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  • Cloth Nappy Styles Explained
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    Cloth Nappy Styles Explained
    September 22, 2011
    Known as the “work-horse” nappy, Prefolds are a rectangular piece of fabric made up of several layers of 100% cotton, sewn into three panels. The middle panel typically has more layers, and is therefore more absorbent, than the outside two panels. A high-quality Prefold will state how many layers of fabric used, such as 4x8x4. This is known as the “ply” of the nappy and means that the two outside panels have 4 layers of fabric, and the middle panel has 8 layers. [...]
  • Cloth Nappy Materials Explained
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    Cloth Nappy Materials Explained
    September 23, 2011
    Bamboo fabric is one of the most popular materials used in modern cloth nappies. It is softer than cotton with a texture similar to silk. It is a super absorbent, naturally antibacterial and hypoallergenic product, grown without the use of chemicals or pesticides. It is also quick to absorb moisture, keeping baby dry and odor free. Pure bamboo can dry twice as fast as cotton. Bamboo fabric is wonderfully cool in summer and snug and warm in winter. [...]
  • Cloth Nappy Accessories
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    Common Cloth Nappy Accessories
    September 23, 2011
    Unless you are using pocket cloth nappies, or all-in-one cloth nappies, your nappy will require the use of a cloth nappy cover. Nappy covers are economical as they can be used several times before needing to be washed, unless they smell or are soiled. Simply hang them to air dry between uses and by the next change they should be good to go again. [...]
  • Additives and Preservatives to Avoid
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    Additives and Preservatives to Avoid in Kids' Snacks
    September 23, 2011
    Packaged snacks offer the convenience of a quick bite to eat when you are on-the-go with your kids, but they can contain potentially harmful additives and preservatives.  Registered Dietitian, Danielle Omar, offers a handy list of what to avoid and what may be ok. Bottom line: read the nutritional facts label and scrutinize the ingredients list. And yes, don’t fall for the front-of-the box labeling! [...]
  • Make your own teething necklace
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    Make your own: Teething Necklace
    September 23, 2011
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  • The cost of cloth diapers
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    The Diaper Drama Scene 1 - The Costs
    September 23, 2011
    It’s the debate of the century; disposables vs. cloth nappies, hard to know which way to turn when everyone has an opinion. The Diaper Drama chronicles one mum’s journey, combining a refreshingly frank perspective with some very useful information. [...]
  • The cost of cloth diapers vs disposables
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    The Cost of Cloth Diapers vs Disposables
    October 19, 2011
    Although initially costly (a full set of 20 cloth nappies will cost in the region of R2000), the cloth nappies available in South Africa are much cheaper in the long run than their disposable counter parts.   [...]
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    Meat? For Me?!
    November 11, 2011
    "Babies start with a very clean palate and it's your job to mold it." Rachel Brandeis; American Dietetic Association.
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    Baby Shower Ideas: Painted Onesies
    November 16, 2011
    This series of Fun With Clothes Freebies is choc-a-block with exciting ideas, centered on giving old clothes new life, and unique but cheap ways for creating gifts from the heart.
  • Homemade Finger Paints
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    Make Your Own: Homemade Finger Paints
    November 16, 2011
    An expressive (and edible!) medium for children of all ages.
  • Safe Household Cleaner
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    A Safe Household Cleaner
    November 16, 2011
    Have you ever read the label on a household cleaner? In addition to a long list of chemicals, there are also warnings to keep away from children and pets.
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    Quinoa is a Kids Best Friend!
    January 11, 2012
    Juicy Burgers and Fluffy Flapjacks; sounds delicious right?! Well, with a little help from one of Nature's finest; Quinoa, Super Mum can now turn these yummies into Super Foods!
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    The Diaper Drama Scene 2 - Dryness and Rashes
    January 18, 2012
    Heather’s drama continues in this witty, yet poignant, look at an item which spends about 17,520 hours flush against your baby's skin. [...]
  • Family Recipes Savory Semolina Cake
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    Family Recipes: Savory Semolina 'Cake'
    January 18, 2012
    This is such an easy recipe to enjoy anytime, full of veggie goodness, and most importantly; kids LOVE it!
  • Food for Toddlers
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    The Healthiest Foods for Your Toddler
    January 18, 2012
    The food pyramid divides foods into five distinct group and sets serving sizes for each food group. But it doesn’t list the very best foods from each of those groups. Below is a short list of some of foods that provide optimum nutrition per calorie. [...]
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    A Citrus Peel Starter Pot For Seedlings
    January 18, 2012
    Children are natural gardeners. They're curious, like to learn by doing, and love to play in the dirt. Working in a garden, a child can experience the satisfaction that comes from caring for something over time, while observing the cycle of life firsthand. [...]
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    Make Your Own: Heart Stamps
    February 7, 2012
    Nothing says ‘I Love You’ on Valentine’s Day like a handmade card, especially if the hands that are doing the making are of the very small, cute and chubby variety!
