High Standards: Positive Development

Waldorf dolls Canada

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bynature.ca is fundamentally about healthy, positive childhood development – social, physical, emotional and intellectual. A large selection of our products, from breastfeeding products to baby carriers, infant toys to a child’s first baby doll, are specifically selected to support the bonding, learning and well-rounded development of our children.

As parents, we are creating social, physical, and psychological patterns for our children as they develop. They will certainly be themselves and go in their own directions as they grow up, but they often build on the patterns we create.

At bynature.ca, we are committed to the positive, gentle approach of attachment parenting. We freely give our children the support they need through each phase of development. Babies want to be close to us, so we wear our babies. Babies need nourishment and comfort, so we breastfeed. Babies need toys that give them space to let their imaginations soar during play, so we keep toys simple. We make sure that our products support these developmental needs.

As babies grow to be toddlers, preschoolers, and teenagers, they still need us, and, as attachment parents, we continue to give them the developmentally appropriate support they ask for even as they become healthy, independent adults on their own.

Positive Development Products at bynature.ca

Breastfeeding support supplies and baby carriers are two big categories of products for positive development, but we also carry many other products for bonding and learning. We have Little Soles soft baby shoes for developing feet. We have the natural rubber Tres Tria co-sleeping bolster to help parents keep the family bed safe. We have simple toys for open-ended play, and wooden teething rattles to satisfy babies’ desires to move and to chew.

Baby Bonding Dolls

Positive Development bonding dolls for babies

Baby’s first toy needs to be small, non-toxic, and chewable. This simple, Waldorf-style bonding doll is 6″ tall with only the head stuffed. That is small enough and light enough for a baby to hold and cuddle.

The outside of the all-natural doll is soft, 100% cotton, and the head is stuffed with 100% wool. The doll comes in a variety of colors dyed with AZO-free fabric dyes. The doll is safe for a baby to suck and chew.

These certified fair trade dolls are handmade in India. Handwashable in cold water. Line dry or machine dry on cool, gentle cycle.

This month, we are telling you more about our Safe Family Promise at bynature.ca. To make it easy for you to identify products by their key attributes, look for our standards labels.

High Standards: Handmade

Handmade wool stuffed bunny

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Products made by hand offer a quality, skill and craftsmanship that is absent in the world of large-scale manufacturing. Purchasing the handmade work of skilled artisans helps to grow and nourish the families and communities where these products are loving created, and ensures our ties to the local and human sources of our goods is never lost.

We are big supporters of handmade products for natural parenting. We love the beauty and imperfections of humans and their handmade goods over the rigid lines of machine-made goods. Handmade products often vary, and we like that variety and unpredictability.

We also support the place of artisans in their communities. We have followed closely the work of the Handmade Toy Alliance over the past two years as they have supported their members’ efforts to keep handmade children’s products legal and sustainable under U.S. law.

Handmade Products at bynature.ca

While a doll might be an iconic handmade product, we carry many other handmade products. We have handmade bath and body care from Lalabee Bathworks, aromatic play clay from Mama K’s, handmade board games, and more products for the whole family.

Handmade Rabbit from Recycled Wool

Handmade Stuffed Animals

No two stuffed animals from Cate & Levi are alike. Every animal is made in their Toronto studio from reclaimed wool sweaters sourced as close as possible to home, so the colors and patterns vary.

This month, we are telling you more about our Safe Family Promise at bynature.ca. To make it easy for you to identify products by their key attributes, look for our standards labels.

High Standards: Sustainable

Tegu wooden toy blocks

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A healthy planet ensures the future health of our children. While every product we carry is non-toxic, many are also made in whole or in part with recycled (or recyclable) parts and/or components, derived from sustainably harvested forests and may be biodegradable. Most importantly, we prefer products that are reusable first, replacing use-and-toss items.

No greenwashing!

We look for products made with not just any natural materials but sustainable materials—resources that can be and will be replaced. The oil and gas used to make plastics and other petro-chemical products cannot and will not be replaced. We ask what kind of materials a product is made from and how that material is made. True sustainability also considers the long-term good of the community in which a product is made.

Just because a product claims to be green, doesn’t necessarily mean it meets your standard of sustainability. Opinions can differ when people make their own conscious choices because each of us has different values and priorities. By making our choices transparent, we hope that helps you make choices that work for your family

Sustainable products from bynature.ca

Look for children’s crayons made from soy wax, cloth diapers made from cotton or hemp and wool, and toys made from sustainably harvested wood.

Tegu Magnetic Wooden Blocks
Sustainable wooden toy blocks

At Tegu, the product followed the desire for a positive social impact. The founders did not start with the idea of wooden blocks. They started by looking for a business that would use an under-used local resource and that could create jobs in Honduras. The beautifully designed wooden blocks followed.

