Category Archives: Baby Feeding Accessories

New! Softest safest organic cotton treasures for your little one have arrived!

New to Ulula – organic cotton Swaddles, Bibs and Baby Buddies made with only the softest, safest organic cotton…

fresk-swaddle-set-2-pc-120x120-cm-whale-blue-fog-no-box These wonderful swaddles are made from soft, breathable organic cotton muslin with beautiful designs, and are generously sized at 120 x 120cm to make them truly multi-functional. These swaddles are so useful and handy in and around the home, nursery and nappy/changing bag.

fresk-swaddle-set-2-pc-120x120-cm-elefant-pink-no-boxSwaddling your baby in the first instance is so important to support them with the moro (startle) reflex which can be both surprising and distressing to such a tiny one. Joan Salter in The Incarnating Child recommends leaving their arms free to point upwards, so that their hands are near to their mouth. This is a more natural position for a newborn, than to have their arms down by their sides. Place them diagonally across the swaddle, then fold each side in turn, finally folding in the bottom of the swaddle around the baby in an extra layer of comfort.

fresk-swaddle-set-2-pc-120x120-cm-fox-blue-no-boxMuslins truly are a mother’s best friend. I had an airing cupboard shelf full of muslins, as I found that I was using several in just one day when my daughter was tiny!

They have so many uses, here are just a few:

  • great burping cloth
  • discreet breastfeeding
  • snuggle blanket
  • dribble catcher under baby’s chin when feeding
  • sunshade in car seat or pushchair
  • protection against wind in the pushchair or pram
  • impromptu bib as your little one gets older
  • lining the cot so you don’t have to change the whole bedding after your baby is sick

Made to the highest quality from pre-washed, 100% fine organic cotton, the swaddles are kind and gentle to delicate skin.

The smaller swaddles are 70 x 60cm and come in an attractive gift box. You may find these a better size for the changing bag.

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All the swaddles co-ordinate with the wonderfully soft and absorbent organic cotton bib and burp sets which make a perfect gift for your friends and family, and yourself!

The set comes in beautiful gift packaging and contains a bib and burp cloth to ensure that messes are kept to a minimum. When feeding, the bib is simply secured with snaps at the back and the burp cloth sits over your shoulder during winding and cuddles to protect your clothes from any little mishaps.

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Organic Toys? Certainly! These sweet organic baby buddy dolls are handmade in Egypt from natural organic cotton and filled with organic cotton off cuts from Under the Nile’s organic baby clothing range.

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Certified organic fabric makes it a safe comforter and teething toy, and the natural fibres make it nourishing to a baby’s senses.

Suitable from birth, with embroidered features and no small parts, this little friend makes a perfect present for a new-born or little one.

Or, if you prefer an adorable and cute elephant comforter there is just the one for you! Made from 100% organic Egyptian cotton inside and out and safe for little mouths.

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Perhaps your little one needs this cute cat comforter, or this bear buddy… choices, choices!

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What is so special about these baby buddies, is that they really do become best buddies – friends for life who share in the sleepy mumblings at nap time, and the chatty discussions about the dreams they just had in the morning… perfect!

 

When your little one is suffering with constipation

Constipation is bad enough when you are a grown up, but for little ones it can be miserable.

Constipation can occur for all sort of reasons; sometimes it is because of diet, some children have a sensitivity to foods and their bodies reaction is to experience a stool firming effect – constipation and for some little ones it is not what they eat but for example too little fluid intake. However it is common and in most cases, easily resolved.

How Holle can Help – when you are what you ‘Holle eat’!

Certain foods can have a stool firming effect, whilst others can have a stool loosening effect. If your little one becomes constipated avoid feeding constipating foods for a while or feed them only in small quantities.

Rice Porridge can have a firm stooling effect, in which case, you can happily swap to Holle Millet Porridge (gluten-free) or Rolled Oats Porridge which are both stool regulating.holle-organic-millet-porridge-with-rice

Carrots, bananas and raw apples can sometimes cause constipation in babies and complicate their digestion. Good alternatives are parsnips, pumpkins and cooked apple and pear.holle-pure-organic-pear-baby-food

As in all aspects of parenting, there is always an element of trusting your instincts – and those of your baby. If your little one refuses to eat a certain porridge, or fruit, or vegetable, they might well be instinctively self-selecting – telling you what they don’t need, and that may well help you find what they do need in order get themselves comfortable once again.

