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5 Green New Year's Resolutions for You and Your Baby

By Kelly Ekardt 1 years ago 922 Views No comments

If you’re looking to make some changes in your household, then the New Year is a wonderful time to start. Read on for our suggestions that are good for you, your baby, and the planet.

The New Year is here, and this means that many of us will be reflecting on 2016 and the positive changes we can make in our lives in 2017. There’s never been a more important time than now to make a positive difference to our planet, and if your New Year’s Resolutions help out you and your baby too then even better. Read on for our suggestions about New Year’s Resolutions that will keep your and your baby’s happiness high and your carbon footprint low.

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1. Organic Baby and Kids Clothing

This one’s a no-brainer… and really there’s no reason not to buy organic baby clothes when they last longer and feel so delightfully soft. You wouldn’t spray pesticides anywhere near your child, so why dress them in clothing that’s covered in toxic substances?

Add that to the fact that organic cotton has been proven to be more durable, and you’re not only helping your child, but you’re also helping your budget and the planet by using fewer textiles. Making sure your baby clothes are cotton is a great new year’s resolution that will help everyone and make your child extra soft and huggable. For inspiration, browse our sale and get the New Year off to an eco-friendly start.

2. Making Your Own (Vegan!) Baby Food

As mums everywhere have started making their own baby food, sales of baby food have been on the decline. The benefits of this are clear. You don’t need a Google search to find out what an ingredient is, and it’s far more cost effective than buying baby food at the shop. If you choose organic, then you can have even more control over what you put into your child. Saving on packaging and cost is an added benefit, for both you and the environment!

3. Use More Reusable Nappies

Disposable nappies are the single biggest household item filling up our landfill sites, with the average infant producing a tonne of nappy related waste in it’s 2 ½ years of disposables. While it may seem like a messy and disgusting switch to make, your budget and the environment will both thank you. 

Not only that, but covering your child’s delicate skin in plastic and pesticide filled fabrics will counteract all the good effects of the organic bodysuit on your baby. Once you get into a routine using eco-nappies, it will be no more of a chore than brushing your teeth at night.

4. Use Less Packaging

Everything we buy these days seems to come wrapped in five layers of plastic and cardboard, and when you have a baby in the family the amount of extra waste generated by such a tiny human is incredible.

From buying fruit that comes only in its own skin to making sure you carry reusable water bottles with you, every small change you can make is a step in the right direction to leaving a smaller carbon footprint.

Choosing more waste free options will also lead to healthier choices for your baby. The organic bananas that are loose or the processed food in a package? The choice is simple.

5. Try to Bike or Walk Everywhere

Cycling with your baby is a very personal choice, and if you don’t feel 100% safe and secure then it’s not worth the risk. When you have your newborn, though, it’s easy to slip into the routine of driving everywhere. Breaking this habit is important both for the environment and the fuel costs for your family.

Walking everywhere may seem tiring at first, but you’ll soon find that your stamina grows. Dress your children warmly in organic baby and kids clothing, and get them into the habit of walking too. As they get older, you’ll find that keeping this habit of walking them to school and back every day helps reduce your stress levels as well as keeping you fit. There’s nothing more satisfying than walking past an unmoving school-run traffic-jam, and knowing that you’re saving money, getting fit, and maybe even getting home quicker.

Even small changes can make a big difference in the long run, and don’t be disheartened if some things take a while to stick. Make this the year you persist, and turn those resolutions into long-term habits to be proud of!


Get a jump on your New Year’s Resolutions now by shopping for our gorgeous line of baby clothes made from 100% organic cotton.

 

Doing Veganuary? Try Vegan Baby Clothes This New Year

By Kelly Ekardt 1 years ago 1566 Views No comments

Whether you have or haven’t heard of Veganuary already, there are so many good ways to give both that, and vegan baby clothes, a try in 2017.

In an effort to raise awareness about the ethical and sustainable reasons for veganism, Veganuary is a yearly event where people pledge to go vegan for the month. It’s had a reasonable amount of success and publicity, too.

A survey by Veganuary 6 months on says that around fifty percent of participants are still vegan, and a further fifty percent of those have influenced others to go vegan since. Not everyone has accepted their vegan fate peacefully, with one particular writer complaining that he’s now firmly vegan, but he would rather go back to blissful ignorance. If you have decided to take the Veganuary pledge, or even if you just want to make a few small lifestyle changes, then here are some great reasons to add vegan baby clothes to your infant’s wardrobe.

