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    Over 8000 meals now provided for children in India!

    Over 8000 meals now provided for children in India!

    Darlo Ethical Babywear have hit a BIG milestone...

    We’re pleased to announce that we have now donated over 8000 meals to children in India!!!

    With every Darlo product sold we provide a week’s school meals to children in India via our charitable partner, The Akshaya Patra Foundation.

    We share the same belief, that no child in India should be deprived of an education because of hunger. This is something Akshaya Patra have been working towards for the last 16 years and we are happy we contiune to help them with this mission.

    For more information on Akshaya Patra head over to our home page and scroll down to our giving section here.

    Thank you to all you lovely lot for helping us achieve this target. Your continued support for our products means a lot!

    To view items from Darlo, our organic ethical babywear range and to find out more information on Darlo click here.

    One product feeds a child in India with their school meals for a week.

    5 Signs your baby is teething

    5 Signs your baby is teething

    I’m typing this feeling a little bit delirious after my dream baby has suddenly turned into a bit of a nightmare!  He’s been waking up a lot! Five friggin times it was to be exact last night! I feel like my baby has regressed back to a new-born but even when he was a new-born he wasn’t waking as much as he is now.

    I jumped online for help, please please someone tell me this is a short phase and he’ll be back to ‘normal’ in no time!? As I trawled the web it dawned on me that perhaps he is teething. This makes the constant whingeing a little easier to grin and bear because bless him he’s in pain and all he wants is for his mummy to soothe him and tell him its ok, it’s not forever and that little white stub of a tooth will be appearing in no time (please appear soon!!!).

    So here are the signs to look out for so you can be sure to give your baby more cuddles and comfort rather than pulling your own hair out and crying into your white wine at night:

    • Your baby has turned into the Dribble Monster. Bucket loads of drool come from your baby’s mouth.
    • They are gnawing, chewing and biting on absolutely anything that passes their lips.
    • The night time routine is out the window, who cares if they used to sleep 8 hours now they wake up a lot, even in between feeds. Note to self they are not mugging you off they just want to be comforted through the pain.
    • You’ve got a ninja whinger on your hands and they grizzle constantly throughout the day. I still make it my mission to make Alfie laugh every day but his mood can change like the drop of a hat and at first I was left bewildered as to what possibly could be wrong now. Fear not it’s his teeth not a new adopted irritating personality.
    • They keep tugging on their ears stretching out their lobes as their ears hurt as well as their gums.

    So to keep sane throughout this difficult period try to be compassionate about how they are feeling. Love them, cuddle them, let them sleep on you, stroke their heads, feed them if they need and then give them as much Calpol and Ibuprofen as you can (follow the guidelines obviously), stock up on teethers, cut up a muslin and put in boiling water then put in the freezer, buy a Sophie the Giraffe, get a teething gel and a powder and ride the teething storm as prepared as you possibly can be!

    To view items from the Darlo Ethical Babywear range click here.

    One product feeds a child in India with their school meals for a week.

    Does ethical clothing cost you more?

    Does ethical clothing cost you more?

    Does the ethical option when shopping always have to cost you more? When it comes to baby clothing we really don’t think so. Ethically produced clothing goes further than just being made from organic materials. It encompasses the whole lifespan of the product. The farmers of the raw materials will have received a fair price for their crop, the workers associated with its manufacture and sale will have received a fair wage whilst working in safe and clean environments. In addition the transportation of the product will have been environmentally responsible with thought to its carbon footprint. These features of ethically produced clothing, which are the complete antithesis of cheap fast fashion, can often lead to higher prices. With price such a key factor in deciding what we buy it comes as little surprise that we may be tempted to buy the less ethical option.

    Whilst the ethical option may often cost more at the checkout, over the course of its life it may well be more economical. The quality of the clothing associated with ethical production is superior to that of fast fashion. An organic cotton sleepsuit should withstand more washes and wears, keeping its shape, feel, and colour for longer than a cheaper sleepsuit alternatively made.

    Finally ‘cost’ does not just relate to monetary value. In the developed world we really should have a responsibility to understand the social and environmental implications of our purchasing decision. By supporting cheaply made, fast fashion garments we are supporting organisations who turn a blind eye to child labour, the pollution of water systems for whole communities, and the ravaging of farmland through the use of aggressive pesticides.

    Thankfully ethical production is gaining more awareness and often is priced very competitively to conventionally produced clothing.

    Darlo Ethical Babywear's products are made from 100% organic cotton meaning they are kinder on your babies skin and better for the environment too. All Darlo products also provide a week’s worth of school meals for a child in India.

    To view Darlo Ethical Babywear's clothing click here

    10 Tips from our first family holiday for a stress free journey when travelling with a baby

    10 Tips from our first family holiday for a stress free journey when travelling with a baby

    We’ve recently come back from our first family holiday as a 3 man band celebrating our friends wedding in Portugal. Knowing what to take with you can be stressful. I packed and unpacked my bag at least 3 times as I felt I was taking everything but the kitchen sink!

    Luckily for us it went very well and Alfie slept nearly the entire journey so we avoided the unwelcome glares from fellow plane passengers!

    Here is my list of items that I packed in my hand luggage and hopefully you will also find this useful for any plane journeys you have coming up with a little one:

    1. Wipes. Babies can have explosive poo’s and they are even more inclined to get them with the air pressure.
    2. A change of clothes and some PJ’s for travelling in comfort. For us it’s our NEW Sleep Fruit Darlo organic cotton comfies obviously! As I mentioned above, if your baby has an explosive poo you need extra clothes so your baby does not have to sit in the soiled ones for any period of time stinking out the whole plane!
    3. A lightweight pram or a baby carrier to free up your hands will make life a lot easier when navigating the airport terminals and check in.
    4. Muslin cloths: Helpful to mop up/ wind/ dry/ feed your baby.
    5. A Darlo blanket for the plane. It was nice to cover Alfie up in something soft while he was sleeping. Also the air con on planes can be unpredictable. Even I get freezing on some plane journeys.
    6. Your child’s favourite soft toy or comforter to help soothe them to sleep.
    7. A few toys, books or rattle to keep you baby entertained when they start to get aggy and bored.
    8. Feeding equipment - Be sure to pack all that you need so that you can feed your baby when hungry - bibs, bottles, boobs 😉, formula.
    9. If you have already weaned your baby onto some solids then taking snacks is important too. This will distract them for a little while at least.
    10. Finally take an iPad: If the sound of your voice loses it’s magical touch and your baby comes agitated then you can always fall back on the trusty iPad and Peppa Pig to help you out when the going gets tough.

    To view items from Darlo, our organic ethical babywear range and to find out more information on Darlo click here.

    One product feeds a child in India their school meals for a week.

    All NEW organic cotton sleepsuits, Sleep Fruits range

    All NEW organic cotton sleepsuits, Sleep Fruits range

    We are very pleased and relived to announce that our NEW Sleep Fruits range of organic babywear has landed!

    Today feels like a monumental day on our start-up business journey. For the last year we have been working hard to get to this moment. Having navigated through suppliers to finally working with an amazing factory in Portugal we are happy to confirm that we are chuffed to bits with our new range of organic baby sleep suits and thrilled to be able to share these with you.

    Please check out our new Sleep Fruit prints here. The little ones will look good enough to eat in these! We hope you love them as much as we do.

    Look out for other announcements on Facebook and Twitter or sign up on our website at the bottom of our home page if you would like us to email you when more limited edition prints arrive in our range.

    To view items from our organic ethical babywear range click here.

    One product feeds a child in India with their school meals for a week.