It's a Jungle Out There: Round-up of cute jungle animal outfits for baby!

Elephants, giraffes, zebras, monkeys–oh my! Who doesn't love the colors, shapes and exotic prints that only wild jungle animals provide us. Here is our collection of favorite animal themed baby clothing and toys to get your little one inspired by the wild!

We love these beautifully illustrations from Morado Designs that are printed on super soft organic cotton bodysuits! Each comes packaged for gift giving with a matching gift card. Lion, Elephant, Giraffe and Zebra.

 

Expand the zoo with these organic t-shirts and bodysuits from Biome5. Each letter of the alphabet is represented by a different animal from the expected to the truly unusual!   Frog, Koala, & Owl.

 

Beyond the onesies and tees, we also love these cute little friends from Fair Trade brand Dsenyo. Each little friend is made by hand in Malawi, Africa and has the most beautiful and colorful batik fabrics giving a fun pop of color to each lovable friend.

Owl, Fox, Elephant, Lion

 

How to have a safe and natural Halloween with kids!

Pumpkins, Ghost, and Witches...Halloween is almost here! As we have fun dressing up in costumes it's important to remember that a lot of the accessories, clothing and decor sold on the market is far from being safe for us. Here is a short list of ideas on making this halloween safe from chemicals and other nasty stuff!

Face Paint

Spooky:

Tests conducted by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics found that many contained heavy metals like lead and chromium.

Glowing Green and Safe:

Instead try this 100% natural face paint from Wee Can Too, Made from Organic Fruit & Vegetable powders!


Nail polishes

Spooky:

Whether you’re going as a princess or a witch, the matching polishes are often filled with frightful endocrine-disrupting phthalates and volatile toxins like toluene.

Glowing Green and Safe:

You don't need to give up the fun polish colors for that finishing touch on your costume. Instead try these super Halloween colors from the awesome and super safe brand Piggy Paints. Non-toxic and even made in USA! Say good-bye to harsh, smelly chemicals and hello to Piggy Paint...it's as Natural as Mud®! They have awesome colors from Orange to Green and even Glow in the Dark!

Costumes

Spooky:

Often costumes bought from the drugstore or Halloween store are full of nasty chemicals, starting with the fabric itself and even down the bag it is packaged it. You can smell the fumes from throughout the store.

Glowing Green and Safe:

Get creative and make a homemade costume with clothing you already own or from an outfit that can be re purposed as everyday clothing. We love this Alice in Wonderland dress, just add a few simple accessories and voila you can go from a cute regular dress to Halloween costume! For babies there is no reason to put them in a stuffy, polyester costume, instead try a super soft comfy organic romper with a Halloween inspired print like this Black Cats romper from Winter Water Factory.

 

Turn this cute organic dress into this fantasy costume, just add white tights a black headband and this adorable pinafore from Etsy shop MaryLabarr.


 

Little babies don't need complicated costumes, keep it comfy and trendy with a Halloween theme outfit like this black cat romper.

 

Trick or Treat! Get a deal on any of these find in our store with code SPOOKY for 15% off your entire order.

 

 

September 15, 2014 by Tina Bar-On

New at Wild Dill, animal doll friends from Hazel Village!

We are a little obsessed with the adorable new woodland doll animals from Hazel Village. Featuring a full range of fun animals from a Fox to Owl, Rabbit and even Bear Cub they've got your forest covered! Each little friend comes with removable clothes that can be swapped with other Hazel Village friends.
The mastermind behind these adorable organic dolls is the very talented Jane Van Cleef from Brooklyn, NY. Jane designs each animal and their fabulous outfits, creates a story and name for each one so they truly come alive before finding a good home with a sweet child.
 Founded in Brooklyn in 2010, each animal is hand stitched using 100% organic fleece cotton and hypoallergenic polyfill stuffing, so they are soft and safe for babies. And, because they are all the same size, the animal’s wardrobe choices are endless, too! Check out Hazel Village woodland heirloom dolls and adorable bird rattles, perfect for birthday or holiday gift giving here on Wild Dill.
 

Here is Jane with one of her adorable friends Gwendolyn the Raccoon. And below are some friends at play!

