Tag: organic

Baby sun protection in handy blanket form

We rarely leave the house without our Rain or Shine Kids waterproof stroller blanket – whether it’s a cool fall picnic, winter jog, or spring walk in the park. And now, with their organic sun protection blanket, I think they’ve pretty much got us covered for summer too. Literally. This simple, organic cotton blanket is made from UPF 30+ fabric, which helps keep the sun rays away from your baby or kiddos without roasting them in a little fabric oven. So smart. And the extremely handy ties let you attach the blanket to your stroller, infant carrier, or infant...

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Summer means lollipops and monsters

As the air grows warmer, a slow smile spreads over my face. I’m not thinking about beach vacations or barbecues though. No, the thought balloon over my head says, Soon my kids will wear sandals, and I won’t have to hunt and wash and match all these godforsakenly irritating itty bitty socks. The new spring 2010 collection at Stride Rite will make those sun-starved piggies look and feel fabulous. I can’t say enough wonderful things about the newest kids’ shoes by Robeez (yes, they’re owned by Stride Rite now), especially the Lollipop Monsters that had a gaggle of teen...

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Made you Nook.

I’ve been known to be a bit, shall we say, obsessive, when it comes to finding healthy, environmentally-friendly products for my children. So when I stumbled upon Nook Sleep Systems, a brand-new line of baby and toddler mattresses and bedding, I was overjoyed for two reasons. One, these products look amazing. Two, turns out I’m not the only one obsessing over the health of my children. Nook will surely get any eco-mama drooling as much as I am. From an adorable eucalyptus and organic cotton Toddler Pillow, to a precious organic cotton NapSack, I love it all. But the...

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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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Happy 40th Earth Day! To celebrate, here are some of our favorite picks

Happy  40th Birthday, Earth Day! You look fabulous! Not a day over 29, honest. In honor of this big birthday, a great opportunity to teach our kids about the best ways to take care of this nice planet of ours, the EPA has put out a whole list of kids’ Earth Day activities. On top of that, I’m recycling some of my favorite Cool Mom Picks’ Earth Day picks from years gone by.   I have no plans to serve up a plate of BPA or other harmful plastics to my kids, which is why I love the eco-friendly, recycled plastic plates for...

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Beautiful organic children’s clothing priced like the not-so-organic clothing

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Shivani and Neha Gupta, the two young, talented sisters behind the organic children’s clothing line, Sama Baby, and let’s just say I’m glad I did. Although my kids might be more glad because they’re the ones who can fit in their beautiful, affordable, wearable, organic kids’ clothes. Did I mention affordable? Neha is a former design developer for Coach and her attention to detail shows in the lovely, soft fabrics, and the beautiful drape of the clothes. The girls’ collection includes plenty of baby layette basics in a sweet pink, cream and...

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Raising the reusable tote bar a little higher

With the reusable tote bag phenomenon in full swing, there are a lot of options out there, from the $.99 bags at the grocery store — that fall apart after a few weeks’ use by the way — to reusable bags that are organic, well made, and um, a whole lot better looking. Which brings us to Olive & Myrtle’s Recycled Cotton Tote Bags. If you are going to rock a reusable tote for eco- and human-friendliness, these are the ones. They are made with organic cotton, printed with water-based ink, and are Fair Wage and Fair Labor certified. ...

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2010 love makes the world go ’round.

Look at the 2010 love logo carefully and you’ll see how cool it is. And the thinking of the company behind the clever design is equally simple but striking: Make the world better in 2010. Do it through love. Which is what makes the 2010 love onesie a sweet keepsake for every baby born in this very special year. Made of 100% organic cotton and available through the Design Sisters Etsy shop, it’s a great baby shower gift to celebrate the joy and love babies bring to the world. In fact, 2010 love shirts are available for men, women,...

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A different kind of nesting

Writing for CMP I’m exposed to a ton of the most unique, clever and eco-friendly products around, but I have to admit, this may be the one that combines those three elements the best for me so far. The Baby Egg Nest by The Baby Bunch gets major props for its huge “oooooh,” and “awwww” factor, making it a perfect baby gift. The packaging itself is almost too cute to unwrap, but you’ll be glad you did. Inside there’s a tiny metallic bird’s nest, complete with soft moss-like lining. But the real gift are the three 100% organic cotton...

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Plum Organics baby food – Not just plums, but definitely just organics.

I will admit it: I was not one to puree my own baby food. Ever. It always seemed like a fabulous idea and I envied those moms who did, but as a working mom it was just more effort than I had the energy for. Fortunately, there are great organic brands out there like Plum Organics, that are definitely the next best thing to growing your own pumpkins and mangoes and setting up the food mill. The new JUST line is pretty much what it says – little eco-friendly pouches of nothing but 100% pureed fruits, or fruits and...

