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This Wrap Rocks

I thought that carrying my newborn around would be a breeze. How hard could carrying around an eight pound little bundle be? Turns out an eight pound bundle can get awfully heavy when you’re carrying him around 24/7! Luckily, a friend offered to lend me her Moby Wrap. I had used a pouch sling before, but never a wrap. It took me a while to get the hang of it, but once I did, I loved it. There are over 10 different holds that are possible with this wrap – from the kangaroo carry to the hug hold. You can even carry twins! Because the fabric is spread across your entire back, the weight of the baby is distributed evenly. I never got a backache from using it, which is more than I can say for other slings I’ve tried. In short, I don’t know what I would do without it with my infant son and I look forward to using it to carry him as a toddler too. You can get the Moby Wrap in 100% EKO-certified organic cotton.

Find It Here: Moby Wrap, Inc.

Congrats to Heather N., winner of an organic cotton Moby Wrap!

Where Was This Book When I Was Pregnant?

With my first pregnancy, I thought I was doing great because I only drank organic milk. I had no idea that cleaning my whole house with bleach (nesting…it makes you nuts) was really not such a hot idea. Even during my second pregnancy four years later, with a lot more knowledge under my belt (not that I actually wore any belts), I’m sure there were a number of things I could have done in a safer, more organic way, which is exactly why I wish I’d had The Complete Organic Pregnancy as a reference. As far as I know, there were no books like this at that time. I had that other book that is regarded as the pregnancy bible but in retrospect, it was seriously lacking in this type of information. Even though I have no plans for any future buns in my oven, I’m just really excited that a book like this is available.

Find it Here: Amazon

Holistic Moms Network

Are you interested in alternative health and natural living? Do you breastfeed, co-sleep or home-school? Do you strive to live green and eat organic? Do you wish you knew more moms with some of these interests? If so, then you might like to check out the Holistic Moms Network (HMN). With more than 115 chapters in the U.S., HMN offers great articles and resources on a ton of topics – from finding a holistic doctor to how to deal with newborn sleep issues. Members enjoy additional benefits, such as the HMN discussion board and e-mail loop. If you want to meet some of the HMN moms near you, find your local chapter here or start one of your own!

Find it Here: Holistic Moms Network

Congrats to winner Julie S. of New York, our 2007 Holistic Moms Network Conference DVD winner!

Do You Bamboo?

bamb_infant_fork_spoon_lrg.jpgPerfectly sized for little mouths, this fork and spoon set for babies by Bambu is made of sustainable, 100% organically-grown bamboo and natural food-safe wood oil.

That means no plastic, no chemicals to leach into your baby’s body and not another piece of plastic in the landfill that will never, ever degrade. Well, at least not in the next thousand years or so…

If those aren’t reasons enough to find these utensils perfectly awesome, then how about this — Bambu works only with manufacturing partners who demonstrate a commitment to health and safety, environmental protection and fair labor practices and they fund international third-party auditing procedures. *swoon*

Find it Here: Branch

Birth Announcement Turned Wildflower

yhst-7790797904336_1974_871136.jpgIf you’re looking for a fun way to announce the birth of your new baby, check out these recycled baby birth announcements by Green Field Paper Company. Each card is crafted one sheet at a time in California and made of handmade paper using only recycled post-consumer pulp and cotton. But the coolest part? The paper is embedded with wildflower seeds so it can be planted instead of thrown away. Yep, these cards will literally transform into flowers when they are naturally recycled into the soil. How many people do you know who can say that about their birth announcements?

Find It Here: Green Field Paper Company

No Static, No Petrochemicals, No Kidding

I recently found these awesome dryer sheets from Sun & Earth but unlike those standard dryer sheets, these are hypoallergenic, non-toxic, biodegradable and safe to use. Available in “Fresh Citrus” and unscented varieties, these dryer sheets help fight static cling just like the other kind but are much friendlier to the environment and your body.

Find it Here: Sun and Earth Products

Oatmeal: It’s Not Just for Breakfast

images2.jpgThere’s nothing worse than seeing your little one sick or uncomfortable. When my 4-month-old recently developed a bad case of eczema, I felt awful for him. He was itchy and scratchy and generally unhappy. Luckily, I found a great, all-natural tip for helping to relieve the itchiness – oatmeal baths. Just grind up some oats in a coffee grinder or food processor and put 1/3 of a cup into his bath water. So easy – and a lot cheaper than buying oatmeal bath products at the store! Got older kids who get poison oak? It works for that too!

Tipped off by: About.com

100% Organic Cotton — Train.

training_pants_organic_cotton_training_pants.jpgNo. Not the choo-choo kind that my toddler can pick up with his supersonic ears at three in the morning; this is the underpants line made entirely of o-cotton for the potty-training set. They’re thick and soft after repeated, repeated washings and they’re cute – even the plain ones.

Most important? After using them for 24 hours a day for several weeks (with a leakproof cover for naps and nighttime), it worked. He’s finished. He wakes up in the mornings dry as soft, organic cotton. And when Imse Vimse invents a gadget that can get up with him in the middle of the night for potty trips, I’ll buy that, too. Because I miss sleep.

Find It Here: Imse Vimse

Wanted: Your Stinky Old Sneakers

Recycled RunnersIt has never once occurred to me that sneakers (aka running shoes) could be recycled. I thought you gave your old shoes to Goodwill and beyond that? I had no idea. However, I’m pleased to report that old sneakers can most definitely be recycled!

RecycledRunners.com is an organization that will help you find drop-off locations in your area so that your old sneakers can either be delivered to those in need in your community or in other countries such as Africa, Peru, and Haiti or even to a shoe recycling program where they become basketball courts, tennis courts, athletic fields, running tracks and playgrounds for youth around the world.

How cool is it that your old shoes can keep on giving long after you’re done with them?

Find it Here: RecycledRunners.com

Stainless, Sleek and Safe

21p1swkebol_aa280_.jpgHaving a sippy cup on hand at all times is a necessity in my house – especially if I want to keep my toddler from spilling his juice all over our carpets. But finding a safe sippy cup in this world of BPA-leaching plastic is not always easy. Luckily, there are more and more options becoming available, including this one from Klean Kanteen. Made of high-quality stainless steel, the Klean Kanteen Sippy Cup is reusable, lightweight, and BPA-free. The sippy adapter is made from safe, non-leaching polypropylene and comes with 2 spouts. Not only that, but it looks pretty sleek too. I say it beats the Sponge Bob sippy cup variety any day.

Find It Here: Non-Toxic Tots

Bonus: Save 10% on all purchases at Non-Toxic Tots until January 31st with code “GreenMom”!

Congrats to Sarah of Oregon, our Kleen Kanteen giveaway winner!

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