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Organic Kids Clothes

Organic Kids ClothingMany people are now looking a lot more closely at the clothes that they buy. What are they made from? Where are they made? How are they made? For the conscious minded of you, this means buying organic clothing.

Why should I buy organic kids clothing?

There are many reasons as to why parents are converting to buying organic clothing for their kids, and even themselves including being kinder to skin, much more sustainable to the planet as well as addressing ethical labour concerns for the farmers.

Most of our wardrobes are filled with conventional cotton, when this cotton is grown it is sprayed with pesticides. 10% of these pesticides fight off the bugs on the cotton plant whilst the rest is absorbed into the air, soil, plant, water and into our bodies. It’s a well known fact that pesticides are toxic chemicals and cause major harm not only to people but to the eco-system too.

This conventional cotton is subject to bleach, heavy metal dyes and formaldehyde resins in the manufacturing process. GM cotton also accounts for 75% of conventionally grown cotton.

Why is organic cotton better?

There are many reasons as to why organic cotton is better for you and the planet, but it basically eliminates all of the above negative factors. It practices safe and sustainable practices, natural fertilisers, free from toxic chemicals as well as ethical labour processes.

Organic standards are very strict, a cotton field must be pesticide free for a least 3 years to be certified as organic and they must meet the International organic standards.

How will organic benefit my kids?

As you know babies and children’s skin is extremely delicate and in the first few months it is very absorbent too, making it more prone to allergic and irritant reactions from chemicals. Exposure to bleaches and chemicals can cause harm by irritating the skin and can also cause dermatitis. Sometimes we forget just how pure our children’s bodies are.

Organic clothing used to be dull and boring, but not any more!

Frugi Baby Organic Kids ClothingHundreds of designers are realizing the importance in using organic cotton and are now making stunning bright and modern organic clothing just for your kids.

One of the biggest concerns that parents have about buying organic clothing is that it will cost a lot more. In most cases there isn’t actually much difference and if it is a little more then it is due to it not being economically possible to make it a cheaper outfit whilst using good materials, non toxic dyes, pay laborers a livable wage as well as decent working conditions.

Organic clothing for your kids will give you peace of mind.

If you don’t already buy organic, don’t go mad and buy your child a whole new wardbrobe, just buy a few pieces at a time. Combine it with their existing clothes and gradually buy more organic pieces, you’ll be sure to see a difference.

The Merrygoround obviously see the importance in organic clothing but we also know that this just isn’t feasible for some parents. We sell both organic and non-organic designer children’s clothing so that you can make the choice yourself. We are in the process of building up our organic clothing collection and some of our current brands that use organic cotton are listed below:

Lilly & Sid
Hatley kids
Frugi
Absorba

Happy shopping!

 

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Derhy Kids Size Guide Chart

Please take a look at the Derhy Kids clothing size guide chart to help you decide which size to buy when purchasing Derhy Kids clothes for your little ones.

Derhy Kids Size Guide Chart

 

Derhy Kids clothing is an incredible mix of French fashion clothing for kids. Browse through our wonderful collection today.

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Desigual Kids Clothing Size Guide Chart

Please see below the Desigual Kids Clothing Size Guide Chart to help you buy the right sized piece of Desigual Kids clothing for your child the first time round.

Desigual Kids Clothing Size Guide Chart

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Sun Protection for your baby

Spring is here and summer is just around the corner. Everyone loves the sun, children included but if they are going to go out and have fun in it then it is important that you protect their delicate skin or they may get sunburnt.

Sun Protection for babies

At what age can my baby go out in the sun?

It is recommended that if your baby is under 6 months that you keep them out of direct sunlight, after this you can let them play in the sunshine ensuring that they are properly protected.

The sun is an important source of vitamin D for your baby, this helps your baby’s body absorb calcium which is needed for the healthy development of strong bones and teeth. A deficiency in vitamin D can cause rickets, affecting the way their bones grow and develop. Either playing outside or just having a short walk out in the sun every day will do them the world of good, so long as they are protected properly. Just bare in mind that the hottest time of day that the sun is out is between 11am and 3pm.

What do I need to know about suntan lotion?

Sun lotion should be of at least factor 15, the higher the factor, the better the protection. Apply the suntan lotion to every bit of your child’s body that is not protected from clothing, don’t forget their hands and feet as well as their little noses and ears! Put the suntan lotion on half an hour before your child goes outdoors to give it a chance to soak into the skin and reapply it every couple of hours or straight after they have played in water. Even if a suntan lotion says it is waterproof it is best to still reapply, as it will not be as strong as it was.

