreek seeds and fennel. Along with advice on correct positioning, frequent nursing and a healthy lifestyle, it can help to quickly increase your breastmilk supply and is a soothing and relaxing drink for you. Winner of Best of the Best, Best Breastfeeding Tea and Best Range in the TIPS Parent tests. Benefits: 20 bags, seal-wrapped for freshness Each bag contains 2g, giving a total of 40g 100% organic, naturally grown ingredients Each tea bag makes around .5 ...
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Flip Reusable Nappies – So easy to use!

Flip washable nappies are very easy to use and consist of a waterproof outer layer and an absorbent inner. You can choose whether to use a stay-dry insert, an organic cotton insert or a disposable insert. If you have organic cotton inserts, wash them several times to ensure they are fully absorbent. To use the Flip Nappy System FLIP the used insert into your nappy bucket REPLACE the insert with a clean one REUSE the cover First - adjust the nappy cover to the size required: Adjust the insert as ...
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Babywearing Training

The School of Babywearing™ is a social enterprise which runs a training courses for parents, professionals, businesses, and other interested organisations about wearing babies and children in slings and baby carriers. You can now book your place on-line for the 2011-12 babywearing trainings. Fri 18 Nov 2011  Cheshunt(Hertfordshire)   Babywearing Peer Supporter 18 – 20 Nov 2011  Cheshunt(Hertfordshire)   Babywearing Consultancy Sat 21 Jan 2012 Cambridge  Babywearing Peer Supporter Sat 25 Feb 2012 South Wales  Babywearing Peer Supporter Sat 3 March 2012  Exeter Babywearing Peer Supporter Fri 9 March 2012  Peterborough Babywearing ...
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Mummy and Sam’s BIG Re-usable Challenge!!!

This is from the blog of a mum Alice, from Nottinghamshire who is trying out reusable nappies.  Her blog "Mummy, Not Big Milk Thing" is stuffed full of interesting articles, especially this one: "So what do I want from a cloth nappy? Well I think I want what many consumers are looking for, simplicity. I don’t want to be confused by jargon and bogged down having to mess around for hours just to have clean nappies to put on my baby – I don’t have time and quite frankly I’m too lazy! We all like ...
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Customer Product Review – Ergo Performance Cargo Pack

This great nappy / day pack fits onto the Ergo Performance baby carrier which is the lightweight Ergo.  It buckles onto the carrier allowing you to carry all you day to day needs with you. The performance cargo pack is made of a rugged, durable polyester/cotton blend. The cargo pack attaches to the side buckles on either of the performance carriers, and features a generous main compartment with a side pocket, and a mesh outside pocket. With a velcro flap, the cargo pack can attach to the carrier‘s waist belt when ...
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Fluffy Friday – Win A Sophie the Giraffe Rubber Teething Toy ends 29th Sept 2011

Teething can be a very stressful time for parents and their baby - just as you thought things were finally settling down, the pain and shock of teething hits. Teething usually begins between the ages of four and nine months and most babies will cut their first tooth by one year. Teething can bring on flushed cheeks, dribbling, irritability and crying. You may also notice that your child is more inclined to chew - on anything from fingers and toys to food - a natural reaction to the changes going ...
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Going Visiting With Your Baby By Elizabeth Pantley, Author of Gentle Baby Care

Babies love new places! There’s so much to investigate and new things to touch. But many people aren’t too happy to have your little one crawling or toddling freely about the house exploring everything in sight. While you think its adorable that Baby found the Tupperware, your host may not think it’s cute that her tidy cabinet has been rearranged by sticky baby hands. If your host has a big heart she’ll let you know that your baby’s exploring is okay. But even then, you run the risk of your ...
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Trageschule Babywearing Course in Bristol October 2011

Are you interested in learning about babywearing? Trageschule UK are a hugely experienced training school who are planning on running a Foundation Course in Bristol at the end of October. The course is extremely in-depth and qualifies you to work as a babywearing consultant - you can also study beyond to the Advanced and Certification level. The Foundation Course enables the participant to provide one-to-one support to parents learning babywearing. We aim to provide thorough grounding for developing your skills. Course contents for the Foundation Course: Different knots Hipcarries ( ...
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GEN-Y Classic Nappy Cover Review

GEN-Y Classic Nappy Wraps are the waterproof part of a 2-part nappy system and will work with fitted/shaped nappies, terry squares and pre-fold nappies. Natural Nursery customer Amy bought the GEN Y nappy wrap and she said: "Got this as it looked great , works really well as a day nappy with prefold but no good at night!!!. great item and great service, thanks x 4/5" The Natural Nursery have a range of ...
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£10 refund or £10 for a sample cloth nappy pack in Essex

Essex residents can currently benefit from two promotional offers: Sample nappy pack £10 refund Sample nappy pack Parents can send off for a sample pack of cloth nappies worth over £25 for just £10, including postage and packing. Each pack will contain: 1 shaped cotton nappy, gingham design (no folding required); 1 one-size (birth to potty) shaped bamboo nappy (no folding required); 1 bamboo prefold nappy; 2 PUL waterproof wraps; Paper liners; Instructions and an information booklet containing a £10 voucher. To see what’s in the sample pack and how ...
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Symptoms of Teething

Teething can be a very stressful time for parents and their baby - just as you thought things were finally settling down, the pain and shock of teething hits. Teething usually begins between the ages of four and nine months and most babies will cut their first tooth by one year. Teething can bring on flushed cheeks, dribbling, irritability and crying. You may also notice that your child is more inclined to chew - on anything from fingers and toys to food - a natural reaction to the changes going ...
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Green Baby Nappy Balm – “Best for baby’s bum!”

Green Baby Nappy Balm is a soothing, rich blend of sweet almond oil, cocoa butter, organic olive oil and beeswax - you can use as a daily barrier cream and it can be applied after each nappy change to moisturise and protect and prevent the causes of nappy rash. It will also promote healing where nappy rash has occured. Karyn sent us this lovely review: "Best for baby's bum! This cream works wonders on a sore bottom within a couple of applications. It's also great to know it has no ...
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Telford & Wrekin Real Nappy Scheme

Telford and Wrekin Borough Council operate a scheme offering either a £30 cash back on purchases of re-useable nappies or a free 4 week trial of a nappy laundry service. The scheme receives an annual sign up of around 100 households a year from approximately 1900 births. Each household on the scheme diverts approximately 1 tonne of disposable nappy waste from landfill! To find out more visit www.telford.gov.uk/a_to_z/services/200084/recycling_rubbish_and_waste If you don't live in Telford there may be a nappy incentive near you - there is a growing list at the ...
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Strawberry Sweetness – Fair Trade Fancy Dress

When my son was little he wanted to live in his bee costume, and then his tiger costume. Now he is the grand old age of 8 he still finds time to be a monster or a knight. On the way home from the shops today I passed a mum with 2 kids wearing butterfly wings. Fancy dress for small kids is a hit with young and old! Fancy dress at the Natural Nursery is ethically traded, washable and made to a very high quality. Sizes are from 3 months ...
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Motherease Rikki Wrap Nappy cover gets full marks!

Motherease Rikki Wraps are made of  polyester knit and gently laminated so they are are soft, easy to care for and as leak proof. They can be used with the Motherease onesize nappy or any other cloth nappy. We got this wonderful review of them from Sattia: Best nappy cover I have found Motherease nappy cover is the best of all the nappy covers available in the market. I can use this on flat, prefold, terry as well as preshaped nappies. It feels very soft when you carry baby and baby feels ...
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Reusable Nappies: A Parent’s Review (by Eleanor’s Words)

I found this brilliant article about reusable nappies on http://eleanorswords.hubpages.com Eleanor is a 38 year old mother of two children, with a life-long passion for writing.  I love all kinds of writing, from product reviews to travel writing; from general articles to creative writing.  You can read more from her on the  Hubpages Community. "When you have your first baby there is a lot to think about, in particular all the items you will require to care for your baby during those first months and the early years. And there is ...
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Free Holiday Fun – The Big Family Challenge

Big Family Challenge is all about motivating families to become healthy, happy and confident by signing up to free challenges. There is something for all the family, crafty challenges such as making sock bunnies or cards, relaxing challenges like looking at clouds, plenty of healthy eating challenges including one that has a recipe for healthy icecream! Seeing who can stay still the longest and listening to free Relax Kids meditations, outdoor challenges, rainy day challenges, ones that take a day or 21 days. There are also prizes to win, including ...
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Fluffy Friday – Win A BumGenius Nappy – ends 1st Sept 2011

This Fluffy Friday competition from the Natural Nursery is for a one size BumGenius Nappy. BumGenius are award-winning one size pocket nappies – this nappy will fit from birth to potty.  Easily adjusted to your baby’s changing shape with stretch-to-fit tabs making it just as easy to use as a disposable nappy. The nappy comes complete with 2 inserts (newborn and onesize) that are stuffed into the nappy.  The nappy is adjusted with snaps on the front of the nappy, meaning the one nappy will fit from 7lbs to 35lbs ...
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Central Bedfordshire Cloth Nappy Incentive

Eight million disposable nappies are thrown away every day in the UK and mostly go to landfill. Cut your household rubbish by up to half and help the environment by choosing Real Nappies. Gone are the days of the old terry-towelling nappies, and in their place are a new breed of super-trendy, easy-to-use variety of Real Nappies. Modern, cotton nappies can be used again and again, unlike disposable nappies. They are real because they are not made from plastic and do not contain chemicals. They are real because they fit ...
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Nelsons Teetha Granules Review – “Wouldn’t be without them”

If you are experiencing sleepless nights and a drooling baby let us introduce you to Nelsons Teetha teething granules, a homeopathic medicine for the relief of the symptoms of teething. Nelsons Teetha is a ready-dosed granule that simply dissolves in your baby's mouth where it gently helps to ease the pain of teething and relieves discomfort. The active ingredient in Teetha is a 6c homeopathic potency of Chamomilla- a herb traditionally used to help relieve the symptoms of teething. Chamomilla is often described by homeopaths as the first-choice remedy for ...
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Things I Wish I’d Known About Breastfeeding by Christie Haskell

Things I Wish I'd Known About Breastfeeding is an article on the Stir posted by Christie Haskell on July 15, 2011. This is an excerpt from it...... "I think there are a lot of things that if I'd known before going into it the first time, I could have saved myself a world of trouble. Newborn babies will eat ALL. THE. TIME. The information I read was the typical crap based on formula-fed babies, so when I read that newborns "should nurse every 2-3 hours," but sometimes every hour and ...
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Leicestershire Real Nappy Network – Cashback and Lending Kit

The Leicestershire Real Nappy Network was set up by Leicestershire County Council in September 2008. They hold Nappuccinos at various locations across the County and  are hoping to increase this number. These are coffee mornings designed to provide you with all the information you need about real nappies. They also offer Leicestershire residents the chance to try real nappies for free with a lending kit. This kit contains a selection of different types and styles of real nappies for you to try before you buy. Lastly, they offer Leicestershire residents ...
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Ergo Baby Performance Carrier Review – “I’m Delighted”

Natural Nursery customer Evelyn has sent us this glowing review of the ERGObaby Performance Carrier: "Great Carrier I've ordered this carrier as a replacement for my Eco AngelPack. There was nothing wrong with my existing carrier, but I always wanted an Ergo and can afford it now, but couldn't then (it is pricey). I chose Ergo performance because I was promised it weighs less than standard ergo and I loved the green colour 🙂 I received the package promptly and I have to say that I am delighted with the ...
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Do nurseries use cloth nappies?

This is part of an article by Hilary Osborne in the Guardian Friday 15 July 2011. The full article is on the Guardian Website. We know that using real nappies can save you hundreds but I didn't know that nurseries have a problem using them - when my son was tiny as long as I brought a waterproof nappy bag, a clean nappy and showed them how to use the cloth nappy it was never a problem to ask a creche to change his real nappy. Have you had any ...
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Money off real nappies for Derbyshire parents.

Time for a Change is the Derbyshire Real Nappy Campaign. The campaign is supported by the councils of Derbyshire, local real nappy retailers, advisors/agents, laundering companies and healthcare professionals. We can offer you: £25 cashback when spending over £50 on real nappies and covers. A two week trial of a nappy lending kit, which costs £5. Nappuccino events around the county – a chance to meet a nappy adviser and find out more about real nappies. For further information and advice on real nappies please contact: Tel: 01629 539788 email: realnappies@derbyshire.gov.uk. Real ...
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Fluffy Friday Table Bib Winner and a Half Price Offer!

There was a huge response to the competition to win a Table Bib™ from the Natural Nursery in the Fluffy Friday Giveaway. The winner (chosen at random) was Kerrie who has been emailed. If you didn't win don't despair, Table Bib™s are on special offer at the Natural Nursery and you can get one for half price! That is £2.99 instead of £5.99. The machine-washable Table Bib™ provides a layer of protection between your child and the table surface and highchair arms. It is available in four different designs, and ...
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Luxury Lambskin Review – “Essential!”

Caroline sent us this review of the Luxury Lambskin "A really beautiful quality baby lambskin. These are invaluable for floor, pram, camping, hot days, cold days, comfort and happiness. Cannot recommend highly enough! 5/5" These Merino lambskins are especially soft and silky and have already been winning praise from customers who were unhappy with other brands. They are shorn, so have a neater finish than our long haired lambskins and are suitable for use from birth. They are generously sized at around 80cm long and come in a pretty cream colour ...
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Fluffy Friday Giveaway – Win a Wooden Teether – ends 18th Aug 2011

This Fluffy Friday Giveaway from the Natural Nursery is for a Wooden Teether and Rattle. Heimess wooden toys are designed to encourage interactive play and use child-friendly shapes.  All Heimess toys are made from natural, renewable wood and are tested to the highest standards. A sweet, simple and natural wooden toy for baby. Made from natural wood in simple designs, they are smooth to the touch and encourage gentle play. Benefits: Just the right size for little hands to hold Gentle rattle sound when shaken Made from natural wood Central ...
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Is it greener to use washable or disposable nappies? (tell the Guardian)

The Guardian are using the 'Ask Leo and Lucy' column as an  experiment in crowd-sourcing a reader's question, so please let them know your views and experiences on this link and they will join in with some of their own thoughts and reactions as the debate progresses. "I'm not sure what to do with regards to nappies and our first child is expected soon! I'd always thought that I'd plump for reusable nappies, however, we have recently moved to Kuwait with my husband's work and he says that due to ...
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Listen to The Natural Nursery on the Go Real Webinar 25th July 2011

Go Real Nappy Guru Bec and Arabella from the Natural Nursery will be talking about real nappies and natural parenting on the Go Real Webinar today! Arabella has a wealth of knowledge about natural parenting based on  personal experience and extensive research and she is well worth listening to. To listen go to www.goreal.org.uk/online-events and sign up for the webcast at 11am ...
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£30 off Real Nappies with Tamworth Borough Council

What sort of nappy do you use? I didn't know there was any choice!! Every year approximately 1400 tonnes of nappy waste are sent to landfill from Tamworth. Nappies make up 4% of the total household waste. It is estimated they will take between 200 and 500 years to decompose. A baby will have approximately 2,000 nappy changes a year which could cost you £800 per child. It takes large amounts of resources including trees, oil and chemicals to produce disposable nappies for the British market. There is an alternative ...
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Flip Reusable Nappy Review – “Georgeous colours”

The Flip washable nappy is ultra-flexible and its innovative insert system lets you choose which way you want to nappy today. You just need one size of nappy to fit from birth to potty training (7-35lbs) To use the Flip Nappy System FLIP the used insert into your nappy bucket REPLACE the insert with a clean one REUSE the cover The Natural Nursery has a simple to use guide to the Flip Washable Nappy System, it shows you how you adjust the nappy to fit your baby, fold the insert ...
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Geo Wooden Baby Rattle Review – “Lovely Rattle”

The Geo is a wooden rattle in assorted geometric designs with smiling faces and tinkling bell. The wood is lovely,  smooth and tactile and the holes in the sides help exploring fingers grasp, shake and explore. The rattle will tinkle when shaken, developing an awareness of cause and effect as well as giving immediate pleasure. Safe from birth but most suitable from 3 months up. These rattles are made from wood from renewable sources to strict ethical standards. Natural Nursery customer Eilis said they are the 'best rattle I've bought ...
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Sandwell Cloth Nappy Cash Back Scheme

By the time your baby is potty trained you could have changed as many as 6,000 nappies, costing around £700 in disposables. In comparison you will only need around 25 cloth nappies, costing around £200 including the washing. Cloth nappies are making a come back, but forget terry towelling squares and big pins. Cloth nappies now come in a variety of shapes, sizes, materials and colours, they are comfortable, easy to use and fashionable. By using cloth nappies you can save money, help the environment and even colour co-ordinate them ...
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Organic Knitted Tie-on Nappy, Disana Review – “Super Value”

The Disana Tie-on is a 100% organic cotton nappy at a great price. It is knitted from organic cotton in Germany (less nappy miles), so has a soft, stretchy feel meaning it can be adjusted to fit virtually any shape baby. It will fit even the tiniest of newborns and will then grow with your child until potty training. Use with the disana brushed cotton liners and or a flushable paper liner. It is commonly used with the disana wool wrap, but also works well with the Mother Ease Rikki ...
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Fluffy Friday – Win a Reusable Table Bib™ – ends 28th July 2011

This Fluffy Friday Giveaway from the Natural Nursery is for a Table Bib™, a washable, reusable "bib" to cover tables and highchairs when out and about. The machine-washable Table Bib™ provides a layer of protection between your child and the table surface and highchair arms. It is available in four different designs, and comes complete with a zippered pouch for travelling. The Table Bib™ comes in 4 different designs and this competition is for one with a farmyard design on it. Make dining out with your baby or toddler more enjoyable! ...
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Exeter Reusable Nappy Trial

Do you want to try out reusable nappies but don't know which ones will suit your baby? Do you live in Exeter? If so, you can borrow a full set of washable nappies, including some of the most popular brands in the UK, for a whole month, absolutely FREE! Just drop Arabella an email at info@naturalnursery.co.uk including your name, address, telephone number and age/weight of your baby and she will be in touch to arrange your free trial. You will be able to test out lots of nappies, and the kit ...
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Wonderoo Pocket Nappy Review – “Great Nappy – very absorbant”

The Wonderoo V2 has a soft and stretchy waterproof outer that feels like fabric on the outside, but keeps wetness and mess inside. Next to baby's skin is the softest microfleece that allows wetness to pass through, away from baby's skin, and "locks" it into the absorbent pad or "insert" inside. The fleece dries quickly, keeping baby dry and comfy. There is an opening at the back of the "pocket" formed by these two layers into which the absorbent pad or "insert" is easily inserted or removed. Natural Nursery customer ...
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Reusable Nappy Discount

The Natural Nursery is delighted to be this month's featured member on the Go Real website. And to celebrate, we are offering a 10% discount on our entire reusable nappy range! So you can made the most of the lovely nappy drying weather and stock up on washable nappies including the Flip Nappy System and Wonderoo Pocket Nappies. Plus, spend over £15 and receive free UK post too! Just use code "goreal" when checking out to qualify for your discount ...
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PVC-Free Bib with Sleeves Review – “Great bib”

These pvc-free bibs are easy to use and wash and contain no harmful phthalates, vinyl or latex.   Made from 100% polyester fabric. We have had a review of the PVC free bib from Nicola who gave them 5 out of 5 and said: "My son was using the Babasil scoop bibs but I found that they would upset him when they rubbed around his neck or pinched his hair.  Have been using the PVC free bib now and no upset and saves alot of washing!  great product." Generously sized, they ...
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Fay’s breastfeeding story – breastfeeding in public

“Excuse me madam, were you about to breastfeed your baby” the waiter asked. “Oh no” I thought, “here it comes.” We were at a family party at a local restaurant with my 2-month old Samuel. I had heard stories of mums breastfeeding in public being asked to leave or cover up and I was expecting just this humiliation. I flushed deep red and nodded… “Would you like a more comfortable chair” the waiter continued. “Oh....yes, thank-you”, I was dumbfounded. After changing my chair, the waiter then proceeded to bring me ...
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£30 discount on cloth nappies from Staffordshire County Council

The facts Eight million nappies are thrown away every day in the UK - that's three billion every year One baby creates nearly a tonne of nappy waste during its time in disposable nappies Disposable nappies can cost in excess of £1000 - that's just for one baby It costs Staffordshire's council tax payers over £500,000 per year to dispose of 13,000 tonnes of nappy waste The real alternative Real savings. The total cost of using washable nappies can be half that of using disposables. Save up to £600, or ...
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Fathers are Key to Successful Breastfeeding

Studies have shown that a partner who is educated and supportive is key to breastfeedingsuccessfully. There is so much fathers can do to support their partner who is breastfeeding. This essential support has often been reduced to asking mum to express so dad can give the occasional bottle but there are so many other things fathers can do to support a breastfeeding mother. Here are a few suggestions gathered from talking to mums and dads, feel free to send us your own. Help mum find a comfortable position and pass her ...
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Fluffy Friday with Lactivist – Win a Wonderoo Nappy and a Cloth Nappy T-shirt – Ends 14th July 2011

This weeks Fluffy Friday competition from the Natural Nursery teams up with Lactivist to offer you a beautiful Wonderoo Pocket Nappy AND an organic 'My cloth nappy makes me happy' t-shirt from Lactivist. The Wonderoo V2 has a soft and stretchy waterproof outer that feels like fabric on the outside, but keeps wetness and mess inside. Next to baby's skin is the softest microfleece that allows wetness to pass through, away from baby's skin, and "locks" it into the absorbent pad or "insert" inside. The fleece dries quickly, keeping baby ...
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Emma’s breastfeeding story: don’t hesitate to ask for advice

When we asked mums to email us their breastfeeding stories, we received a short email from Emma. Her baby was only a few days old and was experiencing some breastfeeding difficulties. This is what she said: "My son was born on a Tuesday morning. Soon after, maybe an hour or so, a nurse helped me breastfeed for the first time. She helped me get him latched on and checked to see if he was swallowing. It was pretty uncomfortable for me and I told her this. She looked at the latch and ...
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Do you love your Ergo Baby Sling?

There is a brand new Facebook page for people who love their Ergo's . If you love your Ergo Baby Carrier please visit the page and tell us why. Do you love it because it means you can get up stairs without bumping a pushchair up? Do you love your Ergo sling because it comes in lots of beautiful colour choices? Do you love it because your can carry a 3 year old in it? Visit the page and let us know and every now and then we will pick ...
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Wiltshire Parents Needed For Cloth Nappy TV Show – Urgent!

This is from Gary Lamont from the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust "Hello to you all. I need to ask if there any parents out there in Wiltshire who would be interested in taking part in a BBC TV programme discussing the benefits of using real nappies? I was contacted today and the timeframe is rather short I'm afraid. I need to know by this Wednesday. You do need to be confident in front of the camera. Send me a message with your details and I'll fill you in. Thank you, Gary" ...
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Wolverhampton parents get £30 off real nappies.

Why use real nappies? There are many reasons to use real nappies including: are easy to use save you money are easy to wash come in lots of styles and designs can help reduce the amount of waste going to landfill. Combat climate change with real nappies Using real nappies can mean significant gains for the environment both in reduced greenhouse gases and household waste sent to landfill or incineration. The UK currently throws away around 3 billion disposable nappies every year. They are estimated to weigh 690,000 tonnes most of which ...
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Emina’s breastfeeding story: how lack of breastfeeding support affects babies

I was really looking forward to breastfeeding my first daughter through all my pregnancy, and was preparing for it from the beginning. At the birth of my baby girl I was overwhelmed with a feeling I just can't find the words for. It was love at first sight. She was very aware of everything around her, so she slowly crawled up my belly and found my breast all alone and we nursed for the first time. We started off very well. But after a while, when we came home (I ...
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Claire’s breastfeeding story: overcoming problems

I would like to share my story in the hope it gives anyone who is struggling with breastfeeding encouragement to keep going. When I had my first daughter breastfeeding seemed to come easily while I stayed in hospital for the first few days after her birth. Once I got home, however, and my milk came in, I began to have serious breastfeeding problems latching her on. She was a relatively small baby and sometimes I would be trying for over an hour to latch her on, we would both be ...
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Debbie’s Breastfeeding story: training for breastfeeding advice

When my daughter was born, she struggled to latch on, but as a new mum I wasn't aware of how breastfeeding 'should' feel, so she was 5 days old before anyone realised that there was a problem. By this point she was quite severely dehydrated and was admitted to SCBU for 5 days. We eventually got her to latch on using nipple shields which I weaned her off over the course of the following 5 weeks to avoid interfere with my milk supply. When my son was born, he also ...
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Claire’s Breastfeeding story: becoming a mother is a long journey

Becoming a mother has been quite a journey! Talking to other mums encouraged me to follow my own instincts. I remember another mum told me that baby books were only any good if every baby had their own version. My little girl would cry and scream constantly until my husband suggested to breastfeed her to sleep and he would hold her - silence, sweet sleep angel held by her daddy. Finally something worked. So we continued. I was also very ill with an infected c-section scar by now, so the ...
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Christina’s Breastfeeding Story – Using a pump helped me get back to work.

"Using a double electric breastpump allowed me to return to work and continue breastfeeding" My son was born on March 21st 2009. I breastfed him from the start. It was a little difficult at first. He had a good latch and a great suckle reflex. The only problem was that he wasn't far enough on the breast. Of course, I didn't know that. I let him nurse whenever he wanted for as long as he wanted (of course, with in reason because new babies love nursing). My nipples hurt, became ...
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Chery’s breastfeeding story: watch the baby not the scales

This is the first of a series of personal breastfeeding stories. To celebrate Breastfeeding Awareness week each day there will be a new breastfeeding story on the Natural Nursery Blog and if you feel like a breastfeeding related treat you can pop over to the Natural Nursery Shop and buy a beautiful Bravado Bra with 20% off! If you have a story you would like to share please email us - lisa@naturalnursery.co.uk I've got three gorgeous children, aged 8, 4 and 3-months, and I breastfed all of them - for ...
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£10 Cashback for Real Nappies in Sheffield

Did you know that by the time your baby is potty trained you will have gone through 5,000 nappy changes?  With this in mind, and the fact your baby will spend around 2 years in nappies, it is really important that you make an informed choice and choose a nappy option that is right for both you and your baby.  In order to help parents make this decision, ourselves and Veolia Environmental Services have teamed up with the Sheffield Real Nappy Network to provide discounts, advice and support for parents ...
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How did your Boob Man become a Breastfeeding Fan?

The website www.bestforbabes.org want to know how your Boob man became a breastfeeding fan and they have a feature about American Actor David Basche (Frasier, 30 Rock) who's wife breastfed and donated milk to a friends baby. “The Starter Wife” Star David Basche Goes from Boob Man to Breastfeeding Fan By Bettina Forbes, CLC | Posted on June 15, 2011 | www.bestforbabes.org/the-starter-wife-star-david-basche-goes-from-boob-man-to-breastfeeding-fan Is it possible to go from being a “boob man” to being a breastfeeding fan?  In honor of Father’s Day, the awesome David Alan Basche shows us how ...
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Lansinoh breast milk storage bags – “Granny can babysit!”