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    Make Your Own: Soapnuts Liquid
    February 8, 2012
    Soapnuts contain saponins which are a natural surfactant. They are 100% organic and chemical free and have been used for washing for thousands of years by native peoples in Asia as well as Native Americans.
  • Shaving Cream Bathtub Paints
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    Shaving Cream Bathtub Paint
    March 12, 2012
    We just LOVE how bright and fun this idea is! Plus it’s super easy to do and all the ingredients are probably waiting in your cupboard already. Thrifty fun? Fantastic! [...]
  • No Bake Energy Bites
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    No Bake Energy Bites
    March 12, 2012
    Here's one for Mum,  SO easy to make and absolute guilt-free heaven! Perfect for those times when you are so busy sorting everyone else out that you forget to take care of you. Plus they come in one-hand convenience size for all the breastfeeding Mamma's out there. [...]
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    The Diaper Drama Scene 3 - Health Issues
    March 20, 2012
    It’s the debate of the century; disposables vs. cloth nappies, hard to know which way to turn when everyone has an opinion. We continue to chronicle Heather’s journey to cloth nappy harmony with this next installment of her Diaper Drama.
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    Make Your Own: Pillow Mattress
    May 15, 2012
    You might have seen this picture floating around Facebook or Twitter recently. We did, and it was love at first sight!
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    The Diaper Drama Scene 4 - The Environment
    May 15, 2012
    by Heather L. Sanders [...]
  • Immune Boosting Recipes
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    Winter Warmers - Immune Boosting Recipes
    May 15, 2012
    Many common winter viruses are airborne, so if your toddler takes a breath within, say, 4 to 6 feet of someone who’s sick, he can easily catch the bug himself. [...]
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    Make Your Own: Moon Sand
    May 15, 2012
    We love ‘moon sand’ or ‘magic sand’ for sensory sand play. You can buy it from art and craft suppliers, but it is fairly expensive. These instructions show you how to make it yourself!
  • Gluten Free Recipes
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    Gluten Free Recipes: Peanut Butter, Banana, & Choc-Chip Muffins
    June 14, 2012
    Who says healthy isn’t heavenly?? These DELICIOUS muffins are a fantastic way to kick-start your family’s morning! Kids are much more enthusiastic about eating food that they have had a hand in making. Home cooking boosts their self-esteem and creates lovely, wholesome bonding opportunities for the family. [...]
  • Beard Beanie
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    Make Your Own: Beard Beanie
    June 14, 2012
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  • Baby Led Weaning Recipes
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    Baby Led Weaning Recipes
    July 16, 2012
    These homemade recipes for Baby Led Weaning are simple and rewarding to make.
  • Baby Led Weaning
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    What is Baby Led Weaning?
    July 16, 2012
    Baby led weaning is a relatively new approach to introducing solids... but one that's rapidly gaining momentum! The principle behind baby led solids is that baby is allowed to feed himself age appropriate foods, through which he progresses at his own pace. [...]
  • Free Printables
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    Free Printables: Label Your Creations
    July 16, 2012
    There is nothing quite like a cute label to finish off a home-made gift or give new life to a recycled container!
  • Homemade Playdough
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    The Ultimate Homemade Playdough
    July 16, 2012
    This recipe is SO easy to make and SO much better than the stuff you buy at the store. It makes the softest, squishiest, longest lasting play dough…EVER! The perfect gift for any kid – birthdays, Christmas stockings, party favors, gifts for the classroom, cousins, neighbors, anyone! [...]
  • Free Printables
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    Free Printables: Back To School Fun!
    July 16, 2012
    These super cute school lunch notes might just brighten up your, and your little one's, day.
  • Bonding with Dad
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    Tips for Dad - Bonding With Your Baby
    September 26, 2016
    by Jodi Picoult [...]
