Showing posts with label ethical kidswear. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ethical kidswear. Show all posts

Sunday, 14 May 2017

What the Kids Wore // Ubang Babblechat

I love dressing my children a little different, picking things that their friends aren't wearing, shopping small from independent retailers and finding fun new brands that inspire our imaginations.  We have been working with one of them over on instagram this Spring and I am loving their cute designs.

Ubang Babblechat makes child friendly clothing, everything is comfy and bright, the designs often have something really unique, a little star that pops out a pocket, lion manes around the neck, a long elephant sleeve.  We were sent a few pieces and I love these t-shirts for the little two.  

They look so cute together, but each t-shirt is really unique too.  I chose quite a few co-ordinated bits for the little two and the big two and I love how well Ubang cater for that.  You can buy matching shorts for these t-shirts (which Finn has but it wasn't quite warm enough for) as well as vests, rompers and trousers in the same prints.  The whole collection works really well together and we have been so impressed with how well it washes and keeps its shape.

Ubang Babblechat are known for their crazy and colourful socks too and we are huge fans.  If you want socks that can be shown off and that make a statement then check them out!

All the clothes are ethically made in factories that do not employ children and are made from organic fabric and Oeko - Tex 100 certified.  The Danish company  is committed to making fun and playful clothes that do not restrict children, but encourage their adventures.  Their ranges start at 3 months and go up to 8 years.  The sizing is pretty true (Cora wears a mix of age 9 months and age 12 months and is an average 10 month old, Finn is a petite 2 year old and wears some age 18m and some 24 months, Archie is an average 4 year old in 4-6 and Dylan is a very tall 5 year old in 6-8 years.

If you pop over to my instagram you will see plenty more of the SS17 collection . . .

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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

What the Baby Wore // From Babies with Love

As soon as that crisp winter chill disappeared, we have been down at the beach.  Often still wrapped  up in coats and hats or at least keeping warm in multiple layers, we have been making the most of the sunshine and the sand.   Cora is fascinated by the sand, and loves searching out small stones that I have to quickly remove from her before they make it to her mouth.

From Babies with Love is one of our favourite ethical companies who support orphaned and abandoned children through the sale of their clothes.  They sent us this beautiful crab babygrow which of course felt perfect for a spring beach outing.

Their clothing is made from the softest organic cotton  and is so unisex that it makes a wonderful new baby gift.  

On the FBWL website you can see exactly where the money is going through an interactive map. You can see whether your support is giving a child access to an education, keeping children off the street or helping abandoned babies find a home.  All the garments are made in fair trade factories that have banned child labour and every part of the process from cotton to your child is ethical.

From Babies with Love have a great range including clothing, blankets and toys and the characters are sweet and so unisex.  Check out the From Babies With Love website to read more stories and shop the new collection.

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Tuesday, 27 September 2016

What the Kids Wore - Baby Mori

I cannot resist a bit of matching for the youngest two, especially if I can put a girly spin on Cora's outfit and make Finn's practical for a toddler.  We were sent two items from Baby Mori and they are without a doubt the softest clothing I have ever felt.  Finn adores his sister and seemed to find her extra cuddly in her BabyMori vest.

Cora was sent a long sleeved poppered vest and Finn a long sleeved t-shirt, both in the same yellow and white stripes.  The natural bamboo fibres help keep them cool in the summer and warm in the winter and bamboo is an environmentally friendly choice for clothing. 

These tops are perfect for wearing on their own or for layering this winter.  Finn wore his with some leggings and Cora paired hers with a cotton pinafore dress and tights.  

If you want to order some super soft clothes of your own then follow this link to receive £10 off your first £30 shop.  As well as these items Baby Mori make leggings, yoga pants, cardigans, muslins and sleeping bags and they are all perfect for sensitive skin.  

I really love the simplicity and most of all the softness of these beautiful items (and did I mention how soft they are?).  

