| |Informing and educating our Baby Shop customers is very important! With the expansion of the green market and new products being advertised every day, we are bombarded with choices. We think you should know all the facts in order to make informed consumer decisions. If your question is not aswered below, please call us email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also ask a question on our FACEBOOK wall and we will answer as soon as possible! | |Answers:Q: Is it really worth worrying about what ingredients are in your baby wipes and other baby products?A: Yes!.
We support the reduction of harsh chemicals and preservatives in skin care. It is not only better for you and your family, but it is healthier for the earth. Whatever you put on skin is likely to be absorbed into the blood stream with the potential to cause damage over time. Whatever is thrown into the landfill or flushed down your toilet has the potential to accumulate and contaminate water supplies and oceans which can then become concentrated in the food chain.
Manufacturers have taken the easy way out for years by using cheap ingredients to turn a bigger profit and harsh preservatives to ensure a product’s shelf life throughout an increasingly growing supply chain. There is good news though: Consumers like you have been educating themselves and voting for safer and higher quality products with their dollars. The more consumers show their concern by buying safer and more natural products, the more common it will become to see ingredients lists with safer ingredients.
In our case, KindyNews Eco Baby Shop began after communicating with Moms who found a need in the market for safer baby products. When we set out to create them, we insisted that they be made with certain gentler ingredients. We are fortunate to have found and work with suppliers that listened to our concerns and helped us create our vision.
Navigating the enormous terrain of chemical names is not easy for the average person. Furthermore, just because you have trouble pronouncing an ingredient, does not mean it is dangerous. A Washington-based organization called Skin Deep
has made it easy to calculate your risk of exposure to potentially harmful substances through the personal care products you use for yourself or your baby. Their rating system offers a means of quantifying the risks posed. KindyNews
has voluntarily signed their Compact for Safe Cosmetics, and in doing so we have pledged to not only make our products safe, but to provide transparency to consumers. We also submitted laboratory testing results that show that our baby wipes do not contain dioxane 1, 4, formaldehyde, chlorine, or BPAs (bisphenol a). Check them out at: www.safecosmetics.orgClick here
to read about some common ingredients you may see in skin care products that may be cause for concern. We recommend avoiding them and we choose never use them in our products, as we believe that there are many safe and natural alternatives. We also recommend that when we consider laboratory studies to always ask how a study was performed (did they use high quantities? Was it performed on an animal? In a petrie dish? Who was funding the study? How many studies have there been and what did they conclude?.Q: What does “renewable and sustainable” mean?A.
Renewability refers to a plant that has a short regeneration period to full maturation, usually in stark contrast to the material they are replacing. Sustainability refers to resources being replenished at a fast enough rate at which they can be used for consumption. Bamboo is a quintessential renewable and sustainable plant due to the fact that it grows back so quickly and naturally. Furthermore, it is a regenerating plant, which means it does not have to be replanted. This saves on petrol-guzzling tractors.Q: Is your packaging biodegradable and/or recyclable?A:
Unfortunately the packaging for the baby wipes is not currently biodegradable. In an effort to be as environmentally responsible as possible.Q: Are your baby wipes flushable?A:
Most people are not aware, but there are currently no federal regulations regarding this marketing claim. In the US, the INDA, the Association for Non Woven Fabrics Industry offers guidelines to determine flushability, but it seems that even the experts are conflicted as to whether any company should be advertising wet wipes as flushable. We have a strong opinion about flushability – We do not encourage anyone to flush anything that doesn’t start to break down like toilet paper in the bowl. Read our detailed opinion and research by clicking the link below.More Flushability Info: Click HereQ: Are your baby wipes and bathroom tissue a bio-based material?A.
