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Product of the week: Oeuf Mini Library

Product of the week: Oeuf Mini Library

While expecting my second child we moved into a new house with an actual playroom and I set to work right away figuring out how to organize all our toys, books and other play items and decided to purchase a storage system from a well known conventional retailer.  I remember my excitement when the boxes started arriving and put my husband to work assembling our new storage system. However, my excitement quickly turned to disappointment and concern when I opened the boxes and was met with an intense toxic smell.  Initially, I assumed my reaction was prompted by an over-sensitive pregnant sense of smell, and that furthermore the furniture would “off gas” in a few days. However, months later, the furniture still smelled quite strongly, I came to learn that furniture made of compressed particle board can emit these toxic fumes for years.  I called the retailer, who to their credit, has an excellent customer service policy and agreed to pick up the furniture and refund our money.  

I decided not to mess around with my next storage system purchase and wanted only the safest products in my children’s play room.  After some research I decided on the Oeuf Mini Library, made with non-toxic finishes, to store our toys in along with breathable storage bins that fit nicely on the shelves.  This week the Oeuf Mini Library is our product of the week for the following reasons:

Reason #1.

Eco Friendly!  The Oeuf Mini Library is sustainably produced in Europe, made under European environment standards (quite sad our own country can’t regulate the way other countries have managed).  The Mini Library is made of Baltic birch plywood and eco-medium density fiberboard which is a recyclable panel product made of wood fibers, free from harmful binders you would find in traditional particle board. 

Reason #2.

Smart Design! The Mini Library is made with varying height shelves to accommodate different size toys and books along with two storage compartments with hinged doors perfect for quick clean up storing purposes.  

Reason #3.

Safe Finishes!  The Mini Library comes in two beautiful finishes, Walnut and Birch which are of course non toxic, water-based and free of VOC health hazards so your children will breathe easy, no toxic fumes here!

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Are you familiar with the Oeuf line, please share with us some of your favorite products and why you chose Oeuf!

Bath Time Essentials

Bath Time Essentials

Bath time is one of my favorite times of the day, it’s the start of our wind down routine and my children just love taking a nice calming bath before bedtime.  I usually bathe my two older children in the tub together and have the baby in an infant tub close by so they can all entertain one another.  Here are some of my favorite bath products that help make this time easy!  

Infant Tub  

As I mentioned above I bathe Baby J in an infant tub, my tub of choice here is the Stokke Flexi Bath, its convenient foldable design allows for easy storage and it’s just the right size that it works for ages 0 to 4 years old.  It’s also easy to clean and a must for those living in tight spaces!

Bath Soap & Lotion

Last week I discussed in a post why California Baby is my go-to brand for skin care, not only is it a top rated product line according to the Environmental Working Group but California Baby offers such a wide variety of products from lotions to creams to massage oils, there is something for everyone.  From calming soaps to help with eczema to soothing calendula for sensitive skin you will be sure to find the right product for your child’s skin care needs.  During colder months I like to add a drop of lavender essential oil to my children’s bath along with a scoop of coconut oil, it really helps to hold moisture in during the dry winter season.

Bath Toys

My children have a few favorite bath time toys, they love using their imaginations and creating underwater sea villages with Boon’s Bath Tub Appliques as well as Skip*Hops Starfish Stacker and they go crazy for simple Green Toy Stacking Cups, they have a blast just measuring and pouring water all over themselves and each other.   All toys are of course BPA-Free and Phthalate-Free.

Hooded Towels/Wash Cloths

My favorite towels to use, especially for the babies, are Under the Nile organic hooded towels and washcloths.  They are fast drying, super soft and absorbent made of the finest 100% organic Egyptian cotton.

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What are some of your favorite bath time rituals – we would love to hear!

Product of the week: Skip*Hop Zoo Pop-Up Hamper

The best way to encourage clean up time is with fun colorful zoo shaped storage containers like Skip*Hop’s Zoo Pop-Up Hampers.   This week the Skip*Hop Zoo Pop-Up Hamper is our product of the week.

Reason #1.

Variety! Skip*Hop’s Zoo Pop-Up Hampers come in a variety of zoo figures and colors, from adorable monkeys to sweet ladybugs you will be sure to find the right one for your little angels storage needs.

Reason #2.

Light weight and Collapsable!  Made with a light weight yet durable nylon fabric, these easily collapsable hampers make storage a snap.

