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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Find it Here: Healthy Child, Healthy World

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Find It Here: The Soft Landing

Green Mom Discount! Receive 10% off your purchase at The Soft Landing. Use code GMF808 at checkout!

*Editor’s Note: We recently found out that several feeding products manufactured by Sassy do contain BPA, including some of the products reviewed in this post. Please visit The Soft Landing for more details on which products contain BPA as well as information about how to seek reimbursement if you have purchased any BPA-containing products. Please note that this information was not available to The Green Mom Review at the time of our original post. Thank you to The Soft Landing for keeping everyone informed about this and continuing their committment to BPA-free product sales.

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Find it Here: Babyganics

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Find It Here: BabyLegs

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