As a new or expectant parent, it's only natural that we want to choose what's best for our children. Which is why many parents often wonder, "are natural and organic toys really different or better for my baby?" In this article, we'll dive into the reasons why organic toys are healthier choices for your baby.
A lot of conventional toys are made overseas in countries that don't have strict regulations on materials used. As a result some toys still use flame retardant fabric and stuffing and PVC vinyl which have both been known to contribute to causing cancer.
Although babies and toddlers don't eat toys, every parent knows that most things they can hold always goes in their mouths! So tiny particles are easily inhaled or ingested and for this reason soft baby toys should be made with natural fibres and non-toxic dyes and avoiding flame retardant fabric or PVC vinyl. As babies’ skin is much thinner than adults, they can easily absorb nasty toxins. Organic cotton is also good for babies that have eczema, allergies and sensitive skin.
We have chosen to stock Purebaby as they use organic cotton that is soft, strong and resilient, while the pure fibres allow young skin to breathe. Their cotton is grown without harmful chemicals, using methods and materials with a low environmental impact. Their products are made with awareness and care and are certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), the leading standard for organic textiles.
Purebaby’s products are perfect as a baby shower gift, a gift for a newborn or as a lovely gift to a new mum. The high quality also means that you will have them for years to come or can use them as a hand-me-down!
Have a look at our latest collection from Purebaby:
This sweet Elephant Snookie is made from super soft organic velour. It is gentle and comforting and your baby will love cuddling up to it while encouraging coordination and fine motor skills by giving your baby something soft to grab. When choosing comforters, it is important that they are made of a high quality, light breathable fabric like the Purebaby Snookie which is safer for your baby. It will become a favourite snuggle toy for your little one!
These adorable bunnies have a soft squishy body that is perfect to cuddle up to. It is made of super soft organic velour and makes a gentle rattle sound when shaken. Our beautiful, non-toxic baby rattles are the perfect first toy for developing babies’ senses. It teaches them to explore, touch and grab. These gorgeous bunnies come in 3 colours blue, pink and light grey.
This cute little bunny rattle is made from 100% organic cotton velour and is free from harmful chemicals. Designed to stimulate your baby’s senses while the donut shape encourages babies to grab and hold. Rattles encourage babies to practice and develop their fine motor skills, as well as their basic cognitive skills.
This baby brush is made of natural goat hair which is soft and gentle on babies’ heads. The soft bristles are suitable for their tender scalps and at the same time is beneficial for styling their hair, stimulating their scalp while assisting the prevention of cradle cap and keeping it under control. It is also a gentle and soothing way to relax baby. Made from 100% Beech wood and Goat Hair.
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Let’s face it, babies need a lot of things!! Whether the gift is for a newborn or older baby all mums will appreciate your gift even more if it is thoughtful and practical. A useful gift will not only save a new mum time, but is a perfect opportunity to spoil her during this special time!
Often the most difficult decision is - what is the perfect gift to buy? One approach is to simply ask her what she needs. However, if you want to keep it a surprise here are some ideas which hopefully inspire you.
Baby essentials are always a great place to start as they are guaranteed to be used!!
Here are our top gift ideas for baby!
- Snuggle Wraps and Muslin Wraps
- Baby Clothes
- Gender Neutral Gifts
- Soft Toys
- Bath Time
- Gift Packs
Made from 100% organic cotton and printed with GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) approved water-based dyes they are super soft and breathable. These wraps are so versatile and can be used for swaddling, a pram cover, nursing blanket, play mat, cot blanket and a bassinet sheet. The uses are endless!! It is also quite handy to have a few wraps as they can be kept in the car, the pram, baby’s room, nappy bag and grandma’s house!
Check out our range here
A new mum will appreciate this gift - 100% organic cotton baby clothes are not only soft and gentle on babies’ delicate skin but also reduce the chances of baby’s skin becoming irritated as they do not contain harmful chemicals. Also consider buying a slightly larger size so bub can grow into it.
With various sizes and styles to choose from, you can view our range here.
Gender Neutral Gifts are a great option if the sex of the bub is a surprise. We have some neutral ideas including snuggle and muslin wraps, face washers, neutral coloured singlets and bodysuits.