Reason #3.

Multi Functional!  You can use the Zoo Pop-Up for any of your storage needs from dirty clothes to toys, Skip*Hop Hampers will make clean up time convenient and easy. 

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Find your favorite Zoo Pop-Up Hamper here.  As always, you will find BabyEarth products like Skip*Hop Hampers for up to 10% lower than list pricing.

Happy Spring!

Happy Spring! 

No matter which holiday it is that you are celebrating this weekend we hope its a great one!

We will be back next week with more great product reviews and recommendations!

Product of the Week: California Baby Supersensitive Shampoo & Bodywash

Babies are all born with different skin types, most are sensitive and require only the most gentle ingredients.  California Baby is a trusted brand when it comes to providing products that work well with all skin types and are always made up of non-irritating formulas.   This week California Baby Supersensitive Shampoo & Bodywash is our product of the week.

Reason #1.

Non-Irritating! With only the most simple ingredients including calendula, jojoba oil and aloe vera  you can rest easy knowing that you are putting only the safest ingredients out there on your child’s skin.

Reason #2.

Effective!  Made with natural vegetable glucoside cleansers that are non-stripping, sulfate-free and naturally low foaming, this cleanser will get even your messiest toddler clean from head to toe.

Reason #3.

Dual functioning!  You can use this rinse for bubbles in the bath, cleaning your baby/child gently with a wash cloth from head to toe as well as washing their hair. 

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Find your favorite California Baby bath essentials here.  As always, you will find BabyEarth products such as California Baby Supersensitive Shampoo & Bodywash for up to 10% lower than list pricing.

Comfort Items

When it comes to comfort or transitional items I have been a fan of lovies/blankies and pacifiers for sometime now.  For those babies who have a need to suck for comfort pacifiers can be a wonderful aide and of course transitional items are excellent at comforting a child who needs a little extra support.  A majority of the literature out there supports the use of these items, you can read more about their benefits here.

As mentioned above some babies are born with a need to suck, of my three children my oldest was a voracious eater and always needed something to suck or chew on, my second wouldn’t touch a pacifier no matter my persistence and my third fell somewhere in between his older siblings.  Every baby is different so if you have a baby who seems to have this need to suck or enjoys a pacifier for comfort BabyEarth has a variety of pacifiers and other comfort items from which to choose.  

There is a lot of trial and error when it comes to finding the right pacifiers, my children all enjoyed the WubbaNub Infant Plush Toy pacifier early on, it was great for me as well because the weighted stuffed animal helps keep the pacifier in place (for at least a little longer than average).

 

As my children grew I was more concerned with orthodontics when selecting a pacifier so switched to one that was recommended by the AADA. My children liked the Hevea Natural Orthodontic Pacifier for its ability to calm and soothe and I liked the Heava because its made of 100% natural rubber, a safe and biodegradable material, meaning its free of BPAs, PVCs, and phthalates!

Another excellent comfort item to introduce once your baby is a little older is the lovie or blankie.  One of my favorite blankies to use for my children has been the Under the Nile Organics Bunny Blanket friends.  Made with 100% organic cotton you can rest easy knowing that this washable item is safe for the inevitable chewing and sucking!

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What other comfort items have your children enjoyed?  We would love to hear more about your experiences when soothing your own children!

Product of the week: Badger SPF 30 Sunscreen Cream

Product of the week: Badger SPF 30 Sunscreen Cream 

Spring break season is upon us and summer will be here before you know it and for most Moms this means stocking up on sunscreen.  Here at BabyEarth we try to source sunscreens we know will be safe for your children (and adults too!).  This week Badger Sunscreen SPF 30 cream is our product of the week.

Reason #1.

Safe! With only five ingredients: Zinc Oxide, Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Beeswax, Sunflower Vitamin E, and Organic Seabuckthorn you can rest assure that you are putting only the safest ingredients out there on your skin.

Reason #2.

Effective! Broad spectrum protection from UVA & UVB rays using mineral Zinc Oxide.  Its always important to have protection from both rays as UVA penetrates deeper into the skin than UVB. UVA also generates free radicals in living skin, which contribute to skin damage, wrinkling, and skin cancer.

Reason #3.

Variety! Badger Sunscreens come in a variety of types from sport screens with increased water and sweat resistance to scents with soothing lavender and uplifting tangerine & vanilla. 

