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Why Buy Organic?

As any new parent will tell you, the feelings of love you have for your newborn are beyond anything that you could possibly imagine, and they bring with the fierce urge to protect them. For many parents to be, these feelings can begin to emerge even before their baby is born and play a huge part in the decisions that they make when shopping for their unborn child.

Babies have incredibly delicate skin. It is much thinner and porous than adults’ skin, and this means that you will want to select only the softest kindest fabrics to dress them in. This is why buying organic clothing is becoming an increasingly popular choice amongst new parents, not just for their newborns, but also as they grow.

Here are just some of the reasons you might want to consider buying organic clothing.

100% Natural Fibres

Organic clothing is made using 100% natural fibres. The process is completely safe and even the dyes that are used are organic.

Sensitive Skin and Allergies

Organic cotton has no chemical retention, so for those people who suffer with allergies or those with sensitive skin like babies, this means that it can be much better for the skin. Organic cotton feels softer which also makes it much nicer against the skin and therefore much better for those who suffer with skin allergies as it is less likely to irritate. It is, unfortunately, very easy for babies’ skin to be irritated by things around then, especially in the early days when they are getting used to life outside the protective bubble of their amniotic sack. By choosing organic cotton not only do you ensure that there is less to irritate their skin, but you also avoid the need to use creams on delicate skin which can in itself sometimes be an irritant.

Safety Standards

 

The safety standards that organic clothing products are required to adhere to are much stricter and more rigid than those for non-organic garments. Not only does this mean that the negative impact on the environment is minimised but also ensures that the customer is getting better value due the higher ethical standards that help to promote organic cotton.

 

Environmentally Friendly

 

As people become more aware of the impact that we are having on the environment and some of the steps that we can take to reduce that impact it seems only natural that we should seek out more environmentally friendly products. The productions methods used for organic cotton use lower carbon as a result of less fuel and energy consumption being required. In addition to this, the chemical free production process means that there are no harsh chemical entering the water system which can lead to contamination. There is no excessive use of pesticides and fertilisers, both of which can be harmful to the environment.

 

Last Longer

 

Studies indicate that organic cotton lasts better than cotton grown using pesticides. Whilst babies may not stay in one size for long, this does mean that organic cotton garments will stand up to the rigours of frequent washing and look better for longer.

Now you know more about the benefits of organic clothing for your child, why not take a look at our selection of sleepwear that is 100% organic.

 

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Pyjama days

There is nothing nice than being snuggled up indoors in really comfortable clothing, with nothing to do but relax, and no need to get dressed and leave the house. Pyjama days are not just for children, they are a great way of taking time out from the busy, hectic, schedule of modern life and just enjoying the simple things in life.

During this particularly stressful time, it is really important that we all take the time to look after our mental health, and the mental health of those around us, and scheduling a pyjama day is a great way to do this.

What is a pyjama day?

You might have heard the term pyjama day but never actually had one. The idea is simple. You stay in your pyjamas all day, relaxing in your home, with no plans and no need to even leave the house. It is not the same as spending all day in your pyjamas because you are not well.

Some people like to spend pyjama days curled up on the sofa with their children watching films, eating popcorn, and drinking hot chocolate. For other families it might mean a day of board games or even a day spent building Lego models; anything goes.

National pyjama day

You might be surprised to learn that there is in fact a national pyjama day, a specific date dedicated to spending the entire day in your pyjamas. Here in the UK that date is 17th July, so mark it in your diaries for next year. Other countries also have national pyjama days as well although they mark the occasion at other times of the year.

There is also a national pyjama week here in the UK which is organised by The Children’s Trust as a fundraiser and takes place at the beginning of October.

What can you do on a pyjama day?

There are plenty of activities that you can do during a pyjama day. The main goal is to stay comfy and cosy whilst having a day off from it all. If you have young children then it can be a good idea to get them involved in planning how you should spend your pyjama day. After all, even though you are relaxing you probably don’t want to spend all day watching the television.

Board games can be fun for the whole family so why not set aside a couple of hours to play some games that are suitable for everyone in the family to enjoy. If your children are young, then you might want to team up and have a “competition”.

Perhaps you could get involved in playing with your children’s favourite toy or make-believe game. Whether this means setting up the wooden train track so it takes over your lounge, or creating imaginary monsters with the Lego, there is something very therapeutic about returning to the simpler things of childhood, even if it is only for a day.