The wood for Tegu blocks is cut by “small-scale woodcutting cooperatives supported by international NGOs focused on sustainable forestry.” Tegu also supports local reforestation efforts. Sustainability is built into the Tegu business model.

Your child probably won’t care about all of this—yet. You child is more likely to be fascinated by the blocks snapping together with the help of magnets. Tegu gives a new twist to an old toy.

This month, we are telling you more about our Safe Family Promise at bynature.ca. To make it easy for you to identify products by their key attributes, look for our standards labels.

High Standards: Non-toxic

Original Rubber Duck

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Products for our infants, children and families should not contain toxic chemicals such as BPA, PVC (vinyl), phthalates, lead, cadmium or synthetic fragrances. The reality is, many products brought into our homes do contain toxins we can avoid. Our collection of healthier product alternatives are the safest and best product options we have found.

Avoid Common Toxics

It’s very important to us not to add to the chemical body burden of our children. Babies put everything in their mouths. They mouth toys and fists and books and toes for comfort and to get information. It’s very important that baby toys and baby feeding accessories not be made of materials or have surface treatments that could harm the babies.

It is becoming far too apparent over time that plastics touching food and drink—and not just those with BPA—may not be as safe as we have been told. Recently, it was found that most plastics leach hormone-like chemicals. Because cosmetics, such as lotions and diaper creams, can be absorbed through the skin, they also need close scrutiny for lurking toxics. We look very closely at a product before we carry it.

Though plastics are a big problem, particularly soft plastics, they aren’t the only toxic material commonly used in household products. Sometimes we find toxics added to products in an effort to make our lives less toxic, as in the case of our culture’s anti-microbial overkill.

As concern grows and research accumulates, our choices for less-toxic lives become more clear. In the meantime, we try to stay informed about developments and choose non-toxic products for you and your family. We favor natural materials, natural cleaning products, and natural healing products.

Non-toxic products at bynature.ca

With babies and children, it is especially important to make sure anything that might go in the mouth or on the skin is non-toxic. We carry a big variety non-toxic toys, such as those from HABA and Grimm; non-toxic cosmetics and skin care, such as those from Badger; and non-toxic feeding accessories, such as Kleen Kanteen water bottles.

Original Rubber Duck

Nontoxic rubber duck

The original rubber duck wasn’t made out of soft plastics, and it didn’t have that suspicious off-gassing smell of plastic toys.

This duck, the original natural rubber ducky, was and is made from the natural latex rubber of the common rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis). Rubber is sustainably harvested by tapping the sap, or milk, of the tree without the use of herbicides. The duck is handcrafted in Spain by a third-generation family business to EU safety standards. The duck is painted with non-toxic, certified lead-free paints.

This month, we are telling you more about our Safe Family Promise at bynature.ca. To make it easy for you to identify products by their key attributes, look for our standards labels.

High Standards: All Natural

Unbleached Indian Prefold Diapers

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To meet our All Natural standard, products must be 100% natural, made only from pure, natural materials such as cotton, wool, wood, silk or 100% natural ingredients. We only source products without harmful chemicals, formaldehyde finishes and other toxins, but the all-natural label goes a step beyond this ensuring you are purchasing products that contain no synthetic or made-made materials/ingredients.

While we only choose products without harmful chemicals and toxins, we want to recognize those products made only with 100% natural materials. We choose natural materials for a couple of very important reasons.

Natural Materials for Lower Environmental Impact

Natural materials generally don’t externalize costs as often happens with petrochemical-derived products. Those the oil and gas that make our laptop cases or laminated fabrics appear cheap but leave behind shocking social and environmental costs.

The Natural Aesthetic

As we raise our children, we create their context for understanding the world. At bynature.ca, we want to help you teach your children about living nature around them, about the vitality of living things. It makes sense that those who embrace and honor the natural patterns of attachment parenting would also embrace and honor the natural patterns of nature.

All Natural products at bynature.ca

Look for natural toys of wood, organic cotton, and natural rubber. Choose cloth diapering products of cotton and wool and plastic-free feeding and sleeping products. Find great products like the Tres Tria natural rubber booster pillow, 100% wool dryer balls, and an amber teething necklace.

100% Organic Cotton Prefold Diapers
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Our Indian cotton prefolds are high quality, very absorbent, and extra soft. Many diapers have been bleached white, which damages the cotton and causes them to wear out sooner. Organic cotton is void of harmful chemicals in the field and in processing.

Prefold diapers are the original one-size diaper. Many of our customers use the one size from infant to potty training—then they continue to use the diapers as incredibly soft rags.

Organic cotton prefolds are the all natural diapering choice.

This month, we are telling you more about our Safe Family Promise at bynature.ca. To make it easy for you to identify products by their key attributes, look for our standards labels.