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  1. Our Organic Mother Care Line

    Our new mother care product line is entirely organic and fragrance free – perfect for mums-to-be's changing skin. The new range consists of 3 different products for that are all certified by ECOCERT.

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  2. Our Certified Organic Family Care Line

    We have a new addition to our toiletry family - our family care line! It consists of products that are entirely organic and fragrance free – a great addition to the bathroom essentials. The new range consists of 5 different products that are all certified by ECOCERT. In addition to not having to worry about the content of our family toiletry range, we have made sure that the packaging is made with Green PE and fully recyclable (Shampoo, Shower Gel & Body Lotion). In comparison to conventional polyethylene, the main difference is that the ethanol used for Green PE is not produced using crude oil, but instead is derived from renewable source – sugarcane ethanol (around 95%).

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  3. Our Certified Organic Baby Care Line

    Our new baby care product line is entirely organic and fragrance free – perfect for your little ones sensitive skin. The new range consists of 5 different products for your little darling that are all certified by ECOCERT. In addition to not having to worry about the content of our baby toiletry range, we have made sure that the packaging is made with Green PE and fully recyclable (Baby Shampoo, Baby Bath Foam, Baby Lotion & Baby Body Wash). In comparison to conventional polyethylene, the main difference is that the ethanol used for Green PE is not produced using crude oil, but instead is derived from renewable source – sugarcane ethanol (around 95%).

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  4. What is ECOCERTĀ® certification?

    Transparency is extremely important to us at Eco by Naty. Declaring the ingredients and materials that we use in our products is key. In addition to this we use independent authorities to certify that the quality of our products and their performance is exactly what we say.

    EcoCert is an organic certfication and inspection body established in France in 1991. With activity in over 80 countries it has become one of the largest organic certification organizations in the world and one of the best known labels in the field of standardization regarding natural cosmetics. The ”Natural and organic cosmetic label” has a minimum of 95% of all plant-based ingredients in the formula and a minimum of 10% of all ingredients by weight must come from organic farming.

    To ensure an environmentally friendly cosmetic product, the Ecocert standard lays down that the ingredients are derived from renewable resources and manufactured by using environmentally friendly processes.

    Ecocert therefore checks the absence of:

     GMO

     Parabens

     Phenoxyethanol

     Nanoparticles

     Silicon

     PEG

     Synthetic perfumes and dyes

     Animal-derived ingredients (unless naturally produced by them: milk, honey, etc.).

    All our personal care products are certified by ECOCERT.

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  5. Baby-led weaning

    Counter to all the advice to start with purées and move on from there is a movement known as ‘baby-led weaning’, pioneered by infant feeding expert Gill Rapley. The theory is that your baby will follow its instincts and natural curiosity; this will encourage independence, help your baby develop hand-eye co-ordination and enable it to join you for family meals right from the start. Many parents do it inadvertently, usually with their second or third baby, when they are having to divide their attention, so their baby is more likely to get the chance to just pick up a piece of food and start chewing. Others go down this route simply because their baby refuses to eat from a spoon. You may find that some food from a spoon and lots of finger foods works for you.

    The greatest downside to weaning this way is that, even though you may save time preparing puréed foods, you’ll probably end up spending a lot more time clearing up after your baby –it’s nothing if not messy!

    How to do it

     Wait until your baby is six months old and able to sit up with little or no support.

     Sit your baby upright to eat.

     Keep up the usual milk feeds – your baby will naturally but gradually consume less milk as he gains more nutrients from solids.

     Be patient. Give your baby time and space to eat at his/her own pace.

     Put food within easy reach, either on a plate at the table or on the high chair tray, so s/he’s in control.

     Do sit and eat with your baby – s/he will copy what you’re doing and family meals will be seen as normal and acceptable.

     Never leave your baby unattended while s/he’s eating.

