It finally arrived! Cedar Ring Circle Waldorf Co-op placed our first order with Engel of Germany at the beginning of February. We had a few challenges- the obvious language barrier, a few out of stocks, pre-paying without a credit card (they do not accept credit cards, which I hear is rather common in Europe, bless their financially conservative little souls!), currency conversions, expensive shipping, and customs delays… but it was worth the wait.
Engel offers a range of wool, natural cotton, and wool/silk blend garments for all ages, specializing in baby clothes and undergarments (including organic cotton nursing bras, soon to be added to the Cedar Ring Circle Co-op). Their high quality organic virgin merino wool is soft and insulates the body, helping regulate body temperature. Wool, as with other natural fibers, breathes- helping you remain cool when it’s warm, and warm when it’s cool. It also wicks away moisture. Silk has a healing, soothing effect on the skin. Blending these two elements together creates a luxurious effect which protects, stabilizes, and promotes well-being. It’s also great for the environment- many synthetic fibers are ultimately derived from petroleum products, involve toxic byproducts during production, and lack the “breathability” of natural fibers, which results in an over-all “sticky” feeling on the skin.
Especially important for children, wool/silk blend long underwear keep the core warm. Children need warmth and thrive on it. All growth processes are associated with energy/heat. If extra energy is needed to keep the body warm, some of the energy for growth and development may be diverted to this central task. When a child’s environment and clothing provides all necessary heat and assists them in regulating body temperature, energetic forces are freed to focus on growth and development.
The mamas of Cedar Ring Circle have a lot of experience cloth diapering, and as with many cloth diapering afficianados we get into a bit of a frenzy about it! We love to try new diapers and were thrilled to get such an affordable deal on cloth diapers and soakers from Engel. Our basic fitted cotton diaper is a soft, plush, eco-friendly alternative to disposable diapers, comes in a full range of sizes from newborn to 36 months, and features quick and easy velcro fasteners.
We also offer wool soakers at great prices (members, use your private discount code!)- our basic merino wool soakers are trim and great for daytime, while our double-knit virgin wool soakers are perfect for naps, night-time, and heavy wetters.
There’s the spread- a fitted diaper, trim merino wool soaker, and plush double-knit soaker. You’ll want to use an organic cotton diaper liner (pictured to the left) too for added protection and easier clean-up.
Fresh out of the bath, a little Weleda Calendula Oil keeps your baby’s skin silky smooth and naturally moisturized. That cotton diaper is like a little cloud of comfort (so much nicer than bleached plastic-y paper!).
I am so in love with these double-knit soakers. Especially how the waistband can be rolled up to really keep baby’s core warm, or folded down as pictured.
Oh, and check out that beautiful amber teething necklace! Amber radiates light and warmth, and is composed of fossilized pine resins from ancient forests. These resins contain anti-inflammatory properties, and are slowly absorbed into the skin when worn. The amber in the Baltic states of Europe is especially known for its healing properties and rich variety of colors. It has been used for centuries as a natural analgesic for teething babies, and as a grounding element to restore balance to the nerves. For safety purposes, each bead is individually knotted to prevent a choking hazard if the strand breaks. These are the first item we have stocked in our newly launched online store (and are available at a discount for Cedar Ring Circle members). They are handmade in Latvia, of pure Baltic amber.
And now for our giveaway! One lucky reader will receive their choice of one cotton fitted diaper plus choice of either the organic merino wool soaker or the double-knit soaker (both in the 9-18 months size), OR if you don’t need cloth diapering supplies, a $25 credit towards our upcoming Engel order for Cedar Ring Circle Members, OR, if you are not yet a member, a 6-month co-op membership. Every reader will have three chances to enter the giveaway!
First Chance: Subscribe to the blog and leave a comment.
Second Chance: “Like” Cedar Ring Circle Waldorf Co-op on Facebook, and leave a comment.
Third Chance: Register (no need to be a member) at Cedar Ring Circle , or if you already have, leave a comment saying how you heard about us.
Good luck! Winner to be announced on Thursday!
Update: Our winner, randomly chosen by Random.com, is Natalie of post #50! Congratulations, Natalie- and thank you everyone for participating. Please keep checking back, we have more giveaways planned!