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Organic Cotton Baby Clothing is Eco-Friendly, and Baby Friendly

Cotton growing accounts for a huge amount of the world’s pesticide use, and if you wouldn’t spray your baby with pesticides, then why spray your baby’s clothing with it? Vegan baby clothing means no nasties at any stage of the production process, from growing the organic cotton for baby clothing to using organic and skin-safe dyes when the fabric is coloured.


This leaves the fabric wonderfully soft and strokable, perfect to dress your baby in, after you use our range of vegan skin creams on them. With no chemicals weakening the integrity of the fabric, the material will also last much longer, meaning you’ll get many more washes out of your organic cotton baby clothing before it wears thin.

Vegan Baby Clothes Avoid Harming Others to Dress Your Child

Veganism isn’t just a diet, it’s way of life that tries to cause as little harm as possible. This means that the production of organic cotton baby clothing isn’t just about how the fabric is grown. Our clothing is certified Fairtrade, organic, and vegan, meaning that we keep our watchful eye on its production from seed to seam.

At Sense Organics, we create our clothing with as much social sense as we do ethical sense. We work with the Bridge School sector of the CRC, in particular the SAVE organisation in Tiruppur, as this is right at the heart of our main manufacturing hub. Bridge Schools help children who have been rescued, many from textile factories, back into education to help them lead successful lives. Bridge Schools promote a child-labour free society, in the hope that one day everyone can share our ethics. After all, why harm someone else’s baby, be it human or animal, just to dress your own?

Bring a More Peaceful Life to Your Household

When a lot of people think of veganism, they think about the diet and then stop there. However, if they apply that same thinking to clothing, then leather and fur are obvious no-nos. Still, wool is often forgotten about. After all, wool has long been considered to be a natural fibre, the production of which causes no more damage to the animal than shaving your beard or getting a haircut.


Unfortunately, with modern wool-production methods, this is no longer true. Without going into too many of the gory details (click on the link for more information), selective breeding has caused some sheep to have wrinkled skin which causes more nicks, cuts, and consequently infections. To stop infections damaging the wool, farmers have developed “mulesing” an incredibly cruel practice which in itself causes infections. Thanks to mass farming, the process of shearing itself has become damaging and barbaric.

Luckily, we live in an age where organic cotton is easily accessible, and is much softer on your baby’s skin than wool would be. Adopting a vegan lifestyle, and starting with your baby’s clothes, can lead you down a far more peaceful and planet friendly path this 2017.

 

Start your Veganuary pledge today by browsing our gorgeous line of vegan baby clothes made from 100% organic cotton.

 

Keep Your Baby Warm and the Planet Cool: 5 Ways to Be Green This Winter

By Kelly Ekardt 1 years ago 1153 Views No comments

How’s your green rating? There are so many simple ways to be eco-friendly this Christmas.

With the nights getting colder and longer, you may be worrying about the extra heating and fuel you’ve been burning and its effect on your carbon footprint. But there are so many more ways to be green than just turning down the heating and layering up in organic kids clothes. Especially if you’re a young family, there are some little changes you may not have thought of which will help keep your household environmentally friendly this winter.

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1. Be Bright With Your Christmas Lights

Lighting your house up until it’s a beacon which can be seen from outer space is an obvious no-no, however much you want to compete with your neighbours. Unnecessary and extravagant Christmas lighting doesn’t just cause a lot of carbon emissions (around 400kg), but it can also add an extra hundred pounds or so to your electricity bill for the season.

That doesn’t mean you have to give up the twinkling lights which chase out the dark and gloom of winter, though. LEDs have been shown to be much less harmful to the environment, so where possible, choose lights with LED bulbs. If you’re using lights on the outside of your house, buy a timer so that they come on for just a few hours in the evening, when people are around outside to see them.

2. Make Your Gift Giving Practical (or Edible!)

What used to be a holiday that centred around spending time with family has now become consumerism crazed, with days like Black Friday encouraging excessive gift giving of toys which will be played with once and then not touched again. In the first few weeks after Christmas, thousands of presents appear on eBay with the description ‘unwanted Christmas gift’ and the etiquette of giving gifts to children seems to have become focused on quantity over quality.

The consequence of this is that hundreds of thousands of Christmas gifts each year become landfill. The answer? Stick to gifts you know will be appreciated, like something edible or wearable. For parents with young children, fair trade cotton children's clothes are a great gift. Organic kids clothes tend to come in more neutral colours, so there’s no clash of taste — and growing children always need more high-quality clothing.

If you’re really struggling to pick out a specific present, a gift voucher for something ethical, be it ethical baby clothes or a weekly vegetable box from a local farm, is both a safe and environmentally conscious gift.