 

 

 

July 22, 2014 by Tina Bar-On

How to Choose the Right Pillow for Your Toddler

Once your baby becomes a toddler, you might start thinking about using a pillow. There are lots of reasons pillows are a good idea for toddlers: they can help positioning, which is especially useful for wriggly children, they provide a comfortable resting place for your little one’s head, and many toddlers enjoy snuggling down to sleep on their pillow, with some finding comfort in carrying their pillow around and cuddling it for comfort during waking hours, too.

For some cute organic pillow options check out the selection at Wild Dill, from the line 100% Brouk.

 

cuddly toddler pillow

When choosing a pillow, the most important consideration is what it’s made of. Look for a pillow which uses breathable cotton and natural fabrics, rather than synthetic materials. Natural fabrics are usually more gentle on a toddler’s delicate skin and have a lower risk of allergies and irritation. Many toddler pillows are flatter than adult pillows, and you may prefer to start your toddler with a flatter pillow to begin with. Naturepedic has a really nice classic white, organic cotton pillow option.  Available at Nest Bedding.

 

Safety is also key; it’s important to note that, due to risk of suffocation and SIDS, pillows are not recommended for children under two years of age. Before two, babies and young toddlers should sleep without a pillow, and you should also avoid keeping toys and other objects in their cot or bed with them for the same reasons.

 

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July 01, 2014 by Tina Bar-On

$2 Sampling Deal from Abe's Market!

I've written before about my favorite online natural grocery store Abe's Market, and this time I am thrilled to share their cool new sampling program! For only $2 and free shipping, you can try some amazing products from snacks to bath products. If you love it, which you probably will, it's easy to then buy the full size!

 

Abe's Market, the online marketplace of organic and natural goods, just launched a great new  sampling program that lets consumers buy full-size product samples for just $2 each, pick up to three samples every day, and shipping is free! Abe's will even ask for input after you try the products so they can be sure to bring flavors and brands that you will love.

Here are few that I am going to try! Perfect for outings with my wild and natural little boy!

 

Barnana - a dehydrated banana snack comprising all of the nutrients of a banana (high potassium!) with the convenience of on-the-go snacking. The organic, non-GMO and gluten-free line includes original, coconut, chocolate and peanut butter flavors.

Fruit.0 - A super portable, compact fruit pouch containing, well, just fruit. The 100% organic crushed fruit contains no additional ingredients or sugars and is vegan, non-GMO and free of nuts, fat, gluten and artificial ingredients.

Birch Benders Micro Pancakery - Making pancakes has never been easier. Certified organic and non-GMO Birch Benders include all the wholesome ingredients in the package and you only need to add water, shake and cook. The line offers gluten-free options and delicious flavors like cinnamon and banana buckwheat.

Hooray Puree - A perfect way to get your veggies on the go. Hooray Puree picks their organic vegetables at the peak of ripeness and purees them into gluten-free snack packs without adding any preservatives, dyes or acids. So when you're not near the store, you can always have fresh sweet potatoes, spinach and butternut squash on hand.

KIND: Load up on healthy and tasty gluten-free snack bars, granola, healthy grains bars and more. KIND products are GMO free, protein packed, high fiber, dairy free and all natural. Toss a couple in your bag, your desk or in your gym locker and grab it whenever you need a little extra energy with great taste. (Note: The KIND clusters in this promo are GF)

Rip Van Wafel: Coffee time just got more delicious! Just unwrap, place over steaming coffee (or tea!) wait a few minutes and enjoy an all-natural, high fructose corn syrup-free caramel- or cocoa-filled, crunchy Dutch treat!

I Heart Keenwah: Love quinoa but don't like when it spills in your bag when you try to take it on the go? I Heart Keenwah, with its delicious gluten-free, high-fiber crunchy clusters of almond, chocolate, peanut butter and cranberry, is a perfect snack to take anywhere with you.

 

 

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July 01, 2014 by Tina Bar-On

Baby Trend: Tropical Fruits

Sometimes we just come across a trend that is so cute we just have to share! That is the case with the new summer 2014 trend of tropical fruit prints in baby and toddler clothes. From bananas to pineapples a tropical fruit salad is in the works!

Here are some very cute options from the brand Softbaby. We love their range of organic onesies to rompers and blankets in fun prints.

