Sep
10

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Jan
30

Safe Sleepwear

Keep your kids cozy and safe

Children’s sleepwear sold in Canada must meet strict flammability requirements that improve safety. That said, clothes that comply are still not fireproof. As well, most children’s day clothes are not required by law to meet the flammability requirements for children’s sleepwear.

What makes safe sleepwear?

Loose-fitting sleepwear (e.g., nightgowns, baby-doll pyjamas) must be made from polyester, nylon or a polyester/nylon blend. They are more likely to catch fire than tight fitting sleepwear and should be made of slow burning fabrics. Tight-fitting sleepwear (e.g., sleepers or polo pyjamas) may be made from cotton or cotton blends and are less likely to catch fire that pj’s or nightgowns with flowing skirts, wide sleeves and ruffles.

  • Dress children in actual sleepwear when putting them to bed, instead of T-shirts or other day clothes. Most day clothes do not meet flammability requirements for sleepwear.
  • Remove any drawstrings or cords from their sleeping clothes. Make sure belts, ties and sashes on your children’s bathrobes are stitched firmly to the back Children can strangle on any type of cord that can be removed from their clothing.
  • Check for loose buttons or other small parts that could become a choking hazard.
  • Check blankets and sleepers regularly for loose threads, and fix them right away. Threads can wrap around baby’s arms, legs or neck and can cause injury.
  • Teach your children about the dangers of fire. Tell them to “STOP, DROP and ROLL”, if their clothing catches fire.

 

For more information: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/cps-spc/child-enfant/index-eng.php

Jan
09

Baby Sleep Safety Tips

Happy baby playing under sheets

 

Likely the only time you will leave your baby or young child unattended is while he or she sleeps. The important thing is to make sure children are sleeping where they are safe.

The safest place for your baby to sleep is on his or her back, in a crib, cradle or bassinet. Health Canada recommends room sharing for the first six months of your baby’s life.

Babies and young children should never be placed to sleep on standard beds, water beds, air mattresses, couches, futons or armchairs. A baby can suffocate when sleeping on these unsafe surfaces.

Health Canada has received reports of injuries and/or deaths related to the improper use of many products mentioned in this guide. Follow the safety tips provided to reduce the risk of injury or death related to the use of these products.

  • Put your baby on his or her back to sleep, both at nap time and at bedtime.
  • Your baby’s crib should be completely empty, except for the crib’s mattress and fitted sheet.
  • Avoid the use of loose bedding or soft objects in your baby’s sleeping area. Products like these can be suffocation hazards and should not be placed where your baby sleeps:
    • comforters, heavy blankets and quilts
    • infant or adult pillows
    • foam padding
    • stuffed toys
    • bumper pads
    • sleep positioners
  • Blankets can be dangerous if a baby’s head gets covered when he or she sleeps and may cause suffocation. Instead of a blanket, consider dressing your baby in light sleep clothing, like a one-piece sleeper. If a blanket is needed, infants are safest with a thin, lightweight, and breathable blanket.
  • Overheating is a risk factor for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). If the room temperature is comfortable for you, it is also comfortable for your baby.
  • Keep your home completely smoke free. Cigarette smoke is harmful to babies and increases the risk of SIDS. No one should smoke near your baby.
  • It is not safe for a baby to sleep for long periods of time in products such as strollers, car seats, swings, bouncers, slings or baby carriers, that keep him or her in a seated or semi-reclined position. Move your baby to a crib, cradle or bassinet for naps or overnight sleep, or once you have reached your destination.
  • Cords on window blinds, shades and curtains are a strangulation hazard. Tie the cords out of your child’s reach or install a tension device for looped cords. Whether the blind is up or down, make sure your child cannot reach the cords.
  • Place your baby’s sleeping area so that hazards like windows, patio doors, lamps, candles, electrical plugs, corded baby monitors, extension cords and small objects are out of your child’s reach.
  • Not everyone will take the same care you do in making sure their home is safe for children. When visiting family and friends, scan your surroundings for potential hazards and supervise your children closely.
  • Check regularly for recalls of children’s toys, clothing, furniture and equipment by contacting the manufacturer or by visiting Health Canada’s Consumer Product Recalls web page: www.healthcanada.gc.ca/cps-recalls.

