Rockin’ Green

rockingreenWhat:  Rockin’ Green Laundry Detergent

Features:  Rockin’ Green is a line of eco-friendly laundry detergents and cleaning products, particularly for those with sensitive skin. The laundry detergents are free of harsh chemicals and extra gentle on the skin, but they’re still super effective and get the job done well. However, there are other factors besides detergents that affect how well your laundry gets clean. Water type is a huge consideration and Rockin’ Green has a formula for your water type.

Green Factor:  Biodegradable and made from recycled materials, recyclable packaging, phosphate-free, SLS and parabens-free, free of optical brighteners, gluten and vegan friendly, not tested on animals

Bonus:  Rockin’ Green also has detergents for hard water, soft water and dishwashers, as well as formulas for babies, cloth diapers, bedding, athletic wear and more.

Find It Here:  Rockin’ Green

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Charlie Banana 2-in-1 Training Pants

41ks1I822iL._AA160_What: The Charlie Banana 2-in-1 training pants are twice as nice because they also double as a reusable swim diaper! The outer layer is waterproof while the inside is a soft organic cotton lining. Available in 4 sizes to fit children 11-55 pounds in a variety of prints and colors.

Features: They can be used as daytime training pants OR a swim diaper. Easy to get on and off and economical compared to buying packs and packs and packs of disposable training pants!

Green Factor: Organic cotton and non-disposable

Bonus: If you buy them from Diapers.com on Amazon, you can get them for about $6 less than other online retailers

Find It Here: Amazon.com

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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!

Bassinet: There really isn’t a more useless baby item. You might use one of these for a few months at best and then it’s just this big thing taking up space. Our house had small steps up and down into the living room so we couldn’t even move it into different areas of the house with any degree of ease. After, much frustration, I ended up getting a Moses basket from a friend. It was far more portable than a bassinet and a much greener, more natural option. Once I started using it, I promptly dropped the bassinet off at the local baby consignment shop and never looked back.

Baby Shoes: If your baby doesn’t walk, why does she/he need shoes? It’s kind of silly, isn’t it? And contrary to the older generation’s belief that shoes were a necessity for fledgling walkers, doctors now recommend otherwise:

Lynn T, Staheli, MD, director of Orthopedics at Children’s Hospital and Medical Center, Seattle, states “Shoeless populations have fewer foot problems than their shoe counterparts. Babies who are just learning to walk should go barefoot, whenever possible, to maximize their balance and stability”.

If you don’t like the look of bare feet or plain socks, get some of these cute socks that look like shoes.

Fancy Baby Blankets: Babies shouldn’t sleep with blankets because they pose a smothering danger and the best blankets for swaddling are not the fluffy, fancy kind anyway so feel free to skip those altogether and get some organic cotton swaddling blankets instead.

Diaper Genie: This is a specialty garbage pail for disposing of diapers and uses special plastic bag refills that you need to buy over and over and over. If you choose to use disposable diapers, the greenest solution is to toss your dirty diapers into an outside trash can or if that’s not possible, a lidded trash can lined with a biodegradable and/or compostable trash bag that you can empty each day to keep the stinky diaper smell to a minimum. If you really can’t deal with any odor, use individual bags. Trust me, after you’ve run out of Diaper Genie bag refills and have to start buying them regularly, you’ll realize what a racket it is. Also? it’s hard to consign or pass on a used diaper contraption to someone else. Nobody wants them—believe me, I tried.

Special Baby Detergent: Standard laundry detergents contain a lot of chemicals and unhealthy chemical-based fragrances so those are not a good choice for washing baby’s clothing and linens but if you already use a biodegradable, fragrance and dye-free, hypoallergenic detergent like Seventh Generation, for example, you don’t need to buy a special detergent just for your baby’s laundry—they are overpriced and typically still not as good a choice for babies as an eco-friendly detergent.