  • JJ Rabbit
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    JJ Rabbit eco-Conscious Kids Feeding Brand
    November 11, 2016
    Here at The ecoBaby Company children’s nutrition and eating habits are very important to us. But we also consider what they eat on with equal importance. With BpA, Phthalate, and PVC a growing concern, it is a challenge to find durable utensils that are safe, easy to care for and aesthetically pleasing. We searched long and hard and are proud to introduce to you, JJ RABBIT - a design-first, eco-conscious, children’s feeding brand. Fusing innovative designs and clever functionality, JJ Rabbit’s range of products aims to make mealtime enjoyable and utterly safe.  Free from any baddies associated with traditional plastics, JJ Rabbit’s products are made from FDA approved biodegradable and compostable bio-plastic. Derived from sugars and starches found in plants such as corn and sugarcane, this bio-plastic is also completely bio-degradable and compostable. As it is made from plants, it is 100% natural and 100% safe! How awesome is that!       One of the feeding challenges that parents face is transitioning the child from a sippy cup to a real one. And how do you do that without taking away the security and comfort of a sippy cup? JJ RABBIT CUPPIES® has a special hidden animal at the bottom of each CUPPIES®, and your little ones will finish every time just to see their favorite friend. Isn’t it brilliant!       Bring a little of magic and imaginative fun to meal times with these stackable animal plates. JJ RABBIT dipPLATES™ come in four fun animal shapes, we have the orange design shaped like a rabbit with a round body, which is the main plate and the rabbit ears are a separated section, like a mini-plate, perfect for dips, side-dishes or dessert.         These ergoFork+Spoon™ are ergonomically designed perfect for our budding little eaters. The pair is very easy for tiny hands to grip. Angle Handle = EASY for baby to hold, EASY to pick up and put down. Curved Tip = EASY self-feeding, elevated spoon tip keeps food spills off the table. Perfect! Mealtime has never been so clean and my only gripe is that i wish there was an adult-sized version of the spoon for me.         The JJ Rabbit aniBOWLS™ are fun companions to any meal – a great way to enjoy a fun meal or snack while being eco-friendly. The aniBowls are available in a set of two and feature either a cute frog or penguin face. My son has the red&green froggie aniBowls, which match his green Frog CUPPIE. Since handing him the aniBowls i have never had to beg him to sit and eat, in fact now the only challenge is ensuring both are clean as he insists on having both his froggie friends at the table. Made from plant materials the JJ Rabbit aniBowls are 100% biodegradable but what makes them superior to anything else on the market, is the fact that they are durable and will not deteriorate after just a few washes. They are design-focused, qualityfeeding bowls, which are dishwasher and microwave safe. So they are fun for my kid and make life easy for me.         Ideal for babies who have moved on to solid feeding. JJ Rabbit has designed the fantastic eco-conscious dryBib for little ones. Made from organic cotton, this practical bib is also waterproof (but without the plastic!) and has a convenient catch-pocket for all the bits that don't quite go where intended. Moms love the dryBib too, because its machine-washable as well as BPA-Free, Phthalate Free and PVC Free.   If you believe in safe, sustainable and environmentally responsible products then JJ Rabbit should be your first stop. JJ Rabbit once again proving that safety, eco-friendly and gorgeous designs are not mutually exclusive. Take a peek and see for yourself!
  • Cloth Nappy Styles
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    Our Cloth Nappy Style Guide 2016
    November 18, 2016
    Feeling blown away by the mountain of information available on Cloth Nappies? Well then we have just the thing for you. You don't need to become an expert, as modern cloth nappies are just as easy to use as disposables. What is however important - is to know which cloth nappy styles to buy depending on your lifestyle, preferences and budget. Our Cloth Nappy Style Guide takes a look at 4 of the most popular cloth Nappy styles. All conveniently available right here at The ecoBaby Company. Fitted Nappies Shop Fitted Nappies About Fitted Nappies As the name suggests, a fitted nappy is one where the nappy has elastic around the waist for a great fit. No folding required. They are shaped like disposable nappies and close with snaps or Velcro. These nappies are often called 'bomb proof' as the entire nappy is made from ultra absorbent bamboo and cotton and the elastic at the legs makes them excellent at containing messes. They require a separate, waterproof nappy cover. For a full cloth nappy system using a Fitted nappy you will need: Fitted cloth nappy (they come in a variety of sizes or a ‘one-size’ option) Waterproof nappy cover Optional: Extra Bamboo inserts or boosters We love them because: Double containment layer - When paired with a waterproof cover these nappies are ultra-absorbent due to their full bamboo/cotton construction Often come with bamboo inserts for even more absorbency You get that old school look and ultra-soft feel but without having to worry about getting the "folding" right They can be used without the cover during tge days for extra breathability but you have the nappy cover as a back-up to contain leaks Built-in fasteners (snaps or Velcro) make for faster, easier nappy changes These nappies are great to use with fleece and wool nappy covers, which are lovely and soft, and offer superior breathability Ultra-Absorbent A fitted nappy combined with the correct size cover could be expected to last around 4+ hours and with additional boosters / inserts should be able to easily last overnight. They often contain runny newborn waste better than other nappy styles, including disposable because it uses a separate cover which acts as a second leak guard. They are generally the most absorbent nappies for night times because of their booster layers The Fitted Nappy is the absorbent