Living Green During Pregnancy

969794_66501285Even during pregnancy you need to continue making eco-friendly choices. Here are some helpful hints to keep you on the green path of decision making during your nine months of pregnancy.

1. Beauty & Skin Products: Try to stay from beauty products full of chemicals linked to birth defects, carcinogens, and ingredients derived from nonrenewable petroleum. There are plenty of organic/natural beauty products available. You can also try your hand at making your own beauty problems.

2. Drinking Water: Drinking plenty of water is important during pregnancy but what you drink out of is just as important. Some types of plastic water bottles contain phthalates. Make sure and choose smart plastic, check the bottom of bottles for #1, #2, #4, #5 and avoid #3, #6, #7.

3. Organic Food: Organic food is your best choice for both mother and baby when buying groceries. Keeping your body clear of any pesticides is always the best choice. The top 12 fruits and vegetables you should buy organic.

4. Household Cleaning Products: Look through all your cleaning products and examine the labels. Throw out anything that has flammable, hazardous or fatal. Try making your own non-toxic cleaners to keep the air clean in your home while your cleaning.

5. Paints: You will most likely want to paint the nursery for the new little one but be careful when choosing your paint. The chimicals and fumes in paint are volatile organic compounds and shouldn’t be near you or young children. Look for No or Low VOC paint, stains and varnishes. But even when these safer paint products are used, pregnant women should stay away during renovations.

Green Sprouts Organic Baby & Family Fest

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On August 17 I told you about the Green Sprouts Fest now I am sending out a  little reminder that the Green Sprouts Organic Baby and Family Fest at Peninsula Park in Portland is happening this coming Saturday, September 26th.

Do not miss it!

Admission is a $3.00 suggested donation.

The next Green Sprouts Fest is in Salt Lake City on October 17, 2009.

The Best All-Natural Sunscreens

847571_26770997Did you know that most of the sunscreen you buy at the store are filled with potentially harmful chemicals that can leach into your skin and cause long last effects when used over time? This is a bad thing for any person but when you think about putting this sunscreen on babies and toddlers who tend to put their hands and feet in their mouth, we are essentially letting them lick the sunscreen. So not only is it leaching through their skin, they are ingesting it too.

The best way to protect your family from the sun and from harmful chemicals is to pick an all natural sun screen to use. Below are a few suggestions to help you find the best sunscreen for your needs.

Soleo Organics All Natural Sunscreen – Naturopathically based, using only all-natural and organic ingredients.

erbaviva – Completely natural sunscreen for children and adults. SPF 15. Lightly scented with organic lavender and chamomile essential oils.

Badger All-Natural Sunscreen – Highly rated for safety and effectiveness by the Environmental Working Group.

Aubrey Organics Natural Sun – Perfect for children and adults with sun-sensitive skin. With seven different kinds to choose from.

Marie Veronique Organics Creme Du Jour –  For sunscreen AND anti aging, their sunscreen formulas are non-comedogenic and are recommended for all skin types.

Purple Prairie Sun Stick – 100% Natural, biodegradable and environmentally safe.

Lavera Sun Block – Fragrance-free, paraben-free, gluten-free, and cruelty-free. Certified all natural and contains organic ingredients.

California Baby Sunscreen – Unfragranced, PABA-free, non-chemical, perfect for any baby or child with skin sensitivities or fragrance allergies.

Organica Deluxe Baby Products

44If you are concerned about the toys your baby puts in their mouth, the clothes they wear that is rubbing up against their little bodies, or the lotions and bubbles that are used on their skin daily, then you should see the wonderful products that Organica Deluxe offers for your little bundle of joy.

All products are organic and made with your little one in mind. From adorable 100% certified organic cotton fleece or 100% certified organic cotton velour blankets to organic cotton baby wear to natural and organic baby cream. Even the stuffed animals are dyed with metal-free dyes, making them a completely safe and non-toxic snuggle companion for your little one.

Their baby creams that they sell are Veda Baby products which are all natural and honestly pure skincare for those families that need skincare solutions for their childrens rashes, sensitive skin, and allergy challenged skin.

Seventh Generation

imagesIf you haven’t given Seventh Generation home products a try, let me just say that right now would be a great time to start. Seventh Generation is committed to becoming the world’s most trusted brand of authentic, safe, and environmentally-responsible products for a healthy home. With a wide range of products including, laundry, baby care, feminine care, dishwashing, paper, and household cleaners.

They insure that every product is toxic-free and environmentally friendly.