Lansinoh breast milk storage bags have a double safety seal and a handy graduation printed on them so you can easily see how much breastmilk you have expressed. One Natural Nursery customer said they were "Really useful" and went on to add that they are "really easy to use and the ability to store milk like this has meant that Granny has been able to babysit! Hurrah!" She marked them 5 out of 5! (May 2011) The bags have a double safety seal and the strip for recording important details ...
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Fluffy Friday – Win a Nursery Rhymes CD – ends 30th June 2011

This Fluffy Friday competition at the Natural Nursery is for a Mother Goose Remembers - CD from Barefoot Books 'Research has shown that nursery rhymes are hugely important for the development of children's spoken language and-when they're older-their literacy skills. The simple rhythms and rhymes tune infant ears to the sounds of language-essential for clear articulation and, later, for appreciation of phonics. Not only that-they're fun too!' - Sue Palmer, author of Toxic Childhood Thoughtfully compiled story on CD that brings together many antique fabrics, this is a truly nostalgic ...
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Natural Nursery Reviews – Neuner’s Organic Baby Stomach Ease Tea

Neuner's Organic Baby Stomach Ease Tea is a mild herbal tea suitable from one week on to help calm an upset stomach.  It can be drunk by breastfeeding mothers or cup / spoon fed to baby.Benefits Natural, organic herbs carefully blended to be gentle to little tummies Can be drunk by a breastfeeding mother and passed through the milk Relaxing for the whole family to drink Aniseed, fennel, chamomile and caraway have been used for generations to sooth colicky babies Thyme has antiseptic properties Can be spoon fed direct to ...
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Chocolate Beetroot Cake Recipe (From the Steiner Cookbook)

Mmmmmm, cake made from a vegetable! That has got to be good for you! This is from the Exeter Steiner Schools Cookbook and it is a recipe by Emma of Emmas Bread. Makes 12/14 slices 75g cocoa powder 180g plain flour 2tsp baking powder 250g caster sugar 150g cooked beetroot 3 large eggs 100ml corn or sunflower oil 1tsp vanilla extract Icing sugar for dusting 1) Lightly butter a 20cm round cake tin 2) Sift cocoa, flour and baking powder into a bowl 3) Mix in sugar and set aside ...
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Free breastfeeding advice sessions in Bushey and Bricket Wood

Midwives and counsellors will be on hand to offer advice at drop-in sessions in Bushey and Bricket Wood as part of Breastfeeding Awareness Week in June. Mothers and mothers-to-be can share experiences with other mums and get one-to-one support with breastfeeding counsellors. The free sessions will be run by the National Childbirth Trust (NCT) and Baby Cafe Charitable Trust at government-run Sure Start children's centres. Breastfeeding Awareness Week runs from June 19, to June 25 2011, and sessions will be run at Park Street, Bricket Wood, on the Thursday morning, ...
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Free Real Nappy Trial Pack or £30 Cash for Leeds Parents

Did you know in one year alone the average baby can fill 12 wheelie bins with disposable nappies. Every day in the UK 8 million disposable nappies are thrown away. There is an alternative available real nappies are reusable, washable nappies and a practical alternative to disposables. They are easy and cheap to use and help reduce rubbish going into landfill. Leeds City Council has run a real nappy incentive scheme for a number of years to encourage and support families in Leeds who want to save some money and the ...
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Organic Wrap Baby Body Review – “Gorgeous”

Once you have felt the difference between organic and non organic cotton we believe you will not want to turn back! These organic cotton baby bodies have a  wrap over front so there is no need to pull over baby's heads. Benefits: 100% organic cotton for softness and strength Long-sleeved - keep little arms warm in the winter and protect from the sun in the summer Stylish kimono front - fastened with poppers so no fiddly ties Nickel free poppers to crotch for easy nappy changes Cut a little bit ...
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Flip Nappy Video Review

The Flip Nappy is a versatile system which gives you options to make the nappy more or less absorbent as as when you need it by using washable inserts and liners in the waterproof outer nappy. If you want to find out more about the Flip Nappy or other reusable nappies please visit www.naturalnursery.co.uk. We have information, advice and how to guides and a wide variety of the very best cloth nappies for sale ...
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Funny Advert for Cloth Nappies

This video is from a competition run in 2010 by Canadian Company Baby By Nature. They asked the entrants to send in a short video telling the viewer 'why choose cloth diapers'.  I know we call them nappies over here but it is comforting to know that the benefits of reusable nappies are international. This is the winning entry - I love her enthusiasm! ...
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ERGObaby Carrier Heart2Heart Infant Insert Review

Because ERGObaby is very concerned about correct support of our babies, through research studies, customer feedback and working directly with newborns, they have designed the ERGObaby Heart2Heart Infant Insert. The design encourages healthy maturation of the spine by supporting the pelvis, hip joint, and leg position rather than putting a baby in a compromising sitting position before the spine is ready. The ERGObaby Heart2Heart Infant Insert also supports the safety of the baby's head and neck in this critical stage of development. This is what one of our customers at ...
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ERGObaby Carrier Video Review

This video on YouTube is of a mum talking about her ERGObaby Carrier which is one of the most popular slings sold at the Natural Nursery.  Not only does she show you how the Carrier works but she also demonstrates the front carry, back carry and hip hold ...
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Fluffy Friday Comp – win a Veggie Cookbook ends 16th June 2011

Win the Exeter Steiner School Veggie Cookbook from the Natural Nursery. This treasure trove of recipes will inspire a reverence for food and a love of cooking meals from scratch that is uncommon today. The Family Cookbook is bursting with vegetarian and vegan recipes for each season and includes: Over 60 delicious and interesting recipes including soups, starters, snacks, main meals, cakes, biscuits and drinks. Guides detailing festivals, celebrations and food that is in season. Easy to follow recipes and cooking suggestions as well as new ideas for the experienced ...
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11 Tips For Washing Reusable Nappies

1) Dry on the line Save money and energy costs by drying your reusable nappies on the washing line - if you are lucky enough to get a very sunny day the UV rays will bleach the material giving you glowing white nappies. 2) Save on conditioner Fabric conditioner coats each fibre of the material that makes up a nappy - this stops them from absorbing any liquid. 3) Quick Fluffy Nappies For a quick fluff up on cotton nappies pop them in the tumble dryer for a minute every ...
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ERGOBaby Carrier Review – 5 marks out of 5

Here is another lovely review for the Ergo Baby Carrier from the Natural Nursery. We are really pleased with this carrier. My 6 month old loves being in it, and after only a couple of weeks use has cottoned on that when the sleep hood goes on, it is time for her to go off... It is comfy to wear and very portable. The only issue we have had is initial protestations as our baby was used to facing forwards in a baby bjorn, but we seem to have got ...
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Cumbria Real Nappy Campaign – £30 voucher to spend on reusable nappies.

Real nappies are really easy to use and can save you money. And if you need yet another reason to give them a go, how about this... ...we'll even pay to get you started! The Cumbria Real Nappy Campaign has one aim, and that's to encourage Cumbrian's to try real nappies. We understand that everybody and every baby is different, what's right for one person might not be right for another. We just want everybody to give them a go. We think you might be pleasantly surprised at how good ...
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Fluffy Friday 27th May 2011 – Win an EccoBots Fleece Wrap

You could be the proud owner of this beautiful EccoBots Fleece Nappy Wrap and a set of reusable fleece wipes worth £9.50 all together. EccoBots Fleece Nappy Wraps are new to the range of cloth nappies at the Natural Nursery. Fleece nappy wraps allow a greater airflow than plastic based wraps so are ideal for babies with sensitive skin or who are prone to nappy rash. They can be used during the day or night but it is important that your baby moves around whilst wearing a fleece wrap else ...
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ERGObaby Sport Carrier is ‘Ergotastic!’

This wonderful review of the ERGObaby Sport Carrier is by a Natural Nursery Customer - if you want to know more about babywearing or need help choosing the right one for you please visit www.naturalnursery.co.uk for helpful tips and videos that show you how to use the ERGObaby Carrier. Ergotastic - 5/5 Ergo carriers should be issued when a child is born.  I carried my first child in an original Ergo 7 years ago very successfully until he was 3, or maybe even 4, on occassions. This sport version was ...
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The Natural Nursery Real Nappy Gallery

[flagallery gid=2 name="real_nappy_week_2011"] This is a gallery of the pictures parents sent in for the Natural Nursery Fluffy Friday Competition. As you can see real nappies are beautiful things! The 2 winners who get £25 to spend on cloth nappies at the Natural Nursery are Kayleigh Findlay-Peers and Kate Strickland who have been contacted! Congratulations Kayliegh and Kate and thank you to everyone who entered. Keep an eye on the Natural Nursery Blog for more Fluffy Friday giveaways and if you want to know more about cloth nappies visit the ...
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Oldham Council – Real Nappy Incentives

Oldham Council have a real nappy laundry service.  It costs a little over a £1 a day. Contact: Cotton Tails on 0124 437 4521 You can get a 1 month free trial with a nappy laundry service or a free 2-week trial using a home laundry kit. If you decide to buy real nappies you can apply for a £30 voucher to help with the cost. Nappy trial application form (PDF 98Kb) If you are interested in learning more about reusable nappies please visit www.naturalnursery.co.uk ...
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Highland Real Nappy Project Bargains!

Real Nappy Starter Packs available now! Real Nappy Starter Packs with a retail value of over £70 are currently available to Highland Council residents for only  £15 (£5 for famiies using Healthy Start vouchers). Each pack contains a range of easy to use, modern washable nappies and everything else you need to try real nappies for your own baby. The pack – which takes the form of a handy nappy bucket – includes six different types of nappy and two different nappy covers, plus liners and accessories. Full instructions and information ...
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Baby Safe Weaning Equipment

The Brother Max range of baby weaning bowls, spoons, storage pots and cups is completely free of BPA nd PVC so it is safe for your baby to feed from. The whole range was designed by parents for parents, so it has some of the best features around, such as the set of 3 weaning bowls with a handle that allows you to hold the bowl securely, so your baby can't knock it out of your grasp. The whole Brother Max range is now reduced at The Natural Nursery, with 25% ...
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Totseat – Reduced

If you are starting to get out and about to enjoy the warmer weather, you will love our 20% reduction on Totseat portable highchairs. Small enough to pack into your bag or under the pram, they are an essential when you want to take your baby or toddler out. The Totseat adapts just about any normal chair to a highchair for your baby, from around 8 months to 30 months. Was £21.95, now £17.56 - Totseat at The Natural Nursery ...
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Medela Sale at The Natural Nursery

We have reduced all our remaining Medela breastfeeding stock by 20% so you can stock up on your breastfeeding supplies as a bargain price.  Do hurry though as we have very limited stock of some items and they are selling out almost as soon as we amend the prices! You can find the reduced Medela Breastfeeding items in our sale section ...
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Attachment Parenting Group in Devon

The mission of Attachment Parenting International (API) is to educate and support all parents in raising secure, joyful, and empathic children in order to strengthen families and create a more compassionate world. API promotes science-based parenting practices that create strong, healthy emotional bonds between children and their parents. There is a group based in Totnes that meets reguarly - for more information please look at www.devonapi.com/Come-To-A-Meeting.html Meetings take the shape of informal discussions and each meeting will have a theme, for example 'Dealing With Strong Emotions', 'Handling Criticism Of Your ...
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Free Real Nappy Information Pack from Surrey Waste Partnership

If you are new to Real Nappies, you might want to start by applying for a  free information pack.  Containing a DVD and Real Nappy Guide, the information pack provides the perfect introduction to Real Nappies. If you are pretty sure that you want to use Real Nappies but would like to give them a go before you spend any money, you can borrow a trial kit completely free of charge.  A trial kit allows you to try a range of Real Nappies so that you can decide which type ...
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Luton Borough Council Cash-Back Cloth Nappy Incentive

Expectant or new parents can apply for a ‘cash back’ sum of £40 against the purchase of real nappies, and covers from any company, or subscribe to a nappy laundering service subject to proof of purchase, i.e., till receipts. The minimum spend on real nappies before qualification for the ‘cash back’ is £50. www.luton.gov.uk/internet/Environment/Rubbish_waste_and_recycling/Real%20Nappies For more advice about cloth nappies please visit the Natural Nursery ...
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Northumberland Cloth Nappy Incentives

Northumberland County Council runs a very attractive incentive scheme to reward and encourage families to 'give real nappies a go'. You can get a free starter pack of Real Nappies which includes 12 pre-fold nappies, 3 wraps and a roll of liners. £30 cash back or £30 towards the cost of a Nappy Laundry Service. By using real nappies you can save money, (£600+ for your first baby, more for subsequent), you can cover your babies' bottom with a lovely soft and fluffy alternative to a disposable nappy and you ...
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Win £25 to spend on Reusable Nappies at the Natural Nursery (ends 22nd May 2011)

The Natural Nursery has a fantastic Fluffy Friday competition to celebrate Real Nappy Week 2011. We are asking you to show us how fabulous  cloth nappies look by emailing us photos. The theme of Real Nappy Week this year is 'share the secret' and the idea is to get people who already use real nappies to tell everyone how wonderful they are. We'd like to show everyone how beautiful they look too! To enter: send your favorite photo of your little one  (or ones) wearing a cloth nappy to lisa@naturalnursery.co.uk ...
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Darlington Real Nappy Incentive Scheme

Darlington Borough Council is offering an incentive to parents who choose to use real nappies. The incentive scheme will offer £25 cash back to residents who register. Applicants must be a Darlington resident (proof of residence should be provided - a council tax or utilities bill), be able to provide a receipt for purchase of a pack of real nappies (cash back is available on purchases of over £50 on real nappies) and provide a photocopy of the child's birth certificate when applying. Real Nappy Incentive Scheme Claim Form[word document] ...
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FREE 8 Page Guide to Cloth Nappies

Would you like to start using washable nappies but are confused by all those new terms? Are you unsure what you actually need or how to wash nappies? Our FREE 8 page Nappy Guide will help you answer your questions and get you started. Just pop over to http://www.naturalnursery.co.uk/cloth-nappies/guide-to-reusable-nappies.html to order your free copy today! ...
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Whitby Real Nappy Event 20th May 2011

Nappy roadshow visits Whitby Published on Tuesday 10 May 2011 10:52 PARENTS can find out about the benefits of using cloth nappies at a roadshow in Whitby next Friday (20 May). Scarborough Borough Council and real nappy guru Jody Smith will be showing parents how switching to cloth nappies can save them some money and help the environment to celebrate Real Nappy Week which runs from 16 to 20 May. The roadshow will be visiting New Quay Road on Friday 20 May from 1.30pm to 4.30pm. Donna Gaddass, recycling education ...
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Wyre and Worcester celebrate Real Nappy Week May 21st 2011

Wyre Forest council hoping for a nappy ending 12:10pm Tuesday 10th May 2011 To celebrate Real Nappy Week, Wyre Forest District Council, together with Worcestershire County Council and Honeybee’s Natural Nursery Store, is hosting a Free Real Nappy Picnic and Family Fun Day. The event takes place at Worcester Woods Country Park, Worcester on Saturday, May 21, from 11am to 1pm. Real Nappy Week runs from next Monday until May 21. Parents and parents-to-be can find out all they need to know about real nappies. The event starts with the ...
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Suffolk Real Nappy Network Trial Kits to Hire

Suffolk Real Nappy Network have Trial Kits of cloth nappies so you can try before you buy.  This is an excellent way to try out a selection of cloth nappies before making a financial commitment. The kits are professionally laundered after each loan. They have the following kits available for hire: 8-18lb (0-6 months approx) 18-35lb (6 months to toilet training) Each Kit contains an assortment of nappies and wraps. This service is available to members of the Nappy Network. Anyone can become a member, just £12.99 a year. Hire ...
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Confused about Cloth Nappies? The Natural Nursery can help

The Natural Nursery has an easy to use guide showing the different types of cloth nappies. The table has pictures and links to flat nappies, shaped nappies and pocket nappies and marks out of 5 for value for money, containment, ease of use and speed of drying. Check out the guide to cloth nappy types here. The Natural Nursery has lots of advice about cloth nappies and a wonderful range of colourful and practical real nappies in the shop ...
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Cheshire West and Chester Real Nappy Incentives

To give Cheshire West and Chester parents the opportunity to try reusable nappies, they are able to offer either - One Month's Free Nappy Laundering Service (worth £45) or Up to £25 Cashback on reusable nappy purchases (half of the amount spent, up to a maximum of £25) Download a Real Nappy Incentive Scheme Application Form (PDF, 44KB) or request a Real Nappy Incentive Scheme Application Form online Request an "Introduction to Reusable Nappies" DVD online. http://www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/waste_and_recycling/reducing_your_waste/real_nappies.aspx Visit the Natural Nursery for more information and advice about cloth nappies ...
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Sale at The Natural Nursery

We need to make space for the ooodles of new stock we have coming in over the next few weeks, so we are busy sorting out the stock room. Bargains to be had in all areas, here are some of my favourites: Sock-ons - handy little things to keep socks on little feet.  Were £3.99, now £2.99 with FREE UK post. Maternity Band -  A pregnancy / bump band to help support your growing tummy and relieve back ache or to allow you to continue wearing your normal clothes.  Now ...
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Northamptonshire County Council Cloth Nappy Incentive Scheme

Claim £25 back! For every purchase made of real cotton nappies exceeding £60 from any retailer or online store, eco-friendly parents can claim £25 back*! If you already have a child in washable nappies and you have signed up to a nappy laundry service you can also claim £25**. * Offer of £25 cashback applies to either an order totalling £60.00 or more on washable nappies (excluding accessories, eg nappy buckets) OR ** an application to join a nappy laundry service. www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/en/councilservices/Environ/waste/campaigns/Pages/Nappycashback.aspx Visit the Natural Nursery for loads of advice ...
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Get the Holly Willoughby Baby Sling look at the Natural Nursery

This Morning host Holly was snapped by photographers on her way to a Royal Wedding Party. Her baby is only a couple of weeks old and Holly carries her sylishly in a wraparound sling that goes with her dress. A wrap baby sling is made from a single, long piece of fabric that you wrap around yourself and baby to give a secure, comfortable fit, allowing you to keep your baby close to you. Calin Bleu gauze wrap baby slings are simple, stylish baby carriers suitable for use from birth ...
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Gen-Y Classic Nappy Wrap Review from The Natural Nursery

One of our lovely customers has just sent in this review of the Gen-Y Classic Nappy Wrap. Marks: 9/10.  Tested on O, 13 months 23lbs My first impressions of this wrap were how funky it looked, the free range pattern consists of multicoloured chicken, I thought it was fab and quickly became one of my favourite looking wraps! We have used this wrap almost every day for the past 10days over Totsbots Bamboozles Stretch and Classic, and it quickly became the one I would reach for first. Like a lot ...
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Exeter Cloth Nappy Record Attempt in the News

The Natural Nursery came up with the great idea to join in the the cloth nappy record event in Exeter.  The idea is to get as many people changing their babies cloth nappies all at the same time accross the world. It was set up in America originally as the Great Cloth Diaper Change. Results are still coming in and we will let you know how the UK did when they are submitted to Guinness World Records. Local mum Emma played a big part in setting up the even and ...
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Exeter Cloth Nappy Demo

We had a lovely day in Heavitree, Exeter yesterday, enjoying the sun and the festive wedding atmosphere and talking to lots of parents and parents-to-be about reusable nappies. I love getting out to these sorts of events - people can be so surprised to see what modern cloth nappies look like and just how easy they are to use. Our next event will be Wednesday, 11th May at the Mint Methodist Church, where you can see a range of washable nappies and baby slings, from 10.30 to 12.30 and chat ...
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Exeter Cloth Nappy Events

Do you want to start using washable nappies but don't know where to begin? Do you live in Exeter (or even if you are just visiting)? If so, why not pop along to one of our Real Nappy and Sling events? Cloth nappy users will be on hand to talk to you about how to get started, you can pick up lots of information and tips and find out how you can borrow a FREE nappy kit for a month via the Devon Real Nappy Project. Our next events: Friday 29th April 2011 ...
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Leeds Real Nappy Incentive – Cash Back or Trial Pack

Leeds City Council has run a real nappy incentive scheme for a number of years to encourage and support families in Leeds who want to save some money and the environment. Since the scheme started the families have saved nearly 700 tonnes of landfill waste. Parents can either get a free trial pack or £30 cash back when they spend £50 on real nappies. Trial packs These are a good way to try the system, especially if it’s your first baby or if you don’t know much about the real ...
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Nelsons Teetha Granules Customer Review

Nelsons Teetha Granules are a homeopathic remedy for teething babies. This is what one customer had to say about them: A life saver! My daugther has been teething for the last 3 months and these granules have provided her(and us!) with alot of relief. They have a calming effect and I wouldn't be without them in the house. 5/5 from BDR, April 2011 Nelsons Teetha is a ready-dosed, sugar-free powder that simply dissolves in your baby's mouth to quickly ease the pain of teething. It contains 6c homeopathic potency of ...
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Try Reusable Nappies for Free in North Somerset

North Somerset Council, in partnership with The North Somerset Nappy Alliance, offer free nappy hire kits to any parents or parents-to-be in North Somerset that would like to try real nappies. The kits contain a range of nappies that have been chosen by local sellers as being the best on the market. You can hire a kit for free for two weeks, all we ask is that you provide them with a cheque for £100 as a deposit. This cheque will not be cashed, and will be returned to you when ...
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Nappi Nippa Customer Review

Nappi Nippas are clever little things that hold your cloth nappies in place without stabbing you or your baby. We have just received this review of our 3 pack of Nappi Nippas: Brilliant product - recommended! I bought these because I was worried about accidentally hurting baby with nappy pins... I was sceptical as to whether they'd work or not. However, they really are great.  They have clever little grippers with are sharp enough to grab the fabric but not so pointy or big that they would ever hurt the baby ...
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Bristol City Council Real Nappy Incentive Scheme

Bristol City Council has  an incentive scheme which offers £30 off the initial cost of buying reusable nappies for your baby. To receive this great discount you must: You must be a resident of Bristol Make only one application per child Your baby must be less than 12 months old when purchasing You must spend £50 or more in a single transaction You must send a copy of your MAT B1 or baby's birth certificate with your application form. Use your voucher with one of the retailers signed up to ...
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Protect Little Eyes from the Sun this Spring

BabyBanz are baby sunglasses for children up to the age of 2 years old. They are not a fashion statement (though they do look rather cool) - your baby's eyes are even more sensitive to the sun and the damage it can cause that your own eyes. So it makes sense to protect delicate eyes from the harmful UV rays of a bright Spring or Summer day. Baby Banz: Have 100% UV Protection Stop your little one being blinded by the sun Were designed for the Australian summer Are easily ...
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Baby Legs for Spring

Is is getting too hot for your baby to wear tights but still cool enough for cold legs in the evening? Has the warmer weather made you think of potty training but you little one can't manage to pull trousers/skirts up and down every time? Is you little one getting sore knees from crawling? BabyLegs baby legwarmers could be just what you are looking for: Funky boy, girl and unisex designs to choose from One size fits from newborn to age 5 years Easy to pop in a bag in ...
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Swim Nappies From Zoggs

The warmer weather always makes me want to start swimming again but disposable swim nappies are so expensive. It makes sense to invest in a reusable swim nappy, one that will last from around 3 months all the way to 2 years. For little more than the price of a pack of 10 throw away swim pants, you can buy a practical and easy to use washable swim nappy. Zoggs Swimming Nappies: Are one sized, so you get excellent value for money Ideal for swimming lessons for family trips to ...
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GEN-Y Reusable Nappy Wraps

Summer is on its way so what better time to invest in some funky new real nappy wraps to show off to the world? And they don't come much more stylish that these gorgeous GEN-Y nappy covers from The Natural Nursery. Available in a range of stunning designs, these washable nappy covers are sure to brighten up any day. Pictured here is Free Range, a unisex design of colourful chickens on a brown background.  And the best bit - the way the fabric has been cut means that crawling bottoms show the design ...
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Hipseat for Spring Walks in the Park

The Hipseat from Hippychick is ideal for Spring walks in the park, the woods, trips to the shops and more. Is your little one starting to want to walk everywhere but then gets tired and asks to be carried? Is the warmer weather making you get out more but you don't want to cart the pram around with you? Are you looking for a solution to back ache caused by carrying your little one on your hip? Then the Hipseat could be just what you are looking for: A light, portable ...
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Customer Product Review – Woodland Print Sleepgown

Woodland Print Sleepgown, Green Baby Very pretty for either a boy or girl. Excellent quality. A great find for ease of changing. M.W, March 2011 ...
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Customer Product Review – Organic Cotton Farm Print Sleepgown

  Organic Cotton Farm Print Sleepgown, Green Baby These gowns were bought as a gift for my next grandchild. My daughter leads a very busy life & has an almost 2yr old at the moment. I was bemoaning the lack of baby gowns nowadays for ease of changing nappies, particularly during the night. I was delighted to find these gowns online. We are both very impressed with the quality & size of these gowns, this family tends to produce BIG babies. Even my son in law will benefit from the ...
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Dacorum Borough Council – Real Nappy Incentive

Dacorum Borough Council, in partnership with Hertfordshire County Council, would like to thank our residents who avoid the mountain of waste created by using disposable nappies. If you buy your own re-useable nappies or join a nappy laundering scheme we will reimburse you up to £50 towards the cost. You can find out how to apply on the Dacorum BC website - http://www.dacorum.gov.uk/default.aspx@page=1745.html If you buy your natural nappies from The Natural Nursery, we will be happy to provide you with the paperwork you will need to make your claim ...
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High Cost of Disposable Nappies Leads to Health Risks?

