Tag: organic

Bonbons for babies

We’re on tooth number three here and I’m desperate to offer any type of teething relief I can to my poor grouchy baby. At the top of my arsenal of soothers: the Dress Me Up Organic Teething Bonbon found at CMP fave Kai Kids. These mom-made teething cloths are made from a combination of organic cotton flannel and wool, and allow your baby to chomp without freezing their little hands. Just dip the end knots into water, leave the center dry, and then stick in the freezer until duty calls. So so smart! If you’re out and about without...

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Organic baby food that could pass for homemade. We won’t tell.

My mother was the queen of homemade baby food. And while I admire her commitment and even bought a micro food processor to follow in her footsteps, more often than not I have to reach for something cooked, pureed, and packaged far from my home. I really do want to choose baby food that comes as close to homemade as I can afford — at least for my baby; the toddler has already been contaminated, poor child. And I was recently introduced to Sprout Organic Baby Foods, created by hot celeb chef/dad/Food Network mainstay Tyler Florence so I was...

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Rebel yell

Now that things like environmentally-sound manufacturing, use of post-consumer waste, and organic textiles are fast becoming the standard (which is awesome), it does take a lot to make us go oooooh these days when we get a “green” pitch. But that’s what happened when we first clicked over to Rebel Green. These tote bags, cool reusable lunch bags, and tees for adults, kids and babies from designers Ali Ruvin and Melina Marcus are hip, they’re edgy, they’re original, and yes, they’re totally responsibly made right in the US. Plus they never do that whole “I’m better than you because...

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Because every baby should have organic feet

There’s no shortage of adorable, swoon-worthy items on Etsy, but Amy Joyner’s She Knits shop is clearly trying to kill me with handmade cuteness. Her 100% organic cotton/wool blend “chocolate dipped” baby booties do indeed look good enough to eat, and they’re so soft, to boot. (To boot! Get it?) The pink or blue fibers’ natural variegated appearance coupled with the brown toe and sole make these booties a quiet yet gorgeous statement for babies up to 12 months. Everyone knows the feet are the most delicious part of the baby. This just confirms it. -Mir Congratulations to Kelly...

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Organic baby essentials make great gifts, naturally.

When my son was born there weren’t really tons of organic or eco-friendly baby products like there are today. Honestly I thought I was being environmentally responsible by making sure there was no lead paint on his crib. Who knew a scant 9 years later eco-friendly materials would almost be the price of entry into the baby product category. The beautiful all-natural organic nursery collection from Amenity Home is the newest gift stop on our radar. Their baby collection features super-soft, durable towels, blankets and washcloths woven from undyed organic cotton. You can get them packaged in nifty little...

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Growing an organic garden: Sasha, Malia, and now your kids

Last week, I used Earth Day as an opportunity to introduce my girls to the idea of being good to the planet and all that other stuff we’re supposed to do as (mostly) responsible moms. A week later, the organic heirloom tomatoes we planted from the My First Organics seed kit we received are just starting to sprout, and now the fun really begins. The kits comes with everything you need to grow your own organic veggies, lettuce or herbs — just like the Obama girls! as I told my kids. Only we’re using our windowsill until we can...

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Blooming adorable

I’ve suddenly become completely infatuated with bloomer sets this spring for dressing baby girls on special occasions, and at the top of my list is the gorgeous Petal V Dress from Go Gently Baby. I’d like to say I’m being practical by purchasing a pricey outfit that’s more versatile than your average “we have to bring the baby to a wedding” dress. The lovely organic cotton and bamboo dress can be worn alone, or over leggings or jeans as your daughter gets a bit bigger. And the bloomers (shown) are so beautiful on their own with that little ruffle,...

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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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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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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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The Swedish Invasion – Polarn O. Pyret hits the states and parents everywhere rejoice

For more than 30 years, Swedish kids have been lucky enough to frolic around their IKEA furniture in the iconic stripey clothes from Polarn O. Pyret. And now we’ve just learned that they’re primed for a massive US takeover in 2010, but lucky us, we can start ordering their fantastic play clothes and wardrobe staples for kids online at this very instant. (Seriously, this is the news you will remember when their shops are everywhere and say hey! I read that at Cool Mom Picks first!) Our first thought was that the clothes reminded us of Hanna Andersson —...