Finish your pyjama day with a family film and hot chocolate. Just don’t forget to change into fresh pyjamas for bed so that you have a nice comfortable night’s rest.

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How much sleep do babies and children need?

 

How much sleep do babies and children need?

If you join any parenting forum out there then you are likely to see a huge amount of threads along the lines of: “My baby sleeps too much”, “My baby never sleeps” and “how much sleep should my toddler be having?” You will also see a huge range of answers from other parents, some with several children and some who have just had their first. While we have already touched on the subject in our How much sleep do I need article, here we will take a look at the recommended hours of sleep babies and toddlers need for good development and how you can help them to achieve that.

Sleep is essential for healthy development and according to research by the National Sleep Foundation a child spends around 40% of their childhood sleeping. The table below gives their recommendations for how much sleep your child should be getting.

Age Recommended Sleep
0-3 months 16-17 hours
4-11 months 14-15 hours
12-24 months 11-14 hours
3-5 years 11-13 hours
6-13 years 9-11 hours
Teens 8-9 hours

 

Newborns and sleep (0-3 months)

Sleep during the first 3 months of life takes place pretty much around the clock, as any new parent will tell you. Babies tend to stick to a sleep-wake cycle that only changes when the need feeding or changing. In the first few weeks, it may in fact seem like your baby is rarely awake. This is normal, as being born is an exhausting experience and they will be busy growing which takes a considerable amount of energy. It is important to look out for your baby’s cues that they are tired so that you can help them to get into a sleep routine. Put them in their cot whilst they are sleepy but not sleeping in order to help them learn about sleep. Babies usually sleep as much as 16-17 hours at this stage.

Infants and sleep (4-11 months)

By the time your baby is 6 months old, you will have begun to introduce solid foods. However, milk is still their primary food source and they may still require feeding in the night. This is still normal. Sleep will have reduced, and you will have noticed patterns for naps and overnight sleep. Your infant may be napping for between 30 minutes to 2 hours as often as 4 times during the day, and sleeping at night for around 9-12 hours, it really depends on your baby. A good sleep routine should have begun to take shape, and you may have begun to gently sleep train your child by putting them in their cot when it approaches nap time and they are sleepy. Your infant should be sleeping around 14-15 hours a day.

Toddlers and sleep (12-24 months)

Your toddler will be becoming much more active during this period, and will probably have started walking at some point. Some toddlers may prefer longer naps and shorter nights, while other will power nap and the sleep longer overnight. Child sleep really does vary from one child to another. By the time they are around 18 months, they may drop a nap and only nap for between 1-3 hours during the day. It is a good idea to ensure that this doesn’t happen close to bedtime otherwise they will not sleep. They may begin to struggle with sleep issues such as night terrors (more information can be found in our ‘Common sleep problems for children and babies’ blog). You may find introducing sleep training clocks helpful at this stage to help with early waking. You toddler will need around 11-14 hours of sleep in total over a period of 24 hours.

Preschoolers and sleep (3-5 years)

Once your child reaches the age of 5, they will probably have dropped all naps. Any naps that do occur will usually coincide with a busy day out and a car trip home or illness. They may also experience more issues falling asleep at bedtime and they may wake in the night. There are some big developmental milestones that your child will be reaching at this point which can set their imaginations racing. Sleepwalking is not uncommon during the preschool years. Your pre-schooler should be sleeping for between 11-13 hours.

School aged children and sleep (6-13)

Children in this age group have more demands on their time with school, sports and playing out with friends. They can also be more interested in the television and electronics. These can disrupt their sleep so ensure that bedtime is a gadget-free time and implement a ban on gadgets for an hour before bedtime. Bedrooms should be dark cool and quiet so no tvs in the room either. You child may also experience more anxieties which can make getting to sleep harder. They should be sleeping between 9-11 hours per night.

Teenagers and sleep

Teen sleep should last for around 8-9 hours a day. As any parent who has teenagers will tell you, they try to stay up late, are dead to the world in the morning when you need them to wake up and could sleep all day if you let them. Try and stick to a good routine – taming a lion might be easier though!

If you’re concerned about your child not getting enough sleep, then it could be a good idea to speak to your health visitor or GP to air your concerns. They will be able to give you advice on what to do about any sleep problems your child may be experiencing.