Baby Wipe Warmer: I can see how someone might be swayed to get one of these but I can honestly tell you that neither of my babies ever freaked out over a cold wipe. Never. But on the off chance that you’re not totally convinced, you can always roll a wipe around in your clean hands to warm it up first. Really :)

Continue being eco-friendly after your baby outgrows the things you do buy and donate gently-used items to a domestic abuse shelter where baby gear is always needed. ADDED BONUS: Your charitable donations are tax-deductible! Keep that in mind when you file your income taxes next year!

Have some great alternatives to unnecessary baby items? Share them in the comments!

Check out my post on how to set up a green nursery on a budget!


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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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Greener Diapering

nature_babycare_diapers.JPGWhat: Nature Babycare disposable diapers

Features: Earth friendly, award winning, high performance disposable diapers.

Green Factor: Nature Babycare diapers are made from chlorine-free absorbent materials and they contain no plastic, latex, fragrance or TBT (tributyl tin). They feature a 100% natural, biodegradable back sheet and come packaged in 100% compostable consumer packaging. The top seller on the ‘green diaper’ market, they’re competitively priced with conventional diapers.

Bonus: ecomom offers free shipping on orders of $75 and more within the US. Check their web site for details

Find It Here: ecomom

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Reader Question About Cloth Diapers

We have many cloth diapering enthusiasts amongst our readers so we thought it would be helpful to have you all chime in on this reader question:

Hi, I’m new to cloth diapering and have no idea where to start or what would be best.  I was wondering if anyone could advise me on a good cloth diaper for an older child (almost 4) who doesn’t stay dry at night. He weighs around 37 lbs and is about 35 inches tall and wears a 6 in regular diapers, if that helps.

Thank you from a devoted reader!

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jumper.jpgWouldn’t it be cool if there was a web site chock full of organic baby wares at wholesale prices? A site where each product has been researched and reviewed, with a wide selection of organic cotton and bamboo items at discount prices? (Basically, a web site that does all of the legwork, and finds the good stuff for you?)

As it happens, there is a site just like that and it’s called Babblebabies and you need to check it out if you’re looking for organic baby products like bedding, clothing and toys at really great prices.

Babblebabies offers unique products from organic brand names like Sckoon, Speesees, Bumkins, Generation Baby and more. The site is informative and easy to navigate, and the products are cute. Very cute. I’m quite taken with the jumpers (like the Speesees one above), and the Sckoon Organic Cotton toys are absolutely adorable—they’d make fantastic gifts and great lovies for little ones.

The folks behind Babblebabies are always looking out for new, organic products, and they want to hear about your favourite green companies. They’ve even got a Facebook page—post a picture of your wee one wearing gear from Babblebabies and receive a $5 discount. So what are you waiting for? Shoo!

Find It Here: Babblebabies

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Baby Got Bunz?

fuzzibunz.jpgWe’ve covered cloth diapering before and you probably already know we dig it so I’ll spare you the lecture on WHY cloth diapering is a good green and non-toxic option (read more about it here) and get right to our feature, FuzziBunz One Size Diapers. They are not only award-winning but according to the company, also the most adjustable and innovative one-size cloth diapers on the market today. They can be adjusted to fit babies 7-35 pounds and get a snug fit every time with the button-adjusted waist and leg casings. The leg casings adjust to 8+ settings and the waist adjusts to 4+ settings. FuzziBunz always uses sturdy snap closures which will withstand 3+ years of use and elastic that is easily replaceable if it ever fails. My kids are long out of diapers (well, sort of) but Fuzzibunz sound pretty amazing, don’t they? You just might get to find out for yourself since we’re giving away TWO FuzziBunz One Size Diapers to one randomly selected winner!

Find It Here: FuzziBunz

Win It: We’re giving away two Fuzzibunz One Size Diapers in the color of your choice.  Click here to fill out our simple entry form. Just enter FZ7 as the giveaway name and provide the answer to this question: Name three features of FuzziBunz diapers. Enter by 7/17/09. $38 value. Open to residents in US and Canada. Winner will be notified by email. Contest closed. Congrats to Colleen!

