Archive | Gifts at Birth RSS feed for this section

moyoh Natural Waldorf Dolls

28 Jul

Moyoh

Like just about any other girl Tila absolutely adores dolls and if I let her we’d buy one every time we left our house. Usually I’m strong enough to tell her she has more than enough already but when I see something as gorgeous as these moyoh dolls I fail.

Moyoh

These dolls are entirely made by hand in Germany, Berlin from natural materials only. They use pure cotton for the body and clothes, sheep wool for stuffing, mohair or cotton plush for their hair and merino sheep wool for their cutest little hats.

Dolls measure somewhere between 27 and 40 cm and it takes 7-14 days to have it done since each is made by order. On request it is possible to alter the color of the skin tone and hair.

Prices go from €80 up to €125, depending on the size.

Ps. Mamas with boys – do your little dudes own dolls? I know I’m starting to save up today so I can get him a boy doll like the one on the photo above!
 

Kleynimals: the Perfect Baby Toy!

19 May

Kleynimals

Thanks to Pinterest I found another great baby toy. Absolutely genius. You know how babies just love to play with (well more lick, chew and bite on) our keys? But you also know how unclean and unsafe they are so you sadly have to take them away from him or her and ignore the saddest little frown face you just made him (or her) do? There’s a solution! Eli, Gus and Leo aka. Kleynimals are here to the rescue! These three cute animals made of stainless steel (without lead, phthalates, BPA or cadmium) are the perfect substitute for the keys. They feel and taste the same, but sound and look much more fun and don’t have the sharp edges, hazard of lead contamination and are definitely cleaner than the keys (they can even be washed in a dishwasher)! So you can freely let your little snail drown them in his (or her) own saliva! Klaynimals can also be engraved and make a perfect heirloom toy.

Kleynimals

There is just one BIG downside for all of us that don’t live in the US. I have contacted them and Kirsten, the founder of Kleynimals informed me that unfortunately US and EU have different size and shape requirements and therefore the key toy cannot be sold to us. What a bummer! But if a friend from US “unknowingly” sends you one as a gift what can you do, right? It’s definitely not nice to reject gifts like that. Just saying…

All you lucky Americans can buy them here though…
 

Super Soft Cashmere Blanket from Oscar et Valentine

31 Mar

Oscar et Valentine5

Oscar et Valentine have sent a more than generous gift to my baby boy – this gorgeous cashmere blanket.

Oscar et Valentine4


I think I’ve never held real cashmere in my hands before. I always knew it was soft but not this much! It’s just perfect for baby’s delicate skin! I have to rub it against my face every single day and I secretly wish I had one in my size as well. I also love how big it is (90 x 90 cm) so it can easily be used as a receiving blanket, in a pram, a cot and later on for many, many years. And it’s one of those pieces that has to be kept and passed down thru the generations.

I also didn’t know cashmere can be machine washed and even ironed! And not only that -it actually gets softer and more beautiful with every wash! You can read about care instructions here

I have completely fallen in love with cashmere and I’m worried I’ll just want it all from Oscar et Valentine’s collection now – yikes!
 

Braided Pacifier Clip

20 Mar

Pacifier Braid Clip

A while ago before I was even pregnant with my baby boy I came across these Suede Pacifier Clips from Fashion Love People that can be used as bracelets when your baby is done with it. I loved the idea almost as much as the look. But sadly by the time I finally needed one they stopped making them! So I had no other choice but to do one myself. It is really simple and done in minutes so I though I’d share it with you.

Pacifier Clip Necessities

All you need is:

two suede laces 3mm thick (Ebay)
a pacifier clip (I got mine from here)

The length of laces should be about 80 cm and I used a leg of a chair to hold things in place for me.

1

First bring one lace around the leg and the other one under the first lace. The loop should be about 5 cm long so you can easily get the clip through when putting the pacifier on. Now make the four-strand braid like on the photo (you can also use this tutorial) until it gets about 13cm (for babies) to 16 cm (for bigger kids) long.

2

Make a simple knot with one lace only, two times.

3Now bring the other lace through the clip and tie it off with a knot like you can see on the photo and you’re done!
 

Oh Wow: The Summer House Baby Shoes

12 Mar

The Summer House


I just came across this small boutique called the Summer House selling baby shoes and hair accessories and I swear I could hear my heart beating faster. The brand is based in Munich and established by Zaida Martin who was born in Madrid but later moved to Germany. Everything is handcrafted by Zaida’s own two hands and with only natural materials like pure wool, leather and organic cotton only. Music to my ears!