 

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Deliveries and Returns

When it comes to ordering online people can often be apprehensive, and that’s understandable. After all, if the item you have ordered is the wrong size, or the wrong item arrives, you want to know that returning it will be an easy and straightforward process that will not leave you out of pocket. It’s just as crucial for those companies who sell online that delivery and return procedures are clear and easy to follow as well. After all, they want their customers to have a positive shopping experience.

Tips for purchasing

If you are buying online, and this is particularly important when you are buying things like clothing for multiple people in your family, there are few things you should check:

  • Check the sizing – any good clothing website will not only offer a variety of sizes but will also have a handy sizing chart that you can refer to so that you order the correct size.
  • Check the quantity – unfortunately, it can often be all to easy to put 2 of the same items in your basket, or if you want two identical items of the same size you may accidentally only put 1 item in. So, check carefully before checking your basket out.
  • Colour – check you have ordered the right colour. If you are purchasing for several children at the same time, it can be easy to accidentally order the wrong combination of size and colour, especially if you are in a hurry.

You can check the contents of your online basket before you pay for your items, but don’t forget to check your emailed order confirmation as well. This way if something is incorrect, it can be rectified before your items are shipped.

When your order arrives, check it carefully. Make sure that it contains the items that you ordered, and that sizes and colours match your order. If there are any errors, then contact the company you purchased from to resolve the matter.

Packaging

Here at Rubyzchoice, we package all of our customer orders very carefully to help protect them during transit. However, accidents can occasionally happen. If your package is damaged, you should contact us, and we will be happy to solve any issues. It can be helpful if you have a designated safe place for parcels in case you are out to advise us. This might be somewhere that is covered or even a designated neighbour who will take your parcel in.

Delivery and returns

We want you to be completely happy with your items, which is why we offer free delivery. In the unfortunate event that the items you receive are damaged, not what you ordered or simply not the correct size for your child we also offer free returns. If you need to return an item to us, then you should find a return slip in your parcel. Simply complete this and return the items to us for a refund or exchange. All that we ask is that you obtain proof of postage for the parcel.

 

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100 % Cotton

When it comes to clothing, cotton is an incredibly popular choice. However, many people are confused when it comes to labelling on garments and whilst they may think that they are purchasing something that is made of cotton what they may actually end with is a cotton blend.

Read on to discover exactly what 100% cotton really is, how it is made into material and what the benefits of this incredibly eco-friendly choice are.

What is it?

When the label on a garment you are looking at says 100% cotton, this means that the fabric is not a blended one but one that is made of softer, stronger natural cellulosic fibres as they are picked from the cotton plant. The amount of cotton that has been used in the fabric is pure and has not been blended with any other fibre, no matter how small the percentage.

This should not be confused with the term pure cotton which may well be blended with other fibres – in this case the term pure is used only to refer to the quality of the cotton in the item and not the percentage.

How is the material created?

In order to make 100% cotton material, the cotton must first be harvested. This is then cleaned, and all of the seeds and bits are removed. The resulting pure cotton fibre is then taken to a textile production facility. Here, the raw cotton is carded – a process during which the smaller cotton fibres are transformed into longer ones. These longer strands are then spun to create yarn. Dye is introduced to the cotton at this point if required and then it is finally woven into fabric that can be used for garments or linens for the home.

What are the benefits of 100% cotton?

One of the most popular natural fibres in the world, there are a number of benefits to be had from using cotton. Primarily it is popular for its ability to insulate, control moisture and offer comfort. It is however also a hypoallergenic fibre that is exceptionally durable and also weatherproof. Cotton makes great clothing it is a highly breathable fabric that allows moisture to be wicked away from the body, so it is good for use in both colder and warmer temperatures.

It is this wicking property together with the comfort that it offers the wearer that makes 100% cotton the perfect choice for night attire for any age group. It allows the wearer to get a good night’s sleep without getting too hot or too cold.

The eco-friendly choice

100% cotton is a very eco-friendly choice. The cotton is grown using no chemicals or pesticides, which can have a negative impact on the environment. It is a durable fabric that washes well and last for a long time. This means you can of course keep garments from one child to use with another. At the end of its lifecycle cotton, unlike synthetic fibres, naturally biodegrades.

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Buyers guide to purchasing pyjamas for kids age 0-7

 

Sleep is so important to the development of children, so it is really important to ensure that they are comfortable in bed. Being comfortable will help them to get a good night’s sleep which in turn will help them with the important stages of their growth and development, both physical and developmentally. This means ensuring that not only are their rooms a good temperature. Experts recommend that a safe sleeping temperature for a child is between 18 and 22 degrees. However, aside from this you need to make sure that they have comfortable sleepwear.

