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Review of fruit and vegetable teethers



Green Bean teether

Organic cotton green bean

Message to mummies! If you are looking for fantastic teethers I would like to share with you some of the best I have found. We are delighted to be stocking the vegetable and fruit collection from Under the Nile they are just so cool. The green bean is a firm favourite because it’s easy for babies to grasp, lightweight, colourful and soft but with enough firmness to ease aching gums. No chance of babies bashing themselves in the eye either. Or what about this fruit tote which comes complete with 4 different fruits watermelon, banana, pear and grapes.


Lovely tote basket of organic cotton teethers

These fruits and vegetables are all hand picked because they are made from 100% organic cotton which is coloured using metal free and vegetable dyes so no problem about them being chewed and sucked. An additional plus factor is that unlike the usual hard teethers they will absorb the dribble so much less likelihood of a sore face. Machine washable and can be tumble dried so if they get grubby it’s not a problem. Under the Nile are supportive of fair trade so you can feel reassured that your baby’s beloved toy is helping somebody else by ensuring that they are paid a fair wage.
These cute teethers will introduce babies to their 5 a day at an early age and hopefully help develop a positive attitude to eating up their fruit and veggies. All in all they have just got to be a win win buy.


EcoDIY: Toddler pallet bed

I used to sleep on a pallet bed when I found myself a young single mom living in London on a small income and in need of a bed. For a few pounds and some help from a friend with a van, I got 12 old pallets home for a double-sized bed for me and six for my son’s single bed. A couple of affordable Ikea mattresses completed the picture.

Lori Danelle’s taken the pallet bed idea a step further and made a toddler bed, complete with casters, headboard, foot-board and side-guard. She’s posted a full tutorial online. It’s absolutely gorgeous.

{DIY} Toddler Pallet Bed [Lori Danelle]

Go Green Month at Sew Much Ado

It’s Go Green Month at Sew Much Ado, and there are some great tutorials there for green creativity.

Refashioned Tutorial: Toddler Ruffle Skirt – turn an adult t-shirt into a cute toddlers skirt.

Jen’s Cloth Diapering and Doubler Tutuorial – make your own reusable nappies.

There’s also a composting tutorial if you’ve been thinking about starting and aren’t sure how.


EcoDIY with kids: a bird’s nest

I like this idea for an Easter egg receptacle. We’re going to be away from home this Easter and staying in a B&B, so this is a good idea for somewhere for the Easter Bunny to leave eggs for the children. It’s messy and a great kids’ craft and it’s made of stuff that is free, natural or would otherwise end up in the bin.

For full instructions on how to make a bird’s nest, visit Growing Up Creative.

If you make one, please post a link to your image in comments, we’d love to see your works of art.

How-to make a bird’s nest [Growing Up Creative]


Rainy Day Kids’ Activity: Sowing winter veg


Piper and I have been sowing seeds for winter vegetables this afternoon. It’s fun to do with children of any age when outside is stormy and wet, and inside is a much nicer prospect. Northern hemisphere folks sow summer veg for a school holiday activity.

Learning to grow vegetables is a valuable and important life skill.

10 Easy Steps

1. Find something in your recycling that will make a suitable plant pot. Suggestions: bottom half of plastic milk bottles, yoghurt pots, bottom half of egg cartons.

2. Fill the receptacles with compost. Get organic compost from your local nursery/garden centre or use sifted homemade compost.

3. Plant seeds. Suggested for winter: Swiss chard, spinach, some lettuces, some carrots, onions, peas.


4. Water.

5. Admire.

6. Put in a sunny window.


7. Water daily or when dry.

8. Wait.

9. Harvest.

10. Eat.


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