    What to offer (or not)

     Foods that are about the size of a fat chip, or that have a ‘handle’, such as a broccoli spear, are easier for your baby to pick up. Make sure they are long enough for your baby to hold in his/her fist, and have a bit poking out to bite on. At six months s/he can’t open his fist to get at the rest of the food, so s/he’ll drop it and go on to something else.

     Foods should be soft enough for your baby to break up with his/her gums, but not so soft that they turn to mush when s/he grabs it.

     Start by offering three pieces of food, e.g. a broccoli floret, a carrot baton and a strip of meat, and just watch what s/he does with it. Don’t worry if it doesn’t get eaten or ends up on the floor. Do have some more to offer if s/he seems to like it.

     Don’t offer food that’s an obvious choking hazard (eg, whole cherry tomatoes, fruit with stones, nuts)

     Sticks of vegetables such as parsnips and carrots are good roasted as they will be easier to grip. If it’s hard when raw, cook it. Veg that are softer, eg, cucumber, can be eaten raw.

     Fruit can be either cut into sticks or left whole. Leaving some skin on can make it easier to hold – if it’s inedible your baby will learn to gnaw away at the flesh and leave the skin.

     Meat on the bone is good for gnawing at, but do make sure there are no small bones and no gristle.

     Toast can be easier to cope with than plain bread, or try pittas and chappatis.

     Breadsticks and rice cakes will go soft quickly in the mouth.

     Pasta without sauce is easier to hold.

     

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  6. Weaning

    Your baby will survive perfectly well for the first six months on milk alone, whether breast or formula, but around this time s/he will be ready to try ‘proper’ food, on the way to enjoying family meals with you. It used to be recommended to wean much earlier, but research has shown that your baby’s digestive system is not fully developed until six months. If you feel your baby is ready slightly earlier, do resist if you can, especially if there is a history of allergies in your family, and consult your doctor or health visitor first. In any case, you should never start weaning before 17 weeks. If s/he’s starting to show an interest in what you eat, is reaching out for your food, or s/he still seems hungry after a full milk feed, now could be the time to start the baby on solids. You may also find that s/he’s started waking more at night, having previously slept through. 

    Start by offering solids once a day, just to see how s/he copes. Give a small amount on a baby spoon or the end of your finger, but only try when s/he’s happy and not too hungry. Don’t worry if s/he spits it out – s/he’s just getting used to what it feels like in the mouth, besides, the milk will provide the nutrients s/he needs for the time being. The most common ‘first food’ is baby rice, made up with a small amount of your baby’s normal milk, but any bland flavours will do. As s/he gets more used to the idea, introduce new flavours and increase the frequency of solid feeds. Generally speaking, by eight months, your baby should be eating three solid meals a day, plus about 600ml (1 pint) of milk.

    At first, offer purées of vegetables and fruit, such as carrots, sweet potato, parsnip, apple or pear, making them quite runny at first, then increasing the thickness as s/he gets used to eating. Getting the baby used to a variety of flavours now will help for more adventurous flavours later on. It is important to introduce texture and get your baby chewing, as this will help with speech development as s/he gets older. If there is a history of allergies in your family, avoid these foods for now. 

    Making your own food gives you complete control over what your baby eats, but don’t beat yourself up if you can’t do this all the time. There are plenty of organic brands of baby food to choose from, and these can be really useful for days out and holidays. If it helps, make up a large batch of food and freeze in individual portions for a quick, convenient meal at a later date. Also, try to think of ways you can adapt what you’re cooking for yourself, so that you don’t have to cook twice.

    As your baby gets older, you’ll find that, even without many teeth, the baby can chew through a finger of toast or a rice cake. Introducing these foods is important as it helps develop the hand-eye co-ordination and fine motor skills. Let the baby use cutlery too (but be prepared for big-time mess at first!) – you may find it useful to have a spoon each to make the meal time quicker. S/he’ll also be able to cope with increasingly lumpy food, so that by the time s/he’s one year old, s/he’ll be eating something that at least vaguely resembles the food you eat, ideally feeding oneself so you can enjoy your own meal while it’s hot! Whenever your baby is feeding, keep a lookout to make sure s/he doesn’t choke.

