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Eco-Friendly Breast Milk Storage Bags

What: Honeysuckle Breast Milk Storage Bags

Features:  Durable, extra thick, leakproof milk storage bottles with a double zipper and ridged bottom to prevent spills

Green Factor:  BPA-free, phthalate-free, oxo-biodegradable and recyclable!

Bonus:  Honeysuckle also makes storage bags made to work with Ameda and Medela breast pumps

Find It Here: Amazon

 

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Hidden Dangers in Your Baby’s Nursery

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Six Things Your New Baby Doesn’t Need

When I was pregnant with my first child, I thought I had a good idea of what babies needed until I went to a baby superstore for the first time.

Suddenly, I was faced with a ridiculous number of options and every product was marketed to seem like it was the MUST HAVE item that no parent should be without. Any possible issue that a new mom might encounter had a handy product solution that would make life SO! MUCH! BETTER!

I’m embarrassed to admit I fell for all of it…hook, line and Diaper Genie. I just didn’t know any better and frankly, being green wasn’t even on my radar back then. Fortunately, it didn’t take long for me to realize how un-green my baby’s world was but not before I made a more than a few mistakes and wasted a lot of money.

Learn from my experience and don’t bother with these baby items. You can use the money you will save to get baby gear that is safer and more eco-friendly!
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Win: Kids 50+ UPF Organic Cotton Flap Hat

What: Flap Happy Hat

Features: Lightweight and machine-washable, Flap Happy’s Original UPF 50+ Organic Flap Hat for kids and babies provides excellent protection from damaging UV rays. The hat has a large brim to shade the face and the flap covers the ears and neck from the harsh rays of the sun with an elastic band to help fit snugly around the head.

Green Factor: The Flap Happy hat is chemical-free and made from 100% Organic Cotton.

Bonus: Made in the USA!

Find it Here: Flap Happy

Win It: We have partnered with Flap Happy to give away one  Original UPF 50+ Organic Flap Hat for kids

How: Click here to fill out our simple entry form. Just enter FP12 as the giveaway name and tell us five products carried by Flap Happy (other than the Organic Flap hat), all of which can be found on Flap Happy‘s web site.

Extra Entries: To receive an extra entry, tweet about this giveaway (be sure to include @greenmomreview in your tweet) and fill out another entry form letting us know about your tweet (be sure to include YOUR Twitter name).

Giveaway ends at midnight on 5/25/12; $25 value ($17.95 + shipping). Open to residents of US only. Official Rules. 

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A Green Nursery on a Budget

We all want a safe haven for our babies and giving them an eco-friendly space of their own is surely at the top of any green mom’s list BUT…we all know green can also cost a lot of green.

Fortunately, with a little creativity, perseverance and time, you can give your bundle of joy safe, eco-friendly accommodations without spending a fortune and I’m going to tell you everything you need to know to get started!

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Great Gifts: 50% Off Sale at Pure and Little

Pure and Little, purveyors of organic baby and toddler gear are having a SITEWIDE 50% off sale. It runs through Sunday, December 4th. Score some awesome (and affordable) holiday gifts and if you have any baby showers coming up, this is a great time to pick up something fabulous for the mama-to-be!

Find It Here: Pure and Little

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Bamboo Owl Family Mobile

What: Funky, modern room decor by children’s artist, Lorena Siminovich

Features: From the non-profit, Petit Collage, these adorable owls are laser cut from bamboo plywood and handcrafted by adults with disabilities in San Francisco.

Green Factor: Made from sustainably harvested bamboo.

Bonus: These come in several motifs such as zoo, jungle and forest animals, elephant family and retro-style birdies.

Find It Here: Amazon.com or Jillybean Green

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Toxic Chemicals in Child Car Seats

On Wednesday, August 3, the nonprofit Ecology Center will be releasing it’s fourth report on toxic chemicals in children’s car seats at HealthyStuff.org. Research shows that many of these products are made with dangerous chemicals that can pose serious health risks for children.

Chemicals tested for include bromine (associated with brominated flame retardants), chlorine (indicating the presence of polyvinyl chloride, or PVC and plasticizers), lead, and heavy metal allergens. Such chemicals have been linked to major health problems such as liver, thyroid and developmental problems in children. Babies are the most vulnerable population in terms of exposure to chemical-laden dust and inhaling toxic fumes, since their systems are still developing.

The Ecology Center tested over 150 infant, convertible and booster car seats (including brands such as Graco, Fisher Price, Britax, Evenflo, Peg Perego and more) and found that while some are virtually free of the most dangerous chemicals, others are saturated. To sample the car seats they used a portable X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) device, which identifies the elemental composition of any material in less than 60 seconds.

Be sure to check HealthyStuff.org on August 3rd for this critical safety information.

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Win: Peekinz with Pockets

What: Peekinz baby clothing

Features: Peekinz sleepers, onesies, pants and rompers features a special pocket in back that allows for quick and easy diaper checks…because sometimes? You’re just not sure!

Green Factor: Peekinz clothing is made in Canada from soft, sustainable bamboo.

Bonus: $5 shipping to anywhere in Canada and the US—a great shower gift!

Find It Here: Peekinz Baby

Win It: We’ve partnered with Peekinz to give away one of their bamboo sleepers! Click here to fill out our simple entry form. Just enter PK11 as the giveaway name and tell us three advantages of using bamboo for clothing, according to Peekinz. Giveaway ends at midnight on 4/10/11; $34 value. Open to residents of all countries. Official Rules.

Extra Entries: Tweet about this giveaway (be sure to include @greenmomreview in your tweet) and note, along with your answer, that you tweeted the giveaway (include your Twitter name) to receive an extra entry.

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Big Sale at Pure & Little!

Pure and Little, purveyors of organic baby and toddler gear are having a SITEWIDE 50% off sale. It runs from March 24th through 26th so remember to pop on over there this Thursday, Friday or Saturday for some great organic bargains. And if you have any baby showers coming up, this is a great time to score a fabulous gift for the mama-to-be!

Find It Here: Pure and Little

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Earth’s Best Coupons

Earth’s Best Organic makes more than just baby food. They also make baby cereal, baby and toddler snacks, infant formula and chlorine-free baby wipes and more.

I love that Earth’s Best provides coupons—I hang onto mine and use them when my grocery store has buy one, get one free so I really rake in the savings—always a nice bonus as organic foods tend to be a bit more expensive.

Find It Here: Earth’s Best Organic Coupons

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Kutti Avatar Tees

What: Kutti Avatar tees for babies, toddlers and kids

Features: Kutti Avatar means “little manifestations” in Tamil and their avatar design tees feature fun, kid-friendly representations of Hindu gods and goddesses.

Green Factor: Tees are made of certified organic ring-spun cotton and phthalate-free, low-impact water based pigments.

Bonus: Kutti Avatar tees are made in compliance with CPSIA standards and child labor/sweatshop-free.

Find It Here: Kutti Avatar

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