The beauty of Holle is that the company and their nutritionists, understand this completely – both scientifically and instinctively – and have produced a good selection of Demeter quality foods to support your little one’s needs. For a helpful and handy list of all the Holle Jars and their guide to introducing solid food take a look at the Holle Nutrition Guide.holle-demeter-baby-jar-nutrition-guide

How can I tell if my little one is constipated?
If your little one is straining to do a poo, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they are constipated. When it comes to a baby’s bowel movements, there is often no normal number or schedule. Similar to adults, babies’ bowel movement patterns vary. Poo can also change in texture from day to day.

If you’re concerned that your baby may be constipated, look out for these signs:

• Crying and discomfort, irritability or pain before doing a poo
• Dry, hard, pellet-like poo that she has trouble passing
• Fewer than three bowel movements a week
• Foul-smelling wind and poo
• Loss of appetite
• A hard belly
• As odd as it sounds, very liquid poo can be also be sign of constipation. Liquid poo can slip past the blockage of hard poo in the lower intestine. If you see this, don’t assume it’s diarrhoea. It may be evidence of constipation.

What causes constipation?
There are several possible reasons why your baby may be constipated:

• Formula milk. A formula-fed baby is more prone to constipation because formula can be harder to digest than breastmilk, causing poo to be firm and bulky. A breastfed baby is unlikely to get constipated. Breastmilk produces poo that is almost always soft, even if a baby hasn’t done a poo for a few days.
• Introducing solids. Babies often become constipated when they start solids, as their bodies learn how to manage new foods. Low-fibre foods and not enough fluids also contribute to constipation.
• Dehydration. Your baby may be refusing milk because she’s teething, or is poorly with a cold; Your older baby may not be drinking enough milk or water with her solid foods. Whatever the reason – if your baby isn’t getting enough fluids, she may become dehydrated. This can cause dry, hard poo that is difficult to pass.
• A medical condition or illness. Occasionally, constipation can be a symptom of a food allergy, food poisoning, or a problem with the way the body absorbs food, known as a metabolic disorder.
• Worry – maybe about a big change such as moving house, starting nursery or the arrival of a new baby.
For more information and advice click here NHS

Babies who haven’t been weaned
If your baby is constipated but hasn’t started to eat solid foods, the first way to treat them is to give them extra hydration between their normal feeds. The Holle Nutritionists recommend for little ones’ the Baby Tea which contains the herbs fennel, aniseed, caraway and camomile, which together act effectively to relieve wind and support and encourage healthy digestion.holle-organic-baby-tea

The Tea can be taken either on its own, or if your little one is still drinking Milk, the Tea can be mixed in with your Holle Infant Formula by using 1/3 Holle Tea and 2/3 water. Do not use more water than recommended on the packet when you make up the bottle.

“Absolutely love this milk started my baby on it at one week old for a top up with my breast milk as I found it too hard to express breast milk! My baby girl took to it instantly and has had no negative side effects, although I found she was constipated (this is normal for breastfeed baby’s as they absorb all milk) although I did email ulula to ask if they had experienced anyone else having constipation, there customer services was incredible and suggested making the formula with 30ml of their kinda tea and they sent me some samples to try! Instantly this relived my baby’s colic and constipation! She LOVES the milk so much that TBH would chose the formula over the breast lol but she is happy with both! I would highly recommend both these products!” Vicki

“Hi, We we’re giving breast milk & bottle but now only give bottle milk & our 4month old was getting constipation. I read somewhere to give him a tsp. of juice which worked but I didn’t want to be giving him so much sugar all the time, I read a review on this website from the goats milk that said they use this tea. I ween him off the juice now & his poo it great. I use little tea pot & get three bottle from one tea bag. It works fine & saves me some money. Thanks Holle x” Charlotte

Constipation in children
Constipation is common in childhood, particularly when children are being potty trained. As well as infrequent or irregular bowel movements, a child with constipation may also have any of the following symptoms:

• loss of appetite
• a lack of energy
• being irritable, angry or unhappy
• foul-smelling wind and stools
• stomach pain and discomfort
• soiling their pants
• generally feeling unwell

If your child is constipated, they may find it painful to poo. This creates a vicious circle: the more it hurts, the more they hold back. The more constipated they get, the more it hurts. Even if pooing isn’t painful, once your child is really constipated, they will stop wanting to go to the toilet altogether. The Weleda Nappy Change Cream is a must for sore bottoms.cal_nappychangecream75mltubeen

Ways to help prevent and relieve constipation in babies and children:

• Make sure your baby/child has plenty to drink – this includes breastfeeding and formula milk feeds.
• You may want to try gently moving your baby’s legs in a bicycling motion or carefully massaging their tummy to help stimulate their bowels.baby_body-oil
• Once weaned successfully, give your child a variety of foods, including plenty of fruit and vegetables which are a good source of fibre.
• Encourage your child to be physically active – it really helps.
• Get your child into a routine of regularly sitting on the potty or toilet, after meals or before bed, and praise them whether or not they poo each time. This is particularly important for boys, who may forget about pooing once they are weeing standing up.
• Make sure your child can rest their feet flat on the floor or a step when they’re using the potty or toilet, to get them in a good position for pooing.
• Ask them to tell you if they feel worried about using the potty or toilet – some children don’t want to poo in certain situations, such as at nursery.
• Stay calm and reassuring, so that your child doesn’t see going to the toilet or mealtimes as a stressful situation. You want your child to see pooing as a normal part of life, not something to be ashamed of, and food and eating as their friend, not something that ultimately hurts them.