 

Nov
26

Holiday Shipping Times

Holiday Gift

Holiday Shipping Deadlines

Order Early to Avoid the Rush! 
Overseas Air Mail
Europe/ Australia …..November 30, 2012
Expedited Parcel
Canada……………….December 14, 2012
USA…………………..December 13, 2012

RUSH
FedEx/ UPS ………….December 20, 2012

(Please note these are our shipping deadlines, orders must be placed a minimum of 1 week before.)

Be sure to emailor give us a quick call if you have a special gift idea you’d like to discuss. 1-877-642-0446


Nov
26

New at Forever Blankets and Bears

New Book Buddies

Clifford Book Buddy The Zoobies® team is proud to bring to life the classic Norman Bridwell storybook character, Clifford the Big Red Dog™. Not only is Clifford™ a playful, cuddly plush toy, but also a soft book that opens up into your child’s favorite bedtime story-the perfect bedtime companion.

We also have a Very Hungry Caterpillar Book Buddy also. Please visit http://www.foreverblanketsandbears.com/12-zoobie-pets for more info on either book.

Our Price: $21.95

Back by Popular Demand

Mudd the MooseMudd the Moose

Charging out of the great American Northwest comes Mudd the Moose™. This super-adorable Blanket Pet™ is a big softy: from his plush hooves to his cuddly antlers. Bound to become your child’s best friend, Mudd™ is not only an adorable moose, but also a comfy pillow and super-soft blanket all in one.

PRICE INCLUDES ONE LINE OF EMBROIDERY

 

 

Jafaru the Giraffe

Jafaru
Jafaru will be sure to bedazzle your child. This highly unique giraffe is sure to become your child’s best friend. Jafaru has a short pile, smooth velvet coat, with special little giraffe horns and a sweet little squeezable micro bead muzzle.
PRICE INCLUDES ONE LINE OF EMBROIDERY

 

 

 

Lola the LambLola the Lamb

Lola the Lamb is the perfect bedtime buddy. From her dainty soft wool, to her sweet little squishable face, Lola™ is a great choice for your little one. Not only is Lola™ a cuddly lamb, but also a cozy pillow and super-soft coral fleece blanket all in one. Perfect for road excursions or just snuggling in bed.

PRICE INCLUDES ONE LINE OF EMBROIDERY

 

 

Oct
23

Choosing the Greenest Fibers for Baby Clothes

Cotton Field

Cotton Field

A brand new white cotton onesie-what could be purer for a new baby’s delicate skin? Well quite lot. Unfortunately white cotton is far from pure and farther from green.

 

Cotton doesn’t grow ell without water, chemical fertilizers, herbicides, defoliants and pesticides. It uses 25 percent of the world’s insecticides and 11 percent of all pesticides. These pollute the soil, water sources and marine environment (also our tap water and the fish we eat) and traces remain int the finished fabric. Cotton workers (and their babies) are exposed to known carcinogens and developmental toxins.  White cotton fabric may be chlorine-bleached which releases dangerous dioxins into the atmosphere, while colored cotton may contain dyes known to be hazardous to health or skin sensitizing. Cotton grown in North America, Australia, India or China my be genetically modified, the risks of which are indeterminate.

One solution is to choose organic cotton. For cotton to be certified organic, ti cannot be grown with synthetic chemicals nor mixed with regular cotton, so it may feel softer and be of better quality as a result.

Hemp is the eco-fabric of choice for baby clothes. One of the world’s fastest growing crops (it can be harvested in just 100 days), it produces twice as much fiber per acre as cotton with little need of insecticides, herbicides or water and almost all of the plant can be used. A new crop is sown directly after harvesting for constant renewal of  soil carbon and it leaves the soil weed free and without excess nitrogen, preventing the pollution of water sources. Because hemp fibers are longer than cotton fibers, the fabric is incredibly durable and clothes tend to keep their shape despite wear and washing. Choose locally grown hemp fabrics.

