New Frugi Autumn/Winter collection

Frugi are one of those brands that we just love here at Babi Pur. We have stocked Frugi kids clothes for a while now and we think their bold designs, great quality, and not to mention their organic cotton and ethical principles, are just fantastic.

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It’s a special year for this brilliant brand as Frugi are celebrating their 10th anniversary in 2014, so its lucky that the new Frugi Autumn/Winter collection at Babi Pur has just arrived here at our warehouse, and we are pretty excited!

One of the great things about Frugi clothes is that they are designed with children in mind, so kids love to wear them. They celebrate the fact that children are children and not simply mini-adults, so their designs and prints are bright and bold and include lots of spots, stripes, adorable characters and eye-catching logos.

New for us here at Babi Pur in the Frugi Autumn/Winter range are these gorgeous organic baby romper suits with colourful characters – a delicious dino, a happy owl or a fun elephant - absolutely adorable!

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Gorgeous organic cotton romper suits from Frugi at Babi Pur

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Gorgeous organic cotton romper suits from Frugi at Babi Pur

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Gorgeous organic cotton romper suits from Frugi at Babi Pur

And for older children, how about these lovely long-sleeved  tops in a fab bike design or with this playful pussycat.

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And totally new to us at Babi Pur are the Frugi range of ethical and recycled children’s coats and snowsuits, which will be perfect for stomping around in this winter. One of our favourites is this lovely red stars pram suit…..

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Frugi snowsuit from Babi Pur

As well as clothes there are a great range of organic and ethical accessories like colourful hats, stripey socks, toasty tights and snuggly PJ sets.

All Frugi clothes are made with 100% organic cotton, and they all carry the GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certification. And Frugi go one step further in their quest for ethical children’s clothes – all suppliers and manufacturers that Frugi use meet the SA8000 standards too – these guidelines lay out standards that ensure the health, welfare and well-being of all their workers. This means that not only are they organic baby clothes, but they are ethical baby clothes too!

You can find the whole range of fabulous Frugi clothing at Babi Pur here

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Crayon Rocks from Babi Pur

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Children love to scribble, draw and create, and these brilliant Crayon Rocks are just the things to help them.

Crayon Rocks are different from ordinary crayons because they are natural crayons made from completely natural soy wax, instead of the usual paraffin wax. All the fantastically bright colours come from mineral pigments so they are non-toxic. And though we don’t recommend that any children munch on a crayon for their lunch, if they do have an accidental chomp on a Crayon Rock, they are completely safe.

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And whilst they’re having so much fun with these brilliant natural and non-toxic crayons, kids are also developing some crucial skills. These special crayons are an unusual shape because they were developed by American Special Needs teacher Barbara Lee, who knew how important it was for all children to develop a good and strong “tripod” grip (using thumb, first and second fingers to grip). Traditional pencil-shaped crayons can sometimes encourage children to grasp them in their fist which doesn’t help them learn the tripod grip, or help them develop their fine motor skills.

The unique round shape of Crayon Rocks also really appeals to children and means they won’t snap or break as easy as traditional crayons, making them a great choice for nurseries and school groups. Crayon Rocks are available from Babi Pur in bags of 8 or 16, or in a bumper box of 64.

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Crayon Rocks are not only a totally natural and non-toxic crayon but they’re also a brilliant tool for young children (recommended age 3+) who will love using the quirky shaped crayons and choosing from their vibrant colours. The crayons are really smooth and easy to use, which means that kids can layer colours, create fine lines and mix shades as they see their ideas come to life on paper. Just brush the finished creation with the palm of your hand for a lovely ‘oil pastel’ finished quality to their little masterpieces.

Crayon Rocks will inspire children to get creative and let their imagination run wild.

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Green Rubber Toys

Did you know that rubber is the new green?

Here at Babi Pur we are delighted to welcome stocks of some fabulous toys by a new supplier to us called Green Rubber Toys.

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These brilliant animal-shaped toys are made of completely natural latex so they contain no ingredients that are harmful to kids, adults or the environment. They are all made by hand in Sri Lanka with latex sourced from the Hevea tree, so they are very special.

Before the advent of modern plastic, rubber was the main material for making toys because it was soft yet tough and durable yet natural. However, for the last half a century, plastic has taken over and this is nearly always bad news for our children and for the planet because it’s an unnatural material and a variety of chemicals usually have to be added to make it pliable, colourful or durable.

The completely natural materials of Green Rubber Toys figurines mean they are a great choice for kids, and the different sets of animals will really spark their imaginations. Kids can zoom back in time to explore the world with pre-historic dinosaurs, they can head down to a traditional farm with animals like pigs, sheep and horses or they can get really wild and escape to the jungle to meet elephants, orang-utans and tigers, and if you’ve got a water baby they’ll love the marine set with an adorable dolphin, whale and shark.

