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4 Basic Tips That Can Keep Your Kids Healthy Into Their Adult Years

By |April 16, 2013 |Doreen Bolhuis, Mindful Parenting, Well-being|

Is Your Child at Risk for Obesity? Childhood obesity has become a topic of conversation and concern for more than a few years now.  In the past, childhood was predictably [...]

5 Healthy Habits For Families To Follow To Prevent Obesity

By |February 27, 2013 |Diet, Doreen Bolhuis, Illnesses & Infections, Well-being|

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over the last 30 years childhood obesity has doubled in children and tripled in teenagers.  In 2012, about a quarter of [...]

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8 Healthy Habits to Prevent Childhood Obesity

By |January 29, 2013 |Doreen Bolhuis, Well-being|

Last summer, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that the state of Michigan (my home state) has the fifth-highest obesity rate at 31.3%.  The CDC also projected [...]

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How to Keep Your Child’s Eyes Healthy

By |October 11, 2012 |Development, Dr. Murray Clarke, Latest Posts, Well-being|

Introduction by SafBaby Founder Sandra Blum I've noticed a lot more children and even babies lately, who are wearing glasses. Why? When I was in grade school, one or two [...]

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The Immediate And Long Term Benefits Of Exercise For Baby’s Brain And Body

By |September 14, 2011 |Development, Well-being|

I love to exercise, and personally know that without it my life would be a mess. It is sweetly reassuring to hear that ALL ages benefit, immediately AND long term, [...]

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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 [...]

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Start An Organic Garden With Your Child And Plant Life

By |April 26, 2010 |Mindful Parenting, Outdoors, Well-being|

Introduction by SafBaby Co-Founder Samantha Fox Olson Priceless are the memories of my 3.5 year old daughter in the garden with me. We planted our first organic garden this year, and [...]

Safe Alternative Spring Essentials Top Picks

By |April 16, 2010 |0-1 yr, 1-3 yrs, 3-5 yrs, 5+ yrs, Gift Lists, Toys & Activities|

Eco-friendly, green, nature inspired toys, gifts, books, clothing and more for baby, child and kid are what we are happily highlighting for you all today!  Many of these products are totally natural, and of course all of them are PVC-free, BPA-free, lead free and earth loving. Spring time!  A time when nature all around us is encouraging us to reconnect with her.  A time of sprouting, growing, of uplifting energy and light!  Isn’t that a perfect reflection of our little ones?  So, why not celebrate the gift of Spring with some of these fabulously fun gift ideas for kids. […]

Why Outdoor Play Boosts your Baby’s and Toddler’s Brain Cells and More….

By |July 5, 2009 |Development, Well-being|

Have you ever shifted your baby or toddler's mood simply by getting them outside? Have you ever had a yearning yourself to go for a hike, or to go to [...]

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 found out that sandbox sand may contain asbestos and other harmful particles. My research brought up many questions AND concerns, so SafBaby went right to the experts for answers. Today’s expert: Angkana Roy, MD, (General Academic Pediatrics Fellow, Pediatric Environmental Health Fellow) from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. […]

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 [...]

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…. […]

Is Your Child Breathing Toxic Air?

By |December 18, 2008 |Pollution|

USA Today tracked the path of industrial pollution and mapped the locations of almost 128,000 schools to determine the levels of toxic chemicals outside.  Titled: The Smokestack Effect – Toxic Air and America’s Schools, this information regarding air pollution is shocking and a must read! This site is so easy to use, and the information here is important for all parents to know about for the long-term health of our children. […]

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 [...]

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 the colors of each flower. We use organic potting soil, and also purchased organic veggie starts and herbs. I was surprised at how rewarding it can be to have your own, little [tag] organic garden [/tag]. When planting sunflowers with her daddy she giggled about the worm in the dirt. Each day we go out and say, “hello sunflower,” and “good morning flowers,” to her new planted friend. […]