Products to care for your baby and the environment
Every parent wants the very best for their child and as baby's skin is generally more sensitive and 5 times thinner than an adults, it's no surprise that parents are increasingly looking to organic products.
Organic products are ideal for parents who are looking to avoid using synthetic chemicals, colours or fragrances and they can also be beneficial for children who experience skin problems such as eczema, cradle cap and extra sensitivity. There are a growing number of brands making organic toiletries and clothing; here are just a few of our new ones:
Pure Beginnings is one of South Africa's must trusted organic brands. Their products combine native fair-trade African ingredients with traditional herbal botanicals. The range includes a body wash and body lotion that will look after sensitive young skin as they are pH balanced and as their shampoo doesn't contain Sodium Lauryl Sulphate, it's naturally tear free. We've recently added a new berry flavoured toothpaste to the range.
The natural flavour and ingredients mean it's safe for children to swallow so it should help them get into a tooth brushing routine. It also contains the active ingredient Xylitol, derived from birch trees, that has been documented to have beneficial dental properties, so it will look after growing teeth too.
Naturally Cool Kids was established in 2010 by a mum who was looking for natural and affordable products for children and the range includes both summer and winter skincare, including sun tan lotion, bug bands and vapour sticks for little ones with sniffles. Their brightly coloured deet-free fabric bands can be worn on the wrists and ankles. Impregnated with natural oils, they ward off insects, mosquitoes and other unwanted visitors. There's no smell and they look cool, so kids won't mind wearing them, and they can even keep them on in the pool.
Organic Babies and Organic Children was founded by a concerned mum, when her daughter suffered eczema and allergies. They are committed to offering natural, organic products that really work. Their range of toiletries includes a fab hamper that's an ideal gift for new arrivals and it contains plenty of treats that are suitable for mum too. The Mum and Baby rescue balm is ideal for mums to use before and after their baby is born to soften and soothe dry skin. Beautifully packaged in a reusable wicker basket that's lined with non-bleached cotton, the hamper offers a complete skincare solution in one.
With 10% of all chemical pesticides and 22% of insecticides used on cotton, a crop that uses only 2.5% of all farmland worldwide, organic cotton is becoming a first choice for more and more people.
Organics for Kids specialise in beautiful baby clothes and gifts, made from organic textiles and manufactured in the UK. Based in Nottingham, this small company works as much as possible with local designers and catalogue printers. With a range of fun, child-friendly designs to choose from, including pretty butterflies and cute frogs , you're sure to find something to appeal to your little one in the range . With cotton sitting next to baby's skin as they sleep, these soft, organic sleepsuits offer parents assurance and peace of mind.
There are also an increasing number of well-known brands introducing organic products into their range. The BabyBjorn Organic Baby Carrier offers a sustainable and environmentally friendly choice, as conventional cotton can use up to 8 times more pesticide than other crops. In stylish walnut and black, this baby carrier looks good and does good for the environment too.