This is a US report but the rising living costs here must be leading to similar hard decsions to be made by parents - http://manhattan.ny1.com/content/ny1_living/health/136289/high-cost-of-diapers-forces-some-parents-into-risky-practices?r=8793973370 "A recent study shows one in three mothers across the country have to cut back on regular household necessities to cover the cost of diapers." "And there is an obvious medical impact. Two of the most common health problems resulting from not changing dirty diapers: diaper rash and fussy babies." Switching to reusable nappies could help to cut the weekly shopping bill as well as ...
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Fluffy Friday Giveaway, draw on 8th April

The winner of the TableBib portable table cover is Clarabella as chosen using a random number generator. Well done, drop me an email and we can arrange for your prize to be sent out to you. This time we are giving away a fabulous set of organic baby bathtime treats from Beaming Baby.  The set contains full size bottles of organic baby shampoo, organic bubble bath and organic baby lotion plus organic cotton wool. You can grab yourself lots of entries by: 1. Leaving a comment below answering the following ...
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Calin Bleu Baby Wrap Sling – FREE UK Post

We are committed to offering the best value and the best service to our customers, so we are now offering FREE UK First Class post on all Calin Bleu wrap slings. The wraparound baby sling  can be easily popped into a bag, under a buggy or stowed in the car, ready for use when you want to carry your baby. It is suitable for use from newborn right the way up to toddlers.   The wrap sling is easy to put on and is perfect for babywearing as it can be ...
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Mama Packs Now Available at The Natural Nursery

Mama Packs are ethically influenced sample and info packs for new and expectant parents. Rather than being full of formula samples, conventional nappies and chemical laden toiletries, they can contain: breastpads soap nuts eco-washing powder chocolate morning sickness remedies vitamins natural toiletiry samples special offers from ethical companies Mama Packs are now available from The Natural Nursery - the packs themselves are free but there is a £3.50 delivery fee due to their weight. But if your order is over £50, the delivery free is waived, meaning you get your ...
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Washable nappies could save Londoners millions and use less carbon

Washable nappies could save Londoners millions and use less carbon, says the Community Recycling Network UK. London households 'waste' around £20million a year throwing away tonnes of disposable nappies, according to research. Real Nappies for London (RNfL) thinks this is a waste of money when there is a zero waste alternative of washable nappies. Reusable nappies can also have a 40% less global warming impact than disposables if washed and dried in an eco-friendly way. To draw attention to this issue during Climate Week toddlers will be strutting their stuff ...
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FREE UK Post on Real Nappies

We love real nappies, and we want you to love them too.  So to make it even easier for you to start (or add to) your collection, we have taken the UK postage charge off our full priced washable nappies. That means you can buy Wonderoo Pocket Nappies, Flip Nappies, bumGenius Nappies and the award-winning Mother-ease nappies. You will may still be charged a postage fee if you buy other products but you will still receive FREE UK First Class post when your order reaches £50 ...
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Exeter – Great Cloth Diaper Change Record Attempt

We are hoping to join in with this record attempt but as I don't have one in nappies atm I need some help! For those who don't know about it, it is big PR exercise carried out mostly in USA but all around the world, with about 10 locations in the UK and I would love for there to be one down here in the South West. Basically, you just turn up at the allocated time, change a cloth nappy and hopefully break the world record and get some publicity ...
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FREE UK First Class Post on all Orders

Yup, that's right, back by popular demand is our FREE UK First Class post offer on all orders. No catches, no minimum orders, just no post to pay for any order sent to a UK address using our standard First Class post option. Happy Shopping! Arabella ...
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Reusable Wipes Competition

We are producing a fact sheet on reusable wipes and are looking for your favourite wipe solution or top tips on how to use and store them. Send in your best recipe and/ or tips and every one that we use will win a set of reusable baby wipes. You can send your entry to me at info@naturalnursery.co.uk Entires by 31st March please ...
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FREE UK First Class Post on Ergo Baby Carriers

ErgoBaby Baby Carriers now come with FREE UK First Class post at The Natural Nursery.  We are committed to providing our customers with the best service possible at the best price possible so you not only receive a discount on the RRP but you get Free UK First Class post too. We believe we stock the widest range of Ergo Baby products in the UK and our staff members have used the Ergo Baby Carrier or helped hundreds of parents choose the one that is right for them. The Ergo ...
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Ergo Baby Carrier Customer Reviews

We KNOW just how fantastic the ErgoBaby Carrier is, not only have our staff used it as their main sling but we have sold hundreds of them over the years and received some amazing feedback and reviews from our customers. If you would like to read some honest, real Ergo Baby Carrier Reviews, you can read them on our site. They have all be written by genuine customers, and either emailed over to us or left via the review function on our site. We don't edit bits out, they are exactly ...
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Customer Product Review – Ergo Doll Carrier

Ergo Doll Carrier My daughter in Australia asked me to order 2 for her friend. They arrived within 24hours, and I was so impressed I ordered a 3rd for my Australian granddaughter. All 3 are now "downunder" and I expect more orders L.S, March 2011 ...
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Customer Product Review – Organic Cotton Kimono Body 2 Pack, Frugi

Organic Cotton Kimono Body 2 Pack, Frugi These are soft, beautifully made BUT most importantly you do not need to wrestle your baby to the ground and force them into a vest that can never have been designed with a baby in mind. A civilised way to get bubs dressed!! J.E, March 2011 ...
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Baby Tantrums By Elizabeth Pantley, Author of Gentle Baby Care

   Learn about it A baby’s first tantrum can take you by surprise. Your baby can really shock you by shrieking, stamping, hitting, or making his whole body go stiff. But don’t take it personally; baby tantrums aren’t about anything you’ve done wrong, and they aren’t really about temper, either – your baby isn’t old enough for that. The ways you’ll respond to your baby’s behavior when he is older are different than how you should respond now.   Why babies have tantrums and what you can do about it ...
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Customer Product Review – Hippychick Hipseat Baby Carrier

Hippychick Hipseat Baby Carrier My little fella is now almost 14mths and I've been using this hipseat carrier now for a month. Not only am I getting less backache, but my shoulder was hurting through carrying him before- not anymore! He loves sitting on it too- am sure it is so much more comfortable than Mummy's hip! Great price too x W.E, March 2011 ...
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Customer Product Review – Organic Cotton Washable Baby Wipes

Organic Cotton Washable Baby Wipes These are brilliant.  Much easier to use than cotton wool or disposable wipes, nice & soft & a good size.  Easy to put in the wash with the nappies & wash up well.  Wish I had bought more than one pack though! A.B, March 2011 ...
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Tennessee Vote to Remove Breastfeeding Age Limit

Tennessee was the only US State to set an upper age limit for breastfeeding in public but this has now been scrapped, despite some concerns (?) over "weird things" and "strange people." This is great news and a fab boost to the promotion of extended breastfeeding ...
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Red Nose Day at The Natural Nursery

  Don't forget, we will be donating 10% of all sales today to Comic Relief, so you can help a great cause whilst stocking up on your natural baby essentials.If you want to follow the fun, why not take a look at the Red Nose Day Facebook Page? Arabella   Shop for washable nappies today at The Natural Nursery with FREE UK postage and 10% of the value of your order will be donated to Comic Relief.  Follow us on Facebook and be the first to hear about new products, natural parenting stories, ...
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Customer Product Review – Chick Fancy Dress Costume

Chick Fancy Dress Costume This is fabulous costume and will give you no end of joy!  Not only is it well made and comfortable for baby to wear it will also be the best costume at the party by far!!!  My little girl 6-12mths kept it on all day (not the hat) and she didn't mind a bit and she made everyone she came into contact with smile!! L.G, March 2011 ...
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Customer Product Review – Lansinoh Disposable Breast Pads

Lansinoh Disposable Breast Pads These breast pads do exactly what it says on the box.  I have used many types of breast pads, including reusable, with all 3 of my babies and these are the best ones yet. I always leak while feeding and usually end up flooding the breast pad so often need to change the breast pad during a feed to avoid having soggy clothes but I didn’t need to with these as they are “ultra” absorbent like it says on the box. When I took them out ...
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Wonderful Sounds for Sleep By Elizabeth Pantley, Author of the No-Cry Sleep Solution

  The environment that your baby enjoyed for nine long months in the womb was not one of absolute quiet. There was a constant symphony of sound -- your heartbeat and fluids rushing in and out of the placenta. (Remember those sounds from when you listened to your baby’s heartbeat with the Doppler stethoscope?) Research indicates that “white noise” sounds or soft bedtime music helps many babies to relax and fall asleep more easily. This is most certainly because these sounds create an environment more familiar to your baby than ...
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Get Your Toddler to Cooperate! By Elizabeth Pantley, Author of Kid Cooperation and Perfect Parenting

      Toddlers and preschoolers require finesse to gain their cooperation, because they have not yet reached the age at which they can see and understand the whole picture, so simply explaining what you want doesn’t always work. Robert Scotellaro is quoted in The Funny Side of Parenthood as saying, “Reasoning with a two-year-old is about as productive as changing seats on the Titanic.” (He must have had a two-year-old at the time.)   You can get around this frustrating state of affairs by changing your approach. Let’s look ...
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Car Seat Crying By Elizabeth Pantley, Author of Gentle Baby Care

    Some babies fall asleep almost before you’re out of the driveway, but others won’t spend five happy minutes in their car seats. Usually, this is because your baby is used to more freedom of movement and more physical attention than you can provide when she’s belted into her seat.  Hearing your baby cry while you are trying to drive is challenging. Even though it’s difficult to deal with, remember that you and your baby’s safety are most important. Parents sometimes take a crying baby out of the car seat, which ...
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How to Have a Happy Marriage When You’re Busy Being Parents By Elizabeth Pantley, Author of Kid Cooperation, Perfect Parenting and Hidden Messages

     Is your marriage everything you ever hoped it could be? Or has it been pushed down your list of priorities since having children? Let’s face it, parenthood is a full-time job, and it dramatically changes your marriage relationship. But marriage is the foundation upon which your entire family is structured. If your marriage is strong, your whole family will be strong; your life will be more peaceful, you’ll be a better parent, and you’ll, quite simply, have more fun in your life. Make a commitment To create or ...
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Solving Naptime Problems By Elizabeth Pantley, author of The No-Cry Sleep Solution

   Napping is an important element of your child’s healthy mental and physical growth. A daily nap refreshes a child so that she can maintain her energy, focus, and ability to learn for the rest of the day. Some studies even show that children who nap every day are more flexible and adaptable, have longer attention spans and are less fussy than those who don’t nap. How can you tell if your child needs a nap? Here are some of the signs that your child needs a daily nap:  Wakes ...
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The Baby Blues By Elizabeth Pantley, author of Gentle Baby Care

I remember when I was lying in my hospital bed after the birth of my fourth child, Coleton. I had endured a full day of labor and a difficult delivery (who says the fourth one comes easily?), and I was tired beyond explanation. After the relief of seeing my precious new child came an uncontrollable feeling to close my eyes and sleep. As my husband cradled newborn Coleton, I drifted off; my parting thoughts were, “I can’t do this. I don’t have the energy. How will I ever take care ...
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How to Calm Your Crying Baby By Elizabeth Pantley, author of Gentle Baby Care

   When we’re pregnant or awaiting adoption, we dream about our baby-to-be, we always envision those beautiful Hallmark card scenes: charming baby smiling up at peaceful mother’s face. We read books in advance of the big day about how care for a newborn ¾ how to bathe, feed and dress her ¾ and then we feel somewhat prepared. However, a crying baby was never part of that idyllic vision, so this takes us by surprise. But the fact is, all babies cry at one time or another. Some babies cry ...
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Safety Difference between Ergo Baby Carrier and Baby Bjorn?

  This blog post highlights some of the concerns of parents about certain types of baby carrier, namely ones that dangle the baby from the crotch. - http://babywearingbuzz.blogspot.com/2008/05/why-bjorn-and-snugli-are-bad-for-baby.html  The ErgoBaby Baby carrier holds the baby in a different way - they are seated with their spine supported in a natural position.   The Ergo Baby Sling also gives great support for the parent too, so it is a win win situation.  The Ergo Baby Carrier is available from The Natural Nursery, starting at £89.99 ...
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Customer Product Review – Baby Hooded Towel

Baby Hooded Towel Good quality soft hooded baby towel in a beige colour.  Item as described on website.  Good large size suitable for 1yr onwards. D.R, March 2011 ...
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Eight Sleep Tips for Every Child By Elizabeth Pantley, author of The No-Cry Sleep Solution

 Up to 70% of children under age five have sleep problems. Sleep issues are complicated and have many causes. They’re hard to deal with because when children aren’t sleeping, parents aren’t sleeping, and that lack of sleep affects every minute of every day for every person in the family because lack of sleep isn’t just about being tired. Sleep has a role in everything -- dawdling, temper tantrums, hyperactivity, growth, health, and even learning to tie his shoes and recite the ABCs. Sleep affects everything. The following ideas are of ...
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Help needed from mothers for Exeter University Students

Research to understand how mums relate to their babies   At the University of Exeter we are looking for volunteers to participate in a study exploring how mums relate to their babies.   We need women who have given birth within the last 12 months. This research will help us develop a better understanding of how depression affects the relationships between mums and babies.   It will be carried out at the University of Exeter.  If you are eligible and decide to participate in the research then you will be entered into a prize draw ...
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Customer Product Review – Ergo Sucking Pads

Ergo Sucking Pads This is a must buy with the carrier. I had to order them after the carrier as sure enough when I used the carrier for the first time my baby starting sucking on the straps. These pads offer a little bit of protection. B.R, March 2011 ...
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Breastfeeding Babies is Vital, say Doctor

"Am I wrong, or is breastfeeding actually as natural as tying off the cord at birth, or as keeping the newborn warm and dry, or as changing the soiled nappy, or as cuddling and smiling at this new and fragile citizen?" Says Dr Peter McCormick in a letter printed in the Northamptonshire Evening Telegraph. The letter also provides great support for human milk banks, both here in the UK and in Africa - you can find out if there a breastmilk bank near you by joining the Milk 4 Human Babies ...
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Ergo Performance Baby Carrier Back in Stock

We have been out of stock of the Grey Ergo Performance Carrier for a week or so now but have just received a massive delivery today. They have obviously been hard to get hold of as we have sent 8 out today already! The Ergo Performance carrier costs £94.99 (a saving of £5 off the RRP) and comes with FREE UK First Class post ...
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Fluffy Friday Competition, draw on 25th March

The winner of the Mother Ease Nappy Tester Kit is comment number 35, Jamie, as chosen using a random number generator. Well done, drop me an email and we can arrange for your prize to be sent out to you. This time we are giving away a triple pack of the TableBib portable table cover. Table Bibs are designed for parents who are always on the go but are less than sure about the cleanliness of highchairs in cafes and resturants. The TableBib covers the highchair/table making sure your child/their ...
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Hurrah! Finally an Expert Says Co-sleepings Good!

Taken from the Daily Telepgraph (Australia): "NEWBORN babies who share a bed with their parents are safer than those in cots, says a leading baby sleep expert. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome researcher Doctor James McKenna said that as long as co-sleeping is carried out in a responsible manner - not on a waterbed or couch and not by parents affected by drugs or alcohol - then babies up to 12 months old will reap the long-term benefits." You can read the full article here - http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/lifestyle/forget-the-cot-sleep-with-your-baby-accordng-to-sids-researcher-doctor-james-mckenna/story-e6frf00i-1226020681833 Some advice on safe ...
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Customer Product Review – Ergo Sucking Pads

Ergo Sucking Pads Worth spending the few extra pounds to get these, to save the straps of your expensive carrier. My six month old has already sucked on these and we've only had the carrier for a week or so! R.K, March 2011 ...
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Customer Product Review – Weleda Calendula Nappy Change Cream

Weleda Calendula Nappy Change Cream This is nicest cream my daughter and I have found, and used regularly, it has kept her skin clear and balanced. Lovely ingredients: nothing nasty. C.H, March 2011 ...
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First-Born Jealousy By Elizabeth Pantley, Author of the No-Cry Sleep Solution and Gentle Baby Care

Question: Our first-born is showing extreme jealousy towards the new baby. He’s obviously mad at us for disrupting the predictable flow of his life with this new challenger for our attention. How can we smooth things out?   Think about it: Before the baby entered your family, your toddler was told he’d have a wonderful little brother to play with, and how much fun it would be. Then the little brother is born and your toddler is thinking, “Are you kidding me? This squirming, red-faced baby that takes up all ...
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Customer Porduct Review – Weleda Calendula Cream Bath

Weleda Calendula Cream Bath This cream bath is lovely. My daughter always asks for it.  It smells fresh, isn't oily or heavy, but leaves her skin clean and beautifully moisturised C.H, March 2011   ...
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Free UK Post on Real Nappies

We are gearing up for Real Nappy Week here at The Natural Nursery, and in anticipation, we are offering selected washable nappies with no postage charge (UK only). This means that you can stock up on great priced reusable nappies without paying a postage charge. Cloth nappies included in this offer include Wonderoo, Flip nappies, bumGenius and Mother-ease. Please note, if you also buy products that are not included in this special offer, you will need to pay the postage charge for those other items ...
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Customer Product Review – White Lambskin Car Seat Liner

White Lambskin Car Seat/Pram Liner This lambskin is so soft! The colour fits perfectly to my pushchair- very stylish combination. D.T, March 2011 ...
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Customer Product Review – Dazzle Rattle, Wooden Baby Toy

Dazzle Rattle My son really loves it, he plays longer with it than any other toy.  Maybe because it is colourful, makes sounds  and easy to grasp. As with all your products, I'm relaxed that he can put them into his mouth without  chance of poisoning from colours or other finishings. D.T, March 2011 ...
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Reusable Shopping Bags, now up to 75% Off

We have a great range of reusable shopping bags at fantastic prices - most are now reduced with up to 75% off the RRP. One of my favourites is the Doy Bags Tote Bag.  Now with 75% off, it is just £3.24 and is great for shopping, trips to the beach or camping.  It stands up by itself so you can always find what you need, so no more hunting around in the bottom of a floppy bag. Other great bags include the Kid's Backpack, now reduced to £3.24 and ...
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Customer Product Review – Nursing Bra, Bravado Bra, Seamless

Bravado Nusing Bra, Seamless. I am currently 38 weeks pregnant and my breastfeeding counsellor recommended buying this bra to use both as a last stage maternity bra and then subsequently for nursing. It is the most comfortable bra I've worn during the entire pregnancy and rest assured I've tried a few! It washes really well too and I like the fact there are removable pads. The bra also gives a lovely line to the bust which is more than welcome!  A great price from Natural Nursery too - thank you! ...
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Baby Banz Baby Sunglasses

I just love these baby sunglasses from Baby Banz  - they are cute to look at, protect your little one's eyes, are easily adjustable and the neoprene strap means they are easy to put on but harder for your baby to pull off. My daughter hated facing into the sun when she was a baby - it was a surefire way of starting her screaming, so I just wish these baby sunglasses had been around when she was little. Baby Banz baby sunglasses provide 100% UV protection (UV400) and are category ...
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Customer Product Review – Jute Hip and Trendy Duffle Bag

Great bag can fit loads in, looks great, eco friendly, and an absolute bargain!!! J.M.W, March 2011 ...
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New at Natural Nursery: the Tidy Books Bookcase

Your family will love this new addition to the Natural Nursery range: the Tidy Books bookcase range.    Tidy Books® Bookcase This slimline and stylish bookcase is a practical storage solution that allows a large capacity of books to be displayed facing out. It makes it straightforward for children to choose their books independently and put them back. The bookcase instantly brightens up any child’s room by displaying the beautiful artwork on kids’ books, making them completely accessible and fostering a love of books. “Thin but able to hold lots ...
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The Tidy Books® Box: a children’s storage solution to encourage children to read.

Do you wish to encourage your children to read and enjoy books? It starts by making books easily accessible to children. That means the books should not be tucked away in a bookcase where they might be hard to grab for little hands. Nor should only the books' spine be visible, making it hard for children to find their favourite book or discover a new one. To encourage reading, books should be easily accessible. This is where families have discovered the beauty of the Tidy Books Box. It allows kids ...
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Customer Product Review – Blaze Dragon Fancy Dress Costume

Fancy Dress Costume - Blaze Dragon A gorgeous costume that my daughter is very pleased with. The colours on the chest are lovely and it looks like a good quality item. Only slightly disappointed that it is not a bit bigger as it comes up as quite a short and not very generous fit. My daughter is 6 years old (very skinny!)and I think it may be a bit small on an older child. C.F, March 2011 ...
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The Tidy Books® Baby Buddy: one versatile children’s storage solution!

The Tidy Books® Children's Bookcase is now a design classic, allowing children to have a full view of their book front covers. The Tidy Books® team applies their keen eye for beautiful and practical products with a new children's storage solution: the Baby Buddy. The ingenious shelf keeps everything you need for your baby, safe and close to hand. The compact design of the Baby Buddy is ideal to use in the bathroom and the nursery where it holds nappies, cream and toys alike. You can easily reach for something ...
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Customer Product Review – Ergo Sucking Pads

Ergo Sucking Pads We knew from the state of another sling our baby had been riding in that he was going to suck, and suck he has. It's so much easier to just wash these small pieces than the whole sling, which is a good thing as the Ergo Performance instructions discourage you from washing the whole carrier as it will damage the material. We chose to buy two, as we use the carrier everyday, so we always have some on us when one pair is being washed. They are ...
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Introducing the Tidy Books® Children’s Bookcase

Your family will love this new addition to the Natural Nursery range: the Tidy Books bookcase range. The Tidy Books® Children's Bookcase is a classic design inspired by kids. Children love to pick their books by the front cover, not by the spine. The Tidy Books® Children's Bookcase allows them to see all their books' front cover in one glance. When they're finished reading, they can easily put it back, helping them (and you!) keep their room tidy. The stylish simplicity of the Tidy Books® Children's Bookcase is available in ...
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Customer Product Review – Wonderoos V2 Pocket Nappy

Wonderoos V2 Pocket Nappy When I received these nappies, I could not believe just how soft they are. I am totally new to cloth nappies and found these so easy to use. My daughter is a small 1 year old and these fit her perfectly. We did initially have a few leaks but that was down to not having the height of the nappy adjusted properly.  They also dry surprisingly quickly, as do the microfiber inserts, but the bamboo booster does take quite a bit longer to dry. I have ...
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Fluffy Friday, draw on 11th March

The winner of the Swimming Nappy  is comment number 26, Anna, as chosen using a random number generator. Well done Anna, drop me an email and we can arrange for your prize to be sent out to you. This time we are giving away a Mother Ease One Size Nappy Tester Kit - comprising of a birth to potty nappy, Air Flow Nappy Wrap, Booster and paper liners. Mother Ease are one the the best selling reusable nappies in the UK - they adjust to fit babies from around 8lbs to 35lbs ...
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Wonderoo Pocket Nappy – Product Review

The Wonderoo Pocket Nappy was kindly tested for us by one of our panel of parent product testers, Claire and her 14 week old baby. Here's what Claire had to say: Everything about the Wonderoo nappy is soft and squishy - the Minky wrap, the bamboo and microterry inserts, right down to the elastic around the legs.  That alone made me love this nappy from the start. As Cecilie is only 14 weeks old, and not the chunkiest of babies, I have found that so many of the pocket nappies ...
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Breastfeeding Tea Review

Nursing Tea Product Review Kate Richer Oscar 13 months Marks: 8/10 Around my sons first birthday he dropped some milk feeds in the day and started to drink water and take snacks instead. My supply adjusted accordingly, however I found in the evenings and the night when he wanted to feed the most, he would empty a breast quickly and become fussy, leaving me having to frequently change sides. A nursing tea seemed like a great solution for this. The first thing I noticed about this tea was how strong ...
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Customer Product Review – Medela Pump & Save Breast Milk Storage Bags

Medela Pump & Save Breast Milk Storage Bags So, I bought these bags as an alternative to standard milk storage bags, as you can attach them to the pump. This removes the need for sterilising bottles in addition to using bags. They attach easily to the Medela Swing pump (I see no reason why they wouldn't attach to other pumps too). However, you can only use the attachment once so, if you want to top up the bag later in the day, you have to use a bottle anyway. Fantastic, ...
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Customer Product Review – Frugi Pebble Stripe Knotted Hat

Frugi Pebble Stripe Knotted Hat I bought this hat, as my son out grew the stripey knot hat his Nanna had bought him. It's a lovely material, so soft on my 11 week old and thick enough to keep him warm. Most importantly it looks uber cute. Unbeatable value at it's current price, an absolute must have! HC, Feb 2011 ...
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Review of Breastfeeding Tea

Review of Neuner’s Nursing Tea I would defiantly recommend to someone who wants a natural way to boost supply. I used the product for 1 week, 2-3 cups of tea per day. My baby is 8 months old and we are slowly baby-led weaning but she still nurses regularly throughout the day and night. We used the tea as baby was recovering from a tummy bug and was therefore nursing alone without solids so a boost to milk supply came in handy! The tea smells quite strong even though the ...
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Welelda NappyChange Cream – product review

Weleda Nappy Cream as tested by H and her 11 week old baby. H says: I love this nappy cream. The first thing I noticed was the lovely smell - not at all medicinal like some other nappy creams. This nappy cream isn't cheap, but a little goes a long way. The price becomes irrelevant, as the ingredients in this cream are far preferable to ingredients in other nappy creams on the market. I am, therefore, much happier using this on the fragile skin of my 11-week-old baby. Weleda Calendula ...
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Customer Product Review – Ergo Baby Front Pouch

Ergo Baby Front Pouch This is a great addition to the Ergo baby carrier, as I can go out and about without carrying a bag in addition to the baby. With this I can carry the essentials for trips to the shop, etc. That don't require me to bring a changing bag. JG, Feb 2011 ...
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Fluffy Friday, Draw 25th February

The winner of the Wonderoo Pocket Nappy is comment number 7, Galina V, as chosen using a random number generator. Well done Galina, drop me an email and we can arrange for your prize to be sent out to you. This week we are giving away a Swim Nappy in your choice of boy or girl print.  Zoggs reusable swim pants are fantastic for swimming lessons, family swims or days at the beach. The swimming pants are designed to catch any little accidents. and can be used time and time again ...
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Testing Baby legs has been brilliant.

