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

By |July 8, 2009 |0-1 yr, 1-3 yrs, 3-5 yrs, 5+ yrs, Product Reviews, Sun & Outdoors|

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…. […]

Eating Wholesome is Easy For Babies, Toddlers and Adults With This Cookbook

By |June 29, 2009 |0-1 yr, 1-3 yrs, 3-5 yrs, 5+ yrs, Books, Diet, Nutrition, Product Reviews|

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 [...]

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

By |June 25, 2009 |0-1 yr, 1-3 yrs, 3-5 yrs, 5+ yrs, Food Gear, Product Reviews|

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! […]

This SPF Sun Hat for Kids and Adults Tops The Rest!

By |June 15, 2009 |0-1 yr, 1-3 yrs, 3-5 yrs, 5+ yrs, Clothing & Shoes, Product Reviews, Sun & Outdoors|

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….. […]

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

By |June 2, 2009 |0-1 yr, 1-3 yrs, 3-5 yrs, 5+ yrs, Diapering, Product Reviews|

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! […]

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

By |May 23, 2009 |0-1 yr, 1-3 yrs, 3-5 yrs, Diapering, Product Reviews|

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 [...]

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

By |May 13, 2009 |0-1 yr, 1-3 yrs, 3-5 yrs, 5+ yrs, Clothing & Shoes, Product Reviews|

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….. […]

Earth Friendly Stainless Steel Food Containers Are Smarter and More Stylish Than Plastic

By |May 7, 2009 |1-3 yrs, 3-5 yrs, 5+ yrs, Food Gear, Product Reviews|

Happy Tiffin Stainless Steel food containers are a great alternative to plastic Ziploc and Tupperware. They are fun to use, simple to clean, good for the environment and their 3 tiered product is also economical! I have really been loving my 3-tiered Tiffin.  Using it to pack snacks on our outings to the beach and park, and storing our leftovers in the fridge. I felt especially kind to Mother Earth the day I brought my stainless stackers with me to get take-out.  No plastic bags, no Styrofoam boxes, NO WASTE WHATSOEVER!  And the staff at the Cafe thought it was really cool too! The tiered feature makes it really nice to keep everything organized and put together.  Feels much more Zen than having tons of plastic tupperwares everywhere.  You know the ones…….the ones that never have a matching top.  Well, not with these Tiffins!  It’s all put together, very practical! […]

Non-toxic Sand Toys by Green Toys are Eco-Friendly and Fun

By |April 14, 2009 |1-3 yrs, 3-5 yrs, 5+ yrs, Product Reviews, Sun & Outdoors, Toys & Activities|

Our very popular and informative post titled “How Dangerous Is PVC in Toys? We’ve Got The Answers From THE Expert” clearly lays out the dangers of PVC in our children’s toys. One of the types of toys out there that is not easy to find as PVC-free has been sand toys.  And since Spring has sprung and Summer time is right around the corner, beach days and countless hours of fun are waiting to be had playing in the sand! I was immediately impressed by the quality of Green Toys™ Sand Play Set made from 100% recycled milk jugs.  They are sturdy, with a plastic much thicker than my girl’s other sand toys.  These toys are truly made to last! Green Toys Sand Play set comes with a bucket, a sand castle mold, a shovel and a rake.  All of which are PBA-Free, phthalates free, and free of lead paints too! […]

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

By |April 5, 2009 |0-1 yr, 1-3 yrs, 3-5 yrs, 5+ yrs, Clothing & Shoes, Product Reviews, Sun & Outdoors|

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! […]

A Natural and Effective DEET-Free Bug Spray

By |April 2, 2009 |1-3 yrs, 3-5 yrs, 5+ yrs, Product Reviews, Sun & Outdoors|

If a long winter has kept you indoors, or if a warm-weathered Spring Break is in your future, then you and your family are eager to get into the wild outdoors!  Living here in Hawaii, we are outdoors daily, and so are those darn mosquitoes. And boy do those pesky biters like new blood!  When we moved here, my daughter was especially tasty to seemingly every mosquito within miles of her 2 year old blood. The dangers of deet, especially for our babies and children, are highly toxic.  So, I had to find a safer, more natural alternative. Let me tell you, my whole family was happy when I found Second Skin Naturals™.  My little one was actually in the habit of asking for it whenever she started getting bit too.  (Which was often while we were loading up in the car.)  And daddy’s work out in the banana patches and with other yard work has been more enjoyable too. What you need to know about deet, especially if you are a parent is this…. […]