Yes, these products are made from bio-based bamboo material. So far, we have certified our bamboo baby wipes in the USDA Bioprefered program. We will eventually complete the certification process for our bathroom tissue, as well. The USDA defines bio-based products as those whose main ingredients are from renewable plant, animal, marine, or forestry materials. Get more info at www.biopreferred.govQ: Are KindyNews Bamboo Wipes compostable?A:
Composting turns degradable materials into useable compost-humus-like material that enriches the soil and returns nutrients to the earth. KindyNews Bamboo Wipes have early on been deemed as compostable in industrial or municipal facilities as opposed to home composting units that do not generate high enough temperature to safely break down human waste. These claims were based on our independent results and by our customers who use well managed facilities with high temperatures. However, the FTC recently set requirements for compostability certification testing that is a financial burden for many small business like ours. We will keep you updated on our progress with our certification tests. In the meantime, we cannot make claims that they are compostable at industrial or municipal facilities.Q: Do you test on animals?A:
We have never, nor will we ever test on animals. Furthermore, all of our suppliers must provide documentation stating to the same. We are certified by Leaping Bunny
which is a program providing the best assurance that no new animal testing is used in any phase of product development by the company, its laboratories, or suppliers.Q: How do I find out where KindyNews Bamboo products trees are being planted?A:
plants trees for each individual package of baby wipes, each individual diaper rash ointment, and for every 4 rolls of bathroom tissue sold. Our trees are being planted annually in a variety of locations where deforestation has had a major impact. We feel that regions that have suffered tremendous losses due to deforestation are the best place to start. To date we have planted over 47,000 trees in Brazil, Ghana, Burundi and Haiti. We have chosen to plant in these countries for two reasons: rainforest depletion is as high as 90% due to things like widespread logging in the past and overgrazing. And in Burundi, where 57% of children under 5 suffer from chronic malnutrition, we are planting Moringa, “the miracle tree” which boasts twice the calcium as milk and four times as much Vitamin A as in carrots.
If you would like to plant trees in other regions around the globe, please visit Trees for the Future
to learn about their many programs.Q: Will bamboo production put Panda bears at more risk?A:
NO. The species’ of plant used for processing fiber is a different variety than the ones Pandas consume. Its Latin name is Phyllostachys heterocycla pubescens, but is commonly known as Moso bamboo. Deforestation, agricultural encroachment and road-building remain the biggest threats to Panda habitat.Q: Why did you choose bamboo for your products?A:
Because it’s the best, environmentally-preferable solution for disposable products! We invite you to read our Bamboo page for detailed information about bamboo. Below are the highlights of why we chose it for our products:
- Regenerated cellulose fiber made from bamboo is a bio-based material;
- Bamboo is the fastest growing grass on the planet and can shoot up a yard or more a day making it an endurable natural resource. Bamboo is ready for harvesting in 2-4 years (as opposed to 30+ years for trees);
- Bamboo does not require replanting after harvesting because of its vast root network;
- Bamboo crops do not require significant amounts of water, in fact, rain water is usually sufficient for growth;
- Bamboo generates 35% more oxygen than an equivalent stand of trees;
- Replacing disposables with bamboo material can have a major effect on the rate of deforestation of hardwood forests;
- Regenerated-cellulose fiber from bamboo is very soft.
Q: Why do you import your bathroom tissue from China?A: When
we launched the KindyNews EcoBaby Shop, with our first product (bamboo baby liners) there were no Australian suppliers actually willing to supply us with the low quantity we were able to purchase, so we started in China. It is our goal to eventually have our liners manufactured in the Australia. Until then, our products are supplied by a highly reputable manufacturer that complies with environmental standards and fair labour practices in China. Q: Do you have other ideas for bamboo products?A:
Yes, we do! We are constantly researching the possibilities of additional products. Since our goal is to only make the very best, most natural products, we will continue to develop our product line conscientiously. To learn about upcoming products, sign up for our email newsletter.Q: Are the baby wipes and liners quality-controlled?A:
Our baby wipes and liners are made at FDA certified facilities where quality control is strictly maintained. We have also had our baby wipes and bathroom tissue tested at an independent laboratory to demonstrate the absence of formaldehyde, dioxane 1, 4, chlorine, and Bisphenol A’s.Q: What does KindyNews do to be a “green business”?A:
We try to make as many aspects of our company as environmentally-friendly as possible. Below are some of the ways that we have incorporated these ideals into our business model:
- We plant trees with Trees for the Future for every individual item sold to help stop and reverse deforestation;
- We offset 35 tons of carbon emissions annually by purchasing carbon credits through CarbonFund.org;
- Two out of three of our manufacturing facilities are operating on 100% renewable energy;
- We ship in recycled and/or reclaimed boxes whenever possible;
- We reclaim paper and other office supplies to keep them out of the landfill;
- We use environmentally-conscious office practices and supplies;
- We maintain paper-free records as much as possible;
- We carpool whenever possible;
- We operate as much of the business as possible from home offices to reduce travel;
- We make efforts to reclaim our packaging for alternative reuse;
- We aim to educate consumers about environmentally-responsible options and choices;
- Because of our efforts to protect the environment, we are very proud to have been certified as a B Corp. Please learn about B Corps http://bcorporation.net/
This is just a sample of some of our efforts. We are always open to new ideas on how we can improve.Q: Does KindyNews EcoBaby Shop want me to review the products?A:
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LONDON—The Duchess of Cambridge, the former Kate Middleton
, has gone into labor and been taken to St. Mary's Hospital, where the world's media have been camped out, Kensington Palace officials said Monday, signaling the pending zenith of a building frenzy over the arrival of a new British royal.