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Thursday, 5 May 2016

What the Boys Wore - Rockin Baby

The forcast for this week tells me that Spring has definitely started and we are beginning to feel pretty summery some days too.  There are days when the sun is so bright that jumpers are discarded and we return from our adventures rosy cheeked.  

I have been having so much fun planning Finn's summer wardrobe and filling it full of bright clothes practical for my crawling baby, visible on a busy beach and light enough for warmer days.  We discovered Rockin' Baby last year and loved their vibrant autumn/winter range and their summer collection is beautiful.

Not only are you supporting a great cause buying from Rockin' Baby  as for every item purchased they donate one to a family in need, but you are buying great quality kidswear too.   Every item we have had has washed really well and kept its bright colour even after everything this little monkey can throw at it.

We chose two outfits from the new collection, the first was perfect for a beach day as the t-shirt has a sandcastle on.  Yellow is my favourite colour and this shade is great, even on my pale skinned baby.  The blue trim matches perfectly with the cuffs on his trousers which remind me so much of Elmer the elephant.  These leggings are designed to stand out with their bold pattern but they are wonderfully childish and they look super comfy.  This outfit is size 12-18 months, a size that Finn is just going into.  The trousers come up a little small - they are the perfect size for him now but I would suggest sizing up if you are torn between two.

The second outfit had more of a jungle theme and the trousers with their beautiful print were a much looser fit with cuffs that can be turned up or down meaning they last much longer.  Even with a cloth nappy these trousers are really generous and they look super comfy.  Finn loved exploring the park in them and they had plenty of stretch for his climbing.  The t-shirt has an envelope neck (unlike the poppers on the sandcastles) and it came up quite big.  Again we went for the 12-18 but I found these items much more roomy.  I love the matching cuffs and collar again and the orange looks wonderful in the sunshine too.

I love how childish both outfits are with baby's comfort clearly at the forefront of the design.  Everything is soft, stretchy, colourful and comfortable and cloth nappy friendly, even with the bulkiest of bums. 

The new collection is about to be released and there are so many wonderful clothes, not all of them as bright as the ones we chose, so if you prefer a more muted look then still check them out.  Rockin' baby kindly sent a gift for our little bump too and I can't wait to dress her in it!  It is so girly without being too pink and I love the little details like the star on the foot.

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Monday, 25 April 2016

What the Boys Wore - Dapperbaby

I love dressing my boys, picking clothes that suit their personalities, their colourings and their lifestyle.  Finn needs comfort, the right fit for crawling and the right shape for his growing pot belly.  Archie needs freedom to run and jump, he doesn't want to be restricted, his clothes need stretch.  Dylan needs to look 'cool', or whatever a 4 year old considers cool, because he is starting to want an input in what he wears, but he also like soft and bright.

We have found brands that fill every criteria and the places we buy them from and whilst I love discovering new brands, there are some old favourites that I go back to every season.  Dapperbaby is one of my go-to online retailers as the lovely Emma stocks a mix of our favourites alongside new brands that I can't resist trying (and always love).  Her service is amazing, my orders tend to arrive the next day and a little bag of Haribo always makes me smile!

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Emma sent us a few pieces and this playsuit from Albababy was the thing I was desperate to open.  The colours look so perfect together, it is practical for Finn to crawl and move in, the shape and cuffs mean it will last for a long time and I love how he still looks like a baby in it.

I bought my first Albababy item quite recently and have been slowly stocking up ever since, the quality is outstanding and I love the cuts of the classic pieces.  These are definitely clothes that you can keep for future children and Britney bump will have plenty to grow into. 

Albababy isn't just for Finn and Archie was sent this classic brown and white striped top.  His wardrobe contains a lot of patterned trousers and I know that stripes are guaranteed to go!  The cuffs on this are currently folded over and I think this will last him a very long time too.

These dog leggings are from Maxomorra, a company I have written about several times and who make up quite a chunk of all three boys' wardrobes.  Archie loves leggings and with potty training they are ideal for him.  He loved the design and they are perfect for this in between weather where it isn't always warm enough for shorts but he doesn't need anything heavy.

