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      JOURNAL — Eco friendly baby gift ideas

      | 5 Home Remedies for Teething Babies |

      There is no way to know exactly when to expect your baby’s first tooth / teeth. For some it can be as early as three months, for others as late as seven months or older. Nevertheless, symptoms tend to appear weeks, sometimes months, before the first tooth emerges. The red cheeks, the drool - so much drool – and your little one putting everything into their mouth are sure signs that teeth are on the way. 

      Having a teething baby can be challenging for both baby and parents – the interrupted sleep patterns, changes to feeding, the consistency and frequency of number two nappy changes (!) and, well, the poor wee things can generally just be out of sorts. One thing that we do know is that the most painful part of teething is when the tooth is cutting the baby’s gum. Once you start to see the tooth / teeth, you can be rest assured that the worst is over……. well that’s until the next set of teeth start to come through…..

      With regard to catching dribble, LOMIE muslin Scarf Bibs are the ticket. They are soft on your baby’s skin and super absorbent, keeping your baby free of dribble rash. But if you’re looking for ways to soothe your baby’s sore mouth, please read on for some handy hints. They use items from within the home and are ones which we personally found helpful to get our son’s smile back. All should be undertaken with adult supervision.

       LOMIE bandana bib

      1. Cool their mouths down

      Giving babies something cold to suck, or chew on, can provide a numbing sensation and help relieve pain. Here are a few easy tips to soothe your little ones mouths down by cooling it down:

      • A cold spoon
      Chill a metal spoon in the fridge for a few hours, then, under supervision, allow your little one to chew on it against their swollen gums.


      • A frozen muslin, flannel or washcloth

          Soak three quarters of a clean, small muslin square in cooled boiled water, keeping one corner dry for your baby to hold on to. Wring it out and fold it carefully to not get the dry end wet. Pop it into a freezer-safe bag and pop it in your freezer for up to an hour – until it becomes cold and stiff. Help your baby hold onto the dry part and then let them chew. I’ve not tried it personally, but I’ve also read that the above can be repeated using chamomile tea (make sure it’s decaffeinated). Chamomile has been used as an herbal remedy for thousands of years in a number of cultures. It is naturally calming and can help settle your baby.

          • Frozen breastmilk

            Pour breastmilk into an ice cube tray, and freeze. Wrap the frozen cube in muslin cloth before giving to your baby to hold on to. There won’t be any unfamiliar flavours, and the texture of the muslin with the cool cube will be soothing. 

            2. A gum massage

            Applying pressure to your little one’s gums can also help in relieving teething pain. Firstly, make sure your hands are clean, then using the pad of your finger rub in a circular motion all along the gum line on the inside of your baby's mouth. You can do this both inside and outside along the jawline.

            3. Rusks

            Something to chew on is sometimes the only teething remedy a baby really needs to get through the pain of teething. Natural teething rusks are great for those babies old enough for solids. They are very firm and dense and so babies can naw away on them over a long period of time. I found it very difficult to find rusks, off the shelf,  that weren’t loaded with sugar (even organic brands, I mean wtaf, why?).

            So, here’s a great easy recipe to make them at home:


            • 1 cup flour
            • 1 cup finely ground oatmeal
            • 2 Tbs coconut oil
            • 1 mashed banana
            • 2 tsp cinnamon
            • 5-8 Tbs water


            1. Preheat oven at 180 degrees Celcius.
            2. Combine all ingredients well in a bowl. Roll on a floured surface & cut into fingers (adult sized fingers rather than baby sized ones! i.e. large enough to not be a choke hazard). If the dough is a little too sticky to handle, pat a little flour onto the exterior to make it easier to handle. If the dough is a little too dry, add a little more coconut oil.
            3. Bake for 10 minutes, then turn & bake for a further 5-10 minutes. The edges should be starting to become golden & the centres set.
            4. Allow to cool completely.
            5. Store in an airtight container at room temperature - or in the fridge to also have a cooling sensation.

