Thursday, February 28, 2008
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Tonight I was cruising the internet and came across Lemons and Lollis, OH MY GOODNESS, the clothes on this site are absolutely amazing, so, so cute. Here are just some of my favorites.
Bibs, burp cloths, hair clips, they have it all.
Friday, February 22, 2008
First of all, I have to warn you not to be shocked when you get your Bottom Balm, mine came in the mail (I hadn't seen it in person, I ordered it online) and I was shocked at how small it was (2oz jar). But, remember good things come in small packages. This balm is very concentrated and you truly only need a tiny bit, unlike many of the other products on the market. This EMAB Bottom Balm smells great and so far I am very happy with it; I have used it as intended, on Jack's bottom and I have been using it on his winter eczema. I have already seen an improvement in the eczema, I had been using Aquaphor Baby and I hadn't had any luck getting it to clear. I also started to use it on Allie's super dry winter skin. She has been constantly itching this winter, and I have noticed that her skin is less dry feeling after just the first several initial uses.
I also bought the Earth Mama Angel Baby Shampoo and Body Wash, this too has a wonderful botanical scent. This is a gentle and real castile soap, which has no foaming agents added, so they have packaged it in a great self foaming bottle. This is NOT a no tear formula, so be sure to extra care near your babies eyes. I really like this baby wash, the scent is much more pleasing than the wash I was using previously. The self foaming bottle is much easier to use than most bottles that you have to squeeze to get the wash from. I was able to use this one handed while giving Jack a bath in the kitchen sink. I noticed that my hands felt less dry at the end of the bath, so I can only imagine how it will help his skin over time.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
This report is incredibly detailed, just as their past reports have been. Kudos to Z Recs! Make sure you check out the link below to view their report.
The Z Report on BPA In Infant Care Products, Third Edition
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
To find out more about Pthalates and how you can avoid them, check out this link. http://hubpages.com/hub/How-to-Avoid-Phthalates-in-Baby-Products
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Saturday, February 16, 2008
The next was the Beco 4th Generation. This is a structured, ergonomically correct carrier that uses buckles instead of tying. Your baby can be carried in 5 carry positions (cradle, front, hippy seat, hip and back). This carrier can be used for newborns up to toddlers (55 lbs.)
This too was a great carrier, I loved how it was really easy to put on, because of the clips. It was also really comfortable to wear and I LOVED the Pony Express print. In the end, the only con for me was that Jack couldn't be carried forward facing in this carrier and this is a must for me because he loves to see what is going on. Too bad, because I really did love this print.
The final carrier to try was the BabyHawk™ Mei Tai. This is an Asian inspired baby carrier, that can be used front (facing mom), front (facing out), hip and back. I really like the options that this carrier offers and it was easy for me to use. It felt natural for me to get it to tighten and I was able to easily adjust it. I really like that I will be able to use this carrier for quite awhile, I was even able to carry Allie in this carrier. I think that this is going to be a great carrier for us.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Okay, so Allie (2.5 years) has now gotten her two new sippy cups.
I got her the Sigg water bottle, 0.4L (13 oz) shown to the left, which has a twist action sport top and mud cap. These bottles are made of non-leaching stainless steel and the company is committed to both safe paint for the outside of their bottles and to using safe materials to make the bottles. All materials used are safe and made of non-leaching materials (no BPA).
"The inside of every SIGG bottle is coated with a proprietary baked-on inner lining that is taste neutral, resistant to fruit acids and isotonic drinks, and guaranteed for easy cleaning and no taste transfer. It is a water-based epoxy resin exceeding FDA requirements and independently tested to prove 0% leaching. The liner is flexible and crack resistant, even if the bottle is dented.
Not all manufacturers of stainless steel or aluminum bottles use a liner. Look for the SIGG logo to be sure you are getting a genuine SIGG with a 100% safe liner." quoted from Swiss Knife Shop
Allie really likes this cup, she calls it her "big girl cup" We have been using it for a week and so far we haven't had any problems with it leaking. I really like this bottle/cup a lot and I am planning on getting one for myself, Matt and Jack (when he is ready for it). There are so many diffent designs, sizes and types that you can get... there is DEFINATELY a bottle for everyone.
- These cups have lots of designs to choose from to personalize the cup for each child. They have several different top designs to choose from.
- We found the 0.3L to be better for babies/young toddlers and the 0.4L to be better for older toddlers.
