We would like to introduce our first guest blogger; Chandelene from Spaghetti & Coco.
Chandelene is a vegan mom of two; a 7 months old boy and 2 ½ year old girl. In her free time she loves experimenting with new recipes and promoting the vegan lifestyle. Chandelene has very kindly shared a few words, along with a delicious vegan recipe and gorgeous photos of her adorable son, Chrido who is dressed in his Kapas Baby clothing.
Picnics in the Forest
The thing about life is, that it goes by in a flash. One moment you are holding this precious new-born in your hands and the next; sleep-deprived, messy bun, puffy eyed and your newborn is teething, sitting, crawling, standing and somewhere in the blink of an eye this fresh new life becomes a tiny human.
They grow, they play, they explore. They make our hearts stand still a few more times than what we’d like to count. In the very same moment, they catch our eyes and make our hearts swell ten times bigger than what we ever thought possible - with pride, love and adoration.
This life, this precious, teeny, little life, is made up of small moments that come together to form a little person. We get so caught up in the sleepless nights, worrisome days, doctors’ visits and growth charts that we forget to stop and appreciate this time, this second.
Mamas, Papas, stand still.
Put life on hold and take some time out with your kids. Join their crazy, beautiful, imaginative world where; a tree becomes a forest, a small patch of water, a lake and a leaf, the most beautiful sailing boat you have ever seen. Play in the sea. Build a puzzle. Have a picnic and soak up the precious moment that is now.
Pack a picnic basket, fill it with snacks; some for baba, some for mama and dada. Keep it healthy. Live long. Appreciate yourself. Appreciate them and let’s give a second to the little people.
We filled our basket with mini Falafel burgers, oasted bread fingers, Tahini-free humus, apple, pear and spinach puree and some peanut butter and oat cookies for mommy and daddy.
Mini Falafel Burgers with oven baked Falafel patties
Chickpeas are a great source of plant-based protein. They have so many health benefits and taste delicious, especially in Falafel. Falafel is a traditional Middle Eastern food that originated in Egypt. Honestly, I could easily live on Falafel alone and you could make so many different varieties of this dish that you will never tire of it – or maybe that is just me!
To make it a bit healthier, I prefer to make an oven baked version of this usually deep-fried dish.
You will need the following:
Put all the ingredients in a food processor. Then pulse a few times until they have broken down, but the mixture is still quite rough. Form small round balls (size depends on the size of your burger buns) and press flat (about 1cm high). Bake for 25 min on 200ºC.To serve
- 400g tinned chickpeas (drained, rinsed and dried)
- 1/2 red onion (roughly chopped)
- 1tbsp crushed garlic
- large handful of parsley
- 1 cup breadcrumbs
- zest of half a lemon
- 2 tsp ground cumin
- large pinch of salt & pepper
- 2 tsp olive oil
- Mini Burger Buns
- Vegan Mayo
- Red Cabbage
- Balsamic extract
- Olive Oil
- Sliced Roasted Aubergine
- Baby Spinach
Toast buns in a toaster or on a pan and spread with a generous layer of vegan mayo. Next, add a slice of roasted aubergine and your falafel patty. Finely chop the red cabbage and mix with balsamic extract, olive oil and salt. Lastly, add your red cabbage mixture and baby spinach leaves.
The great thing about this is, for the baby-led-weaning parents out there, your baby can enjoy the Falafel with you!
Thank you Chandelene for the inspiration and amazing recipe.
Kapas Baby #forlittlepeople
You just can’t beat the perfection of a newborn; they are born into this world so perfect and so pure. The first time you settle them into a bath, you become so aware of how many firsts your little baby is going to experience in their life.
On the topic of firsts, we recently started stocking Pure Beginnings so we thought it appropriate to do a little piece on baby skin care; just enough to get you started as a first time mom.