3. Choose A Meat-Free Christmas Day Spread

The effect of the meat industry on the environment has been a much talked about issue this year; it’s more damaging than the entire transport industry combined. A traditional Christmas dinner can often be a very meat-heavy meal, but it doesn’t have to be. In the UK alone, around 10 million turkeys are killed for Christmas every year. Try replacing your turkey with a nut roast, or if you feel like really turning up the heat on your environmentally friendly credentials, you could even consider a vegan lifestyle.

This is about more than just what you eat; it’s also about what your wear and put on the skin of yourself and your family. Organic kids clothes from Sense Organics is a great place to start; all our products are vegan friendly and cruelty free, while remaining stylish and durable.

4. Where Possible, Choose Reusable and Eco-Friendly

When you’re wrapping your fair trade cotton children's clothes, as pretty as it may look, try to resist wrapping it in three layers of special paper with ribbons on top that just get thrown away. About 83 square kilometres of wrapping paper will be chucked out or burned in the UK at Christmas time, which is enough to gift wrap the island of Jersey. Add to that over a billion Christmas cards, which would circle the earth five times, the 125,000 tonnes of plastic packaging and all the Christmas trees which have been chopped down, and you have yourself a very wasteful Christmas.

To avoid this, send eCards instead of Christmas cards and use eco-friendly packaging. Try to avoid buying gifts that are packaged in enough plastic to fill a small room. Instead, opt for simpler gifts. If you really want to go green, you can either make your own Christmas tree or get one in a pot to sit in your back garden for the other eleven months.

5. Heat Just the Rooms You’re In

How many rooms do you really spend time in at Christmas? If you’re spending the day cooking, the kitchen will heat itself. Gather the family together in the living room and keep it warm. Turn off the heaters in the rest of the house. The cosy feeling will bring on the Christmas spirit, as well as cutting down your heating costs.

It can even be a chance to get the first use out of those organic baby clothes and cosy sweaters you’ve received from Santa Claus this year, as you bundle up to keep warm when the fire gets low.

You don’t have to heat up the planet to keep your family warm this Christmas. With our range of ethical baby clothes and a few other ideas taken away from this post, you’re making a great first step to having an eco-friendly Christmas.

Start browsing Sense Organics and make your first order of fair trade cotton children's clothes today: we’re a fair trade and ethical company that values the people and resources it takes to lovingly create the best clothing for your baby.

How Ethical Children's Clothes Are Great for More Than Just Your Baby

By Kelly Ekardt 1 years ago 1095 Views No comments

If you’re stocking up on warm clothes for your little one this winter, there are more reasons to choose organic baby clothes than just the comfort of your baby’s skin.

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When choosing clothes for your baby, it’s natural to look for baby clothes that will keep your child warm and comfortable. Choosing organic and ethical children’s clothes, however, has so many more benefits than just being kind to your baby’s skin. From when it’s a seed being sown in a field, all the way to when you buy it in a shop, the journey of an item of clothing is one which is long and involves many people and resources. Read on to learn about why buying organic baby clothes is an investment for everyone and everything involved in that journey.

Buying Organic Baby Clothes Is Great for Your Bank Account

Studies have shown that organic cotton can last up to five times longer than cotton produced with pesticides. When you wash clothes, the cotton fibres start to break, which eventually causes holes and tears. The more substances and chemicals you apply to a fibre, the weaker it gets. A lot of clothes that we buy today that we consider natural, such as cotton and wool, have a Teflon, polymer or formaldehyde-based coating to give a smooth feeling and reduce shrinking and creasing. This all serves to weaken the fibre. Because baby clothes are washed more frequently, they have much higher wear and tear. Although you might spend a little more to start with, you’ll save money in the long run. When organic baby clothes last so well, they don’t only save you money; they can save your friends and family money by becoming hand-me-downs.

Ethical Children’s Clothes are Good for the Babies of Others

When buying organic baby clothes, consider that you’re also putting money into the pocket of another family who made them. It’s far better to buy ethical baby clothes and to support a company that provides a living wage and sound working conditions. At Sense Organics, we have joined forces with Child Rights Cell (CRC) through SAVE Tiripur, so not only does your money go to supporting the workers, but a percentage also goes to support CRC’s Bridge School scheme.

Bridge schools support children rescued from child labour, mainly from garment factories, and provide them with an education and a fresh start. When you buy ethical baby clothes, you make the choice to support the next generation of children in a developing country, as well as clothing your child comfortably, safely and sustainably. Sense Organics products are also vegan and cruelty free, so it’s not just the next generation of humans we’re protecting. From being grown, to being sewn into adorable baby clothes, we strive to keep every step as ethical and environmentally friendly as possible.