- The ActiveBottle sports cap is difficult for young children to use and I would recommend using it for children at least 5 years old. To drink from the ActiveBottle sports cap, you need to give it a small twist and press the top down with your mouth - there's no need to touch the mouthpiece with your fingers. A wide opening creates maximum flow for the drink. When you set the bottle down, the mouthpiece closes automatically and the top is sealed once again.
- In the winter we found that the outside of the cup gets very cold. They do make a pouches that fit both the 0.3L and the 0.4L bottles; this would help.`
The second cup that we got Allie was the Safe Sippy by Kid Basix. This is also a great cup, the design and style is much different from the Sigg bottle. However it too is made from non-leaching stainless steel and the company is very committed to safe products for our babies and children. This cup is more of a standard "sippy cup", eventhough it looks like it has a straw it is really a sippy spout. Therefore the cup needs to be tilted back to drink from. The Safe Sippy comes with the handles pictured, which are removable and it has a Thermoplastic Rubber Sleeve, which provides insullation both for the liquids that are inside and for the little hands that are holding the cup. This cup also has a straw like spout which is supposed to be better for developing mouts, than the more traditional wide spout designs.
- This cup is well made and designed. I like that the consulted with speech developement experts to get the best design possible.
- The Thermoplastic Rubber Sleeve- that keeps liquids cold and little hands comfy.
- Their website has a store locator. I bought mine at Bellani Maternity in Warwick, RI (Thanks Meg, for picking this up for me!)
- The choice of choice of colors pink/orange, blue/orange, and green (teal)/orange.
- This cup is difficult to get at this time. Many sites that I checked were on backorder.
- Younger children may have a little bit of a harder time with this cup because you need to drink from it with the spout facing away from you. Allie figured it out quickly, without needing help; however I could see that she would have possibly had a more difficult time when she was younger.
- I did find that the cup does leak but ONLY if you aren't sure to screw the cap on securely.
Monday, February 4, 2008
Excerpt from Safe Mama:
Bisphenol A is a hormone-mimicking chemical used in polycarbonate plastics and resins commonly used for items such as shatterproof baby bottles. Bisphenol has estrogenic properties which, in animal tests has shown to cause a bevy of health problems such as an increase in prostate and breast cancer, uro-genital abnormalities in male babies, a decline in semen quality in men, early onset of puberty in girls, metabolic disorders including insulin-resistant (Type 2) diabetes and obesity and neurobehavioral problems such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Research is showing that when plastic containers, mostly those used to hold liquids and foods, are leeching Bisphenol into the foods and liquids they are holding. Heating food and liquids with these plastics is shown to increase the leeching of this contaminate.
Many companies use this chemical in their packaging including cans, soda cans, and plastic food containers. There is a risk of absorbing this chemical through the use of containing foods and liquids but can also leech into our water systems through landfills.
Many leading experts argue that the use of Bisphenol is safe to the human public but research may begin to further prove otherwise.
Excerpt from Wikipedia:
“Bisphenol A has been known to leach from the plastic lining of canned foods and, to a lesser degree, polycarbonate plastics that are cleaned with harsh detergents or used to contain acidic or high-temperature liquids. Infants fed with liquid infant formula have among the highest exposures of anyone eating canned foods. Infants fed canned formula with polycarbonate bottles can consume quantities of Bisphenol A up to 13 µg/kg/day.”
Sunday, February 3, 2008
~Born Free Bottles
~Green to Grow
~Think Baby Bottles
~Wee•go Glass Baby Bottles
~Evenflow Glass Baby Bottles
~Nuby Baby Bottles
The 3 Stage Non-Drip Standard Neck Bottle is an affordable BPA free alternative.
BPA Free Pacifiers
~Playtex “Binky” (one piece silicone pacifier)
~Gerber Silicone NUKs (All Gerber pacis are free of polycarbonate plastic)
~The First Years Soothies Silicone Paci’s
~Vice Versa Binky w/ Case
~Natural Rubber Natursutten Paci
BPA Free Teethers
~Sassy Jelly Fish Teethers
~Sassy Coolin’ Teether
~Sassy Chilly Dilly Daisy
~Luv n’ Care Icy Bite Teether
~Nuby Jiggle Giggle Teethers (cow and butterfly)
~Nuby NibblerNuby Ice Gel Teether Keys on a Ring
~Nuby Bug-A-Loop Teether
~Je Je Vibrating Teether (rubber)
~Vulli Sophie the Giraffe Teether
~Vulli Chan Pie Gnon Teethers
~Comfort + Joy Teether (coming soon)
~Leapfrog Gentle Vibes teether
~Sassy Buzz n’ Bites teether
~Born Free Training Sippy Cup
~Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel Reusable Bottles
~Foogo Sippy Cups and Straw Bottles by Thermos
The Soft Landing Blog also has a great list of Nuby BPA Free products. Becareful though because some of the Nuby cups have PBA in the lids.