Bathing a newborn for the first time is quite a daunting process. Most of you would have attended an antenatal class where they do a demonstration on a doll. As helpful as this is, it is a whole new ball game when it is a wriggling, crying little baby so we recommend inviting one of your “mom-friends” over when you bath your baby for the first time and they can show a few tricks to it.
You could also have a nurse give you a demonstration on your baby before you leave the hospital but just to bear in mind that The World Health Organization advises delaying your baby's first bath for the first 24 hours to allow for the Vernix (the waxy white layer most babies are born with) to play its part in acting as a anti-bacterial layer for your baby’s skin. Because of the role of Vernix and the sensitivity of your baby’s skin, some moms don’t like to bath their babies for the first week or two, until the umbilical chord has dried out and fallen off, but rather sponge bath them.
As newborns are not very active at this stage of their lives, it is recommended by experts to only bath your newborn 2-3 times a week to prevent their skin drying out. Some parents on the other hand, prefer to bath their babies daily because it gets them into a little routine. Whichever approach you take as a parent, it is definitely advisable to use tear-free shampoos and fragrance-free creams. Drum roll … Pure Beginnings.
This is why we chose to stock Pure Beginnings – they just seem to have checked all the newborn skin care boxes:
- They use ultra mild surfactant that doesn’t strip moisture from your baby’s skin.
- Their product focuses on encouraging the beneficial bacteria on the surface of the skin and maintaining the normal pH of Skin.
- It also supplements with a prebiotic food source that only the beneficial flora can feed on.
The added perks of Pure Beginnings is that their product is rapidly biodegradable so great for the environment and the they use recyclable packaging.
Environment. Check. Best for baby’s skin. Check.
We have a range of Pure Beginnings products to choose from and whatever your preference about bathing, you can rest assured that this product has your baby covered; from bum creams to sensitive baby wash, you absolutely can’t go wrong.
If you have any questions about the range, don’t hesitate to contact us.
To view the full range of products, please click here.
Kapas Baby For Little People
“The only thing that is constant is change.” - Heraclitus
It is amazing how fearful we are of change; as business women, mothers and wives. We spend our days trying to routine our babies, organise our home lives and map out our futures. Not to say this is a bad way of living because when you are a mother it is so important to have the routine, but what we don’t factor in to this, and what really upsets the apple cart, is change.
Change looms around every milestone; your baby grows, starts on solids, you see massive developmental changes in their abilities and understanding of the world and of course, they start to become their own little person. Slowly as your child grows and changes so does your confidence as a parent and, your ability to take on the changes gets easier and easier.
While the change in things like sleeping patterns isn’t something to celebrate, we like to think that the sacrifices you make now to keep your baby happy, healthy and protected is contributing to all our lives. In amongst your children, you are raising doctors and leaders, teachers and scientists and even more importantly, better generations of mothers and fathers that will change the way our societies function, for the better, in the future.
On the mother-front, change often opens up an opportunity for other people to have their say and pass their opinions but at the end of the day the decisions you make are always in the best interest of your child and it is difficult to fault you on that. Embracing the change makes you a more flexible mother and it is definitely a life skill you start to then teach your child from an early age.
On a smaller scale, Kapas Baby recently embraced such a positive change. We revamped our logo and look, updated our website and increased our variety of premium brands and great quality baby clothing. As our business grows, we are focused on updating and evolving our online store to ensure a brilliant customer service.
Please take a look at our new Maternity Wear (click here) which we have recently launched online and as always we love to reward your loyalty with a little treat so this week’s special is 15% OFF all our Maternity Wear.
To get your 15% off these items, please click here to view the range and use "15%OFFMATERNITY" as your discount code on checkout.
T&C's apply. While stocks last. Discount until Friday 28th April.
Have an incredibly positive week as we close off April and welcome in the changes that May brings.
Kapas Baby For Little People
In the name of dressing babies in cotton, we welcome 2017 with fresh new ranges, some fantastic discount spoilings and beautiful and unique baby clothes that are going to absolutely make your year.
