SafBaby’s Simple Sun Care Guide – 2016

By |June 17, 2016 |0-1 yr, 1-3 yrs, 3-5 yrs, 5+ yrs, Sun & Outdoors|

With the summer season fast approaching and parents wondering if they need sunscreen for their babies and children, we've put together a simple sun care guide. You'll find answers to the [...]

This Water Resistant, Organic Sunscreen For Babies & Grown Ups Just Won 2 Great Awards!

By |August 26, 2013 |Sun & Outdoors|

***Readers please note:  The Honest Company changed its sunscreen formula in early 2015.  Please read SafBaby's SunCare Guide 2015 for updated sun care information and product recommendations.   Redefining what [...]

2013 Best Natural and Non-Toxic Sunscreens for Babies and Children

By |July 8, 2013 |0-1 yr, 1-3 yrs, 3-5 yrs, 5+ yrs, Product Reviews, Sun & Outdoors|

By SafBaby Co-Founders Sandra Blum and Samantha Fox Olson We have put to the test a wide variety of non-toxic, healthy, natural, mineral based sunscreens and are happy to give [...]

A Deeper Look Into Nanoparticles and Sunscreens

By |July 28, 2010 |Sun & Outdoors|

We recently posted a safe alternative sunscreen guide, see here, which included organic sunscreens, mineral based sunscreens, and chemical free sunscreens.  This guide itself took us months to prepare for and present in a format that was unique and informative in many ways.  If you have not seen it, we highly recommend it. After posting our guide we received a few comments from our facebook fans (if you are not a fan please find us here) speaking their concerns with nanoparticles in sunscreens.  Yes!  We love this!  We love being parents, involved in a community of parents, looking to provide the most conscious products to our family on a daily basis.  We very much appreciate your comments and are honored to learn from them ourselves.  So, are nanosunscreens safe? From those couple of comments I have come up with 9 pristine questions regarding the safety of nanoparticles for our babies and children.  And we have asked each and every one of our sunscreen manufacturers featured in our safe alternative sunscreen guide to answer them.  What a phenomenal way to dig deeper into the controversial concerns of nanoparticles and educate ourselves as parents on how to provide our children safe protection in a sunscreen.  Below we have added our questions and the answers from each manufacturer, in the order that they answered us back. Enjoy, and keep those comments coming!  We are all in this together and we respect your concerns and are honored we can help find you answers. Did you know that there are zero regulations here in the USA regarding nanosunscreens?  Did you know that in Europe there are laws regulating some nanoparticles in sunscreens and cosmetics?  Continue reading to find out more information on this topic that you may not have known about. […]

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The Best All Natural, Non-Toxic Sunscreens for Babies & Children

By |June 30, 2010 |0-1 yr, 1-3 yrs, 3-5 yrs, 5+ yrs, Product Reviews, Sun & Outdoors|

By SafBaby Co-Founder Samantha Fox Olson We have put to the test a wide variety of non-toxic, healthy, natural, mineral-based sunscreens and are happy to give you the low down [...]

PVC-Free Swimmies That Help Facilitate Learning How To Swim

By |May 23, 2010 |1-3 yrs, 3-5 yrs, 5+ yrs, MACT Award Winners, Product Reviews, Sun & Outdoors|

We live on an island, so it’s no surprise that it is VERY important to me that my child knows how to swim.  Regardless of where we live, having the freedom to enjoy water and be SAFE around it is something that every parent wishes for their children.  True? So, when we heard of Schlori Swim Cushions, a 100% pure cotton “floaty” recommended by Germany’s foremost swimming schools we were interested.  Most swim floaties here in the USA are made of PVC.  Yuck!  Knowing that  “phthalates leach from PVC toys like water from a wet sponge,” doesn’t make the typical arm floaties so appealing.  Also, this product uses Oeko-Tex certified fabric, so no nasty formaldehydes or other harmful substances in this cotton. Not only that, but arm swimmies, life vests and tubes are truly more of a crutch than a tool for learning how to swim properly.  As opposed to offering a false sense of security in the pool or ocean, Schlori’s PVC-Free swim cushions place the body into a natural position for swimming while giving the greatest possible freedom of movement.  This makes the practicing of the unhindered swimming motion possible, and fun!  Today we are happily reposting to announce Schlori Swim Cushions earned our prestigious ‘Mom Approved – Child Tested’ Excellent Seal of Approval Award! […]

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…. […]

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….. […]

Is Crystalline Silica and Asbestos in Play Sand Harmful?