So says our latest product tester, who tried out a pair of Baby Legs baby leg warmers on her two children, aged 11 months and 3 years. Here is what Emma had to say: My baby boy Harry is 11 months, and I find since his crawling around his knees are always getting sore and red. Plus his little legs are always freezing. Testing Baby legs has been brilliant. We have used them for just over a week at the moment bar the 1 day they were in the wash ...
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Customer Product Review – Flip Stay Dry Day Pack

Flip Stay Dry Day Pack The flip nappy is brilliant! The seperate wrapper and insert both wash really well and dry overnight. Flips have converted me to reusable nappies. Very highly recommended. S, Feb ...
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Review of Flip Washable Nappy System

Review of Flip Reusable Nappy Carried out by SC, a committed user of natural fibre nappies, on her 2 month old baby. Thank you for the nappy, we'll definitely keep on using it. For my first baby I spent what amounted to weeks searching for the most environmentally sound, locally-produced, sustainably-grown fabric nappies I could find, so I hadn't ever considered buying a nappy like this which is made from man-made polyester and nylon. For this trial on my second son I was therefore a bit wary of using such ...
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Weleda Nappy Change Cream – Product Review

Product Tested: Weleda  Nappy Cream Length of Test: 10 days Tested on Sophia, 14 months  For the last few months, Sophia (14 months) has been prone to a red and very sore bottom. I have tried several different creams with no luck, they are either: ineffective, too thick and unbreathable, poorly packaged or in one case - seemed to make it even worse!  So I was hopeful (or desperate) when I started using Weleda Nappy Cream. My first impressions were there it smelt lovely; wasn't too thick and seemed to ...
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Flip Nappy – Product Review

Flip Washable Nappy with Stay Dry insert, tested by Fern and her beautiful baby girl pictured here wearing her Flip Nappy. Fern says: First impressions were that the flip nappy was so small and light. I couldn't grasp how something so slim fitting could keep everything contained, but it managed it! Due to teething and a tummy bug my little girl really did put these nappies to the test too! The stay dry inserts were absorbent, and quick to dry. The wrap and inserts were very compact meaning a nappy ...
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Orlando Bloom – babywearing dad

As if dads needed any more encouragement to be hands on and carry their baby in a sling... More and more dads are finding out how wonderful it is to carry their baby in a baby sling – it is such a lovely way of bonding with your baby and giving mum some time to herself. This wonderful picture of Orlando Bloom wearing his 5 week old baby in an ErgoBaby Baby Carrier just shows how easy it is for new dads to be hands on and enjoy some cuddle ...
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Customer Product Review – Flip Stay Dry Trial Nappy Pack

Flip Stay Dry Trial Nappy Pack Great nappy. Easy on and off. Fits great with the range of popper fasteners and had no leaks. Not bulky and looks adorable. Would definitely recommend. L, Feb 2011 ...
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BabyLegs – Product Review

I’ve been using baby legs for a week now and think they are great! My little boy who is 4 months doesn’t like to be restricted by trousers so these are a great product to keep him warm with vests when just playing in the house. It’s handy for me too as can check his nappy without having to take any trousers/ dungarees off. Although I still take them off to change his nappy as don’t want him weeing (or worse!) all over them. I have found the best use ...
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Nursing Tea – product test reivew

Review of Breastfeeding Tea My name is Sam and I am a single mummy to two gorgeous little boys.  Noah who is 15 months and Jacob who is 5 weeks.  Jacob is exclusively breastfed and Noah drinks expressed milk.  As a tandem feeding mum milk supply plays on my mind so I was looking forward to trying this nursing tea.  Anything that helps keep my supply up is going to be a winner in this house.   I used the tea for 7 days and would give it an overall ...
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Customer Product Review – Ergo Performance Baby Carrier

Ergo Performance Baby Carrier This is a fantastic sling and although it is expensive i think its worth every penny. My 4 month old is a hefty 21 lbs and carrying him in the baby bjorn was really hurting my shoulders. However with the ergo i can carry him for ages in the front carrying position without sore shoulders.  It takes a little while to adjust all the straps to a comfy position but once adjusted its very easy to use. My baby does seem more comfortable with me using it ...
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Fluffy Friday Competiton – draw on 18th February 2010

The winner of the £20 voucher to spend on children's books at The Natural Nursery is  comment number 14, anna8301, as chosen using a random number generator. Well done Lucy drop me an email and we can arrange for your prize to be sent out to you. This week we are giving away a fabby one size pocket nappy from Wonderoo.  Wonderoo washable nappies are the easy way to use cloth nappies - once you have stuffed them, they go on and off just like a disposable nappy. You can ...
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Customer Product Review – Mummy Milk Rocks Shopping Bag

Mummy Milk Rocks Shopping Bag - Lactivist Product I have one of these bags and I always grab it on my way out of the door. Its lovely and bright (and usually turns heads!) well sized to fit everything you need without being huge! S, Feb 2011 ...
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Customer Product Review – Itti Bitti D’lish Snap In One Nappy and Booster Set

Itti Bitti D'lish Snap In One Nappy and Booster Set We love Itti Bitti nappies in our house!!  These are by far the trimmest cloth nappies on the market. They have a clever snap in set of soakers that dry fairly quickly and the outside can be reused if you have spare sets of soakers! These look great too! You just cant help but stroke the lovely minkee outer! These are also my partners favourite nappy... he ALWAYS reaches for them first! S, Feb 2011 ...
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Customer Product Review – I Dreamt I Was a Dinosaur – Paper Back, Barefoot Books

I Dreamt I Was a Dinosaur - Paper Back, Barefoot Books I'm always happy to see Barefoot books, all the ones I've seen are written and illustrated in a unique, gentle style, with educational and emotional messages which also manage to be fun at the same time. This book has lots to look at and talk about (spot the snail on each page) with a bouncy rhyming narrative which I think children will get different things from at different ages.  For older children the illustrations might even inspire them to ...
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Customer Product Review – Orchard Toys – In My House Puzzle

Orchard Toys - In My House Puzzle This is a really good quality board jigsaw set, I was really pleased with it, and got extra to give as presents. The pictures are lovely, plenty of good play in these! TB, Feb 2011 ...
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Customer Product Review – Ergo Sucking Pads

Ergo Sucking Pads I didn't initially buy these with my carrier but the first time I used the sling my baby soaked the strap by sucking on it.So i got a couple of pairs of these and I'm happy they will prolong the life of the carrier and be a bit more comfortable and hygienic for my baby.  They are nice and soft against my babys face too when he falls asleep in the sling and slumps a bit. SE, Feb 2011 ...
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Customer Product Review – Baby Legs

Baby Legs I have used these on my little lady (now almost 20 months) from around 4-6 weeks old. When she was tiny I did find them a little baggy but that added to the cute factor!  I have used them instead of tights and as well as when it was really chilly! In the summer they are fab for showing off cute cloth nappies and make changes so much quicker! Now Daisy is a little older and we are considering potty training they are a great alternative to 'normal clothes' ...
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Customer Product Review – Ergo Performance Baby Carrier

Ergo Performance Carrier I had been searching for a carrier which was both comfortable for baby and me for ages. This it it. The best recommendation I have ever received. It is gentle on my back and my daughter settled into it so quickly. I have also found it easy to put on. BDR, Feb 2011 ...
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Cloth Nappy Slogan Competition

This competition is being run by the lovely people over at Lactivist.net - they are looking for a snappy new slogan to go on pro-real nappy cloth bags. So, can you think of a slogan that sums up the benefits of cloth nappies and makes people smile? If so, pop over to lactivist.net and get commenting! ...
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Customer Product Review – Lansinoh Lanolin, Nipple Cream

Lansinoh Lanolin, Nipple Cream I had to purchase this for the usual reasons, and found that it actually was easier to use. I had used another brand before that had to be removed prior to feeding and you never realize how much of a hassle it is to find a cloth to wipe up every time you want to nurse. AM, Feb 2011 ...
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Disposable Nappies Early Day Motion

We know how important it is to get more families using washable nappies (even part-time) if as a country we are to meet our targets for reduction in waste and landfill. Now you have the chance to encourage your local MP to take reusable nappies seriously - an Early Day Motion (EDM) has been tabled by MP Austin Mitchell. An EDM is an opportunity to gather support from other MPS and generally make them aware of an issue.   You can read the EDM at http://edmi.parliament.uk/EDMi/EDMDetails.aspx?EDMID=42181&SESSION=905 Please take a few minutes ...
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Customer Product Review – Lansinoh Breastpads

Lansinoh Disposable Breast Pads I used other brands of disposable breast pads but had a hard time finding something that would hold all the milk from sleeping overnight. I had a hard time getting a good night's sleep. But these covered a bigger area, and allowed me to go out in public without leaking and being uncomfortable. They stayed in place, unlike other brands that have no adhesive. Very well made item! AM, Jan 2011 ...
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Organic Apron Baby Towel

Our latest addition is the lovely organic cotton baby towel from My Munchkin. Shaped like an apron, these towels are worn by the parent, protecting them from splashes and keeping their hands free for holding and washing their baby. The towels are generously sized (100cm x 100cm), so will last right the way through toddlerhood. They come in their own towelling drawstring gift bag, so they make a lovely new baby gift and the bag itself can be reused as a wash bag or change bag. With an rrp of ...
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Customer Product Review – Ergo Performance Day Bag

Performance Day Bag Smart bag simply clips onto performance carrier. I use this instead of a separate handbag/changing bag. Plenty of room as a changing bag. Essential items like keys/phone/purse can always be held in the pocket of the carrier itself. A.S, Feb 2011 ...
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Fluffy Friday Giveaway, 4th February

The winner of the yummy Green Baby Hooded Baby Blanket   is comment number 4 , Lucy Hall, as chosen using a random number generator. Well done Lucy drop me an email and we can arrange for your prize to be sent out to you. This week we are giving away £20 worth of books from our selection of children's books.  You get to choose the ones you want and, even better, all our baby and toddler books are currently half price so you get even more for your prize! You can grab yourself lots ...
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Customer Product Review – Ergo Performance Baby Carrier

Ergo Baby Performance Carrier Well made product, good materials. Comfortable to wear, baby sleeps well in it. Could not ask for a better carrier. Perfect when used with cargo pack. A.S, Feb 2011 ...
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Customer Product Review – Latch Assist

Lansinoh Latch Assist I was having trouble breastfeeding because my little one wouldn't latch properly. He was getting increasingly frustrated and it seemed we were going to have to switch to formula. When I found this product and tried it the problem was completely resolved. If I hadn't had the Latch Assist, we wouldn't have been able to continue as long as we did! AM, Jan 2011 ...
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Product Reviewers Wanted

We are looking for new members for our panel of product testers.  Product testers are sent (free of charge) a product to test out and try at home for a week or so before writing a short review for us. It helps us ensure that we only ever stock products that parents really like and you get to try out new products for free! Recent product tests have included the lovely Flip Washable Nappies and Nursing Tea. If you would like to join our reviews panel, pop along to our ...
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More Ergo Baby Carrier Love

This is a lovely story of the life of an Ergo Baby Carrier in Australia - it certainly seems to be much loved and travelled. Not only did this mama go bush walking, the beach and trips to the city, it really helped with a reflux baby and it was lent out to lots of other parents who all loved it. Pictured is the Ergo Baby Carrier, Sport version, great for families where both parents want to carry ...
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Customer Review – Ergo Performance Carrier

Ergo Performance Carrier "Using it for our ten week old with the Infant Insert. Easy to use, although requires a little practice to get the hang of it. Very very comfortable to wear! Baby seems very happy in it too." MG 27/01/11 ...
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Fluffy Friday Competition 28th January

The winner of the Flip Washable Nappy is comment number 26 , Lisa (Baby Not Included), as chosen using a random number generator. Well done Lisa, drop me an email and we can arrange for your prize to be sent out to you. This week we are giving away a yummy Green Baby Hooded Baby Blanket in soft organic cotton.  The blanket has a sweet farmyard print on one side with a striped hood on the other to keep little heads warm. It would make a lovely new baby present or treat for ...
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Customer Review – Performance Cargo Pack

Ergo Baby Carrier Performance - Day Bag "I bought this on impulse when I ordered the carrier & infant insert. I am incredibly glad I did so, as it means that it's not necessary to carry another bag. Fits a couple of nappies, some wipes & bags, a spare vest, plus my purse, phone and keys. Incredibly useful, highly recommended!" MG 27/01/2011 ...
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Newsletter 26th January 2010

This week we have launched our Product Testers Panel – a group of lovely parents who will be testing and reviewing new and old products for us.  Look out for the first reviews in the coming weeks, or if you would like to apply to take part, visit our Facebook Page and follow the links on there. You could get 15% off your next order with The Natural Nursery - just use code january15 to qualify.  Valid on sale stock but not on special offer products. Arabella   All Black ErgoBaby Carrier  ...
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ErgoBaby Carrier Options

For many years, customers have been asking for a solid black ErgoBaby Baby Carrier and finally here it is. The Options Ergo Carrier is a plain black baby carrier that can be used exactly as it is for a sleek, urban look or you can purchase a set of bold and bright covers to vary the look. The Ergo Options has all the same great features of the whole range: Suitable for front, back and hip carries Can be used from newborn (with the separately available infant insert) to around ...
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Fluffy Friday Competition, 21st January

Sorry for the delay with announcing the winner - we moved webhosts for the blog and as ever I never allow enough time for this to happen. The winner of the bumgenius One-size v4 nappy is comment number 27, Gemma Setters, as chosen using a random number generator.  Well done Gemma, drop me an email and we can arrange for your prize to be sent out to you. This week, we are staying on the washable nappy theme and have a Flip Washable Nappy and insert to give away.  The winner can ...
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Some of my favourite people from 2010

I actually meant to do this at the end of last year but illness got in the way so here goes for the first instalment.... Lisa Lactivist.  Not only does Lisa design and sell really fab pro-breastfeeding and gentle parenting t-shirts and other goodies, she does amazing design work for other businesses as well, under the banner of Naked Website Design.    Lisa has been doing some graphic design work for us and I am always amazed at how quickly and professionally she turns projects around. Lisa doesn't know this yet, ...
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No-nonsense introduction to cloth nappies

Norfolk County Council has published a simple guide to cloth nappies - Norfolk Guide. The guide talks about the different types of reusable nappies, how to wash them, how many you need and provides links to guides on how to fold terry nappies and why you should consider using washable nappies. Although terribly detailed, it has clear answers to many of the common questions asked by parents new to real nappies and is a great place to start your research. You can find other information on cloth nappies on The ...
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WHO breastfeeding recommendations under attack from industry-funded scientists

There has been a huge amount of press interest in an article published in the BJM, which has been widely interpreted as an attack on the benefits of exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months. It should be remembered that this is NOT more fuel for the breast v breastmilk substitute debate but it can be seen as an attempt to encourage mothers who ARE breastfeeding to start weaning at an earlier age. Much has (rightly) been made of the fact that this was little more than a review of a few (inconclusive) ...
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Washing your Flip Nappies

Want to know how to keep your yummy Flip nappies looking their best and keep their amazing absorbency and containment? Take a look at our Flip Nappy washing guide for some handy hints. Remember, Flip Nappies are so simple to use and care for, even Dads and nurseries are happy to use them ...
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Fluffy Friday, 14th January 2011

Welcome to the first Fluffy Friday of 2011 – I can’t believe that we are half way through January already. We are very excited about our brand new range of cloth nappies – the Flip nappy and the bumGenius One-size v4.  We haven’t actually got our hands on them yet, but Kate and I loved them when we had a demo of them and I have friends who say they are just the best washable nappy they have used. STOP PRESS - BOXES AND BOXES OF THEM HAVE ARRIVED! To ...
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Save £12 per Week by Switching to Washable Nappies

So, just how much could switching to reusable nappies save your family?  I actually sat down and worked it out in January 2011 and even I was amazed – it could be as much as £12 per week! The cost of disposables I looked at one of the larger chemists at their branded nappy range and, based on a size 4 nappy, was shocked to find out that the average disposable nappy costs over 20p. Working on an average of 8 nappy changes a day over 30 months, that works ...
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Sling Sale

These cold wet days just make you want to snuggle up warm with your baby and what better way to do it than a baby sling?  You can cuddle to your heart’s content, keep you both warm and dry under your coat or umbrella and still get on with all those things you need to do. To make buying your baby carrier even easier, we have reduced some of the most popular slings around. The Wilkinet baby carrier is one of the most popular in the UK and has been loved by ...
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Fluffy Friday Winner

Our winner this week is comment number 10, Mrs Daeson.  Drop us an email with your address and we will pop your prize in the post to you. Fluffy Friday Giveaways will be back after Christmas with lots of other yummy organic goodies to give away ...
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Performance Baby Carrier – Customer Review

The new ErgoBaby Baby Carrier Performance has proved so popular that we are selling out on pre-orders before each delivery arrives! As well as the exceptional comfort for both you and baby and ergonomic design to promote safe babywearing, the Ergo Performance has some great additional features: Lighter weight, breathable fabric for extended babywearing or summer use Curved, thinner straps for extra comfort Streamlined, sporty design Longer waist belt We are not surprised that the Performance Ergo Carrier is receiving such great reviews from our customers, like this one received ...
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Wool Wraps for Cloth Nappies – Customer Review

I love wool wraps for cloth nappies - they are just so comfortable for the baby to wear and they look so sweet too. I used wool wraps with my daughter and found them very easy to use - a little more faff than just bunging them in the washing machine but not very difficult at all and so worth it. And it seems as if our customers agree too: "These are fabulously stretchy and cosy wool pants that keep my little one cosy and dry. They improve with each wash ...
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Fluffy Friday Giveaway, 3rd December

The winner of last week's prize is comment number 28, Alexl - well done. Drop us an email to let us know your full name and address and we will pop Sophie in the post to you. To celebrate Alexl's win, we have 25% off our full range of Sophie la Giraffe toys today. This week's prize is a gorgeous organic cotton baby sleepgown with sweet woodland print design, worth £15.00. I love babygowns, my daughter almost lived in them when she was a baby.  They are so comfortable for baby's to wear ...
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Natural Nursery Nominated for an Award

We were delighted to receive an email informing us that we have been one of only 4 companies to be nominated for the Bundle Jungle Retailer of the year. I don't know who it was that nominated us, but thank you so much. If you would like to vote for us (or take part in any of the other fun and games on this parenting forum) you can visit - http://www.thebundlejungle.com/showthread.php/4475-Vote-Retailer-Of-The-Year-2010 ...
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Breastfeeding Tea Wins Award

We have had amazing feedback from customers about the Neuner's Organic Nursing Tea that we have been selling for a while but it is great news that it has run away with so many awards in the TIPS-tested teas4mum category. This Breastfeeding Tea won the Best of the Best and Best Breastfeeding Tea categories, while the Neuner's range, including Baby Colic Tea, won the Best Range category. TIPS comment: "Parent Testers noticed a definite improvement to their milk supply. They also told us that their baby was less windy." In total, 6 teas ...
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Fluffy Friday Giveaway

Sorry this is a bit late - we have had people affected by the weather and I have been off  sick for a few days - and am the only one left standing in the office today! The winner of last week's prize is Samantha Jaques - well done.  Drop us an email to let us know the fabric of the nappy and size of wrap that you would like. This week's prize is a darling Sophie the Giraffe Teething Toy.  Sophie is a classic French Baby toy and is made ...
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BabyLegs now in stock at The Natural Nursery

My 7 year old daughter just loves her BabyLegs - she has had them since she was a tiny baby and still wears them now when it is cold or she wants to look "funky". We have now re-stocked on BabyLegs in time for the colder weather, so you can choose from our range of boy and girl colours. For those of you new to BabyLegs, they are legwarmers for babies and children - though they will fit grown-ups too! BabyLegs were designed by an American mother who wanted something to ...
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Fluffy Friday Giveaway

Fluffy Friday Giveaways are here! Today sees the launch of our brand new Fluffy Friday Giveaway.  Each week we will be giving away a fluffy prize to a lucky reader. This week the prize is: A Mother Ease cloth nappy tester kit, containing a Motherease one size nappy, an eco-theme Airflow Wrap, snap in booster, and flushable nappy liners, everything you need to try out real nappies for yourself. The lucky winner will be able to choose their favourite nappy fabric (cotton, organic cotton or bamboo) and the size wrap ...
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Christmas Gift Wrap

Want to make Christmas shopping even easier for yourself ?  We can now grift wrap your purchases for you and even add a handwritten gift tag before sending direct to the lucky recipient. Our lovely eco Christmas paper is 100% recycled and is printed with vegetable inks - and it is FSC certified too.   We will hand write your gift message onto a matching tag - you can specifiy the message during checkout. Cost is £1.95 per item and this service is available now ...
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disana Organic Cotton Nappies – customer review

One of our lovely customers has left this amazing review for the disana tie-on nappies - sounds like she really likes them! I've got 5 different types of cotton nappies at home for my 9 month old twins and I must say that these nappies are the best! Never leaked, much easier to put on wriggly babies than nappies with nappi nippas (they are very sharp!), certainly less bulky and perefct for night-time use too. Any booster can be used with them and as many as you like, and they're ...
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Dads and Breastfeeding Video

A great new video has been produced by Gaby Jeffs from Magneto Films, talking candidly to lots of fathers about how their babies were fed. It is wonderful to see how positive and supportive the dads have been - they all talk confidently about the benefits of breastfeeding, such as fewer illnesses, the ease of breastfeeding, no need to buy expensive formula and no running out in the middle of the night. Some dads talked about how the whole nursing process brought the family closer together and how daddies can ...
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Ergo Baby Carrier Comparisons

We know that the Ergo Baby Carrier is one of our best-selling baby carriers but now there are so many versions available, it can be a little confusing working out which one is right for you. Here is a simple explaination of the different types of Ergo and the main differences between them. All Ergo Baby Carriers Provide ergonomic support for both you and your baby Ensure baby is held in a safe and comforting position Can be used from newborn (with the infant insert) right the way up to pre-schooler ...
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Another Great Ergo Baby Carrier Review

This time, you can read the full blog post at http://www.chickpeastudios.com/?p=861. In it Stacey talks about how she finally took the plunge to buy an Ergo Baby Carrier and hasn't looked back. "I really like the Moby wrap but I wore Kyler in it the other night for about an hour while we trick-or-treated and I wanted to cry at the end…my back was so sore.  Today I wore him in the Ergo and I’m sold…it was almost like he was a tiny little baby…not my 14 pound chunker!  I ...
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Customer Testimonials

"As always I was very impressed with your service! I have bought things from various different online retailers and you are the website I come back to first because of the standard of service and delivery."   If you would like to contact us with comments or suggestions please feel free. info@naturalnursery.co.uk ...
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Customer Testimonial

Excellent service and beautiful products!! Would recomend The Natural Nursery to anyone! 5 star company!  We love getting feed back from our customers, so if you have any comments please feel free to contact us at info@naturalnursery.co.uk ...
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Ergo Sport v Ergo Performance Baby Carrier

With so many great Ergo Baby Carrier designs available, I thought it would be a good idea to explain the differences between the Ergo Sport and the Ergo Performance. Looks Both the Sport and the Performance are more rugged looking than the standard Ergo Baby sling and will appeal to dads and active parents. The Sport features a matt black body and straps with feature white stitching and poppers for the sleep hood, giving it an urban styling.  New to the Ergo fold is the blue colourway with darker blue ...
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Another Great Ergo Review

I love reading other people's blogs and this post caught my eye with its great review of the Ergo Baby Carrier. The author obviously enjoys a busy lifestyle, so the Ergo sling is perfect for her ...
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Ergo is replacement for Baby Bjorn

Another great blog review for the Ergo Baby Carrier.  This time from a family that were worried they wouldn't find a replacement for their much loved Baby Bjorn. Luckily, they found the Ergo carrier and it doesn't seem as if they have looked back. Pictured here is the Ergo Sport, available from The Natural Nursery for £94.95, in black and the lovely new blue colourway ...
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All Change Please!

Brand new collection of baby changing bags. We have been having a busy few weeks at The Natural Nursery now that our new site, with its loyalty points scheme, has gone live. Finally, we are getting a chance to list up all the yummy new goodies we have been sourcing over the summer, including our new range of baby changing bags. When my daughter was little, there was really no choice of nappy bag – just plain old quilted black or blue that wouldn't have looked out of place in ...
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Save £20 on a Napsack Baby Carrier

The Napsack baby sling is an easy to use baby sling in the Asian style - it ties with straps so simply adjusts to fit both parents. As a new parent, you will want to keep your baby close in the first few months of his life yet you need your hands free as life goes on. This is where a well-made and well-fitted baby carrier like Napsack baby carrier comes in. Inspired by asian baby carriers, it has been redesigned to suit modern parents. This baby sling is suitable ...
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New Ergo Performance Carrier

We had a lovely time at a recent trade show chatting to Ergo Baby Carriers and being shown their fantastic new products. First to arrive will be the Ergo Baby Performance Baby Carrier, specially designed for active parents.  It features all the great Ergo design, with a high level of comfort and safety for both baby and parent, with a new sleek design and high performance materials. The Ergo Performance is made of a durable, lightweight fabric that is highly breathable and has a cotton wicking lining. It will fit ...
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Wooden Baby Play Gyms

Just arrived at The Natural Nursery are these lovely wooden baby play centers. They stand sturdily on the floor and your baby can lie underneath and play happily for hours and hours. Available to 2 designs, farm or ladybird, they are attractive in their own right and won't look out of place no matter how smart your sitting room is! Each play gym has has a number of hanging toys for your baby to reach out and grab, pull, shake, rattle and jingle. The baby gyms are available now at ...
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Christmas Shopping – Early Bird Discounts

We all know how expensive Christmas can be when you have to buy presents for children, so we have reduced a range of toys so you can get a bargain by being organised and shopping early. The reduced toys in our sale include lovely soft toys suitable from birth as well as educational puzzles from Orchard Toys. Newborn Toys / Baby's First Christmas Sweet cuddly cat toy, reduced from £10.50 to £7.50 NooNoo Cube toy, made from organic cotton, reduced from £14.99 to £9.99 Toddler Toys Lacing worm game to ...
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Ergo Sport Back in Stock

After a slight blip (aka I forgot to order them) the Ergo Sport is back in stock.  We have a limited supply at the moment but more stock is due early next week too. The Ergo Sport has been designed for taller parents, especially daddies as it is has longer straps than the Ergo Baby Carrier. If you want to know a bit more about the Ergo Baby Back Pack, you can read here why I personally loved it and carried my daughter until she was well over 4 years ...
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What’s New at The Natural Nursery?

Well, if you have visited us in the last few days, you will see that it is all change here. We have been beavering away for months now on a brand new site, which has lots of advantages for you: Loyalty points – we know that lots of our customers come back to us time and time again so we will now reward you with our brand new loyalty points scheme.  Each time you shop with us, you will earn points that you can redeem against your next order. Better ...
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More Evidence for Exclusive Breastfeeding for Six Months

The BBC have reported: Exclusive breastfeeding for six months wards off baby infections, further evidence suggests. Regardless of other factors, such as good healthcare and vaccination programmes, breastfeeding still gives babies a boost, say Greek researchers. They say it is the composition of breast milk that helps babies fight infections. The full article is on the BBC website - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-11417490 ...
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Sustainable, ethical and healthy food for hospitals and schools

Good food is essential to everyone and we can all help to make choices to ensure that our children get a healthy balanced diet, but what about those meals we can't control? School dinners, meals in hospitals etc?  The Fairtrade Foundation is supporting the Sustainable Food Bill that has been introduced to Parliament and if passed would require that all food served in the public sector fulfils health, environmental and ethical standards.  If you want to show your support, you can ask your MP to back the bill: http://e-activist.com/ea-campaign/clientcampaign.do?ea.client.id=1674&ea.campaign.id=7489&dm_i=5QB,93AV,1O90OS,NWG9,1 ...
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Cossham Birth Centre moves a step nearer completion

Cossham Birth Centre (CBC), now under construction on the Cossham Hospital site in Kingswood, has full participation and commitment from BCB Steering Group and a BCB Supporter is now actively involved in the Arts Project for the birth centre.  The publicity campaign continues to build with the Autumn 2010 edition of NBT’s Your Hospital magazine dedicating a whole page to the CBC development.  Follow the link and turn to page 6 to see how all of us as BCB Supporters have helped in the creation of Cossham Birth Centre. Even ...
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Bristol – Birth Centre update

Midwife-led birth unit at St. Michael’s? – Please show your support Birth Centre Bristol has recently been working at senior midwifery and obstetrician level at St. Michael’s Hospital and with the CEO at NHS Bristol to encourage a midwife-led birth unit on the St Michael’s Hospital site. Such a unit has been on the cards for years, with yearly bids to its Foundation Trust, but the enthusiasm for it has grown since Bristol Maternity Review’s target is to ‘increase the number of babies born in birth centres and midwife units’ ...
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Award Nomination

I was delighted to receive notification today that we have been nominated by one of our lovely customers for The Good Web Guide of the Year Award.  We are all very flattered by this nomination and full credit goes to our lovely team here who work so hard making sure all our customers are happy. If you would like to, we would be very grateful if you would vote for us at: http://www.thegoodwebguide.co.uk/awardfeedback . Thank you. Arabella ...
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Daddy Cool – help for new and expecant dads

The highly talented Gaby Jeffs and the Magneto Films Team have been nominated for yet another award, this time for the Daddy Cool video produced for the NCT.  The DVD follows three dads on their journey through pregnancy, birth and early parenthood, with lots of tips and information from other dads and NCT experts along the way. The dvd is on sale via the NCT shop at http://www.nctshop.co.uk/Daddy-Cool-DVD/productinfo/2177/ ...
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Green Baby Hairbrush – Goat

This is another lovely review from a green parent, this time it's a review for the Green Baby Hairbrush (Goat): Wooden handled brushes made from natural bristles We bought this hairbrush for our daughter and it is now being used for our twin boys. It is so soft yet smoothes out any little knots easily. I love the feel of the natural wood handle. The babies like to play with it too as it has such nice textures. A really nice, natural hairbrush, perfect for babies ...
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Customer Review – Usbourne Books

We have some lovely childrens books and a very kind customer has reviewed the Usbourne Books: We were given a "That's not my Pony" Usbourne touchy feely book when our daughter turned one. It was literally her favourite book, one which she read every night after we had. She could interact with the nice bright pictures as we read, the different textures were always interesting and a new word to learn(I think 'squashy' was one of her favourites); And we used to spot the little mouse of each page. Shes ...
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3 Reasons to Love the Ergo Baby Carrier

The Ergo Baby Carrier is by far our most popular baby sling but what makes is such a big hit with us and our customers? The Ergo is Comfortable I tried many slings in my baby wearing days and the Ergo was by far the most comfortable for extended periods of baby carrying. With its ergonomic design, thick padded shoulder straps, adjustable waist band and shoulder straps, the weight is distributed evenly across both shoulders and down your legs, not just on your back. Unlike heavy frame baby backpack carriers, ...
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Customer Review – Calin Bleu Baby Wrap, Fleece

This is another lovely customer review for the Calin Bleu Baby Wrap Fleece: I bought this sling for my son Jude. I was a pram addict but since being introduced to wraps I am converted. Jude was warm, snuggled in and very well supported and I loved having my beautiful boy so close to me. A must have for every baby and mama. These are on are website right now and are currently on sale, so go and have a look ...
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Possibly the Coolest Breastfeeding Video Ever?