For the first-time moms we have a world of info coming your way; handy little tips, creative ideas and a range of locally-made, cotton baby clothing. For the ‘old hats’ at parenting we have practical new additions with the same beautiful Kapas Baby look and feel.
Watch this space for our ‘must have’ products, fresh new ideas, flash sales, product reviews and so much more. We have a little treat that will come with each blog - so keep an eye out for your “subscriber only” and exclusive discounts on a couple of featured products each month.
Kapas Baby Babies in Cotton
As winter is approaching, we have spent some time gathering interesting facts, info and tips on how to get yourself prepared for winter for you and your baby. In this blog post, we have focused on info related to collecting the correct clothing for your baby to ensure you are fully prepared for the cold, chilly winter days. Enjoy!
In winter, the rule of thumb is to ensure that your baby has one more layer of clothing on than what you are wearing. If the weather is cold, it is best to dress your baby in layers so that you can remove a layer as needed. You do not want your baby overheating.
IMPORTANT: In your desire to keep your baby warm, it is vitally important that you do not overdress him/her. Your baby can easily sweat and lose fluids from sitting in a stuffy, hot room or because she’s wearing too many layers. Overheating can lead to dehydration! Please take note and watch out for these important signs showing that your baby is getting too hot:
- Damp hair
- Flushed cheeks
- A heat rash
- Rapid breathing
When it comes to shopping, it is important to buy outfits for your little one that are easy to put on and take off as you may have to change your baby’s clothes several times a day. You will definitely want to make nappy changes as easy as possible with one-piece baby grows, footed or non-footed leggings, cotton long sleeve vests or t-shirts and comfy tracksuit pants. Always select good quality, soft, cotton and comfortable clothing for your baby. Browse our range of winter baby clothing, click here.
Please remember these 8 important tips when selecting clothing for your baby for winter:
- Select long sleeve tops or t-shirt with an easy-to-open neckline, as most babies don't like having clothes pulled over their heads.
- Go for vests or baby grows with popper closure at the crotch so they don't ride up causing their tummy’s to be exposed.
- Keep your baby warm with a hoodie, jersey or jacket that zips or buttons down the front so that it is easy to put on and take off. If it’s extremely cold, a full onesie is perfect to ensure head-to-toe warmth.
- When it comes to socks, go for calf or knee length, as they are most likely to stay on. Ankle length socks may slip off easily, especially when your baby is wriggling, kicking or playing.
- You don't really need to buy shoes, unless your baby is walking – A few pairs of adorable and funky socks or booties will do the trick and keep your baby’s feet warm and cosy.
- Babies can lose a lot of heat through their heads, so always put a hat or beanie on your baby when going outside in winter. Choosing cute woolen or cotton beanies or hats are a great way to accessories and keep your baby’s head warm.
- When buying your baby clothes, consider buying one size bigger to avoid your baby growing out of them quickly.
- Bibs are a must! They are super practical, as they will protect your baby’s clothes from getting wet or dirty.
In conclusion, we want to highlight how important it is to use a gentle laundry detergent when washing your baby’s clothes. This will help keep the softness and quality of your baby's clothes in tact.
Are you expecting parents, new parents or experienced parents?
If so, this incredibly interesting article lists the top 25 different experiences one man went through after the birth of his first born. Written by Will Dalrymple, just after the birth of his first child, a baby girl called Kate.
It’s straight forward, honest and definitely worth a read... Enjoy!
1. At last, you're in control. For the first time in your life, you and your partner (and not your parents) organise your time and the baby's time. Now you're the parent in charge, and you decide where you go and what you do as a family.
2. Just joking. Actually, you're not in control - the baby is, and he or she will completely disregard your attempts to plan anything at all (so remember to tape any sport you want to watch because if you don't, the screams will start just as something interesting happens).
3. Your baby is unique - there's no way of knowing what she's going to be like, and what she will like or dislike. Sometimes it's scary not knowing what she wants, but this is your chance to be in the front row to witness someone who is new to the world.