Soft, loveable and super cute! Our Maud N Lil soft toys are exactly that…soft! Made from certified organic cotton velour with non-GMO corn starch filling they are safe for baby to play with. From rattles to comforters to the sweetest tweet bird sounds, babies will be entertained and soothed for hours.
Have a look at our adorable collection here.
From about 6 months of age (sometimes earlier!) babies will go through the painful stage of teething. Mums will definitely be grateful for a teether when that time arrives. Our teethers are made with high quality, 100% food grade silicone that is free from BPA, lead, cadmium, phthalates, PVC and latex. The gummi teethers can even be put in the fridge or freezer for extra cooling relief.
We have so many to choose from! See our gorgeous range of teethers here.
If you are looking to buy a gift pack, we have some beautiful options that we have thoughtfully put together which can be viewed here.
There’s nothing more precious than your baby’s skin which is why it is so important to know that the products we use are safe and chemical free. As babies’ skin is thinner and more delicate than adults’ skin, they can easily absorb toxins which can damage skin tissue. This is why natural and organic products are considered best for babies.
What to Avoid
As there are so many skin care products on the market it can be confusing trying to find the right ones for you and your newborn. We strongly recommend you read the list of ingredients so that you understand what you are using. The ingredients to avoid include: Parabens, SLES (sodium laureth sulphate), SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) and synthetic fragrances.
In addition, avoid anything that is artificial and chemically manufactured including soaps, cleansers, body washes, perfumed products and lotions.
It is important to avoid the above toxins and chemicals as they have been linked to a number of negative side effects including various cancers, skin irritations and allergies and infertility to name a few.
Check for Certification
It is preferable that the products have the ACO (Australian Certified Organic) certification as this will ensure that no synthetic preservatives, toxic chemicals or artificial fragrances have been used.
We are passionate about helping mums find the best and safest products for their little ones.
Our extensive research has lead us to our supplier, Melvory, who uses the highest quality of pure, natural and organic ingredients. Melvory’s skin care products are hand made by a pharmacist and mum. These products are safe, effective, don’t contain any synthetic preservatives or toxic artificial fragrances, are palm oil free and are not tested on animals.
Melvory’s products are independently lab tested to ensure they are safe to use and meet the required standards. Using 100% natural ingredients which are Certified Organic with the Australian Organic Certifications (ACO), USDA, Ecocert or COSMOS.
From moisturisers, to helping with nappy rash, sleep, dry skin, mosquito repellents and more, the range covers just about everything. There’s even some for mums and the whole family too! Have a look at our collection of our natural and organic skin care here.
Self care is one of the topics I hear about all of the time. Not sure about you but I see it and hear it everywhere. When it first started to appear, I always use to think what is self care? What does it mean? What positive impact will this have on my life? The more I read, the more I discovered it is really about taking time out for ourselves regardless of our situation in life.
Whether you are waiting for your little miracle, you are pregnant or your little one has arrived it can be physically demanding and mentally draining at times and committing to self-care is one of the most important things you can do for yourself. One day you are handling the normal day to day pressures of life and the next day you may have a newborn who will demand plenty of your time and for some the combination of both can become quite overwhelming. Yes, your new born does need a lot of attention, however it is equally important to schedule your own time to look after your own well being.
So how do we make time for self care without feeling guilty and what is the most effective way to make time for self care when we are limited on time? We are all in a different stage of our life at the moment so choose the things that work for you in your current situation. If 5 minutes is all you have then just start there. Consider asking family, friends or a babysitter to take care of your babies and children for a little while so you can have some time out. Sometimes you need to put yourself first and do the little things you love that make you happy.
I’ve recently stared going to yoga and it has really helped me stop, breathe and calm my mind down.
We’ve put some ideas together below to get you started:
- Have a cat nap during the day
- Listen to quiet music
- Have a cup of herbal tea and actually sit and enjoy it
- Take a walk in nature
- Read a book (start with a couple of pages if that is all time allows)
- Start a gratitude journal, write down 3 things you are grateful for
- Write a journal and get everything that’s in your head on paper
- Get a massage
- Do a yoga class or if you can’t leave the house find a YouTube video
- Have a bath when the little ones are asleep
- Ignore the to do list and write down everything you want to do for yourself over the coming weeks and months
- Organise to have a facial/beauty treatment or try our Watermelon Belly Oil or some of our luxurious natural and organic skincare
Always remember to be gentle with yourself, you are doing the best you can. ❤️