I was sent the link to this video by Anne Dhir of Scribere.com, a very lovely small business copywriter who is passionate about breastfeeding and baby wearing. I just love it and can't decide which is my favourite bit - what's yours? Arabella ...
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Customer Review – Mother-Ease booster Bamboo

We love getting feed back on the products we sell and here's another great customer review of Motherease booster bamboo: I have a 24 month old daughter, and we have only switched to cloth nappies very recently. Our reason for switching, alongside the obvious environmental ones was her nappy rash. We were loaned some nappies by a friend, and quickly chose the pockets nappies as the easiest and most effective ones for us.  Alongside the nappies, we were loaned various boosters and inserts, and loved the Mother-Ease bamboo booster so much, ...
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Customer Review – Green Baby Organic Cotton Cellular Blanket

It is great to get feed back on our products and this product review for a Green Baby Organic Cotton Cellular Blanket is lovely: This gorgeous cotton blanket was our little girl's very first blanket. It is in natural organic cotton and is so soft and snugly.  We used it a lot to swaddle her when she was little and it is still used for snuggles before bed now she is 18 months. It has washed really well and seems to have got even softer! If you would like to find ...
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Customer Review – Weleda Calendula Baby Lotion

We have a lovely range of Weleda products and this customer has been kind enough to review the Weleda Calendula Baby Lotion: I was given a bottle of this baby lotion, and it is just the nicest thing for a baby's skin! I felt that as it wasn't all absorbed into the skin immediately (which to start with I didn't like), it meant in practice that I was gently massaging my baby without realising it before putting his PJs on. We both really benefitted from this quiet, calm ritual, just ...
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Customer Review – Tots Bots Cotton Nappy

We have a another lovely customer review that we would like to share with you for Tots Bots Cotton Nappies: These are the staple nappy in my stash. They are consistently reliable, (I have never had a leak with these and a Motherease wrap even despite my boy’s several a day breastfed poos!), well fitting, absorbent and a reasonable price. They are cute too, giving him a bit of ‘fairy baby’ bum whilst still being one of his fairly trim nappies. I started with just a couple of these amongst ...
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Customer Review – Totsbots Bamboozle Size 2

Here is another one of the great product reviews that we have had for Tots Bots Bamboozle (Size 2): Well what can I say? These are great fitting and really easy to use. You fold the insert bit (front for boys, or the middle for girls) and pop it on, its aplix fastening so dead easy for Dads, Grandparents and friends to use! Once it’s on you need a waterproof PUL, Fleece or Wool cover. We use Wool/Fleece over our cloth nappies as they let the nappy 'breathe' so it ...
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Reusable Shopping Bags – BOGOF

Our lovely jute slogan reusable bags are on Buy One, Get One Free all this week. I use these bags all the time - they have comfortable handles to hold, a deep gussett so they stand up when on the floor and jars and bottles don't fall over. They are great for days out at the beach or park (much easier to find that tube of sun cream in one of these than a floppy fabric bag) and for storing food/cooking equipment in when camping. They come in a range of ...
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Another Great Reason to Breastfeed

"If a sick or premature baby is given donor milk instead of formula its chances of survival can increase up to ten times." This quote is actually taken from an article on the BBC Oxford website about the amazing Service by Emergency Rider Volunteers motorbike riders that help move vital medical suppies around Oxfordshire. The John Radcliffe Hospital think that the ability to give donated breastmilk to premature or tiny babies is so important, that the motorbikes have stepped up to the mark and will transport the frozen milk from ...
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September Postage Special

Free UK postage on all orders over £25 - reduced from our normal free postage on orders over £75. Now you can buy a lovely Calin Bleu sling, or a Medela breastpump or a baby lambskin or even treat yourself to a new nursing bra, all without having to pay postage. No codes to remember, no coupons to collect, just place your order as normal and as long as it is over £25 and you are in the UK, your order will be delivered free of charge. Offer valid until ...
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Shetland mothers offered extra help help with breastfeeding

New mothers in Shetland will soon be able to benefit from breastfeeding support thanks to a new initiative from the Breastfeeding Network (BfN) in conjunction with NHS Shetland. The BfN is a UK-wide charity which runs breastfeeding drop-in centres across the country and a national helpline, and offers mother-to-mother support before and after birth. It is joining forces with NHS Shetland to train volunteers to give support and advice to new mothers in the isles. Tutor Mary Kennedy will be in Shetland soon to recruit volunteers. She has trained helpers ...
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Nappy Wraps – Air Flow from Motherease now in stock

Waterproof nappy covers are an essential component of a 2-part nappy system.  Personally, I have always preferred hook and loop or Velcro fastening nappy wraps but we have had lots of customers request popper fastenings. As a result, we have taken delivery of a big box full of Mother-ease Airflow nappy wraps, in all sizes, in white and the lovely eco-theme patterns. Air flow wraps are part of the multi-award winning range of real nappies from Motherease and they will work with Mother Ease onesize nappies, Sandys etc as well as ...
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Free Eco-directory With all Orders

The Natural Nursery is delighted to be an authorised distributor of the Book of Green Eco-directory 2010 and we will pop a free copy in with every order received through our website this week. Book of Green provides readers with hundreds of eco-friendly companies in this year's paperback. From architects, body & skincare and cleaning products to homeware, organic baby products to reusable nappies, microgeneration and sustainable tourism as well as offers and articles. The Natural Nursery is featured for the second year running (on page 45 if you would ...
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Breastfed Mummies are More Likely to Breastfeed Their Baby

A new study conducted Wilkinet has shown that mothers who were breastfed themselves as a baby are more than twice as likely to breastfeed their own babies. Another key influence seems to be the use of a baby carrier or baby sling: the study showed that 51% of mothers who carried their baby, breastfed exclusively. You can read more about this study on our website - http://www.naturalnursery.co.uk/Babies-born-in-2010-can-thank-Grandma-for-being-Breastfed-16-w.asp We would love to hear from mothers who found that using a baby sling helped them to breastfeed – you can post a ...
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Reusable Nappies on Cover of Sunday Observer Magazine

Did anyone else spot the lovely picture of beautiful crawling babies all sporting yummy washable nappies on the cover of the Observer Magazine this weekend?  It was actually to feature a story about sperm donation but it was still wonderful to see such a high profile cover with cloth nappies. The story - http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2010/jun/27/jennie-withers-co-parents-fertility Sorry, I can't find the cover online so here is a slightly random image of the disana knitted nappy for you instead ...
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Customer Testimonials

We always try to offer the best possible customer service, help and advise to our customers. So it's really nice when we hear back from them. Thank you very much for your service. When I return to the UK I shall be using you. Should you need quotes or excellent customer feedback please do not hesitate to contact me. Refer a friend to www.naturalnursery.co.uk and they will receive a 10% discount off their first order - Simply quote "FRIEND" ...
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Customer Testimonials

We have had another lovely e-mail from a customer that we would like to share:   Thank you very much.  I have received my order today, and am very happy with all of products and the excellent service I received.  And the gift of nappy bags was much appreciated.   I will certainly recommend naturalnursery.co.uk to friends, and will be back myself. Spend over £40 on any order (excluding postage) and receive a free gift ...
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Customer Testimonials

We are very fortunate to have such lovely customers so when they give us feed back we like to share it. This is a lovely e-mail that we have from one of our customers:   Dear The Natural Nursery, Just a quick note to say Thank You! I received my parcel this morning, the day after I placed the order. I am very please with my purchases, the speed of delivery and the packaging.  My items arived in excellent condition. The product prices were the best I could find and ...
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BPA to be Banned from Baby Bottles?

A group of scientists has written to the European Food Safety Authority asking for the use of BPA to be limited. Many scientists believe that exposure to BPA (a chemical used in many plastics) could cause developmental problems in developing babies yet some well known UK retailers were selling potentially dangerous baby bottles as recently as April this year. At The Natural Nursery, all our baby bottles are BPA free, including the glass baby bottle and the breastmilk bottle. We believe that it is important to give your baby the best ...
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Customer Review – Wonderoo’s

This is a great customer review of Wonderoos: I LOVE my wonderoos, they were the first cloth nappies I ever had and I'm so glad that I chose them because they are so simple and easy to use. I brought the 15 piece starter set and loved the reusable baby wipes that I got in the pack as I had never heard of them before but they work so well with washable nappies. I recommend them to everyone I know and love to see the rainbow of colours on my ...
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Look Where I am Featured!

I am very excited to be featured as a Mumpreneur on the Family Friendly Working site.  It is such an honour to have been choosen, thank you Caroline and Antonia. You can learn all about how we first set up and the inspiration behind our pro-breastfeeding stance here at The Natural Nursery. And don't forget, our special discount code for Breastfeeding Awareness Week - BAW2010 - which will give you 10% off all breastfeeding products such as breastpumps, sterilisers, pro-breastfeeding clothing, nursing pads and nursing bras ...
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Customer Review – Medela Swing electric pump

As it is breastfeeding week this customer review for the Medela Swing Electric Pump is a perfect review for us to share with you: We bought this pump in the first week of our baby’s life after he was diagnosed with severe jaundice. Because of his condition we had to top up after breastfeeding with formula- something we hadn’t  intended to do! Once our sons condition had improved we were able to top up with expressed breast milk using this pump and I am now back to 100% breastfeeding. It ...
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Customer Review – Widgey Nursing Pillow

This is a great review of a Widgey Nursing Pillow: Having breastfed my first son without a proper nursing pillow, I wasn't sure what all the fuss was about. But I knew that I needed a caesarean for my second son, and everyone I spoke to said that a nursing pillow was essential after a caesarean. Many other mums recommended the Widgey to me. They were right. This is a wonderful product. It is lovely and firm and means that I don't have to lean over to feed. It curves ...
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Customer Review – Motherease Rikki Wrap

This is a lovely customer review for the Motherease Rikki Wrap: When I started using cloth with my eldest daughter I wanted a nappy wrap that would be reliable for both day and night. I also wanted one that would go over a variety of nappies. I tried the motherease Rikki Wrap and its the one brand we are still using 5 years later. Whilst we have had other prettier wraps they have not matched up in term of fit and reliability. It's my workhorse wrap, I know that it will not ...
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Customer Review – Organic Green baby Fruit design vest

This time we have a review for Green Baby and their organic fruit design vest : We have this vest in both the blue and aqua. It is lovely and soft, keeps its shape and the bright colours never seem to fade in the wash. We usually pair it up with funky tights as an outfit on its own as it seems such a shame to hide under a babygrow. Will definitely be buying this in a few more sizes in the future! Don't forget you can find this product ...
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Medela Supplemental Nursing System.

This is another customer who has been kind enough to review a product for us, this time it was the Medela Supplemental Nursing System: I bought an SNS when it was clear that I had nursing supply issues. I used it to give my son his supplement from 3 weeks, until we recently stopped supplementing at 8.5 months (we are still breastfeeding). I honestly don't think I would still be breastfeeding if it wasn't for the SNS. I found it easy to use and straight forward, and wouldn't hesitate to ...
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My Breastfeeding Story

In celebration of Breastfeeding Awareness Week next week, I thought I would share my nursing story.   When I was pregnant with my daughter, I knew that I wanted to breastfeed - I had done lots of research and I knew that it was the best start for my baby and would provide additional health benefits for me too.   I had read that it was the most natural thing in the world and seen many friends and family nursing their babies and it seemed a wonderful experience for both ...
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Taggies Naturals – Organic Cotton and Silk Baby Comforters

We have had another lovely product review this time for Taggies Naturals the orgainc and silk baby comforters. This is what the customer said: My son has had a taggie from birth and has become increasingly attached to it. He loves to fiddle with the ribbons as he falls asleep and often carries it around with him for that extra bit of security. I am reassured that it is made from organic cotton and is gentle on his skin and it is well made. Ours has been through the wash many ...
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Travelling with the children: a baby sling and other hot tips…

Becoming parents has certainly slowed down our travelling. It is not just that travelling is a bit of a mission with children. Staying home with the children is never boring. From the children's point of view, a trip to the local farm is an adventure in itself. With many of our relatives living far away, hardly two months go by without us jetting off somewhere for the weekend. Here are a few things we have learned over the last two years of travelling with a baby: Breastfeed as long as ...
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Reusable Nappy Sale

The sun is finally shining, making it great cloth nappy drying weather.  Drying your nappies on the line will not only save energy but help to keep them white too as the sun will bleach out any stains. To celebrate the sun and to make the transition to using real nappies easier for you, we have put lots into our early summer sale. You could save an amazing £81.00 on the Totsbots All in One / Easyfit Fluffle multi-pack of 20 nappies. Other reductions include savings of up to 50% ...
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Customer Review – Medela Washable Breastpads (pack of 4)

Some of our customers and others have very kindly sent us reviews of some of our products. This one that we would like to share with you is for Medela Washable Breastpads (pack of 4): I tried all the major disposable breast pads available, before deciding to try washables. Unfortunately my first set (a budget variety) were itchy, uncomfortable and didn't absorb much. I thought I'd try the Medela Pads as I was pleased with the Medela pump I had. The pads looked much nicer and more feminine than the others ...
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Become a Natural Nursery Fan and win a Barefoot Book and CD

The Natural Nursery Only a few more fans before we reach one hundred facebook fans. Once Natural Nursery reaches 100 fans, we will draw a winner of a barefoot book and CD up: 'We All Go Travelling' Book and CD' All Aboard! This rhythmic I-spy journey to school through various landscapes is the perfect introduction to colours, modes of transport, and of course, music! The jaunty text, Siobhan Bell's colourful hand-stitched illustrations and the accompanying musical CD by popular singer Fred Penner are sure to get children singing along happily ...
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Choosing books as a new baby gift

A new baby gift doesn't have to be just for the newborn phase. It is a nice idea to give something that the baby can enjoy a few months later. Giving a book, for example, is a lovely idea. It is never too early to start reading with children. Introducing a bedtime story as part of an evening routine helps children recognise that sleep time is coming soon. It helps them slow down their active but tired little minds. Reading to children from a very early age is a gentle ...
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Lots of birthday parties coming? Let us help.

If your diary looks anything like ours, June and July will be busy with friends' birthday parties. Many of the children born in the summer will be celebrating their birthdays before school breaks, and parties will start again right after the children go back to school. Buying birthday presents for friends well in advance is a good way to save money and make your life easier. Did you know that you could find everything you need from Natural Nursery? 0-3 year olds: Books are always big hits with children of ...
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From UV suits to baby wipes, everything to make your life easier.

We are keen to make your life that little bit easier so you have that little bit extra time with your children, for yourself, for your partner and your friends. That's what holidays are about! We know it's difficult to achieve when you have a young family but we'll do our best to help. This week, we have selected six products that can help make your life easier. * No need to remember to smother the kids in sunscreen, the UV suits protect their delicate skin from the sun. Whether ...
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Customer Review – Itti Bitti Nappy

Some of our lovely customer and others have been giving us feedback on our products and we thought we would share this review of the Itti Bitti reusable nappy with you: I love my itti bitti nappies! The first thing I love about them is the velour outer and the pretty colours. They don't look like nappies, more like plush pants and they are sooo soft and pattable. Really pretty on their own with a pair of babylegs! They are low rise and won't stop your baby from bending, and ...
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New at Natural Nursery: Sophie the giraffe new baby gift set

If there is one exciting thing about running a business, it is opening the boxes we receive from our suppliers. The toys, the clothes are all so soft and beautiful, we enjoy picturing how our customers will enjoy them. This week, we are particularly blessed with delightful additions to the range. Sophie the Giraffe is one of your favourites. Did you know that it now comes with a delightful gift set, ideal for a new baby gift. The gift set comes with the classic Sophie the Giraffe, an adorable mini-giraffe ...
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10 Unusual Ways Your Calin Bleu Baby Sling Can Come In Handy…

The Calin Bleu is a simple baby sling. It is made of a simple piece of fabric, especially selected, dyed, cut, and hemmed to guarantee the parent and the baby's safety and comfort. However, the Calin Bleu can come in handy in so many other ways.. a play mat: fold your Calin Bleu in four and it makes an instant play mat for baby. Left as it and it forms a brilliant a highway for a toddler's cars (or is it a landing strip at the airport?) a picnic blanket: ...
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The Ergo baby carrier makes new parents’ life so much easier.

Many new parents – and mothers in particular – suffer from the lack of support they find when the baby is born. For the first few days, relatives and friends all come around to see the new baby but after a while, visits space out. In traditional societies, new mothers would be surrounded by their own mother, their sisters, aunts, and younger siblings. Everyone would help look after the new mother and the new baby. Finding yourself at home with a newborn can feel daunting. How do you manage to ...
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Natural Nursery News: Is your family ready for summer?

With the warmer (even hotter!) days, we are all thinking about the long weekend coming up and the summer holidays. Is your family ready? We can help you find everything you need for your children. Order today and choose Special Delivery to receive your order in time for the Bank Holiday Weekend. Visit our summer shop where you will find: Summer Hats for boys and girls, UV suits and sunscreen to protect their delicate skin from the sun, Swim nappies for the pool or the beach, And towels robes and ...
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The Guide To The Medela Swing Breast Pump

Medela has been manufacturing breastfeeding support aids for more than thirty years. Their extensive research into breastfeeding has led to the development of products that are easy to use, reliable and of a consistently high quality. The Medela Swing is a good example of this search for quality. The Medela Swing breast pump is simple to use. It is composed of few parts: the motor, the connecting tube, the two-part valve system, the breast shield and the breast milk storage bottle. The valve is small and easily lost, so your ...
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Sterilising your breast pump is easy.

Whether you have an electric breast pump or a manual breast pump, it is crucial to keep it absolutely clean and sterilise it regularly. If washed improperly, harmful bacteria could develop in the dried breast milk. The breast pump should be washed thoroughly after each use and left to air dry. In some cases, a health professional may recommend that the breast pump also be sterilised after each use. It is best not to take any risk with pre-term babies or sick babies. In most cases, sterilising your breast pump ...
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The Ergo baby carrier, a true birth to toddler baby carrier

Many baby carriers can be used with more or less success from birth to toddler. The Ergo baby carrier is truly adaptable to you and your baby and can be used from birth until your baby reaches 18kg (40lb). What is the Ergo baby carrier? The Ergo baby carrier is a soft structured baby carrier. It is composed of a body, with a belt secured by two clips around the waist. The top two straps are carried like a backpack, around the shoulders. It forms a pocket where the baby ...
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Manual breast pump or electric breast pump?

As a new mum, when you have decided to breastfeed your baby, you are very much aware of the benefits of breastfeeding for both yourself and your baby. However, there are many reasons why you may have to be away from your baby. Whether you are away for health, family or work reasons, or just because you would like an evening out, it doesn't mean that your baby can not continue to benefit from your breast milk. That's when a well-chosen manual or electric breast pump becomes very useful. Let ...
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Choosing an electric breast pump

Choosing an electric breast pump when your baby isn’t even born yet can feel daunting. However, having it handy may turn out to be a great help if breastfeeding isn’t going as smoothly as anticipated in the first few weeks. Using an electric breast pump can help new mums avoid engorgement or mastitis. The first thing to check is that your baby is latched on well. This is essential to stimulate lactation, avoid sore nipples and ensure your new baby is getting all the milk he needs. Your first point ...
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Introducing The Medela Mini Electric Breast Pump

The first noticeable thing about the Medela mini electric breast pump is that it is compact. It gives breastfeeding mums the convenience of an electric breast pump for the size of a manual pump. It measures about 10" (25cm) high and weights around 1.5lb (700g) so it fits easily in a handbag or a changing bag. The adjustable suction speed allows mums to express breast milk comfortably. Mums who are expressing breast milk for the first time or suffering from sore nipples find the slowest speed reassuring and comfortable. It ...
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Summer is on the way, are your children ready?

It has been a pretty chilly spring but summer will be on the way shortly. Are your children ready? Here are our top picks for summer to protect your children from the sun. A baby's skin is very delicate and can sunburn easily. Choosing good quality sun protective clothing is essential. Natural Nursery stocks sun clothing from babies to toddlers: baby sun suit, UV Protective Swim Shirt for boys and girls from 2 to 4 years. To protect your little girl head, don't forget adorable girly, flowery and frilly hats, ...
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5 Essential Baby Buys From Nursing Pillow to Baby Sling

Magazines upon magazines present pregnant mums with a long shopping list for the new baby. While you may not need everything on the list, choosing the new baby's essential buys carefully can make your life much easier. So what do you truly need for a new baby? A baby sling is in the opinion of mums who have tried one, the most essential buy for a new mum (and dad!). Newborns need to be held for the first few months of their lives and carrying them is often the most ...
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Ten tips to save money during pregnancy

The first few years of your baby's life can also be the most expensive. All new parents are convinced that they must buy lots of things during pregnancy and for the new baby when very little actually get used. Whether you are considering buying less for financial or ecological reasons, there are many ways you can save money during pregnancy and with a new baby. Breastfeeding is no doubt the biggest way to save money when your baby is born. You save not only the cost of formula and baby ...
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Learning to use a baby sling with a Calin Bleu

Close your eyes for an instant and imagine your baby's head snuggled up against your chest, his little body tucked up against you in the baby sling. Imagine for an instant meeting up with friends for coffee, getting on the bus without worrying if there is space for your pram. Imagine walking home without worrying that your baby will wake up when you lift him out of the car seat. Sounds ideal and unrealistic? Well it doesn't have to be. Using a baby sling for your baby will allow you ...
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Special offers for breastfeeding mothers: breast pump accessories

We have lots of special offers on breast pumps and breast pump accessories for breastfeeding mothers who wish to express breast milk to feed their baby. Here is today's round up of breastfeeding special offers: The Lansinoh double electric breast pump comes with £20 worth of FREE goodies: A free tube Lansinoh Lanolin cream, A free pack of 24 Lansinoh Nursing Pad, and a free pack of Lansinoh Breast Milk Storage Bag. That's £20 worth of goodies to go with your Lansinoh double electric breast pump. When you order your ...
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Hundreds of new products for the green family

Are you are looking for products for your green family? Thinking about using cloth nappies or buying the size above for your baby? Need some breastfeeding aids, a breast pump, cups to feed your baby without risking nipple confusion, new breastfeeding tops? Looking for some new toys and books to entertain your children? Some reusable shopping bags for a greener lifestyle?Well, you are the in the right place. You will find hundreds of new products at Natural Nursery: The Clearance sale is packed with bargains, organic baby clothing, natural baby ...
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10 ideas for a new baby gift under £10

When all your friends and relatives start having babies at the same time, finding ideas for a lovely new baby gift within your budget can be a stretch. We're giving you a hand with 10 ideas under £10: The Noo-Noo comforter is an adorable new baby gift. It is made of 100% ultra soft felted lamb wool. The baby will enjoy rubbing his fingers through the tactile embroidery, appliqué, loops and booble. It comes in a pretty white gift box. £7.19 A new baby gift doesn't have to just for ...
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Beaming Baby Wipes: gentle on your baby’s skin

When it comes to nappy changing time, only the softest baby care products can be used. Any rough cloth or harsh chemicals would make your baby uncomfortable. A baby's skin is so delicate. Beaming Baby wipes offer a natural and organic alternative to standard baby wipes. The Beaming Baby wipes are by far our best selling baby wipes. They are flushable, hypoallergenic and soft. The Beaming Baby wipes are 100% biodegradable and chlorine free with contain over 95% organic ingredients. The certified organic plant ingredients are grown without using chemical ...
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Choosing a Cellular Blanket for your Baby

A cellular blanket is a classic new baby gift. Generations of babies have been wrapped and cuddled in these soft loosely knitted blankets. Although they may look similar to one you might have seen in the family house's attic or in the hospital, modern baby blankets are softer than ever. A cellular blanket is made to be light, durable and buttery soft.Here are a few things to look for in a baby cellular blanket: The special knit is either a loose knit, or designed to include little squares or holes ...
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Choosing a New Baby Gift: Our Top Picks

Shopping for a new baby gift is fun and exciting. It is a chance to think about the new parents, to celebrate this new life and show our friendship and affection. Here are our top picks to help you choose a new baby gift: At the top of the list is Sophie the Giraffe. Let us introduce Sophie: it's cute, squishy and indestructible. Sophie can be chewed, grabbed, squeezed, pulled by little hands for years to come. It makes a laughing squeak when its tummy is squeezed. Sophie has been ...
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10 Uses for your Baby Cellular Blanket

A baby cellular blanket is a timeless new gift but it's often not used just as a blanket. There are so many more uses for a cellular blanket: A play mat either at home or on the go. A cotton cellular blanket is easy to wash so if the floor your child is playing on isn't exactly spotless, that's no problem. Just pop the blanket in the washing machine when you get home. It is a good idea to buy a couple of blankets. You can use one while the ...
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Making bath time easy with a baby hooded towel

As a new parent, bathing your baby can feel intimidating. We are worried about baby getting cold, slipping, not letting water run in his eyes while supporting his head adequately. Take your time and read these four simple steps to make bath time a very special time for you and your baby. It's a good idea to talk to your baby as your bathing him. Explain what you're about to do so he learns to recognise the sounds and isn't surprised. 1 – Prepare everything you need You will feel ...
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Breastfeeding tips: Choosing a Breast Pump

For many breastfeeding mothers, not having to buy any baby feeding equipment is a decisive factor in deciding to breastfeed their baby. Exclusive breastfeeding saves money, time and effort. However there are many times when you may have to be away from your baby. You can continue to breastfeed by expressing breast milk with or without a breast pump and having someone feed your baby breast milk when you're away. This will allow you to maintain your milk supply, breastfeed your baby as long as you wish and your baby ...
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Why choose a Wilkinet baby carrier?

