Interview on Baby Dot Dot

Read the interview with Tina Bar, owner of Wild Dill featured on the blog Baby Dot Dot!

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The Interview


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BabyDotDot: Tell me about yourself.

Tina: My name is Tina and I am a mother of 2 little boys ages 5 and 10 months. We live in beautiful northern California just outside of San Francisco. I've always wanted to be a business owner and this little store is my dream come true.


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BabyDotDot: How did Wild Dill start?

Tina: Wild Dill was actually launched in 2008 under a different owner. In 2014 I came across the store and was able to buy it from Jennifer and from then I've made a lot of changes to modernize and improve the shopping experience but have kept the core values of organic, fair trade and natural products for kids. I've also added new independent brands from all over the world and am expanding into accessories and jewelry for moms.


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BabyDotDot: Where do you gather your inspiration?

Tina: I'm always inspired by my kids! I love watching them play and explore the world and seeing things through the eyes of a child is truly magical. I am also inspired by different cultures and the natural world. In my store I carry brands that have that touch of whimsy and a global perspective.


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BabyDotDot: What is your favorite part of contributing to the industry?

Tina: I am happy that I can support other small businesses and believe that together we can make a difference in letting women find new careers through handcrafts and fair trade products in their home countries, but also through supporting independent brands that create jobs for designers, photographers, small factories, and even farmers.


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BabyDotDot: What do you love?

Tina: My kids and nature.


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BabyDotDot: What do you dislike?

Tina: Plastic and fast fashion


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BabyDotDot: What are you proud of?

Tina: Growing my business, and learning how to do everything myself from building a new website to customer service.


BabyDotDot: What motivate you?

Tina: The desire to always learn something new.


BabyDotDot: Which of your current creations that you like the most and why?

Tina: I have 2 favorite brands at the moment - Pebble makes the most amazing fair trade toys that give opportunity to disadvantaged women in Bangladesh. My baby is obsessed with the carrot rattle. The other brand that does really well in the store are the organic, made in USA line of clothing from Winter Water WaterFactory. Their prints are so cute and the clothes stand-up really well to washing.


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May 14, 2016 by Tina Bar-On

Dressing Baby for Spring

5 Tips to Dress Up Your Baby for Spring

The changing of seasons from winter to spring not only gives us a wiff of fresh air after long winter bundling, but it also means it’s time to change your baby’s wardrobe.

Winter coats, scarves, warm boots, and knit gloves can finally be put away deep into the closets. Still, don’t get too excited to pull out your baby’s summer outfits. The spring season is a sketchy one. Although it gets warmer out, no one has cancelled windy and rainy days and drastic temperature jumps throughout a day. As a result, parents frequently get lost and find it difficult to decide how to dress up their little bundles of joy for them to feel comfy and cozy.

At Wild Dill baby clothes store, we’ve made a compilation of useful tips on how to make your baby comfortable and stylish during the upcoming spring months.

  • Layer up

  • Spring is a perfect time for layers that you can peel off or add on as temperature shifts throughout a day. When dressing your baby for a walk in the park, start with an organic cotton onesie or a pair of leggings with a cute long-sleeve tee, add layer of pants and a sweatshirt on top. Socks under boots will keep little feet warm in case a baby wants to practice his/her first independent steps on the still chilly ground. In case of unexpected gusts of cold wind, it’s good have a warm blanket or a bunting handy to pop the baby right into it. Keep a raincoat for a toddler at your fingertips, as spring is notorious for its showers. Making sure to check the day’s weather report will help you decide how best to dress your toddler.

  • Go for organic materials

  • When choosing the clothes your toddler will be comfortable in, always go for natural organic materials. At Wild Dill, we have a wide selection of toddler boy organic clothing and toddler girl organic clothing perfect for any weather. Make cotton your fabric of choice. It’s breathable and comfy and won’t cause any sweating and skin irritation. 100% organic cotton, eco baby alpaca, 100% bamboo fiber  are the fabrics of your choice this season - very breathable and light-weight, these materials will keep your babies warm and cool when necessary.

