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Baby Bistro: Making the right choices easier

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All parents want to give our children the best start in life, so when it comes to starting solid foods, it’s up to us to make the right choices.

There is plenty of research showing that organic food — fruits, vegetables and grains — is superior in vitamin, mineral and nutrient content, while at the same time, is much lower or is free from harmful herbicides, fungicides, pesticides and artificial fertilizer chemicals that can be present in non-organic produce.

Organic food is especially higher in antioxidants, vitamin C, iron, magnesium, calcium and phosphorus, and lower in nitrates. Studies have shown that organically grown produce has significantly lower levels of mercury than fruits and vegetables grown by chemical farming methods.

But while many of us make an effort to choose organic foods for our babies, the time required to prepare organic meals can sometimes be challenging. This is where Baby Bistro offers a solution. Providing a menu suitable for babies from four months, Baby Bistro uses certified organic foods, 100% free from chemicals and other nasty additives.

Organic veggie starters ensure your little one gets a taste for a variety of whole foods, while baby main dishes (suitable from 8 months) offer healthy and well-balanced organic meals. There is even a range of cereals and snacks for parents too!

Visit the Baby Bistro Website ( for more information and discover their entire menu.

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By Donna MacMullin

Creative Communications, Graphic Design, Communications, Blogging, Copywriting, Content Management

The Baby Burrito

Before I had my first child, I’ll admit I was slightly intimidated by the concept of swaddling. Newborns always look so cozy when wrapped snugly in a nice soft blanket – but would I ever be able to master the wrapping technique affectionately known as the “baby burrito”? And how is it even possible to wrap a wriggly baby so neatly?

Well, I soon learned that it’s not only possible, but the tradition goes back as far as human history itself, and babies love it. For generations, mothers have recreated the secure and cozy feeling of being in the womb by swaddling and, more recently, scientific evidence has proven that babies who are swaddled sleep more peacefully because being wrapped snugly prevents spontaneous body movements from waking them up during the night.

In 2002, the Journal of Applied Physiology wrote that swaddled infants stay in REM sleep (the most restorative, deepest sleep) longer than those who were not. And there is growing evidence that swaddling may indirectly help prevent SIDS as well.

Once I mastered the swaddling technique (it’s pretty easy actually), I also learned that using a pure cotton muslin blanket is a great choice for baby wrapping – and this was something that seemed second-nature to Australian mothers, but I’d never seen muslin blankets in Canada, where I grew up.

Muslin is finely woven and breathable, making it ideal for swaddling because it has a natural “give” that allows the blanket to be tucked snugly around a baby without being restrictive, and it allows air to circulate around the baby’s body so you don’t have to worry that they’ll overheat in moderate weather. Cotton muslin is also a workhorse fabric – so the natural fibre not only stands up to repeated washings, it becomes softer – and better – with age.

All these reasons were motivation enough for one Aussie mother to start her own company, Aden + Anais, when she moved to America and couldn’t find muslin blankets. Raegan Moya-Jones designed the now-famous muslin swaddle blankets large enough to be useful not only for swaddling, but for stroller covers, nursing shields, tummy time blankets and burping cloths.

If the photo collection on her website is any indication, Aden + Anais blankets also seem to be the item of choice when celebrity moms want to shield their babies from the lenses of paparazzi cameras.

Closer to home, Aden + Anais has launched a new line of organic muslin blankets that I’m proud to offer at Itty Bitty Greenie. Not only do they come in some gorgeous prints, but each blanket has its own matching muslin bag, so there is no need for additional plastic packaging or tags. That’s what I call eco-fabulous – Check out the full range here.


By Donna MacMullin

Creative Communications, Graphic Design, Communications, Blogging, Copywriting, Content Management

Kitchen-table tycoons

Little Innoscents

“Mumpreneurs” are fast becoming a force to be reckoned with in the business world and I couldn’t be happier for one fellow mother and business owner whom I have worked with over the past year and who was recently given a prestigious business award.

Antonette Golikidis, founder of Little Innoscents organic skincare for children was named “AusMumpreneur of the Year” at the 2010 AusMumpreneur awards in Brisbane this month.

Antonette started her brand of organic skincare in her own kitchen and said she soon had friends and neighbours trying her products and the business grew from there. And now, “to be distinguished with some amazing like-minded women in business who stay true to their values of family, business and success is an inspiration,” she says.

The finalists were also featured on the TODAY program, and here is a clip from the show.

Check out the eco-fabulous Little Innoscents range of 100% certified organic skincare that is made in Australia and we are proud to carry at Itty Bitty Greenie. The hair & body wash is my favourite!


By Donna MacMullin

Creative Communications, Graphic Design, Communications, Blogging, Copywriting, Content Management

Shall we dine eco alfresco?

Why send your kid off to school or childcare with a boring old lunch bag when there are so many more fun, stylish and eco-friendly options these days? One of my favourite brands making super-cute, durable and reusable “lunchbugs” is Mimi the Sardine.

There are many fabric options to choose from, so whether your little one is into airplanes, animals, pretty flowers or ladybugs, there is one in their collection of fun Swedish designs that is sure to appeal.

Made from 100% organically grown cotton, the fabric has a water-based acrylic coating (not PVC) that is water, soil and mess resistant, yet remains soft and supple. And just to be extra sure (because by now you know that I’m pretty picky about toxins and the environment) the coated fabric meets CPSIA requirements, and the Oeko-Tex 100 Standard, which certifies that it does not contain harmful chemicals and components.

And because we all know kids are sometimes (ok, often) prone to spills, these lunchbugs can also be machine washed to keep them looking great!

While we’re at it, when you’re packing that lunch, why not ditch the plastic wrap and go for a reusable food wrapper instead? I’m a sucker for great design, and I love snackTAXIs because not only do they come in two perfect sizes for sandwiches and all kinds of snacks, the selection of materials is fabulous – from retro-cool designs to kid-friendly motifs they have dozens to choose from.

The exterior of a snackTAXI is 100% cotton and, to protect your food, the interior is lined with polyurethane coated nylon that has been tested and confirmed to be lead and phthalate free. Take a closer look at the styles available on our website.


By Donna MacMullin

Creative Communications, Graphic Design, Communications, Blogging, Copywriting, Content Management