What size should I choose?

There are so many choices out there when it comes to sleepwear for children, so it is important to make sure that you buy the right thing. Many high street companies measure their children’s clothing by the age of a child, but as any mother will tell you, children often don’t follow this particular set of “rules”. It is often better to look for pyjamas that are sold using height as an indicator, as this will give you a much better fit.

At Rubyzchoice we only sell pyjamas by height. We understand that all children are unique and grow at different rates. However we do have a handy little guide that can help you if you are new to this type of sizing and give you approximate ages as an indication.

In order to get the best size, begin by measuring the height of your child. Our pyjamas run from 90cm to 140cm with sizes increasing by increments of 10cm. If your child is between 2 sizes, you may prefer to size up, as children can have sudden growth spurts.

What material should I choose?

100% cotton is the perfect choice for children’s nightwear. It is comfortable, lovely, and soft against the skin and breathable. A more synthetic fabric may become hot and uncomfortable overnight resulting in a poor night’s sleep.

It also washes incredibly well; an important consideration for any parent when picking clothes for their child. All of our children’s pyjamas are machine washable for this very reason.

The weather is very changeable, and therefore so is the temperature, so keep this in mind when purchasing. Some pyjamas are heavier and great for winter whilst others are lighter and more suited to spring and summer.

Finish

Some children love the snug feel of a more fitted cuff on their pyjamas, both at the ankle and wrist whilst others prefer them to be a little looser, so don’t forget to factor this into your decision when selecting nightwear. It is an entirely personal choice, and one that they may voice as they get older. We sell pyjamas with both types of cuffs.

Colour

One final thing that you will want to consider when purchasing pyjamas is of course the colour. Some people prefer to purchase plain block coloured pyjamas whilst others prefer something with a pattern. Whilst this might not present too much of a problem with choice whilst your child is younger, they may want to help you pick their pyjamas when they get a little older.

 

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Signs your child isn’t getting enough quality sleep

 

Whether your child is a baby, a toddler or even a teenager, getting the right amount of healthy, good quality sleep is essential. Inadequate sleep, including snoozing that is low-quality, can be a potential threat to healthy growth and development. Poor levels of low-quality sleep in children has also been linked to several other serious conditions including obesity, behaviour problems and high-risk activities.

What should you look out for?

If you believe that your child is not getting enough sleep, these are some of the things that might indicate this in fact correct:

  • Your child has trouble waking up in the morning
  • They are very irritable
  • They might seem overly moody and emotional
  • They could be hyperactive
  • They have difficulty concentrating in school
  • Staying awake during the day is an issue

In younger children and babies, they may also exhibit the following:

  • Being cranky and whiny particularly in the late afternoon, they may also try to nap incredibly late in the day very close to bedtime
  • They can be clingy and need constant attention
  • They may become untalkative, fidgety or even hyperactive in their behaviour
  • Have difficulty taking turns or sharing – more than is normal for a young child
  • They may fall asleep immediately on waking
  • They may fall asleep during short car journeys

If you have spotted signs of sleep deficit in your child then there are some things that you can do in order to help them improve the amount of sleep that they get so that they can be at their best both at school and at home.

Routine, routine, routine

It really can’t be emphasised just how important it is to establish a good sleep routine whilst your baby is younger. Good sleep habits early on in life will help later down the line by establishing the basics.

Make sure that your child’s room is comfortable. This means it should be neither too hot nor too cold, if their room is quite bright consider black out blinds or curtains which will help to make it darker and easier to sleep in. Comfortable night attire is also something you should consider. Pyjamas should not be too tight at the cuffs or around the neck and should be made from natural fibres which can help to regulate body temperature and which your child is also less likely to have a reaction to. Organic cotton is a really good choice for comfortable children’s pyjamas. Don’t forget that children, especially younger ones, can grow really quickly so they may suddenly grow out of their pyjamas, if their night attire is too tight, they may find it difficult to sleep properly.

Electronics

It can be a good idea to limit screen time in the hour before bedtime as this can be over stimulating to the brain which can then make it difficult to fall asleep. Story time is a great activity for younger children before bed and older children can also benefit from reading for half an hour as part of a bedtime routine to help promote good quality sleep.

