Some people think having a sense of environmental awareness and a sense of humor are mutually exclusive. This awesome kids’ Mensch t-shirt featuring Sammy Davis Jr. proves them wrong. In fact the folks at Curly Monkey take irreverent and eco-friendly to a whole new level: All of their baby and kids’ clothing is made with 100% certified organic cotton, and each t-shirt is hand silk-screened with non-toxic water-based ink, which makes them crazy soft. Now of course, being a Jewish New Yorker, I assume everyone knows what mensch means. Just in case, it translates to good person, and Sammy...Read More
The stuffed animals I painstakingly selected for my babies as to be “loveys” were never the ones they ended up dragging everywhere. When it comes to that special attachment, kids don’t care if it’s pretty or where it came from–they care that it’s soft and easy to hold. And you care that it’s safe. That’s why everyone wins with Foundlings, the new 100% cotton organic stuffed animals that are simple, huggable, and lovable. You know I’m a fool for elephants (like the one pictured here), but if you prefer a dog or a bear or even a turtle, they...Read More
The soft, fleecy blanket with a satiny trim is a nursery staple– not only did my kids have them as babies, I had one as a baby, too, about a hundred years ago. And now Organic Blankees is offering up a new and fabulously earth-friendly way to grab your own. A whole variety of sizes, from a crib blanket to a huge sofa throw come in certified 100% organic cotton, trimmed with a charmeuse of hemp and silk. Customize your organic blanket with a ruffled or straight trim in a range of colors, and choose fleece or velour– which...Read More
Looking around the online shop, Sage Baby NYC, which focuses entirely on eco-friendly baby gifts and gear, it was hard to know what to rave about first. Wait — I know. All of it. Co-owners and moms Francesca Olivieri and Susan Gluck-Pappajohn (NYC ballet fans might recognize that name) have put together a beautifully curated selection of environmentally mindful and organic baby gifts, clothes and furniture. Plus there’s a convenient shower registry option that allows new moms to start their baby off on a green foot. Register for layette essentials for preemies on up, baby bath time goodies, modern...Read More
So you want a canvas or two for baby’s room, and you’re trying to figure out something bright and colorful, with animals, that doesn’t look like the circus threw up on your walls. Leave it to Tiny Decor to find just the right mix of mod and whimsical; their new line of Animal Prints offers three different animals in your choice of five colors, with each animal having its very own pattern. And it’s all hand screenprinted on stretched organic canvases. Of course the elephant is polka-dotted, and the lion is herringbone, but I’m particularly taken with the houndstooth...Read More
I’ve proclaimed my disdain for bibs so many times that it would only make sense that my third baby would be the drooliest of them all. Seriously, it’s like a tiny river flowing down her chin. So I’m sorry to say that bibs have become a regular fixture around her little neck. But thanks to Dribs, I’ve found one that actually works for us. These super smart bibs, made from your choice of organic cotton or bamboo, feature a ruffled gather effect that keeps the dribble off your babe’s neck and chest. Just slide them right under their chin,...Read More
Whether you’ve got kids with sensitive skin, or you’re just not into dealing with the chemical processes that even the regular 100% cotton clothes go through, then it’s nice to know that you’ve got lots of eco-friendly kids’ clothing options to get you through the holidays and beyond. Take the gorgeous offerings at eco-boutique Pure and Little. We love the adorable 100% organic twill boys’ oxford shirt for special occasions, and I’m dying over their organic knit dresses like the dress from Egg Baby by Susan Lazar shown here. It’s not only beautiful but also color grown, meaning completely...Read More
It’s no trouble finding a range of organic onesies bedecked with humorous sayings and adorable designs these days. But I’m a fan of the solid, slogan-free organic play clothes as well, which can be a little harder to track down unless you’re a big fan of oatmeal and white. Apparently moms Katie Winburn and Kristen McNicholas felt the same way and so they created Rattled, featuring bright organic basics for babies and toddlers. I’m loving the saturated colors and soft fabric, but most of all I appreciate that they won’t thin and pill after a few washings. And from...Read More
I am still regretting (just a wee bit) giving away the beautiful Kice Kice dress I had in my hands last spring to a CMP readers. With that on the brain, I checked the site to see if they had anything going on for the season or whether I’d have to wait out the Winter to get my daughters in one of their swingy, beautiful A-line dresses. Well hooray for the organic wool O dress (available at Nonchalant Mom) which translates the label’s trademark shape for the cooler weather. I can justify the not-entirely-a-bargain price tag with versatility–it looks...Read More
Recently I wanted to make cookies for my girls but I was too tired to start from scratch. I grabbed a thing of that refrigerated cookie dough that I remember eating raw in my college days and figured it would be fine in a pinch. Oh man, was it horrible. Beyond horrible. Like two dozen cookies that went uneaten horrible. Needless to say, I was skeptical when offered a chance to test drive the Immaculate Baking organic cookie dough but I’ll cut to the chase: Yum. The dough is totally organic and free of preservatives and trans-fats so you...Read More