Archie really likes to put clothes to the test, and these definitely passed!

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Archie is wearing the leggings in 98/104 and the top in size 104, he is a pretty average sized just turned 3 year old.

One of my favourite things about Maxomorra is how they make a print work for all children.  Many of their designs come in baby vests, leggings, dresses, hoodies and t-shirts alongside other items making it great for matching siblings of different ages.  Emma stocks a great selection at Dapperbaby and she sent Dylan the hoody to match Archie's trousers.  Made from organic cotton like every Maxomorra item, the hoody is soft, lined, stretchy and considered 'cool' by my boy - everything we want!  I love the contrasting yellow that keeps it bright and fun.

And finally, Maxomorra make the most amazing summer suits, I just love how light, practical and bright they are.  Finn was sent the racing cars, and I fell immediately in love.  During the spring months he can wear it with a vest underneath and the dungaree look and by summer it will be a romper on its own.  The sizing is so generous that this will definitely last him until Autumn and it is super soft and stretchy making it perfect for a baby that sits, crawls and cruises.

These playsuits go up to a size 92 which would probably fit your average 3 year old still and they look so incredibly comfortable for days at the beach, exploring the garden and enjoying the sun. 

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And I may have taken quite a few photos of this one, because it is just too cute!  I think it is definitely going to be one of those items that Finn lives in this summer.  Maxomorra do several prints each season which include some 'girlier' colours and more neutral ones so there is something for every baby.

I really recommend Dapperbaby for fantastic kids clothes.  Many of the brands she stocks are organic, all are beautifully made and they are a great alternative to the highstreet.  It helps that first class delivery is free and Emma is happy to measure items and chat about sizing if you aren't sure what to order as well - Find her over on the Dapperbaby facebook page

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Sunday, 20 December 2015

What the Boys Wore - Little Green Radicals

It may feel more like September than December when we step outside, but the school run first thing in the morning is still pretty chilly and Finn likes being wrapped up warm in a snowsuit.  We haven't had to dig out the serious waterproof one we will take skiing, but the lovely people at Little Green Radicals sent us something perfect for this cold weather.

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I just love the enchanted wood print and the bluey-green coloured background.  My favourite thing has to be the inside though, which is soft and fluffy made from organic sherpa cotton.  The legs and arms can be folded over to cover little fingers and toes, although my long-legged one can't have his feet inside so we pair it with soft-sole boots.  The kimono style opening makes it really easy to put on and take off and the lack of padding makes it ideal for babywearing.  Finn seems to be snug and warm inside and the fit is great on him.

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I would say it is pretty true to size, Finn is wearing the 6-9 months here, and at 9 months old he is at the top end of most 6-9 clothing now, not quite into 9-12 months yet.  It is only the legs that are getting short, but this is a problem we have quite often.

If you fancy something a little more feminine, this snowsuit also comes in a pink 'birdcage' print that is equally gorgeous, however I think the enchanted castle print would look lovely on a baby girl too.

Little green radicals, snowsuit

I am a big fan of organic clothing, and finding items that are made to be worn, last well and still be passed on and I have no doubt that this snowsuit will see plenty more babies through the winter once Finn has outgrown it.  It has been worn a lot over the past few weeks, washed several times and it still looks and feels as good as new.

This snowsuit is currently priced between £46 and £48 depending on size - I think this is good value considering you are paying for an organic product made with fairtrade cotton and in ethical working conditions.  The snowsuit is really well made and seems pretty durable so far.

 Thank you to Little Green Radicals for keeping Finn warm this winter.  

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Friday, 27 November 2015

What the Boys Wore - Rockin Baby

If you are looking for the perfect clothing based gift for a child this Christmas, then look no further than Rockin Baby.  Their colourful baby clothes are full of personality and with four different collections there is something for every taste, whether you like bright and colourful or something more subtle.  Rockin Baby is a company with a heart so what makes shopping with them even better, is knowing that for every item of clothing you buy, they will donate one to a mother or child who needs it.  At the end of each season they will donate the same quantity of clothes as they had sales to children that really need them in West Africa and China.