The palace said she was taken by car to the hospital's Lindo Wing shortly before 6 a.m. accompanied by the Duke of Cambridge.
Although the royal baby’s exact due date has never been confirmed, it is widely believed that the Duchess is now several days overdue.
Sources who have had their children at the private Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, where she is expected to give birth, said its general policy was to wait no longer than a week before inducing labour.
One said: “She will be given a choice of dates so she can choose when is most convenient but the longest they would wait would be a week.”
The Duchess is being closely monitored by gynaecologists, Marcus Setchell and Alan Farthing, who will have discussed with her how long they are prepared to wait.
Crowds of tourists gather on the steps of the Queen Victoria Memorial Statue outside Buckingham Palace. Photo: Getty
So, changing nappies can't be too complicated, right? But if you're new to the whole nappy-changing-department it can seem a bit terrifying! Never fear though as we've composed a list of the necessary items that you'll need to change your baby's nappy and some common do's and don'ts.
Necessary Items for Changing Nappies:
Here is a list of items you will need for changing your child's nappy, so make sure they are within reach before you start!
· A clean, damp washcloth/baby wipes (to clean your
· A dry towel or washcloth (to dry your baby)
· A clean cloth to place under your baby
· Any ointments you may use (these aren't necessary,
but can be helpful in treating any diaper rashes.
· And last but not least, a clean nappy!
The DO'S of Changing Nappies:
· DO make sure you change your child regularly – no one likes to sit around with a wet bum all day.
· DO pick a safe spot to change your baby. Check to see that your baby won’t roll off of get hurt.
· DO notice if there are any marks around your baby’s waist or legs as this can mean their nappy is too tight and needs to be adjusted.
The DON'TS of Changing Nappies:
· DON’T ever leave your baby alone when changing – make sure you have everything you require before you start.
· DON’T wipe from back to front, as this can spread bacteria.
· DON’T forget to pack your nappy changing pack, even if going on a short trip. The last thing you need is a nappy explosion! For a day out, you’ll probably need several nappies, clean cloths/towels
and don't forget to take a spare plastic bag to put the dirty diapers in!
If you're feeling lost, here's a video to help guide you through the nappy changing process, after all, who said it wasn't complicated?
| |By Kasey EdwardsIt's been a bad week for picking on kids - especially overweight ones.
First came a repulsive fat-shaming video on 'Slate'
called Dear Prudence: A girl with an endless appetite
. In response to a letter from a "concerned" mother about the eating habits of her daughter's friend, agony aunt Prudie thought it would be helpful - funny even - to portray the little girl in question as a pig and her parents as tubs of lard.
Next came news out of the US of children being given homework assignments in which they were to circle the fat people in a picture. Another school weighs its students and has them taking letters home to parents with their BMI score.
The crowning glory of kiddy fat shaming, though, was Australia 'Biggest Loser's' paid advertorial on 'Mamamia
', where Jo Abi advocates putting kids on diets, and where the show promises to focus on children more in this year's show.
And let's not have any guff about 'The Biggest Loser' being "inspirational" or about health. It exists for one thing, and one thing only: to increase network ratings, often at the expense of the contestants' health
The show has been slammed by health professionals and contestants alike, with the 'Sydney Morning Herald' reporting
horror stories of trainers suggesting contestants stop drinking for up to 36 hours before being weighed, and celebrating dangerous and unrealistic weight-loss goals of up to 17 kilograms in one week.