I have a serious crush on these Oxford Baby Booties for Talan and the hairclips for Tila! Pure gorgeousness!
 

Meet Talan + a few of my Favourite Items

5 Mar

Talan

Remember me? Yup, I’m finally back. I wish I could say that I’m sorry for not doing it earlier but honestly – I’m really not! 8 weeks ago I gave birth to the most precious little boy (picture proof above) and since this almost for sure our last baby I decided to enjoy every single second of it. He’s such a good baby and I enjoy his company so, so much. And oh this divine baby smell… I wish I could bottle it somehow.

And you should see Tila – she is the sweetest little (big) sister and she’s all about the cuddles and kisses with him and she doesn’t have a drop of jealousy in her. She also helps me beyond my expectations. My sweet, sweet girl. You can see a few photos and even a video of the two together on Instagram.

Talan is going to turn 2 months tomorrow so his world still mostly evolves around eating, sleeping, a lot of pooping, peeing and consequently diaper changing, now he’s also smiling and trying to make baby sounds. Oh and there’s also a tiny bit of crying, yes.

My favourite baby items

There are a few items that I couldn’t survive without – well ok, I could but they make my life a lot easier and I thought some fresh mamas and mamas-to-be might appreciate me sharing.

1. I chose this Voksi footmuff because it’s made of natural materials like wool, cotton and feather. It’s also perfect for use in a car seat (there are special openings for the harnesses at the bottom) as well as in the pram. And they keep the little bundle super warm and cozy!

I got it from BabyShop but it’s sold out, you can get it directly from Voksi and if shipping for your country is not listed, just contact them!

2. This Cushion Chain from BALlab is super useful. It has three press-on buttons at the ends so by buttoning it up together you get a donut-shaped cushion and use it for things like a resting place for your baby, a sitting cushion after the birth and if you take it apart you get a really long cushion that can be used to help you sleep while pregnant, as a nursing pillow, support during tummy time or back support when the baby starts to sit up on its own etc.

3. Yes, breastfeeding is a beautiful thing but not at the beginning. For me it was one of the most painful things in life. More than giving birth itself. It hurts, hurts like hell! I won’t even start describing the state of my poor nipples for the sake of all still-to-be moms. But these nipple shields from Medela saved my sanity – they helped so, so, soooo much! They helped nursing get bearable again until I healed. They fit on perfectly, my baby didn’t have any difficulties transitioning from the breast and then back again and they come in three different sizes for the perfect comfort. You can get them in most pharmacies or even on Amazon

4. I absolutely adore these towels from Imps & Elfs. They are super soft, absorbent and made from organic materials like terry cotton on one side and a layer of cotton muslin on the other one! Plus the colors are absolutely gorgeous!

I got them from Anni Bazaar

5. I wrote a post on how harmful disposable diapers can be a while ago (you can read it here) but the Naty nappies are as natural as disposable’s get! They are made from natural and renewable materials, even the film is made from GM free corn and of course there’s no trace of chlorine or perfumes plus they do their job perfectly. Oh and they also look super cute. You can find your favourite retailer here

6. I talked about the swaddling benefits a lot already but I can’t help myself – I just love it! And Talan sleeps so good thanks to it. It completely relaxes him. My favorite swaddling blankets are from Aden + Anais and from La Langerie. I washed these babies so many times already and they still look like new and they just get softer every time!

7. Talan got a nappy rash and I tried changing the diapers and the wipes but nothing changed. I also bought a certain organic diaper cream at the store but that one didn’t do anything either. Then I went online and noticed this Diaper Ointment from Burt’s Bees had the best reviews so I decided to try out. People call it wonder cream and they are so right – it made the rash go away in two days and it hasn’t come back since and it’s been more than a month!

It’s available from Amazon

8. One thing that relaxes babies probably even more than the swaddling is babywearing. It doesn’t only feel great to have your little one so close to you for a really long time without having to worry about your hands falling off but it also enables you to actually do some stuff around the house – it calms them down completely! I spotted the Combi Cotti carriers on Babyccino Kids blog and couldn’t resist! I’m so glad. They look great, feel amazing and are super easy to use once you get the hang of it.

