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Wednesday
May012013

Babo Botanicals Clear Zinc Sunscreen

We were admittedly very excited when we heard about Babo Botanicals’ Clear Zinc Sunscreen with no nano particles. We also admit we were skeptical. But this product has surpassed any of our expectations of what a good sunscreen should be. Not only is is effective against sunburn (30 SPF) but it is completely natural and safe for children. The formula goes on clear, so no worries about the white mask effect from most zinc sunscreens. Aided by the addition of organic oils, it absorbs quickly and soothes the skin … and it even has a pleasant scent. Another plus? Babo Botanicals zinc sunscreen is not greasy at all! This may just be the perfect sunscreen on the market … at least we will tout it as so!

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Wednesday
May012013

Calma Bottle by Medela

The BPA-free Calma bottle from Medela is a great option for breastfeeding mothers who need to switch to a bottle occasionally.  Calma is unique in that it helps avoid confusion between the breast and bottle because it is designed to mimic natural feeding behavior. Our tester found no issues from getting right back to the breast after using this bottle, and we attribute that to the fact that the baby can pause and breathe normally during feeding due to the vacuum that is created. Although natural nursing is best, for those times when a bottle with breastmilk must be used, Calma is a viable choice.

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Wednesday
May012013

Babo Botanicals Soothing Diaper Cream

Another great product from Babo Botanicals, the all-natural Soothing Diaper Cream is the alternative to chemical- and alcohol-laden diaper creams. Made with oatmilk and calendula, this cream treats and soothes more than just diaper rashes. Plus, it is effective on eczema and other skin conditions as well as dry scalp! We are impressed with its smooth and creamy texture and how quickly we were able to calm down persistent skin flare-ups. Babo Botanicals has created the perfect diaper cream formula – allergy, paraben and phthalate free with no nut oils, synthetic fragrances or man-made chemicals – they have it all covered!

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Wednesday
Jan162013

Kicky Pants Clothing

One of our long-time favorite lines of clothing, Kicky Pants never ceases to make us happy! Their soft and sustainable, cozy and comfortable styles are like home in a world of children’s clothing that is over-processed and filled with busy character prints. Made from eco-friendly and sustainable bamboo fabric, Kicky Pants clothing is breathable and delicate even on baby’s skin. Bamboo is perfect for any season, helping to keep your child warm in winter and cool in summer. We are especially impressed at how warm and snuggly our 5-year-old felt wearing her bamboo jammies in the middle of a frigid winter. An added bonus is that your child won’t be inundated with all those yucky chemicals found in most clothing and sleepwear.

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Wednesday
Jan162013

Petites Frites Burp Cloths

Petites Frites products claim to be made with love… and we must say that it shows! Also made in the U.S.A., the unique fabric used to create these chic burp cloths is made with natural, unbleached fibers and low-impact, metal-free dyes. We fell in love with the softness and were proud to carry around such a beautiful, well-made staple of motherhood that otherwise is typically quite boring and full of bleached fibers. The durability of Petite Frites burp cloths is also a plus – as much as you may not want to soil these beauties you will be happy to know they will last a long time. We appreciated their larger size, too, which can be used also as a bib or later for a doll blanket!

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Wednesday
Jan162013

Remo Lollipop Drum

Three sizes of super loud fun! While these are intended, or safety-rated for 3+, these adorable hand-held drums are perfect for kids of all ages to be loud and make sound while practicing hand-eye coordination. These colorful frame drums (mallet included) look like giant lollipops and each size (6”, 8” & 10”) is tuned to a different pitch.

As a parent, the only down side to adding these to your musical repertoire is that big kids can make a room very noisy very quickly! My advice… the bigger the kid, the more space they need… so take ‘em out to the yard and there they can bang to their hearts content!

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Wednesday
Jan162013

Wonderworld’s Speedy Flamingo 

My 1-year-old son grabbed this bright and light walking toy immediately and began pulling it behind him. Clearly, he was supposed to push it because it’s a walker… so I placed the multicolored Speedy Flamingo in front of him and because he thinks it’s a duck, off he went, walking and quacking and laughing all at the same! A total hit!

The legs move up and down as it’s pushed and the plush flamingo comes off easily without tearing. The wood, glue and paint used to create this cheery mobility toy are eco friendly and non-toxic as all Wonderwold Toys strive to be. This toy is well made and gender neutral, making it a great gift idea that can be a future hand-me-down!

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Monday
Sep242012

Dolphin Organics Baby Wash

Gentle sudsing bath time bubbles in a compact travel set is an adventurous mom’s best friend. Headed out for a family camping trip and afraid the castile soap is a bit too harsh for baby’s skin? No problem! Take the Dolphin Organics’ Ready-To-Go Travel Set in Simply Citrus. It contains a natural sponge, shampoo + conditioner combo, hypoallergenic lotion, bubble bath (better for the cabin tub than the campsite sink!) and a deeper conditioner all in an eco-friendly mesh bag. And rest easy, because Dolphin Organics produces only organic products from their family owned and run US business that donates a portion of each purchase to not-for-profit charities such as “Friends of Karen” that assists families with critically ill children. 

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Monday
Sep242012

Precious Few on Earth T-Shirts

My son is cute… but my son is REALLY cute in a striped, exotic animal jersey t-shirt made from recycled and organic materials! Precious Few on Earth makes three-dimensional appliques of an endangered species, like a Great White or a Hammerhead Shark, and sews it in the middle of the chest of these soft, long- and short-sleeved baby and toddler Ts. The appliques are 3-D so kids can start to notice the animal’s parts and ask questions. These shirts are both a learning experience and a conscious buy! (Visit Earth's Endangered for an up-to-date list of the world’s endangered species.)

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