4. During pregnancy, the baby can be anything - boy, girl, dark, fair, big, small - but when it comes, it won't be everything it could be. There's nothing wrong with grieving for the things that didn't turn out as you expected - it doesn't mean you love the child you do have any less.
5. I didn't think a new baby would be so fun to be around. We are constantly laughing about how completely unselfconscious babies are (no worries about straining to do a poo).
6. Carrying a baby takes at least one hand, so lose an arm or buy a carrier. I have had great success with a sling, which is secure, and leaves both hands free.
7. Your baby will change every single day, and anything new that she does is a revelation. Small things, but you'll bore your friends to distraction talking about them.
8. Love didn't come automatically the moment she was handed to me after the birth. Right now, cuddling, hugging and rocking my baby feels right, and my feelings for her have grown through physical contact.
9. Don't underestimate the effect the labour will have on you, as well as your partner. Thirty-six hours of contractions and then an emergency Caesarean wasn't part of our birth plan, and it took me a week to recover from the stress.
10. If you're wondering when you're going to have sex again, it's probably best not to make jokes about it in the early days - they will be met by stony silence.
11. You will delight in calling each other 'Mummy' and 'Daddy' (something everyone else will find revolting).
12. Your own parents need to grow into their role so give them time. And new parents don't stop being their parents children. If your mum wants to cook for you or do your washing, just enjoy it.
13. Take a 'babymoon'. We found that by limiting visitors during the first two weeks we could get used to our new lifestyle on our own, without the stress of entertaining.
14. Any kind of physical contact between you and your partner is off the menu if one of you is always holding the baby. And conversations are likely to be interrupted as the baby throws up all over both of you.
15. You may feel that you're living through one long day - newborns can't differentiate between day and night, and within days you won't be able to either. It also means that at 7.30pm you'll have to choose between sleep - as much of it as you can get before the baby wakes up again - and your more usual evening activities.
16. The tiredness is manageable, but during the day there are weak moments.
17. I cannot contemplate life without a washing machine or a dishwasher. Both seem much more important than travel systems, for example. Keeping the laundry bin empty and clean dishes in the cupboards helps maintain my sanity (and my wife's everlasting gratitude, or so she says).
18. You'll learn to eat with one hand, turn pages with your feet and fast forward the video with your nose. Luckily you only need one hand to pee (leaving the other free to cradle your asleep-at-last child).
19. Sort out your own toys before settling down with a baby you don't want to wake up. More than once I've been caught on the couch without the remote control and had to stare at the wall for three hours while she slept.
20. What do you do when a rested baby has a full stomach, a clean nappy, and is crying? Troubleshoot. Our baby seems to like the traffic noise, going outside, being rocked gently, and perhaps a little gentle classical music (for a while at least). I have also been known to sing to her. If something doesn't work, try something else. Don't be afraid to experiment - though it probably won't work, it won't hurt either.
21. Agree division of labour terms. Who gets up when the baby cries? Who does a 2am nappy change? You and your partner need to decide, but be realistic. You can't stay awake all night tending to a crying baby and then put in an eight-hour day at work, so if it's bad, you may need to sleep on the couch.
22. Forget minimalism - baby paraphernalia will overtake your house. Have you thought about where it's all going to go? (And yes, your partner's right, you do need it all - don't resist).
23. Returning to work after paternity leave can be a relief. I'd gladly take the low-level but predictable stress of work to the unpredictable stress of a baby.
24. As a first-time dad, it's normal not to have the faintest idea of how to care for your baby. Don't panic - within a week you'll look back and be amazed at how far you've come (and how good you are at changing nappies).
25. Friends with older babies have grown sentimental when seeing such a tiny infant. Now, at a month old, she looks around more and is awake for longer periods than she used to. Soon she will no longer be a newborn and will need me to look after her in different ways.
Article sourced here.