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Giveaway! Petit Fold Bamboo Diapers

dagnyspromise2.pngWe never get tired of all the types and varieties of cloth diapers that come our way and I only wish there had been so many choices in the natural and organic area when my daughter was in diapers.  It almost makes me want to have another baby—figuratively speaking! Anyway, our friends at Dagny’s Promise, a shop that carries many natural fiber items, showed us these cool Petit Fold snappable, pre-shrunk bamboo and organic cotton prefold diapers. Knowing how popular cloth diapering is with our readers, we’ve arranged for Dagny’s Promise to give away two Petit Fold diapers to one lucky reader!

Find it Here: Dagny’s Promise

Win It: We’re giving away two  Petit Fold diapers from Dagny’s Promise. Click here to fill out our simple entry form. Just enter DP5 as the giveaway name and provide the answer to this question: Name one other item carried by Dagny’s Promise. Enter by 5/18/09. $14 value.

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Warm That Tushy!

9001_big.jpgI admit that I’ve never owned a wipe warmer. But I also admit that there were many, many times when I wished I did, such as when my little newborn baby would let out  painful howls of protest when touched by a cold, wet wipe *hangs head in shame*  Yes, I used disposable wipes back when being green meant you were probably going to yack all over someone’s shoes. These days, however, I know about all sorts of groovy green things, including reusable, chemical-free wipes made from non-toxic fibers like organic cotton and bamboo. And that cold, wet part? Not so much of an issue with a Warmies Wipe Warmer made especially for reusable wipes. And by using those reusable wipes, you’ll keep all those chemicals they use in conventional wipes away from your baby’s delicate skin AND avoid the painful howls of protest that come from putting an ice cold wipe on your baby’s tush. Sounds like a win-win to me.

Find It Here: Warmies Wipe Warmer

Win It: We’re giving away a Warmies Wipe Warmer for reusable wipes. Click here to fill out our simple entry form. Just enter WW5 as the giveaway name and provide the answer to this question: How many bamboo wipes come with the Warmies Wipe Warmer? Enter by 5/18/09. $35 value. Contest closed. Congrats to Kaiya!

(Don’t forget to check out all of the great giveaways at Mom Most Traveled’s Giveaway Carnival this week!)

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One Small Change for Babykind

One Small Change Changing Pad and ToteChanging diapers on the go? I’m not a fan—but if you have to do it, it might as well be done on top of something organic and non-toxic and if it’s pretty and portable, so much the better (back when I didn’t know any better, I had this lovely vinyl *cringe* portable changing pad). We like the One Small Change changing station/tote from JourneyLight. It’s made of organic cotton, hemp and low-impact dyes, has compostable cornstarch foam padding, a non-toxic water resistant finish plus handy pockets and a shoulder strap—completely cool (with nary a bunny, ducky or teddy bear in sight) and totally uncringeworthy!

Find It Here:  JourneyLight

Win It:  We’re giving away a One Small Change portable changing station/tote. Click here to fill out our simple entry form. Just enter OS5 as the giveaway name and provide the answer to this question: JourneyLight products are certified by ___? Enter by 5/11/09. $65 value. Contest closed. Congrats to Amanda!

Deal: Use the promo code “GreenMom” to get 25% off your JourneyLight order plus free shipping!

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Swaddled in Style

images1211.jpgCloth diapering has come a long way since the days of diaper pins and today’s mamas have it a quite a bit easier with all the various cloth diapering options – prefolds, all-in-ones, pocket, fitted… Personally, my favorite diaper covers are those that grow with your baby from birth to toddlerhood, like the new econappi from Swaddlebees. Because it comes with three sets of height-adjustment snaps on the outside, this diaper fits children from 8-35 lbs. That’s like three years of use out of one diaper! Made with hypoallergenic organic cotton velour on the inside (sooo soft!), the econappi can be used two ways – as a regular diaper cover with an absorbent organic cotton/hemp pad (included) on the inside or as a pocket diaper with the pad inserted in the pocket. Bottom line: this diaper is super soft, versatile, easy to use and comes in some really cute prints, like “pink lemonade” for girls and “blue summer” for boys. Those tired old bad-for-the-environment disposables ain’t got nothin’ on these babies when it comes to style!

Find It Here: Swaddlebees

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