The Ultimate ‘Safe Alternative’ Gift Guide for Kids 0-6

By |November 25, 2009 |

We are so happy to bring this Gift Guide for kids to you this year.  We have hand selected only the finest products made from conscious companies with the highest standards in toy safety.  All of these products are eco-friendly, non-toxic, green, or a safe alternative to other similar products readily available at big box stores.
We were looking for toys and games that enliven our children’s imaginations, that bring about a feeling of magical play, AND that are healthy!  Santa would be proud to deliver ANY of these gifts and all gifts fit in Santa’s budget too. All gifts are under $100, and we even have a great coupon code from Maukilo too!  Enjoy!

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Safe Gift Ideas From Our Approved Vendors With Coupon Codes

By |November 25, 2009 |

We greatly admire all of the companies that you see highlighted on our Approved Vendor page through out the year.  Below are some great gift ideas from these respectable web-retailers […]

The Media Doesn’t Want You To See This!

By |November 23, 2009 |

Consuming Kids is an hour message that is incredibly eye-opening and positively influential!  This documentary helps us recognize who we are permitting to teach our children about values, where happiness comes from, and on what truly makes them important and worthy individuals.  I use to think that since my child didn’t watch cable television, she was safe from media influence.   Boy were my eyes opened.  Consuming Kids is a MUST see for ALL parents!

Who is telling you what is appropriate for your children to watch, to consume, and how to behave?  Who is telling your kids what holds value?  The truth of the matter is that our children become targets to the multi-billion dollar marketing machine trying to sell them things, and instill in their minds what is “cool”,  in the very first year of their lives.  Our children deserve consideration and respect as miraculous beings.  They DON’T deserve to be convinced at a very early age that life is about getting/buying things.  They don’t deserve to be a target as a life long consumer!

Consuming Kids took me, and will take you, on a journey into the selfish intentions and huge  impact that advertising has on our kids. […]

Keep Cell Phones Away From Your Children

By |October 4, 2009 |

The concerns regarding cell phone usage in relation to brain tumors/cancers is an on-going controversy.  But when it comes to cell phone health risks for our children, SAFbaby is leaning on the side of extreme caution for many scientific reasons that we will begin talking about here.

If you google “Cell Phone Health Risks in Children” you get 40,800,000 results.  We are obviously not the only ones concerned that frequent cell phone exposure can lead to severe health effects. So we are happy today to bring you tips on how to greatly reduce your child’s exposure to cell phone radiation.

More and more studies show cell phone use can increase the risk for brain and mouth tumors.   But, because there are not enough studies done on its long term effects (10+ years) nothing is being done by the U.S. government to protect consumers, especially children.

In 1950 a controversial U.S. study came out claiming cigarette smoking could cause lung cancer. Nobody took it seriously for many years to come and the government did nothing because it did not believe smoking cigarettes was the cause.

It makes me wonder if cell phones one day will be responsible for more cancer than cigarettes. Today, 4 billion people worldwide own a cell phone! An astonishing number when just 10 years ago it was rare to see a cell phone. […]

Food Inc.: E. Coli On The Rise – A Threat To Our Children

By |September 22, 2009 |

This documentary, in an impeccable way, lifts from us a deliberate vail between our food and where it comes from.

There is such an important message brought to us here from […]

Eco-friendy And 100% Sustainable Infant Shoes by Simple Shoes

By |September 10, 2009 |

These earth-friendly shoes are not only 100% adorable, they are also completely free of toxic chemicals such as toxic glues, dyes and plastics (which are readily found in many shoes.)
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Natural Skin Care For Kids With Eczema Or Other Skin Sensitivities

By |August 13, 2009 |

This new line of skin care from Skin Free® is fabulous!  As soon as I put it on my skin I loved it.  Nothing fancy, no long list of ingredients (just a handful on really natural ingredients at most), and zero fragrance.  This combo helps to make this a perfect line of skin care for babies, children, pregnant mamas, or anyone with sensitive skin or skin irritations.

Scoring a ZERO on Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep site is tested information stating that a skin care product, or in this case LINE of products, are non-toxic, chemical free, safe and natural.  Skin Free® scores a ZERO!  Completely non-toxic skin care, great for all people, even infants, with skin conditions or sensitive skin.

I knew I was sold after using these products personally, my skin felt hydrated and nourished.  It felt as though my skin drank this stuff up!   But, how would it do for a family with skin conditions such as eczema?

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This PVC-Free, BPA Free, Lead Free, and Phthalate Teething Toy For Baby Is A Genius Idea!

