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Mom” is home with a newborn and a toddler in diapers, and the SaraBear® Diaper Caddy by Munchkin has proved to be an absolute must-have in her household! Rather than rush up the stairs to get diapering essentials each time one of the girls needs to be changed, everything is now at “Mom’s” fingertips, from the diaper cream to the super adorable eco-friendly diapers by the Honest Company that actress Jessica Alba founded. (Have you seen them? They take cuteness to a whole new level with their prints!)

The PVC-free SaraBear® Diaper Caddy was invented by a mom who wanted to create an easier way to have everything parents need at their fingertips when caring for a baby. Putting all of the baby care essentials in a gorgeous Shaker style basket with dividers and pockets makes going from room to room with baby a breeze! Each caddy is made of real wood, and a handle is attached on either end of the basket that can be collapsed to lie along the side of the basket. The lovely printed liner is made from a heavy-weight, 100% cotton fabric. The caddy can hold everything from baby wipes and lotions to burp cloths, an extra change of clothes, diapers and swabs.

Mom” also was pleased to learn that the diaper caddy contains no PVC or formaldehyde. The wood stain on the basket is water-based and lead-free, and even the packaging was designed without the use of plastics.

This would make an excellent baby shower gift for the expecting mom, as well – just tuck all of the items inside the basket for baby and wrap a large bow on top of the handle!

To learn more about the SaraBear® Diaper Caddy or to locate a retailer near you, please visit Munchkin.com.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this piece.*

Chemicals in Baby Products and How to Avoid Them

It’s a concerning fact that baby products out there still contain BPA, phthalates, and lead; that’s why it’s very important to make informed decisions when buying any product for our children. You might ask: why is it important to buy non-toxic baby products? Take for example, research done by the Environmental Working Group that found that newborn’s umbilical cord blood has an average of 287 different chemicals, in which: 
- 180 cause cancer in humans or animals
- 217 are toxic to the brain and nervous system
- 208 cause birth defects or abnormal development in animal tests. A few years ago when fire retardant chemicals where being added to pajamas, we had to go and prove that it caused more harm than good. Now we must prove that many other toxic chemicals should also stay away from our furniture, linens, paint and any other products that we come in contact with daily.

Some things to look for are BPA, phthalates, and lead; stainless steel dinnerware is a great way to ensure that you are keeping your child’s food free from these leaching toxins that could be present in plastic dinnerware. Ecobold believes that if consumers take a stance against harmful and toxic products and demand safe alternatives with their buying power, these products can become the norm. So, thank goodness we have companies who share the same concerns and are able to produce better products!

There are some great companies that make it very easy to be a parent; these companies are committed to providing parents with safe, worry-free solutions to real-life challenges. When you buy these non-toxic products you are not only declaring your consideration for your children’s environment, you are also saving them from future health problems. Even if you’re not a parent, when you’re invited to a baby shower, make sure to introduce the mom to be to safe products.

You can find many non-toxic and stylish baby products that customers are raving about at Ecobold.com. Find tableware “must haves” for children, that are of excellent quality and that will not contain any toxic chemicals that can harm your child. One to love is the stainless steel Kid Kanteen baby bottle by Klean Kanteen, the contoured hourglass shape of this bottle is designed to be easy to hold by little hands and the nipple shape promotes proper oral development and healthy teeth. Furthermore, this stainless steel bottle is reusable and 100% recyclable, but most importantly it is non-toxic, which means you won’t expose your child to BPA, phthalate, or lead.

The ECOlunchtray also comes highly recommended! A stainless steel plate divided in three sections, this tray makes it easy to feed toddlers a snack, lunch, or dinner. This plastic-free, lead-free, BPA-free, and phthalate-free tray is a non-toxic alternative that is completely safe for your little one. This tray is recyclable, unbreakable, and dishwasher safe. And what to use for flatware? The Spoons & Forks for infants is a safe option that is BPA-free, phthalate-free and PVC-free that is made from recycled materials and completely recyclable.