9. These Jackson Reece wipes rock! They are completely natural, super gentle and don’t contain any perfumes or alcohol. They are also just the right size and wet enough to do the job with one wipe only! There is also a really good deal on them on Amazon if you take a pack of 10. I’m tempted to try out their Nose Nuzzles

10. I wanted to avoid the disposable hospital underwear and decided to buy my own granny pants to hold those giant sanitary pads in place. At the end I wore the lovely fishnet underwear anyway but only the first day. Then I used these shaping briefs from H&M and they felt unbelievably good. It didn’t only feel great to see the belly get a lot flatter in an instant but they actually made me feel more comfortable. They are tight and stretchy just enough not to squeeze too much and to make you feel kind of a like they-are-holding-things-in-place comfortable. Love them so much tha I’m still using them.

11. I love this NUNA Leaf rocking chair for a few reasons: materials are organic, the insert is super easy to remove and wash, it swings sideways instead of common back and forth, there’s no motor so you don’t need any batteries in order to use it and the best part is that it hold up to 60 kg so even bigger kids can use it as a (swing) chair. Tila loves to read books on!

There’s one more things that I somehow managed to forget to put into the edit but should definitely be mentioned. The Gifrer Liniment I wrote about before. Besides the impeccable job it does around the nappy area it also helped me with my nipple situation a lot. A lot! Much more then the nipple creams themselves!
 

Day 21: New Beginnings Set from Aden + Anais Worth €75

21 Dec

Aden Anais New Beginnings Set in Twinkle

There’s been a lot of talk on Aden + Anais already here on Baby Jungle simply because we love them. Who doesn’t know them yet and their high quality products made of softest muslin for babies, kids and now even a few for adults that are known and adored all over the world? I don’t think there is a celebrity that isn’t spotted with their swaddling blankets. And rightfully so. Their designs and quality are one of a kind and the benefits of swaddling that they promote are absolutely amazing. I promised myself I’m going to equip myself with some serious stock of swaddles before my baby boy arrives. They work much better than any kind of pacifier! You can read more on swaddling here.

We’ve already hosted a couple of their amazing giveaways and they generously offered one again. I’m secretly jealous of the winner of this gorgeous New Beginnings Gift Set in Twinkle that includes two Swaddles, a Burp Bib, one cuddly toy Musy Mate and a Swaddle Book worth €75!
And all you need to do is leave a comment in the comment field below.

If you wish to get some extra entries you get them by liking their Facebook page, sharing the news on this giveaway via Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Media but please don’t forget to let me know you did it.
The contest closes tonight at midnight CET. Open to EU countries only!

This contest is now closed and the winner is Celine! Congrats! You can expect an email soon!
 

Day 19: €30 to be Spend at Sweetcase

19 Dec

Sweetcase

I’ve written about Sweetcase and Murielle Sitruk who came up with this genius idea that moms-to-be will especially love before. While she was expecting her second child she tried to find one place where she could find everything for the baby to fill up her hospital bag but she couldn’t. And so an ide was born! She started producing her own line of suitcases made of thick cotton canvas and lined with cotton that has the most precious prints designed by studio Minakani, solely for Sweetcase. The suitcase is available by itself and fully or partially pre-filled. The complete set contains all the pieces of clothing a baby needs in his first weeks plus a bed set, sleeping sack, a towel, toiletry bag and the cover for the babies health book. Like the suitcase all the other pieces can also be bought separately.

Murielle offered to let the winner of this giveaway choose his/her own favorite item(s) within the amount of €30. For your chance to win this giveaway simply leave a comment below.

If you also like her Facebook page, share the news on this contest via Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Media you get extra entries but let me know you did it.

The contest closes tonight at midnight CET and is open to EU only!

This contest is now closed and the winner is barbara-la-belge! Congrats! You can expect an email soon!
 

Day 12: New Baby Hamper Organic Set from Green People

12 Dec

Green People New Baby Hamper Set

We absolutely love Green People in our house. Their cosmetic products are not only natural, organic and gentle but they also work! Green People is a pioneering brand established in 1997 by Charlotte Vøhtz, a mom of then 2-year old girl suffering from eczema and allergies. In order to help her little girl she decided to take things into her own hands and started making natural skin products at home. She was so amazed by the impact her natural methods and those products that she decided to share her discoveries with others. And so Green People was born.

Green People more than generously offered to donate this amazing Hamper set full of Baby Products. It includes Scent free products like, Mum&Baby Balm, Baby Oil, Wash&Shampoo and a Chamomile Nappy Balm. A perfect set for mums-to-be and those with new bundles already in their arms. The set also includes an organic cotton bib and a wicker basket lined with unbleached cotton.