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The latex material means they’re soft to the touch and fantastically flexible, unlike the hard plastic dinosaurs and farm animals that are so common in toy shops. Kids can throw them, bounce them, pull them and push them and they won’t lose their shape or hurt anyone or anything they’re thrown at. And, because they are finished with a toxin-free paint, it doesn’t matter if they are chewed or chomped or thrown in the bath – no nasties will escape because there are no nasties in them. They are BPA/PVC and toxin free.

These all natural rubber toys are a great eco alternative to chemical-filled plastic toys and they’ll inspire learning and play, making them a brilliant choice for playschools, nurseries and play groups too.

Green Rubber Toys come in a variety of different shapes and sizes. You can view our full range here.

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Why are my cloth nappies leaking?

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It’s a common question we get asked here at Babi Pur Towers, there are a few reasons why your nappies could be leaking so let us help you figure it out so you can continue happily on your cloth nappy journey! First of all if you are new to cloth nappies you will need to prep them well before using for the first time.  Make sure you wash your nappies a few times before putting them on your baby.  Manufacturing residues will prevent the nappies from absorbing and fabrics which contain Bamboo or Hemp may need around 6 washes or more before they become fully absorbent. Also, if you’re a newbie cloth user it is worth noting that all nappies will leak when they are full. It is  important that you change the nappies regularly or add extra boosters for extra absorbency.  On average, polyester Microfibre/Minkee cloth nappy should last around 2-3 hours before it needs changing.  An Organic Cotton or Bamboo nappy should last around 3.5 hours.   Using boosters (especially those made from Bamboo) will give you more time between nappy changes and bamboo nappies with bamboo boosters will make a super thirsty night time nappy.

Fit or absorbency?

If your nappies are leaking, it will usually be down to a problem with either the fitting of the nappy or the absorbency.  So let’s start with the fit.  One of the most common reasons for nappies to leak is to do with how it’s been fit and adjusted.   The most popular choice for cloth nappies these days are one-sized nappies which are designed to fit your baby from around 8-35lb.  These nappies need to be adjusted so that they fit your baby as she grows and changes shape.

  • Adjust the nappy to fit snuggly around your baby’s legs and waist (make sure you can fit your finger between the nappy and your baby’s skin)
  • Adjust the nappy so the legs fits first and then the waist
  • Ensure all absorbent parts of the nappy are tucked right in to avoid any wicking
  • Check that your baby’s vest or other clothing  has not tucked into the nappy – this will also cause moisture to wick out
  • Is your baby’s vest too small?  try vest extenders or a bigger vest as a ‘too small’ vest could be squeezing the moisture out of the nappy (this is more likely to happen with polyester/minkee nappies)

Newborn cloth nappy fitting

For some newborn babies using one-size cloth nappies, leaks may be an indication that the nappies may be too big at the beginning but they will work as soon as your baby has gained enough weight.  You could try a smaller nappy such as one designed for newborn babies (on average, newborn nappies fit until your baby is around 9-12 weeks)

Absorbency

If you are happy that the nappies are fitted correctly and you’re still experiencing leaks the problem will be to do with the absorbency.  Either there isn’t enough absorbency to hold the wee or there is something preventing the nappy from absorbing liquid.  So, to find out all you need to do is to take a good look inside your nappy after it has leaked and check if it is….

  1. Soaking wet or
  2. Mostly dry or wet with obvious dry patches
  • If the inside of the nappy is  soaking wet then it simply means that the nappy is full and needs changing more often.  If  you’ve had less than two hours from that nappy then you should consider boosting it with a bamboo or hemp booster.
  • If the nappy is  Mostly dry or wet with obvious dry patches and you are happy that it has been fitted snuggly then something could be preventing your nappies from absorbing.  Detergent residue, fabric softeners and nappy creams (especially those containing petroleum) can all clog up your nappies and stop them absorbing properly.  If this is the case, you can un-clog the nappies by giving them a strip-wash (see instructions below) make sure you don’t use any fabric softener in the future and use a fleece liner to prevent any nappy cream from getting on to the nappies.

Strip wash You will find many ways to ‘strip’ your nappies if you ask Mrs Google.  Many articles suggest using harsh chemicals,  bleach, vinegar and even dish washing tablets.   Unfortunately many of  these can do more harm than good, and would you really want to lace your nappies in harsh chemicals when they’re going to be hugging your baby’s bum?  No neither would we! Totsbots, bumGenius and Close all suggest using a little washing up liquid to un-clog the absorbent parts of your nappies. While bumGenius suggest putting a tablespoon of liquid into the washing machine drawer,  Totsbots prefer to use it in the sink to avoid a possible bubble party in your laundry room!   So, after reading our manufacturers guides and phoning for some advice we’ve come up with our very own Strip Wash Guide.. here we go -

  1. Wash your cloth nappies as normal in the washing machine
  2. Wash the nappies in the sink (up to 5 at a time) with 1 tablespoon of  washing up liquid – making sure you work the soap suds right into the material
  3. Repeat step 2 if necessary
  4. Rinse with cold water in the sink
  5. Rinse in the washing machine repeatedly until there are no bubbles
  6. Your nappies are now stripped!

