Top Eco Tips for Preventing Clothes Moths

June 28th, 2013

The scourge of your wool and silk, clothes moth nibble your clothes to feed themselves. Actually, it's the clothes moth grubs (sweet little baby moths!) that leave those annoying holes in your wool, silk, alpaca and cashmere.

Here are our top eco tops for eliminating clothes moths courtesy of one of the loveliest children's Merino wool clothing brand, Disana.   As Disana knit thousands of pure wool children's clothes every year and store them safely, they should know!

About the clothes moth (Tineola bisselliella)

  • A clothes moth, a nocturnal butterfly, is called Tineola bisselliella. This yellow/brown moth is under a centimeter long, is thin and narrow, with a soft glossy coat. The clothes moth is peaceful and introverted, preferring a quiet living space near its food. Read the rest of this entry »

Ten wonderful things about cycling!

June 20th, 2013

I love working at Cambridge Baby for so many reasons, the biggest being the wonderful people here. But one reason struck me even before walking through the front door. I can cycle here.

After years of commuting on stuffy buses I can merrily propel myself through the countryside over the commons, through the buttercups and past the cows to work. One of the wonderful things about Cambridge as a city is that so many people cycle to get around.

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Hunting down organic clothes at Bubble London :)

June 16th, 2013
Rosy and I have just come back from Britain's loveliest trade show for children's clothes - Bubble, held in Islington. We always go to find new brands that work for us - soft wool or organic cotton, well-made lovely baby and children's clothing.  We always want genuine ethical commitment and a bonus is...  enthusiasm!  If there is someone you think we should look out for or stock next year, let us know below. It was good to see some of our favourite British ethical companies - hello Pigeon, Kite, Piccalilly and Frugi!  And a welcome addition to the British scene - Sense Organics is launching here good and proper (though we got in first and are already stocking them!). There was very little wool there but we were delighted with the made-down-the-road quirky designs of Donna Wilson - cushions, toys and blankets in gorgeously soft British lambswool. http://www.donnawilson.com/ At the moment they're not selling to online stores but if you'd like to see them on these pages, let them know 🙂 Fun, aren't they?!  I'll leave you with one more.... www.donnawilson.com

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Natural sun protection – from Merino wool

May 2nd, 2013

Aside from being fine, breathable and helping regulate temperature, a real benefit of Merino wool in the Summer is that it provides excellent natural sun protection.

Wool Silk Vest gives high sun protection

It absorbs the UV radiation before it can reach your baby or your child's skin - naturally! Here are the facts for you.  Research by Haerri et al (2000), Reinert et al (1997) and Hilfiker et al (1996)  shows that Read the rest of this entry »

Merino wool – studies show it’s great for sleeping

May 1st, 2013

sleep well in merino wool

Even I was surprised by the University of Sydney study that wool bed clothes help you get a brilliant night's sleep - even in hot summer temperatures.

Merino wool - a very fine kind of wool from the Merino sheep - has fibres so fine that they bend easily and so don't scratch, preventing the itchiness traditionally associated with wool. This makes it way more comfy to sleep in than cotton as it moves with your body and is still soft on your skin.  But that's  not all.

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Win Organic Merino Wool Nappy Cover

April 24th, 2013
Last chance to Win this gorgeous snuggly Organic Merino Wool Nappy Cover available in red, navy, green and my favourite. Simply let us know why you love real nappies below.

We'll select one lucky winner on Thursday 25th April

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Safe Swaddling

April 4th, 2013

Swaddling can work wonders to calm babies and prevent them waking and scaring themselves when they fling their arms around. It  worked miracles with my little girl when she was tiny. Merino swaddling blankets are gorgeously soft. They also have the added advantage, that merino helps babies regulate their body temperature and wicks away moisture.

On a  recent programme on Radio 4 Paediatric orthopaedic surgeon Professor Nicholas Clarke highlighted how important it is to swaddle babies correctly, with their hips and legs free to move. Research shows that swaddling babies legs tightly to alter their natural hips open position can increase the risk of hip dysplasia and dislocation.

The Cocooi Swaddling Blanket in Merino Wool is specially designed with a pouch for the legs to allow them to move freely and for you to do a quick nappy change if necessary.

There is even a video to show you how to swaddle correctly. The key thing is to allow room for the hips to move.

Cocooi Swaddling Blanket in Merino Wool

WIN a merino top for fun in the sun !!

March 14th, 2013
Believe it or not Merino wool is perfect for summer. Its got a higher UPF (UV protection Factor) than cotton. It breathes brilliantly and actually helps to keep you cool when its hot.  Research shows that in hot temperatures Merino wool clothing helps you sleep better than either cotton or synthetic nightwear. For a chance to WIN this  fine Merino Wool Top like and Share this. When we get to 500 likes. We'll randomly select a winner.

Cambridge Baby Word Cloud

March 6th, 2013
Wordle: www.CambridgeBaby.co.uk This is what the computer came up with when we asked it to describe us. I quite liked it.

Head to Toe: Wool is wonderful for Skiing

February 13th, 2013
Nick went to St Anton skiing and came back singing the praises of wool. He was dressed head to toe in wool including his pants. Skiing with Merino base layers Nick's been a massive fan of Merino Wool ever since his sister discovered the benefits of Merino in New Zealand 15 years ago. This year the whole extended family was wearing Cambridge Baby base layers. The best thing about wool for skiing is that it helps you cope with large temperature changes by reducing the heat transfer between the body and the environment. His woollies kept him warm in freezing blizzard conditions but when the sun came out he didn't have to strip off  and carry any layers. He was even able to keep some of his layers on for a bit of apres ski dancing!!! Another benefit of Merino (especially untreated wool like Engel's) is that it doesn't get smelly. Merino wool reduces the opportunity for odours to develop because it absorbs sweat and evaporates it into the air. Unlike synthetic fabrics, wool doesn't retain odours and freshens up just with airing out. In addition, the outer layer of wool fibres have a high concentration of fatty acids, which have anti-bacterial properties. The inner layers of wool fibre  bind with acidic, basic and sulphurous odours that make up body odour.  Nick was able to wear all his gear even his pants for the entire week.

What Nick Wore

Pickapooh Balaclava The teen size fits Nick. He said it was brilliant. He normally hates balaclavas, but this was super soft, didn't itch and could be rolled up into a hat when the blizzard subsided. Wool Zip Fleece Super warm, soft and breathable. Great for skiing and everyday wear. Long Sleeved Merino Vest Soft, warm, breathable layer that doesn't ad bulk and its anti-bacterial properties mean it doesn't get smelly.  Nick wears one as a base layer in winter and for cycling. Men Wool Silk Long Johns Soft, warm, breathable and flexible. Again these are brilliant for cycling. Nick took some synthetic long johns with him so that he could compare them with wool. But after one day's wear he found them intolerably itchy and was pleased to be back to his woollies the following day. Wool pants There aren't many pants you can wear for a week. Comfy, soft flexible and warm. Great for running, skiing and cycling and other sports. Their breathability may even improve your fertility compared to synthetic cycle shorts. Lambs Wool and Alpaca sock These make brilliant ski socks. As they are very smooth and slide easily in the boot. Alpaca wool is even warmer than sheeps wool so they'll keep your feet super toasty.