• BlogRSS

  • Every parent has experienced it. Trying to get your toddler wearing shoes is a challenge! They don't seem to be very fond of them and it takes time and a lot of persuasion to get them used to it. It seems that instinctively toddlers know that without the shoes their feet are better off.

    But is this the case actually?

    As a parent you would think that comfortable and expensive label shoes are the best you can give and if they have enough toes space it is all fine. Aren’t these good quality shoes just as good as walking barefoot?

    According to a recent study apparently not! The study compared the feet of European and South African school children. In South Africa walking barefoot to school is very common, regardless of income or social status. Even students walk barefoot to their university. While European pupils are wearing shoes when going outside the South African counterparts are most of the time without. Pupils from both continents were monitored in how they walk, run, balance or jump. The results favoured the children who grew up mostly barefoot. They were able to jump wider, balance better and had a 97% less likeability of developing a flatfoot which can cause shin, hip or lower back pain later in life.

    The study concluded that walking barefoot is healthier and is recommended especially for babies and toddlers to avoid early deformations.  But it is not just healthier for your feet, but also more fun! Our feet had the same use as our hands once and are highly sensitive. The tickly feeling of grass, mud or grovel is wonderful for your toes and it is exciting to jump in puddles and feel the water. It is fun to try and pick up things such as toys up with your toes instead of your hands. This is a great practice to increase balance by the way. Playtime outside can be very different if experienced barefoot and feel not just with your hands but with your feet.

    Even a few hours in the garden or the park without shoes can make all the difference.  Be brave, go with the flow and trust your toddler! Let them walk outside without shoes and socks. Make use of the warm summer days and take a walk in the park or garden barefoot. Even a short walk to the shops without shoes can become an exciting adventure. Try it out for yourself. It will be fun for both of you. Your feet will get dirty but that can easily be washed off! Much easier and quicker than washing socks or cleaning shoes. In our experience, toddlers enjoyed it very much and will enjoy their time outside even more.

    Try it out yourself and send us pictures of you and your toddler walking barefoot!

    Your Neuner’s Team xxx

    Read more ›

    Why we love 2nd hand clothes for babies!

    Naturally as a mum you only want the best for your baby. But are the most valued, most expensive clothes also the best for your baby?

    We here at Neuner’s we are for all things organic and natural. But organic clothes are not always available and expensive, hence we are a strong ambassador for 2nd hand clothes.

    There are so many advantages using 2nd hand clothes for babies that we would like to share them:

    1. It is good for the environment!
      Unfortunately, clothes manufacturer contributes immensely to the increasing pollution on our planet. Starting from pestizides for cotton, to bleaching the fabrics and non-biodegradable artificial fibres. The negative impact on the environment can be seen in Countries like China, India and Bangladesh where rivers and drinking water became toxic. In recent times and due to public pressure China tries to focus more on the production of eco-friendly fibres. It is up to us customers to create a demand for those clothes. However, they are maybe not always available and that is why 2nd hand clothes are such a great thing.
    2. It is better for your baby’s skin!
      As mentioned before, clothes, especially new clothes are enriched and loaded with chemicals and toxins to create different effects. Those chemicals are absorbed through your baby’s skin. Unlike adults, babies and children cannot as easily get rid of those substances as their kidneys are not developed enough. Unless the clothes you buy are 100% organic there is a good chance that the clothes have been treated with a cocktail of chemicals.

    The ‘nasty’ list is rather long but here are a few of the most common ones:

     

    • Formaldehyde (a known carcinogen)
    • Heavy metals for dying (bad for our environment and again carcinogen)
    • Dioxins
    • Different acids and strong bases that can irritate the skin
    1. It’s better for your budget!

    2nd hand clothes are far less costly, most of the time even for free! It is a great way to help each other out and pass on from one child to the other. We used our coffee mornings after school to swap clothes and shoes. It is great fun and gets you talking. Make friends while sharing!

     

    One more important thing we would like to add is. Be careful with clothes directly bought abroad! Often there are higher levels of toxins allowed. Wash them 3 – 4 x before putting them on.
    Because 2nd hand clothes have been washed more often the level of chemicals or toxins are far less. There is our case for passing on clothes:

    It is great for your baby, the environment and your purse! Happy clothes sharing!! 

    xxx

    Your Neuner's Team

     

    Read more ›

    We all know that breastfeeding is the most natural way to feed your baby and has a whole host of benefits for mum and baby! However, whilst it can be a great thing to do, it isn’t always easy to get the hang of, and can be full of challenges.

    Thankfully, the majority of issues that can come up during breastfeeding can be overcome, and whilst it can seem difficult at times, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. To help you along the way, we have put together some of the common issues with breastfeeding and how you can solve them!

    A sleepy feeder

    Babies love to sleep, although not always at the time that you want them to sleep! The best way to encourage a sleepy feeder to carry on eating is with a wake up call. Simply get your milk flowing by doing gentle breast compressions between your thumb and fingers. Your baby will then respond by getting back to feeding, you can also get them to suck by stroking under the chin.

    Latching on really hurts

    Your nipples are sensitive, so it makes sense as a new mother that they may be a bit tender during breastfeeding. There should never be any severe pain during a feed. If you are experiencing any, then it could be down to the latch. Your baby needs to get a great mouthful of your breast right at the start, to do this their mouth needs to be open wide, with their chin pressed into your breast and their head tilted backwards. If it still hurts, then speak to an expert.

