May 26, 2008

BPA-Free Adiri Natural Nurser Baby Bottles

BPA free Adiri Baby Bottles Even breastfeeding parents find the need to use a bottle at times, whether filled with formula or pumped breastmilk. Nipple confusion and BPA is a concern, as parents don't want their child to forget how to breastfeed or be exposed to harmful chemicals. The Adiri Natural Nurser Bottle Set solves these problems by providing parents with BPA-free peace of mind, in addition to unique nipple design that mimics a mother's breast. Designed with the help of doctors, moms and lactation consultants,
The Adiri™ Natural Nurser™ Ultimate Baby Bottle is soft, safe and simple. With an easy to use and dishwasher safe Fill, Twist and Feed™ system, the only nipple truly shaped like a mother's breast, soft polycarbonate-free and bisphenol-A free materials, and a unique Petal™ vent that helps reduce colic, the Adiri Natural Nurser enables the ultimate safe bottlefeeding experience.
The Adiri Natural Nurser Bottle Set has even won the 2008 Medical Design Excellence Award!
Via: Eco Child's Play
Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

April 23, 2008

Toby + Rei: Eco-Friendly Clothes and Accessories for You and Your Baby

blnaket-mood-shot.jpgToby and Rei is a company out of Massachusetts featuring eco-friendly clothes and accessories for you and your baby. Toby and Rei's Baby Blanket is made of super soft bamboo fleece (70%) and organic cotton (30%). This thick blanket is aesthetically pleasing with Toby and Rei's signature mother bird and baby bird satin stitch embroidery on the center patch. This blanket is sure to become a comfort object of any young child. Designers Alanna Mallon and Kate Browning explain their inspiration:
as fashion designers, we are aware of the impact that standard growing and harvesting practices have on our natural environment, and want to provide an alternative to concerned consumers. as young mothers, we want to leave a positive legacy for our own children and the planet that they will inhabit.
To learn more, visit Toby and Rei's blog!
Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

February 26, 2008

Avoid Hot Beverages in Plastic Bottles

2008-01-30_120200-TreeHugger-babybottles.jpg The harmful effects of Bisphenol-A (BPA) have been known for some time now. A study released last month by the University of Cincinnati released states that BPA leaching from plastic containers increases greatly with hot liquids. According to Globe and Mail,
The finding suggests that parents sterilizing polycarbonate baby bottles by heating them in water or in a microwave may be inadvertently increasing the amount of the estrogen-mimicking chemical leaching from the containers. It also indicates hikers who use the bottles as a thermos to store hot tea or liquids may be doing the same. The addition of boiling water increased BPA migration rates by up to 55-fold compared with water at room temperature...
If you are a coffee or tea drinker, try using a stainless steel travel mug. This is a great option to use instead of wasteful, paper/styrofoam cups and is a safer alternative to reusable plastic mugs and bottles. This mug is made with fair labor practices, including paying fair wages.

For children and babies, try the Klean Kanteen Sippy Cup and the Born Free Baby Bottles.

Treehugger- "Hot Water + Polycarbonate Bottles = More Gender-Benders"
Z Recommends- "Breaking News: Boiling Water Increases BPA Leaching by Factor of 55"
Z Recommends- "The Z Report on BPA in Children's Feeding Products, Third Edition"

Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

November 29, 2007

Astrotot: Organic with a Sense of Humor

ATFOSH-BS-ON-PH.jpgGone are the days when organic cotton meant hippy dippy. There are A LOT of folks using organic cotton for their baby clothes these days. So a parent can be discerning.

Astrotot now makes an organic line of baby clothes and kids t-shirts with a sense of humor. According to the press release for the new organic baby gear,

Astrotot prides itself on providing uniquely funny, insightful and expressive infant and toddler gift wear while supporting sustainable cotton farming practices and ecologically responsible printing methods....All designs are printed in-house using a revolutionary eco-friendly digital printing process and packaged in distinctive gift boxes made of recycled cardboard.

ATWEDG-BS-ON-PH.jpgWe haven't seen the shirts in-person, but on the website they look to be high quality. And "I Have a Wedgie" and "Fo'Shizzle" are pretty darn funny.

Be sure to select from the organic line, if that's what you're after; other shirts are sweat-shop-free American Apparel, but not organic.

Now through December 15th, Astrotot is offering free shipping on orders over $40.

At Astrotot.

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

November 26, 2007

Arabella Miller Kids T-Shirts - Now Shipping to U.S.!