  • Cap it on

  • Spring is the time to rock some cool hats. Hats are great for when a toddler has to rapidly transition from a warm environment to a cold one and regulate their body temperature fast. Whether it’s a light cotton hat or a cap, your baby will look both stylish and warm, but not too warm. Caps are also great for shielding your toddler from the sun’s rays. Our favorite this season is FORE AXEL & HUDSON BABY GOLFER TODDLER CAP.


  • Pull up the hood
  • Hoodies are simply irreplaceable in spring. Worn over a long or short-sleeve onesie or a tee, depending on the weather, hoodies will keep your baby comfy and cozy no matter what the weather is like.


  • Go for bright & pastel colors
  • With the upcoming Easter season spring pastels return to your baby’s wardrobe. Wait to get those Easter toys and Easter baby gifts. It’s time to burst out the sartorial sunshine with some pastel clothing and bright outfits first. Bright colors such as yellow, pink, orange or pastel colors like baby pink or baby blue and purple are all fun colors for spring. Patterns with flowers, fun prints, checked or striped outfits, sailor patterns, animal patterns, cute graphic designs in hues of pink, green, yellow, and brown will cheer up your eye.


    The golden rule for dressing up your little loved ones this spring is to choose wisely what your babies will feel comfy in and feel free to experiment with layers and colors to get the ultimate fun out of this transition to summer.  

    February 22, 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.

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    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

    Trend Alert: Black & White!

    We are noticing a new design trend in children's fashion this season, black and white modern prints and patterns.

    Here at Wild Dill we have put together our favorite black and white finds all from independent designers and from top quality natural materials including organic cotton and sustainable materials.

    Click to shop our black and white picks!

    November 06, 2015 by Tina Bar-On

    Store Review from A Beautiful Exchange Blog

    We have partnered with the fabulous blog A Beautiful Exchange to give you a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to Wild Dill! Check out her great review of the Begin Again chameleon puzzle and the adorable Olive & Pickles giraffe rattle and bunny ears teether.

     

    *Photo credit A Beautiful Exchange

    Under the Sea favorites!

    Under the sea picks for your little one! Clothing, toys, and nursery decor.

     

     

    April 27, 2015 by Tina Bar-On

    Happy Earth Day 2015!

    Happy Earth Day 2015! Check out our special offer below, valid only April 22-23rd, 2015!

    In honor of Earth Day, learn more about our charitable giving partner: The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation and ways you can support their mission.

     

     

    April 22, 2015 by Tina Bar-On

    Giving Back: The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation & Wild Dill

     Wild Dill is a proud supporter of the non-profit organization The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation. Starting in 2015 we are now a professional partner providing a share of our profits to this worthy, earth friendly organization.
    Check out these great ways to further support their mission:

     

    Buy the Home Orchard Handbook  

    Buy the Apple Tree Grow Gift Kit

    MISSION:

    The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation is a nonprofit charity dedicated to planting edible, fruitful trees and plants to benefit the environment and all its inhabitants. Our primary mission is to plant and help others plant a collective total of 18 billion fruit trees across the world (approximately 3 for every person alive) and encourage their growth under organic standards.

    FTPF provides support, resources, and guidance for those interested in planting fruit trees and spearheads a variety of planting programs. These programs are aimed at enriching the environment, providing nutritious food sources for wild and rescued animals, and improving human health by bringing delicious, fresh, locally grown raw fruits and vegetables of the highest quality into the lives of all people.

    FTPF also seeks to secure land throughout the world with the sole purpose restoring native plant ecosystems with an abundance of fruit trees and plants that benefit the surrounding air, water, and soil and provide food sources for wild animals.

    April 09, 2015 by Tina Bar-On

    Earth Day Picks for Baby!

    Honor Earth Day this April, 22nd and dress up your little one in a Earth themed organic onesie! What do we love about these onesies? Each has a strong earth friendly message, playful prints, bright colors and fairly made with organic cotton. Click here to shop them all

     

     

    April 09, 2015 by Tina Bar-On