Every time you use a Seventh Generation product you are making a difference by saving natural resources, reducing pollution, keeping toxic chemicals out of the environment and making the world a safer place for this and the next seven generations.

They dedicate 10% of their products to non-profit community, health and responsible business organizations working for positive change.

7 Truths About Seventh Generation

  • They believe in a Living Home
  • Their products are a natural alternative that you can trust
  • Their products are effective
  • Their products are safe for people and the environment
  • Nature is their inspiration
  • They believe simple changes can make a big difference
  • They are the nations leading brand of natural household products

Seventh Generation suggests you compare labels of your regular cleaning products with their cleaning products. You will see that they list all of their ingredients and what they do. They think you will find quite a difference and you will see how their products can help contribue to a healthy lifestyle.

Ely Organics

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If you are looking for organic products that you can trust and that come with the highest International food standards, try Ely Organics.

Ely Organics are made with only the finest organic cold pressed oils, essential oils, herb extracts and flower extracts; Ingredients so pure you could eat them. miessence® is currently one of a few skin care products on the planet that has submitted to, and complies with, the rigorous processing and labelling requirements for certified organic food products.

Erin Ely discovered Miessence products while reading ingredient labels.

I know I can trust the organic integrity of Miessence products because of their third party independent organic certification. Third party certification is the highest level of verification there is for an organic product.

In 2005 Erin Ely became an independent Representative with ONE Group and started her home based business; Ely Organics.

Ely Organics offers a variety of products for Hair, Body, Oral, Baby & Mother, Cosmetics, Health Care, and Household. They have each product in full size, travel size and sample size.

I’m impressed with the fact that these products are so pure that you can actually eat them. I don’t want to be putting a bunch of toxic chemicals on my face that can cause long term health problems. And the fact that these products are safe around babies and animals is always a plus.

Swaddle Me 100% Organic Cotton Adjustable Infant Wrap

Swaddle Me, Adjustable Infant Wrap is for those parents that have tried numerous times to swaddle their babies in those sweet little receiving blankets that the hospital sends you home with, but never has success.

Its as easy as 1,2,3

Swaddle Me Wraps are made with 100% certified organic content that has not been bleached, dyed or chemically treated. Their premium quality cotton knit is exceptionally soft, smooth and gentle to newborn’s tender skin.

Check out Kiddopotamus for all your Baby needs. They offer Swaddle Me Infant Wraps in many different colors and designs along with an Eco-friendly Swaddle Me Bamboo Infant Wrap.


Cloth Diapers VS Disposable Diapers

There is an on-going debate whether cloth diapers are better for the environment than disposable diapers.

Over at The New Parents Guide they state: It is estimated that roughly 5 million tons of untreated waste and a total of 2 billion tons of urine, feces, plastic and paper are added to landfills annually. It takes around 80,000 pounds of plastic and over 200,000 trees a year to manufacture the disposable diapers for American babies alone. Although some disposables are said to be biodegradable; in order for these diapers to decompose, they must be exposed to air (oxygen) and sun. Since this is highly unlikely, it can take several hundred years for the decomposition of disposables to take place, with some of the plastic material never decomposing. But on the flip side: The pro-disposable diaper advocates say that the extra water used to wash cloth diapers is just as much of an abuse to the environment as the production and disposal of disposable diapers. But taking into consideration the previous estimates you will probably agree that disposable diapers are much more harmful to the environment than cloth diapers.

Here are some more facts from Real Diaper Association about disposable diapers:

  • Disposable diapers contain traces of Dioxin, an extremely toxic by-product of the paper-bleaching process.  It is a carcinogenic chemical, listed by the EPA as the most toxic of all cancer-linked chemicals.  It is banned in most countries, but not the U.S.
  • Disposable diapers contain Tributyl-tin (TBT) – a toxic pollutant known to cause hormonal problems in humans and animals.
  • Disposable diapers contain sodium polyacrylate, a type of super absorbent polymer (SAP), which becomes a gel-like substance when wet. A similar substance had been used in super-absorbency tampons until the early 1980s when it was revealed that the material increased the risk of toxic shock syndrome.

With all the information I have read on the two types of diapers, I would have to say that for the health and well being of your baby, cloth diapers is the best way to go. The reusable cloth diaper isn’t what it used to be. They now offer Pocket Diapers, All In Ones, Covers and Prefolds or Fitted Diapers. With Velcro tabs, snaps or you have the option to use the old fashioned safety pins.

And for convenience in washing your cloth diapers, pick up The Potty Pail Sprayer Hose, with an easy one wrench installation.