part and the wrap / Cover is the waterproof part Watch out for: You will generally need to buy a variety of sizes during the time your child is in nappies, unless you choose a "one-size" option. Do be aware, however, that one-size nappies may not fit a newborn and/or older baby as well as the "sized" cloth nappies will Fabrics: Fitted Nappy - Cotton, Bamboo or Combinations Waterproof Outer / Cover - PUL (Laminated Polyester), Fleece or Wool Ideal for: When longer periods of protection are required such as night time or when travelling Those who long for the retro 'prefolds or 'flats' LOOK but prefer their nappies contoured and with built in closures Mother Nature Fitted Nature Nappy - (birth to potty training) Bam+Boo Fitted Nappy - (5kgs - 17kgs+) Mother Nature Rainbow Covers - 0-7kgs (S), 7-11kgs (M), 11kgs+ (L) Tip: If the waterproof outer is clean when you change the nappy you can keep re-using it over and over again by just putting on a clean fitted nappy. About AiO Nappies All-In-One Nappies are just that…everything you need, sewn together in one piece, to keep baby dry.. These cloth nappies are the most like disposable nappies; no pinning, no stuffing, no folding, no wrapping – just pure, ready-to-go convenience. Like pocket nappies, AIO’s have a soft, inner wicking layer to draw wetness away from baby’s skin, a built-in waterproof cover, and snap or Velcro closures. Unlike pocket nappies, AIO’s have the absorbent part of the nappy already snapped or sewn in; no stuffing (or un-stuffing!) necessary. For a full cloth nappy system using an All-in-One nappy you will need: All-in-One nappy. That's it! We love them because: AIO’s are so easy to use that they are great for grandparents, day-care, and babysitters If it’s convenience you’re after, as well keeping your baby out of disposables, this is the way to go Most brands do a Newborn All-in-One which is trimmer and has an umbilical cord snapdown. Ideal for 2-7 kgs Watch out for: AIO’s with sewn-in absorbency may require increased drying time due to their thick layers. Sleeve nappies with snap-in or stuff in inserts solves this problem as the absorbent layers are detachable and can be dried separately. The Bam+Boo All-in-Ones are quikcer drying as the two attached inserts are attached on opposing sides and can be spread open for faster drying The waterproof layer of any nappy will begin to crack after too much time in a tumble-dryer so we recommend line-drying these nappies Fabrics: Liner - Generally Bamboo or Bamboo+Microfibre combination Inner Absorbent Layers - Suedecloth Waterproof Outer / Cover - PUL (Laminated Polyester) Ideal for: Great for Dads and Daycare because they are just like using a disposable nappy. And because all parts are sewn together there is no chance of the daycare losing inserts or covers. Bam+Boo AiO - (5kgs - 17kgs+) Bam+Boo Newborn AiO - (2kgs - 7kgs) All-in-One Nappies   Shop AiO Nappies Sleeve Nappies Shop Sleeve Nappies About Sleeve Nappies It’s hard to beat the revolutionary design of sleeve nappies when it comes to convenience, versatility, and comfort for your baby. In fact, when stuffed and ready to use, most parents will swear that these nappies are just as easy to use as disposables! A “Sleeve” cloth diaper is basically a pocket nappy but with an opening at the front and back of the pocket. In the best situation this means the insert should agitate out during the wash cycle. Sleeve Nappies are a two part diapering system. Part 1: The nappy cover Sleeve nappy covers are the Ferrari of diaper covers. They are made up of two layers; which makes them really quick to dry. The outer layer is a supple, breathable fabric (generally polyester or cotton) that is laminated for complete waterproofing. The inner layer is butter-soft microfleece or suedecloth which actually works to draw moisture away from baby’s sensitive skin. These nappies come with snap fastenings or with Velcro. All the functional parts inside the nappy are encased in the cozy inner layer so that only the softest of the soft touches your baby’s skin. Between the two layers is an opening, accessible through the front and back of the nappy (depending on style). This is the “sleeve” of the nappy. Which brings us to the insert.. Part 2: The insert Inserts are what you put into the sleeve of the nappy to work as the absorbent core. The sleeve holds the insert in place so that absorbency is where absorbency is needed most. The best part is; what you use as an insert is completely adjustable to suit your baby’s needs and your budget! Custom made inserts can be found in bamboo, microfleece, cotton etc. each with its own benefits, but any absorbent material can be used as a sleeve nappy insert; you can even use an old towel! For a full cloth nappy system using a Sleeve nappy you will need: A 2-layer Sleeve nappy cover Absorbent insert or ‘stuffing’ We love them because: When baby wees, the moisture is wicked through the inner layer and absorbed into the insert. This keeps baby feeling dry and rash-free plus makes the nappy highly sanitary This nappy offers convenience and quick drying Sleeve diapers make great diaper bag diapers because while out you can skip un-stuffing the pocket before placing it in your wet bag No need to touch soiled inserts as entire nappy can be thrown in wash and insert will agitate loose in the wash Perfect un-stuffed as a swim nappy! Watch out for: For a Pocket Nappy - when baby is wet or soiled, the insert must be removed from the pocket of the nappy and put into one diaper pail, and the nappy cover should go into another pail. This is not necessary for an ‘easy-wash’/'sleeve' nappy, which is designed to separate (cover from insert) in the wash Inner layers of fleece are prone to build-up which can add a few easy steps to a typical wash routine once or twice a month Fabrics: Bam+Boo Waterproof Outer - PUL (Laminated Polyester) Fancypants Waterproof Outer - PUL (Laminated Polyester) Bam+Boo Included Liners - Bamboo+Microfibre combination Fancypants Included Liners - Microfibre Bam+Boo Inner Layers - A suede cloth inner Fancypants Inner Layers - A bamboo/cotton blend Ideal for: Sleeve diapers are perfect if you don’t mind the laundry side of cloth diapers (stuffing) but prefer not to touch the dirty inserts. They are usually trim, are economical, and come in a few brands and varieties to suit most consumers’ tastes Bam+Boo Sleeve Nappy - One-size-fits-most (5kgs – 17kgs+) Fancypants Orginal Nappy - One-size-fits-all (3.5kgs - 17kgs+) Tip: If your inserts are not dry you can use any absorbent fabrics inside the pocket About Bam+Boo Bamboo Nappy The super absorbent Bamboo Cloth Nappy is also know as a Hybrid Cloth Nappy. which is a cross between a pocket and fitted cloth nappy. It is a bigger cut nappy suitable for night time use, bigger babies and toddlers. Each nappy comes with two bamboo inserts (soaker and booster). The two inserts snap into the (TPU) waterproof cover. The cover inner is Coolmax material which is anti bacterial and anti fungal.  