Ethical Baby Clothes Benefit the Planet

Your child was created naturally, so why add chemicals to them as they grow? Cotton may have been used by humans for thousands of years, but it’s come a long way from its humble origins. While only covering 2.5% of the world’s agricultural land, 25% of all insecticides and 18% of all pesticides used worldwide are used on cotton crops.

Not only is this harmful to our environment and our ecosystem, but it also damages the communities working on the crops. Without proper equipment and knowledge of pesticides, many workers fall ill and even die, leaving their families without an income. Each year in the US alone, 10,000 workers die from cancers related to pesticide use, while in developing countries, that figure more than doubles.

The life-span of organic cotton clothing is important for the environment, too. It requires around 400 gallons of water to create one cotton t-shirt and, when 10.5 million tonnes of clothing are sent to landfill each year in the US, doing your bit to ensure the clothing you buy lasts as long as possible is something small but significant you can do for the environment.

When it benefits you and your family, as well as the environment and workers in vulnerable communities, there’s no argument against organic cotton and ethical children’s clothes. They’re not only an investment for your child, but also for the future of the planet they’re growing up in.

To shop for ethical children’s clothes that are cute, comfortable and hard-wearing for your little one, or to find more out about the social projects Sense Organics is involved in check out our website!

The Green Winter Guide: Ethical Children's Clothes for the Colder Months

By Kelly Ekardt 2 years ago 1162 Views No comments

With the clocks going back and temperatures plummeting, it’s time to admit that winter is on its way. Soon we’ll all be reaching for scarves and umbrellas instead of flip flops and sunglasses. But the arrival of winter doesn’t mean that we ethical consumers should neglect our sense of style — for us and our children! Sense Organics is here with a guide to ethical children’s clothes for the colder months.

Organic cotton baby clothes for the winter


Dressing your baby in winter means thinking about layers. The general rule is to dress your baby in one more layer than an adult would be comfortable in. Whether you are indoors or outdoors, layering organic cotton baby clothes is a must, and adding accessories can be great for changing temperature conditions. Putting on an organic cotton hat is perfect for car journeys or other trips that start cold and get warmer.

 

When layering up, you should think about adding a sweatshirt. Our boys wolf print sweatshirt is perfect for keeping your little one cosy while adding some winter style. For a long-sleeve top that’s ideal for layering, our girls organic cotton navy t-shirt will go with anything and keep your baby warm. A snowflake design makes it the perfect addition to a winter wardrobe.


For an even more versatile option, our reversible wrap jacket offers the fashion-conscious parent two options depending on the rest of the outfit. Go for the plain side when layering, or bring out the polar bear print for guaranteed cuteness. We think choosing organic baby clothes should also mean you are spoilt for choice.

Fair Trade children’s clothes: t-shirts and tops

The staple item for any season is the classic t-shirt. With winter on its way, it’s time to think about stocking up on tops for layering — and for those cosy duvet days when a coat is too much.

 

Animals we associate with the cold, like penguins, polar bears and reindeer, are firm favourites among children — and adults, too! Our boys long-sleeve shirt with penguin motif will steal the spotlight, and our long-sleeve penguin print t-shirt will make your girl look at home in even the most formal family photos.

Arctic prints are all the rage this season and repeated graphic designs are the perfect statement piece. Keep the rest of the outfit simple and let the penguins and polar bears do the talking!

Organic cotton jackets and jumpers

For the chilliest days spent jumping in puddles and kicking leaves, an organic cotton coat is the ideal choice. Combined with a good pair of wellies and some organic cotton trousers, your child can enjoy the best of winter in supreme warmth.

This adorable teal raincoat is one of our favourites. The stylish polar bear print is sure to appeal to your little one. It’s the perfect example of water-repellent, stylish and ethical children’s clothing. Staying dry has never looked so cute!

The classic Christmas jumper has returned with a bang in the past few years, and now your kids can get in on the act. Our Norwegian-style navy sweater is bold, practical and perfect for festive family photos. The snowflake design will have you wishing for snow! What’s more, it’s made from 100% organic cotton, which is environmentally and socially friendly.

Ethical children’s clothes: sleepwear

Ethical children’s clothing doesn’t stop when it reaches bedtime. Sense Organics offers a range of organic children’s clothes for the small hours, including a classic blue and white striped pyjama set, complete with a reindeer motif. The two-tone design and iconic winter colour scheme mean your little one can drift off to the land of nod in style.

 

And for a design that little girls will love, check out our berry red, penguin-patterned pyjamas. The soft organic cotton will have her sleeping in comfort during the chilly months. Choosing Fair Trade kids clothing also means that cotton farmers get the best price for their crops, so you can sleep easy knowing that you’ve done your bit.

