Christmas is a fun time of year when you’re one. Lots of twinkling lights, baubles to pull on, parties to look cute at and presents to unwrap. At Babi Pur, we have everything you need to make Christmas extra special for the little toddler in your life. From festive cloth nappies, organic clothing and pram shoes to cute wooden toys and adorable dolls, it’s all here at Babi Pur. Here are our top ten gifts for one-year-olds at Christmas:
Say goodbye to throw-away plastic and hello to ethical toys by having a green Christmas with Babi Pur. Our shelves are fit to burst with lots of lovely organic, fair trade, sustainable toys that are built to last, without harming the planet. Here are our top ten ethical gifts that your children will love this Christmas.
Haba Wooden BlocksWooden building blocks have to be one of our all time favourite toys and Haba have a wide selection for all ages. Haba First Blocks are a fab Christmas present for a one-year-old. Combining brightly coloured blocks with a bell, beads, mirror and ball, building their first tower will be a stimulating experience. Take it to the next level with the 102-piece Haba Basic Building Blocks XL Set, a huge set of building blocks that will keep children aged 1 and up entertained for hours. For ages three and up, the Haba Ghost Tower and Knight’s Castle block set will be a magical present. Young children will love creating castles of their own designs using this set and populating them with a host of residents, including a spooky ghost and fiery dragon. Children aged 5 and up (not to mention their parents) will love Haba’s historical sets which enable them to create the pyramids, Middle Eastern palaces and the Roman Coliseum.
This week we talk to Hannah, founder of Piccalilly, who make lovely clothes for lovely little people. We’re very proud to have been working with Piccalilly since 2007, when both our companies were just starting out. Back then it was hard to find beautiful ethically made clothing for babies and children and we loved Piccalilly’s bright and colourful designs. Our children have grown up wearing Piccalilly and we’ve passed on their clothes to friends and family and they still look fabulous.
Piccalilly clothing is practical, comfortable and stylish too but Piccalilly make sure that they never compromise on their ethics. The Babipur team have met Piccalilly founder, Hannah many times so we thought it would nice to ask Hannah some questions and share her answers with you..
1. Why did you choose to set up Piccalilly?
I was made redundant from my role working as buyer for an ethical import company. Worrying times turned to positive opportunities and I embraced being released from working 9-5 to set up Piccalilly. I had long been interested in organic clothing but at the time products available were beige and boring! I wanted to create a range modern baby clothes that were bright and colourful and appealed to a more upmarket audience.
2. How important was it to have an ethical supply chain and how did you go about it?
Manufacturing to the highest ethical standards was the starting point for Piccalilly and because I had a good working knowledge of Indian supply chains working in my previous job for a BAFTS importer I had many leads and contacts and was aware of many of the issues facing Indian factories, including child & bonded labor. It was through a contact at Greenpeace that I was given the contact details of our main supplier who we have been working with since the outset of Piccalilly. What was refreshing and unusual with the way this particular manufacturer worked was the fact that they bought their cotton from a completely transparent supply chain through CHETNA organic and our manufacturing partner pre-financed the cotton agreeing to pay a premium for the cotton and enabling conventional cotton farmers to convert to organic by guaranteeing their crops. The CHETNA farmers have also been given a 10% share in the factory enabling them to share in the bigger profits. All our factories are audited through FLO Cert and to GOTS standards ensuring social compliance and high ethical standards and practice.
3. We love hearing about your visits to India, how important is it to keep a good relationship with the producers.
As owner of Piccalilly I make it my job to regularly visit our suppliers at least once a year, it’s in our interests to do this and cements our relationship to one another. It also gives us the opportunity to fully appreciate the challenges faced by our manufacturers and ensures we keep open and positive lines of communication going at all times as there are many issues facing the garment industry in India, not to mention living standards in general. The factories we work with have an open door policy for buyers at all times which ensures there are no nasty surprises and ensures that our suppliers works to high standards at all times. I often forget the challenges faced in day to day life in India when we’re chasing delays with deliveries and production problems so revisiting India, a place I have been going to for over 12 years now, reminds us of our responsibilities and commitments to our suppliers.
4. What are you future plans for Piccalilly?
Piccalilly has been growing organically over the last 8 years and we now have a team of 7 people and a range that extends from Newborn up to 8 years in age. Our aim is to grow Piccalilly as a brand whilst remaining true to the core values of the brand. Growing the ranges is challenging as we’re not in the business of fast fashion but we need to strike a balance between new and tried and tested. We like to listen to our customers and where possible feed their idea’s and requests back into the development process, by doing this we aim to make our product ranges stronger and ultimately more sellable. We’ve built up a strong network of stockists in the UK and throughout Europe and our aim is to strengthen this over the coming years by offering our retailers more support.
5. What is the most valuable lesson you’ve learnt since setting up the Piccalilly brand?
Listen and learn and don’t be afraid of trying things that don’t work. Learning from mistakes is very much part of the process and fear of failure is often the reason many businesses don’t progress. As a business owner I love to listen to what other people have to say and openly encourage stockists, suppliers, employees and consumers to participate in the process of helping Piccalilly build as a brand. It’s also important to stay true to your core beliefs and not concern yourself too much with what other brands are doing, or how they are doing it.