By |August 3, 2009 |

This PVC, phthalate, latex, BPA and lead free teething toy from Smart Mom is truly a smart invention.  Practical, a safe alternative to plastic chew toys (and a safe alternative to chewing on metal and beaded jewelry) and stylish!

Yep, stylish!  This chew toy doubles as a fun necklace for mom, and a teething toy for baby.  Teething Bling®, this trendy teething jewelry, was inspired by babies who like to tug on women’s jewelry.

And any mom can tell you, from experience of babies pulling and mouthing their jewelry, that this is an ingenious idea!

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A Safe and Effective DEET-Free Bug Spray for Babies and Kids

By |July 8, 2009 |

Deet, especially for our babies and children, is highly toxic.  So, being a nature loving family, we wish to use a safer alternative.
The great outdoors is a place where our young one’s mind can expand with the vastness of nature. Breathing in fresh air and experiencing the delightful array of unlimited possibilities that stretch from the grass on the earth, to the expansive vault of the sky is a gift we can give our children daily.
Don’t let those pesty mosquitoes hold you back from getting into the forest/jungle, enjoying colorful sunsets, or even picnicking in your very own backyard this summer.  OUR BABIES THRIVE FROM THE NURTURE OF NATURE.  Find a DEET-free bug spray, and get out in nature and enjoy!
What you need to know about deet, especially if you are a parent is this….
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Eating Wholesome is Easy For Babies, Toddlers and Adults With This Cookbook

By |June 29, 2009 |

I can’t say that I have ever REALLY enjoyed reading a cookbook like this one!  Eating For the Whole Family by Cynthia Lair is positively inspiring!

Feeding the Whole Family is […]

Stainless Steel Ice Cube Trays Makes Safe Frozen Baby Food: A Safe Alternative To Plastic

By |June 25, 2009 |

Making baby food for your baby is a wonderful gift.  For a baby to receive the nourishment of whole foods, cooked from your garden or local farmer’s market to the table is the best!

But sometimes it really is a little too time consuming to make each meal fresh.  Freezing your own cooked baby food is the next best thing to a freshly cooked home-cookin’ meal.

And since SAFbaby loves to stray from the norm of plastic everythings, we were really excited to hear about these stainless steel ice cube trays from the Tickle Trunk!  Not only can you make ice cubes from plastic free trays, but what an invention for safely freezing your own homemade baby food and food purees!
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This SPF Sun Hat for Kids and Adults Tops The Rest!

By |June 15, 2009 |

This Play Hat from Sunday Afternoons is just about the coolest invention in an SPF hat for children that we’ve seen!

When it comes to sun protection clothing, it is nice to know what to look for.  This Sun Hat carries a 50+ UPF!  If a garment has a UPF factor (Ultra Violet Protection Factor) of 50 attached to it, this means that just 1/50th of the sun’s radiation will reach the skin.

Our children have such delicate skin.  My daughter’s skin is especially sensitive on her scalp, face and around her eyes.  So keeping her head covered while she is playing in the great outdoors is smart and safe.

There are many reasons why this hat is topping the rest…..

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PVC-Free Wet/Dry Bags: Great for Cloth Diapers, Swim Wear and More

By |June 2, 2009 |

Oh the uses a mommy will find for these PVC-free and lead-free wet and wet/dry bags by Planet Wise. Not only are they completely waterproof, even at the seams, but they are wonderfully crafted in the USA!

PVC or vinyl often lines bags that are meant to be waterproof (such as diaper bags.) But, not only is PVC incredibly toxic, it also can NOT be recycled, making it an environmental toxin too. Not cool.

Thanks goodness these stylish wet bags from Planet Wise are totally cool, economical, and made by a eco-conscious husband and wife team in the USA.

Also, did you know that many zippers have been pained using paint that contains lead? Yikes! Well, not here. All zippers in Planet Wise’s eco-line of bags are lead free too!

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Baby Carriers Can Contain Toxic Fire Retardants, Dyes and Formaldehyde

By |May 29, 2009 |

…that’s why we wanted to review a totally natural, non-toxic AND beautiful baby wearing sling.    New Native is a comfortable and easy-to-wear baby carrier, that is free of harmful additives!

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Luxuriously Dreamy: Organic Cotton Crib Bedding by Coyuchi

By |May 28, 2009 |

Coyuchi’s certified organic cotton crib sheets and blankets are THE softest you’ll find!  They are made from 100% certified organic fair trade cotton, and grown “by hand” on family farms in India.

My 2 1/2 year old, who is still happily sleeping in her crib, seriously favors this brand of organic bedding. She tells me often how soft her sheets feel and even refused to go to bed one night because I put on her old fitted sheet and blanket (it was laundry day!).