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We chose to review some pieces from the Circus collection as I found it difficult to choose and we were sent a vest, trousers, top and romper for Finn.  The all in one is really sweet with a skinny fit all over.  I imagine it would be really practical for a crawling baby (although my little lazy one isn't quite there yet) as everything will stay in place.  I love the bright colours and the little star detail on the chest and we have been using this both as daywear and for sleeping in as it seems to nice to keep just for bed!  (This is size 9-12 months and I would suggest sizing up)

Rockin baby, Circus baby clothes, circus vest

This vest is probably my favourite and I want to get Finn a little top hat to go with it (and maybe a stick on moustache).  The printed on buttons down the front give it such character and I can imagine it looking smart with little trousers and braces. (size 6-9 months we find this quite true to size)

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These trousers are a great fit, these are 9-12 on my long legged one, and the cuffs are folded over very far.  I love cuffed trousers like this as it means they grow with baby and fit well whatever their size.  The waistband is soft and stretchy and the red and white stripes are perfect for Christmas outfits too.

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Finn's top has a stripy back and a Ringmaster picture on the front.  I love the outfit together as it is so playful and comfy and soft clothes make it easy to layer up with snowsuits as the weather gets cold.

The quality is brilliant and I love the ethics behind Rockin Baby.    Their clothes are timeless and I am looking forward to seeing their spring summer collection in the new year, it is definitely somewhere I will shop for Finn again.

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Friday, 6 November 2015

What the Boys Wore - Growing Needs (Giveaway)

One of the best things about winter approaching is the clothes.  Finn's wardrobe is pretty comfy looking as it is, but when you add in some snuggly all in ones then I get pretty jealous!

This Frugi hooded snuggle suit came from Growing Needs and it is perfect for babywearing.  The same material and thickness of a hoodie but with the added benefit of legs too!  Frugi are a company I have bought since Dylan was born as their clothes are designed in Cornwall and cut for cloth nappies.  Growing Needs is an independent retailer run by the lovely Rebecca stocking ethical fashion and eco/organic baby products and toys.

Buying Ethical has become more and more important for me since having children, as has supporting small businesses and work at home mums.  As a work at home mum myself, I know how valuable it is being able to work around children, how hard we work to support our families and that buying from a small business means paying for a child's swimming lessons and school trips.

This giraffe suit is such great quality and perfect for this in between weather.  Over the winter we will layer up more, but as babies don't need as many layers in a sling, I know we will get so much use from this.  This is size 6-12 months on my 8 month old and it has got plenty of growing space, even with a full outfit underneath.

I have a fantastic giveaway today to win a £20 voucher for Growing Needs to spend on anything you like.  From beautiful dungarees to wooden toys and fluffy cloth nappies, it isn't easy to choose, but head over to Growing Needs and pick your favourite thing to enter the giveaway

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Giveaway ends on Sunday 15th November 2015 at 11:59pm.  UK entrants only, no bulk or third party entries. This giveaway is not endorsed by facebook.  Prize provided by Growing Needs.
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Wednesday, 7 October 2015

From Babies With Love

I love finding great things for my boys to wear and I recently discovered a brand that sells wonderful babywear as well as being non profit.

From Babies With Love supports orphaned and abandoned babies in SOS children's villages.  Whether they arrived there because of famine, war, disease or poverty, the profits from the sale of these clothes helps care for these children and give them a better life.  I am so excited to be working with them and sharing their wonderful work.

Finn was invited up to London to help model some of their new range, full of adorable characters like this frog.  We managed to get in there just before the chicken pox came out thankfully, and he seemed to love it ( I guess he is pretty used to having a camera in his face now! ).  

Their new collection is now live on the site and makes a perfect new baby gift.  The classic white is completely unisex and the little animals give it personality.  These organic baby clothes are also soft even on sensitive skin and you can buy matching blankets and hats too!  
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