Tag: baby bath

Weleda, take me away!

As the resident beauty product maven around here, I’ve always wondered why so many bath and beauty products include calendula. I mean, how powerful can a pretty little yellow flower be? I also wonder how they get the oil out of a rosehip, how they keep lotion from separating, and why unicorns don’t exist. At least three of these four questions will be answered for me (and you) next week by biodynamic powerhouse Weleda. I am thrilled to have been invited to tour the largest medicinal garden in the world this week at the Weleda Naturals Headquarters in Swabisch...

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Protecting little heads from UV rays, chlorine, and parabens too

I’m not one for fussing with my girls’ hair too much – if we remember to brush it in the morning that’s a good day. But I do know that the poor kids have inherited my frizzies, coupled with their dad’s thin hair, which is a great combo, especially in the summer. So Cozy has a nice protective conditioning mist with sunscreen that we’ve loved using this summer. I can just spray it on their hair after the bath, but because of the sunscreen, I think it’s best to keep in your beach bag or diaper bag for some...

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No nasty, icky, rotten, disgusting chemicals

There are loads of companies jumping on the eco bandwagon, but this is the first time I’ve ever heard of one that started in an eco village. Heck, this is the first time I’ve heard of an eco village! But this is indeed where New Zealanders Melanie and Malcolm Rands developed an ecostore of earth-friendly products for their neighbors 15 years ago. And now those products have made it over to us, even if the closest I have to an eco village are my recycling and compost bins. I found their brand of baby shampoo rinses nice and quickly,...

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Yes, carrots. YES!

I’m not in the habit of talking to vegetables unless I’m pregnant and singing a love song to my tempura zucchini. Still, I find myself saying yes to Yes to Baby Carrots several times a day lately. Maybe you’ve seen the orange-splashed Yes to Carrots brand at your local drugstore or SuperTarget and wondered what the big deal was. The deal is this: Organic veggie extracts, 100% natural ingredients, and a complete absence of parabens, petroleum, and SLS. All now with a line made just for babies. Are you shouting YES, CARROTS yet? Because I totally am. My favorite...

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Those Turks definitely know their cotton

When I had my son I received tons of hooded towels that looked like duckies and froggies as baby gifts. They scored high marks on cuteness (and thoughtfulness)  but fell way short when it came to absorbency. Dribs oversized hooded baby bath towels are made from 100% organic Turkish cotton that is soft and cushiony to dry off your baby super fast. And, unlike my own baby towels, these are substantial enough for when your baby is old enough to take baths on his own. The organic cotton is a neutral beige, with a variety of pretty trim colors...

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Even burly babies love Smoochie.

We call my baby Big Hoss because he’s burly and loves all things rugged– trucks, Star Wars, and motorcycles. But when it’s diaper changing time, Big Hoss is now a fan of sweet, sweet Smoochie Baby. This baby body care line from the uber-cool store in Brooklyn includes all the perennial favorites — lotion, soap, shampoo/body wash, massage oil, diaper balm, and more. All products are hand-made with love and affection in Canada and include gentle, all-natural ingredients. Our favorite is the Sweet Cheeks Talcum-Free Powder, which uses a delightful Japanese recipe of arrowroot powder, kaolin clay, and lavender...

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Organic hair and body products that smell like heaven. Not earth.

Babo the bunny won’t put up with animal testing. He wants everything to be vegan and organic, and he believes that hair and body solutions for kids should be just as high-quality as the products used by adults. Sheesh, Babo. No wonder you started your own line. Babo Botanicals is a line of delicious natural hair and body products made by hand on a certified organic farm in upstate New York. The brain behind Babo, Kate Solomon, has over 10 years of experience designing products for L’Oreal and Avon. But here’s the most important thing: Everything smells phenomenal. And...

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Turns out pampering does come in a tube

I love the way my kids smell after their bath; all of their products — shampoo, soap, lotion — have light, fresh scents. Bath lines for grownups can be cloying in comparison, but baby bath products don’t work on my super dry skin. Thank goodness for the Glowology line of products from one of our favorites, Noodle and Boo. It’s a perfect marriage of clean scent and heavy duty moisturizers. Glowology products — everything from a basic body wash and lotion to a delicious sugar scrub and super moisturizing body balm — are hypoallergenic and free of potentially harmful...

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A natural way to keep the lice away. (Ew. I know.)

I first discovered Fairy Tales Hair Care when our one awesome local kids hair cutter – the one who didn’t cut my girls’ bangs on a 45-degree angle with what I imagine to be a rusty butter knife – insisted that it was the greatest stuff on earth. Since then, we’ve been fans of their natural, organic-packed products like the  Leave-On Conditioner which takes care of my youngest daughter’s recurring dreadlock (grrr) and the non-sticky Curly-Q Natural Hair Gel which my girls simply call “Goop.” So I was intrigued to learn about Fairy Tales’ Rosemary Repel shampoo and conditioner...

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The hot new baby gifts of 2010, courtesy of Hoppop

We saw a whole lot of baby gear (a lot) at the ginormous ABC Kids Show in Las Vegas last summer, but very little stays with us all these months later. One exception however, is the cheerful European Hoppop Baby gear, which Kristen, Julie and I all made a beeline for, and ever since, we’ve been waiting–impatiently–for its US release. Well hallelujah–it’s here!–and we get to be the first to tell you about it. This collection of registry-ready baby and kids gear is just beautifully designed, but equally as practical. The anchor product is a very innovative diaper bag...

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Makes kids out of the bath as cute as they are in it.