The Wilkinet is one of the most loved baby carriers. Parents of young babies, parents using a baby sling for the first time are all amazed by the comfort and the 'snug' feeling when they use a Wilkinet for the first time. It is when you carry your baby for prolonged periods of time that you realise just how comfortable it is. When your Wilkinet is well adjusted, your shoulders or your back don't hurt. Your baby remains well supported in the baby baby carrier. Let's look at some of ...
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Organic baby products: 3 brands with a proven track record

More and more parents are turning to organic baby products for their children. Whether you're buying organic baby shampoo, body wash or baby lotion, you want to make sure that no nasty chemicals are slipped into the formulation and absorbed by your child's body. Harsh chemicals irritate the skin and combined with Sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS), they are absorbed into our bodies and can harm the nervous system. By choosing organic baby products, you are guaranteed products that use only pure, natural and organic ingredients. At Natural Nursery, you will ...
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Wilkinet, a baby carrier with no buckles?

The Wilkinet is a fairly unique baby carrier on the market. Thanks to its clever design, the Wilkinet is as easy to use as a standard baby carrier and as comfortable as a baby wrap. That is no doubt why it has been so popular for almost 30 years. The gently padded straps supports the baby's weight and spread it evenly across the parent's shoulders, back and hips. Why does the Wilkinet have no buckles, clips or zips? The advantage of buckles, clips and zips is that they allow you ...
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Choosing organic shampoo for your family

Choosing natural baby products for the family used to be a luxury but over the last few years, companies have been developing their range to offer parent true choices. There are some excellent value organic baby care options, for organic shampoo in particular. Organic shampoo uses pure, natural and certified organic ingredients. Why buy organic shampoo? It is gentle on the skin It is gentle on the hair Gentle on the environment: ingredients are either naturally occurring in nature, like sodium chloride and honey, or grown according to strict organic ...
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Award winning organic baby care range

When it comes to organic baby care, you can't go wrong with choosing Weleda for your family. The company has stood the test of time: founded in 1921, it came in the UK in 1925. Their mission is to produce natural body care based on anthroposophic and homeopathic medicines. They are committed to producing the highest quality organic baby care products naturally, ethically, safely, without animal experimentation and without damaging the environment. Weleda use only raw materials from the natural world, naturally occurring minerals like sodium chloride or honey and ...
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The Wilkinet, a versatile baby carrier

The Wilkinet baby carrier offers four comfortable carrying positions. You can carry on your front, facing you or facing forward. You can use your Wilkinet as a hip carrier or as a baby backpack. If you are using a Wilkinet for the first time,the front carry is the easiest carrying position to start with. The baby is securely fasten inside the baby carrier. The baby carrier is then strapped onto your body. It's easy, it feels safe and it's the best starting point for you and your baby. Many parents ...
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Sourdough

As those of you who follow me on Facebook will know, I have been doing rather a lot a baking lately, mostly from the lovely River Cottage Bread book. So far we have had:  English Muffins, ciabatta, foccacia, hot cross buns, doughnuts, oat cakes (2 types) and now I am on to sour dough. I have never made sour dough bread before so am very impatient to see what happens to my starter – here it is after 3 days. I love the idea of some starters having been passed ...
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Wilkinet: the story of a baby carrier

The Wilkinet story started in the 1970s with Sally Wilkins. As many mums, Sally couldn't find a comfortable baby carrier so she set out to adapt the one she had with her first child. As years went by, she refined her design with the help of her eight children. She also received the help of Deirdre Mackay, the then chairwoman of the NCT Technical Committee. A mum, physiotherapist and antenatal teacher herself, Deirdre helped Sally improve the design of the baby carrier: A baby carrier should not let the baby ...
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More Press for The Natural Nursery

So happy this weekend, not only was it a wonderful Mothering Sunday, the sun was shining and the chickens back to laying eggs, but we had the lovely Wonderoo Cloth Nappies featured in Green Parent Magazine! We are not surprised that Green Parent chose to feature the Wonderoos - they are great nappies, come in fantastic colours and are a very easy to use pocket nappy ...
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Eco-shopping Bags, reduced

Today's highlighted bargain is 20% off our popular range of jute duffle bags.  They come in a great range of patterns and colours and are a fun and easy way to tote your day to day stuff around and still have room for those essentials you always seem to pick up on the way home. Jute is wonderful as it grows very fast, uses less natural resources than cotton and is compostable.  These bags are made to strict fair trade standards and are built to last. Buy now at The ...
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Mothering Sunday Breastfeeding Pressie

If you know a new mother who needs some spoiling this Sunday, why not take a look at the beautiful Sublime Breastfeeding Bra from Bravado Nursing Bras. This is the prettiest breastfeeding bra we have ever seen and will make any nursing mother feel special.  It is right up there as a piece of gorgeous lingerie, yet it comes will excellent nursing features such as drop away cups for lots of skin to skin contact. If you are unsure about sizing, rest assured that we are always happy to exchange ...
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Breastmilk Storage Bottles, reduced

Today's top bargain in our stock taking clarance sale is a boon for any breastfeeding mother as we have reduced the price of the Lansinoh Breast Milk Storage Bottles to just £5.95 per set of 4, saving you £2. The breastmilk storage bottles are made from food grade polypropylene, the preferred plastic for storing expressed breast milk and are Bisphenol-A Free. You can view our full range of breastfeeding accessories and buy the reduced Lansinoh Breastmilk Bottles online now ...
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Reduced Organic Toiletries

Continuing our stock taking sale, we have further reduced the fantastic Natalia range of organic yummies for mummy and baby. Made in the UK with high qualitynatural, organic and wild crafted ingredients, this range is a wonderful treat for that special newborn or parent to be. Buy now with 20% off ...
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Bristol Home Birth Update

For those of you who live in and around Bristol, this update on the home birth campaign may be of interest to you:   Supporting Home Birth The Maternity Services Liaison Committee (MSLC), chaired by Pip A’Ness, will be holding a Home Birth Workshop on Monday 15th March from 11am-2pm at the YMCA, Marsden Road, Clevedon, BS21 7NW. This event will be building on the work of the Bristol Health Services Plan’s “Normalising the Birth Experience” workstream set up to deliver the recommendations of the Maternity & Newborn Services Review.  ...
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Bristol Birth Centre Update

For those of you based in and around Bristol, you may be interested in the latest update on the Birth Centre Update:   Dear Supporter  If Cossham Birth Centre then why not South Bristol Birth Centre? South Bristol Hospital at Hengrove is now going ahead.  For a year BCB has been having talks with NHS Bristol regarding the inclusion of a midwife-led birth centre. There has always been an interest for this at executive level but we need some clout from our Supporters to get South Bristol Birth Centre on ...
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Reusable String Bags, reduced

The original selling price for these super little bags was £5.45 but as our supplier has brought the price down, we have passed the savings on to you! An organic cotton string bag that folds up neatly into it's own pouch for easy storage ...
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Arabella Miller Tops, Half Price

As part of our clearance sale, we have reduced this range of lovely organic children’s tops to half price. Choose from sweet animal designs or funky space invaders themed tops. Now from £6.75 each.  Buy online now ...
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What’s Rubbish Game, 20% off

This is a fun learning game with an environmental message. Move around the board, collecting different sorts of rubbish to put in the recycling bins but watch out for the litterbugs! Suitable for ages 5-10 years, now with 20% off at The Natural Nursery. In fact, as part of our stock taking clearance sale, we have 20% off our whole range of Orchard Toys! Each day, we will be posting about a fabby new bargain, so don’t forget to watch this blog, follow us on Twitter or become a fan ...
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Clearance Sale

At the end of this month we have the mammoth task of stock taking, so to make our life easier, and give you the opportunity to bag a bargain, we are holding a stock clearance sale. You can find our sale section on the website, where we already have organic baby clothes at up to 70% off, reduced organic toiletries plus bargains on reusable nappies. Each day, we will be posting about a fabby new bargain, so don’t forget to watch this blog, follow us on Twitter or become a ...
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Why use a breastfeeding shawl?

Many breastfeeding mums are happy  to breastfeed just about anywhere and in all circumstances. For them the very idea of a breastfeeding shawl is confusing. Why would you need one? "If my breastfeeding offends you, just put a blanket over your head" says a series of messages going around Facebook and other social networking websites. I write from Scotland mums have a legal right to breastfeed in public. In nearly 5 years of breastfeeding my children, I have breastfed in many places and never received a negative comment, only smiles ...
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Washing your wonderoos reusable nappies in 6 easy steps

Washing the Wonderoos reusable nappies is super easy. Remove the Wonderoos and put it to one side. Clean your baby and put a fresh nappy on. If the reusable nappy is soiled, hold it (waterproof side up) over the toilet and stretch the fleece. Most of the solids will drop into the toilet. If need be, hold the nappy by one corner tightly and flush the toilet to remove the rest of the solids. Shake the insert out of the reusable nappy and into your nappy bucket. Then drop in ...
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Wondering about leaks with the Wonderoos reusable nappies?

Wonderoos are reliable reusable nappies for babies of different ages and shapes. Here are few things to consider if leaks do occur. If the leak happens shortly after the nappy change, the issue is most likely due to the fit. Run your finder around the leg opening of the Wonderoos reusable nappies. It should be snug but not too tight. You may need to change the size setting to the next size up. If the leaks occurs after a couple of hours it is likely to be due to not ...
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Using your baby Wonderoos reusable nappies

Once you have adjusted the Wonderoos reusable nappy size to fit your child the best, it's time to add the nappy insert. The nappy insert is the absorbent part of the nappy. It is sandwiched between a fleece layer which draws the moisture away from your baby's skin and a waterproof layer. The Wonderoos are sold with a special insert, the Wonder-full birth-to-potty inserts. They are especially designed to fit this pocket nappy, maximise absorbency while avoiding the bulky nappy effect. When you have adjusted the nappy height to the ...
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Adjusting the size of your Wonderoos reusable nappies

The Wonderoos nappies are made to suit most babies from birth to toddler (approx. 8-35lb / 3.6-15.9kg). They come with two rows of poppers so that the nappy can be adjusted in width and height to suit your baby growth. Once you have bought your nappies and washed them once, the next thing to do is adjust the size of the nappy to suit your baby. Adjusting your Wonderoos nappies to fit your baby is very simple by following these simple steps You will see on the front of the ...
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Using the Wonderoos pocket reusable nappies in 5 questions

Q: How many Wonderoos reusable nappies do I need? We recommend buying a set of reusable nappies between 15-20, depending on how often you wash them. The less cloth nappies you buy the more often you will need to wash them. To use the Wonderoos nappies full time, we recommend around 18 Wonderoos nappies. At Natural Nursery, they are sold with boosters so you don't need to worry about that. Q: What else do I need? A: The fleece chosen for the Wonderoos nappies will let you slide the poo ...
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Today’s tip: buying the right size for your baby wrap

A baby wrap is a long piece of cloth, especially chosen to carry your baby. There are no buckles, no rings. The very simple design gives you flexibility to carry your baby anyway you want. You just wrap the fabric around you and pop the baby in. Whether you carry your baby on your front, on your back or for breastfeeding, it will be much easier if you choose your baby wrap's size carefully. Your baby sling should be just long enough to wrap around you easily without leaving long ...
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New! Wonderoos pocket reusable nappies, super easy to use!

You will love these new Wonderoos pocket reusable nappies! Pocket nappies are easy to use, easy to wash, easy to change, and these ones come with an added benefit: they are one-size. For most children, you will be able to use the same set of reusable nappies from birth to toddler 8lb - 35lb (3.5Kg – 16Kg). If you have two children in nappies at the same time, you can also use the same set of nappies, making everyone's life even easier! So why use Wonderoos reusable nappies? Birth to ...
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Pocket nappies: real nappies, really easy

In our quick guide to the real nappy world, we briefly mentioned pocket nappies. Here is in more detail what they're all about. A pocket nappy is just what it says: a pocket. The pocket is shaped like a disposable nappy and composed of a fleece layer and a waterproof layer. The fleece layer is usually ultra soft fleece fabric. It is designed to draw the moisture away from your baby's skin, keeping it dry. This reduces the risk of irritation, especially for babies with sensitive skin. Poo doesn't attach ...
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A new collection of baby wear timeless classics

After the bright and funky baby wear, timeless classics are now back in baby wear fashion. What matters to baby is that the fabric be really soft, free from nasty chemicals and harmful dyes to avoid irritating his skin, well designed to be comfortable, and easy to put on and off. What matters to parents is that they are good quality, preferably organic, sturdy, easy to care for and eventually passed to a younger sibling. Here are some of our favourite baby wear. Baby vests. The baby vests selected by ...
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Music classes with your baby

Singing with babies and children feel so natural, they love the rhythm, the stories, the facial expressions you can exaggerate. Very soon, they can join in and repeat a few words. As their vocabulary grows, so does their enjoyment and repertoire. Here are a few ideas to continue singing with your baby. Sing and Sign allows babies and parents to learn songs and sign language together. Sign language is a simple method to teach children to express themselves before they can talk. The signs are widely used by nurseries and ...
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Baby sling glossary, E like Ergo baby carrier

Ergo baby carrier - ERGObaby makes baby carriers that are suitable from birth to toddlers. The soft structured carriers can be used on your front, on your back or on your hips. They come in a range of fashionable colours with matching accessories. The infant insert allows you to adapt this baby backpack for a newborn. Fleece – a baby sling can be made of various fabric, and fleece is a lovely option. It is soft, durable, has just the required 'stretchiness' to snuggle and support your baby. It is ...
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A glossary of baby slings, part 1

There are so many baby carriers to choose from, it can feel a bit daunting to know where to start. Add to this the various types of baby slings, the acronyms and we have some very confused parents. Here is a quick glossary to baby slings. We hope this helps Asian carriers, Asian inspired baby carriers (ABC) – There is a lively tradition of baby carrying in the Far East. Each country will have a different variation: Mei tai (China), Onbuhimo (Japan), Podegi (Korea) for example. Many baby carriers available ...
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Tips about making your baby wrap more comfortable

Baby wraps can have a bit of a learning curve but once you have mastered the art of wrapping your baby, they are incredibly comfortable baby slings. Here are some of our tips to make your baby wrap more comfortable. Choose your baby wrap carefully. If your baby is a newborn or you're shopping while you're pregnant, stretchy wraps are a lovely option. They are easy to use, especially for breastfeeding and feel snug. If you're baby is more than six months old or for a toddler and you wish ...
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Using your child carrier on your back (2)

Earlier, we started giving tips and information on carrying your baby on your back. Here is the second part of this article. We look forward to hearing from you and hope to continue adding your babywearing advice. The manufacturer of your child carrier often recommends one back carrying position as the easiest to learn. Read that carefully and try that first. For example, tying a knot in the front with a baby wrap makes the rest much easier. Baby should be sitting deeply in the baby sling. His legs should ...
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Using your baby slings on your back

Most baby slings can be used to carry your baby on your back, at least that's what it says in the product description. However becoming confident enough to carry your baby on your back when you're out and about and others are looking can feel a bit daunting. Many parents give up and resort to using a buggy. It doesn't need to be so, learning to carry your baby on your back takes a bit of practice but once you get used to it, it gives you a great sense ...
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Free Green colouring book pages to print and colour

A big Thank you to Moss Green Children's Books for developing these cute colouring pages for children. Organised by age with an increasing level of detail and information, the colouring sheets are drawings of fruit, vegetable plants and the vegetable patch. We particularly like the fact that the plant is shown as a whole, helping children understand where their food comes from. This is an essential step in educating children in healthy eating. The sheet shows how the vegetable and fruit are used in the kitchen. Through play and colouring, ...
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It’s cold out there! Baby Slings to wrap up warm.

It is still pretty cold out there! Going out with your baby is difficult when you're worried about the rain, the snow, the cold, the wind (or all of them pretty much at the same time!). You may wonder if your baby will be cold. Time to get yourself a Calin Bleu fleece baby sling! Made of ultra light micro fleece, the Calin Bleu baby slings have many advantages: Ultra light fleece to make sure you're just comfortable: not too cold, not too hot. No need for a bulky coat, ...
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Girly girl organic clothing: save money, shop during the sale!

The big sale has started at Natural Nursery, take a look! This is the opportunity to buy good quality organic clothing at supermarket prices. Clothes are reduced up to 50%! First up today is girl organic clothing with some absolutely beautiful clothes, made of 100% organic cotton to high fair trade standards. You have to touch these clothes to realise how soft and sturdy they are. It is a good time too to stock up on new baby gifts. Here are some of our favourites: In the size 3-6 months, ...
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Cooking with the children: our favourite carrot cake recipe

This is our version of the BBC yummy carrot cake. There is slightly less sugar to make it more suitable for the kids. Also less cinnamon, more nutmeg and more orange zest which gives the cake a crisp springy taste. It's moist, yummy, keeps well. And most of all super easy. When cooking with the children, it is fun to let them participate. Get them a child apron or use already stained clothes (old daddy shirts with the sleeves cut off are perfect!) so you don't have to worry about ...
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10 more ways reusable bags can save you time and money!

Can you believe that with a little help from Lisa and Alison, we found 10 more ways reusable bags can save you time and money? Having a big reusable shopping bag on hand for things to be given away for the charity shop will help you de-clutter. When the bag is full, empty it in a bin liner, stick the gift aid sticker (it increases the value of your donations by 28%) and pop it in the car boot. A bag for the hair clips, hair bands... Keeping them together ...
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Save time and money! 10 ways reusable bags make your life easier

Reusable bags are becoming more and more popular. They are sturdier, more eco-friendly, more convenient, and dare I say prettier than plastic bags. Most often, shop assistants now ask if you need a bag for your shopping. Every now and then, one of them gives a funny look when you say: "I don't need a bag thank you" but overall, reusable bags are increasingly popular. A green bag is not just for shopping. They can be useful in so many ways and save you money. Several supermarkets charge for plastic ...
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We’re testing a new functionality on the blog

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Customer review, we love your natural baby products

At Natural Nursery, we choose carefully the products we select for you and your baby. We work closely with our suppliers to make sure that our natural baby products contain no nasty chemicals, no SLS and no paraben in particular. Here is an email we received this morning from a customer about her order. Thank you for sending my order so quickly. It arrived very well packaged, the items well wrapped so nothing was damaged in transport. I like that you reuse packaging (it came in good condition so I'll ...
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Reusable nappies don’t have to cost the earth, terry nappies…

Many parents are concerned that reusable nappies require a big upfront investment. You know you will save money in the long run (at least £600 for a first child, more for a second child according to the research) but starting off isn't always easy. To help you get started, we thought we would highlight some cloth nappy bargains and great starting up options: Terry nappies are simple to use, suit children of various morphologies, easy to wash and dry. A good option for newborn and young babies, perfect if you ...
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Tip of the day: Making your Ergo baby carrier more comfortable

Liz contacted us about her Ergo baby carrier. Her 8-month old arches his back and leans back when he is in the baby carrier. She was concerned about his comfort. She tried loosening the baby backpack to give him more room but it made babywearing uncomfortable for herself. Here are a few pointers to use your Ergo baby carrier comfortably. As a general rule, babies need to be well supported in slings, so although the idea of freedom is great, it can lead to problems as the baby can move ...
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5 questions to help you choose your child carrier

With so many baby slings to choose from, it can be difficult to decide which child carrier to buy for your baby. To decide which child carrier will suit your baby most, you need to think about how your will be using it. Answering these simple five questions will help you think about what you expect from your baby sling and how you would like to use it. How old is your baby? If you're shopping while you're pregnant or while your baby is a newborn, make sure that you ...
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A reusable organic nappy for £2.25. Really?

Did you ever think it was possible to find a reusable ORGANIC nappy for £2.25? They're even cheaper if you buy them by pack of 5, pretty much the price of a standard reusable nappy. More ways Disana tie on organic nappy will save you money: The soft fabric adjusts easily for babies of different sizes and shapes, slim or chubby legs alike, ideal if you're planning to use the nappies for younger siblings. It is one size from birth to potty so you can use the same nappies for ...
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Frugi, fair trade clothes made to last

We just love baby sleepgowns and this new Seafari one from Frugi fair trade clothes is no exception. Baby Gowns are one of our most popular items - they make night time nappy changes so much easier than sleepsuits and they are so comfortable to sleep in. Babies can wiggle their legs without rumpling, they can enjoy skin on skin contact by rubbing their legs together as he did in the womb. No fiddly poppers to deal with during nappy changes. Baby sleepgowns made with soft organic cotton too! The ...
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Reusable nappy: how many should I buy?

You've decided that wearing a reusable nappy will be better for your baby. Congratulations on your choice. Now comes the next question, how many cloth nappies do I need to buy? There is no hard and fast rule, the answer will depend on a few factors: How old is your baby? Newborns need to be changed 8 to10 times a day so choosing quick washing nappies like terry or muslin nappies will save you time and money. Breastfed babies can be prone to liquid poo so you might want to ...
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Using an electric breast pump allowed me to continue breastfeeding

My son was born in March. Breastfeeding was a little difficult at first. He had a good latch and a great suckle reflex but his position wasn't right. As he breastfed frequently, my nipples became sore. I used plenty of lanolin cream (a life saver) and my own breast milk to heal the nipples which only took a day! We saw the lactation consultant early on and she was able to help me position my baby. After that moment, everything was perfect! I love nursing him. He always put his ...
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A simple guide to the real nappy world

This simple guide to the real nappy will help choose the best real nappy for your baby. You might prefer to buy all the same nappies or mix and match. Flat nappies, also called terry nappies. Made of a square of cotton terry towelling. They are affordable, easy to wash, quick to dry and durable. Flat nappies are versatile: the small terry nappies can be used as booster for toddlers and the large ones can be used as hand towels. They require a bit more practice for folding. Use a ...
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Top tips for using a babysling for the first time

You have received your babysling and are about to try it for the first time. Take a few minutes to read our top tips for using a babysling for the first time. Be patient. It takes time to learn a new skill, especially if this new skill involves a new baby who may not cooperate when you need him to. Welcome to the world of parenting! Take your time, it will be worthwhile. Relax. If you're tense, your baby will pick up on your nervousness. On the contrary, if you ...
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Breastfeeding in public, is it that difficult?

“Excuse me madam, were you about to nurse your baby?” asked the waiter. “Oh no, here we are!” I thought I was in a restaurant with our families and my 2-month old son. Friends had told me stories of how nursing mothers had been harassed when they were breastfeeding in public and asked to leave or cover up. I was fully expecting a negative comment when the waiter continued: “Would you like a more comfortable chair?” the waiter continued. “Oh!....yes, thank-you”, I was dumbfounded. After changing my chair, he brought ...
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Spotlight on Medela, supporting breastfeeding mothers since 1961

Before choosing the products to sell in Natural Nursery, we review dozens and dozens of products. We ask breastfeeding mums what they think of the products. Quality, easy of use, design, every aspect is carefully considered. For breastfeeding mums, we have chosen to carry the Medela breastfeeding products. Medela has been a pioneer in supporting breastfeeding and serving mothers and babies since 1961. Medela actively promotes breastfeeding as the best form of nutrition for babies and young infants. Breast milk provides baby with all the nutrients they need for the ...
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We love Frugi organic baby clothing!

Frugi organic baby clothing is among our favourite, and our best sellers too. The high quality organic cotton makes the Frugi fair trade clothes incredibly soft and strong. Along with the unisex design, it means that you can start shopping before your baby is born and can pass their clothes to younger siblings. All Frugi fair trade clothes are cut a little bigger for reusable nappies and extra wiggle room. Frugi has introduced the new Seafari sleepsuit, a playful twist on the old safari print favourite. The cute designs and ...
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A delightful addition to a natural nursery: sheepskin and lambskin

We're excited to bring you these gorgeous new lambskins. You actually have to touch them to realise how silky soft and luxurious they are. They are much softer than sheepskins therefore most suitable for a baby's soft skin. The fluffy and natural softness of the pile make these lambskins the perfect addition to a baby's nursery or as a new baby gift. You will be able to use your Gabe & Grace lambskin in the pram, in the car seat, as a playmat. Many children become attached to their lambskin ...
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Tips to wash your newborn’s hair with natural shampoo

As a new mother, washing your baby's hair can feel a bit daunting. Some babies don't like being naked. It involves holding them with one hand, and you might be worried about shampoo stinging their eyes. Here are a few tips to make washing your baby's hair easier. Choose baby natural shampoo. Baby natural shampoo should be paraben free and SLS free. It will soft on your baby's skin and won't sting her eyes should a little bit of lather get in. If you're unsure, you can ask your midwife ...
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Motherease nappies: quality, convenience and durability

When it comes to nappies, quality is essential. You want to be able to use, wash, dry the nappies day in and day out for years on. They can be used with a first child, then passed on to a younger sibling or sold on. Motherease nappies fit the bill: quality, convenience and durability. The Motherease nappies are among the most popular nappies, and rightly so. You will need a nappy and an outer waterproof wrap, both available from Motherease. Advantages of the Mother ease nappies: One size from birth ...
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An easy guide to slings

You have decided to use slings with your baby but you're not sure where to start. You've come to the right place: our easy guide to slings will present the various types of slings so you can choose which one will suit you and your baby best. Ring Slings are the easiest slings to use for breastfeeding. They are made of a piece of fabric threaded through two rings, forming a loop. Worn over the shoulder, it forms a pocket where the baby can be carried sitting or lying down ...
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The best way to prepare for breastfeeding

New mums hear it over and over: 'Breast is best'. Yet few of us are familiar with breastfeeding before our baby is born. We might not have had other nursing mothers around us to learn from. Trust yourself. Remember that nature has planned for women to feed their babies. The culture of artificial infant feeding is making natural feeding more difficult. Here are a few suggestions to prepare yourself to breastfeed. Learn. The more information you will have, the easier it will be to take in all the breastfeeding advice ...
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New baby gifts: some ideas for twins

A customer emailed us asking for ideas to give parents who just had twins. Shopping new baby gifts is always fun, shopping for twins is doubly fun! Here are some ideas of what I would get. What about you? If you had twins, what would you have loved to received (apart from the ability to clone yourself) For bath time, baby towel ponchos would be good to keep one baby warm while mummy gets the second one out of the bath. We have a few more Green baby towel ponchos ...
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Things to do with the kids: a recycled hobby horse

It's raining, kids are bored, they seem to be bored with the mountain of toys in their bedroom, what shall we do? I regularly buy new small toys or plan activities in advance so I can turn a boring day into magical fun within minutes. Sometimes, you just have to improvise. Today, I remember that my little boy played with his friend's hobby horse a whole afternoon last time we visited them. No hobby horse around here, no way I'm trekking to the shops on a rainy to get one ...
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It’s your pregnancy, take the time to enjoy it.

