SPF Swim Wear and Sports Wear for Babies, Toddlers and Kids

By |April 5, 2009 |

Simply put, I have not seen a single piece from the Snapper Rock UV50 Collection that I do not absolutely love!  We are not left surprised that Snapper Rock Swim Wear is sold only in the finest boutiques and stores around the world.  (But no worries, we have their link below!)

We live on an island and 96% of all of the little girls/toddlers I see on the beach  are wearing itsy bitsy, tiny weenie, cute-as-can-be bikinis.

There is no denying that they are cute, but I am always left thinking to myself how happy I am that I have the ability to greatly reduce my baby’s overall harmful sun exposure right now, while she is so young.

“Why not let her keep her precious and flawless skin as long as I can?” I think.

Well, thanks to Snapper Rock, my little one is looking incredibly stylish, outrageously adorable and can endlessly play in the outdoors without harming her new and beautiful skin.

Furthermore, she LOVES to wear her Snapper Rock wear when we are at the beach, the park, or playing in the yard.  I was astonished at how fast my little girl’s swim shorts dried after playing in the river and ocean.  The material is amazing.  Oh yeah, my daughter just loves that her swim shorts HAVE POCKETS!  She thinks that is the coolest.

We SAFbaby mama’s think the safe UV50 factor is pretty cool! […]

Hand Sanitizer that Kills 99.9% Germs Without Toxic Synthetic Chemicals

By |March 31, 2009 |

In the US, we are obsessed with germ killers more than anywhere else in the world!
Anti-bacterial products are every where from shoes, tooth brushes, toys, bibs, cutting boards, shower mats, wash gels to hand sanitizers.
They’re usually labeled as with words like:  antibacterial, fights germs, protection against mold, and odor-fighting.
What are the concerns with most common anti-bacterial products? Well, the first big one for us here at SafBaby is that the most common ones available in our mainstream marketplace kill ALL the bacteria on our skin. Not all bacterias are bad, and we need the good stuff to stay healthy too.
The overuse of anti-bacterial soaps, sprays, gels and so on has contributed to helping harmful bacteria become somewhat immune to their use. So, overuse of harsh anti-bacterial products are doing more harm then good over the long haul.
A U.S. FDA advisory committee has found that household use of antibacterial products provides no benefits over plain soap and water, and the American Medical Association recommends that triclosan, an antibacterial chemical and pesticide, not be used in the home, as it may encourage bacterial resistance to antibiotics.¹
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Natural Mat’s Organic Cotton and Natural Latex Mattress: The Coco Mat

By |March 27, 2009 |

Natural Mat is a respectable mattress company that passes strict US Fire Retardants standards without any use of toxic fire retardants. Right on!  This is not easy to find.  (Please beware of the “organic” label on mattresses unless you really know what you are looking for.)

Natural Mat is truly a safe, non-toxic, chemical-free crib mattress that we recommend. Natural Mat uses natural latex, cruelty-free wool and organic cotton in their mattresses.  However, their Coco Mat is latex free.

‘Natural Latex’ was a topic we were feeling quite confused with, so  Natural Mat helped clarify with us how their “natural” process works since they do use natural latex in their more expensive line of organic mattresses.  Also, we cover the subject of potential allergies, and other important concerns in our exclusive interview below!

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Naturepedic’s Organic Cotton Mattress: Wool Free and Latex Free

By |March 26, 2009 |

What’s special and convenient about Naturpedic’s organic mattress for babies and children is that they have a 2-in-1 crib and twin mattress.

This versatile 2 in 1 Organic Cotton Ultra is […]

Non-toxic Crib Mattress: Organic doesn’t mean safer!

By |March 25, 2009 |

Knowing now the dangers of fire retardant to our children, the thought of having my baby face down, or even face up, on a product that is riddled with these dangerous chemicals is frightening.

It is also unsettling to think that a mattress can be labeled “organic”, and STILL contain toxic hormone, reproductive, and neurological-disrupting chemicals. Yes, you read that one correctly. An “organic” mattress does NOT mean “free of toxins” or “natural.” (Something to loose sleep over when it comes to the product your baby spends over half of their young years on.)