    Healthy eating for babies

    Bear in mind that your baby has a small stomach but is growing rapidly, and therefore has different dietary needs to an adult. A child needs lots of calories and nutrients in a small amount of food, so don’t give ‘low-fat’, ‘low-calorie’ or ‘high-fibre’ foods. Fat gives your baby energy and provides some vitamins that are only found in fat, so choose full-fat dairy foods. High-fibre versions of foods, especially those with added bran, can prevent babies absorbing important minerals such as calcium and iron, so don’t give your baby brown rice, wholemeal pasta or bran-enriched breakfast cereals until they are older; some brown bread is fine.

    Good choice

     Starchy foods: aim to give 2-3 servings a day of starchy foods such as potatoes, yams, rice or bread.

     Fruit and vegetables: you may not make it to five a day at first, but it’s good to head in this direction so try to include them at two or more meals each day. As your baby gets older, these make good finger foods.

     Meat, fish or pulses: give one serving of soft cooked meat, fish, egg, tofu or pulses such as beans or lentils (dahl) a day. Red meat such as beef, lamb and pork is an excellent source of iron.

     Eggs (well cooked): a quick, nutritious and cheap source of protein.

     Oily fish: include one portion of oily fish per week, eg, salmon, sardines.

     Dairy products: yoghurt, cheese and fromage frais are a good source of calcium. 

    Bad choice

     Sweet treats: giving sweet biscuits and rusks will encourage your baby to get into the habit of expecting sweet snacks.

     Salt – a young baby’s kidneys can’t cope with it, so don’t add it to any food you cook for your baby. It is banned from ready-made baby foods. Some foods, such as cheese, sausages and bacon, are high in salt, so limit how much of these foods you give. Also, any foods that aren’t specifically ‘baby food’, eg, sauces and ready-made porridge, can be high in salt, so limit how much of these you give and do check the label. If you’re giving food you have prepared for the rest of the family, remove his portion before seasoning.

     Sugar: sweetened puddings, biscuits, sweets and ice creams are not recommended for babies under a year. Good dental health starts even before teeth have formed.

     Honey: not recommended until one year old as it occasionally contains a type of bacteria that can cause infant botulism. It’s also a sugar.

     Nuts: as well as being a common allergen, they are also a choking hazard. Whole nuts should not be given to under-fives for this reason, although nut butters are fine for toddlers, as long as there is no allergy problem.

     Certain fish: shark, swordfish or marlin are not recommended as the levels of mercury can affect a baby’s growing nervous system.

     Raw or runny eggs: this is due to the risk of salmonella. Completely cooked eggs are fine.

     Cow’s milk should not be given as a drink until your baby is one year old; its make-up is very different to that of breast or formula milk. It is, however, fine to use in cooking.

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  7. Bottle-feeding know-how

    Not all women breastfeed successfully, or for the recommended six months. If you fall into this category, the most important thing is to ensure that your baby receives all the nutrients he needs through formula. Whatever your reason, don’t feel guilty, just move on and get on with being the best mother you can be – feeling anxious about being unwilling or unable to breastfeed could affect your relationship with your baby, and this is a time for unconditional love on both sides!

     First, choose your formula: there are rules and regulations governing compositional standards for formula, so you can rest assured that it will contain the nutrients they need. You may prefer an organic formula, and there are several brands available, though these may well be more expensive.

     Bottles and teats (you will need teats with bigger/more holes as your baby gets older and is able to take on milk more quickly). Some babies refuse to drink from certain types of bottle, others will drink from anything they are offered. You may wish to seek out bottles that do not contain bisphenol-A (BPA), a chemical that has been linked with breast, prostate and reproductive system problems and some cancers, along with increased risk of diabetes and heart disease. 

     Steriliser: this can be electric or microwaveable, or you could use cold-water sterilising tablets. It is vital to keep your baby’s feeding equipment scrupulously clean and sterile for the first 12 months while his immune system is more vulnerable.