 

To browse the entire range of ethical children’s clothing from Sense Organics, view our product pages. We’ve got the garments to keep your little ones warm, cosy and safe from harmful chemicals.

 

Great Tips for Washing and Caring for Organic Baby Clothes

By Kelly Ekardt 2 years ago 1153 Views No comments

Buying organic baby clothes is beneficial for a number of reasons. Garments made from organic cotton are soft, hypoallergenic and free of any nasty chemicals. So when it comes to cleaning these garments, it’s easy to feel apprehensive about damaging the soft fibres. If you’re not sure where to start, have a look through our expert guide to washing and caring for organic baby clothes.

How to wash and dry organic baby clothes safely

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Conventional textiles are treated with chemicals to prevent shrinkage. As organic baby clothes are chemical-free, we’d suggest washing on a low heat to keep the shape. A 40°C cycle will remove stains and also save energy, which is good for the environment.
 
Avoid powerful washing machine detergents, as they are packed with harmful chemicals. Not only are these bad for your little ones; they’ll also degrade the fibres and dyes in your organic baby clothes. Opt for a mild, eco-friendly washing detergent. If you previously used a non-eco detergent, put your empty washing machine through a rinse cycle before washing organic garments.
 
Drying organic baby clothes at a high temperature will also lead to shrinkage, so air dry where possible. If you’re in a rush, run your tumble dryer on an air cycle which uses no heat. Fair Trade children’s clothes shouldn’t cost the earth, so making your washing and drying routine more eco-friendly is good for everyone.
 

Removing tough stains using eco-friendly methods

When organic baby clothes become stained, it’s easy to panic. You don’t want to use harsh chemicals to remove the stains, so how should you do it? There are a few tricks to eco-friendly stain removal, depending on the nature of the stain.
 
For food and drink stains, such as tomato sauce, try pouring boiling water over the stain. Don’t soak the whole garment, because this could lead to shrinkage.
 
If that doesn’t work, or if the stain is oil-based, try applying baking powder to the stain. Let it absorb into the fabric, then brush the stain gently with an old toothbrush. Once the stain is dry, apply some eco-friendly dish soap and let it soak in, before placing the garment in a bowl of lukewarm water.
 
Putting the garment through the washing machine afterwards should completely remove the stain. If it doesn’t, repeat the process until the stain disappears. For the toughest stains, look out for eco-friendly stain removal liquid that is suitable for organic cotton.
 

Can I wash organic cotton baby clothes with other items? 

Non-organic clothing is made with pesticides that are linked to impaired brain development in foetuses and infants. As a result, we advise that you wash organic baby clothes separately, or with other organic garments. The chemical residue from non-organic cotton can jeopardise organic baby clothes. If you’re worried about wasting water by doing lots of smaller washes, many washing machines have a “reduced load” option that you could use. Hand-washing by using an eco-friendly detergent is another choice for those times when you are between washes.

Caring for organic cotton baby clothes makes them last longer and ensures they remain safe for your little ones. Getting into a routine of harm-free washing will be better for you, your baby and the planet. The benefits of buying ethical children’s clothes shouldn’t stop when it comes to washing time! 
 

Reducing your baby’s exposure to harmful chemicals is precisely why Sense Organics exists. To find the perfect clothing for gentle skin, browse our huge range of soft organic baby clothes

Dressing Your Newborn Baby for their First Winter

By Kelly Ekardt 2 years ago 1494 Views No comments

The idea of taking your newborn baby outside in winter if you live in a cold climate can be a little nerve-wracking. However, if you make the proper preparations and take the necessary precautions, it should be fine. This is especially the case when dressing your little one in our organic baby clothes, when you can be assured your baby will be all cosy and comfy!

How you dress your newborn baby for their first winter will differ depending on what kinds of activities you’ll be doing with them. Where you are taking them and what you’re going to be doing will be the biggest deciding factors in this. What you opt to dress your newborn in during the winter will change if you’re staying indoors, going for a ride in the car, a walk outside, or to play in the snow.

Dressing your newborn baby for indoors

Baby Romper berry stripes with applique, Viktor | Organic baby clothes

 

The general rule for dressing a newborn baby is that they will need one more layer than an adult would be comfortable in. This still applies when you are indoors, so assuming that the temperature at home is set fair and you feel warm enough in a t-shirt and jumper, your baby will likely need three layers. A t-shirt and shorts or leggings covered by a baby boy or baby girl romper and then a sleepsuit for indoor play should do the trick!