You could be getting fooled by toxic marketing techniques! So, before you spend your money to keep your most precious angel safe and dreamy, read this!

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Modern, Eco-Friendly Wooden High Chair: Formaldehyde-Free and VOC free paints

By |March 10, 2009 |

It was love at first site! As soon as I saw the Stokke® Tripp Trapp, eco-friendly wooden high chair, I had to know more about it.

What a beautifully constructed piece of functional furniture, with a modern artistry!  (I know, drooling over a highchair may seem infantile, but if you have seen one of these in person, you know exactly what I am talking about.)

Not only does it look ravishingly beautiful, but this is the kind of furniture that grows with your baby!  As soon as your baby can sit at the table with you all for his first taste of mashed veggie he will use his Stokke® highchair.  But even as he sits at his desk studying for his college exams, he will still get full use out of his Tripp Trapp Stokke eco-chair!  We love that! […]

Refreshingly Unique Books by Barefoot Books for Babies and Kids

By |February 20, 2009 |

Barefoot Books is an award-winning, independent publishing company for children’s books with a magical gift for stimulating imagination and a love for reading.

Their books truly are different from other books typically found at book stores. We love the creative, colorful and whimsical illustrations and the playful rhythm to each story.

Our daughter’s favorite 2 Barefoot Books are Bear On A Bike, and The Animal Boogie! […]

Stainless Steel Dish Set, A Safe Alternative to Melamine and Plastic

By |February 16, 2009 |

SAFbaby.com has been on a quest to find a safe, non-toxic, durable and unbreakable dish set for children!

But first, find out why we don’t recommend plastic & melamine dish sets:
PLASTICS:
Although […]

The Inexpensive Yet Priceless Gift Of Physical Literacy

By |January 28, 2009 |

After watching  GYMTRIX™, I have been inspired!

Life around our house has since been filled with a little more physical activity between my toddler and I.  It has been so much fun, and is priceless for my toddler’s development!

Some of my favorite GYMTRIX™ activities are quite simple, yet I had not even thought of implementing them into our daily lives.

But, after watching the DVD and learning all the benefits of “physical literacy”, I am encouraged AND equip to implement this play periodically throughout the day!

My favorite activities in these DVDs are….

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Toxins Have Us Running For Eco-Friendly Baby and Kid Shoes

By |January 23, 2009 |

I usually check ingredients carefully when it comes to food, cosmetics and toys, but recently I’ve been curious to look more carefully into what goes into shoes.
Have you ever wondered what shoes are made of?
Finding healthy, non-toxic shoes for kids was a real challenge!  I like my baby/toddler shoes to be healthy, comfortable AND stylish, which is even a bigger challenge.
Dangerous chemicals are used to dye leather shoes, and many people who work and live near tanneries are dying from cancer caused by exposure.  Most of our kids shoes are loaded with these chemicals and there are  unfortunately no strict safety standards in the US.
If there were guidelines for toxic chemicals in our children’s clothing and shoes, would we find a great increase in recalls?  We think so.
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Why Choose a Natural Detangler Over a Toxic One?

By |December 17, 2008 |

Made with organic and natural botanicals, this detangler/leave-in-conditioner by Noli-n-Nali™ rocks!

Oh the joys of having a child that loves wearing 2 ponytails, but that doesn’t love having her hair brushed.

When you have a baby or child, you know about that endless rat’s nest that seems to magically form as the hairdo on the back of their heads.

That hair that goes out of control every time they get into a car seat, awaken from a sleepy-time, or just in general!   Finding a detangler seems the simple answer.  But…

What is typically in leading brand’s detanglers for our babies is alarming to us! […]

And Our “Toy Manufacturer of the Year Award” Goes To…..

By |December 16, 2008 |

Honestly, the quality of Plan Toys® is the best we have seen this year!  We are so impressed with this companies work and standards that we had to put a […]

Safe and Non-toxic Christmas Stocking Stuffers

By |November 23, 2008 |

We just adore these personalized Felt stockings from The Land of Nod.  A stocking just doesn’t have that “all-warm-and-cozy” feel if it can belong to just anyone!