     Make up the feed as instructed; current recommendations are that you should make up one feed at a time to avoid build-up of bacteria,

     When feeding, make sure that the bottle is tipped up so that your baby is sucking milk, not air – this is a prime cause of colic among bottle-fed babies.

     Cuddle your baby close to you as you feed: this can be just as much a bonding experience as giving a breastfeed.

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  8. Breastfeeding your new baby

    There’s no disputing the evidence: breast milk is the best possible food for your new baby. It contains substances that help regulate appetite, promote brain development and guard against diseases both in the short and the long term. It adapts to suit your baby’s stage, and varies from mother to mother and from one day to the next. Once established, breastfeeding is cheap, easy and convenient, with no formula to buy and prepare and no specialist equipment needed, save a few good feeding bras and breast pads for you.

    Sounds great? Well, when it works well, it is. However, despite being perfectly normal and natural, not all new mothers find it easy, whether it’s down to sore nipples, engorged breasts, mastitis, not producing enough milk or not latching the baby onto the breast correctly. Whatever the problem, it’s worth persevering as it can be one of the most rewarding experiences of motherhood. The World Health Organization recommends exclusive breastfeeding for at least six months, but you can carry on longer if you wish (extended breastfeeding is more common in non-western cultures) and if you only do it for a few weeks or months, you can be reassured that you have given your baby a great deal of goodness.

    Getting started

     As soon after the birth as possible, put your baby to your breast; the baby is born with rooting and sucking reflexes, which will help the baby to find your nipple and extract milk from it. You will have to make sure to put the baby in the right position, so make sure there’s a midwife around who can help you out.

     Your position is vital: you should be able to sit up straight rather than hunching over your baby, as this is bad for your posture. If necessary prop your baby up on cushions or pillows so s/he’s at the correct height.

     Your baby’s position is also vital: s/he should be lying on his side with his mouth level with your nipple, so that when it goes into the baby's mouth, all of the nipple and most of the areola are in the mouth. S/he will be so close that the baby's nose is touching your breast and the lips are curled back – this means s/he is sucking your breast, not chewing your nipple.

     Relax and let your baby feed for as long as s/he needs to, which could be anything from ten minutes to an hour, If s/he stops sucking and falls asleep, chances are s/he’s probably had enough.

    Eat well

     Just as it’s vital to eat well during pregnancy, so it’s important to have a healthy diet while breastfeeding – remember, your milk is what’s sustaining your baby so make sure it’s top quality. Now you really are eating for two, so you will be eating more than normal, perhaps up to 500 calories a day extra.

     Eat lots of carbohydrate-rich foods such as pasta, rice, wholewheat bread, pulses and cereals.

     Make sure you get at least five portions of fruit and veg a day, as these will provide lots essential vitamins and minerals. Otherwise, follow the healthy eating advice in the pregnancy section.

     The following nutrients will help your growing baby: fatty acids (find them in oily fish, pulses and nuts); vitamin D (exposure to sunlight, fortified margarine, oily fish, eggs and milk); calcium (milk, cheese, fortified soya milk, canned pink salmon, sardines, baked beans, nuts and green leafy vegetables); zinc (meat, nuts, seeds, cheese and tofu); iron (meat, fish, green leafy vegetables, eggs).

     Keep up your fluid intake – you may find you feel thirstier anyway – if your milk supply feels low and your urine is dark, you need to drink more. Water is best, but any liquid will help, such as fruit juice or herbal tea. Fizzy drinks, however, may give your baby indigestion.

    What to avoid

     It’s probably best to avoid peanuts if there’s a history of allergy in your or your partner’s families.

     Certain foods may affect the flavour of your milk, such as garlic, hot and spicy foods, citrus fruit, grapes, although as no-one knows exactly how long it takes a food to reach your milk, it’s hard to pinpoint a particular culprit. The most common reaction from your baby is for him to be unsettled and windy and perhaps suffer from mild diarrhoea; if it’s just the taste, you may find he fusses at the breast more than usual.