On the other hand, be careful not to overdress your baby while indoors, as overheating can be problematic and uncomfortable for them. You may be inclined to check their temperature by feeling their hands, but hands and feet usually feel slightly cooler than the rest of the body. The best way to check if your baby is too hot is by feeling their belly, as it is closer to their core and will give a more reliable indication of their overall body temperature.

Dressing your newborn baby for a car ride

Correctly dressing to go in the car can be a bit tricky, as cars can be very cold at first in winter, but quickly heat up. The best thing to do in this case is to dress your newborn in layers of our organic baby clothes. If you’re heading to the car from indoors, the best idea is to keep your newborn dressed as they were at home, buckle them in and then tuck a blanket around them over the seat belt. This way, as the car heats up, you can remove the blanket so that your baby doesn’t overheat.

Baby Knit Hat black navy, Marcel | organic baby accessories

 

If the car is exceptionally cold when you first get in, you might also be tempted to wrap your newborn up with a hat and gloves. If so, just make sure that you can easily remove these items once it gets warmer inside the car. During the journey, make sure to keep an eye on your newborn for signs of overheating, in case they get warm quicker than you expect. These can include sweating, flushed cheeks and rapid breathing.

Dressing your newborn baby for a walk outside

Going outside for a walk in the pram to get fresh air is important for both you and your newborn baby, even if it’s cold outside. As long as there isn’t excessive wind, it’s a nice sunny, winter day, and your baby is at least three weeks old, going out in low temperatures is perfectly fine, as long as you dress appropriately. Indeed, in many places in Scandinavia, it’s common practice for parents to leave their babies outside in winter to nap!

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Again, follow the advice of adding one more layer to your newborn than you yourself feel you need to wear, and consider a baby pram suit as a base layer, adding a jumper, leggings and a jacket. Gloves and a hat will also be a good idea in this case, and you may also wish to consider adding a windscreen to the pram if it doesn’t already have one to avoid windburn.

As long as you wrap them up in enough layers and keep an eye on them for overheating, dressing your newborn baby for winter is easy, especially with Sense Organics’ extensive range of soft, warm organic baby clothes to choose from!

How to Throw the Perfect Baby Shower

By Kelly Ekardt 2 years ago 1259 Views No comments

Throwing a baby shower is an old tradition that’s gained popularity recently with both mothers and fathers, and can be a great way to celebrate the arrival of a newborn baby and congratulate parents on their new addition to the family. Throwing the perfect baby shower takes some planning, with several things to consider to make it a day that the parents and guests will all enjoy and remember fondly.

From how to organise the shower to knowing what gifts to bring, let’s take a look at what makes the perfect baby shower.

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What to consider before the baby shower

As the person assigned with throwing a baby shower, there are plenty of things to consider in preparation for the party. These might include:

 

  1. Should it be a surprise party?
  2. When should it take place?
  3. How long before the mother’s due date would be a good time to throw the shower?
  4. Who should be invited? Does it make sense to invite guests who live far away?
  5. Who from the parents-to-be’s family should be invited?
  6. Where should it happen? What’s the best location to host the baby shower?

 

Deciding whether to throw a surprise baby shower will depend entirely on how well you know the parents-to-be. If they are people who enjoy surprises, it could be a nice way to do something fun for them to take their minds off any lingering anxiety around the arrival of their newborn baby. However, it could not be a welcome surprise at all, or it could come at an inconvenient time if they have not be consulted beforehand.

Typically, a baby shower is thrown in the final few weeks of pregnancy, and can serve as a welcome distraction to the parents. It can take their minds off all the logistics of preparing for the arrival of the baby with getting all the necessary things like nappies, bottles and newborn baby clothes ready, while also fretting about how they’re going to dress their newborn girl or boy. Make sure that the date you choose doesn’t conflict with any other commitments the parents or important guests might have, like scheduled doctor’s appointments.

Like preparing for any kind of celebration, careful consideration should be taken with regards to who is invited, as interpersonal relationships at times like these can be somewhat delicate. This is definitely an aspect of planning the baby shower that you’re going to want input from the parents on!

Planning the baby shower

Should there be games?

Traditionally, people think of a baby shower as an opportunity to congratulate the soon-to-be parents on their pregnancy, give gifts and play silly games. However, you may decide that games do not make sense for the baby shower you’re throwing. Guests may prefer to spend the time socialising with friends and family, especially if it’s a relatively small group of guests who are invited. In larger groups, games can serve as excellent ice breakers, or a way of making smaller groups within which people can easily get to know each other.

Is a theme a good idea?

