Interview with Mezoome Designs

Recently I got a chance to meet with the founder and designer of one of my favorite organic children's brands Mezoome Designs! Mayaan was kind enough to answer a few questions for Wild Dill on how she got started and what she thinks of the brand.

We love your products! Tell us a little bit about how the company got started. 

The company got started when my oldest daughter was born.
I love babies textile and accessories and I looked for things that will fit together with the rest of my house and not look too childish or corny.
Since I couldn't find anything I liked, I started to play with designs and patterns on my computer and magic got started...  :-) . 

My vision is to create products that incorporate functionality and aesthetics with high quality materials that both children and parents can enjoy for years to come.

 

What is one of your most popular products?

My most popular products is definitely the sleeping bag, followed by the pully mully and Wabbit blanket.

What types of items do you create?

I design bedding, accessories, and apparel for babies & kids.

I try and come up with new products all the time and expand the product range available.

At the moment I'm working on a new product design that should be available in mid April - I'm very exceited about it, since new characters will be joining the Mezoome Gang!

Why did you decide to use organic cotton and other eco-friendly materials?

I love the idea of natural as opposed to industrial products. 

In the past, organic fabrics used to be expensive, but now it's more affordable and can easily be used to create everyday products.

On top of all that, Organic cotton and other eco-friendly materials are softer and have a better feel to babies.

Your characters are adorable—how did you come up with them?

Thanks!

I tried to think about something that babies and kids can relay to and that will also appeal to the parents, and what can be better than cute, funny, whimsical and beautiful animal characters?

When I designed them, I tried to keep them as simple as possible to try and create a pattern design that will be classic & timeless. 

Why do parents—and kids!—love your line?

I guess that the simple & childish, but yet not corny or common design, combined with a different personality for each character makes people love it.

I think parents can relay to the design since it's not too childish and can look good even in the living room - I try not to fall into the "trap" of pink for girls and light blue for boys, but to use colors that can be considered as unisex.

As for the children, I think that from a child point of view the characters are lovable and cute and are easy to connect with, and depending on the child's age - make up a story for the characters or simply stare at the pattern and vibrant colors

What’s the most fun part of your job?
Knowing that I touch someones heart everyday and that babies & kids can enjoy the Mezoome family at least as much as I enjoy creating them. 

February 09, 2016 by Tina Bar-On

How Natural Baby Products are Changing Future Generations

How Natural Baby Products are Changing Future Generations

Guest post by: Kaitlin Krull

In an increasingly environmentally conscious world, it’s easy to think that we’re doing our part to live healthier, more eco-friendly lifestyles. Eating organic foods, buying Fair trade and ethical products, and cleaning our homes with natural cleaning supplies are all excellent ways to help reduce both our carbon footprint and our intake of toxic chemicals. However, those of us with children should also know that there are natural alternatives for the whole family. Using these kinds of baby products regularly can help to change future generations’ outlook on the environment in a number of ways.

 modern nursery

via Modernize

 

Making a difference to the environment

Purchasing baby products made from organic and natural materials helps the environment. While we know that chemicals and pesticides are detrimental to both our own health and that of the wildlife and organisms near them, cotton production is not currently regulated in the same way as other consumables. This means it’s up to us to choose organic clothing to be sure it is free from harmful chemicals. Organic cotton is produced with no chemicals or pesticides, and as such is the logical alternative to other standard clothing and bedding. At Modernize, we particularly love soft, comfortable baby clothes like this Babysoy K Modern Alphabet Organic Footie, made from organic cotton and bamboo rayon.

 

Breaking negative cycles

When shopping for baby products, it can be so easy to choose the same products your parents bought when you were little, or any number of popular name-brand items. Unfortunately, most of the bathing and baby care products on the market today are full of chemicals and potentially toxic materials. Break the cycle by making smart choices when shopping for these kinds of products: choose chemical-free, natural products from brands such as Weleda (we swear by this diaper cream) to keep baby out of harm’s way.