Bamboo fabric feels like silk against precious baby skin and becomes softer with washing, making it ideal for pass-on clothing. Like hemp, it requires minimal pesticides, fertilizers and water to grow. It is so hardy that it suits land prone to drought or flooding and combats soil erosion, helping communities in areas affected by climate change. Bamboo grows quickly (it’s harvested every 2-5 years) takes up little space and both pumps more oxygen into the atmosphere and traps atmospheric carbon dioxide more effectively than most trees. It absorbs dye easily, reducing the need for chemicals and huge amounts of water. Bear in mind most of the crop is grown in and transported from East Asia.

It’s not just the eco-fabrics that count; being a green parent means thinking about how the garments have been made and transported, how durable they are and the lives of the people who made them.

Oct
02

Forever Blankets in Mumbai!

Over the past few years, we have been privileged to know some amazing folks, who are dedicated to help improve the lives of families in the slums of Mumbai, India. During this past summer several Forever Blankets were delivered to the Mumbai  Foundation for Mother and Child Health clinic. The clinic has become an extension of a very special endeavor called the “Dirty Wall Project”.   The “Dirty Wall Project” is an effort to fill immediate, small need in a developing country. “I may not change lives, but I can bring some comfort, food or a helping hand to someone who is living in dire poverty. The list of needs is endless in developing countries where the poor outnumber the rich,” said Kane Ryan founder. Please check out the blog for amazing photos and stories from the front line. http://dirtywallproject.com/blog

Our blankets were delivered to the health clinic as gifts for some of their “special” wee ones. The  Foundation for Mother and Child Health clinic  provides mothers free information on nutrition, health care, hygiene, as well as necessary supplements and personal attention from Dr. Rupal Dalal and her team of social workers and nutritionists. The problem  most poor women in India face is the lack of knowledge regarding basic nutrition and the lack of quantity and quality of food they can afford. One out of every three malnourished children in the world live in India. Many kids in the slum live on glucose based biscuits, sugary tea, watery dal and white rice. Malnourished children have stunted growth, lower IQ’s, and higher rates of infectious diseases. Cramped living conditions, open sewers, and not boiling drinking water leaves them at risk for constant illnesses. The Foundation for Mother and Child Health (FMCH) is taking the necessary steps to educate those who come to their clinics.  Dottie Wagle, the Chairperson of the India Branch of FMCH is determined  to continue this initiative in other areas in Mumbai, making this amazing, free service for the poor accessible to more communities throughout Mumbai.

For more information on the Dirty Wall Project and the Foundation of Mother and Child Health Clinic, please check out:
www.fmch-india.org
http://dirtywallproject.com

and enjoy these photos!

Forever Blankets and Bears Blanket in India

 

 

Mother and Child Health Clinic

Mumbai has a Foundation for Mother and Child Health clinic

Jul
23

Eco-Friendly Diaper Solutions

babes in Diapers

Babes in Diapers

Eco-Friendly Diaper Solutions!

Many parents use a mix of green diaper systems by using compostable disposables at night or when out and washables at home.  The secret of keeping reusable diapers green is not to wash them at too high a temperature. Try washing mostly at 105 degrees F (40C) with a little eco-laundry detergent. Avoid regular detergents as many contain optical brighteners and fabric conditioner. Both stick to the fabric, making it less absorbent and more likely to cause a rash.

Gentle hand washing is the way to deal with woolen outer wraps (though felted wool can be washed on a cold water wool setting). You don’t have to wash them too often as the lanolin in wool is naturally anti-bacterial. Avoid putting washable diapers and the outer wraps in the dryer; it can shrink and shred the fabric. This can cause the waterproof wraps to disintegrate. Dry outdoors whenever possible-sunlight is a powerful bleaching agent.