*This list contains the BPA Free products that I am aware of. If there is a product not on here, it does not mean it’s not safe. Inquire with the toy maker about materials used if you are unsure. If you see that a product is not listed here that should be please let me know so that I can add it.
Websites/Blogs that I uses to reference this shopping list Z Recommends and The Soft Landing
Saturday, February 2, 2008
Well, I tend to be one of those people that thinks that if you resesarch enough, you can find there's something unhealthy about just about everything, so why worry about it? I did think the Thomas Trains that had lead paint was a big deal and sent out an e-mail to people about that when I heard about those recalls. This is the only other topic that has gotten me to take action:
I have been coming across articles about plastic and the hazards of it, and figured that since I stay away from microwaving it, that I was pretty safe. Now though, there are reports of a chemical in hard plastics called bisphenol-A (BPA). It leaches out from just being exposed to hot tap water, running plastics through the dishwasher, or warming bottles in a crock pot (like they do at daycare). This BPA is in so many of the containers I own for the kids from Nalgene sports bottles, Nalgene Sippy's, Avent bottles, Gerber bottles, other various sippy brands, etc. (Check the number in the triangle at the bottom: a 7 is not good, for example.) It causes a myriad of health concerns though studies are not entirely conclusive. If you do a search though, there's enough information that makes me feel like I'd rather be conservative and try to stay away from the BPA products. Here's some of the research I've found:
These sites offer BPA-free alternatives to the standard bottles, sippy's, and sports containers:
SIGG (Sports bottles, kids drink containers, and sippy converters)
We happened upon the SIGG brand by mistake. Larry had to grab a last-minute souvenir for Alexis in Switzerland before his plane took off, and one of these containers was the cheapest thing at the duty-free store (even though it was $15). He already bought a gift for Ollie and could not show up empty-handed for Lexi, so he grabbed it. We researched them recently to see why in the world they cost that much, and it turns out that they are very safe, carefully constructed, and 100% leach-free. They are also the cutest containers ever that are vibrantly colored and have the most adorable images from fire trucks to crocodiles to flowers and Hello Kitty.
The Swiss Knife shop has a free shipping rate on the SIGG stuff. For mommies and daddies, I found a SIGG Metro Mug that insulates cold beverages for 12 hours and hot stuff for 6 hours. There are also cheaper containers that are not quite as insulated. (We find Lexi's containers of the same, more affordable construction keep beverages extremely well chilled for a really long time yet it does not perspire the way a regular cold container would.)
NOTE: The pastel colors don't hold as much in terms of volume as the dark blue and silver containers.
The Swiss Knife shop also has kids drink containers (see graphic below) and sippy handles (see graphic above) to convert the kids bottles for a baby. (They don't have sippy tops though just the standard sports top, so it's more suitable for an older baby.)
The next site for Back Country Edge also has very cute choices for the kids and adult products. Shipping is free if you spend $50.
BOTTLES AND SIPPY'S
I found bottles and sippy's on these sites below though if you go to Babies R Us, you can find the Born Free brand there (about $10/bottle and sippy. . .I've only bought one sippy for Sully since they are pricey). I opted for the classic Evenflo glass bottles for him which are about 3/$5. (Daycares sometimes have policies against glass bottles in which case you'd want to go with something like the Born Free non-glass options or the Green to Grow brand.)
So for now, I am packing away all of the plastic stuff into a big Rubbermaid container and storing it in the basement.
Larry and I are surely rich in the number of children we have, and since most of our income goes toward caring for them, it was a very calculated decision to start to make this switch. I think it'll be worth it for the peace of mind. Plus, I have recently switched to not needing Undie Ups at night for our little lady and the baby is switching from formula to milk in a couple of weeks (i.e., money savings). Basically, next month's budget for those things is just being reallocated to the PBA-free items. No big deal.
Let me know if you switch. It's a topic I'm interested in now. Like I said, the research is somewhat conflicting though I find it's overwhelmingly leaning toward the fact that the BPA is something I don't want to fool around with. . . The cancer connection is enough to scare me after my seeing how crappy that is.
Hope this was informative to you!