Good news, organic t-shirt fans. Alison at Arabella Miller just wrote to let us know she is now shipping her adorable organic cotton kids t-shirts to the U.S.

We blogged about Arabella Miller's fun graphic kids t-shirts last month. As you'll recall, they're so organic (cotton, ink, etc.) that they're soil-certified. And, just as importantly, they're (almost) as cute as the sweet little muffin you're going to put in them. At the time, we lamented that they were only available in the U.K. Well, it's a global world. Yippee!

We especially like the new long-sleeve t-shirts, pictured here, which have a cool, retro baseball shirt look. Nice.

Shipping to the U.S. costs seven pounds. Not a bad deal when you consider that overnight domestic FedEx is about the same.

Available at Arabella Miller.

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

November 8, 2007

Natursutten Rubber Pacifiers - BPA-Free

Got an email from the folks at Zoe b Organic about their new Natursutten all-natural rubber pacifiers. Imported from Europe, the pacifiers are made from pure, natural rubber from the tree Hevea brasiliensi. They include no artificial color, parabens, PVC, or phtalates and they're BPA-free.

According to entry on the Zoe b Organic blog,

Rubber pacifiers are softer than those made from silicone. Plus Natursutten pacifiers are extremely hygienic because they're molded in one piece--which means no joints or cracks where bacteria can accumulate. I'm happy and quite relieved to have found a natural alternative to conventional pacifiers on the market, just in time for our daughter-to-be.

Available at Zoe b Organic.

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

November 1, 2007

Blirt Kids Shirts and Pants Available at Barneys

Kathleen Tracy from Blirt just wrote to let us know that starting today Barneys New York (and Chicago and Los Angeles) will be carrying Blirt's infant and toddler shirts and pants.

We're big fans of Blirt's wordplay designs - available in t-shirts and longsleeve t's - designed to introduce kids to the playfulness of the English language. (Check out our Blirt t-shirt review from last May.)

And, we like it that Blirt shirts are made of 100% organic cotton, using non-toxic dyes and are water-base silk-screened (a more environmentally friendly process). According to Tracy, the decision to go organic wasn't part of the original business plan until Blirt ran into some delays sourcing the shirts:

During the delays, we learned about conventional cotton farming and were dismayed to find that it is actually one of agriculture’s most environmentally destructive activities. So the decision to go organic was really a no-brainer.

We're glad to hear it, and glad to hear that that Barneys will be carrying Blirt's kids shirts and pants. Sounds like there's a market for "organic without the crunch" baby wear. Hallelujah!

Available at Blirt and in-store at Barneys.

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

October 29, 2007

Sheryl Crow's Eco-Friendly Baby Shower

eco-baby shower.jpegThinking about throwing an eco-friendly baby shower? Get tips from Wee Generation, a collaboration between Seventh Generation, Baby Style and Healthy World Healthy Child.

The site features a video of party planner Traci Phillips talking about how she planned a green baby shower for Sheryl Crow's son Wyatt. Among the tips:

- Use local foods
- Avoid paper products or use recycled, recyclable tableware
- Wrap presents in reusable grocery bags or cloth diapers tied with a bow
- Have guests sign an organic baby t-shirt instead of a guestbook

Get more tips and check out the video at Wee Generation.

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

October 22, 2007

Arabella Miller Organic Kids T-Shirts

arabella miller t-shirt.jpg
Alison Rothwell just wrote in to tell us about her new company, Arabella Miller, making organic cotton t-shirts for babies and toddlers. The shirts are made of organic cotton, and even organic ink. And the designs are awesome. Check out "Puppy Love," one of our favorites, at right.

Arabella Miller
is located in the UK (and, alas, doesn't currently ship to US locations), but UK orders ship for free!

Order at Arabella Miller.

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

October 10, 2007

Kee-Ka Launches New Website - Baby Bedding and More!

Kristi at Kee-Ka wrote in last month to let us know they've launched their new website.

We're big fans of the Brooklyn-based company's organic cotton baby clothing and accessories (totally cute graphics and sooo soft!). The new site features Kee-Ka's new organic cotton crib bedding collection, hooded towels and even cute little tank tops for your pet! (We saw a sneak preview of the pet gear over the summer, and it's adorable!)

Check it out at Kee-Ka.

Read our reviews of Kee-Ka baby clothes and accessories:

Bodysuit, Bib and Burpcloth Gift Set

Organic Cotton Baby Blanket

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

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