Whether or not you plan to have games at the baby shower, having a theme may work to your advantage. A theme can serve to tie together the decorations and activities, and even give guests inspiration on what kinds of gifts to bring besides typical things like newborn baby clothes. Possible themes for a baby shower could take their inspiration from a favourite book, musical, film or television series. More abstract ideas can work, too: seasons, colours or childhood memories all make excellent starting points for choosing a theme for the celebration.

What about food and drinks?

A baby shower without any food or drink wouldn’t be much of a party, so don’t forget to consider what will be served to eat and drink. Regardless of the time of day, you may wish to not serve alcohol at all, so that the mother doesn’t feel left out. Instead, serve mocktails!

Food that can be easily prepared in advance is always a good idea. If you’re throwing a baby shower at brunch, consider making quiche instead of omelettes, for example. Additionally, food that can be eaten with fingers, and easily served without the need for a lot of cutlery or utensils, will make it much easier to clean up afterwards!

Dealing with guests’ gifts

It may be a good idea to set up a registry of gifts for guests with the help of the parents-to-be, so that they don’t end up with all the same kinds of newborn baby clothes as gifts, and none of the other equally useful things they may wish to receive.

Girl Reversable Shirt stripes, Dolores | Organic baby clothes for girls

 

Alternatively — depending on how well the parents know all the guests — it may be appropriate to ask for a monetary contribution from them so that they can buy all their own boys or girls baby clothes as and when they need them. In this case, as the person throwing the baby shower, help to make this possible by getting the necessary bank details to guests, or perhaps even setting up a specific account where contributions can be deposited.

When putting together a gift list with the new parents, make sure to check out the organic baby clothes from Sense Organics for the softest and most comfortable items to dress their newborn baby in!

Ways to Strengthen the Natural Parental Bond with Your Newborn Baby

By Kelly Ekardt 2 years ago 1201 Views No comments

Sometimes new parents worry about not bonding with their newborn baby immediately. There is no script on how to bond with your little one, and it can take each parent and each child a different length of time to bond depending on a variety of factors. So don’t worry if it doesn’t happen as quickly as you expected.

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For some people, a natural parental bond with their newborn baby will be apparent within just a few minutes of birth, but it can take longer. Don’t stress out about it, and allow you and your baby to find your own rhythm and pace for bonding. In the meantime, here are six ways to strengthen the bond with your newborn baby.

Make skin-to-skin contact

Having physical, skin-to-skin contact with your newborn baby is a great way to foster bonding. Making opportunities to touch your little one and become physically intimate is important, but you can also take advantage of times when this can happen naturally, such as when you are dressing them in their baby clothes.

Look them in the eye

Take time to make eye contact with your baby whenever possible. Look at them when you’re talking or singing to them, when you play together and while you dress them. While newborn babies typically will not react overtly to eye contact until they’re around two months old, and usually won’t initiate it until around the three-month mark, newborns do have the ability to notice eye contact directed at them from as early as two days after birth. So start looking your little one in the eye as soon as they’re born, and they’ll know that you love and care for them!

Breastfeed as much as possible

If you’re able to start off breastfeeding your newborn baby, continuing to do so as much as possible is an excellent way to strengthen your natural maternal bond with them. The reason it is so effective because it is conducive to physical closeness and because it allows for quiet, intimate moments between mother and child. This is especially the case in the evening after you’ve wrapped them up in their organic sleepwear, as that is when babies often feed the longest.

Sleep together with your newborn baby

There are indeed many benefits to sleeping with your newborn, but one of the most obvious is that it can be a very intimate experience that will help you bond. Be aware though that there are some precautions worth taking if you decide you want to try it, but the rewards can definitely be worthwhile. Dress them comfortably for bed in their organic kid’s sleepwear, lay them on their back in bed with you, ensure there is nowhere they could get stuck in the bed, snuggle up and enjoy the immediate feeling of closeness with your little one.

Massage your baby

It may not seem like the most obvious thing to do, but giving your newborn baby a massage can be a wonderfully bonding experience. Not only will this allow you some intimacy and time to become closer to each other, massaging your child can have other benefits too. It allows you to become more familiar with their body and needs, and it can improve sleep quality, circulation, and even their digestion. It’s best to try to massage your newborn when they are neither tired nor hungry, nor too hot or too cold, and between nappy changes if possible.

Talk to them

Lastly, remember that whenever your newborn is crying or making noises, they are communicating with you. Talk back to them and let them know that you are there and you’re listening. It won’t happen right away, but if you pay attention, you’ll soon develop an understanding of what their cries mean and what they’re trying to tell you. But beyond that, the act of talking to your baby, reading them stories, or singing them songs could actually make them more intelligent!