Jolene Barton

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Meet our Brands: CLOSE

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Pictured – Close directors Martine & Hester

Introducing ‘Close’ the brand behind the popular Pop-in nappy!

Close, creators of the multi award winning Pop-in nappy and the popular Caboo Carrier was founded back in 2004 here in the UK by entrepreneurs Martine Carroll and Claire Scott.  Back then, they were both running their own companies focused on cloth nappies and baby wearing. The Caboo Carrier was launched in 2007  and was featured on the Channel 4 series ‘Bringing up Baby’.  A year later in 2008 the first version of one of our favourite nappies here at Babipur – the  award winning ‘Pop-in’ was released.

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Ethical manufacturing is very important to Close. They have a purposely built factory in China which is co-owned by one of the Close directors. The location was carefully considered and chosen in order to keep the environmental cost and carbon footprint down and all the materials used are locally sourced. The factory is closely monitored and inspected twice a year by the directors themselves who work hard to ensure good working conditions are upheld.  Close factory employees are provided with onsite meals, a fair wage and decent holidays.

Close continues to be family focused business and is now run by directors and parents Martine and Hester (pictured above).  The Babipur team have met Martine and Hester many times but we thought it would nice to ask Martine some questions and share her answers with you..

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We love the new prints, which is your favourite out of the Lion, Hippo, Russian Dolls and Robot?

My personal favourite is the Robot, as I have 3 boys and so I’m always drawn to the real boyish ones, but I think overall Hippo seems to be coming out top favourite!

Do you have any exciting plans for the future?

We always have exciting plans for the future, just never enough time to do everything we want to do!! We will have some exciting new product launches early in 2015 though, watch this space…

What do you like to do to relax?

I used to have an allotment which I loved, but with 3 boys and a business to run it got a little neglected in the end (the boys would never come with me once they got older!) so this spring my husband built raised beds in the garden and I moved everything there, so now I love to potter around my garden full of fruit and vegetables

Who would be your ideal diner date and what would be your food and drink of choice?

My husband of course! icon wink Meet our Brands: CLOSE Just the two of us would be nice for a change… on a lovely summer’s evening I’d like a nice cool G&T followed by a lovely Italian meal…

What is the most valuable lesson you’ve  learnt since you’ve been making nappies and slings?

I think that parents sharing their experiences of using nappies and/or slings helps other parents to realise that they’re not so scary or complicated; when I first started using reusable nappies (15 years ago!) everyone thought I was crazy as they didn’t understand how easy they were to use, but these days so many more mums and dads use them and talk about them that they spread the word far more successfully, showing by example that neither nappies nor slings are really difficult and when used properly can make a huge positive impact on the environment and on parenting in general. The power of talk is amazing!

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The Close Pop-in Team

Here at Babi Pur we’ve been stocking Close baby products for 7 years.  We absolutely love the fantastic range of  products they make  from the incredibly cute and popular  pop-in nappies to training pants,  bibs and playmats.. you’ll find them all at Babipur!

 
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Close V1 & V2 Pop-in nappies – What’s the difference?

Ever wondered what the difference is between the NewGen V1 and V2 Pop-in nappies? Well..

While the differences are only small, there are a few improvements and amendments as well as some some jazzy new colours and prints. But many of the reliable features have stayed the same -

  • Double elasticated leg gusset to contain messes
  • Soft and stretchy adjustable tabs for a snug and comfortable fit
  • Soft elasticated waist band and front adjustable poppers to provide comfort as your baby grows
  • Absorbent panel inside the outer shell between the leg gussets to catch any excess wetness

So what are the differences?

Nappy Shell

First thing to note is that the pop-in V2 is slightly bigger. It also features new washing tabs which makes things a lot easier come washing time. There’s a small Velcro tab which is tucked into the pocket flap that just pops in and out easily.  The difference between this and the V1 is that it has the washing tab on the inside back of the nappy which was against the baby’s skin. For a closer look at this, check out the video below -


The V2 pop-in nappies also feature elasticated front and back pocket flaps. This eliminates the risk of the flaps riding up when worn and makes it easier when nappy changing as the flaps won’t need to be held down.

Soakers

The soakers look very similar to how the version 1 but there have been some nice little improvements.

The elastic on the back of the bottom soaker has been removed which makes the V2 less bulky and a more comfortable fit.

The snaps are now attached to tabs on the soaker rather than on the soakers themselves. Which does mean that the soakers for the V1 are NOT compatible with the V2

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Funky new colours and prints

The pop in nappy is still available in the lovely bright colours, the pastels and some lovely new prints. The brights colours have all stayed the same but the pastels have been updated and are now much more colourful (see below)

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There’s also some lovely new prints – The robot, lion, hippo and Russian doll. We love them all so much we just can’t choose our favourite!

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All these lovely new nappies are available to buy on the Babi Pur website so head over to our to take a look. There’s also some great offers to be had on the V1 while stocks last, but grab ‘em quick – once they’re gone, they’re gone!

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