Babies have very sensitive skin so it is best to test the suntan lotion on a small area of skin first before you slather it over their whole body. Try and buy a suntan lotion with a small list of ingredients and as natural as possible, making it kinder to your child’s skin.

Sun Protection Clothing – what clothes are best?

baby banz sun hat

Obviously the sun is hot and whilst it is best for your little one to wear clothing to protect them from the sun, don’t go too over the top otherwise they will get too hot!

It is advisable that your child wears a hat that shades their face, ears and neck. Some babies do not like wearing hats and enjoy playing the ‘I can pull my hat off!’ game…sometimes you may be able to hold the hat on for a few seconds until their attention is diverted. If your baby really does not want to wear a hat then don’t force them, try to either keep them in the shade or put suntan lotion or sunblock on their bald spots, rub it into their thin hair if you have too!

Shoulders are very sensitive in the sun so it is important to dress your child in a top that covers their shoulders on hot days and a loose pair of cotton trousers will keep them cool, and protect their legs too.

Should my baby wear sunglasses?

Sunglasses are not a necessity but they do protect their eyes from the sun. If you decide to get your child a pair it might be easier to encourage them to wear them from the age of six months, but again don’t force them to wear them if they really are not happy with them on their face.

Sunglass such as Kids Banz or Baby Banz fit very comfortably and the strap goes around the back of your child’s head to make them stay on better. Make sure that you keep the lenses clean for them, put their glasses on at the same time you put yours on and wait until you are outdoors to wear them.

Kids Baby Banz

Whilst it is important that you protect your child from the sun, make sure that you let them have fun in it too. Whip out the paddling pool, have a kick about or a picnic in the park, just be sure to enjoy the sun while it’s here!

 

 

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Baby & Kids Shoe Sizes Guide

Babies and children come in many different sizes and we all know how quickly they grow! Please see the below shoe size guide as a rough guideline to help you pick the right size shoes for your little one.

Baby & Kids Shoe Sizes Guide

Take a look at our baby shoes and kids shoes today with our fantastic selection of designer shoes at great prices from The Merrygoround!

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When does baby need their first walking shoes?

When your baby is between 10-16 months, they will likely to have been crawling for a while and as they learn to walk it is best to let them do it barefoot around the house. Going barefoot and being able to feel the floor properly beneath their feet will help to balance and coordinate steps, it will also help their feet to develop naturally without restricting shoes.

Babies have very soft bones and by wearing shoes too early it can squash their feet, preventing them from growing properly. If you decide that you’d like your baby to wear shoes before they can walk for protection then it is important you choose soft shoes with a light and bendy non-slip sole, getting the right size is very important.

When your little one takes their first magical steps, you may notice that they look a bit flat-footed. This is due to small fat deposits in their feet as well as the way that they waddle whilst learning to walk. By the time they hit 3 years old they should begin to develop an arch and their flat foot should disappear.

So to answer the question ‘when does your baby need their first pair of walking shoes?’, we would advise once they have been walking about comfortably for about 6 weeks and they only really need shoes when they are walking outside. Experts from The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists say that toddlers do not need to wear shoes until they can walk well and after about 6 weeks of toddling it will be time for their first pair of walking shoes.
inch blue ellie & baby soft leather shoes grapeA well fitted shoe is very important when it comes to babies and children’s feet. A properly fitted pair of shoes should be wide enough for your baby’s toes to lie flat, the heel should be held securely in place without slipping in and out when they’re walking and there should be approximately 1cm of growing room between your baby’s big toe and the end of the shoe.

Babies and children’s feet grow very quickly so you will need to check their shoes every 6-8 weeks to make sure that they still fit properly. If you can feel toes against the front of the shoe, then you need to buy a new pair. Up to the age of 4, your baby’s feet will grow around 2 sizes a year and then about 1 size a year after this.

Most toddlers toes face inwards from the age of 1 until they are around 3 years old. This is called pigeon-toed and they should correct themselves by the time they get to 3. If they don’t correct themselves or you find your little one is falling over more than you think they should, talk to your doctor for peace of mind.

It’s always best for your baby’s feet to buy a new pair of baby shoes, we don’t advise second hand shoes because the soles will have worn down to another child’s walking style and they will have already molded to that child’s foot shape. The Merrygoround sell a fab range of first walking shoes for babies from the likes of Funky Feet and Inch Blue, all of which are made from soft, breathable materials, giving total comfort for little growing feet.

Take a look at our Babies and Kids Shoe Sizes Guide, we are available to give any shoe advice if needed, so feel free to contact us. We will be happy to help get your little one toddling about the great outdoors!

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