If your little one’s constipation is not getting better don’t struggle on alone; do please consult your GP or Health Visitor for support.

The Best Baby Bottles and the Story of How I Brought them to the UK

OrganicKidz stainless steel baby bottles are the best baby bottles on the UK market – they’re safer & healthier, lightweight yet virtually indestructible and their clever design ensures they will grow up with your child so they will be used daily for years to come. That’s what I call eco-friendly! And, all thanks to a chance encounter.

Ever since I started selling organic baby food through the Ulula website 10 years ago I have had so many mums and dads ask me what are the best baby bottles to complement the super quality Holle baby milks. Now I’ve finally found the answer.

Earlier this Summer I was visiting my sister in Austria – she owns a gorgeous little hotel situated at the end of an old glacial valley. It always feels like a proper holiday when I’m staying there, so thinking about finding the best baby bottles for the website was the last thing on my mind!

It just so happened that some of my fellow guests were from Canada, a lovely couple with a four month old baby girl. And, when I very first met them they were feeding their little one. I was amazed by what I saw. I never knew such a baby bottle existed!

Why Stainless Steel Makes the Best Baby Bottles

The best baby bottles? OrganicKidz baby bottles are made from stainless steel and have many advantages.This little girl was drinking her milk from a stainless steel baby bottle! Naturally, I was fascinated and got chatting with the mum (as I do!) as she let me feed her daughter – well, I couldn’t resist the offer! She told me these OrganicKidz baby bottles were invented by a fellow Canadian mum and they are now a huge hit there.

As you can imagine, as soon as I got the chance I borrowed my sister’s laptop and took a proper look at them. And, what I found was like music to my ears. I’d like to explain why I think these are the best baby bottles around and why I wanted them on the Ulula website.

The Safest and Healthiest Options for Baby Bottles

These baby bottles are the safest and healthiest alternative to both plastic and glass baby bottles.

No Chemical Nasties Leaching Into Your Baby’s Milk

Plastic baby bottles can contain some very dubious chemicals, added to make the plastic more functional or durable. For example, BPA (bisphenol A) is a chemical that is added to plastic in order to make it stronger. BPA has been linked to a number of health concerns including endocrine disruption, some types of cancers and attention deficit disorder. Other chemical nasties include PVCs and Phthalates, also known to be harmful to children’s health – not the kind of thing you want to leach into your baby’s milk, which is exactly what can happen, especially with warm liquids.

This, for me, is especially concerning given newborn and very young babies are using these products day in day out – when so many of their bodily systems are still rapidly developing. These Organickidz are the best baby bottles then because they use food grade steel – steel is an inert metal and does not leach chemicals into your baby’s milk.

By the way, because the steel used is such high quality, just like with top quality cutlery, there is NO tainting of your baby’s milk. Your little one won’t have a metallic taste in their milk.

No Scratching, No Bacterial Growth, No Staining and No Stinks!

These baby bottles are also a better alternative to plastic because, despite repeated daily use, they don’t readily scratch. The multiple micro-scratches that plastic bottles rapidly acquire harbour bacteria. Even glass scratches and chips over a short time and will also harber such bactieria. Unlike plastic and glass, steel is naturally resistant to bacteria. As a result these baby bottles don’t stain or retain odours, even after prolonged use. You can see why this chance encounter got me so excited. But that’s just the beginning.

The Best Baby Bottles are Designed to Last

Being made of steel these baby bottles are, of course, virtually indestructible and so last a very, very long time. While the little baby I was lucky enough to cuddle and feed in Austria wasn’t old enough to be mistreating her bottle, take a look at the mischievous monkey in this short clip…

Can you imagine glass surviving such treatment? Even plastic bottles get brittle after just a few months of constantly heating to sterilise them – not steel! They certainly are the most robust solution.

And, while these baby bottles are made of the highest quality steel and are so robust don’t expect them to be heavy – just the opposite. Unlike glass, these bottles are also incredibly lightweight. I couldn’t believe how light they are when our little Canadian’s bottlefeed came to an end.