Former contestant John Jeffery quit the show in 2008 because he feared someone would die. He wasn't being over-dramatic either. As it is, several contestants have been hospitalised for dehydration and Dr Jenny O'Dea, Associate Professor of Health and Nutrition Education at the University of Sydney, has warned against some of its practices, such as making morbidly obese people run 10 kilometres in the summer heat.
"Dehydration combined with heat exhaustion will kill you," Dr O'Dea said.
Add to this the psychological damage of being humiliated and bullied in front of an entire nation (why else do contestants have to strip off for weigh-ins, other than for us to be collectively appalled and amused by their bodies?) - and the very real possibility of contestants regaining the weight
, and the associated shame. One contestant even blames 'The Biggest Loser' for triggering an eating disorder
It's bad enough that we fat-shame adults for our entertainment, whilst pretending to be "concerned", but setting our fat-phobic sights on children is indefensible.
'The Biggest Loser's' fat-shaming-kiddies ratings bonanza is being promoted as a way to stop bullying. And hey, I understand that nobody wants their children to suffer. I also get that we live in a society where the parents of fat children are considered to be negligent.
But passing on our own food and body anxieties, and getting in first with the bullying by forcing children into diets and extreme exercise regimes isn't the solution.
Anyone who has ever tried to stick to a diet knows that the deprivation is soul-destroying and the self-restraint is all but impossible to maintain. When adults can't stick to calorie-restriction diets, how on earth do we expect children to?
Actress and comedian Arabella Weir explains in 'Does My Bum Look Big In This?' that denying children food is the fastest way to turn them into compulsive closet eaters with a terrible self-esteem.
"My parents believed they were helping me by pointing out to me that I ought not to waltz through life thinking it was ok to be me. They thought they were warning me of the pitfalls," writes Weir. "As I was, I wasn't good enough. I must learn denial in order to reach a better me, and one more pleasing to my parents. The only trouble was that that's quite a tall, if not unreachable, order for a child."
The idea of a child going hungry is barbaric. It's also totally unnecessary. If we weren't all so caught up on the aesthetics of our children's bodies rather than their health, we would never even consider it, let alone put it on prime-time TV.
Despite what the advertising industry and a whole stream of self-appointed TV "experts" tell us, skinny and healthy are not the same thing. We should not be aspiring to raise "skinny" children; surely our job is to raise "healthy" children.
If we encourage our kids to be active, to play outside and to eat healthy food because it's good for their growing bodies, bones and brains, and not because they need to hit some arbitrary figure on a weight chart, then we have done our job.
More than ever, we need to be teaching our children that the goal should be the process
of living a health life and not the outcome
of meeting a commercially-driven standard of beauty.
Once children internalise that their BMI is a measure of their goodness and self-worth, then we have set them up for a lifetime of failure and self-contempt. We have taught them that they should trust some arbitrary external measure rather than their bodies and their own judgment. And we have taught them that our love is conditional; that we will we be happier, prouder and more loving if they become something other than what they are.
What children need to hear from their parents, more than anything, is that we pick their team, and not team 'Biggest Loser'.- Kasey Edwards is the best-selling author of four books, '30-Something and Over It', '30-Something and The Clock is Ticking', 'OMG! That's Not My Husband', and 'OMG! That's Not My Child'. www.kaseyedwards.com
"Despite what the advertising industry and a whole stream of self-appointed TV "experts" tell us, skinny and healthy are not the same thing. We should not be aspiring to raise "skinny" children; surely our job is to raise "healthy" children"
| |Talk of a “sugar tax” in the US and New York's decision next month to ban sugary drinks in restaurants and theatres to young children has people abuzz about whether it’s an American thing to financially punish people for drinking soda or not. I say go ahead and tax soda, and here are five good reasons why: 1. Soda is one more cause of the climate crisis.
We have exported our carbon dioxide addiction all around the world. Just think of the costs in fuel to ship it—and the emissions produced. Maybe if we stop drinking so much of it, the appeal of American sodas will decline elsewhere. And at least in most other countries, the local soda is still made with real sugar! 2. Yeah, yeah, yeah…high-fructose corn syrup.