Let’s face it – mealtimes can be tricky when little ones are involved! From keeping them from running around the table to food being thrown on the floor or being fed to the dog to waging a battle over veggies that have not been eaten, these are the adventures of any family dinner. Why not make mealtime fun and less stressful? The following items help turn mealtimes into a pleasant experience for all, and maybe even sneak in an extra vegetable under the radar, too!

Picky eaters who don’t like any food to touch will adore this Din Din Smart™ Stainless Bus Platter by InnoBaby! It may even inspire a round of “The Wheels on the Bus” to be sung by the entire family as your little one zooms and zips around the plate, enjoying the fruits of your labor, separately, of course! Plus, with five compartments, the Bus Platter encourages eating all five food groups, too. Extremely durable & dishwasher-safe, the Din Din Smart™ Stainless Bus Platter is non-toxic, BPA-free, Phthalate-free, Lead-free, and PVC-free. www.innobaby.com

Keep little hands busy and aspiring artists happy with these adorable (and reusable!) children’s placemats from Modern-twist! Bringing art to the table via collaborations with independent artists and designers, Modern-twist is a pioneer in the use of food- grade, hand-silk screened silicone. With a minimalist aesthetic, every silicone product offered by Modern-twist features a non-porous and germ-free surface, and is BPA-free, Lead-free, Latex-free, and Phthalate-free. The placemat can be personalized time and again using a ballpoint pen, which is great for entertaining tots during mealtime. www.modern-twist.com

It can be downright exhausting trying to get a kid to eat spinach. But not when you’re waving spinach leaves in the air and doing the hula while making Palm Tree Paradise, from the book Bean Appetit: Hip & Healthy Ways to Have Fun with Food (Andrews McMeel Publishing)! Mealtime fun at its’ absolute best – the authors behind this book have managed successfully to turn any meal into a creative, exciting experience for the whole family, from babies & toddlers to parents. www.beansproutscafe.com

*Companies generously provided samples and images for this article.*

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September is Baby Safety Month! Whether you are a parent, grandparent, or caregiver, you know that keeping the little ones in your care safe from harm is of the utmost importance! To baby-proof the home in eco-friendly style, Rhoost has designed modern safety products that will not compromise the decor. The latest addition to their collection is the Rhoost Decoy™ Outlet Cover, which keeps curious fingers away from outlets. Featuring a patented groove-key removal system, the Rhoost Decoy™ will not chip fingernails when taken out of the outlet!

In addition, the Rhoost Decoy™ is BPA-free, PVC-free, lead-free, and phthalate-free. Plus, it is also 100% recyclable! This is such a savvy little safety product that arrives in a pack of 12 to place throughout the home.

At just $7.99, the Rhoost Decoy™ Outlet Cover is affordable, and can be found online at www.rhoost.com.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this review.*

Mealtimes become less stressful for both parents and children with Tiny Bites™ Food Shears! These portable food shears make it easy to provide babies and toddlers with bite-sized pieces for safe consumption. Picky eater on your hands? No problem! You can cut shapes, letters, or animals out of their food to make mealtime fun. For more tips & tricks on feeding, click here.

Tiny Bites™ were created by parents Ed & Anila Nitekman who desired to make mealtimes less stressful for parents & caregivers.

Both convenient and portable, Tiny Bites™ arrive in a package of two, with a child-proof protective blade cover to protect small fingers. You can tuck one shear in your diaper bag or purse for on-the-go, and keep one at home. Tiny Bites™ are made of cutlery-grade stainless steel and they are dishwasher-safe, which makes them easy to wash. Tiny Bites™ Food Shears are also BPA-free and lead-free which “Mom” at Tiny Green Mom just loves!

Very affordable at just $9.99 for two, you can purchase Tiny Bites™ online at www.tinybites.com.

*Company sent a sample, images, and information for this review.*