A Bottle Design that Grows with Your Baby – From Newborn, to Toddler to School Child

But what makes these baby bottles so special for me is the fantastic thought that’s been put into their design. These bottles are designed to last your growing child for years, by growing up with them!

These ‘Baby Grows Up’ bottles come in kits. Your baby’s bottle will convert to a trainer cup (sippy cup as the Canadians call them) and will later convert to an ordinary water bottle for your child – the perfect size for the lunchbox when off to the childminder or nursery. That’s why we call them the 3 in 1 baby bottles.

So, that’s how through a chance encounter while on holiday I found the best baby bottle. The safest, healthiest and virtually indestructible bottle that will last your growing child for years – now that’s what I call eco-friendly!

And, that’s why, as soon as I saw these bottles in action in Austria, I knew we had to stock them on the Ulula website. They are the perfect complement to the Holle baby milk range.

‘Just Like Mum’ Teats

What makes these the best baby bottles doesn’t stop there! What happens when you let a mum design a baby bottle? She insists on inventing a teat that simulates what happens when a baby suckles on the mother’s breast.

This unique ‘just like mum’ design and ultra soft and flexible silicone allows your baby’s mouth and tongue to move in a natural, wave-like motion to contort the teat into the best position to form a vacuum – this leads to more comfortable feeding for your baby.

The integrated venting redirects air away from the liquid and allows your baby to drink continuously without taking in air bubbles which reduces the chances of gas or colic.

OrganicKidz unique teat design perfectly complement their baby bottles

Every ‘Baby Grows Up’ 3 in 1 baby bottle set comes with three such teats – one slow flow, one medium and one fast flow. So again, all you’ll need to last your baby as he or she gets older. Then they’ll move onto the included silicone trainer spout and you’ll attach the included trainer handle to convert the baby bottle to a trainer cup. What a brilliant idea!

The Real Test – One Mum’s Findings

As I sat with my sister’s laptop I’d pretty much made up my mind to stock these unique baby bottles on the Ulula website. This amazing coincidence of meeting this young Canadian couple with their baby provided me with the answer I’ve been struggling with for the last ten years to the perennial question – what are the best baby bottles?

As we were chatting I thought to myself, I have an opportunity here to ask a totally independent buyer exactly what she thought of her baby’s bottles. So, that’s what I did (thanks to Clara from Ottowa):

“I’ve used the OrganicKidz  Baby Grows Up bottles with my little girl since the day she was born and I’ve only ever been impressed. The bottles look stylish, they’re really hard wearing and, most of all, I know our precious baby is safe. I love that the bottles will grow up and adapt with my daughter and will last her for years as a water bottle later. I’ve only bought two bottles for my baby – that’s all I’ll ever need!”

Bringing the Best Baby Bottles to the UK

You won’t be surprised to hear that as soon as I got back from visiting my sister I got in touch with the good people over at OrganicKidz. The rest, as they say, is history!

I am really pleased to be able to not only now recommend what I genuinely believe is the best baby bottle range available on the market, but to actually sell the very same bottles. The OrganicKidz stainless steel baby bottles are now exclusively available in the UK through Ulula.

So, what exactly does the OrganicKidz 3 in 1 baby bottle set come with?

Each of these super sets includes:

  • 1 x 270ml stainless steel bottle (available in blue or lavender)
  • 1 x stainless steel snug fitting protective lid
  • 3 x Accordion Flex peristaltic teats (slow, medium and fast flow for each stage of bottle feeding)
  • 1 x easy to grab trainer handle
  • 1 x soft, non-spill silicone trainer spout
  • 1 x leak-proof cap to turn the bottle into a lunchbox friendly water bottle.

All in all the OrganicKidz 270ml 3 in 1 baby bottle set costs £28.42 (inc. VAT) and is available for immediate UK delivery.

And That’s Not All..

I don’t have the space here to tell you everything about these baby bottles. I haven’t even mentioned the separate THERMAL BABY BOTTLES that will keep your baby’s drink warm or cold for 6+ hours. Brilliant for taking a prepared bottle of formula along when you’re out with baby!

Visit the new BABY BOTTLE AND TEATS page on the Ulula website for more information about the bottle range and spare teats. And, while you’re there take a look at the most environmentally friendly BABY BOTTLE STORAGE RACK you’ll ever see.

So, not only have I found the best baby bottles around – I’ve brought them to the UK for you. These safe, hygienic and robust bottles are the longlasting, eco-friendly complement to your Holle organic baby milks and formula. And, you know that you just need the one bottle to grow with your baby – no separate trainer cups to buy and your child has a gorgeous water bottle for later. Isn’t that amazing!