Natural Parenting

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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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‘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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 – 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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