    My breasts are incredibly swollen

    Around 3 days after your baby is born the milk production in your breasts starts to ramp up. This can lead to your breasts becoming swollen and uncomfortable. The best way to get through this uncomfortable time is to frequently breastfeed your baby, you can also hand express to relieve the discomfort too. You may even find that cabbage leaves (clean ones of course) placed you’re your bra can help with the swelling too!

    I have a painful spot in my breast

    This is likely to be caused by a plugged milk duct. It is important that you take care of this, as it can lead to Mastitis which is an infection in your milk ducts that can be incredibly painful. Ideally you will want to encourage the milk to flow through this particular area.

    Position your baby so that their chin point towards the tender area and carefully massage the breast in that one spot whilst they are feeding. Between feeds it is also a good idea to apply heat to the area. If it isn’t improving then you should speak to your doctor, midwife or health visitor. Here is a link to the NHS information in regards to mastitis:
    http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Mastitis/Pages/Introduction.aspx

    It's worth giving it a good try.. 

    Whilst there are some challenges when breastfeeding most of them can be overcome by seeking advice from experts such as health visitors, lactation consultants, midwives or GPs. So don't hesitate and ask for help. Most councils have special breastfeeding clincs on a regular basis. For most mums breastfeeding is an amazing experience. Not only do you give your baby a great start, but it will be amazingly convenient for you. Always having milk 'on call' in the exact right temperature, free of charge!

    But if breastfeeding doesn't work out for you, don't be hard on yourself! You and your baby will be fine in any which way. You are doing a great job - mums are best. xx 

    If you are concerned about your own milk supply, or feel that you need a boost to your breastfeeding, why not take a look at our online store? We have a specialist nursing tea that is designed to help you with your milk supply during nursing. 


    We hope that this blog was helpful.

    Lot's of love from

    Your Neuner's Team

    Read more ›

    Breastfeeding is beneficial for babies and women but it might not always be easy for a mum and it can become rather stressful. One of the biggest stressfactor is when she has the feeling that the baby is hungry and that she doesn't produce enough milk. 

    Thankfully, there are a variety of safe and natural ways women can increase their milk supply, all of which are readily available and fairly inexpensive.

    Take a look at some of our favourites:

    Fenugreek

    A remedy that’s been used for over a thousand years is Fenugreek. It can produce results within 25-72 hours – for some women, extra time might be necessary before you start seeing results.

    The way Fenugreek exactly works it not quite known. However researches believe that fenugreek seeds increases the sweat production by stimulating the sweat glands. The milk secreting-tissue is also known as mammary gland, which is a more improved sweat gland andis equally stimulated. There have been a few studies on the positive effect of Fenugreek on lacatation: For example Swaford in 2000 or a more recent study from 2015.  If Fenugreek seeds are consumed in capsule form rather than as tea it can cause mums to smell a bit like curry. However, if used as tea much less is necessary to achieve the same results, as the hot water already dissolves the essential oils. This makes it easier for the body to absorb them and so there won't be any 'smell side effects'. It still is of course necessary to breastfeed frequently and enjoy a balanced diet. 

    It’s inadvisable to take large amount of Fenugreek if you are pregnant but after birth, it’s considered safe. 

    This is one of the most common herbs used to increase the production of milk and is suitable for both long-term and short-term solutions. 

    Aniseed

    The traditional folk remedy included aniseed and rum, but for the modern mum, skipping the rum is potentially a better approach. Derived from eastern Mediterranean culture, aniseed or anise seed is a common commodity in a lot of foods and in terms of milk supply. It includes anethole, an organic compound that has oestrogen-like effects that can help to increase milk supply. It also helps with digestion and may reduces wind. Hence adding it to a breastfeeding mum's diet will help mum's digestions but also baby's, eventually. Overall aniseed is said to have over 20 health benefits and should be considered a staple food. By the way, aniseed or anise seed is different herb from star anise which shouldn't be consumed when breastfeeding. 

     

    Verbena

    Verbena or Vervain is probably one of the most beneficial herbs for women in general.  It not just increases milk supply but also helps to relax. Something breastfeeding mums should do plenty of. There are many additonal benefits of including verbena in your diet:
    It is said to help with nervous tension, headaches , insomnia, menstrual cramps and different forms of anxiety. Amongst all those other properties, verbena is used by herbalists to prevent depression and restore strength after a cold. 

    Caraway

    A great supplement for improving the quality of breast milk, caraway is thought to reduce colic in breastfeeding babies, as well as improving nourishment. Amongst its other properties, caraway is similar to aniseed and can help to ease bronchial inflammation and also has a number of other therapeutic uses such as; stimulating appetite, enhancing your digestive tract and providing marginal pain relief.

    Fennel

    Similar to aniseed, fennel is another liquorice-flavoured herb that can help to improve a mother’s milk supply. Originating in ancient Egypt, this herb is a common ingredient in both cooking and healing. 

    Ingestion of fennel can be administered in a variety of ways, including drinking fennel tea, eating it as a vegetable or using it as a herb in your cooking.

    These five herbs are just some of many that are thought to have an impact on the production of a mother’s milk and are easy to include in your everyday diet, whether that’s what we eat or a drink.  Everybody is different so for some mums, these herbs may not have the same effect, but for many others there has been a noticeable increase in milk supply when breastfeeding.

     

    If you don't want to mix them all yourself you can find all of those lactation herbs in a very convenient form and tried-and-tested dosage in our  Neuner's Organic Nursing Tea.

    Wishing all mums and babies a great summer. xx

    Warm Regards from your Neuner’s team

    Read more ›
    1 2 3 4 5 Next ... Last