HFCS is only cheaper than sugar because our government subsidizes the toxic, poisonous farming of corn in order to keep chemical companies (and maybe big tractor companies, too) in business. Plus, studies have shown that high-fructose corn syrup has mercury in it
. So all those moms who think (incorrectly) that mercury in vaccines causes autism had better not be giving their kids soda! 3. Diet soda causes people to make poor decisions.
According to a recent study, people who drink diet sodas think they are getting some energy, but their bodies still feel starved, so they kick into famine mode. Which basically means that the future doesn’t matter, all that matters is getting a next dose of fuel—hence, impulsive, short-term thinking. Amazing. 4. Soda isn’t really thirst quenching anyway.
Did you ever really, really pay attention to how your mouth feels when you drink a soda? All that sugar kind of sucks out the liquids from your mouth and leaves a taste that is so icky you have to eat something to get rid of it. So not only are you getting empty calories from your drink, but you are urged to snack, too. 5. Fountain soda has fecal matter in it!
It’s been a bad couple of weeks for soda in the news. Another study just this past week found that more than 40 percent of all fountain sodas have traces of fecal matter germs in them. It’s not in the ice, it’s in the soda itself. This was highly disappointing to me personally, since when I do have soda, I really like to have fountain soda with lots of ice in it to water it down and make it somewhat more thirst quenching. Now even that is off limits to me. I look at that cup of Coke with a lid and a straw and think, fecal matter? No thanks.
The only time I really bring soda into my house is when we are sick. There is nothing quite like a real coke or ginger ale to soothe an aching stomach. It’s medicine, really, and frankly, I think it should be treated as such. Think of all the plastic bottles, sugar, and toxic GMO corn we can keep out of the waste stream (and our bodies) if we stop drinking soda routinely.
Thirsty? Buy bottled water instead. YES, bottled water. It’s thirst quenching, has zero calories, and is damn good for you. Of course, you can fill your reusable water bottle with local tap water for free, instead of paying too much for water that’s been shipped and is probably municipal water anyway. And you should. But if you are at a gas station and need something to drink, pass over the soda and don’t feel guilty if a cold bottle of water hits the spot. (Just recycle that bottle.)
A lot of worrying comes with being pregnant, there’s no way around it. Every new symptom brings on so many questions, and even the slightest twinge of pain in any part of your body can send you into a Googling frenzy.
Anytime you feel severe, persistent pain, you should seek medical advice from your doctor to rule out a problem. But many moms find that slight to moderate pains come and go, and most of these are just par for the course. Here are some painful problems that are typically normal and part of a safe, healthy pregnancy, plus some tips from Circle of Moms members on how to relieve the hurt.
1. Round Ligament Pain
One of the first pains you might experience as your belly starts to grow is round ligament pain. These are felt primarily in the lower abdomen and in your sides, sometimes as a sharp, jabbing sensation. According to WebMD
, round ligament pain occurs when the round ligament that connects the front part of your womb to your groin begins to stretch. It is "one of the most common complaints during pregnancy
and is considered a normal part of pregnancy."
In discussions about round ligament pain, Maddie B. describes it as "sharp pains in my belly and my back
, also sometimes in my bladder." Serena L. found the pains to be worse in her second pregnancy: "I thought it would have been the opposite because logically your muscles have to stretch the first time more, right? Yeah, not so much. My doctor explained it to me that the muscles have to work harder with every pregnancy
thereafter because your first baby stretched things out."
Sally P. and Lisa M. both found that the only thing that really helps is to lay down for a while and rest the ligament
: "I went and laid down and took a nap for about a hour and then I was better," shares Lisa.
2. Slight Abdominal Cramping
Obviously, ligaments aren't the only thing stretching and growing in there! Your uterus is going through some 'feats of strength' itself, and that kind of expansion can cause some pain. When "Mommy 2 Be" had cramping at 17 weeks
, moms advised her to see her doctor or go to the hospital if the pain became severe. But several members, as well as her own mother, advised that slight to moderate cramps usually happen when the uterus is "growing and stretching."
Abdominal cramps that happen very early in pregnancy can be caused by bloating and constipation, a very common yet uncomfortable pregnancy side effect. This kind of cramping can be one of the first signs of pregnancy,
but can also continue well into the 2nd and 3rd trimester. Luckily there are some things you can do to help keep your bowels moving. Melanie T. suggests eating "anything with fiber!" and plenty of fluids, especially prune juice and water. Many moms say drinking lots of water works best. Joy B.'s doctor also recommended exercise: "i go for a walk of between 2 and 4 km every day as moving around also helps ease constipation."