 

Setting a positive example

Making informed decisions when it comes to the baby products we buy not only helps the environment (and baby), but lets others know that we know what’s going into them. Lead by example by choosing organic, natural products (one of our favorites is the Mezoome Muslin Swaddle Blanket) time and time again, and friends and family will take note. With any luck, these kinds of environmentally conscious decisions will rub off on our little ones as well, helping them to make the same kinds of decisions later on in life.

 

Instilling healthy habits

While hoping our children observe and understand our positive example is a step in the right direction, why not do one better by teaching them the importance of environmental consciousness on a regular basis? When buying organic clothing, natural products, and eco-friendly toys (like the adorable Sera’s Wooden Play Kitchen from Elves & Angels), involve children in the process. Explain things like the following: why organic is best, which fibers are better for us and the environment than others, and how they can continue to help the Earth and each other. Exactly how much information they take in can be surprising (and we all know that kids never forget a thing).

January 29, 2016 by Tina Bar-On

Introducing Plutt Kids!

Scandinavian meets South America for soft and cosy unisex clothing
Plutt create gorgeous 100% Eco Baby Alpaca clothing for babies and children aged 0-4 years. Designs are exclusively timeless and unisex; tranquil and stylish, the collection features all natural, un-dyed yarns from The Andes. Alpaca fibre is hypoallergenic (so perfect for baby’s sensitive skin), warm, soft, durable and eco-friendly.
Plutt is based in San Francisco, but the influence of Scandinavia and South America are clear to see. Plutt (‘little person’ in Swedish) is the creation of Alessandra, a Chilean Mum of two married to a Swede. When the family moved to SF – where they found such a deep appreciation of natural and organic – Alessandra realised how amazing it would be to combine the practical and style sensibilities of Scandinavian design with the wonders of the soft Alpaca with which she had grown up. Have a look at the stylish, comfortable result!
January 28, 2016 by Tina Bar-On

For the January Baby!

A short primer for babies born in the winter month of January!

My birth month flower is: Carnation

My birth stone is: Garnet

My zodiac sign is: Capricorn or Aquarius

Nature baby name themes for my month: Winter, Snow, Ice, Light

 


january baby primer


 

 

 

January 24, 2016 by Tina Bar-On

A Brain Teaser of Naming Your Baby: Name Trends 2016 and Beyond

 Name Trends 2016 and Beyond


When it comes to choosing a baby name parents-to-be get to this task as responsibly and creatively as they can. Indeed, choosing a name for the bundle of joy you are expecting can be difficult and stressful.


According to a recent Time poll on Millennial parents 60% of them think it’s “somewhat, very, or extremely important that their child’s name be unique.” This number quite differs from past generations (44% of Gen-X’ers found it important, and only 35% of Baby Boomers said the same). As the demand for uniqueness grows, today’s parents come up with the most one-of-a-kind name choices making this brain teaser a creative, unexpected, classically cool, and top-secret experience until their beloved baby is born.


Every year we see fresh and the most unexpected trends in baby names. The top ones are mostly based on what is happening in pop culture these days including books, movies, fashion, and celebrities. Emma, Olivia, Noah, Liam - all these names have become super popular in masses in 2015.


Yet, when some parents decide to follow pop trends, others prefer to consider more indie baby names chosen by a particular lifestyle; names that are uncommon, but still very unique and meaningful.


Our predictions for the hottest baby names in 2016?


Many old-school names will always stay in trend. Naming your baby girl after your loving grandmother (Lydia, Ruby, Margaret, etc.) is classy. But classy is not what we are really after here, is it?


What is especially unique and hot this year is turning to our Mother Nature and its earthy vibes. Names coming from natural wonders of our planet become the most inspiring for the parents who love outdoors, explore the globe, and admiring the power of nature. Names of flowers, rivers, trees, waterfalls, plants, mountain peaks, stones - everything that illuminates freedom, the spirit of the wild, and simple beauties of the Earth carries along a certain living imprint many parents want to pass to their babies.


Here are some beautiful baby names related to nature and the universe that we at Wild Dill have fallen in love with.


