MATERNITY & NEW BABY SERIES LIVE

I had first child this July and anyone who follows my work know that over the years eco-design has become more and more important to me. As a little background, my experience is in the field of sustainability and environmentalism. I have worked in the area for so long that, where possible, I became interested in putting my baby in eco items as much as possible as the benefits where so outstanding – for the little one and the environment. it also affected how I approached the giant topic of maternity wear. Take a look at the first few in a series of posts about maternity, eco baby products and more…

Sustainable Maternity Wear

As the world of sustainable wardrobe slowly spreads its wings and includes more diverse options among its shelves, moms-to-be everywhere are starting to flock together around the very same cause – what on Earth should you wear? It’s these special days of your pregnancy that show you how our society still has some adapting to do. Simply put, sustainable wear is not on every corner, let alone garments that a future mom would be able to use.

However, as a devoted fashionista and a clever shopper, there’s so much you can to do diversify your beautiful pregnant capsule wardrobe and still stay true to your beliefs and preferences. (more…)

A little conversation with Mommy Care

I had first child this July and anyone who follows my work know that over the years eco-design has become more and more important to me. As a little background, my experience is in the field of sustainability and environmentalism. I have worked in the area for so long that, where possible, I became interested in putting my baby in eco items as much as possible as the benefits were so outstanding – for the little one and the environment.

Of course, on a personal level,  the usual concerns surrounded my search. I wanted to find maternity products to help prevent stretch marks, reduce swelling, and help my body retain its shape after pregnancy (no biggie!) but finding baby products which were specifically suitable for the most delicate and sensitive skin was at the top of my list too. Balancing costs goes without saying as affordability is at the front of mind for many new mamas too. One of the brands I discovered on this journey was Mommy Care, and quickly fell in love with their Organic Calendula Diaper Cream, Soothing GelLanolin Breastfeeding Ointment and Natural Bottle & Pacifier Detergent (amongst other items). From baby wipes made from 100% natural fabric, without synthetic fibers, to facial creams made with all natural ingredients and rich with Jojoba, Shea Butter, and Calendula, there is a market for it all – you just have to do your research.

I had so many skin reactions during my pregnancy that ingredients have become the most important thing to me, beyond design or even portioning, for me this meant I would rather pay little more for a small pot of goodness. Luckily with Mommy Care I didn’t have to make that compromise. It can be a scary and intimidating time, navigating with a baby and wanting to do what is best for him/her. What I honestly loved about this brand is that they specialises in the development and production of skin care products for expecting mothers, babies and children and makes a point of developing natural and safe products for use during the time when skin is most sensitive.

So, I had a little conversation with them about their ethos, approach and products. Enjoy!

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Organic pregnancy style with Boob!

So, even though my first trimester was pretty immobile and horrendous, I knew that as soon as I felt better I wanted to be able to work out and get into shape again. Fitness was at the top of my agenda for the new year before I even found out. Having spent 3 months in bed more or less feeling all the stages from sickness to hot flushes to fatigue resuming some form of exercise became near essential to me. On the hunt for sustainable but comfortable work-out gear and generally laid-back maternity every day wear I came across Boob! The brand caters beyond fitness with ready to wear, day to night pieces which feel so incredible, smooth, silky and beyond comfortable. I literally forgot I was even wearing their trousers, that’s how much of a second skin they became. On more than one occasion I have had to pull myself off the bed just to remove them and change into nightwear after a tiring day. I can’t say enough about the quality of these pieces and the level of fit and comfort.

What should you expect? Organic cotton maternity clothes which are fairtrade, sustainable and eco-friendly – ranging from everyday clothes across to office and even including swimwear, ‘Boob’ has it all for minimal, easy maternity style. Think design-led comfort and unquestionable style. (more…)