     If you think your baby has reacted to a food, consult a doctor before cutting out an entire food group from your diet, as this could be detrimental to your baby’s health. 

    Common problems

    Sore, cracked nipples: this usually occurs as a result of your baby not being latched on properly; if this is the case, seek advice and try different positions at each feed. A little nipple cream may help, but make sure it’s safe for your baby or clean it off before feeding again. Do make sure your nipples are clean and dry between feeds.

    Breast engorgement: this is where your breasts feel heavy, lumpy and tender. It is common when your milk first comes in and can happen if you stop breastfeeding suddenly. The best remedy is to carry on feeding, alternatively apply a warm compress (a muslin cloth soaked in warm water with a couple of drops of camomile, geranium or lavender added) to soften and reduce the swelling. A cold white cabbage leaf placed in your bra will also feel cool and soothing. If you’re too engorged for your baby to latch on to your nipple at the next feed, express a little milk off first, then feed as normal. 

    Mastitis: a common infection of the breast, symptoms include swollen, engorged breasts, sometimes with red patches, and occasionally a fever. It is often a result of the breast not being emptied properly, perhaps as a result of not being latched on properly. Do keep feeding, as stopping could make it worse, but make sure you get plenty of rest and fluids. If symptoms do not clear within 24 ours, see your doctor as you may need a course of antibiotics.

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  9. First steps towards a non-toxic pre-school

    In kindergarten, children are exposed to the same chemicals at home but sometimes at an even greater extent research shows. It may be due to problems material foam and soft PVC is particularly common in preschool. Extra worrying considering how much time most children spend there.

     Call the municipality and set requirements! The procurement of new goods, school feeding and cleaning is a good opportunity to ensure that as little harmful chemicals as possible end up at preschool.

     Share these tips with the staff and help them take the first steps towards a non-toxic preschool.

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  10. Postpartum recovery

    Post-birth recovery

    So you’ve had your baby – and he’s gorgeous, of course. But what about you? Over the next few days, weeks and months, you will start to feel more like your old self, both physically and mentally (hard to believe, but true). Give yourself a helping hand and take extra care of yourself as well as your baby.

    Much depends on the type of birth you had, but even a straightforward vaginal birth can leave you feeling a bit battered. Long labour, instrumental deliveries, episiotomies and C-sections will add to this.

     

    The first few days

     Take arnica tablets to help reduce any bruising.

     Apply soothing compresses (cloths soaked in cool or warm water with a few drops of witch hazel, tea tree or lavender oil) to reduce inflammation.

     If it hurts when you urinate, pour a jug of warm water over the affected area to relieve the stinging sensation.

     If sitting is uncomfortable, use a valley cushion to relieve pressure.

     Use ice packs or gel pads to reduce swelling.

     Start doing pelvic floor exercise (kegels) as soon as possible; this will improve blood flow to the area and help restore muscle tone.

     If you had a C-section, start moving around as soon as possible.

     

    The next few weeks

     Keep getting as much rest as possible – and don’t be afraid to ask for help.

     Start gentle abdominal exercises with guidance from your midwife; these will help the natural process of contracting your abdomen after the birth.

     When you feel ready, resume your sex life (usually not recommended until about six weeks post-partum), but take things gently, especially if you’ve had stitches. And don’t forget contraception…

     Keep any wounds (episiotomy, C-section, tearing) as clean and dry as possible to encourage the healing process and prevent any risk of infection.

     

    The next few months

     Keep eating well, and get as much rest as you can.

     Assuming all is well, resume your usual exercise routines (but don’t go too mad at first or you’ll end with torn muscles!).

     If you’re going back to work, make sure everything is in place, such as childcare and any renegotiations you need to do with your employers.

     Don’t ignore your partner: your relationship is still important, even if your baby is now taking up much of your time.

     Make sure you get some ‘me’ time, by visiting friends and, dare we suggest, having a night out.

     Enjoy being a new mother!

     

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