Nature

Maple, Thyme, Osage, Azolia, Catalina, Elm, Spruce, Ebony, Aster, Dahlia, Primrose, Sage, Willow, Dani, Risco, Mace, Rowan

Hippie

Breeze, Dawn, Desert, Echo, Zen, Sunrise, Morning, Freedom, Rainbow, Om, Peace, Rain, Melody, Karma, Harmony, Feather, Light

Cosmic

Jupiter, Aries, Cloud, Moon, Nova, Starbright, Pluto, Orion, Eclipse, Venus, Space


Once the hardest part is done and a baby’s name is chosen, it’s a good time to welcome a newborn with a gift.

  • The gift that will accompany them in the first months and years of exploring the world.
  • The gift that will be as close to nature as their names thanks to its organic and fair trade baby materials.
  • And finally, the gift that will help babies identify who they are.

At Wild Dill baby clothes store, we have a one-of-a-kind fair trade baby clothes and fair trade baby products selection that will add some thought and love to your gift giving.


  • Modern Alphabet Series by BabySoy

These series of adorable organic cotton kids clothes with modern alphabet prints on them will be a perfectly soft and comfy natural gift for a newborn.


  • Alphabet Animal Onesies & T-shirts by Biome5

A perfect birthday gift can be one of these fun kids organic cotton onesies and teess with big letters, graphic animals, and upside down names for a child to see what they are wearing. Best of all these are screenprinted by hand in the USA.


Wild Dill Fair Trade store presents these fun fair trade children’s toys and accessories. Pick a letter that matches a child’s name and liven up their room with this embroidered space themed framed piece of art.



January 22, 2016 by Tina Bar-On

5 Ideas for Fun & Useful Natural Baby Gifts

5 Ideas for Fun & Useful Natural Baby Gifts


Whether it’s a holiday, birthday party, or the first baby shower of a friend of yours, it’s impossible to imagine celebrating these occasions without giving gifts. Gift giving is the most rewarding and happy experience all along the way from choosing a gift to actually presenting it. Especially, gift giving turns into a magical process when you choose something special for a little one. Either for your own kids or for your friends’ babies choosing gifts at times becomes the most complicated task because here a gift is more than just a gift, but a purposeful contribution into a child’s future.


At Wild Dill baby store we truly believe that gifts not only strengthen the bonds between people, but also help direct the future of someone. Presents are imaginative and reflect how we see the recipient. We give nice clothes to someone we think could dress better or a new book to challenge someone’s mind. But with giving gifts to babies it’s vital to spend a little extra time and think through what a gift should be like, so that it not only serves a purpose, but is also healthy and safe for a baby.


Organic clothing for babies and fair trade children’s toys are the gifts worth considering. Not only fun and creative, but also natural, these gifts will be remembered and parents approved. Giving fair trade baby products and organic fair trade baby clothing shows that you care about a child’s health, you don’t neglect the fact how your gift will affect the baby, and you give your respect to the parents who wish only the best for their children.


At Wild Dill we offer useful gift ideas from organic free trade baby clothes to fun natural accessories, and here are our five favorites:



  1. GIA GIRAFFE PLUSH PILLOW

by Zid Zid Kids

Give a little one a soft hug-buddy they will never let go. Handcrafted with love in Marrakech from organic soft materials, Gia Giraffe pillow is fun not only to play with, but is also perfect for night-night time.





2. TODDLER ORGANIC COTTON TOWEL

by Breganwood


Looking for something unusual and super useful? Don’t look any further. Wild Dill baby clothes introduces you to these funsome thrio: Busy Beaver, Sleepy Owl, and Playful Fox. Crafted from 100% organic cotton and low impact dyes, these colorful and extremely soft hooded bath towels will have your little ones dry and snuggly. Bath time will be no longer about screams and shivering from cold.


  1.  BUNNY EARS CRINKLE TEETHER TOY

by Olive & Pickles


When babies are teething both parents and little ones may have uneasy times. This fun bunny ears teether will turn these times into pleasant moments. Crinkle bunny ears make fun sounds as baby touches them stimulating sound learning, and the safe wooden handle is so easy to grasp and hold with tiny hands - babies will love this.