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Green beer for every other day of the year

I may put a few drops of food coloring into tonight’s frosty beverage of choice, but otherwise, the only green beer you’ll catch me drinking will be from those innovative brewers who are keeping the environment in mind as they craft their brews. Yes mamas, we thought it would be fun to tip you off to a few ways to go “green” with your beer, that may even make the pain of a next-day headache a little easier to bear. With a model green philosophy, Vermont’s Wolaver’s Certified Organic Ales considers not only organic materials, but also energy, waste...

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Go for the green

I have always loved pretty much everything at KLT:Works. Kristin Loffer Theiss makes the beautiful artwork, plush, nursery decor and apparel that just makes you smile in every way. And I’m smiling even more since discovering that for St. Patrick’s Day, through midnight, if you buy anything in her shop that’s green it will be 20% off. And not just green green–like emerald, lime, or kelly–but eco green. Organic. Neat. Personally, I love this organic birds nest tee, right in time for all things springy and new. But if I had a baby gift to buy, or a nursery...

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Lip lube in an eco tube

I’m definitely a bit of a lip balm addict, with various tubes and containers stuffed into my coat pockets, purses, and drawers. So when I heard about the biodegradable eco-tube lip balm from Organic Essence, I had to give it a whirl. Instead of adding more plastic into the landfills, the folks at Organic Essence decided to try eco-friendly 100% consumer waste recycled paper for their lip balm packaging, and I have to say that I really dig it. If you’re used to the simple twist and apply, it takes a bit of an adjustment; in this case, do...

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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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Body Sense – Perfect sense for every body.

I’m a strong, empowered woman, and I hate asking for help, but…sometimes, I need help. Like when the yogurt is pushed all the way back in the case at the store and there’s a baby strapped to my chest. Or when I’m trying to wade through all the bogus claims on the internet about product safety and skincare products. Enter Body Sense, an online shop where every bath and beauty product sold is rated between 0 and 2 for chemical risk on the EWG’s Cosmetic Safety Skindeep list–a 0-rated product containing ingredients with no known risks, and 10 being,...

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Babywearing, now a nice new shade of green

Belle is now extra verte. That’s, Belle as in Belle Baby Carrier, and verte as in French for green, and green as in super-duper-eco-friendly-organic-awesomeness. The new Belle Organic Earth, like their original model, is crafted by artisans in Boulder, CO, only this one is made with 100% organic undyed cotton, pure Romanian hemp, and the fuzziest organic fleece lining. It’s a cute, lightweight, sturdy, and, most importantly easy carrier for babies 8 – 30 pounds, although I must say my pudgy 24-pounder was at the upper end of comfortable use. Another nice feature is that the baby can face...

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Like the milk man of the super hip. But peas.

If you live in Los Angeles, you’ve got some mad cash, and you want someone else to deliver organic, healthy, super-fresh baby food to your doorstep… well, I’m a little jealous, actually. And Baby’s Belly is here to serve you. The brainchild of two Hollywood actors and parents, Baby’s Belly offers twice-weekly delivery of healthy, fresh meals for babies from 6 months through toddlers. And we’re talking really fresh–the peas are actually green, and the fish needs to be spooned into your kiddo within twenty-four hours. The Belly Big Kids selections read like the menu at a gourmet restaurant,...

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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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Organic crib bedding to grow with

Here’s what I’ve learned: Your daughter may be all Thomas, Thomas! now but in no time at all, that train love will become Abby Cadabby, which becomes Uniqua which becomes I only like things that are purple and turquoise but mostly purple. Which is why I can’t say I love character bedding for kids. But I do like the Canadian-made Wee Organics crib bedding. The solid color-blocked organic cotton interlock bedding sets are quite affordable at $159 for a crib sheet, skirt and blanket, especially considering how nicely they’ll transition when you turn that convertible crib into a toddler...

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Organic baby clothes that do that old ovary-awakening thing. Darnit.

For some time now I’ve had my eye on the beautiful organic baby clothes from L.A.’s PAIGELAUREN baby. These suuuuper soft, really lovely designs are just the kind of thing that make the perfect gift for your picky mama friend who likes her baby clothes simple, classic, and tailored. In other words, no ironic tees that say Boob Man. The locally-made, certified organic cotton basics are all pretty darn covetable, from footie pajamas called Crawlers to the yummy kimono gown that’s ready made for sleeping baby photo ops. But what I really like are their baby bodysuits which range...

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