SoftBaby Organic Cotton Onesie - Pineapple

 
 

Organic Cotton Bodysuit TropicalOrganic Cotton Short Romper - Green Palm Tree

 

We are so bananas for the 100% Brouk summer collection "Banana Split" featuring organic toddler pillows and blankets. Available right here in the Wild Dill store!

 

   SoftBaby
June 26, 2014 by Tina Bar-On

Brand Spotlight: Ideo Collection Paris

Ideo Collection is a brand of organic cotton baby clothing from Paris, exclusively available in the US through Wild Dill.

History

Ideo was the first French designer to launch an ethical and environmentally friendly products range in 2002. The success was immediate and many competitors have followed since. Ideo offers now creative and original fair trade and organic collections for babies, children and adults.  
The Ideo Design Inspiration
Every season Ideo finds a new angle to mix fashion, ecology and ethics and develop new themes: French Renaissance, nomadism, importance of water on earth, or eco focus. The prints of Ideo, such as World Citizen “Citoyen du Monde” or “Ecokid” are bestsellers of the brand. At Wild Dill we love their top quality onesies and french style dresses.

The Ideo Materials
Ideo uses soft organic certified cotton grown traditionally in Central India by using local and naturally occurring pesticides from plant and animal matter. Ideo received the Ecocert label for the cotton culture and the Skal label for the manufacturing process. All prints are water based on light colors, and PVC free on darker colors. The white color is obtained with peroxide and not with bleach.

May 25, 2014 by Tina Bar-On

Brand Love: Ecoleeko, bringing sustainability, color and joy to children's toys

made in usarecommended baby shower gifts

Ecoleeko is a wonderful brand of organic and sustainable and colorfulsoft plush toys for babies and kids from NY state. Each piece is designed and handmade by Sue, a true artist and trained textile designer.

She is truly committed to keeping the toys eco-friendly and sustainable, only plant based fabrics and stuffing are used, NO petroleum based materials.Every plush toy is totally free of plastic materials and very child friendly. Materials include: (see below for detailed explanations); organic cotton fabric and threads, Bamboo fabrics, Kapok fibers, Buckwheat Hulls, Walnut Shells.

A few of my personal favorites as baby shower gifts are the unique little animal rattles. Especially the little seahorse, since it stands out from the usual Safari animals.

 

I also love the white stuffed animal bunny rabbit and polar bear teddy, they are such a classic design. They also seem to have such realistic faces, I imagine a little girl or boy giving them a name and personality.

 

Organic Cotton:  Organic Cotton is grown using NO pesticides or chemicals.The organic cotton materials I use are certified organic, including the corduroy, french terry cloth, brushed cotton, cotton tape used in the ecoleeko tags and the sewing thread I use for all items. The Organic Cotton Fabric is certified organic under the Global Organic Textile Standard, or GOTS.

 

Bamboo is one of the fastest growing sustainable plant grown without pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers. It is a high-yield renewable resource and one of the strongest building materials. When grown, it aids the soil quality and reduces greenhouse gases. It can absorb 5 times the amt. of Carbon Dioxide and produce 35% more oxygen than an equivalent stand of trees, pretty impressive.
The bamboo fiber is 60% more absorbent than cotton fiber. It naturally wicks moisture away from the skin and soft as silk but machine washable.
Kapok fiber is grown from the seed pods of the wild Kapok tree. It is a natural vegetable based fiber known as silk cotton. It is a very sustainable, natural pesticide free material grown in the South pacific. It is naturally like down fibers but hypoallergenic. It is also water and mold resistant, drying quickly and very buoyant.
There is NO comparison when considering the polyfil, petroleum based plastic fibers usually used in most children's dolls.

Buckwheat Hulls are a by product of the buckwheat milling industry. It is a natural, pest and water resistant product that is sustainable, hypoallergenic and pesticide free. They are naturally grown in North America and have been roasted for a more durable hull.

They create a great crunchy sound when touched and when shaken, create a rattle effect. They are a better natural choice to use, than using plastic pieces in baby products.

Walnut shells crushed are a nontoxic biodegradable material. They are naturally nonabsorbent, mold resistant and dust free. The shells are usually used for other applications but they work well as a beanbag filler natural alternative to the petroleum based plastic pellets usually used in children's toys.

I use walnut shells only in the Doll legs and arms. (Allergy notice)

 

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May 10, 2014 by Tina Bar-On