Month: April 2009

Teething Washcloth 2.0

Since my daughter decided to be a super overachiever and cut two teeth before her six month birthday, I’ve been scrambling to find teethers beyond the frozen bagels, carrots, and celery that I used on my other two. But thanks to Bodhi Babies organic cotton teething cloths, her suffering (and mine) has been much diminished. The adorable box contains three baby and toddler sized teething cloths hand made from organic cotton terry. Just stick them in a bit of water, pop them in the freezer, and you’ve got the perfect gum soother or ice pack for those big kid...

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When you need your own personal children’s librarian

What happens when you need to find a book on heroes the night before your kid needs it for kindergarten? After you’ve exhausted our favorite children’s books, you can do what I did and check out the selections in What to Read When, by LitLife founder Pam Allyn. This meta-book about books is divided into 50 themes, from bullying to spirituality to a bad day. Find your category, read the summaries and pick your winner. From Allyn’s words to my library hold — it sure beats prying the trashy cartoon books out of my daughter’s hands at 6 PM....

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Earth Day Pick – Worried about melamine in your children’s plates? Yeah, so are we.

When I first discovered Smiling Planet, I was instantly smitten by this mom and pop company’s avid commitment to teaching children respect for the environment through artful, eco-friendly housewares. Essentially Freddy and Olivia Deane have devised a way to make dishes out of a recycled polypropylene plastic that’s free of BPA, Phthalates, melamine and all that other stuff you hear about in scary news stories these days. Even the packaging is eco-d up the whazoo. Each plate features a different illustration from the Smiling Planet children’s book they designed about being good to the Earth. Take a look and...

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Earth Day Pick – Barley & Birch. They mean green

I’m a sucker for cute kids’ tees. You can tell by taking one look at my kids’ drawers…er floor. And one of my new favorite eco designers, Barley & Birch, is doing amazing things with photography to create beautiful t-shirts for kids, right along with a corporate responsibility program that should make light green brands blush. Organic cotton children’s tees, onesies, pants and hats feature beautiful bright designs, like Wave (pictured) or my other stand out favorite, Flowers. But I really I love that the company is seriously committed to being as environmentally friendly as possible, even sourcing production...

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Earth Day Pick – Children’s furniture they can doodle on

I had the dizzying pleasure of attending the mammoth Toy Fair in February, and one thing that seemed to be everywhere was cardboard. Of all of them, my favorite was easily the U.S.-made Elia Mini Chair Kit which takes this basic material and turns it into a piece of kid-size furniture. Easy to assemble and super sturdy, the chair holds up to 200 pounds, so don’t worry if you want to test it out yourself. And with Earth Day right around the corner, I appreciate that husband-and-wife Rey Tabarrok and Michael Gross use primarily post-consumer recycled content to make...

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Earth Day Pick – Eco barrettes that are way prettier than they might sound

I never really thought the words “eco” and “barrette” would be used in the same sentence, that is until I was introduced to the felt hair clips at Sophia Bella Mia. At first glance, you might think they look like any other cute girl’s floral barrettes, but actually, these hair clips are handcrafted from eco-fi felt, a fiber created from 100% post consumer recycled plastic bottles. Cool, right? Of course, you’d never know it thanks to beautiful saturated colors and lovely beaded details. Add the little optional strip of velcro for your sparsely haired babe, and you’ll be sure...

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Earth Day Pick: Great outdoor toys for the great outdoors

The first thing I noticed about Colorado’s Sprig Toys is that they smell like fresh-cut wood, even while they look like strong molded plastic. Turns out I was right on both counts–their special “Sprigwood” is an eco-friendly, kid-safe material made from both recycled wood and reclaimed plastic. The toy dump truck, excavator and loader have all the functionality of more expensive trucks, only with no paint to chip and no batteries to replace. And the Sprig Hollow line of toys come with detachable, waterproof tools like chunky shovels and rakes making them perfect for the beach. This wonderful world of...

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Earth Day, now with extra Earth Day-iness

Oh, the fun we’re going to have on Earth Day tomorrow here. We have so many amazing eco-friendly products here to give away to readers this week, that we had this crazy idea — how about we’ll feature all five of them tomorrow? Then we thought just to make it a little more interesting, we’ll stagger the reviews through the day, and any entries in the first hour of posting will count as TWO entries to double your chances to win. This way we’re honoring the mamas who for whatever reason are stuck behind a computer tomorrow, and not...

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I can’t believe it’s not butter or eggs or nuts or high fructose corn syrup

I knew that I had found a winner with Home Free’s line of allergy-free treats when I stole the last cookie before the kids came back into the room for more. At that moment, I would never have guessed that there was anything “missing” from these whole-grain cookies, but there is: They’re missing milk, egg, nuts, high fructose corn syrup and artificial stuff. After much taste-testing, my daughter has decided that her favorites are the big crunchy chocolate chocolate chip cookies, while I’m partial to the soft oatmeal cookies. I also like the “mini” size cookies for the younger...

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Baby got back carrier

Caring for three kids under four on my own for more days than I care to think about makes outings extremely difficult. And while I definitely make use of my double stroller, whipping that out while putting my youngest in a baby carrier is a dance I don’t often like to do. Enter Kokopax, an amazing modern take on the traditional backpack baby carriers. You might think that a back carrier is not very versatile for all but the most avid hikers. But the beauty of the Kokopax is that not only can you get your baby or toddler...

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