All three of my kids totally dig toy animals. Even the baby happily bangs the horse and cow and pig against the roof of our wooden play barn. It’s pretty easy to see that a bunch of new animal figurines would make fantastic stocking stuffers around here, and I’ve got my eye on Australian Anamalz. These handcrafted organic wood and textile animal figurines (a good selection available at CMP-fave Petit Baby) are a great eco-alternative to the standard plastic animals littering our family room. Made with non-toxic glues and paints, I won’t have to worry when they inevitably make...Read More
It’s not hard finding a handmade baby blanket these days, and we most certainly have our favorites. But one made completely in the USA from organic fibers using decidedly “green” practices? Well, that’s just a bit harder to come by. Not for Green Thread Shop, however. Take their lovely crib blankets which are made from Texas-grown organic cotton and constructed in San Diego. Totally free of dyes, bleaches, and anything else you wouldn’t really want to wrap your baby in, they feature a cool textured weave making them especially soft. Plus, they’re sized to grow with your kid all the way through toddlerdom,...Read More
My daughter loves cooking with me. Loves it. And, while a mother/daughter cooking extravaganza might sound good in theory, the reality is actually quite messy. So I was intrigued by the many promises of Zebra Mix. These brownie, cupcake and cookie kits gives kids the ability to manage their own baking project in the kitchen? To own the entire process and be successful? All while caregivers step aside? Count me in. True to its word, Zebra Mix was a revelation. My 7 year-old laid out the mapped instructions and got to work. My role was limited to the dangerous...Read More
The Indigenous Harvest Dress is definitely a misleading name. It sounds like something you’d see in in a museum gift shop, but in reality, it’s a fantastic fall/winter wardrobe staple for little girls who are indigenous to pretty much any town in the US. Just stick a long-sleeve shirt and a pair of tights underneath the organic cotton dress and send her off to charm the schoolyard. We found it at Green Edge Kids along with a whole line of items from the label Indigenous Designs, which only recently started making their beautiful fair trade items for kids too....Read More
The recent proliferation of organic stuffed animals makes me feel all warm and fuzzy, but the story behind these latest creations is one that really shines. Since 1992, Maggie’s Organics has been making cozy clothing that’s both environmentally and socially sustainable. As if that’s not fab enough (it is), they recently solved the problem of a surplus of not-quite-perfect socks by creating these adorable sock monkeys. They’re made in in the US in a worker-owned co-op from said “imperfect” socks (which are Maggie’s own American-made, organic cotton crews) and stuffed with polyester mill scrap. The result isn’t quite soft...Read More
Now that I’m a nutrition-obsessed mom, I get where those raisin people were coming from that I made fun of when I was trick or treating as a kid. They didn’t plan on being the lamest house on the block (although they were), but it sure is hard competing with all the sugar out there on Halloween. I think I can stick to my healthy ideals while still retaining cool mom status with the all-organic Yummy Earth lollipops. They taste just as good as the junky kind–really!–and the colors are vibrant, but not artificial, instead derived from organic black...Read More
There is nothing quite like the feeling of having everything you need in your purse. Tissues? Check. Crayons? Check. Emergency first aid for all aiments both real and imagined? Check. That’s why I am a huge fan of the Plein de Vie On-the-Go Remedy Stick. Made of all organic vegan ingredients and free of highly allergenic nut oils, this little guy is a jack-of-all-trades. It smoothed out the eczema patch on my arm, made my daughter’s bug bite stop itching and soothed my son’s boo-boo. The smell is a lovely mix of lavender and tea tree oil, but not...Read More
Look, it can be really hard to suss out which mainstream household cleaners and personal items are better for you and your family than others. Unless you’re willing to just beat your laundry on some river rocks and brush your teeth with a twig, or pay top dollar for boutique organics all the time, it seems like you’re stuck, right? Wrong. Now you can click on over to GoodGuide and see how well your own shampoo or glass cleaner rates on a 10-point scale of good karma. In other words, how safe, healthy and green it is. Really, go...Read More
I am staring at the spectacular Bathtime Wrap from Beverly Hills-based Petite Miette and once again I am smacking myself on the head and thinking now why did I not think of this first? Instead of wrapping a baby up in a cumbersome bathrobe over his pajamas–a bathrobe that will become separated from its tie on the second wearing, and be impossible to crawl in–you can grab one of these lush kimono tops instead. The 100% organic cotton flannel is soft and cushy, the terry lining is thick and thirsty, and the colors are to die for with rich...Read More
Last year, I was instantly smitten with the bright, super cool graphic organic shirts from mom-owned Fierce Hugs, so when I found out they added a new line from Dutch artist Dagmar Meinders, I was willing to bet money on their awesomeness. Too bad I’m not a gambler because I would be rich right now. From her Cryptia Dragon tee (pictured) with its Tim Burton vibe, to the adorable Pirate Snail, I’m loving the combination of unique kid-centric artwork on super soft organic cotton. Just goes to show that when it comes to going green, there’s definitely something for everyone. Fiery horned beasts included. D&D fans: take note. -Kristen Congratulations...Read More
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