Tag: non-toxic

Build your own monster, no lightning storm necessary

It’s alive! And it’s adorable. And you don’t need any pesky lightning to bring it to life. In fact, all you need are a few eye stalks, some munchy teeth, and possibly some adorable chevrons and stripes, because of course monsters come in chevrons and stripes. It’s 2013, after all. If you love eco-conscious, kid-safe blocks as much as we do, you won’t want to miss this collection of adorable monster body parts that can be stuck together in creative ways. We’ve covered Mad Scientist Blocks before, but these Stack N Scare wooden blocks from My Sweet Muffin really take...

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Non-toxic face paint for Halloween? We’ve got your witches and zombies covered.

On October 31st, I’ll look the other way when my kids pop their tenth fun-sized candy treat in their mouths, but I am trying to avoid smearing toxic face paints onto their faces before they head out the door. After reading that most face paints do contain toxins that can get into their bodies and irritate delicate skin, I’ve got my eyes on a safer option to go along with their Halloween costumes. GLOB Natural Face Paints will give my kids the color they want to turn them into a smiling cat or mean witch, without all the ick like...

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Method + Disney: The Happiest Bath On Earth

Hi ho, everybody! We’ve found a new, affordable 2-in-1 shampoo and body wash for kids that’s as squeaky clean and safe as Main Street, USA, even for tender skin. And it smells pretty good, too. The Mickey + Minnie 2-in-1 Shampoo + Body Wash is a big hit at our house thanks to fluffy bubbles, subtle but yummy scents, and ingredients that are healthy and safe. We’d expect no less from our pals at Method! We’ve been using the Strawberry Fizz and Lemonade scents separately and together (pink lemonade!) for a few weeks, and I’m glad to report that...

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Gorgeous wooden cars babies can drive. And chew.

We have always had a fondness for wooden toys for babies. There’s something so satisfying about them in every way, and they really hold up as heirlooms years later–I’ve got my own from 8 years ago that still look amazing on a shelf, and I couldn’t say that about anything plastic. These handmade wooden cars are so adorable, especially at just $14. I’d get both the triangle and the half circle, which together makes for an awesome little first birthday gift. They’re made from 20 kinds of wood and the finish is a natural linseed oil, so no worries about curious...

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Is it safe for babies to suck on keys? They are if they’re these keys.

I swear I am not Alarmist Mom. I did not plug every outlet when my kids were toddlers and my jeans were the only pacifier sterilizer I owned. But one thing I knew is that I didn’t want my kids sucking on keys, knowing that real keys may be one of the worst things for them to put in their mouths. And that includes the cat.    I’m so happy to see that CMP favorite Green Toys has expanded their baby toys line with a set of toy keys for babies that they can teethe on to their heart’s content, and...

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The elephant in the room: Actually a gorgeous new crib from Oeuf.

For years now, Oeuf has been known for its beautiful, modern nursery furniture that’s meant to last. I’m personally a huge fan of their Perch Bunk Bed (visit us sometime and see it in action) still could use the Oeuf Toy Store to wrangle the 8 zillion little toy pieces we have all over the place. Now, they have a brand new crib that is simply awesome. And not a zillion dollars either. While the new Oeuf Elephant Crib is not an IKEA $199 special, it’s not a mortgage payment either. Especially because the key aspect of the design...

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Nine Naturals: Because once you go all natural while pregnant, it’s hard to go back to crappy shampoo

I still remember the day I learned about sulfates, parabens, and phthalates and what they can do to unborn babies. I waddled into my bathroom, read the ingredients of my favorite products, shook my fist at nasty chemicals and the companies that put them in shampoo, and ran out to buy beauty supplies that were healthy and safe for pregnancy.  [don’t miss a special discount after the jump]   We first covered Nine Naturals when they debuted in 2009, and we jumped at the chance to try their new formulations for hair and body. The entire idea behind the...

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Life’s an organic bowl of cherries

My girls have this ridiculous obsession with lip balm. Considering how it’s actually on their lips (and thus, entering their digestive system, let’s be honest) I tend to be more conscientious about lip balm ingredients than even things like kids’ nail polishes. The brand new line of organic kids’ lip balms from eco-beauty fave Shelissa Organics is handcrafted in the US from organic and local plants, including sunflower oil, beeswax, coconut oil, and Vitamin E oil. No petroleum, no icky chemicals, no animal testing. It gets a big thumbs up from my kids–and the EWG cosmetics database. They feel pretty slick and rich going...

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Seventh Generation’s new baby products are eco-awesome

Long before I had kids, I was buying Seventh Generation products to clean my little apartment. I liked their earth-friendly business practices, their mindful selection of ingredients, and the fact that I could grab what I needed from the shelves of my local supermarket.  And though my kids are now beyond the baby stage, I was intrigued to hear that Seventh Generation has introduced a new line of baby bath and skin care products. Those of you with babies in the house will definitely like the eco-awesome offerings. Seventh Generation’s new line of baby bathtime and baby skin care...

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Safe and sunny spring cleaning round-up

Spring sunshine and open windows are wonderful…until we suddenly see the dirt and cobwebs that have been comfortably lurking in corners all winter. Here are some of our favorite ways to handle spring cleaning safely, especially when we all know babies and kids will be touching pretty much everything.   Our newest favorite counter cleaner is all natural and so safe that you can lick it–which I did. There’s a lot to like about iGozen, from its many uses around the house to the fact that it comes in adorable little powder packets in a handy storage box that...