  1.  WHISPERING GRASS ORGANIC BIB GIFT SET

by Cotton Monkey

This set of a baby bib, burp cloth, and a zipper bag is a perfect present not as much for a baby as for a mother. Made with 100% organic cotton and non-toxic dyes in the USA, the set is uniquely designed with modern, peaceful floral ornaments, very stylish and practical.


  1. ARCTIC BLUE POLAR BEAR JUMPSUIT

by Winter Water Factory



A trendy and in-demand present for babies will always be a jumpsuit. Whether fluffy and soft, or breathable and light, jumpsuits and onesies are the comfiest clothes for little ones. Baby outer for winter brand, Winter Water Factory is famous for its cozy organic cotton kids clothes and organic cotton winter toddler clothing. This classy romper made from organic cotton french terry with white polar bears will hug a baby’s skin with its softest material all winter long.







These five presents we chose from Wild Dill organic children’s clothing and toys collection carry with them a great deal of love and care about the babies you give these presents to and their future, and will be highly acknowledged by any parent.

January 20, 2016 by Tina Bar-On

Fair Trade: 5 Reasons to Support It

As parents we deal with children’s clothes on a daily basis: washing it, drying it, folding it, and then dressing our babies in it. But have you ever taken a second, when handling clothing and bedding, or when collecting all the toys they play with into the basket while they nap, to look beyond just a brand name on the tag of your son’s beloved pajamas or your little princess’s holiday dress? Have you ever asked where your children’s toys and clothing come from? Who stands behind their production?

These are the things that matter to us and that we care about at Wild Dill. We believe that fair trade children’s toys and fair trade baby clothes are designed to educate consumers on the reasons behind buying fair trade products, the reasons that, at first sight, seem not quite relevant. Fair trade clothing for children and fair trade kids’ toys are not only about quality organic products made out of safe materials, but also they are about people who work hard to deliver the best to our children.

So what is fair trade? Fair trade goods are just that. Fair. Fair to people who work on the farms, especially in the developing countries. Fair to their wages and rights. Fair to global trade practices, equal and fair partnership between producers and marketers (Fair Trade USA). Fair to the environment and natural resources.

Wild Dill fair trade products and organic fair trade baby clothes collection is here to make the first step to change the power of our everyday consumption. And here are the five reasons why we are going for fair trade baby clothing:


1. Fair trade farmers can count on. Fair trade is committed to strengthening partnerships between buyers and producers making the work conditions and wages  much better. When workers are happy they make fair trade baby products with more love and care and we receive those we choose these products among others.

2. Fair trade saves the environment. Fair trade supports only sustainable practices of growing crops and nurturing them and minimizes the footprint left by the humans on the planet.

3. Fair trade supports local economies that now can build and run their own businesses instead of working for a middle man.

4. Fair trade builds collaborative relationships with women and artisans from developing countries through providing them jobs and a market for the goods they handcraft.

5. Fair trade means you care about what you buy. You not only purchase high quality and safe for your children organic and free trade baby clothing, but also make the difference in the lives of the people who grow and make the goods you wear every day.

Baby gift fair trade along with baby clothing fair trade encourage us to learn more what’s beyond the label of our favorite brand. At Wild Dill baby clothes store we care about the brands we offer our customers. One of our beloved ones that is also a part of fair trade support activity is Dsenyo brand.

Dsenyo handmade in Malawi not only produces outstanding organic kids clothes and ethical fashion items using low-impact dyes and sustainable fibers like buriti palm, jute, and organic cotton, but also addresses social and economic problems by giving jobs to people in developing countries, caring about the environment, using recycling materials where possible, and simple enlightening its customers about all the small steps they can do to protect our planet and our children’s future by raising fair trade awareness.

December 27, 2015 by Tina Bar-On

Holiday Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers under $15

Looking for a fun and eco-friendly stocking stuffer? Here is our gift guide for babies and kids and best of all they are under $15!

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kids eco friendly and fair trade stocking stuffers under $15

November 11, 2015 by Tina Bar-On

Chanukah Gift Guide

Chanukah is just around the corner, find the perfect gift for your loved ones! Ranging from Hebrew baby clothing to toys and gifts from Israeli designers we've got you covered.

 

chanukah gift guide

November 06, 2015 by Tina Bar-On