Since our young children spend most of their time sleeping, it is nice to know their little growing bodies rest on pure and natural, formaldehyde and toxic-dye free sheets and mattress.  And if you haven’t read our post on the harmful effects of insecticides and pesticides in the cotton industry, please do read!

Additionally, Coyuchi’s bedding line (including bumpers, blanket and sham) is dreamy.  The embroidery is so simple and sweet that we just fell in love.  The soft feel of the artwork is perfect for all babies! […]

Go Green With These Economical Organic One Size Cloth Diapers/Wipes

By |May 23, 2009 |

There is really no excuse decent enough not to go cloth these days. Instead of dumping billions of diapers in landfills which take hundreds of years to decompose, it’s time to be part of the solution and choose an eco-friendly diaper!

Because of these challenging economic times, we wanted to test an more economical cloth diaper: bumGenius Organic One-Size Cloth Diaper Snap Closure is a great choice and we are happy to help parents make cloth diapering economical and simple with this review.

And just in case you need one more incentive to cloth diaper your infant or toddler:  on average a cloth diaper babe is potty trained up to 2 years faster than a disposable diapered kid. Ok, that is another HUGE incentive!

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Eco-friendly Leather Shoes With Natural Rubber Soles and High Standards

By |May 13, 2009 |

This is premium footwear for babies and kids!  As soon as you get a pair of these conscious shoes in your hand you will melt too.  So soft to the touch, yet sturdy and crafted to perfection.

Bobux’s® (a New Zealand based company) eco-friendly, soft soled leather shoes are amazing!  I wish I could fit my foot into a pair of these kickers myself.

Not only are each of their i-Walk shoes fastened with convenient Velcro, or a zipper for the stylish eco-friendly cowgirl and cowboy boots, but the sole is soft, flexible, and made of non-slip natural rubber.

Additionally, Bobux Eco-leather™ was purposely developed to produce an exceptionally soft surface that would be gentle on baby’s delicate newborn skin AND friendly on the environment.  No wonder my little girl, who typically only wants to go barefoot, actually keeps these shoes on her feet!

Bobux® meets high standards when it comes to being an eco-friendly shoe…..

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PVC-free and BPA-free European Style Bath Tub by Spa Baby for Infants

By |May 11, 2009 |

When my daughter was an infant she did not like taking baths and we always had to rush through it – it wasn’t pleasant for both of us, including my back. I also found out later, that the tub I’ve been using was made of toxic PVC, like practically all bath tubs on the market today.

After talking to my family members and friends in Europe about the unpleasant bathing experience, they told me I MUST use a bath bucket, which are additionally widely recommended by Pediatricians and Midwifes over there (sadly not here in the US!).

Apparently, the natural upright position and being in water up to their shoulders mimics the feeling of being in the womb which makes total sense. Even the most colicky baby stays warm, happy and relaxed, exactly what a bathing experience should be like. Another benefit is that it needs less water! […]

Organic Swaddle Blankets by Solana Baby Wear: Non-toxic Dyes and Formaldehyde-free

By |May 2, 2009 |

I didn’t know anything about swaddling when I had my first baby, but after watching the Happiest Baby on the Block and trying it out, swaddling our little girl was the easiest way to get her to sleep peacefully.  Not to mention, swaddling can help relieve colic and helps an infant to feel safe, as if still snug in mama’s womb.

I was not happy though with the heavy cotton receiving blankets I bought, I was constantly afraid my baby would overheat and checked on her often.

Additionally, most conventional receiving/swaddling blankets contain harmful dyes, formaldehyde, synthetics (like polyester) and fire retardants.  If you choose a Certified Organic Cotton Swaddle however, you can be certain that what is blanketing your little one’s brand new skin (and nervous system) is 100% pure goodness. […]

This PVC-Free, Eco-friendly Diaper Bag is Practical and Hip

By |April 24, 2009 |

Here is our take on this pvc-free and eco-friendly diaper bag by FleurVille.  I mean, we are both moms (Sandra ready to be a mama AGAIN) so we have had our fair share of experience with diaper bags.  And we never really have fallen for a diaper bag until now.

Most diaper bags are huge, and if you are a mama who carries your babe mostly in a baby carrier or sling toting a huge bag around with you too just does not work.  And I know because I have been there, done that.

Hanging the huge bag on my arm wasn’t easy, it would fall down all the time and was totally inconvenient. I usually left it in the car and had to run back to get wipes and diapers.

Since I was breastfeeding, I never really needed baby bottles either, so carrying around a huge bag wasn’t necessary.  And now that she is potty trained, my mega diaper bag has no practical use.  But, this hip diaper bag from FleurVille doubles wonderfully as a really cool purse too.

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