My daughter has a crazy affection for her little bathrobe, especially now while the mornings are cold. She throws it on over her pajamas for breakfast, and there’s something so sweet about it to me – as if a bathrobe makes every morning feel like a lazy Sunday, even as we have to get dressed, pack lunch, and get off to school precisely 8 minutes after the spoon clinks down in the empty cereal bowl. Poking around this week I came across the Dwell Studio toddler bathrobes and just swooned. The sparrow and paper doll designs are clearly for...

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Sweet knees and elbows and cheeks and bum.

The best part of bathing my baby is breathing him in afterward — but it does call into question exactly what’s in those bubbles and that bum cream anyway. The skin care artisans at Sweet Knee keep no secrets — all of their carefully-selected yummy ingredients are spelled out clearly and are recognizable even to a sleep-deprived mama.  I especially love the Oatmeal Cookie Bath, and the Bun Glaze, made with marshmallow leaf and calendula flowers. But what really sets Sweet Knee apart is their focus on humanity at large. They consider growing methods and worker conditions when choosing...

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Natural baby products – The more the merrier

When my local supermarket carries twenty different baby skin care lines, it’s clear there’s a lot to choose from out there. I can’t keep track of what should or should not go on my baby’s skin and who is or who isn’t using the most environmentally-friendly manufacturing methods. I can, however, notice when a baby is clean. And when a baby smells amazing. And when a baby’s skin is not irritated by all the stuff I’m rubbing on it. Green Elly, a cool new parent-run brand, has put out an ultra-green baby skin care line that I just love. They have two kinds of natural baby wash, a silky baby body cream, and yummy diaper balm. And a portion of the proceeds from their baby massage gel, which Green Elly designed for use in massage therapy for kids with special needs, goes towards autism research. Their products are free of all the common skin irritants, parabens, phthalates and fragrances, and the divine smell comes from natural shea butter and essential oils. Look through the website and you can find all sorts of information about what makes their company green and their kids’ bath products safe for delicate baby skin. But I was convinced when, 5 minutes after smoothing the lotion on my boy’s red cheeks, they were no longer irritated. And he was asleep....

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Goat milk soaps – a family affair

When I was in Maine a couple of years ago, I found the most incredible handmade goats’ milk soap at a farmer’s market. I’m such an idiot for not scribbling down the name, because I haven’t been able to track it down again. But recently, I found something equally as wonderful from just a few thousand miles down the road. The ten-member Jonas family of Indiana makes delicious, all-natural goat milk soap from their very own prize Alpine dairy goats — so cool! I tried out some of my favorite flavors like lavender and grapefruit (I’m definitely not the...

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Just when you thought there was nothing new in the world of baby wash cloths

Since falling in love with muslin swaddling blankets, I’ve donated most of my daughter’s other blankets to my kids’ play bin. So when Jessica Burros of the shop Bambino Land told me she was designing muslin wash cloths, I scrambled to get my hands on them — and they did not disappoint. If you can manage to wean yourself off terry, you’ll find the super soft muslin squares are perfect for wee baby bums, but are still large enough to work for older kids. They’re extremely durable but get softer after each wash, so unless you’ve got a washcloth...

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Where tea time and bath time come together.

I dug into my Mother’s Day stash of bubble baths recently only to realize that they are filled with tons of artificial chemicals and additives. Hardly a relaxing thought. Cyan Bonacci must have felt the same way since she created Lee-Lai Bathing Teas, which really are all natural. Although A Little Lovin’ Calendula Milk Bath is technically for babies, I decided that if the blend of lavender buds, oats, calendula flowers and milk powder can relieve diaper rash and soothe a baby’s sensitive skin, it would probably work wonders on own winter-ravaged body. Behold, it did. Plus it smelled...

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There’s a bug in my tub

You’d think after spending at least ten minutes before bath time last night rinsing and cleaning out the bath toys, we would have invested in a new bath toy holder.  We lost our last one to broken suction cups and the one before that to size. Seriously, we have a lot of toys! So at the top of this week’s must-buy list is Boon’s new lady bug bath pod. Similar to their frog pod, the lady bug bath storage container attaches to your bathroom wall, keeping those baby soaps and shampoos organized, and toys dripping dry. Just remove the...

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Baby washcloth 2.0

All three of my kids love to take baths.  Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean they love to wash themselves. Enter MiniMitts by BellyLaf. These cute bamboo/cotton blend wash mitts are the eco-friendly version of traditional bath mitts. Embellished with your choice of cute sea creatures, you’ll find your kids can scrub themselves way easier with these mitts than with a baby washcloth. If you’ve got a baby, then try Grippees which has little silicone gripping dots strategically placed at the heel of the hand  right where I need it when wrangling a slippery, squirming baby who’s determined to elude my...

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Hare brush! Get it?

That old wives’ tale about heartburn being a sign that your baby will be born with a head full of hair didn’t work out so well for me. I had twenty-seven months of fiery heartburn and three bald babies. But for luckier mamas who’ve got something besides peach fuzz to coif, check out the new Hare Baby Comb & Brush set from our favorite little-mom-run-company-gone-big, Skip Hop.  The wide-toothed comb and soft-bristle brush look like bunny ears when placed in the base, which has a shatter-proof mirrored bottom (for admiring oneself, of course). Plus it’s BPA, Phthalate and PVC...

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Hooded baby towels that actually do what a hooded baby towel is supposed to do. Shocking.

Hooded towels are pretty much a requisite baby registry purchase, but most of the big shops that moms register with offer the thinnest, scratchiest, least absorbent towels in the world. I know. I’ve been there, as have my poor shivering kids. So you’d better hope your baby shower guests make a detour over Mia Belle Baby for their most excellent double-layered hooded baby towel. Big, thirsty, and deliciously soft, it’s a must-have in the bathroom or next to the pool. The absorbent terry is on the inside, and a bathrobe-like knit on the outside keeps it extra-warm. But what...

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