In order to enter this contest you only need to leave a comment below by sharing the news via Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Media you get extra entries on the contest but do make sure to let me know about it.

The contest closes tonight at midnight CET. Open to EU countries only!

This contest is now closed and the winner is Melissa Hedqvist! Congrats! You can expect an email soon!
 

New Organic Home Range for Kids and Babies from Imps & Elfs

19 Nov

Imps & Elfs

I’ve been looking for some nice, soft and organic baby towels and changing mat covers. No bears, no bees, no kings, no knights, nothing, simple and preferably in those gorgeous timeless muted tones. And guess what – I found just what I was looking for. That is something that usually either doesn’t happen or it happens when I already give up and settle down for something else. But I was lucky this time.

Imps&Elfs is a brand, founded back in 1997 and known by its simple, modest designs that never go out of fashion and high quality materials meant to last for a long, long time. And now they designed a whole home range for kids and babies like of bed linen, blankets, towels, changing mat covers, swaddles, burp cloths and bibs. Simple, gorgeous and organic!

I placed an order at Anni Bazaar but you can find your nearest or most convenient retailer here
 

Make Your Own First Baby Shoes

17 Oct

First Baby Shoes
There’s a new post on Babyccino blog that I wrote and I really want you to see. I absolutely loved this project! If you have a little bundle on the way or know someone that does and you’re seeking for the perfect present you’ll love it too, I promise!
 

New at La Langerie: Fitted Sheets and a Diaper Bag

11 Oct

La Langerie

I can’t stop raving about the muslin by my opinion there is just no better material for kids out there. And when it’s organic – that much better!

I have a couple of swaddling blankets and a set of cloth bibs from La Langerie at home already and I must say that even after more that six months of constant use and many many washes everything still looks like brand new – even the prints!

So I was really excited to learn they now also added fitted sheets for babies made from organic muslin of course! They come in two sizes: either 60 x 120 cm. or 70 x 140 cm and in all their 4 signature colors.

Then there are also these gorgeous canvas diaper bags that come with a padded changing mat made of double layer of organic muslin. There are 5 inside pockets and 4 outside so more than enough space for baby wipes, diapers, bottles, toys and stuff you’ll need in the first couple of years. The bag can either be hung on the stroller or worn over the shoulder.

It comes in two gorgeous colors – muted pink or grey
 

Etsy Find: Sara Carr Lambwool Plush Darlings

4 Oct

Saracarr

Sigh. Look at these cuties! I think Tila and the baby boy in my tummy each need one. But which two to choose when they’re all just too cute? My right eye is twitching for Bob, Brian, Cedric, Stanley, Donald and Mabel. And Kevin looks extra fun as well. And then what about the scarves? I’m not even going to show the Fox scarf to Tila.

All items are designed and machine knitted by Sarah Carr in London and materials used are pure lambs wool and polyester for the stuffing.

Available to order from Sara Carr Etsy boutique
 

The Baby First Set from Une Sardine à Rio

2 Oct

Une Sardine à Rio Newborn Set

I remember when Esther from Babyccino Kids wrote a post on the things she packed in her hospital bag right before the cute little Casper was born and I immediately fell in love with this newborn set from Une Sardine à Rio. And now I finally get to buy one – it’s going to be one of the first things I’m getting for my little kicker. The kit consists of a kimono style bodysuit, a cap, anti-scratch mittens, baby booties and olive oil soap. Materials are all organic and fair trade.

And the price for all that €48 is pretty affordable too I think
 

Polka Dot Club: Handmade Teddies Meant to Last for Ages!

30 Sep

Polka Dot Club

The last time I saw these kinds of teddy bears was when I was still playing with them. Our grandparents had them, our parents and my generation alsobut then in the mid 80’s pooof! they were replaced by mass production of synthetic plush or as I call them dust-collectors.

Polka Dot Club

But there are still people that miss those old-school simple looking button-eyed teddies like Jennifer Murphy, the founder of Polka Dot Club. Her teddy bears are all hand made in US from traditional and natural materials like mohair, wool felt and cotton stuffing. Even the clothes and other accessories that come with some are tailored for each and every little bear. And if that is not enough you can get additional pieces of clothing for them.

And these teddy bears are meant to be passed on and played with for at least next hundred years!