By |May 26, 2009 |Daycare and Schools, Illnesses & Infections, Sun & Outdoors|

My little girl broke out in hives on 3 different occasions after playing for quite some time in the sandbox of our local park. So, after a little research, I [...]

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! […]

Organic, Chemical-Free, and All Natural Insecticides by EcoSMART

By |April 12, 2009 |Household, Product Reviews, Sun & Outdoors|

EcoSMART® is a non-toxic, water based and natural insecticide with active ingredients made from organic plant oils!  Sound too good to be truly effective? Well, get ready to be blown [...]

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|

By SafBaby Co-Founders Sandra Blum and Samantha Fox Olson Simply put, I have not seen a single piece from the Snapper Rock UV50 Collection that I do not absolutely love!  [...]

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…. […]

PVC-free Apron and Bib by Bumkins for Babies and Children

By |December 29, 2008 |1-3 yrs, 3-5 yrs, 5+ yrs, Product Reviews, Sun & Outdoors, Toys & Activities|

By SafBaby Co-Founders Sandra Blum and Samantha Fox Olson For art-work fun, food-dripping skills, and even gardening smiles, this Bumkins PVC-free Apron (or bib) for toddlers is perfect! It is [...]

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

By |October 23, 2008 |0-1 yr, 1-3 yrs, 3-5 yrs, 5+ yrs, MACT Award Winners, Product Reviews, Sun & Outdoors|

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 [...]

Keeping Outdoor Play Safe for Baby and Child

By |August 26, 2008 |0-1 yr, 1-3 yrs, 3-5 yrs, 5+ yrs, Clothing & Shoes, MACT Award Winners, Product Reviews, Sun & Outdoors|

It is absolutely essential your baby or child is kept safe in the sun, and Sharksuit makes it easy and fun. Depending on where you live, shopping for sun protective [...]

Nature Play and Outdoor Fun With Simple Activities For Children

By |July 28, 2008 |1-3 yrs, 3-5 yrs, 5+ yrs, Books, Development, MACT Award Winners, Product Reviews, Sun & Outdoors, Well-being|

I remember how much I enjoyed the outdoors as a child. I climbed trees to pick apples and cherries, tried to catch butterflies, collected different shaped leaves and loved getting [...]

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Safe Gardening With Your Child Is a Gift For Life

By |July 13, 2008 |1-3 yrs, 3-5 yrs, 5+ yrs, Outdoors, Sun & Outdoors, Toys & Activities, Well-being|

It has been such a pleasure having a small garden to share with my little girl, the gifts of LIFE. She loves picking her own strawberries and delights in all [...]

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The Importance of Safe and Non-Toxic Skin Care Products for Baby and Child

By |May 29, 2008 |Chemicals in Products, Sun & Outdoors, Well-being|

Being amongst other moms, the subject of what our baby’s are eating (or not eating) is not an uncommon topic. As parents we are truly concerned at what goes into our baby’s bodies, and after reading and watching this article, you will be as equally concerned at what goes ON their bodies too. Tonight as I was taking a bath with my little baby girl I was so happy in knowing that the products that I am using on her skin are non-toxic and safe! Not only that, but I love them and so does she. She keeps asking for “more” of the foaming heavenly soap, and I am thankful that I know what every single ingredient is in this fabulous stuff! As we were soaking in the warm water, I couldn’t help but think of all this research I have been doing with [tag] toxins in baby skin care products [/tag]. […]

Product Review: Badger All Natural Sunblock

By |May 29, 2008 |1-3 yrs, 3-5 yrs, 5+ yrs, Product Reviews, Sun & Outdoors|

Isn’t it so amazing? A baby’s skin is so soft and flawless. Sometimes I have a little freak-out moment when I see our faces side-by-side in the mirror. Wow, my skin just isn’t as new as it use to be! I can live with that though, as long as I can enjoy the soft, smooth milky-white skin of my baby girls for years to come. So, in an effort to keep her skin safe and beautiful I use [tag] chemical-free sunblock [/tag] on her every time we go outside to play. The sun is out in full force here in Southern California. Not only that, but the radiation from the sun is in full spectrum too. […]