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Even ye olde fashioned dolls are going organic

Someone gave my son an old-fashioned yo-yo. (As soon as I figure out who it was, I’m going to hurt them. Or at least ask them to spackle the new dents in my walls.) But a yo-yo doll has nothing to do with yo-yos — it’s actually a classic quilter’s doll made out of remnants, and it’s a baby favorite for generations. Easily the most beloved yo-yo dolls come from Jenny Krauss and now she’s making all-natural, Fair Trade, slightly muted organic cotton yo-yo dolls as an alternative to the originals. Jenny spent several years getting this soft, 100%...

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Basics for those of us without yachts

I love Egg by Susan Lazar baby clothes as much as the next regular person — which is to say that I adore the designs and the commitment to eco-friendly fibers, but those adorable designer baby onesies and jumpsuits in premium organic cotton are pretty well out of my budget these days. But now, Egg has spawned the Basics line: Organic cotton layette staples in sizes from newborn up to 24 months, in practical styles and in four different colors, at prices normal people can afford. Hey, don’t say the recession never gave you anything. -Mir Find affordable organic...

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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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Baby layette wishlist: 1. No chemicals 2. Makes the SIL jealous

It never seems to matter how many adorable baby layettes I’ve got, I still end up choosing my favorite and using it more than anything else. Had I received the amazing Dimples organic baby layette, it would have easily been the one I was washing and drying every single day. Made in New Zealand from beautifully soft organic cotton, the infant layette set features a blanket, sleep gown, and hat (oh that adorable baby hat). The bumblebee detail is just as cute as the set itself. No doubt it’s on the pricey side for a layette set, but if...

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Organic baby clothes love baby and mama earth too

With my newest baby having especially sensitive skin and the hot summer just around the corner, I’ve found myself more inclined to clothe my kids in organics. And the lovely onesies from Earthy Beginnings, who we found thanks to Showroom Indie, are some of my favorites. Each piece is lovingly created by hand. The original designs are hand-printed with water-based ink on 100% organic cotton onesies and shirts made in the USA. I’m in love with the entire nature collection, which feature brightly colored birds, butterflies, or dragonflies (pictured). And there’s one more reason they’ll be just great for...

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Viva La Revolution Foods

We’re all for whatever it takes to improve the quality of school lunch programs, and the progressive Revolution Foods has been a leader in California doing just that. Now, the rest of us in the country get access to clever, organic kids snacks and treats from them and yeah, I’m happy. The wholegrain Organic Popalongs were a big hit with my chip-loving brood and the kind of weird, squeezable squished fruit in the Organic Mashups will go over if your kids will eat things that aren’t beige. Haven’t tried the peanut butters yet but considering organic pbs don’t get...

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Frenchy Baby Organics – Hold me back from the cuteness

It’s tough finding organic play clothes with a bit of a modern twist. But the folks at Frenchy Baby Organics do just that with their ridiculously cute 100% organic children’s basics. While the website could use a little work, in person the clothes are absolutely beautiful. The children’s tunic tops (pictured) are perfect for spring and summer over a pair of leggings or the coordinating pants. And as your kiddo grows, she can still wear it over a long sleeved t-shirt and pair of jeans. I’m also eying interchangeable outfit sets which give you six organic cotton pieces for...

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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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Sarah Waldo – 21st century organics for girls

If ever there were a sign that organics had bypassed the crunchy crowd and hit the mainstream, it’s the label Sarah Waldo Organics. The sweet, girlie spring line from Providence designer Sarah Waldo are as lovely as anything in any high-end department store. Only with the DNA of something handmade on the Haight. The thick, yummy box pleat Jackie Jacket with would be adorable over any Easter dress but for everyday summer wear I’m partial to the the swingy summer sundresses and skirts and the cutest seersucker long shorts. I also adore the organic girls nightgown (splurge alert!) shown...

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