Hand Sanitizer that Kills 99.9% Germs Without Toxic Synthetic Chemicals

By |March 31, 2009 |0-1 yr, 1-3 yrs, 3-5 yrs, 5+ yrs, Bath & Body Care, Product Reviews|

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 […]

Natural Mat’s Organic Cotton and Natural Latex Mattress: The Coco Mat

By |March 27, 2009 |0-1 yr, 1-3 yrs, 3-5 yrs, 5+ yrs, MACT Award Winners, Nursery, Nursery Room, Product Reviews|

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! […]

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

By |March 26, 2009 |0-1 yr, 1-3 yrs, 3-5 yrs, 5+ yrs, Nursery, Nursery Room, Product Reviews|

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 [...]

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

By |March 25, 2009 |0-1 yr, 1-3 yrs, 3-5 yrs, 5+ yrs, Nursery, Nursery Room, Product Reviews|

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! […]

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

By |March 10, 2009 |0-1 yr, 1-3 yrs, 3-5 yrs, 5+ yrs, Gear, Product Reviews|

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! […]

‘Wrap of Love’ – Luxurious, Organic, Fair Trade and Extra Special

By |March 1, 2009 |1-3 yrs, 3-5 yrs, 5+ yrs, Clothing & Shoes, Product Reviews|

Luxurious and cozy soft, this organic cotton bathrobe by Coyuchi is everything you would dream of to wrap up the perfect bubble bath experience for your small child! I feel as if I am treating my toddler to a rich experience of a baby-spa each time I drape her into this ‘wrap of love.’  Not only that, but on a higher level, I also feel that I have positively contributed to our planet in a more compassionate manner too. These high quality bathrobes are made of the highest quality certified organic cotton, are free of formaldehyde, and all of their farming and manufacturing is done with fair trade practices. At a first glance, that may not sound dramatically “planet enhancing”, but once you learn more about these standards, you will look at our textile industry with new eyes, and feel a sense of appreciation for companies such as Coyuchi who’s mission is truly respectable. […]

Loaded With Nutritional Goodness, and Your Kids Will Eat It!

By |February 19, 2009 |1-3 yrs, 3-5 yrs, 5+ yrs, Food & Supplements, Product Reviews|

I think every parent goes through the “I can’t get my child to eat anything healthy!” phases.  Believe me, we have tried many of the sneaky ways to hide nutritional goodness in food, let me tell you.  Like the spinach in the blueberry cake trick. But I have to say, Parma! really does take home the cake when it comes to a nutrient dense sprinkle (vegan Parmesan cheese) you can add to nearly any meal. If the phrase “vegan” Parmesan cheese makes you turn up your nose already, wait just one moment.  If I haven’t tried this personally, and if I have not (and my toddler too) fallen in love with the stuff, I would be thinking the same thing. Truth be told, I have never had a vegan cheese that I thought tasted good, not until we laid our chompers on Parma!  It is DELICIOUS!  Yumm, yumm, yumm yumm yumm.  And my little girl eats it right out of the container if she can get to it. […]

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

By |February 16, 2009 |0-1 yr, 1-3 yrs, 3-5 yrs, 5+ yrs, Chemicals in Products, Food Gear, Household, Kitchen, Product Reviews|

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 [...]

Happy Mais Eco-friendly Toy Stimulates Creativity For Hours

By |February 12, 2009 |3-5 yrs, 5+ yrs, Product Reviews, Toys & Activities|

My daughter’s loves arts and crafts, so I thought Happy Mais would be something she would enjoy.  Little did I know she would be obsessed with it! When we got our first box, she played all morning long (and could have gone longer if I hadn’t put the box away.) I’ve never seen her have such a long attention span with anything, not even playdough or finger painting! She can become easily frustrated (like any other 3 year old)  if she can’t do something by herself. With Happy Mais, she is able to be totally creative without needing to ask for help. Happy Mais Building Blocks are made from 100% GM-free cornstarch, (“Mais” means “corn” in Italian/French) and dyed with non toxic food colorings. No glue is needed, the starch contained in this happy corn works as a natural glue.  Just wet and stick together! Happy Mais is totally biodegradable and compostable, all of which makes this a truly safe and eco-friendly toy. […]