If natural remedies don't do the trick, it is safe to try a very gentle over-the-counter stool softener. Amber K. is a nurse and mom of 2, and she suggests Colace brand stool softener: "[Colace] is just a stool softener...not a stimulant and perfectly safe
... They are little red gel-like caps and they are sold over the counter (OTC) at any store."
"Anytime you feel severe, persistent pain, you should seek medical advice from your doctor to rule out a problem"
3. Back Pain
Many moms experience discomfort in their backs during the later stages of pregnancy. Back pain can also be caused by ligaments stretching. Connie R. talked to her nurse practitioner about this type of back ache: "She says that it's ligament pain (we have them in our backs, too)
and she recommends ice pack/compress [since] heat can only make it worse."
Another source of back pain is your baby's movement and pressure on sensitive areas in your body. Lisa B. is frustrated that with her third pregnancy, it's hard to find relief from all the strain: "I am so sore through my back and pelvis
it hurts to lay in bed, it hurts to sit for too long, it hurts to lay in bed for too long and it hurts to walk around too much." She found relief with visits to a chiropractor, where she learned some stretching exercises that help: "One thing that I really like to do is to get down on my hands and knees and just let my belly hang and take all that pressure off my back
, then just arch and roll your back (think yoga poses!)."4. Leg Cramps
Leg cramps and muscle spasms can be common during pregnancy. Several members advise that these pains are almost always caused by dehydration, low potassium, or both
. Ashley B. experienced leg cramps with all three of her pregnancies: "Drink plenty of water and make sure you are getting enough potassium (found in bananas and raisins)... this really worked for me. Also you could try sleeping with a pillow between your legs
."5. Braxton-Hicks Contractions
Your body has it's own way of practicing and preparing for labour, and it's known as Braxton-Hicks. These are "fake" or "practice" contractions that you may experience during the final weeks before your baby is due. Jessica A. describes it beautifully: "That tightening that you feel from time to time in your uterus
may feel like real labor, but it is actually a Braxton Hicks contraction. These contractions happen when your brain sends messages to your body to prepare for labor. In response, your body contracts the muscles in your uterus to help get ready for your baby's eventual arrival."
The good thing about Braxton-Hicks contractions is that they are usually not very painful. Most moms describe them as a "tightening." Donna D. said hers "were very strong but they weren't painful. They took my breath away becausemy stomach went rock hard
... You will know the difference when the time comes." Krista H. agrees that you don't have to worry whether you will recognize the difference between Braxton-Hicks and the real thing: "Braxton Hicks FEEL like contractions, but unlike actual contractions, will go away if you get up and move around. Real contractions don't subside with movement.
This article in no way means to trivialise pain during pregnancy. Uncomfortable, slightly painful aspects of being pregnant come with the territory, but it is always a good idea to contact your doctor if you are worried about any pain you are experiencing. Seek medical treatment right away for any severe pain that does not go away. Persistent pain can be a sign that something is wrong, and only a medical professional can truly rule out a problem. [For more information, see 7 Pregnancy Warning Signs
at WebMD.]This information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
Grass, birds, creeks and abundant shady trees all make for beautiful natural learning and play spaces for children. Exploring neighbourhoods, playing in open spaces, being outside from dawn until dusk, these were the daily experiences of many adults during their childhood. It really wasn’t that long ago.
In today’s society more focus on indoor play, no time to explore, take risks or be a child makes for risk
adverse and less adaptable adults in future years.
That’s why C&K says yes to nature based learning and play which means more risk for children in early childhood. The future C&K Centre for Excellence in Ashgrove, Brisbane includes the natural bush and creek and will be fundamental in teaching children, families and of course all educators about risk.
On Saturday 27 October, C&K will host a special invitation only event on the green at the future C&K Centre for Excellence. Special guest from the United Kingdom, Mr Tim Gill an expert in risk and childhood, will share ideas and discuss the benefit of risk taking with families and educators.
More than 120 families that have applied for a place in the yet to be opened, C&K Centre for Excellence early childhood training centre, are invited to the event. The outdoor play space is set over almost 1 hectare of inner city bush with Ithaca Creek weaving around the site.