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The household cleaner so safe that I licked it

If you’re worried about scary chemicals around the house, you’re going to love the new organic cleaner so safe that you can use it to wash fruit, shine the counter, or wipe out your dog’s ears. Or, yes, even lick it. And I know, because I totally licked it. For the record, it had no taste, which is kind of crazy considering the smell of most of my cleaning products. That says something right there. iGozen is an organic household cleaner made from 100% natural calcium particles straight from the ocean. It arrives in tidy packets all in a...

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Kid-friendly makeup even nervous moms can feel good about

I give up. My daughters like the idea of makeup as part of their dress-up routine. Uncle! Still, I insist on two things: it’s not for wearing to school, and it needs to be kid-friendly makeup, as in all-natural, with no harmful stuff. So I love a company putting together little organic cosmetic gift sets filled with just that. The Eco Princess kid-friendly makeup set is filled with all-natural and organic mineral makeup that’s free of sulfates, parabens, and other toxins (all of which I should probably be avoiding myself). While it doesn’t have as much as I was hoping...

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Shake, rattle, and drool: handcrafted heirloom baby rattles

Let me rattle off a few words for you to chew on: heirloom, handmade, safe, affordable. Also: pretty. These Heirloom Baby Rattles from Windfall Boutique on Etsy are everything you could possibly want in a baby toy–but at half the price you might expect to pay for something so classic, sturdy and beautiful. At only $16.50, each rattle is handmade of domestic cherry, walnut, and maple, laminated with food-safe glue, filled with jasmine rice, and finished with food-grade mineral oil. That means you get a toy that’s attractive, unique, and hard to break. It also requires no batteries, has no...

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Mineral makeup for tweens: sweet, soft and skin-smart

What does my daughter remember most from her big roller skating birthday party extravaganza? The fact that I let her wear makeup, something that’s never happened before. Not my makeup, of course. This new find for tweens and teens is adorable, made from especially gentle ingredients, and won’t send your little lady out looking like, um…a lady of the night. EyeDoll Chatter is the brainchild of two Atlanta sisters who wanted to create a truly interactive mineral makeup experience for girls. Available in cute, self-contained kits for eyes, cheeks, or lips, everything is skin-safe, food-safe, all-natural, and free from the...

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Baby-friendly bling: necklaces safe for little nibblers

When my son was a baby, he was fascinated by my jewelry–a fascination that led to his stuffing fistfuls of my necklaces into his curious mouth. Worried that my necklaces might be sporting some not-so-friendly chemicals, I stopped wearing them altogether. At the time, I didn’t have any other option–because I didn’t have any Chewbeads. Chewbeads, which we love so much you’ll find them in our Baby Shower Gift Guide, are every bling-crazy mom’s salvation. These non-toxic, silicone jewelry pieces are stylish for mama and intriguingly colorful (and mouth-safe) for babies who like to chomp. And now I’m loving...

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Non-toxic paint that is safe for your baby? Yes please.

Creating a cute, stylish nursery is supposed to be fun and invigorating. Then you find out all the places that toxic chemicals have taken over and it changes things a bit. If you’re like me, you want to cut some corners for your budget’s sake. But when it comes to paint, I think it’s totally worth it to spend a little more for something non-toxic. Lullaby Paints has developed a green, organic, baby-safe paint made specifically for expectant and newborn moms. I had high hopes for this product and giving it a try, thankfully, it exceeded my expectations. This paint...

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Honestly wonderful news for moms and babies

Editor’s note: Due to a few technical difficulties, the store will be running by end of May for individual purchases. I always love finding more choices for safe, non-toxic baby products for my family, which is exactly why I was so excited to discover The Honest Company a few months ago. It’s an amazing collaboration between green guru Chris Gavigan and eco-mama Jessica Alba. It’s also why I was thrilled that they partnered with us for our Mother’s Day Gift Guide. But while we adore their baby product monthly subscription bundles, we did wonder when they might start offering...

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Finally, a guide to safe products for moms and babies. Also, an excuse to shop.

If you’re like me and on your second or third (or more!) kid, you already know which products will keep you feeling beautiful while you’re pregnant, and keep baby bouncy once she’s out in the world. You probably also hiss and hide behind your arm like a vampire from sunlight when you hear words like “phthalate” and “paraben.” But there are plenty of parents who have yet to learn how to tailor their bath and beauty routines to pregnancy, much less to which pastel bottle of lotion is better for baby. Good news: this book’s got the low-down, not...

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Natural craft supplies that are as beautiful as what your kids create

As a mom, some of my fondest moments with my kids are creating arts and crafts together.  I’ve never met a kid that doesn’t like to get their little hands involved in a project–all the more reason I care about what ends up on those little hands. Introducing GLOB, makers of creative and beautiful craft supplies that are naturally made. The  paints and crayons all come from natural and biodegradable materials–even the paint cups are compostable.  So my kids will not only get a lesson in art, but one in conservation.   I also love that GLOB specializes in botanically crafted...

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Pirates vs Ninjas, the final showdown

Ready to put an end to the old question about how one man can defeat 10 ninjas? Well if he’s a pirate in the hands of a very good checker player, it’s not only possible, it’s likely. The pirates vs ninjas checkerboard from Brooklyn artist Anna Donado of Goosegrease, is amazing both in concept and in execution. It’s all handmade and handpainted using non-toxic materials. (She specializes in cake toppers, so one would presume that she knows a little something about non-toxic paints.) Of course 34 handmade characters, the checkerboard, and a little muslin bag for storage doesn’t come...

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