This post is sponsored by Hauptli Haus, makers of nüscheli baby scarves.
If you’ve never heard of a nüscheli, trust that you’re not entirely alone. Until recently, I was myself uninitiated. Maybe more to the point, so were my kids. Nüscheli, a Swiss German word which roughly translates to lovey or blankie in English, is the word used to describe Swiss baby scarves—simple cotton squares folded into triangles and tied under chubby baby chins.The scarves are a standard baby item in Switzerland and Austria, common enough that you can find the colorful square cloths in grocery store aisles, “next to the diapers and pacifiers,” explains Stephanie Hauptli, who designed her own line of nüscheli for her eponymous line Hauptli Haus.
More than only being a fashion accessory, the scarves are used for all manner of everyday baby (and household!) needs. A nüscheli might start the day as a scarf, save the morning as a burp cloth, transition into an afternoon on bib duty, and moonlight as a washcloth before getting tossed in the wash and put back to use again the next day.
Stephanie keeps a stack of eight or ten on hand in her house for putting to use with her two kids. As babies grow into toddlers, the scarves become accessories for imaginative play. A clean nüscheli can even be used to wrap cookies for toting to a playdate, or to wrap a birthday present furoshiki-style.
In the case of Hauptli Haus nüscheli in particular, the scarves have been thoughtfully designed with environmental stewardship in mind. As a child of Swiss and American parents, Stephanie grew up in Switzerland and France, before going on an adventure to her mother’s native California at 19, and deciding to stay. When her first child was born in California three years ago, Stephanie realized she wasn’t able to find nüscheli in the United States. So, on a trip to visit her parents, she bought a stack of Swiss nüscheli and brought them back with her. Then she figured out a way to improve upon them.
As an architect and designer by trade, Stephanie wanted to commission scarves made to her own taste and specifications—which is to say, scarves with an understated color palette and born from responsible manufacturing.
Stephanie works with a 200-year-old family-run Swiss mill to make fair-trade organic cotton scarves, from cotton milled, dyed, and woven for Hauptli Haus specifically. As a result, Hauptli Haus scarves are the first baby product to receive the gold rating from the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, a non-profit organization that measures consumer products against intense sustainability criteria in five areas: material health, material reutilization, renewable energy & carbon management, water stewardship, and social fairness.
After a Hauptli Haus nüscheli meets the end of its useful life, the biodegradable scarf can be cut up into pieces and composted.
As for me, I’m glad to have welcomed a few nüscheli into our own rotation and I’ve found them to be particularly helpful while packing our bag for a day out of the house. Tucking one or two into our diaper bag means that we always have a scarf, or a tissue, or a bib to use while we’re out of the house. Also, they’re adorable.
What about you? Any nüscheli enthusiasts out there?
If you’d like to try them for yourself, you can use the code READINGTEALEAVES to get 20% off all Hauptli Haus orders now through April 30, 2018.
This post was sponsored by Hauptli Haus Kids. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that support Reading My Tea Leaves.