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WARNING: Know What Is Inside Your Pram Liner!

WARNING: Know What Is Inside Your Pram Liner!

Hello my dear mummy friends!

Being in marketplace and offering my own brand for baby pram liners for quite a while I found that popularity of offering pram liners grows every single day. Everyone who can sew a straight line thinks that they can start their own business and start making pram liners. But there is more to it than that, believe me! From first sight it might seem to be good for consumers: based on how big the competition is -prices are varying hugely, but so as QUALITY!

It is surprisingly in couple of years of offering custom made pram liners, very rarely I was asked what do I put inside my pram liners as padding. But why no one asks? Is it no one cares, I don’t think so! Unfortunately I think that most of us just assume it will be something suitable for babies, but it is not always the case! Some businesses can buy cheapest material to cut the cost of production.

So what are the options you might ask and aren’t they are all the same? The answer is no, they are not the same and here are most popular option used by businesses. After reading this you will have a choice and please ask what a particular maker use inside pram liner and make the right choice for your needs and for your baby.

1. Polyester wadding/batting – often used for quilts. Polyester fibers are preferred for bedding because they are thicker but lighter and keep you warm without the weight. But at the same time it is not recommended for baby bedding because of its melting point. It's non-breathable but resists mold and mildew. It also tends to shift.  But, honestly, is it what you want from pram liner, to keep your baby warm? Polyester is the least expensive option for padding.

More information about polyester melting point I found in this great article “Safe batting choices for baby and invalid quilts”, you can read it if interested :) 

 

2. Cotton wadding/batting – because it's made from natural fibres is benefit for its breathability soft texture and comfort. Natural choice for baby’s pram liner and mum’s peace of mind. Offer some protection for babies with sensitive skin or who suffer allergies from irritants such as mold, mildew and dust mites. In addition cotton prevents the unpleasant build-up of body heat, which is so important in Australian climate. Cotton batting is extremely durable, so you can wash and wash your pram liner as many times as you want. It is most expensive option, but based on personal experience with my 2 years old son it is totally worth it!


3. Waterproof – Really? What about hot weather and sweat, where is it all going if it is waterproof? If you think about nappies and their waterproof layers and why can’t it work for liner in the same way? Think about it - you change nappies several times a day and if it is reusable you wash them between uses. But liner you use for much longer between washings. For me personally waterproof means more sweat stack in your liner, which means more suitable environment for bacteria and there is no extra comfort about it. You might think it is good for toilet training, but if you buy your liner for a newborn, do you really need to think about toilet training, which wouldn’t happen for next 2 or 3 years? Plus there are different types of products exist for this purpose, like simple piddle pads but it is different topic :)

4. Foam core –will retain their shape and good for cushioning and this is the only good I can say about it. But something I would never consider to use for my baby in a pram. Considering that it will be used for hot day outing with baby. It is not breathable and often used for heat isolation purpose in simple words it will make baby feel hotter and there is nothing natural about foam it is fully synthetic material. Depending on type of foam used it can also be misleading for comfort as it can over compress under babies weight, providing minimum of comfort if it is soft and highly compressible foam.


Another recent option is batting made from Bamboo. To be honest, I don’t know much about it yet. If you’ve used it or know more, please feel free to chime in!

With huge research behind my offerings I am very proud to scream on every single corner that Ola Baby pram liners are cotton inside and out, and I feel very sad sometimes that not many people ask! Even more - cotton padding we use is non-toxic, chemical-free and certified by oeko-tested to be safe against newborn skin, which gives you more protection for sensitive baby skin against allergies, overheating and skin irritation.

This article is fully based on my personal experience as a mum and big research as business owner who offers pram liners and prides on quality of our product. Please fill free to comment, I would love to hear your opinion on this information. Hopefully I brought some value and help for your next pram liner choice. And if you are like me - loves and trust all natural check my pram liners stock here and you wouldn’t be disappointed!

Until next time…

Have the most wonderful parenthood journey!

Olga xo


 

 

 

 





2015-06-07 01:50:27

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