Here at SafBaby we are having a ball finding the SAFEST and CUTEST presents to stuff these great stockings with.  And, of course, all of our recommendations are Non-toxic, PVC-free, BPA-free, Lead-free and  unique! […]

SafBaby’s Holiday Gift List for 2008: Healthy Toys Kids Love!

By |November 22, 2008 |

We have literally been up to our ears in toy safety this season. We have reviewed so many toys with our toddlers testing them along side of us. We have […]

A Simple Baby Wrap With Many Benefits

By |November 14, 2008 |

It’s Babywearing week (Nov 12-18) and we thought it would be perfect timing to highlight the Moby™ Baby Wrap, especially since there are so many benefits to wearing your baby.

At first I was a little overwhelmed when I took my wrap out of the cotton bag: 5.5 meters of soft stretch cotton cloth. What now?

Because I am a visual learner, I decided to watch the instruction video from Moby™ Wrap. Simple!
Moby™ Wrap’s Classic Hug Hold
The video demonstrates the ‘classic hug hold’! It is incredible easy to follow and a few minutes later – voilà – I had my Moby Wrap perfectly wrapped around my upper body.

I tried it with my friend’s 5 month old baby, and I have to say it is incredibly comfortable and secure. I was worried at first that the baby could fall out easily, but if you follow the instructions, your baby is absolutely safe. […]

Why Our Children Need Supplements & Natural Immune Boosting Support

By |November 11, 2008 |

Interview by SafBaby Founders Sandra Blum and Samantha Fox Olson

Ever since my daughter started eating solids, I wondered if a supplement was necessary. If so, what do I look for? Can they […]

Does Being “Too Posh To Push” Have It’s Consequences?

By |November 10, 2008 |

We recently watched this wonderfully made documentary, The Business of Being Born.
Director Abby Epstein, and Executive Producer Ricki Lake’s film takes a closer look at: hospital births, why we have so many C-sections in the USA, and why midwifes are so important and (sadly) disrespected.
Sound like just another boring documentary? Not at all! This film is insightful, entertaining, fun, touching and eye-opening. We think every couple that wants to have a baby, or had one, should watch this. […]

Organic, Chemical-free Sunscreen That You’ll Use Year Round

By |October 23, 2008 |

Having an organic and chemical free sunscreen on hand, even in the fall and winter is important if you enjoy the outdoors like we do.

UVA and UVB sunrays travel directly to the earth, regardless of the weather.  We absorb these rays, but our babies absorb them much faster because their skin is so thin and sensitive.  Things like sand and snow actually reflect these dangerous rays too.  Reflective rays are powerful, and snow can reflect dangerous sun rays up to 88%!

Protecting our babies from reflective rays is best done with a safe, chemical free sunscreen! […]

In Search of PVC-Free Baby Dolls

By |October 16, 2008 |

At Safbaby we have been searching for baby dolls free of PVC for the last few months (in the US and Europe), and we have been unsuccessful in finding one.
Since we’ve recently received an email from a mother who’s desperately trying to find a doll for her little girl that is PVC/Vinyl-Free, we now post our research here for all of you.
Even though most manufacturer claim that PVC/Vinyl without phthalates is not harmful, many experts question it’s safety. […]

Enjoy Your Eco-fabulous Party with Bambu Bamboo!

By |October 13, 2008 |

We used these adorable bamboo disposable plates for my little girl’s second birthday party. What a eco-fabulous way to party in style, along with having the convenience of no clean-up! Nothing like giving a party AND enjoying it too. With Bamdino Bamboo Plates, I was able to do just that!

Along side of the Bamdino Plates, we also used the Bambu Baby and Kids Utensils as a natural non-plastic alternative.

The new Kids Spork double times its duties, and was a fun way to celebrate and eat our fruit salad with too! The sporks were also then taken home by each child to enjoy time and time again. The coolest thing with these, when they out grow them, they can still be used for play with their kitchen and tea sets. […]