This is an exciting opportunity for the future C&K Centre for Excellence families and our educators to hear from Tim and Barrie Elvish, C&K Chief Executive Officer why risk, nature, learning and play are all entwined and necessary for children and society.
Barrie said “this is a great day for interested families, educators and community members to enjoy the wonderful environment that will be the site of Australia’s first nature based early childhood centre and hear Tim explain why children need risky play.”
Tim Gill, a world leader in advocating for more risk in childhood, Tim’s book “No Fear: Growing up in a risk adverse society” published in 2007 continues to be a top seller for early childhood professionals and policy makers.
Tim Gill is one of the UK's leading thinkers on childhood... He is guest speaker at C&K's special event at the future centre for excellence. He will discuss the benefit of risk taking with families and educators.
"The future C&K Centre for Excellence will be fundamental in teaching kids, families and educators about risk"
"Risk, nature, learning and play are all entwined and necessary for children and society"
WITH a possible shortage of disposable nappies looming worldwide, mums and dads are turning to reusable modern cloth nappies to look after their babies’ bottoms.
Following an explosion and fire last Saturday at a chemical plant in Himeji, Japan, production has ground to a halt at Nippon Shokubai, the company responsible for the leading production of super-absorbent polymers used in the manufacturing of disposable nappies for the international market.
If work at the fire-damaged factory remains suspended, it could seriously affect the supply of disposable nappies to Australia and the world.
“One million disposable nappies are used every day in Australia. If the world is on the brink of a disposable nappy crisis, we could see empty supermarket shelves and parents buying disposables on the internet for inflated prices,”
mum and sustainable parenting advocate Janet Wright says “Modern cloth nappies are in ample supply, and once parents start using them, they’ll never have to worry about running out of nappies again. Wash them, hang them to dry overnight, and they’re ready for another round of bottom changes.”
Modern cloth nappies are so advanced in design that they’re just as convenient to use as a disposable, Janet adds. “And unlike disposables, they’re environmentally conscious and will save parents thousands. A One baby will need 6,000 nappy changes in the first two years of life, and at upwards of 50c per nappy, parents are throwing their money away.
“Nappies are something you really can’t do without if you have a baby. Modern cloth nappies can save parents $4,000 when compared to what you spend on disposables.”
KindyNews is now offering a special range of Eco-Friendly Baby products including Bamboo cloth nappy liners and cloth nappies. Check out the latest range at www.KindyNews.com/e-shop
and also on our Facebook Eco-shop too!
The cloth diaper is making a big comeback primarily because of major improvements in the fabric and design. In the above video, this group is among mums and dads in 500 locations across 20 countries who got together and all, at the same time, changed their kids into cloth diapers in hopes of setting a World Record!
| |Time to stock up on modern cloth nappies...The world could face a shortage of disposable nappies after an explosion and fire at a chemical plant in Japan that supplies as much as one fifth of the global market.
The blast, which killed a fireman and injured 35 other emergency service workers, occurred after a chemical reaction caused a fire on Saturday afternoon at the plant operated by Nippon Shokubai Co in the city of Himeji, near Osaka in central Japan.
Nippon Shokubai controls the largest share of the world market for the super-absorbent polymers used in nappy production.
According to the company, demand is so high that even before the fire its production facilities were required to operate at full capacity and it had announced plans to set up factories overseas. The Himeji plant produced 320,000 tons of the super-absorbent polymer, according to the Sankei newspaper, about 20 per cent of the global share.
The really bad news? Nippon Shokubai controls about one fifth of the world’s production of super-absorbent polymers - used in the production of nappies
The polymers soak up a baby’s wee through hydrogen bonding with water molecules. It’s what "pulls the wetness away".
A nappy that uses the polymers can absorb 50 times their weight of liquid.
For parents of babies still in nappies – stock up now. Prices are sure to go up.
Pressure will now increase on the company's other production facilities to meet the shortfall.
It is estimated that in Britain alone, more than three billion nappies are thrown away every year.