This nappy boasts double leg gussets and a pocket for boosting at night time Part 1: The nappy cover TPU covers are very similar to PUL covers. What people seem to really like about TPU is the feel.  It is very soft and more fabric like when compared to PUL.  But TPU is also less durable that PUL.  TPU should not be washed on HOT and may not last as long as PUL.  But if you take good care of it and follow washing instructions there is no reason why TPU shouldn’t last a very long time. The two inserts snap into the (TPU) waterproof cover. The cover inner is Coolmax material which is anti bacterial and anti fungal.  This nappy boasts double leg gussets and a pocket for boosting at night time. These nappies come with Velcro fastenings and four rows of snaps on the front to adjust the size. Part 2: The insert This Bambo nappy comes standard with a bamboo insert and a bamboo booster. Both inserts can either be attached on top of the pocket using the snap fastenings or there is a pocket for extra boosting. Inserts are the absorbent core of a cloth nappy. The snap fastenings inside the Hybrid nappy keep the inserts in place, where they need to be. The pocket will do the same for any extra absorbent material used. Custom made inserts can be found in bamboo, microfleece, cotton etc. each with its own benefits, but any absorbent material can be used as a pocket nappy insert; you can even use an old towel! For a full cloth nappy system using a Bamboo Hybrid Nappy you will need: The 2-layer soft TPU Nappy cover Absorbent insert or ‘stuffing’ We love them because: Because the absorbent layers are separate and can be snapped in or inserted into the waterproof cover, this allows faster drying time and often for more customisable absorbency, since you can use none, all or part of the absorbent soakers The nappy is soft and substantial and fills you with confidence The 100% bamboo inserts are super absorbent and therefore great for night time and travelling This nappy boasts double leg gussets and a pocket for boosting at night time Four rows of rise snaps in the front allow for small, medium, large and extra large sizing Watch out for: The softer TPU cover should not be washed at very hot tempretures When baby is wet or soiled, the insert must be removed from the pocket of this nappy and put into one diaper pail, and the nappy cover should go into another pail While a waterproof cover is not required with pocket cloth nappies, they do require the purchase of the absorbent fabric to “stuff” the pockets with before use. Depending on brand, these inserts may come in a few different sizes; from new-born through to toddler. Many pocket cloth nappies now include insert options in their original purchasing pri Fabric Waterproof Cover - TPU Included Inserts - Bamboo (1 x soaker, 1 x booster) Inner Layers - Coolmax (anti-bacterial, anti-fungal) One-size-fits-most (5kgs - 17kgs+) Bam+Boo Bamboo Nappy   Shop Bamboo Nappy Cloth Nappies are good for baby and help mom feel good too. There is no downside to Cloth Nappies as it is more cost-effective, saves thousands of nappies from clogging up refuse sites and there is less chance of rashes or skin irritations as 1. only natural materials are against baby's skin and 2 cloth nappies are far more breathable than disposables SHOP All Nappies P.S. If you want to extend the life of your cloth nappies make sure to only use chemical-free creams and laundry products. Chemicals reduce the absorption quality of cloth nappies and should be kept away from babies sensitive skin too. SHOP Nappy Accessories   Still not sure, well chat to one of our helpful staff to answer any other questions you may have.
  • Baby Bonding
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    Bonding with Bump & Baby
    November 19, 2016
    For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. Psalm 139 vs 13 Three easy ways to Bond with your Baby Bump Massage your Baby Bump Massage your baby bump lightly with creams/ oil. Or even better make it a couples massage. SHOP Massage Talk to your Baby Bump Talk, read and sing to your baby bump. Or if your voice gets tired then play it some music or wear a belly chime. SHOP Bonding Be Still & Feel Take a quiet bath or lie in the sun or just be in nature and focus on baby’s movements/ kicking. SHOP Pamper Baby Bonding after Birth Skin Contact One of the first ways to bond with your newborn is skin to skin contact so whether its a massage, a hug or just some playful fun - hold baby close and never let go SHOP Bath & Body Breastfeeding Breastfeeding is a rewarding and intimate way to promote bonding. SHOP Breastfeeding Baby Wearing Baby-wearing is yet another way to enjoy physical connection with your baby and is an outstanding way to also involve dad in attachment parenting. Whilst slings and wraps are more for moms, baby carriers like the African Baby Carrier are guaranteed to get dad and baby addicted to bonding adventures. SHOP Baby Wearing Soothing Smell Other bonding ideas include - sleeping with your baby's comforters and snuggle toys before they are born so that they smell like you when given to baby. Or even better why not be the human comforter every now and again. SHOP Comforters Bonding is one of the joys of parenting, that unique human connection between a parent and their child - unlike anything else on earth. So enjoy the unique bonding experience with your bump and newborn!
