The Best Baby Care Products

December 28, 2007

Babies grow up too quickly! One minute they cuddle up with you and are as tiny as your hand, the next they crawl out of the room to find their favourite toy. Before they run away to experiment with their surroundings, your baby should receive the best care for the best start possible.

We know all the major companies whose baby products are widely available. Yet, there is not enough information about the ingredients they use. In fact, the ingredients are hidden behind complicated names and reveal a mystery. If we want to find out what we put on our precious little one’s skin we have to find a big book which explains it all to us. The bottom line: we don’t know what we treat our babies with and we have to trust the manufacturers and our government to being sold high quality and safe baby products.

We can only establish the safety and quality of a baby care product by using it, which is obviously too late! We should claim more transparency in the use of chemicals and other ingredients which could endanger our children in both the short-term and long-term! After all, research has shown that many of the non-organic baby care products on the market can create a sensitivity in your child that will develop into an allergy later on in life.

Unfortunately, this is not that easy – and we all know it just too well. So what can we do about it?
First of all, raise awareness of this problem by not buying chemical-based baby products anymore. Secondly, concentrate on what you know: Organic baby products always show their ingredients and are proud to do so! They are made from ingredients only found in nature, so you can rest assured that whatever kind of organic product you choose for your child it will not cause allergic reactions, or cause them to develop allergies later on.

It is not just organic products for your child’s skin care that you need to be concerned about. You should also be purchasing organic formula, nappies, and organic clothing for your child in order to ensure their health and safety at all times as they get older.

Finding organic baby care products is a relatively simple task, as more and more parents are realising the importance of staying away from the chemically altered products that are now so widely available. You can find most of the organic products you’ll need, simply by visiting our online store at


This is a tricky one and requires trial and error more than anything. At this age babies nearing toddler age do not understand why they have to brush their teeth!

Rule number one: don’t be stressed and try to relax. If you are stressed about brushing his teeth he will pick it up quickly and be less co-operative. Unless he eats a massive amount of sugary food, not brushing his teeth is no reason to get stressed out about. What really matters at this age is to establish a routine rather than forcing him to do something that he does not understand in the first place.

A good tip is to sing a “special tooth song” in order to give a little extra encouragement. Singing songs is also very entertaining and may distract from the actual problem.

Let him play with the toothbrush and maybe even let him brush your teeth. He is eager to see your reaction!

Whatever your method, I would always recommend natural toothpaste which you can purchase from every natural food store. They are least harmful when your baby swallows it and have a more natural taste.


4.30am seems to be fairly common for most of the babies. I remember my husband getting up then with our dd to play. He was always very tired but it turned into a routine and it was “Papa’s playtime”.

Obviously, most parents cannot continue to do this for a long period of time.
Until they become more active and start to crawl they won’t have much chance to wear themselves out.

In the meantime, you could try to simply tuck her back into bed without actually waking her properly. After a few nights it should theoretically stop.

It is also a good idea to monitor the times when you put her to bed: some babies have a more unsettled sleep when they go to bed too late. So try to put her to bed really early and see what will happen.

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With so many different products available and your child showing only little interest in the toys you buy for him, it can be difficult to find the right toy.

Here are a few tips to keep your child entertained for longer:

Wooden animals are always well received and will last for quite some time. You should always look at the size and shape you buy: Are they easy to hold and carry around?

Stacking cups and Stacking rings on a pole are very popular choices too.

Try to be inventive with the things you already have: can you make any jewelry (i.e. bracelet) or hang a wooden spoon from the door architrave.

Books (any kind) are always a very good choice.

Jigsaws prove very popular and will certainly last a while. It does take a while for your baby to master the challenge of a jigsaw so it should keep him occupied for some time.

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It is this special time of year when we are all looking for the “perfect” present for the baby.

Nowadays, there are thousands of gifts available to buy for our precious little ones. It is like searching for a needle in a haystack, so how can we possibly make it easier for ourselves?

Safety First

The first thing to consider is of course health and safety. The manufacturers and the retailers have to comply with strict regulations, which should ensure the safety of a toy. Yet, there may be parents who are conscious about their offspring’s health especially when baby takes everything into his mouth. What was the toy treated with? Are there any residues? Again, toy manufacturers have to comply with the EU regulations, the manufacturers say that all toys are safe to play with.

Go Organic

If you are worried about the safety of the toys your children play with, you should consider only buying wooden toys. The manufacturing process is more natural and the substances used are less toxic. In addition, wooden toys tend to last longer than their plastic counterparts!

Did you know that toys are not the only way a parent can go organic? We know that the clothes we buy in shops in the UK are safe to buy but what do we know about their production and the chemicals used?

Babies suck their clothes, bedding, toys etc, about 60% of what is put on their skin will be absorbed. Therefore, if textiles contain chemicals, through their skin, sucking, higher breathing rate and high metabolism babies may well they take in many chemicals to their small bodies.

Organic is not an eco-modern term anymore, it is exactly what we are and what we want our kids to be. So what shall we look out for when buying a baby present? First of all, what is best for the baby; and secondly, what we like. It does not matter if it is cute or educational; the best present is the one that makes everybody happy.

Parental Incompetence

December 14, 2007

Bringing up children does not come with a guidebook and there seems to be obvious parenting confusion within our modern society. More parents than ever admit to have parenting problems at some point. This is reflected in the boom of the baby & child market, with increasing numbers of products launched claiming to help with day-to-day parenting tasks.

Is it that parents are being made incompetent? The baby product market expects us to be incompetent for the sake of inventing and selling us unnecessary gadgets. For every situation imaginable we are able to find something that will help us overcome it.

A good example of this is the new “time-out” pad. Equipped with a timer, the parent simply sits their misbehaving child on the pad, sets the timer and leaves the child to ‘contemplate’. It takes the concept of the “naughty step” to a new level; parents should be the ones setting clear boundaries and disciplining children in order to teach respect and understanding. If parents rely on technology to do this, how will children learn these key skills without clear explanation and patience?

The time-out pad, harnesses, computer games and many more products help keep our children safe and keep our parenting skills in line with what is the accepted social norm. We should come to understand that all these gadgets in fact help distract the parent from the actual situation where true parenting skills are most needed. The manufacturers claim to have invented another helper to make a parent’s life easier but in reality these things remove the natural parenting skills we are so desperately looking for.

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Fathers are pregnant too!

December 11, 2007

While mothers go through a tough nine months of pregnancy, fathers can often do no more than give a massage or cook a meal. Yet, research has revealed that men can experience hormonal changes during their partner’s pregnancy which can make them feel unwell. A cross-cultural study showed that 22.5% of male partners reported at least one unexplainable ailment to their doctor during the gestation period. The expectant father also visited the doctor twice as often, and filled twice as many prescriptions than before.

After a baby is born, fathers usually mirror the same kind of feelings as mothers when first holding their offspring, this mirroring is extended to the fact that fathers can also be equally sensitive to the baby’s cries.

The fact that fathers can experience such strong feelings for the unborn child is easily explained: Humans are amongst the few species whose offspring are totally reliant until well into a juvenile age. To share the load of this long dependence nature has provided the means for both parents to have an equally strong in order to assure the parental commitment in the upbringing of the child.

With this in mind, we should try to understand how both mother and father are equipped to equally bond and care for their baby.

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