Flame Retardants in Play Yards: The Facts, The New Laws and The Safest Options

With so many play yards on the market today, each boasting convenient, simple-to-use features, it might become a stressful feat to choose the right one for your baby. While your play yard needs might vary from use for the occasional overnight trip, a safe play space for your little one while you are completing household chores or your infant’s main sleep space for naps and bedtime, the most important features to consider are safety and toxicity

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10 Tips To Make Your Cloth Diapers Last

Congratulations!  You’ve chosen to use cloth diapers.  Now all your friends and family members have proof that you’re a little crazy!  The truth is, cloth diapers have come a looooong way in recent years and are at least as easy to put on your wiggly worm child as disposables.  All you need now are these tips on how to properly care for and clean your cloth diapers.  With a little TLC, your cloth diapers can make it through several kids and may still even be re-sale worthy.  Check out these 10 tips on how to make your cloth diapers last for years and be sure to add your own ideas in the comments.

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Defending Your Green Lifestyle.

Defending your green lifestyle

We’ve all been there, the invasive questions people think they deserve to ask when you have children. Is he circumcised? Did you have a natural childbirth? Will you vaccinate? Do you give antibiotics? Most people mean no harm but inevitably, some people get offended or upset when your philosophy differs from theirs. Being a parent means that you are responsible for your child’s well-being and therefore you get to choose how to raise them. You’ve done the homework and the research and picked a philosophy that is right for your family. So how do you defend these choices to others who might not understand?

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Kate Quinn Organics – Pure, Natural Luxury

 

Your baby, with their sensitive, soft skin and energetic antics, deserves to be clothed in the safest, most comfortable fabrics imaginable. And, they should be able to look fashionable at the same time! Kate Quinn Organics offers a line of fashion-forward, irresistibly soft, certified organic cotton clothing that you can feel good dressing your little one in.

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Is Your Diaper Bag Poisoning Your Child?

Diaper bags have come a long way in terms of fashion and functionality. Today, there are literally hundreds of companies marketing chic, stylish diaper bags in all shapes and sizes to suit the needs and style of every type of person. When searching for the perfect diaper bag, you might become completely overwhelmed with your options. Should you chose the carryall, the tote or the backpack? Should it have a waterproof coating or be machine washable? Will you need 6 exterior pockets or just 3? While all of these questions might seem important, the biggest question you should be asking yourself is: Is this diaper bag non-toxic?

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Baby’s 1st Art Supplies: Safe Options for Your Little Artist

Introducing art to your baby at a young age not only gives you something fun to do with them on a daily basis, but it is also a great way to help develop their fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Since little ones are all about the tactile experience, there’s a good chance any product you give them will enter their mouth at some point. This is why it is so important to invest in safe, non-toxic art supplies. Read on for some amazing eco-friendly products and fun art ideas that you can introduce to your soon-to-be budding artist.

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The Importance Of Choosing an Organic Mattress

A baby can spend anywhere from 12-16 hours per day sleeping, sometimes even more. Because a baby spends so much of his time asleep and because a baby’s lungs are still developing in infancy, it’s important to create a safe environment for sleep and rest. A mattress can be a big investment, but investing in a quality, organic mattress is one of the best investments for your child.

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Homemade Diaper Wipe Solution

Even the most natural-minded, earth-loving, cloth-diaper-obsessed mamas can be a bit nervous about adding cloth diaper wipes to their diapering regimen.  We’ll admit, there is something nice about grabbing some disposable wipes, wiping away, then tossing them in the trash afterwards – no fuss, no muss.  But, if you’ve ever stopped to tally the amount of money you’re spending on disposable wipes, or tallied the number of wipes you use in a week (big environmental impact!), you may start to reconsider incorporating cloth wipes into your diapering routine.  On top of all that, most conventional disposable wipes contain harsh chemicals that can be difficult for a baby’s sensitive skin to handle.  Cloth wipes are a great choice for all babies, and especially those who are prone to diaper rashes.  

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Natural Remedies For 5 Common Baby Ailments

natural remedies for 5 common baby ailments

No one likes to see their baby sick or in pain, and it can really be overwhelming for parents when something is wrong with their child.  We get loads of “how-to-fix-the-ailment” advice – some good, some bad, from well-meaning family members and friends, and other advice from pediatricians who may not be as natural-minded as we prefer.  So, we’ve broken down the five most common baby ailments, and put together our favorite, tried-and-true natural remedies that really work.  And, they work without creepy chemicals or toxins – just as nature intended! 

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Natural Sleepwear By Castleware

Castleware pajamas are beautiful and simple pieces your child will enjoy for everyday use. More important than anything else, Castleware pajamas are made of 100% organic cotton. You will know your little one is safe from the toxic chemicals found in conventional pajamas, which are sprayed with flame retardants. Your baby will notice how comfortable they are when sleeping, or during a lazy day spent in pjs.

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Made In The USA: Children’s Edition

Purchasing goods manufactured in America has many perks for our country and your family. Any item with the “Made in The USA” marking on it has saved on fossil fuel and pollution, since it skipped over the process of shipping the item from overseas. Also, these American owned and operated companies are a big help to the economy by producing jobs and economic growth on US soil. We have done a little of the shopping for you, so you don’t have to waste time checking manufacturing labels when filling up your cart. 

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The Great Puff Debate: Fast Food For Babies Or Healthy Snack?

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We know your baby’s health and well-being is always your top priority. But, as a busy mom, sometimes providing nutritious and healthy snacks for in-between meals or travel is a difficult task. If you’re on-the go with your little one in tow, teething biscuits, crackers and puffs can seem like an easy solution to curb hunger until meal time. While many major baby food companies have jumped on the “organic” and “all natural” band wagon, and have created what they market as healthy snacks for teething babies and toddlers; it’s important to understand what’s really going into these tasty treats before you decide which ones are best for your child.

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