  • African Baby Carrier Review
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    African Baby Carrier Deluxe - Tested
    November 23, 2016
    One of our ecobaby Company brand promises is that we test every product to ensure it lives up to the high quality standard we have set. We have decided to take you along on our testing journeys and let you see for yourself what we discover and learn. We start with a product, that should be a must on every parents wishlist. The African Baby Carrier Deluxe. A product that is proudly South African and offers parents the simplest and most versatile baby carrying system around. NO WORRIES No need to worry about boot space, difficult terrain or having your hands full. Oh no, with the African Baby  Carrier (ABC) your child is right where they want to be - against mommy or daddy! And you get to show off your baby with pride. ORIGINAL vs DELUXE The ABC carriers come in Original and Deluxe, we took a Deluxe Canvas model out for a test. The deluxe model has a number of benefits over the Original model, our favourite being it can carry more weight (up to 20kg) and so has a longer life-span as baby grows into a kid. The Deluxe model also comes in a nifty carrier bag of its own, which when empty of the carrier, can be used to store nappies, refreshments or anything you want. And it neatly attaches on the back of the carrier - so need to carry it in your hands. ALIGN THAT SPINE What makes the African Baby Carrier a favourite of ours, is their focus on ensuring that your child's weight is correctly distributed over the bottom belt, which results in their legs remaining in the sitting position rather than hanging straight down. This ensures correct spine-alignment. DAYLIGHT DAD Dads especially will love this product. Its guaranteed to ensure that you and your child enjoy more adventures and quality time - outdoors, shopping, strolling or hiking. There is nowhere this carrier cannot go! ecoTEST: African Baby Carrier Deluxe Testers: Jaco (the donkey), Nina (the jockey), Kite (security), Domino (security) & Juan (camera) The Test: Taking the dogs for a sunday morning walk, with Nina - the terrible two's in tow. This should be interesting! Jaco, Nina and Kite head out for a Sunday morning walk. Their goal is to test the African Baby Carrier (ABC) Deluxe. Straight away Jaco is in love and comments on how well the ABC deluxe carrier handles Nina's weight and how light she feels as a result. By the looks of it, Nina is enjoying it so much she is threatening to take a nap... On closer inspection yes Nina is most definitely enjoying a cat nap and Jaco is moaning that he didn't bring along the selfie-stick for that must have panoramic shot... And we are off again, with Kite leading the way - likely targeting a tree. But we are not worried and instead appreciate that the ABC deluxe carrier has allowed us to take the dogs for a walk without needing to use our hands to push a pram. Additionally the carrier also frees us up to go from pavement to gravel and from tar to grass without even noticing the transition. As Nina continues to sleep we are amazed that a child that makes the energizer bunny look lazy - literally took to this new contraption like a fish to water. We even faced barking dogs, stopped to whawha to some neighbours and meet new friends - without anything waking her. We were so surprised that we stopped again to take another photo just to prove it... We arrive back at home and whilst our two Great Danes pull a David Copperfield and make a 5 litre bucket of water disappear.- Jaco is back in the kitchen finishing off a cheese cake for later. But think Nina is bothered?  Nope! She is still asleep on Jaco's back and you might also notice another of our products that also hitched a ride. It is a Caramel & Floral, Lilly n Jack snuggle-bunny, which belongs to Nina. And as is our way at The ecoBaby Company we have found another use for it. We proudly introduce The Lily n Jack Pillow! Or as I like to call it - "The Piggy Back Partner!" Talking about 'Piggy Back Partners'. Nina, who has never been in a baby carrier before, before she fell asleep did comment on how 'cool it was that she can get a piggy back without having to hold on' and enjoyed her elevated view. BUY AFRICAN BABY CARRIER ORIGINAL How sweet is little Nina? Looking like such an angel! We might need to rename the carrier 'The African Angel Carrier'. Who would believe that 40 mins earlier Nina was on the counter diligently performing her self-assigned role as 'official taste-tester' of all the cheesecake ingredients? BUY AFRICAN BABY CARRIER DELUXE
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    Reindeer Pancakes
    December 14, 2016
    During the holiday season, sharing food around the table is such a wonderful tradition for most families. Laughter, memories and full tummies are the perfect way to end the year with joy. Include your kids in the holiday cheer by letting your little cook help you with this fun recipe, perfect for a pajama-packed holiday morning. REINDEER PANCAKES Ingredients – what you’ll need! 1 ½ cups flour 3 tablespoons sugar 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder ½ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon baking soda 1 cup milk 4 tablespoons melted butter 1 egg 2 tbsp butter 4 pieces of bacon 4 white marshmallows 8 chocolate chips 4 strawberries Cooking Materials Whisk Bowl Pan   Instructions – how to make your reindeer! Start by whisking flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda in a small bowl. Add milk, melted butter and egg in a separate bowl, and then combine into flour bowl. Melt butter into pan to prep. Using