October 2, 2007

Klean Kanteen Sippy Cup - BPA-Free for the Whole Family

stainless-sippy-cup.jpgBPA-free drinking vessels aren't just for babies and grown-ups. Check out your toddler's sippy cups to make sure they don't contain the dangerous chemical compound found in hard plastics. (Here's how to tell.)

We first started paying attention to the risks of Bisphenol-A earlier this month when we realized the bottles we were using for our baby were made of the hard plastic associated with the chemical. We've since replaced our hard plastic baby bottles with BPA-free soft plastic bottles and recycled our old Nalgene bottles in favor of Klean Kanteen stainless steel water bottles. Next up? BPA-free stainless steel sippy cups.

The Klean Kanteen stainless steel sippy cup is safe and non-leaching, with no epoxy coating on the inside of the bottle. It comes with a non-leaching #5 polypropylene adaptor and #5 polypropylene sippy spout. (The Klean Kanteen Sippy Cup also works with the Avent Sippy Spouts - two of which are included - and is dishwasher safe. ) When your child outgrows the sippy spout, you can replace it with any other Klean Kanteen cap.

Available at Klean Kanteen.

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

September 10, 2007

Safe Alternatives for Baby: New Site for Parents

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Sandra Blum just wrote in to let us know about the launch of a new site for parents concerned making safe and healthy choices for their children - Safe Alternatives for Baby. She writes:
With this blog, we wish to shine the light from potentially harmful or toxic choices we may unknowingly make for our children, onto safer alternatives. We hope to inspire parents to become as aware as possible.

Initial entries focus on sunblock, water filters, baby wipes and pacifiers.

Good luck to Sandra and her partner Samantha on the new site. Sandra and Samantha, welcome to the blogosphere! Keep us posted.

Read more at Safe Alternatives for Baby.

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

September 7, 2007

Erbaorganics Review Coming Soon!

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The folks at Erbaorganics just sent along a care package containing samples of their mommy-to-be and baby skincare products. The company's products are worth checking out because they're free of parabens, pesticides, artificial colorings and fragrances and many are USDA-certified organic. Look for our reviews in the next week or so!

Get more info at Erbaorganics.

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

August 3, 2007

Weekend Reading: The Diaper-Free Baby

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The book's premise is that babies are aware from birth of their need to go to the bathroom, and that they give off certain cues - just as they give cues when they want to eat or need to be burped. By learning those cues, and responding to them - a process called elimination communication - parents can toilet train their kids at a very young age (even as infants).

Practicing elimination communication takes a lot of work and a lot of patience. But the book argues that there are benefits (financial, ecological and emotional) to using it even just periodically -- and offers advice for full-time, part-time and occasional practitioners.

Buy The Diaper-Free Baby.

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

July 30, 2007

Little Green Star: Organic Cotton Baby T's with a Message

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Victoria Holland, co-founder of Little Green Star, just wrote to tell us about the company's line of organic cotton baby t-shirts, designed to inspire and educate -- and bring a smile to your eco-conscious face.

Shirts are emblazoned with cute graphics and statements like "Water Pollution Makes Me Crabby," "My Other Stroller is a Hybrid," and "My Dad Recycles More than Your Dad."

All shirts are printed on 100% organic cotton using non-toxic water-based ink. Too cute.

Available at Little Green Star.

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

July 9, 2007

La Queue du Chat at By Nature

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Okay, U.K. readers, I'm jealous. By Nature sent an email to let us know that La Queue du Chat's fall baby collection is available, and it's about as cute as can be.

The clothes and baby accessories are fair trade, made in India of organic cotton. The animal graphics are completely adorable.

La Queue du Chat baby clothes available at By Nature.

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

June 26, 2007

Under the Nile Carrot Teething Toy

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Tee, hee. This cracks me up.

The 100% organic cotton carrot teething toy from Under the Nile is great first toy for your baby to chew on. No pesticides or chemicals used in the production process. Totally adorable and completely friendly.

A nice way to teach your kids to eat their vegetables. Even before they have teeth to chew 'em with.

Buy Under the Nile's Organic Cotton Carrot Teething Toy.

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

June 25, 2007

Little Twig Organic Baby Wash

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One of our favorite baby shower gifts: Little Twig Organic bath and body products for babies. A couple of friends bought us Little Twig Tangerine Body Wash. The smell is terrific -- light and clean and lovely -- and the packaging is too cute for words.

Little Twig products are developed with the advice of pediatricians and real-life parents as a safe and natural bath time alternative. They use organic and botanical ingredients that are pure and gentle for sensitive baby skin. Each year Little Twig chooses a charitable organization benefiting children's issues and donates a portion of its profits to help bring awareness (as well as time and marketing) to their cause.

Dermatologist-tested Tangerine Body Wash contains skin-softening Vitamin E, skin-soothing calendula, and citrus and rosemary.

ArrowContinue reading: "Little Twig Organic Baby Wash"

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

June 12, 2007

gDiapers: Not Cloth or Disposable

feet-bum.jpgWe've written about chlorine-free disposable diapers and re-usable diapers. But we have to admit, we haven't come down on either side yet for our own soon-to-arrive little bundle.

We don't want our diapers filling landfills. But we don't really want to deal with the mess (not to mention the energy use) involved in washing cloth diapers either.

Which is why we were excited to read about gDiapers in the Whole Foods Whole Baby Guide. (And then even more excited to hear that our friend Alexis is using -- and loving them!)

gDiapers consist of a soft cloth outer pant and a plastic-free, chlorine-free flushable refill. They come in several cute colors and patterns, and evidently breathe more than regular disposables, which translates into less diaper rash.

Available at Whole Foods and online at gDiapers.

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

May 22, 2007

Blirt Organic Cotton Baby Clothes - Review

Kathleen from Blirt sent along a sample of her fabulously hip organic cotton baby clothes. Holy moly - how adorable!

We got a long-sleeve tee with a design based on the expression "Fish Out of Water." The clothes come wrapped in neat brown paper bag packaging with a rope cord and the Blirt logo -- kind of like the kind used for whole coffee beans, but way hipper. The shirt is super-soft cotton, with the "Fish Out of Water" graphic and the expression written out on a stitched label underneath. It comes with a little booklet explaining the meaning of figure of speech.

As we mentioned, this is a shirt you'll feel great wrapped your baby in and snuggling up to. The cotton feels great against your skin and Blirt's non-toxic dyeing and screening process ensures that the only thing touching your baby or toddler's skin is soft organic fabric.

Maybe partly because of the dyeing process, the shirts come in a more natural range of colors than your typical baby gear. "Fish Out of Water" is olive green with baby blue design; other shirts in the collection are brown, light blue, granite - hip, natural colors for hip, natural kids.

As we mentioned in our earlier Blirt post, the shirts are made of 100% organic cotton, using fair trade labor practices. So you can feel good about your purchase while your kid looks good. Super cute, and a nice gift for eco-conscious parents-to-be. As an added bonus, shipping is free!

Available at Blirt.

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

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