The greenest diaper option is not to use diapers at all, a techinque used in many parts of the world. It is known as elimination communication or timing. This involves tuning in with your baby’s routine and noticing his gesture, facial and verbal expressions when he is about to go to the bathroom. Then you can catch it in a potty! Advocates value the intimacy and mutual responsiveness of this method.

Use disposables that really are disposable; compostable eco-diapers. Look into setting up a home composting system…or there might be a program that picks up from your door for a central compost facility. Avoid encasing these diapers in bags (biodegradable or not).

Use washable diapers and have them washed by a diaper service. Alternatively wash them yourself with an eco-friendly laundry detergent. If the diapers are secondhand, give yourself a pat on the back! Keep hanging them out to dry (rather than the dryer) so they last long enough to pass on to another baby.

Jun
12

Green Baby Wearing

Baby Carrier

Baby Carrier

Carrying babies in a sling is the ultimate in green transportation, whether they snuggle in close as tiny babies or ride high on your back as a toddler.  Slings have far less impact on the environment than any stroller or car seat, since they are made of small amounts of cloth and  few plastics or metals. They are not bulky to transport and are often made locally rather than being shipped around the globe. Baby carriers pass on easily from baby to baby without having to be safety checked! Even better slings seem to boost bonding and well being. A study of babies carried for about 3 hours a day showed they cried less, spent more time quiet and alert and fed more often than non carried babies. The physical stimulation and increased interaction that come with a sling can boost growth and development, counter baby blues and make you feel more confident as a parent.

A versatile sling that can be used to carry a baby or toddler in a range of positions will give you the longest usage. The greenest sling is the one you make yourself (find a pattern online) but if you plan to borrow or buy one try out a few first. Look for a design that spreads the weight evenly across your back and shoulders. The types that get used the longest allow you to carry a sleeping baby lying sideways and to breast feed discreetly. They accommodate infants facing either inward or outward and well as toddles on the hip and back. Organic washable fabric is best.

Which way should your baby face? It may be best to carry young babies facing inward, snuggled into your chest. The splayed hip position of many slings may help strengthen the hip joints. Facing inward boosts interaction, helping your baby learn communication and language skills.  Fussing babies, however may like the distraction of facing outward although the rush of stimuli can be overwhelming. Older babies often enjoy a more structured frame backpack which suits leisure walking thanks to its extra support. The longer you carry your child, the more he gets used to pedestrian transportation and you’ll be  a great role model for the benefits of exercise.

Apr
23

Baby Bedding

Baby Blanket

Baby Bedding

When choosing your baby’s bedding, as well as considering the color scheme, it’s important to ensure that your baby will be both safe and comfortable.  In turn, this helps you feel relaxed while he sleeps.

Fitted sheets are essential, especially if your baby is a wiggler. If you flat tuck sheets under a crib, they might become loose when your baby tosses and turns and he could become tangled in his bedding. You’ll need at least 3 sheets, one on the bed, one in the wash and one for emergencies

Baby sleeping bags are great for slightly older babies who might kick off their covers. Choose a quilted cotton bag that fastens easily at the shoulders. Buy one appropriate for your baby’s age and size with a weight that suits the room temperature. Bags may be rated for warmth like duvets.

Cotton sheets and blankets should be light and comfortable. Cotton is preferable as it “breathes” and can be washed easily. Duvets aren’t suitable for babies under one year since they are too heavy and pose a risk of suffocation. Instead, layer sheets and light blankets to keep him at the right temperature.

A baby monitor is an important piece of equipment. It is reassuring for you and you might find it easier to relax if you know that you will hear your baby. But don’t leap at every noise-babies often complain a bit before settling themselves back to sleep.

Getting organized!

*Keep spare bedding and bedclothes underneath or near the crib so that you can change wet sheets quickly at night and keep a laundry basket nearby.

*Buy a minimum of starter bedding for bassinets and smaller cribs since your baby will quickly grow into a full sized crib.

*Adjust your baby’s bedding according to the temperature of the room and remember it’s important that he doesn’t overheat. Add or remove sheets or lightweight blankets as required to keep your baby comfortable. Keep in mind a folded blanket counts as 2 layers!

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