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The ultimate guide to sleep – tips for parents of babies or toddlers

 

Unfortunately, when it comes to sleep, not every baby has read the “rule book”. Whilst some babies will settle into a good routine quickly, others do not, and all too often parents can find that their once sleep loving baby is no longer following a routine leaving them exhausted and baffled. Rest assured you will not be alone in this; most babies will go through periods when sleep is an issue but here are some helpful tips to help when sleep is elusive.

Routine
When it comes to babies, and toddlers, routine is the key to helping them get a good night’s sleep and they are never too young to start. It can be a good idea to introduce a calming routine in the run up to bedtime, include things like a bath and stories. Reduce the brightness of the lights during this time to help your baby relax. You start all these things when your baby is very small and as they grow, they will naturally associate them with bedtime, which can help when it comes to establishing a good sleep pattern.

Comfort
If your baby is comfortable at night, then they will sleep better. Ensure that the room they are sleeping in is safe and comfortable and is neither too cold nor too hot. It is recommended that babies sleep in the same room as their parents for the first 6 months of their lives. Place your baby’s cot away from an open window as the breeze may wake them up.
Many babies shuffle in their sleep and lose their covers, causing them to get cold and wake up. This can be avoided by using baby sleeping bags or gro bags which keep them covered all night long. The right nightwear is also important. Choose soft natural fabrics that will not irritate their skin. Organic cotton pyjamas are a great choice that will keep your baby or toddler warm and comfortable all night long.

Think about naps
If you are struggling to get your child to sleep at night, especially if they are an older toddler, then it can be a good idea to look at their nap routine. Newborn babies, for example, sleep a lot. You should expect them to spend around 8-9 hours napping during the day and around 8 hours sleeping at night. However, by the time they reach 3-5 months the daytime napping should only total 4-6 hours. This will reduce further by the time they are about 12 months to just 3-4 hours of naps a day. If your child naps late in the afternoon, then they may not be sleepy enough at bedtime and his can throw their sleep pattern out.
Night-time waking
Young babies wake in the night for a feed, and this is completely normal. However, there are a few things you can do to help them get back to sleep as quickly as possible. Keep the room dark and calm whilst feeding them, avoid conversation and eye contact which can stimulate them and wake them further.

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The Benefits of Good Sleepwear for Babies and Children

There is no denying that when you get a good night sleep you wake up feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the day ahead. Sleep is an essential tool for health, and this is particularly true when it comes to children.

Children experience rapid growth and development, and this happens over a relatively short period of time. Much of the growing that a child does occurs when they are sleeping. Scientists estimate that to help young bodies grow and develop, small children should spend around 50% of their time sleeping.

While a child is sleeping, their body is not only growing but their brain is developing. They are learning those essential skills that are linked to behaviour, memory and even social interactions. If a child does not get this vital sleep then studies have indicated that they may not develop these essential life skills to their full potential. A lack of sleep may also have significant implications for their physical health as well.

As your child gets older, they will need less sleep. However it is still particularly important that the sleep they do get is of a sufficient length and good quality. Poor sleep patterns in older children can lead to a poor attention span and this can have a negative impact on them at school.

To ensure that your child has the best amount of sleep, and the best quality, there are several things that you should consider doing.

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Prepare the room

The right ambiance can really help your child to get a good sleep. It is important to ensure that a child’s bedroom is neither too hot or too cold, and that it is also nice and dark. This will help to promote a restful atmosphere which will help your child drift off to sleep, and stay asleep, ensuring that they get a good night sleep.

Sleepwear

To further assist your child in getting a good night sleep you should consider the most appropriate sleepwear for the job. Loose clothing is important when it comes to circulation. Tight waist bands or cuffs can have a negative on circulation and can even hamper the body’s ability to breathe naturally. If sleepwear is to tight it can also lead to skin irritation which can make it difficult to get a good night’s sleep.

There has even been research carried out that shows that wearing sleepwear that is too restrictive has the potential to inhibit the production of melatonin in the body. Melatonin is responsible for aiding in regulating sleep cycles, if the body’s circadian rhythm is not in balance then this can affect the quality of the sleep that a person gets.

When purchasing sleepwear stick to organic cotton, which is the best material for sleeping. This is because cotton is a natural fibre that is soft, comfortable and lightweight. Unlike synthetic fabrics cotton also allows the skin to breathe and is less likely to irritate the skin or cause a rash.

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