Once the little blue line appears it seems that the whole world goes upside down. As a new mum, you're taken in in a whirlwind of events and emotions. Strangers and relatives alike give you advice on pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding (or not) and child-rearing. Their advice is often more driven by their own experiences than genuine interest in what YOU want. People feel the need to touch your bump. You are told to start shopping early, but not too early, there are hospital appointments to attend... In the midst of ...
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10 tips to make baby bath time fun

Children can get nervous about bath time at times. It doesn't have to be that way, bath time shouldn't be a chore for mum or a tense moment for baby. It can be a relaxing moment for everyone, full of giggle and laughter. Here are our top 10 tips to make bath time fun for babies and toddlers. Bath time is an ideal moment for fathers to bond with their children. Why not leave it up to daddy? Warm up the bathroom. Especially in winter, make sure the room feels ...
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Washing cloth nappies in 5 easy steps

People say that using cloth nappies is cumbersome and takes time. That might have been true for the generation of our grand parents but cloth nappies have come a long way since then. Over the last ten years, cloth nappies companies – most of them founded by mothers – have set out to design nappies that were washable AND easy to use. Washing cloth nappies is easy and doesn't take more than a couple of minutes. Follow our simple 5 steps to washing cloth nappies: Pop the poo in the ...
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Baby carriers make travelling so easy

If you're planning to travel with your baby or toddler, get into 'babywearing' without loosing a moment. Baby carriers make travelling so much easier. Your baby will be able to nap whenever he needs and wherever you are. He will be able to snuggle his face in your chest or on your neck, forget the rest of the world and doze off. You will also be able to breastfeed whenever you wish, even where there is no convenient place to sit down. If you are travelling by plane, focus on ...
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When nipples shields can help breastfeeding

When my son was born, I was so happy and really looked forward to being a new mum. In hospital, breastfeeding went well. The nurses would help me latch my son on to me correctly. When we arrived home, it became much harder as William couldn't latch on correctly. I became very emotional and felt like a failure because I could not get him positioned. My sister came over to help and brought some nipple shields. I found these a life saver and with these I could get my son ...
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Why I love organic baby clothing!

I had heard about the Frugi (then cut4cloth) organic baby clothing range when my baby was little. It wasn't until I visited the Natural Nursery shop that was then in Bristol that I had a chance to actually see and touch the clothes. The organic baby clothing was amazing: extremely soft to the touch, it also looked sturdy. The trousers were all lined also with soft organic cotton. I haven't seen any baby clothes as soft as the Frugi organic baby clothing. I bought a pair of trousers and some ...
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5 questions to choose reusable nappies

With so many reusable nappies to choose from, it can be difficult to decide which ones to buy for your baby. To decide which reusable nappies will suit your baby most, you need to think about how your will be using them. Answering these simple five questions will help you get started. About your baby: Are you buying the cloth nappies while you're pregnant? Are you planning to use them from birth? If not, how old is your baby? Is your baby chubby or slim? Is your child a heavy ...
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2010 Australian Breastfeeding Association Calendar is out!

Celebrating the beauty of breastfeeding, babies and family, this full colour calendar takes you through the twelve months of 2010, November/December 2009 and January/February 2011. With stunning images selected from thousands of submitted photos, the ABA calendar is an easy to use calendar featuring large squares to keep track of family events and important dates. By purchasing this calendar, you will support the Australian Breastfeeding Association ...
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Our top 10 reasons to use a baby sling

There are many reasons to use a baby sling. You can use one just to go places, or around the house. Because 'babywearing' is convenient or because NOT using a sling was just driving you mad and tying you to the house. Here are our favourite reasons for using a baby sling, what are yours? 1. You need your hands free to get things done around the house or look after older siblings. 2. Using a pram on a bus or on the tube is hard work. 3. The closeness ...
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The Ergo baby Bibs, a lovely idea for a new baby gift

Just arrived from Ergo baby, the company behind the Ergo baby carrier, are this clever baby bibs. The Natural Nursery team reviews hundreds of baby and children products to bring you only the best. Every now and then, we find a new product and think: "Wow I wish I had had one of them when my child was little!". The clever design combines a baby bib and a table mat to ensure relatively mess-free mealtimes. That's why I love giving the Ergo baby bibs as a new baby gift. New ...
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The benefits of breastfeeding, a nursing mother’s story

Sharon sent us her breastfeeding story and is happy to share it with other nursing mothers. Choosing to breastfeed my daughter was the best decision I ever made. Knowing that I am giving her exactly what she needs is most satisfying. The benefits of breastfeeding are immense, it is free, it's all natural. It is just as nature intended. The composition of breast milk changes throughout the feed and as she grows to give her exactly what she needs. If I get ill, my breast milk also contains the antibodies ...
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Ethical Christmas Shopping Guide, Day 3

This time, a lovely, long lasting stocking filler for under £1! Thread Friends Lacing Game, 97p, suitable for age 4 years and up Lacing games are a great way of developing fine motor skills and this one has the added fun of dressing and undressing a little creature. The aim of the game is to help the little wooden animal get dressed in their felt clothes and requires more concentration and dexterity than many other lacing games. Once the animal has been dressed, they can be used as part of ...
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A play kitchen is so much fun for children

Among all the bulky toys, there is one that stands out and actually gets used for hours on. It's the play kitchen. We love the idea of getting the kids interested in cooking early on. It's a way to encourage them to help in the kitchen, be aware of healthy cooking and eating habits. They learn to shop, plan and prepare balanced meals. It is something that will stay with them forever. A child imagination is boundless. Turn over a big cardboard box and use a black marker pen to ...
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Welcome the newest addition to the Natural Nursery Family: Breastfeeding Naturally

We would like to introduce the latest addition to the Natural Nursery Family, welcome to Breastfeeding Naturally. We believe that breastfeeding is natural: all you need are breasts, a baby and tremendous support. Nursing mothers sometimes need more help.  Breastfeeding Naturally offers carefully chosen products, breastfeeding information and great customer service. From breast pumps, to aids for breastfeeding problems, nursing bras and breastfeeding pillows. We also stock easy to use baby slings. If someone else needs to feed your baby and you're worried about nipple confusion, we stock feeders and ...
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Discover the secret to children playing happily for hours

Have you noticed how once the presents are opened, children often play more with the box than the actual toy? If your children are anything like ours, give them a cardboard box, some crayons and they'll entertain themselves for hours, day after day. The box starts as a boat, then becomes a bed for a tired teddy before inevitably turning into a hat! One day we received a wardrobe, not very exciting for children if it weren't for the very large boxes they come into! Shortly afterwards, armed with box ...
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Christmas Shopping Guide

 Shopping at Christmas is an exciting time but with so much choice now, it can be difficult to know where to start.  To help you out, here are some of our favourites, chosen from our range or organic and natural products.  Many are family favourites,  baby toys and gifts that have been loved by us and our friends, others have received glowing reports from our customers. You can read our full Christmas Shopping Guide on our site, but today's suggestion is a lovely gift for a new baby: Sophie the Giraffe ...
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The Ergo Baby front pouch, a clever nappy bag

This Ergo baby front pouch is a cute little nappy bag to go with your baby sling. Its versatile design allows it be be worn in many ways to adapt to the way your use your baby carrier. You can attach the front pouch to your baby sling around the waist belt. You can then wear it on the front, back or hip. The Ergo front pouch also comes with a shoulder strap so you can use it even when you're not wearing your Ergo Baby Carrier or another baby ...
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Choosing your natural baby shampoo

Your baby's skin is extremely delicate so choosing the softest natural baby shampoo is essential to make bath time fun and enjoyable. The natural baby shampoo should be gentle on the skin and on the eyes should it come into contact with them. It should not contain any soap which would dry the skin and be free from nasty chemicals including sodium lauryl sulfate or paraben. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) is the foaming agent in many body care products like shampoo, toothpaste and detergents. Many studies have now shown that ...
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New in stock the organic Ergo baby carriers, comfortable and so soft!

We absolutely love the new collection of organic Ergo baby carriers and we're sure you will too. You will find the same comfortable design and the same versatility to wear your baby carriers on your front, your back or your hip. The comfortable Ergo baby carriers are now available in 100% organic cotton material. The fabric is buttery soft and perfect for your baby's delicate skin. The 100% organic fabric are just one more reason to choose an Ergo: designed by Karin Frost they have undergone extensive testing by safety ...
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The ‘babywearing’ coat to wear over your baby sling

Wrap up warm this autumn and Winter with the Ergo baby baby carrying coat! This coat is especially designed to be worn over a baby sling. The soft grey fleece has a smooth lining so it slips over the baby sling easily. It is also reversible, you can wear it when your baby is on your front or on your back. Designed by ErgoBaby, it can be worn over any baby sling. The fabric of this coat is perfect to protect you and your baby from the rain and the ...
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Junk-free Advent calendars and Christmas stockings at Natural Nursery

It is easy to fill the children's Advent calendars and the Christmas stockings full junk, plastic toys which will discarded tomorrow, with of chocolate and sweets. I love looking for special ideas, little toys that will challenge their creativity and their skills. Toys that will give them hours of play for several months. First on my list are definitely the Hama Beads, especially now that they are on special! The Hama beads stimulate children creativity with the various designs and colourful patterns. Hama beads also helps them develop finger dexterity, ...
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Super cute! The doll & teddy baby backpack

Cute cute cute is all I would say about this doll baby backpack! Actually I will say more but cute is the first thing that comes to mind. This adorable baby backpack is actually not for babies but for dolls & teddies (it will also happily accommodate elephants, and monkeys, but not baby brothers...). It is made to the same high quality standard as the Ergo baby carrier and is even easier to use. You can slip teddy in its little pocket inside to keep it comfy and secure. This ...
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celebrate the launch of a new Site: Breastfeeding Naturally & win £100 gift voucher

Help other mums breastfeed their babies and win a £100 gift voucher! We all take comfort in support from mums around us and knowing that other women have been there before us can make a big difference. Tell us your breastfeeding story and share it with other mums. If you can, send us a photo as well. We look forward to sharing your experiences. Whether you found it easy or struggled, whether you stayed at home or went back to work and continued breastfeeding, whether you had support from your ...
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Natalia: gentle organic products for your baby

A baby's skin is so delicate, it is important to use only the most gentle, organic products. To give you a chance to discover these beautifully hand crafted organic products, we are pleased to offer you 10% off the Natalia range of natural skin care organic products for pregnancy, labour and new babies. I like supporting UK business and the fact that Natalia organic products are handmade in Devon is a plus. Natalia only choose the highest quality organic and wild crafted ingredients to make their wonderful pregnancy, new baby ...
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Protecting your Ergo baby back carrier with the sucking pads

If you use a baby wrap or a ring sling, popping them in the washing machine with your regular laundry is easy. Your baby back carrier or an Asian baby carrier will last longer if you spot clean it and wash it only sporadically. Hand wash you baby sling or use the washing machine on a very gentle cycle according to the manufacturer's instructions. To protect your Ergo baby back carrier when baby is dribbling or teething, Ergo has designed these very clever sucking pads. The soft pads velcro around ...
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It’s getting cold out there! keep the kids warm

It's getting really cold out there! Wrap your little one - or not so little one actually - in this lovely 100% organic cotton fleece scarf. Available in pink or green, it is incredibly soft and warm. Now 50% off at £3.49 Also available in the 50% sale are organic wool gloves by Disana reduced to £4.49 (3-5y) as well as the organic merino wool baby jacket . I'm a big fan of the waterproof dungarees (18-24m), so you can head out to the park by any weather (not necessarily ...
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Another baby sling reduced to £19.99!

The amazing sale continues at Natural Nursery. The Baby Sense Ring Sling is reduced to £19.99 This baby sling has been designed to encourage parents to carry their babies in the optimal position. The baby sling’s soft fabric cocoons the new baby in a foetal position, which supports the neck well – essential for the newborn. Curled up snugly and close to the parent the baby is calmed in a familiar womb-like environment ...
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Our top tips for a green Christmas

Let's try to be a bit more gentle on the planet this Christmas. We have collected some ideas for a greener Christmas (in no particular order!) and would love to hear from you, what would you do? Have a massive clear out:  You can sell (if you have time) or donate to charity or to someone else. Become a member of your local free share group (it's free) to offer the items you no longer need. Items usually get picked up quickly. Recently we've given away a broken computer, a ...
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Not just organic baby bedding, an heirloom

If you are looking for a new baby present, this traditional receiving blanket is a gorgeous gift. Disana organic baby bedding is as light as a feather and made of the most sumptuous organic merino wool. Pure wool helps regulate your baby's temperature. You can imagine resting with your newborn baby snuggled up against your chest or breastfeeding peacefully, with the organic wool blanket wrapped over you both. If you drop off your baby at her childminder or nursery, you could wrap the blanket around you in the evening and ...
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Hours of play guaranteed with this lovely wooden toy collection

First up in our pick of Favourite Ethical Gifts for Christmas is this lovely wooden toy collection of children jigsaws. Your child will be attracted to the cheerful colours and the friendly animal shapes of the Lanka Kade jigsaws. I particularly like the fact that they're not 'just' a rectangle flat board. The 3-D puzzles are more challenging than traditional jigsaws. You can either use the letters to guide the child or do it back to front with the letters hidden. You can use the letters as building blocks to ...
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Making healthy eating fun

When our children are little, it is often a good time to become more aware of the way we eat. The benefits of a healthy diet while pregnant or breastfeeding are well know. When baby is ready to try on solids, establishing good eating habits is essential. Healthy eating isn't about boring steamed vegetables, it's about making good food fun and enjoyable. Part of our responsibilities as parents is to develop our children's taste buds to make them adventurous foodies, ready to try new flavours and new textures, make them ...
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New to Natural Nursery, the Napsack baby carrier

The Napsack baby carrier has just arrived at Natural Nursery. You will find an exhaustive description on the website and here is a review of the Napsack baby carrier by Anne, a mum of two. Before I say anything else, I have to confess that I'm a big fan of baby wraps, especially for young babies. I owned other types of baby slings but never really got around to using them. After my second child was born, a lovely mum kindly gave me a Napsack baby carrier. My immediate reaction ...
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Christmas in October? Really? That early?

I used to rant against seeing all the Christmas things in the shop from early September. I didn't see the point: Christmas was end of December, why wouldn't I wait until the beginning of December to start shopping? Well, fast forward 5 years, 2 children and 2 jobs later... Now I see the point! I start thinking about the winter holidays as kids go back to school. Not worrying about it, just thinking. I try to imagine what would please the people I love. Starting early means I have time ...
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Half price baby slings

You will soon be able to find a whole new range of baby slings at Natural Nursery: ring sling, soft structured carrier, mei tai, wraps, babywearing accessories... We will have everything you need to carry your baby comfortably. On special offer today are the Baba ring baby slings. At only £19.99, the Baba baby slings are a good introduction to 'babywearing'. You can choose red, navy, black or natural. These hammock style baby slings allow you to carry your baby in 7 different positions and is suitable from birth up ...
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Choosing an infant carrier

With so many options out there, it can be difficult to choose an infant carrier. You will find lots of articles to help you in this blog. Comfort. Does it feel good to you? Fit for your baby. Does it seem to suit your baby well? Fit for you. Does it fit your size and body type? Can you carry the baby without strain? Safety. Will the baby be secure and well supported? Features. Does it meet your needs? Usability. Can you easily get your baby in and out of ...
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The Ergo baby carrier raincover: a clever design to keep baby dry

Autumn is just around the corner and you might wonder how you will protect your baby from the weather when you carry him. Keeping baby warm and dry in winter will be a concern. While they are little, it is easy to zip your coat over them or use a showerproof baby sling. Once your baby grows, the Ergo baby carrier raincover proves extremely useful. Its clever design allows it to fit over most baby slings. If you are using the cover with an Ergo baby carrier, you can snap ...
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Reusable nappies are now just as easy as a disposable nappies!

For a long time, all-in-one reusable nappies weren't a convenient option: they were bulky, awkward to use and would take forever to dry. Years of product development - Yes can you believe it, there is such a thing as research in reusable nappies! We've moved a long way from my little brother's plastic wraps and that's thanks to the people in the real nappy business working hard to make our life easier and our babies' bottoms more comfortable. Years of research have led to the development of new material, like ...
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Choosing real nappies for your baby

When it comes to reusable nappies (and pretty much every subject since you became a parent!), everyone will try to convince you that their favourite system is THE best nappy system. I don't believe that there is One best nappy system. The best one for you is the one that suits you (and your child, obviously). Everyone has different criteria: ease of use, drying time, birth to potty or sized, fastening system, choice of fabric, baby shape, size, price, resale value and let's not forget the all-important poo containment issue ...
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Tips to use a baby sling for the first time

Like many things about parenting,using a baby sling for the first time can be a bit intimidating. Follow these simple recommendations and soon you will be on your 'babywearing' way! It sounds of obvious but this is the place to start: read the instruction manual or watch the DVD carefully. If you don't have one, contact the manufacturer or research on line for babywearing videos for your type of baby sling. The baby carrier manufacturer will usually recommend one carry to start with, just stick to that until you're comfortable ...
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Mothering the mother, the doula support during childbirth

What is a doula? Most people will answer that question with a blank stare. Some may reply with the misconception that a doula is some sort of newfangled birth guru, a trendy accessory for yummy mummies with too much time and money on their hands. In reality, the role performed by a doula is as old as the term itself (doula is an ancient Greek word meaning womanservant). A doula is a woman -- usually a mother herself -- who offers consistent emotional and practical support to a woman and ...
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Support The Mother magazine

I discovered The Mother magazine after my little girl was born and read it cover to cover without stopping. I was amazed by the thought-provoking views on pregnancy, birthing, breastfeeding, education, home-education, vaccination... In a world where so many things make us doubt our skills as mothers and parents, where we are supposed to listen to so-called experts, supported by studies which often contradict each other, The Mother magazine brings a refreshing view: trust your instinct as a woman, as a mother, as a parent... Trust that we can follow ...
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International Babywearing Week Sept 21-28th 2009

baby slings video September 21st to 28th is the 2nd edition of  International Baby Week. It's the time to celebrate the joy of carrying our children. Whether it's a small baby or an active toddler, children thrive when held close to their parents. These special moments help them build the self-confidence to venture out when the time is right for them. Perched on your back or snuggled up against your chest, they have discovered the world from your height, making it a much less intimidating place when they are are ...
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Organic Food Festival

Although we are not exhibiting ourselves this year, we do highly recommend a trip to Bristol this coming week for the Organic Food Festival.  Part of the Soil Association's Organic Fortnight, it is a great day out, with entertainment, cooking demos, lots of lovely food plus all sorts of other organic goodies such as textiles and toiletries. From the Soil Association website: The Organic Food Festival is Europe’s largest showcase of all things organic. Now in its ninth successful year, the Festival demonstrates the growth of the organic movement and ...
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Simple Sling at Reduced Price

The lovely Anne at Calin Bleu slings has asked us to let you know that she has a special offer on the simple baby slings. With 25% off, this brings the price down to £29.50 and the slings are available in chocolate, red and blue. Find out more ...
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Huge Clearance Sale Now Started

We have lots of new stock arriving soon (gearing up for Christmas even though we are still in the middle of the summer holidays) so we are adding more to our summer sale. This would be a great chance to stock up on new baby or birthday pressies for the next few months, or to put away for Christmas. SHOO SHOO LEATHER BABY SHOES, reduced to half price. Boys and girls styles but only a few left in each size. These are fabby shoes and they are the ones that ...
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Organic Cotton Taggie Baby Toys

We have just taken delivery of our first parcel of the new organic range from Taggies, and my are they lovely! Made with the same care and attention to detail as the classic Taggies, these organic ones are so soft and yummy. The organic Taggine Blankies are 30cm square and come in a range of 4 patterns, all in soft earth-tones and all featuring 20 tags around the side, made from organic cotton and pure silk. They are beautifully packaged on a very eco-looking card, tied with a cream coloured ...
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Help for Breastfeeding Mothers with Flat Nipples

Breastfeeding is the best start in life for your baby but sometimes it can be hard to achieve a good latch if you are suffering from flat nipples or engorged breasts. Both these are temporary conditions but can prevent you from breastfeeding comfortably. Luckily, Lansinoh have launched the LatchAssist to help.  The LatchAssist gently draws out the nipple, allowing your baby to correctly postion the nipple in their mouth, helping to create a good latch. The LatchAssist has received very positive feedback from midwives and costs £7.95 from The Natural ...
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Why Use Nipple Shields When Breastfeeding?

Luckily, most mothers don't need to use nipple shields as they and their baby take to breastfeeding naturally. For some mothers, however, nipple shields are a vital, if temporary, item to help them establish successful breastfeeding. Nipple shields are used for protection if the nipple becomes sore or cracked.  They slip on over the nipple and the baby sucks through them.  As there is no direct contact between the nipple and the baby's mouth, this can be less painful for the mother. It is most important to realise that sore ...
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Boobie Cartoons

I have only just come across the amazing Kate Evans - why didn't someone tell me about her work sooner? She has just published a new book call The Food of Love, featuring cartoons on the subjects of breastfeeding, co-sleeping and The Mama Sutra - weird and wonderful breastfeeding positions. This book will make a wonderful gift for new mothers and will entertain partners and friends too.  You can see previews of the book on Kate's website at http://www.thefoodoflove.org/index.htm ...
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Mitty James Organic Beach Robes

Now in stock at The Natural Nursery are the fantastic organic cotton beach robes from Mitty James. New this year, the organic cotton robes and rompers have been made from soft, hardwearing organic cotton to strict fair trade standards. The rompers feature nickel-free poppers to the crotch for easy dressing and undressing (and nappy changes) and fit from 3-6m to 2-3y.  The long hooded tops/beach robes fit from 18-24m to 6-7y. Beach robes are a great way to get children dry on the beach and keep them warm if the ...
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Sale now on at The Natural Nursery

We have started our summer sale a little early this year - we thought, what the heck, nearly the holidays, the dog is eating the strawberries and the sun is shining so we decided to spread a little of our happiness. We have reduced the price of lots of yummy Frugi organic cotton clothes, cloth nappies and fairtrade accessories. Please note, we are very low on stock on some sizes and most of these have now been sold out by the manufacturer, so we won't be able to restock. Plus, ...
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Pesticides in the Countryside

Georgina Downs suffered from many years of unexplained illnesses after her parents moved their young family to a new and healthy live in the countryside. After becoming so ill that she was hospitalised, Georgina began investigating what her local farmers were spraying in the fields next to her house and discovered that there are potentially lethal gaps in the legislation that is supposed to protect those living in rural areas. You can find out more about her campaign and ways you can help on her website - http://pesticidescampaign.co.uk/ ...
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Grow Your Own Veggies on Someone Else’s Land

Not as mad as it sounds - check out http://landshare.channel4.com/. Over 38000 people have already signed up to this innovative scheme putting land owners in touch with those who want to grow their own food but don't have the space. It works a bit like a dating site - you post up your listing- whether it is some underused land available or a family looking for space to grow organic vegetables, others reply and you get chatting to see if you can meet each others needs. There is also an ...
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Team Green Britain Day 10th July

We are delighted to have been asked to particiapate in the Team Green launch in Exeter this month.  Held at Northern Hay Gardens, the all day event will promote green and sustainable living in Devon. Team Green is all about showing the world in 2012 just how green we are as a country.  The idea is to show that Britain was genuinely leading the world in the race against climate change? This will only be possible if we ALL start making changes NOW - lots of little changes now will make ...
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Book of Green – eco living directory

We have just received our first delivery of this brand new directory and my, are we blown away with it. It truely is jam packed full of eco tips and places to source all your green living essentials. It is laid out in really lovely sections, so it is easy to find what you need and I have to say that I am amazed by the sheer number of ethical and sustainable companies that there are now. Of course, we are featured in the Green Child section, as we do sell ...
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Exeter Steiner School Cookbook Now Available

At long last, the fabby Exeter Steiner School Cook Book has now been published.  Packed full of inspiring seasonal recipes, this book is a true celebration of food, family life and a friendly lifestyle! You can buy your cookbook direct from the Exeter Steiner School itself or from our website.  Please note that all proceeds from the sale of the cook book will go direct to the school ...
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Ergo Baby Sport v Ergo Baby New Gen II – What are the differences?

We get lots of calls asking what is so different about the Ergo Sport so I thought it would be a good idea to put some of the differences down on paper: General Features and Benefits The Ergo Sport is designed for fathers and male carriers - it still has all the features and functions of the Ergo New Generation II but is cut slightly larger to accommodate a male frame and looks more rugged. Fabric The Sport is made from a 35% cotton/65% polyester blend designed to have a ...
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Burts Bees

We have just taken delivery of our first set of boxes from Burt's Bees and boy does the stock room smell nice! I have been using the Buttermilk Lotion on myself for quite a while now (for purely work reasons of course) and it goes on so quickly and just melts into the skin.  My daughter loves the smell too - not too strong for delicate little ones and so much nicer than the mainstream babylotions. These are sure to be big sellers ...
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Green Parent Magazine

So thrilled, we have been featured in Green Parent Magazine as one of their eco-source companies.  Not the most flattering of photos of me (but then I always hate them) and it was exciting to do the interview. This is one of my fav parenting magazines and it does have some really great articles.   ...
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Father’s Day Pressie?