the batter bowl, pour to form one large circle for the head, one smaller circle for the nose and two triangles for the ears. Cook until bubbles form around the edges and then flip, cooking a few more minutes until golden brown. Remove from heat and continue to repeat until ingredients are gone. Next, cook bacon until crispy. To make your reindeer, place the large pancake on the bottom and the smaller pancake on the top. Place the triangles on the top to look like ears. Position your bacon in-between the ears to look like antlers. Then, take a marshmallow and cut it in half for eyes. Put a chocolate chip in the middle for the pupils. Cut the top off of the strawberry and place it as a nose. Add syrup and butter to taste. Enjoy! Share your photos on Instagram. Include hashtags #xmascooking #kidsrecipes #holidayrecipe And don’t forget to tag us on @jjrabbit_kids CONGRATULATIONS Melissa de Villiers Lucy du Toit Leanne Howard Who have each won a JJ Rabbit product bundle to take on the road this Christmas. Each fun, colorful bundle will include 1 x Cuppies®, 1 x ergoFork+Spoon™, 1 x set of aniBowl™, 1 x dipPLATES™ and 1x  dryBIB™ for a combined retail value of more than R1095.00! Our eco-friendly products are made from a unique bioplastic formulation with EcoPure. Using this formulation, JJ Rabbit products make their way back to Mother Earth faster than normal plastics. Learn more
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    What should I feed my Baby?
    May 9, 2017
    Join us on a journey with renowned international nutritionist - Barbara O'Neill All parents want their kids to grow up to be strong, bright, healthy adults. In Nature, God has provided us with everything we would ever need to reach these goals. We take a journey with renowned author, educator and qualified naturopath and nutritionist - Barbara O'Neill. Barbara is also an international speaker on natural self-healing. She has raised eight children and is a specialist in women's and children's health. Barbara is passionate about good health and natural healing. She believes in giving the body optimum conditions in order for it to heal itself. But ideally we would have no need for 'healing' if we got into good habits from a very young age. As the old adage goes "prevention is better than a cure". Let us take a look at Barbara's advice around baby nutrition and feeding...   "Not only are a woman's breasts situated in the perfect area so she can hold and snuggle her little one whilst she is feeding, but a mother’s breasts also contain the perfect amount of nutrition for every stage of baby’s development" BARBARA'S ADVICE FOR FEEDING AT EACH STAGE: BREAST IS BEST The Breast - Gods Design: Barbara reminds us that God designed the woman’s anatomy with special apparatus for the function of nourishing her baby. Not only are a woman's breast situated in the perfect area so she can hold and snuggle her little one whilst she is feeding, but a mother’s breasts also contain the perfect amount of nutrition for every stage of baby’s development. Mother's Milk: The nutrient content of mother’s milk will change according to baby’s needs, even from week to week. Every mother’s milk is perfect for her baby. There is no equal. As baby sucks, hormones are released into the mother’s blood stream that increases the mothering instincts, thus helping her to be a more attentive mother. Habits of Regularity: It is best for baby to be trained into habits of regularity at an early age. There should be definite periods of feeding and rest. The mother needs to use discretion to read her baby’s needs. Some babies go well on three-hour feeding, some on four-hour feeding. Mother’s milk is digested much quicker than formula or other milks. Thus some babies need three-hour feeding. In "From Sickness to Health: Healing the Gut" Barbara O'Neil reminds us of some basic physiology - that milk is all a baby needs and they should not have any form of starch (such as cereals) until the molars are fully through. Watch what Barbara has to say - Barbara O'Neill - From Sickness to Health: Healing the Gut" There is especially valuable information between 2min45 and 5min20   WHAT IF I AM UNABLE TO BREASTFEED? BREAST MILK ALTERNATIVES: If unforeseen circumstances arise and mother is not able to feed her baby, you can substitute one of the formulas listed below. It is important to remember that milk formula made from powdered milk is ‘dead’ milk. Baby needs live milk, as breast milk is live, being full of enzymes. Enzymes in mother's milk are critical for nutrition - as in the gut they break down protein into smaller particles called amino acids - which then can be absorbed into the blood. Watch Barbara explain the importance of developing and protecting your baby's gut. Especially valuable information from 24min05 through to 39min50. Here are some ‘live’ alternative milk formulas: Almond Date Milk 1 cup almonds 2 soaked dates 1 litre water Blend very well and strain through a fine sieve Banana Milk Very ripe banana's 1/2 teaspoon slippery elm powder 1 litre water Blend well Juice 70% carrot juice 20% apple juice 10% celery juice The ratio for baby is 3 parts juice, 1 part water Goat’s Milk Milk from a healthy goat WHEN IS MY BABY READY TO EAT? How to know your baby is ready to eat solid food: Barbara tells us there are three requirements necessary to ensure baby is ready for solid food. When all the following signposts are present, baby is ready for food. The age that these requirements occur can differ largely with each baby: 1.When baby can sit up all by himself Baby usually sits well by about 7 1/2 months 2. When baby can pick up and put food in