            Homemade Teething Rusks 

            4. A frozen mango pip

            Again, this is only recommended for babies old enough for solid foods and once fruits have been introduced. Freeze a mango pip, with a small amount of flesh remaining, and present it to you baby a couple of minutes out of the freezer, so it’s not too cold. This can be a little messy, but it’s a fun, soothing and sensory-rich activity for the wee one. Mango is also rich in Vitamins A & C, with the pulp providing fibre.

            5. A big cuddle

            Teething is a tough time for babies. They are feeling uncomfortable and out of sorts. It’s not uncommon that they could refuse all options listed above. Sometimes all they need is a cuddle. When you think about it, if you feel a bit under the weather all you really want is a nice cuddle and a snuggle on the sofa right? A cuddle can make a big difference. Distraction is a great technique too and so playing games and trying to take their mind off things could also help.


            | 10 Great Eco Friendly and Super Useful Baby Gift Ideas |

            Eco friendly and functional baby gifts made from safe, natural & sustainable materials, that come from independent business owners.


            We may be in lockdown in the UK right now, but that doesn’t stop new babies from arriving into this world, and their loved ones wanting to buy them a little something special. For this reason, I’ve put together a list of great affordable gift ideas, from independent businesses, for the eco-conscious consumer that can be purchased online - and delivered directly to the new parents! 

            Being a recent parent myself, the gift selection below has also been curated for function, as the last thing you want is to give something that they’ll not get great use from. That being said, this list may be equally helpful for expecting or new parents.


            1. Kimono bodysuits 

            Being informed about kimono, wrap-style bodies was probably the hottest tip we got from friends who were also parents with the arrival of our son. Tiny babies are so small and fragile and you’ll soon find out that they do not love things being put over their heads. Trying to do so is very challenging both physically and emotionally! And the beauty of the kimono bodies is that you can avoid having to do it completely. You can’t have enough of these as a parent, so being gifted them would be a godsend. A couple of great sustainable brands that make these in organic cotton are Rose & Guy (£14, pictured below), Nature Baby (from £16) and Mori (from £21).


            2. Booties + bonnets

            Baby shoes and socks are difficult to get on and stay on (consecutively). The only thing that worked for us with our son was a set of booties knitted by a lovely elderly lady which my mum had picked up and gifted to us. I found it incredibly difficult to find such a style elsewhere, so was over the moon when I came across Gooseberry Fool. This great brand has a fantastic selection of super stylish crocheted booties (from £14) and other gorgeous accessories - such as these bonnets (£16).  All items are handmade with love from a lovely soft 100% pima cotton yarn and the booties have vegan friendly ties. Both bonnets and booties are sent in lovely cotton gift bags.


              3. Bibs 

              Bibs are an essential baby item, that until 1-2 years of age, need to be worn most days. The problem is that it’s very difficult to find ones that 1) you actually want your baby to wear, and 2) are effective in catching the drool. At LOMIE we’ve addressed these issues and developed beautiful, functional and sustainable muslin Scarf Bibs for your babies (from £11 + Woggle). The bibs have a removable and reusable, leather Woggle fastening system that adapts to your growing baby - meaning they’ll last from 2 months old through to over 2 years of age. Having the Woggle also means the Scarf Bibs themselves remain 100% plastic free and 100% compostable. The fine cotton muslin is soft against the skin and super absorbent, meaning no dribble rash for the wee babes. They make great gifts and all orders are sent out gift wrapped. A personal note from the sender can be included on request.


              4. Sleep gowns

              Sleep gowns are a fantastic alternative to pyjama onesies for night times and are suitable for tiny girls and boys alike. They are long like a sleeping bag and make night time changes that much easier as you don’t have to fiddle with undoing, then doing up a whole lot of poppers on a onesie. We love the 100% superfine merino sleep gowns by Merino Kids (from £39, shown below and preferred due to crossover neckline design) and Superlove Merino (£39). Merino is a smart textile in itself and naturally regulates both body temperature and humidity. The sleep gowns are therefore great at keeping the baby safe, snug and comfortable without posing the risk of overheating. 