"For parents of babies still in nappies – stock up now. Prices are sure to go up"
When a child is bitten by a four-legged family member, it can turn the household upside-down. Owners feel puzzled and confused. “They sleep together all the time,” they might say, or, “He’s always been really good. He even lets Timmy sit on him.” In a majority of cases, the bite seems out of the blue. The humans can’t fathom why their once-trusted companion would bite an innocent child. But anyone who reads “dog” or can see life from the pet’s point of view would most likely say, “I’m surprised it didn’t happen sooner.”
The fact is, a quick perusal of YouTube or a thorough investigation of a bite reveals that often the bite occurs because humans, especially children, are extremely rude. Parents may view their kid’s behaviors as cute and assume that because their dog is tolerating the behavior now, he will have an endless fuse and always put up with it, rather than eventually exploding. In other words, parents expect dogs to behave like saints, even when they are pestered to the point that would try the average human’s patience and cause her to blow up!
For instance, I recall one tragic case where an infant was left at home with the babysitter and the family pitbull. The infant was allowed to incessantly crawl after the dog, tailing the dog as if she was an armed criminal. He followed her from corner to corner as she kept trying to get away from the baby, but the dog had no escape. While the parents were able to take a “vacation” from their child by hiring a babysitter and leaving the house, the dog was left at home to fend for herself. Ordinarily, a person being pestered this way with no way to escape would eventually turn and yell and possibly even resort to violence. A dog might do the same—turn and bark, snarl, or growl. But when all of these early signs are ignored, escalation to a bite can be the next step. Unfortunately, a bite by any large dog at her wits end can cause serious damage to a child, and in this case it resulted in death.
More often than not, cases where the dog bites a young child are tragic—often more so for the dog. The dog may be relinquished to a shelter, where he has a low probability of safe adoption. Or he may be euthanized after a quarantine period. The worst part of the story is that these bites could often have easily been prevented just by understanding the types of actions that drive a dog to feel bullied or pestered so much that he feels he has to bite.
"More often than not, cases where the dog bites a young child are tragic— often more so for the dog"
Understanding What the Actions that Might Cause the Family Dog to Bite are Common Sense
In fact, understanding what can drive a dog to bite the family kids is pretty simple. They are the same things that drive humans to need a break from their kids.
For instance, most people dislike it when others stick their grimy hands in their meal. Similarly, dogs want to eat in peace.
We teach children that it’s clearly wrong to steal toys from each other. It’s also rude to steal toys from the dog. Kids should be taught to leave Fido’s toys alone. To build in a tolerance in case the child makes a mistake when your attention has lapsed, dogs should be trained to give up their toy for a reward or even a sequence of rewards. That way, they will willingly give the child the toy instead of feeling possessive. (See Perfect Pup in 7 Days, chapters 1 and 6 .)
Reason 3: Kids frequently can’t help but get in your face. They often have to be trained to maintain the appropriate social distance. Similarly, putting your face into a dog’s face, even if it’s all in the family, can be irritating to the dog, especially when the dog has no control over the child’s behavior.
Reason 4: Most people dislike being disturbed when they are resting or sleeping. But fortunately for us humans, we can often close or lock our bedroom door. Similarly, dogs need a safe location where they can be away from kids and excitement. Kids should avoid bugging them in their “private” location or any time they are sleeping or resting. If they call the dog from far away and the dog chooses to get up and come over to the child, this type of interaction is okay. But if the dog chooses to be left alone, he should be.
Kids dislike being handled roughly, and so do dogs. Dogs can be trained to tolerate or sometimes even enjoy this handling, so that they are not reactive when an accident occurs (SeePerfect Puppy in 7 Days, chapters 1 and 6), but in general children should be taught to be polite.
It’s rude to climb on, step on, or otherwise invade someone’s personal space. It’s also rude to do the same things with dogs.
Loud screaming can frazzle humans, imagine its effect on the more sound-sensitive dog!
We often forget that even some friendly gestures, such as pinching a child’s cheeks, may be irritating. In general, dogs dislike being hugged, even by family members. You can tell by the expression on their face. (See the Body Language of Fear and Anxiety in Dogs poster and chapter 7 in Perfect Puppy in 7 Days.) You can train dogs, especially as puppies, to enjoy cuddling and hugging (See Perfect Puppy In 7 Days chapters 1 and 6) and other close handling. But even so, it’s important for children to know the types of interactions their pet likes and also to realize that other dogs may not have the same tolerance as their dog does.