How about an Ergo Sport baby carrier for the Daddy who has everything?  The Ergo is the carrier that I used with my daughter - I don't drive so I carried her until she was 4 1/2 years old - it is truly great. The Ergo Sport has been redesigned with daddy in mind - it looks more urban, has longer straps and a sleeker fabric. And to make it even better, we have just reduced the price and you get FREE delivery plus a free gift too. All in ...
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Handmade nursery items

We have been busy listing more stock and some of my current favs are the beautiful handmade nursery items from Powell Craft. They are hand made in India to strict ethical standards and the company have been helping the Street Children for many many years with their projects. My daughter just loves her knitted cat and she has been desperate for a friend to have a birthday so that she can give one of these toy bags as a pressie.   ...
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Bristol Vegan Fayre

May 30th and 31st 2009 The 7th annual Bristol Vegan Fayre is to be held in the Amphitheatre and Waterfront Square in Bristol! Find out more - http://bristol.veganfayre.co.uk/ ...
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Getting Back to Nature

If growing your own organic vegetables isn't enough, they why not have a look at the shortbreaks and day events at the wonderful Embercombe Farm. We have visited with Exeter Steiner School and enjoyed the amazing welcome from all. The huge range of activities include: Eat Your View! Cook food from the garden, eat round the fire, talk with a farmer and leave understanding more about where your food comes from and why it matters. For adults, children, groups. Afternoons and evenings £6 adult £3 child. Embercombe Country Fair - ...
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When Breastfeeders Attack

One the funniest things that Ihave read in ages...... Definately worth a read http://www.facebook.com/ext/share.php?sid=76332127980&h=LTNzw&u=mbPp8     ...
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Exeter Eco-Fayre

Had a lovely morning yesterday, manning the Exeter Steiner School stall at the Exeter Eco-Fayre.  This is the first time I have been to the Eco-fayre and was pleased to see how many people came.  There was a lovely atmosphere, helped along by the band outside.  I met lots of interesting people, including Robin Currie of Barchester Green Investment who has promised to brave my financials, sort out pensions and like, all using ethical investments. The fabby Book Cycle people were there and I bought some new books - a ...
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Breastfeeding ‘protects mother’

from the BBC website: Women who breastfeed their babies may be lowering their own risk of a heart attack, heart disease or stroke, research suggests. A US study found women who breastfed for more than a year were 10% less likely to develop the conditions than those who never breastfed. Even breastfeeding for at least a month may cut the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. The research features in the journal Obstetrics and Gynaecology. You can read the full story on the BBC website ...
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Grow your own organic vegetables

For the last two seasons we have been having a little help with our organic allotment in the shape of an instant organic garden from Rocket Gardens. A Rocket Garden is a box jam-packed with organic baby plants packed in golden straw ready to be planted out in your garden, terrace or window sill. Each garden full of plants chosen with care - from the organic children's garden specially selected to appeal to children to the patio garden of plants suitable for families that don't have space for a vegetable ...
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Exeter Steiner School Events

Our school has a number of events coming up in the next few weeks: Saturday May 9th Coffee morning St. Stephen’s Church, High Street, Exeter, 10 – 12.30 ************************** Saturday May 16th – May Fayre 11-4pm Maypole dancing, stalls, children’s activities, organic cafe If you would like more details, do look at the Exeter Steiner School website ...
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One Million Campaign – World Breastfeeding

Thousands of babies fell seriously ill in China because the milk they drank was contaminated with melamine. Some even died. These babies were not breastfed because baby milk companies convinced parents that their products were better than breastmilk women lacked adequate support to breastfeed their babies at the work place women lacked correct information about infant feeding You can find out more and join the campaign to support women breastfeeding by visiting:  http://www.onemillioncampaign.org/en/Details_Petitions.aspx  You can buy breastfeeding supplies, including breastpumps, nipple shields, breastmilk storage bags and nipple creams from Lansinoh ...
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25% off Childrens’ Books

We have simply LOADS of new stock on the way so I need to make some space so this week only we are offering a massive 25% off all books on the site. You can see our range of childrens books on our site. The range is broken down into baby books, toddler books and books for children to make browsing easier for you. The code you need is "books" - simply pop it into the space during checkout and you will receive a massive 25% off the books! Any ...
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Fairtrade Sales beat £700m mark

A report published last month to coincide with Fairtrade Fortnight shows that sales of Fairtrade products rose by 43% in 2008 to reach the £700 mark. This is fantastic news and shows just how important the ethical market has become to UK consumers. You can find out more about the Fairtrade Mark at their website - http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/ ...
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National Veggie Week

National Veggie week is happening 18-24 May this year and the Vegetarian Society are offering community groups, schools and clubs a whole range of free tools including posters, booklets and banners. If you would like to take part, visit their site ...
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New Calin Bleu Slings in stock

We have just taken delivery of the fantastic new colours for this season from Calin Bleu baby slings. The Baby wraps are also extremely versatile: you can use the same baby sling as a front carrier, to pop baby on your hip, or as a baby carrier backpack. The same baby sling fits tall and small parents too, allowing parents of different sizes to use the same baby wrap. The classic colours will suit both mums and dads. New for this season are slings in Tempting Green, Amazing Amber and ...
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Glass Baby Bottles

Many parents have been horrified by the news that the UK has failed to follow in the footsteps of the US by banning the use of Bisphenol-A in baby bottles. As many as 130 studies have been conducted in recent years, linking even low levels of Bisphenol-A (also known as BPA, to serious health problems. Concerned parents can by safe baby glass bottles from our store - they have been one of our best-selling products for many months. Using glass bottles does not replace breastfeeding but can be appropriate in ...
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Free Green Market

You can find us on Free Green Market. A green shopping network that allows you to search through hundreds of organic, eco friendly and fairtrade products from a range of retailers. You can also get advice and information on green travel, green baby, green home, and many other eco friendly topics ...
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Packaging

Here at The Natural Nursery we try lots of little ways to be eco-friendly - they all add up in the end. One of these ways is to keep a very close eye on our packaging and the way we send parcels out to our customers. We appreciate that you want your goods to arrive in a beautiful condition (we want that too) but on the other hand, you don't want vast quantities of packaging to clog up your bin and then your local land fill site. That is why ...
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Noonoo Natural Baby Toys

Many newborn babies quickly become attached to a favourite toy or blankie - it can sooth them when they are fractious and help the slip gently into sleep.  As they become older, the comforter becomes a treasured companion, some thing to help them feel safe in their ever expanding world, a favoured plaything and a learning resource. Making a beautiful, natural first blankie available to a young baby can help them in so many ways and the benefits of natural fibers are many. A natural material will soon absorb comforting ...
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The Eco Chic Wedding & Home Show

The UK’s very first Eco Chic Wedding & Home will take place on Sunday 8th of March 2009 in the heart of England. Set amid the breathtaking splendour of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens in leafy Edgbaston, this exclusive wedding and home event will bring together the very best the UK has to offer in green & ethical weddings and living. http://www.ecochicweddingandhomeshow.co.uk/ ...
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Fairtrade Fortnight

Two billion people – a third of humanity – still survive on less than $2 a day. Unfair trade rules keep them in poverty, but they face the global challenges of food shortages and climate change too. Fairtrade is a people’s movement for change that aims to tip the balance of trade in favour of poor producers. We all need Fairtrade more than ever and we all have the power to create positive change for people and planet. Make it happen. Choose Fairtrade. Take part in Fairtrade Fortnight 2009 and ...
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Breastfeeding Boosts IQ of Newborns

Children who are breastfed exclusively for the first three months of life score higher on IQ tests at the age of six than other children, according to a study conducted by researchers from McGill University in Canada and published in the Archives of General Psychiatry. "Long-term, exclusive breastfeeding appears to improve children's cognitive development," lead researcher Michael Kramer said. From naturalnews.com ...
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Coffee Morning, Exeter Steiner School, Sat 14th Feb

Time - 10.30 - 12.30, 14th Feb Place - St Stephens Church, High Street, Exeter Come and join us for a cup of coffee, home made cakes and Valentine's crafts http://www.exetersteinerschool.com/events.html ...
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Trees Have Rights Too

The Trees Have Rights Too campaign was introduced to the United Nations by Polly Higgins, on 6th November at the United Nations Climate Change Conference, in a bid to encourage this uniquely placed organisation to put in place the necessary steps to achieving this Universal Declaration. Find out more at http://www.treeshaverightstoo.com/ or join the facebook group - http://www.facebook.com/reqs.phpfriend#/group.php?gid=37447704639&ref=mf ...
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Veg Box Schemes

A great way to source local, fair trade and organic fruit and veg - the easy way to eat healthy, organic, natural, chemical free foods. A great list of local schemes can be found at Allthingseco - http://www.allthingseco.co.uk/directoryresults.php?category_id=54 ...
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Breastfeeding Reduces Rheumatoid Arthritis Risk of Moms

Women can cut their risk of rheumatoid arthritis by 50 percent simply by breastfeeding for a year or longer, according to a study conducted by researchers from Malmo University Hospital in Sweden, and published in the "Annals of Rheumatic Diseases." Scientists have wondered whether breastfeeding might affect the risk of rheumatoid arthritis, because it stimulates the production of two hormones that may have some connection to the disease. While it raises levels of oxytocin - which has been linked with lowered blood pressure and stress hormone levels and general well-being ...
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Top 15 quick and easy green tips

Biggreenswitch have these great tips to get you started on your green new year: Don't leave appliances on standby Only boil as much water as you need Switch off lights when a room is not in use Switch appliances with power packs or adapters off at the plug Foil-back your radiators to reflect heat back into room Recycle your household waste Kill your car engine when you're not moving Put on a jumper rather than just turning up the thermostat Switch to low-energy lightbulbs Dry your clothes outdoors when you ...
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Breastfeeding Info

If you are looking for breastfeeding news, updates and support, you may find these sites useful: http://www.lactivist.net/ http://www.breastfeeding.nhs.uk/ http://www.breastfeeding.co.uk/ ...
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Bristol Fundraising Event 7th Feb

On Sat. 7th Feb. there's going to be an all day event to raise money for refugees from war-torn countries( eg. at the moment, Gaza). People get sponsored, or if they prefer make a donation to go along to Christchurch at the top of Broad Street (the Church with the quarter-jack clock) and either play something on their instrument, sing, create some art or write a poem ! - It doesn't matter if you are a complete beginner in one of these fields, or have been doing it for years ...
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South Devon Steiner School Winter Festival, 30th – 31st Jan

This festival invites you to experience and explore the power of story, with performances for the under fives, shows for young children and their families; The Zone for teenagers; tales, talks and discussions for the older (but young at heart) members of the community and storytelling for everyone. Woven into the festival are crafts, activities; rituals, demonstrations, meditations, food, music, dance, performance – engagement for hearts, hand and heads! To reawaken our spirit of wonder, to recharge us with the strength of ancient wisdom and to renew in us a ...
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Exeter Steiner School Open Day

7th Feb, 10am-1pm Come along and find out why education should be a journey, not a race. http://www.exetersteinerschool.com/events.html ...
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Exeter Steiner School Jumble Sale, Sat 31st Jan

This Saturday, 31st January at 80 Merrivale Road, St Thomas (off Buddle Lane). Time: 10am to 1pm. Come and join us and find a bargain and a cup of tea too. http://www.exetersteinerschool.com/ ...
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Stop Nappy Rash!

Use washable nappies! The Amerian Medical Association has published a research paper showing that the incidence of nappy rash in babies is significantly reduced in babies wearing cloth nappies. The research shows that 54% of babies in reusable nappies are afflicted by nappy rash but only 18% of babies in cloth suffer. Another good reason to make the switch to cloth nappies ...
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Exeter Steiner School Advent Fayre

A delightful day of gentle activities including an Angel Garden, puppet shows and craft activities for children together with stalls selling a range of handmade, fair trade and local gift ideas for Christmas presents. There will also be a cafe selling a range of organic food, cakes and tea & coffee. Saturday 29th November, 2008.  See the Exeter Steiner School website for more details ...
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Reusable Shopping Bags

Reusable bags make great Christmas presents - something that people REALLY want and they last forever. We have added to our range of bags, and now you can find a full range of bags for shopping, trips to the farmers' market, swimming, ballet lessons, carrying books around, as nappy change bags and just generally transporting your stuff. Shop for reusable bags here ...
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Hand-in-Hand

We will donate 10% of your order value to help hand in hand breastfeeding support As a member of a fundrasing group for a small school, I know just how hard fundraising can be so I am delighted to be able to help the Hand in Hand Breastfeeding Group. Every time we receive an order with the word "hand" added as part of the customer's first name, we will donate 10% of the value of that order to the Hand in Hand Breastfeeding Support. Periodically, we will update this page ...
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Craft Blog

I do love a good nosey around other people's blogs and I just love this one - http://incywincytogs.blogspot.com/ Incywincy is the highly talented fabric artist/textile designer who made our beautiful new banner (you can see some pictures of it on the blog) and she makes the most amazing fabric covered buttons and peg doll kits - we have had hours of fun with the dolls we made. The blog showcases some beautiful crafts and always sends me off to the fabric cupboard ...
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Help Support Steiner Education

We are delighted to announce the start of our new programme to help support Steiner Education in the UK - we will donate 10% of the value of all qualifying orders to the Exeter Steiner School.  To find out more, see http://www.naturalnurseryblog.co.uk/steiner/. If you are involved in fundraising for a school, toddler group, breastfeeding group or the like, contact us to see how we can help  you raise funds too ...
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Steiner

We will donate 10% of your order value to help a Steiner School As a member of the Exeter Steiner School, I know how hard fundraising can be and we are delighted to be able to help support Steiner education in the UK. Every time we receive an order with the word "Steiner" added as part of the customer's first name, we will donate 10% of the value of that order to the Exeter Steiner School. Periodically, we will update this page with details of the donations made. You are welcome ...
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Baby Sling from Baby Sense

New in stock is the the Baby Sense Sling, which has been designed to encourage parents to carry their babies in the optimal position. The Sling’s soft fabric cocoons the new baby in a foetal position, which supports the neck well – essential for the newborn. Curled up snugly and close to the parent the baby is calmed in a familiar womb-like environment. The sling is available in the pretty trail fabric shown and in blue gingham too, and costs £34.99. Also avaiable from Baby Sense are the practical and ...
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Bonding With Baby

by Arabella Greatorex Most parents bond instantly with their babies, an intense feeling that makes you want to hold and love and protect them.  For some parents, this can take a little longer, especially if there has been a difficult pregnancy or labour.   Research indicates that babies who develop fulfilling relationships with their parents tend to grow into secure, well-adjusted adults and even perform better at school.   Bonding is a natural process but there are many ways to help out, especially if you provide focused, responsive care in ...
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My sustainable house interactive game

If you live in Glasgow or the area, I highly recommend visiting The Lighthouse. There is something interesting for everyone in the family. After visiting the Haptic Exhibition and taking part in the children workshop linked with it, we stopped by the Sustainable Den, a cute little project demonstrating a range of sustainable building materials from energy saving insulation and renewable energy systems to ‘green’ products, and new ways of living. My Sust House is an on-line interactive game, there's one game for the environment and one game for buildings ...
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Organic Baby Sleepgowns

Sleepgowns are one of my absolute essentials for new born babies.  Not only do they look so sweet, they are so very practical too. The sleepgown is like a nightie really, suitable for boys and girls, and will have a wide neck opening so it is easy to slip on over the baby's head, long sleeves and a very long body with elastic at the bottom, a bit like a bag. This means there are no fiddly poppers to mess around with in the middle of the night when you ...
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Fair trade stocking fillers

Yes, we know it is early, but we have started to list our Christmas stock for those of you who like to spread the load. So far we have added some lovely wooden, ethically traded stocking fillers.  Prices start at under 50p and many would make lovely pressies for inside handmade Christmas crackers too. I love these memo clips - fantastic for holding special pictures or notes, they are made from sustainable wood and cost 85p each. Christmas Stocking Fillers ...
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Organic Cotton Terry Squares now in stock

After not being available for a while, we are delighted to say that we now have these lovely, soft, organic cotton terry squares listed on the site again. They come in packs of 6, in three sizes so you will always get a good fit.  Prices start at £13.95 for 6 nappies. Organic terry nappies ...
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Exeter Steiner School Open Day

Our lovely Steiner School is having an open day on 6th November, 10 am to 1pm, and this is a great chance for people to find out more about Steiner Education. For those who don't know, Steiner education is a very child centred method of education and has many close links with attachement parenting. You will find that many parents co-sleep, use slings, choose to breastfeed etc. The school has a lovely parent and toddler group, with a great emphasis on supporting parents as well as providing a wonderful place ...
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Bando Bump Band

New stocks of these bestselling pregnancy bands have arrived, so we have put them back up on the site.  We get great feed back about these and lots of new mothers like them too - they are ideal for breastfeeding mothers to wear so that they don't show off more post baby tummy than they wanted to. Bando pregnancy / bump band ...
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Five 2 Minute Tips to Raise a Confident Child

As a parent, there are many gifts that you will give your child – a great education, a healthy lifestyle and all the material things money can buy. But all of these pale in comparison to the gift of self esteem. None of the above mean a lot if a child grows up not feeling “very good about himself,” or not having confidence in his abilities to accomplish much. The benefits of fostering self esteem and confidence in kids are virtually limitless. Confident kids tend to be more creative than ...
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Bio dynamic Baby Skin Care

Bio dynamics is a holistic approach to life, including skin care.  It is based upon the belief that that people can only truly be well if they cherish the emotional and spiritual sides of their nature, as well as the physical.   It goes beyond the organic movement in that bio dynamic prodcuts contain natural ingredients, grown and produced to the higest standards, without the use of chemicals, pesticides etc.   The bio dynamic movement is based on the teachings of Rudolf Steiner, who believed that all elements of farming, ...
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Newborn Babies and Sleep By Elizabeth Pantley, author of The No-Cry Sleep Solution

Congratulations on the birth of your new baby. This is a glorious time in your life – and a sleepless time too. Newborns have very different sleep needs than older babies. This article will help you understand your baby’s developing sleep patterns, and will help you have reasonable expectations for sleep. Read, Learn, and Beware of Bad Advice Absolutely everyone has an opinion about how you should handle sleep issues with your new baby. The danger to a new parent is that these tidbits of misguided advice (no matter how ...
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A world of baby slings

Your little one is on the way, or already born and you would like to regain the use of your two hands! So you've have decided to buy a sling to carry your baby. The question is what type of sling will you choose? What are the differences? How do you find the one that's right for you? Wraparound slings Wraps are probably the most versatile of all the slings.  They are also called “Simple Piece of Cloth” as they are basically a piece of fabric, tied around your body ...
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What I wish I’d known when I was pregnant

Here are some answers to questions I get asked by pregnant friends on a regular basis - they are based on my experiences though, and may be glaringly obvious to some people, but they were not to me! Please feel free to add to this list of useful tips in the comments section. Clothes Come in sizes according to weight and don’t last very long at all in the beginning. You will need a slightly larger size if you use real nappies. Some babygros have integral gloves that fold back ...
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Breastmilk and Growth Spurts

One of the most common worries for a breastfeeding mum is her milk supply. Here are some reassuring words and helpful tips to help you carry on breastfeeding through a growth spurt. First of all - DON'T PANIC! One of the things that can slow down milk is stress, so try to relax as much as possible - easy to say I know but it is important. If your baby is nursing more than usual and you are worried that they are not getting enough milk they might be going ...
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Summer Sale

Summer holidays are nearly here and to celebrate we are offering huge discounts off this season’s must have organic cotton range from Frugi. Massive discounts are also to be had on Lion in the Sun UV protective clothing plus Tots Bots nappies. http://www.naturalnursery.co.uk/sale-33-c.asp ...
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July Competition

Join our newsletter list to be in with a chance of winning this month's prize – a fantastic wrap sling from Calin Bleu. The winner will be announced in the following month's newsletter, so don't forget to read it and claim your prize. The competition will be able to choose their own colour and size from the range of Calin Bleu slings that we have in stock and have it delivered straight to their home. Calin Bleu wrap slings are ideal for carrying your baby in the summer months – allowing ...
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How Easy are Cloth Nappies to Use?

The short answer, is very.  The more useful response is to answer some common questions about real nappies. What do I do at change time? If the nappy is simply wet, all you need to do is take it off, throw the liner away (if disposable) and put the nappy and reusable liner in your nappy bucket instead of in the bin.  If the nappy is dirty, the poo can be flushed away down the loo (far more hygienic than putting it in the bin) and the nappy put in ...
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Why Use Cloth Nappies

For your baby's sake Health: disposable nappies contain up to 200 chemicals and it is still not known just how many of them will be absorbed through a baby's delicate skin.   Skin conditions: many parents find that their baby's skin condition such as eczema or nappy rash is relieved by using organic cloth nappies as they allow more air to circulate than disposable nappies. Specially soft and untreated silk nappy liners are available to help delicate skin recover. Comfort: many parents claim that cloth nappies are more comfortable to ...
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So much to say

and I don't know where to start. As some of you already know, we have just launched our brand new site. We have a lovely new logo and the new site means it is easier for you to browse and shop. New products are being uploaded every day but some of my favourites include: Glass feeding bottles - no nasty chemicals and ideal for feeding ebm. Organic baby toiletries - from Earth Friendly Baby, one of E's favourites. Taggies comfort blankets and rattles, in lovely soft fabrics they make ideal ...
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Suck On This – Ecologist Article

The human species has been breastfeeding for nearly half a million years. It’s only in the last 60 years that we have begun to give babies the highly processed convenience food called ‘formula’. The health consequences - twice the risk of dying in the fi rst six weeks of life, five times the risk of gastroenteritis, twice the risk of developing eczema and diabetes and up to eight times the risk of developing lymphatic cancer – are staggering. With UK formula manufacturers spending around £20 per baby promoting this ‘baby ...
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Breastfeeding Manifesto

The Breastfeeding Manifesto was produced in 2006 in consultation with over twenty UK organisations working to improve awareness of the health benefits of breastfeeding and its role in reducing health inequalities.This Manifesto has been launched for the following reasons: Several key organisations, including breastfeeding charities and professional bodies, were lobbying government for neccessary changes in policy and approach with regards to brestfeeding in the UK, but there was no cohesive message, no unified call to the UK Government for action. Despite signficant amounts of lobbying, the Department of Health still ...
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Christmas Stocking Fillers

We are getting much busier in the shop now and the mailorder has really taken off earlier this year.  I think so many people experienced problems with internet and mailorder purchases last year that they have decided to order early this year. All the better for us as it does mean that our workload is more evenly spread, we make less mistakes and (hopefully) end up with happier customers. Anyway, we have had lots of new stock in as ever, with the fantastic mouse wheelybugs just arrived, lots of ethically ...
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Mothers urged to sleep close to baby to encourage breastfeedingMothers of new babies should sleep close to them to encourage breastfeeding,according to research published today.A two-year clinical trial by Durham University's Sleep Lab showed that unhindered mother and infant contact can have beneficial effects on the initiation of breast-feeding in the days after birth.Babies who had "unhindered access" to their mothers at night were able to feed twice as often as those kept separate, the study of new-borns found.The benefits of early suckling and skin-to-skin contact have already been well ...
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Our new Ebay Shop

We are delighted to announce that our new Ebay webshop is up and running at Natural Nursery Ebay Shop. We have a beautiful new design for the webshop and hope to encourage more of the millions of Ebay users to think about environmental and ethical impact of the parenting decisions that they make ...
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THe Adiri Breastbottle Nurser now in stock

Breastbottle® nursers are the ideal solution for working mums who want to continue breast-feeding. The patented bubble-free design and low-flow adjustable nipple minimise confusion between breast and bottle. Breastbottle nursers are ideal for feeding breast milk. Soft and comforting. Designed to be more like breast-feeding than any other bottle. Bubble-free delivery to minimize related colic. Patented Adiri™ nipple offers three flow rates. Readily accepted by most babies. Can simulate let-down. Ideal for switching between bottle and breast. Capacity based on maximum breast supply. Easily filled without spills. No bottle brush ...
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Quick Facts About Potty Training

Potty training can be natural, easy, and peaceful. The first step is to know the facts. The perfect age to begin potty training is different for every child. Your child's best starting age could be anywhere from eighteen to thirty-two months. Pre-potty training preparation can begin when a child is as young as ten months. You can begin training at any age, but your child's biology, skills, and readiness will determine when he can take over his own toileting. Teaching your child how to use the toilet can, and should, ...
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Potty Training – Get Ready, Get Set, Go!

By Elizabeth Pantley, Author of The No-Cry Potty Training Solution Get Ready If your child is near or has passed his first birthday, you can begin incorporating pre-potty training ideas into his life. They are simple things that will lay the groundwork for potty training and will make the process much easier when you're ready to begin. During diaper changes, narrate the process to teach your toddler the words and meanings for bathroom-related functions, such as pee-pee and poo-poo. Include descriptive words that you'll use during the process, such as ...
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The Potty Training Readiness Quiz By Elizabeth Pantley, Author of The No-Cry Potty Training Solution Potty training is easier and happens faster if your child is truly ready in all three areas: physical, cognitive and social. But the big question is: how do you know when your child is ready? If you have never traveled this road before, you likely don’t even know what signs to look for. Take this quiz to find out where your child is on the readiness spectrum. 1. I can tell by watching that my ...
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Breast milk protects babies

6th Aug, 2006, Dr Stephen Sears, Morning Sentinel, Maine Today.com According to a recent study from researchers at the University of California Davis Medical Center in Sacramento and the University of Rochester NY breastfeeding for the first six months makes a difference in the baby's ability to resist infection. In this study the parents of 2,277 children, between six and 24 months of age, answered questions about whether their baby's breastfed, for how long; and how often their babies had respiratory infections or symptoms including ear infections, colds, flu, and ...
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Breastfeeding Protects Against Obesity

By Lisa Ryckman, Rocky Mountain News August 8, 2006 We've created a nation of fat babies, and it all starts with the first thing put in their mouths. A Harvard Medical School study of 120,000 kids that spanned 22 years shows that babies and toddlers are more likely to be overweight now than ever before. The study found that the biggest jump came in the number of overweight infants, which increased by 74 percent. The number of babies at risk of becoming overweight rose by nearly 60 percent. One of ...
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Soil Association Organic Festival

2nd & 3rd of September, Bristol Harbourside.  £3.50 entry for adults, free for children. With 150,000 visitors and over 200 exhibitors the 2005 Organic Food Festival became the fastest growing food event in the UK and one of the biggest celebrations of organic food held anywhere. The festival also includes the Demo Kitchen, Family Marquee, Health, Beauty & Textiles and a programme of Talks & Tastings. 2005 also saw the launch of the Fringe - a festival in it's own right of food themed arts with contributions from the Vienna ...
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Why use cloth nappies?

For your baby's sake Health: disposable nappies contain up to 200 chemicals and it is still not known just how many of them will be absorbed through a baby's delicate skin. Skin conditions: many parents find that their baby's skin condition such as eczema or nappy rash is relieved by using organic cloth nappies as they allow more air to circulate than disposable nappies. Specially soft and untreated silk nappy liners are available to help delicate skin recover. Comfort: many parents claim that cloth nappies are more comfortable to wear ...
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Chill Out: How to Keep Cool When Pregnant

When the heat is on, life can become very hard when you are pregnant.  Instead of enjoying these long, hot August days, you may find yourself dreaming of igloos and frozen ice-caps, so try out these tricks to help you keep your cool when the temperature rises. Continue reading this article ...
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Tots Bots Nappies

The yummy Tots Bots nappies just keep getting better and better. Along with a few other changes, Tots will be introducing popper versions of the Bamboozle nappy plus coloured versions. These are to be launched soon, so we will let you know as soon as we have any more news for you. But be ready to be quick of the mark - if it is anything like the introduction of the original Bamboozle, stocks are likely to fly ...
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Are You Saving Your 20%?

Saving just 20% of your energy consumption will not only save you money but have a positive impact on climate change. These easy to action ideas to cut your energy use are taken from the Energy Trust website: Turning your thermostat down by 1ºC could cut your heating bills by up to 10 per cent and save you around £40 per year. Is your water too hot? Your cylinder thermostat shouldn't need to be set higher than 60ºC/140ºF. Close your curtains at dusk to stop heat escaping through the windows ...
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Sale Now On

Our summer sale has started with big reductions on organic cotton clothing for babies, children (like the pirate top here) and adults, slings, nappies, toys and more. Many items are reduced by up to 50%. See the full range on our sale page ...
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Breastfeeding Bags

The excellent MooMum has just produced a new batch of lovely pro-breastfeeding bags. Made from strong cotton, these re-usable bags mean you never have to use another plastic bag and you can spread the word about the benefits of breastfeeding at the same time. The bags cost £4 each plus £1 p&p and can be purchased from The Mothers Milk Marketing Board ...
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How your breasts change throughout pregnancy and breastfeeding

For many women, changing breasts is one of the first signs of pregnancy. Your body prepares itself to breastfeed the new baby. Your breasts might feel tender, larger or fuller often – but not always – around the second month of pregnancy. You may feel the need for a pregnancy or nursing bra with a larger cup size. For some women, breasts will continue to grow over the course of the pregnancy while others will only feel the difference in the latter stages of pregnancy. As your baby grows, your ...
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