              5. Mobiles

              Often an item that is forgotten by new parents, is a mobile. It’s a wonderful gift to receive if you don’t have one, or if you do, it’s great to have a couple in different places for the baby. Mobiles are fantastic for entertaining your little one while they’re in their cot or on the change table. These gorgeous gender neutral mobiles, sold by Otis and the Wolf, are perfect for fitting in with any nursery colour scheme. The frame is made of wood and the lovely animal figures of 100% New Zealand wool (100% AZO-free).

              6. Board or fabric books

              It’s never too early to read books with a baby. Although they might not understand much (if anything) to begin with, it contributes greatly to the development of their growing brain and gives them a wonderful start towards a lifelong love of reading. For the first 12 months or so the best books for babies are those made from fabric or board, as their little grabby hands can easily rip paper pages. We love this organic cotton, sensory rich fabric booksuitable for newborns, that is sold on the wonderful Mama + Max webstore (with a dedicated Eco-Friendly shop). The bold, graphic patterns stimulate visual development and the crinkly ears heighten the babies’ senses. We are also a big fan of the Little People, Big Dreams series (£5.99 in board book) that make the lives of well known role models accessible for the youngest children. They make a great gift, inspiring the next generation to make their mark on the world. 



              7. Wooden toys 

              Although they won’t get used for a few months past birth, wooden toys make a great timeless gift. They are safer, more environmentally friendly and durable in comparison to their plastic counterparts and will get years of use from the time they are picked up. Wooden toys can also become keepsakes to be passed from one generation to the next. When you’re buying toys, it’s a no brainer to buy wooden ones. The Earth Arch Stacker (£20) and the Toy Cars (£18) by Raduga Grez - sold via the wonderful Petits Paladins online store - are fantastic pieces to encourage imaginative play. They have been made by a small family run business that controls its entire production process - cutting, drying and manufacturing - themselves, therefore having the ability to control and reduce wastage.


              8. A journal

              There are many books out there that allow you to capture, through written word, the precious moments experienced in the first year of the child’s life. I had one for my son, which I would regularly update, and now my son is 18 months old, he already loves to read the stories and look at the photos together. Since we reached his 1st birthday however, I stopped documenting as I didn’t have anywhere to write….. That’s why the journals from Month of Sundays (£38) are so great - they cover from pregnancy right up unil to the child's eighteenth birthday! They are handmade from the highest quality materials, and every order is sent out gift wrapped. They make the perfect gift for parents to be able to document their child's journey for them - all the way from infancy to adulthood. It’s a gift that keeps on giving! 



              9. Something Personalised for the baby

              A unique personalised gift for the new arrival can be a very precious gift. The item, depending what it is, can be kept for many years to come. We love Leo and Wilf’s handmade embroidery hoops. You can choose from name OR initial, or name AND initial, date of birthday or something completely personalised (from £20, pictured below). They also have rainbows and alphabets etc as standard - so many options! We also love Lisa Stickley’s Phonic Alphabet Poster (from £24) that can be personalised with your child’s name. The alphabet is drawn in Lisa’s unique hand drawn style with each letter of the alphabet illustrated 'as it sounds'. 


                10. Food! (for the parents)

                A gift that new parents will always receive with open arms, is pre-prepared meals. With so many changes to the previous life rhythm to adjust to, and a new baby to admire, having to cook is the last thing you want to have to do. With lockdown in place, grandparents or the helping hands friends also can’t come and stay to help out around the house. The Food Doula to the rescue(!) delivering bundles of nourishing and comforting, home-cooked dishes to your door. All their food is personally sourced, and sold in bundles (from £65), with free range, grass-fed meats and high-quality seasonal vegetables. Every dish is prepared and immediately frozen, locking in nutrients, so that they can be enjoyed whenever the parents need them most.