Raising Green Babies – Happy Baby Premium Organic Baby Meals

When I was first asked to write a review for Happy Baby Premium Organic Baby Meals I wondered how this food could be much different from other baby food. I had read through the site at HappyBabyFood.com and was impressed with ingredients of their products, along with the packaging, and their concern for starving children (Project Peanut Butter), but would the babies and kids like the food?

So off to the store I went to get some Happy Baby food. I got two of the fresh frozen organic baby meals, Grrreat Greens/Going Greens and Sweeter Potatoes/Purer Pears, along with two of the toddler Happy Bites and some Happy Bellies organic multi-grain cereal.

The first thing that I noticed was the ingredients on all the frozen organic baby meals. The Grrreat Greens contained organic pears, organic spinach and organic mango with DHA algal oil. It was so simple, only the fruits or veggies, no additives or preservatives! Now this is food that you can feel good about feeding your little ones. As for the flavor, I thought it tasted great. Now for the little one, he took a few bites, but the older siblings decided to finish it up. So I would say it was a hit. I love how they added fruit to the spinach; it gave it a flavor that babies wouldn’t have a problem getting down.

They also have a line of Happy Bites for the toddlers and kids. These were a big hit! We tried the Veggie Tots and the Mac & Cheese. The mac & cheese comes with a tomato dipping sauce, that tastes like pizza sauce. The veggie tots are served with a cheese sauce. These were eaten up so fast, by all the kids, all ages loved them, from 4 – 40.  The four year old really enjoyed the cheese sauce; I could tell by the way he licked the little cheese bowl clean.

Another thing that I found appealing with the baby food was that you could pop out only as many cubes as you need.  The frozen baby food comes in a little ice cube looking tray each cube being 1 oz. And while you are traveling or shopping, HAPPYBABY can defrost naturally in a sealable container and be ready for baby’s next healthy meal.

A friend of mine has twins and they were my Happy Bellies organic cereal taste testers. Here is what the mom had to say, “It was the first food we introduced the twins to and from the first time they tried it they loved it. Nolan particularly loves it and literally “Mmms” while he eats it and gets so excited! Because I have food allergy issues I like knowing exactly what is in it and that they guarantee that many things are NOT in it (that competitors can not claim). It can be mixed with either breast milk, formula, or water and we found it to mix well any way we fix it. All that being said….. We love it!”

Your baby could be the next Happy Baby Star! Enter your baby to be one of our 4 Grand Prize Winners to appear on the cover of Dr. Robert Sears new book Happy Baby: The Organic Guide to Baby’s First 24 Months. Click here to enter.

Also check out the Happy Baby Food For Thought Newsletter, they recently came out with the latest nutrition research, a nutrition tip, a recipe and a coupon for your favorite baby food.

Thanks Happy Baby Food for making such great organic baby meals! Give Happy Baby Food a try, your baby is sure to love it!

Raising Green Babies – BPA Free Giveaway From The Soft Landing

Over at greenandcleanmom.org I found this article, BPA Free giveaway from The Soft Landing. I decided to check out The Soft Landing and see what all the fuss was about.

The Soft Landing came about when Alicia Voorhies, a retired RN, was searching for safe feeding gear. What she realized was how limited the information was and how few options were available. Alicia said What started as a growing awareness of toxic plastics, became a mission to care for my own children and newborn nephews. A highly motivated search team grew out of my concerned family members and now we work together to find the highest quality non-toxic baby care products for our children and yours.”

The Soft Landing is giving away a BPA-free Beginning Solids Kit! If you subscribe by email or in a reader by Oct. 31, 2008. You don’t have much time so do it today. Now greencleanmom.org is also having a giveaway, hosted by The Soft Landing to help them promote their cause. “The winner will win: Dr. Brown’s Glass Bottle and Siliskin Cover Prize and to sweeten the pot, Green and Clean Mom will also throw in a $35 Gift Card to The Soft Landing. That’s a $79 prize value and a whole lot of safe BPA free products! Yee-haw!”

Check out The Soft Landing blog for all the latest Safer Feeding Gear News & Reviews. They offer a guide to feeding baby safely, which has all the info you need to navigate your way around the endless baby products and find the safest options for your little ones. They also have a BPA and PVC Free Plastic Baby Bottle Comparison Chart to download for free.

The options of being able to buy sampler kits appeals to me, because you never know which style your child will like and at least you know they will be a fan of one of them, and the prices are comparable.

Check out The Soft Landing for your next safe baby gear purchase.