Alkena and Biodynamic Organic Silk

March 6th, 2014

All-silk Long-Sleeved Baby-body

So, what's biodynamic, organic silk all about?  And what are its benefits to you and the world?

Near ChengDu in China is a biodynamic regeneration project, bringing traditional silk-making skills back to the region. We were very excited to discover this project, and their excellent quality silk clothes for babies and women, which are certified as organic by the IMO (Institute for Market Ecology).

There are several reasons why we chose this range. First of all, silk is excellent for the skin - it's gentle, insulating and breathable, which is why it's been considered for generations and across cultures as the ideal next-to-the-skin layer. So for babies, it's absolutely wonderful! Read the rest of this entry »

Disana – organic Merino wool for baby and child

February 28th, 2014

Natural, Beautiful, Practical and Durable

Dungarees in Organic Merino Wool by Disana

Here at Cambridge Baby, we fell in love with Disana! In fact, it is one of the manufacturers we stocked right from Cambridge Baby's launch.

Disana's organic Merino wool knitwear is second to none!

Wonderful jumpers, leggings and dungarees, as well as their classic boiled wool children's clothes - discover them all here.

The clothes are beautiful but they are also practical and durable - clearly designed with children in mind. We know from our experience and that of our customers that Disana clothes get handed down from one child to the next when they grow out of them. Read the rest of this entry »

Organic wool and animal welfare

February 26th, 2014

DisanasSheepDoes organic certification take into account animal welfare? or does it simply mean free from chemicals?

One of our customers recently asked us this, and the answer is yes - organic wool does ensure high standards of animal welfare.

The majority of organic clothes are certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard, GOTS.   GOTS includes the manufacturing of the textile; however, in order for clothes to be GOTS-certified the fibre itself (wool) has to be certified by an organic certification body like the Soil Association.

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Nappy Instructions for Disana Cloth Nappies

February 20th, 2014

It's easy to use Disana cloth Nappies!   This may look like a lot of steps, but we've broken it down to make it easy to follow.  Once you have got the hang of it you'll be able to do it super-fast.

Step 1

To use the Disana nappy is very simple. Spread out the knitted nappy on the changing mat. Fold the narrow front part back to the ties. Now place the brushed cotton liner or silk liner on top of the nappy.

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How Merino Wool Helps Your Family Sleep Well

February 10th, 2014

Most comfy baby pyjamas in organic Merino wool and silk blend

My two young children sleep in merino wool pyjamas, and I love sleeping in my Merino wool vest - I think it's the most comfortable night wear there is.  Merino wool's comfort is quite literally a gift from nature, so  I thought I'd tell you a bit more about the properties of this amazing sheep's wool.

Merino wool is 20,000 times bendier than cotton

Merino wool is so soft and stretchy that it hugs you in a really gentle way - and this is because merino wool fibres can bend up to 20,000 times more and can be extended 5 times further than cotton!  This makes it way more comfy to sleep in than cotton as it moves with your body and is still soft on your skin – cotton bedclothes tend to get scrunched up around you. It's fibres bend so easily they don’t scratch, preventing the itchiness traditionally associated with wool. Read the rest of this entry »

10 Tips for Lanolising Your Wool Nappy Covers

February 7th, 2014

Using lanolin to waterproof wool nappy wraps is an effective, non-toxic baby-safe way to give your cloth nappies a natural cover.  Lanolin is an oily wax from sheeps' wool that is simply pressed out of the wool and cleaned - a very natural skin-friendly wax that helps with chapped nipples and nappy rash as well as increasing the water-resistance of wool. Disana's knitted organic wool nappy cover - lanolise with lanolin Here are Cambridge Baby's Top 10 tips for lanolising wool nappy wraps and longies - no stress, no fuss, effective waterproofing with lanolin. Read the rest of this entry »

Danish label FUB arrives with Merino kids clothes

September 30th, 2013

We're delighted to welcome FUB back to Cambridge Baby with this season's timeless Merino wool kids wear. 100% fine Merino wool top for kids by FUB FUB's Merino wool is tested to meet Oeko-tex standards, so you can be sure it's safe for your children and the environment. And we can attest to it's silkiness! Unbelievably fine and silky wool that is just perfect as a warm and insulating layer.

100% Merino wool grey cardigan for kids by FUB FUB's classic styles also, we feel, work well as pure wool school uniform, particularly the 100% wool leggings and the wool rib skirt.  The unisex grey wool cardigan above, with natural trim, might also be an option, if your school uniform is flexible! Extra-fine 100% Merino wool kids leggings by FUB These leggings are a very fine knit, almost as fine as thick footless tights, but in a really beautiful knit and elastane-free, cosy soft wool. 100% Wool Skirt for Girls by FUB in Navy and Grey Available in navy and grey, my girl will have both the leggings and skirt for her primary school uniform next week when the weather turns cooler. I know, she is lucky to be a Cambridge Baby baby 😉 Wool pull-up pants or trousers in navy by FUB and wool rib skirt Designed in Denmark, FUB set out to make clothes in natural fibres for children to keep children comfortable. One of the designs we particularly loved for its practicality is the pure Merino wool neck warmer or collar. Neckwarmer in Merino wool for children by FUB It will stay on! It won't fall off and get lost! It keeps the chest warm, covering that little gap after the top coat button. And in very soft Merino wool, it won't be itchy either. What do you think?! Helen x

New Merino wool clothes for kids just in from New Zealand

September 25th, 2013
Hello and a good, sunny evening!  Such a lovely day here, we're all happy 🙂

New in, direct from New Zealand, is our fine Merino wool range for children, from premature baby to 12 year old active kids. New Zealand has the ideal climate to create the finest, gentlest, crimpiest (!) Merino and as we buy direct, you can enjoy the best wool for your child at joyful prices.  It's just the silkiest wool.

Our most popular organic wool brands are Disana, busy making gorgeous knitwear, and Engel (which means Angel in German) - you probably already know their excellent organic wool and silk blend vests, leggings and baby-bodies, staples in so many households, and their sleepwear is excellent.  

Our New Zealand Merino wool stock is always limited so do take a look now.

Joy to you.
Helen x
Silky Merino wool baby-bodies - in nine fine colours.
Merino wool sleeping bags from 3m to 4y, well-designed.

In sizes to 12 years, this silky fine top is 100% practical warmth.

Your Cambridge Baby team is... 
Helen, Nick, Rosy, Agnes, Rachel, and now... Bryony!  and
we send you our warmest wishes. 

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Top Tips for Camping with Children

July 17th, 2013

At Cambridge Baby we love camping and spend a lot of time living in the great outdoors with children. Wendy takes the Brownies camping, Rosy and her children go camping with the Woodcraft folk. Nick, Helen and the girls have a lovely bell tent that they escape to the coast in. My family love finding a friendly farmers field to pitch our old dome tents somewhere beautiful.

The great thing about sharing an interest is being able to exchange tips and here are a few I picked up from chatting with the others in the shed. Read the rest of this entry »

Simple midsummer celebrations and children’s crafts

July 3rd, 2013

Midsummer flowers in white and green - time to celebrate the summer with your children!

Midsummer isn't just one day, it's that glorious couple of weeks at the end of June/beginning of July when the whole earth just seems to blossom in white and green and gold. How wonderful and natural to want to celebrate!

We had a midsummer picnic at the weekend and it was so lovely, fun and full of happiness that I wanted to share the simple things we did.   It can be adapted for almost any time of year too. Read the rest of this entry »