Eco Living

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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£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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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