While you’re picking out newborn baby clothes for your little one, think about the ways you could try strengthening your bond with them and try out one of these tips at home that you haven’t experimented with yet!

 

Sleeping With Your Newborn Baby: Pros, Cons and What to Watch Out For

By Kelly Ekardt 2 years ago 1581 Views No comments

When your baby has just been born, you’re probably going to be inseparable, so sleeping together at night can be a great feeling. Sleeping in the same bed as your newborn baby has some excellent practical benefits, but there are some important aspects to consider and watch out for.

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Why sleep together with your newborn baby?

Not only will sleeping with your newborn encourage bonding in a way that other kinds of shared activity between mother and baby cannot; there are also some practical reasons and emotional benefits to having your newborn baby in bed with you at night.

1. Nighttime breastfeeding is considerably easier for the mother

Not having to get out of bed during the night to feed your baby can make sleep for both of you much more achievable. Once you get used to feeding your baby at night, you can briefly wake up to help them latch on, and then fall back to sleep while your newborn nurses himself or herself until they fall asleep, too.

2. You can keep an eye on Your newborn’s health throughout the night

Should you have any concerns about your baby’s health at any time, you’ll want to be able to monitor them. Doing this while they’re in bed with you will be considerably easier than if they’re in a cot or another room. Just knowing that they’re next to you will also help alleviate any worries you might have if they are showing any small sign of illness or discomfort, making it easier for you to get a good night’s sleep.

3. It can be a very cosy feeling snuggling up with your newborn

This is especially true during the winter months, when you or your baby could feel chilly overnight. Having them close to your chest and feeling their soft organic baby clothes next to you can be very comforting — for both parent and baby.

 

Encourage good sleeping habits for your newborn baby

In order to comfortably sleep alongside your newborn baby, it’s a good idea to encourage some good sleeping habits to ensure you both get into a positive sleeping routine.

1. Be active during the day

Even from birth, keeping your newborn active and busy during daytime hours can help their bodies calibrate their own circadian rhythm, learning to be awake during the day and asleep at night.

2. Reduce stimulation at night

By the same token, by making sure you don’t overstimulate your newborn at night when you want them to sleep, you’ll help them adjust to a normal sleep cycle. Therefore, it’s important to not fuss over them too much once you’re in bed together.

3. Have a consistent bedtime

Consistency really is the key. Once you’ve found a rhythm that works and a bedtime that makes sense for you and your baby, stick to it. This way, your baby’s body becomes accustomed to a set bedtime and can adjust accordingly.

4. Dress them comfortably

Ensure that your baby is adequately dressed at night, ideally in a baby bodysuit. Newborn babies (and children in general) are prone to getting cold during the night, as they lose body heat much quicker than adults —  especially wearing cotton baby clothes, as it is so breathable. Check your newborn’s torso to get an idea of how warm or cold they are, and see if they need another layer or to be changed into a thicker bodysuit.

5. Offer them a dummy at night

It can be a good idea if you’re breastfeeding to offer your newborn a dummy to suck on at night, as this can prove very comforting for them.

 

Take some precautions

If you decide that sleeping alongside your newborn baby in bed is the right decision for you, then there are some safety considerations to keep in mind.

1. Put your baby down to sleep on their back. Any other position can potentially be dangerous for a newborn to sleep in.

2. Avoid wearing anything with buttons, clasps, pins or long strings in bed with your baby. Such things could scratch your child or get tangled up in their own newborn baby clothes, causing unnecessary discomfort for you both. The same goes for any jewellery: take it off before getting into bed.

3. Make sure there are no gaps where your baby could get stuck such as gaps between the mattress and the bed frame or between headboard slats.

4. Install a baby-safe rail. If there are exposed sides of your bed (such as if it’s not against a wall on the side your baby will be sleeping on) and the mattress isn’t very close to the floor, installing a rail will prevent your little one from potentially falling out of bed.

5. Dress your newborn slightly less warmly than if they were sleeping on their own. This is so your baby’s body temperature doesn’t rise too much as you conserve warmth together. Choose something from our range of organic cotton baby clothes, such as a light baby bodysuit, that allows a small amount of their natural body heat to escape as needed.

 

Check in with your newborn baby

Not every newborn will love sleeping surrounded by their parents. Some babies enjoy having space and quiet when sleeping from a very early age, so it’s important to check in with your newborn and adhere to their preferences. This does not mean that you won’t be able to bond; just like the rest of us, some babies prefer to sleep alone!

Read more on the Sense Organics blog about how to dress your baby to ensure their comfort at night in a cosy baby bodysuit or any of our organic baby clothes. Happy bonding!