his mouth Most babies begin to put things in their mouths at about the age of five months. This is their way of exploring, feeling and tasting things. By 7 ½ to 8 months babies are quite proficient at putting things in their mouths – even their big toes! When baby has teeth with which to masticate the food Baby teeth begin to erupt at about six months of age, and one pair appears at about each month hereafter until all twenty are present. The incisors, which are closest to the midline, appear first, four on the upper gums and four on the lower gums. These eight teeth are usually all through by about eleven months of age. The incisors are chisel-shaped and designed to cut into food. So at this age the best foods are fruits and vegetables. Raw is best as raw food is live food and live food digests very easily as it is full of enzymes. It is vital that you begin with small tastes of one fruit at a time and that the fruit is very ripe. Another important point is to always give baby his food after his milk. 8 TO 14 MONTHS: TASTE Introducing Taste: Around 7 - 8 months baby will start getting milk teeth. They are called this for a reason as Milk is all that baby should be getting. This is however also a great time for baby to get used to 'taste'. Below are some great suggestions from Barbara when introducing fruits to baby. So putting a lump of apple in a net bag and let baby suck on that or cutting all the corn off a mielie and giving them the empty cob to suck on etc are great ways to introduce taste to baby. Suggested fruits: Ripe bananas (black spots on the skin are a good sign), pear, grated apple, paw paw and avocado. Pieces of apple or pear can be placed in a little net bag or the cut off foot of a stocking. Then tie the end. Baby will happily suck on this for a long time and no lumps can come through the little holes. Raw is best. These are very gentle fruits, after a few weeks other fruits can be introduced, again stressing they should be very ripe. Seasonal fruits are best as they are the freshest. Organic food has a much higher nutrient value without the danger of insecticides. Dried fruits are also a good option for baby to chew on, especially a very dry prune or date. Try dried banana. After baby has been on fruits a couple of months, some veggies can be introduced. Suggested vegetables: Celery sticks and most raw veggies. Corn cobs with the corn taken off (baby loves this!) Lightly steamed pieces of carrot, broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini and cabbage. If lightly steamed, baby can pick them up and nibble on them. Baby will enjoy the different colours, tastes and textures. Also at this time a little mashed sweet potato or butternut pumpkin is good as they are soft and moist and need nothing added As the only teeth baby has at this stage are incisors, no starch should be given. Ptyalin, which is the salivary amylase that initiates the breakdown of starch, is not yet present in a baby's mouth. This enzyme is not produced until the eruptions of the first molars. (need a reminder? WATCH HERE) Baby can eat zwieback though. Zwieback twice baked bread. The bread is cut into finger sized pieces and laid in a warm oven 100 C for 1 ½ hours. This process converts all the starch in the bread to grape sugar. This is the same process that happens when a green banana becomes a ripe banana. Grape sugar is found in ripe fruit and is digested easily and quickly. If baby has a large appetite and you feel you would like a little more than above, a little ground almond, sunflower seeds, linseed or pumpkin seeds can be added to mashed banana. Another alternative is to add 1 teaspoon slippery elm powder to a mashed banana. Slippery elm is the powdered bark of the slippery elm tree. It is very nutritious and soothing to the digestive tract. 14 MONTHS AND ONWARDS When the first molars appear: It is around the age of 14 to 18 months that the digestive tract begins to mature and baby can cope with complex carbohydrates. The signpost is when the first molars appear. These have four cusps and are used to crush and grind food. The canines or eyeteeth erupt at about eighteen to twenty months. They are situated between the incisors and the first molars. The canines are used to tear and shred the food. When the molars appear, ptyalin, the amylase in saliva, which breaks down starch, is now produced. At this stage potatoes, bread and cereals can be introduced. It is important that all grains be thoroughly cooked, and also the legumes should be soaked and well cooked. It is best at this stage to slowly introduce these foods, always leaning more to the fruits and vegetables. By 18 to 24 months baby is usually eating three meals a day and is down to only a couple of milk feeds. If baby is weaned from the breast he can be given a fresh juice once or twice a day. Carrot, apple and celery are best. This mix contains all the necessary nutrients to sustain life. This is often called vegetarian’s milk. Weaning off the breast: Weaning off the breast depends a lot on mother, baby and circumstances. One of my babies seemed ‘desperate’ for food at nine months even though she was quite ‘round’. Another of my babies ate hardly a thing till he was sixteen months and he too was well padded. One baby weaned herself at one year whilst another weaned himself at three years. 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Cause of Disease: Part 1 Cause of Disease: Part 2 Women's Health Heart Health Physical, Mental & Moral Law Osteoporosis Healing the Gut Decoding Diabetes The Effects of Fasting Healing from the Bible This article was sourced from Barbara O'Neill's website: www.barbhealth.com.