6. What do you children think about Piccalilly?
My youngest daughter, Cicely, has been a kind of muse for me since the start as the brand started when she was a baby and she has been wearing and modelling for Piccalilly ever since. She loves all things Piccalilly and still squeezes into the clothing now. I always run the new collections past her, and other children for that matter, as I’m intrigued with what items catch their eye or make them smile.
7. What’s your favourite colour?
8. What do you like to do to relax?
Running, I try to go 2-3 times a week and find it great stress buster!
9. What is your favourite adult clothing brand and why?
Liv, as my close friend Dawn Foxall is knitwear designer and brand director and they buy from same supply chains so I know they are manufacturing to the highest ethical standards.
10. Who would your ideal dinner date be and what would be your food and drink of choice?
This is very topical but I would love to have dinner with recent nobel peace prize winner Kailash Satyarthi, founder of the Bachpan Bachao Andolan. Piccalilly have been supporting the BBA for many years through fundraising and sample sales and have had the pleasure of meeting several members of the BBA and Global March team plus visiting the Mukti Ashram, which takes in children rescued from bonded and child labour ahead of being rehabilitated (where possible) with their parents. It’s a really interesting project that has been tackling a massive issue facing India and I’d love to meet Kailash personally to hear about the ongoing challenges running the BBA.
My food of choice would of course have to be Thai and drink of choice white wine!
Did you know that in a day, the average newborn baby spends between 16 and 20 hours fast asleep? If only it was all in one chunk! Newborns usually sleep in intervals of between 2 and 4 hours, waking frequently to eat, and to check in with mum and dad for a cuddle and a kiss, because newborns love to feel close to their parents.
One thing that can make sleep times cosier and more comfortable for your baby (and so hopefully more peaceful for you), is one of our gorgeous organic baby nightgowns. These are brilliant for bedtime because they keep babies lovely and cosy and warm.
This organic baby nightgown from ethical baby clothes producer Little Green Radicals is super natural and made from 100% undyed cotton, so it’s suitable for even the most sensitive of newborn skin. The elasticated bottom means that overnight nappy changes are a doddle (no poppers or zips to undo), and it’s got a wide envelope neck so it’s really easy to get on and off. It comes in two sizes, 0-6 months and 6-12 months.
We’ve also got some lovely organic cotton nightgowns from eco-baby fashion brand Frugi. Their nightgowns come in a cute busy bumble bee design or in natural cotton. They are made from super soft organic cotton, and as well as an elasticated bottom for easy nappy changes, they’ve also got poppers at the neck so they’re easy to get on and off, and they’ve got integral scratch mits to stop the night time itches. Comes in one size, suitable for 0-6 months approx.
And, if you’re looking to brighten up baby’s bed-time then look no further than our lovely range of organic cotton nightgowns for babies, by fabulous ethical brand Picalilly. Their prints never fail to disappoint us, they are gorgeous. Choose from the cheeky apple print, the beep-beep car print, the pretty daisy print or the rainy day cloud print.
These organic cotton baby nightgowns from Picalilly are great because they’ve got a drawstring bottom for easy night changes, an envelope neck opening for fuss-free dressing, and as usual, they are made from lusciously soft organic cotton. And if that’s not enough, these great nightgowns also come in the brilliant Picalilly London design prints, as well as the crazy caterpillar and funky floral. Comes in one size (0-6 months approx), and there are lots of other matching items such as hats, mits, bodies and muslins so your baby can be head to toe in adorable prints!
So brighten up your baby’s bedtime tonight with a super cosy organic baby nightgown from Babi Pur.
View our full range of organic and ethical baby nightwear, nightgowns and pyjamas here.
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.
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 – Charlie Romper – Dino, Charlie Romper – owl or the cute Elephant Charlie Romper – absolutely adorable!
And for older children, how about these lovely long-sleeved tops like the Frugi Discovery Bike Top in a fab bike design.
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…..
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
We’re ever so excited to have stock of the beautiful new ranges by Piccalilly, we think you’ll agree that they’re absolutely gorgeous! Piccalilly design organic baby clothes, children’s clothes and gifts that are bright, modern and of course childish! They’re made from the best quality organic cotton to the highest ethical and fair trade standards. We’ve tried and tested lots of Piccalilly clothing on our own little ones, and also given them as gifts.. we love them because they still look good wash after wash and wear after wear!
The new Cotton Knit Collection for babies up to 12 months is available in two colours – dusty pink and twilight.
The Tomato Stripe range has clothing and gifts for babies and children up to the age of 5. We love the bold stripes and bright red and royal blue. This collection has quite a few pieces including a fantastic sausage dog scarf (for children over 3yrs) and a stripy playsuit for babies.
The Cornflower Stripe range is another lovely collection of Flapper hats, beanies, scarfs, playsuits and bibs. We love the colour combinations!
The Ditsy Dot & Floral range has lovely bits and bobs for both babies and children. We love the ditsy floral sausage dog scarf.. sooo cute! And the pyjamas below are available in both Children’s and baby sizes in two different prints – gorgeous!
We just know you’re going to LOVE this collection as much as us.. We’ll leave you with these beautiful sausage dog scarfs we keep going on about…