A Day in the Life of the Natural Mum

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A Day in the Life of the Natural Mum

Kids are such precious and vulnerable little things and when my daughter was born, all I wanted to do was protect and nurture her. This, along with my passion for the ocean and nature, has been my motivation for living a more sustainable life. I have to say I’ve found it difficult to find products for my daughter, as well as myself that are made from natural and sustainable materials.  I’ve done the research and here’s my guide to living sustainably with children.

Mornings at the beach.

1. Towels

You can’t go past Aegean Loom for organic, hand loomed beach towels for the adults.  These towels are made from all natural materials such as GOTS certified organic cotton, linen, bamboo and silk. All of the fibres are Turkish and the weaving is all done in Turkey. These towels are huge, luxurious and have beautiful texture – perfect for a morning at the beach.

Aegean Loom Towels
Photo: Aegean Loom

To dry off those little bodies hooded towels are the best. Nalu for Kids  (@nalu_for_kids) offer 100% bamboo and cotton hooded towels which are oh so soft and comfy. They are made in Turkey and come in neutral as well as colourful tones.

Nalu for Kids hooded towels
Photo: @celiagalpinpgotography

2. Shade

Add a touch of shade and style to your day with this Sunday Supply Co beach umbrella. With 100% cotton shade and sustainable bamboo poles, this umbrella is a natural alternative to plastic beach umbrellas. There are some beautiful  patterns to choose from and they come in a handy carry bag.

Sunday Supply Co Umbrella
Photo: Sunday Supply Co.

Play time at home

3. Floor pillows

Weave and Willow floor cushions are hand crafted and made from GOTS certified organic cotton and hemp blends, as well as some hemp and yak wool blended panels. Most of the designs are hand screen printed and all designs use non-toxic ink. The fibre in the cushion insert is derived from 100% post consumer water bottles, saving them from landfill. They are perfect for a reading corner or just lounging about on the floor in the lounge room.

Weave & Willow - Ashada Jade Floor Cushions Australia
Photo: MNDY Photography

4. Teepee

Who doesn’t love a play in a teepee?  Little Drifter and Co make amazing hand crafted, 100% cotton calico teepees with completely sustainable Queensland pine poles. These teepees are beautifully designed, easy to assemble and a must for any toddler’s room.

Little Drifter and Co teepee
Photo: @littledrifterandco

5. Playmat

Round playmats are on trend at the moment, and they’re perfect for your baby’s floor play.  Babee and Me make play mats that are hand screen printed with non toxic dyes onto GOTS certified organic cotton. There is an option to add 100% wool wadding to the mat as well. There are so many original designs to choose from to suit any nursery.

Bath and Bed

6. Body wash

There can be so many nasties in babies’ body wash and hair products. So for an all-natural alternative you can’t beat Bubba Organics. They create baby care essentials like baby hair and bath wash and baby moisture lotion that are pure, natural and organic and ethically manufactured right here in Melbourne. You can choose from goat’s milk products or lavender and chamomile. Their baby bottom creams also serve as hand creams for mums; versatile indeed!

Bubba Organics

7. Pyjamas

Boody eco wear make organic bamboo babywear and their baby onesies are oh so soft….perfect for snoozing in. This duo’s mission is to create soft but practical garments that are made from materials that don’t “cost the earth”. The good news is they also have a range of men’s and women’s  underwear and basics too!

8. Sheets and wraps

Wrap those tiny tots ready for bed in an organic muslin wrap from Two Tykes. These products are made using GOTS certified organic cotton, and no toxic dyes – perfect for your little tyke. They have a range of styles for your little baby boy or girl that I promise you will fall in love with! For those bigger kids, make their little beds with GOTS certified organic cotton sheets from Moonlit Sleep. They make sheet sets for cots and single beds all in beautiful designs, with absolutely no toxic dyes used.

Relax time!!

The kids are asleep and now it’s time to make a cup of tea and relax.

9. Coffee/Tea cups

Our ceramics come from the earth and are hand crafted to bring a smile to your morning coffee or afternoon tea.” – Koa. Koa mugs are ethically hand carved by Bali artisans and use a kiln run on renewable energy.  It’s not just mugs that are available; they make vases and platters too, all in a variety of beautiful hand made designs.

Koa cups
Photo: @koabykaitlin

10. Candles

For sustainable soy candles with organic hand pressed fragrances, head to Hunter Soy Candles. These candles are sexy, with amazing natural fragrances and brown glass jars, but they’re not just a candle company; they contribute 15% of their monthly proceeds to support various causes helping to cease poverty, raise cultural awareness, protect mother earth and save our wildlife.

This piece was written by eco-stylish mums and mindful boss ladies, Jess and Michelle (pictured below), co-founders of Weave & Willow. To learn more about them, check out their website: http://www.weaveandwillow.com.au

Weave and Willow Profile photo 1

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