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Start stocking up on your sunscreen now!  As always, you will find BabyEarth products such as Badger SPF 30 Unscented Cream for purchase up to 15% lower than list pricing.

New Baby Gift Guide

There are registry gifts and there are special new born baby gifts that Mothers just love to receive.  It’s always nice to bring a new Mom a home cooked meal and a few thoughtful items for their bundle of joy.  Some of our most special items at BabyEarth, and those that I personally have loved receiving, are super soft sleepers, stroller blankets and board books with simple pictures.

I’ve been a huge fan of aden+anais since my first child was born, their soft materials can not be beat, they have a wonderfully thick Muslin Dream Blanket great for snuggling in a stroller as well as their beyond soft Bamboo Swaddling Blankets that will perfectly wrap around your baby ensuring a great night sleep.  Two items any new Mom would love!

Other favorites are the BabySoy Soy Soft Kimono One Pieces and Bundlers.  These products are made of soybean protein fiber (Azlon) which is a soft, light fabric known to be smoother than cashmere with the same moisture absorption as cotton. It is hydroscopic, air pervious, soft, smooth, dry and has superior warmth retention that’s comparable to wool. This super fabric will ensure your baby’s comfort while wearing at all times.

Board books are always a great addition to any new baby present package, “Babies First 100 Words” has always been a hit in our house, by the time my third came around I needed to get a new one the pages were so worn!  Babies LOVE touch and feel books as well and over time they start to anticipate each page and know exactly where to “touch and feel”.

Hope these suggestions help in your quest for the perfect new baby gift and please let us know what some of your favorite gifts have been to give and receive!

Product of the Week: The Boppy Original Nursing Pillow

Product of the week: Boppy Original Nursing Pillow

When it comes to breastfeeding getting your baby into a comfortable latching position can be a struggle for both new and experienced Moms, thats where the Boppy Nursing Pillow comes in to save the day!  Boppy Pillows put an end to the common back and neck strain a nursing Mom typically feels and assists in getting your baby into that “just right” position for feeding.  For these reasons and those below the Boppy Original Nursing Pillow is featured as our product of the week. 

Reason #1.

Positioning!  The Boppy Pillow’s crescent shape and soft padding aid in ensuring your baby remains in the right ergonomically correct position during feeding which in turn reduces tiring and often painful muscle tension in the arms, shoulders and neck caused by leaning over your baby.

Reason #2.

Multifunctional! The Boppy is not only great for nursing but can also be a useful tool for tummy time and assisting in propping your baby into an upright position which are both great core strengthening exercises.   Of course never leave your baby unattended while using the Boppy Pillow:)

Reason #3.

Great slip cover options! Boppy covers come in a large variety of machine washable fabrics and colors, from organic cotton to cozy plush you will be sure to find the right cover for your Boppy.  

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Now through 3/31 when you buy a Boppy Original Nursing Pillow with slipcover you will receive a free $10 gift card.

Sippy Cup Basics

Sippy cups are usually a big new Mom topic when transitioning from bottle to cup.  Which brand sippy cups are the best?   What materials should I look for, glass or stainless steel?  Which brands leak?  I’ve been through a lot of sippy cups and finding the right one meant enduring some trial and error.  

When first making the transition from bottles I was looking for a sippy cup that was easy for little hands to handle, leak proof, free of BPAs and other harmful chemicals and one that would keep liquids cool if necessary.  When I first tried the Foogo Phases Leak-Proof Straw Cups I was an instant fan, it addressed all of my sippy cup needs and then some.  I now have two of my children using the straw cups and my 12 month old using the more traditional Foogo Leak-Proof Sippy Cup - lots of happy customers in my house.  

Another go-to are the ever popular Lifefactory Glass Bottles with Straw Cap protection and silicone sleeve.  They are easy to use and great for a lot of little ones who are familiar with the companies glass bottle line.  I love our Lifefactory cups so much I bought my own in the larger 22oz size to store my own water!

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My older children enjoy a morning smoothie and their straw cups do a great job at keeping any liquid from spilling in addition to making sure their drinks stay cool.

Here is our favorite simple morning smoothie recipe:

8-10 oz almond milk (or your choice in milk)

handful of spinach

1 cup of fresh or frozen blueberries 

one banana

1/2 avocado

1 Tbs of coconut manna

handful of ice

blend!

It will be a hit in your house too I’m sure!  Please share some of your own favorite smoothie recipes!