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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.*

6 Planet-Friendly Picks for Back-to-School

ReUsies™

Skip the plastic baggies and opt for a reusable, cheerful option instead! ReUsies™ are an excellent eco-friendly alternative to sandwich & plastic snack bags – each one has the potential to eliminate hundreds of plastic bags. ReUsies™ are 100% cotton lined with leak-resistant nylon and are secured with Velcro®
closures. Available in a variety of fun, colorful prints such as elephants, birds, and baseballs.

California Innovations

California Innovations just knows what kids love – Disney favorites on their lunchbox! From Cars to Princesses, their PVC-free and Lead-safe zippered lunch bags will keep your child’s lunch cold with high-density thermal insulation. In addition to being PVC-free & lead-free, all of California Innovations’ coolers and lunch bags incorporate Microban to provide antimicrobial protection and inhibit bacterial odors/stains. Offered in a variety of styles, sizes and colors for all ages, California Innovations’ affordable collection can also be found at your local Target.

PACkit Cooler Bottle & Lunch Bag

Ingenious and just plain smart, this freezable, insulated bag eliminates the need for gel packs because it is already lined with eco-friendly gel. Simply fold and storethe PACkit Cooler Bottle & Lunch Bag in the freezer until you are ready to use on busy school mornings! For tweens and teens who do not wish to carry an animal-shaped lunchbox, this lunch bag is unobtrusive and folds up neatly to tuck in a backpack or messenger bag after being used. It will keep food and bottles fresh and cold for up to 10 hours.

ReUsables Natural Tableware

Just say no to plastic forks, spoons, and knives! Dandelion Earth-Friendly Goods now offers reusable & earth-friendly utensils made from corn! The ReUsables Natural Tableware Feeding line is made from cornstarch bioplastic, and all items are BPA-free, Phthalate-free, Lead-free, and PVC-free. Sold in multi-packs of 8 for convenience, the utensils are perfectly shaped for small hands. In addition to the utensils, the Natural Tableware Feeding line includes plates, bowls, utensils, and an infant feeding set (perfect for little ones in daycare!).

Lunchopolis by Enviro Products

Like a tiny city for all of your lunch items! Both stylish and innovative, Lunchopolis was designed with everything you need to pack a nutritious, planet-friendly lunch! Yes, that is correct – no more plastic sandwich bags, aluminum foil, milk and juice boxes or other unnecessary waste to toss out with the trash. Available in bold, bright colors, each Lunchopolis lunchbox comes with a drinking bottle and modular containers in a variety of sizes that are reusable and stack neatly together inside the soft lunchbox. Perfect for older children and tweens! All Lunchopolis products are BPA-free, as well.

Skip Hop Zoo Lunchies

Lions and tigers – oh my! Skip Hop’s Zoo Lunchies are “Mom’s” new favorite when it comes to a functional yet just plain adorable lunchbox for her little one. BPA-free and Phthalate-free, all Zoo Lunchies feature a roomy main compartment large enough for a sandwich, fruits & vegetable, and a milk or juice box. (“Mom” packs almond milk singles in her child’s lunchbox.) Plus, there is an interior mesh compartment for utensils or reusable freezer gel pack, and the top handle includes a clip that can be hooked to other bags or matching Zoo Pack. Each zipper is too, too cute – they feature a fun matching zipper-pull!

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Ahhhh…let your soles relax… you have no idea how comfortable doing everyday tasks such as washing the dishes or brushing your teeth can be when standing on an Imprint™ Anti-Fatigue Comfort Mat! Your feet will never be the same – you will want to cover your entire floor in wall-to-wall comfort mats! These are now a favorite of “Mom’s” and are simply an absolute “must-have” in any eco-conscious home.

PVC and toxin-free, the mats add a stylish, chic look to any kitchen, bathroom, laundry room, or yes, even the garage, and provide extraordinary comfort to you entire bosy. The mats are environmentally-friendly, non-toxic and are manufactured without the use of phthalates, formaldehyde, or heavy metals. Plus, because they are waterproof and washable, they don’t trap dirt, hair and debris like a throw rug!

Imprint™ Anti-Fatigue Comfort Mats are available in a variety of styles and colors to suit your decor, as well as different sizes depending on your space. “Mom” is in love with the Cobblestone look!

To learn more about how the Imprint™ Anti-Fatigue Comfort Mats can reduce your fatigue by up to 60%, or to shop online, visit www.imprintmats.com.

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

Dish up healthy servings of hope with the HopeFULL Gift Pack! Originally created by two sisters who wanted to provide a dear friend with nutritious and delicious options that would not turn her stomach while undergoing chemotherapy for cancer, the HopeFULL Gift Pack is truly special. Designed to be sent or brought to a loved one, the contents of the gift pack includes 20 easy-to-make recipes, BPA, PVC, and Phthalate-free HOPEfull Silicone Mold, 100 Birch-wood spoon-sticks, and 1 insulated neoprene cooler tote. The recipes are simple enough for any caregiver to make and freeze, and the frozen meal pops offer cooling relief as well as tasty nutrition!

Not just for those undergoing treatment for cancer or other illnesses, the frozen meal pops make a wonderful summertime activity and healthy treat for the kiddos, as well! Little ones will love to help Mom or Dad in the kitchen as they measure the ingredients, add them to the blender, and once blended, pour them into the silicone mold to freeze. What “Mom” loves is that these pops do not contain any added sugar or artificial ingredients, just delightful flavors and sound nutrition! With 20 unique flavors to make, you can choose from Greenie Pineapple Pops to Cocobanana Bean, and introduce your child to flavors around the world, as well, with the Taste of Thailand or Tropic Treat. Yum!

Mom” chose to make the Summer Fruit Pops with her daughter, pictured above, and they turned out marvelously! Measuring, blending, and pouring was easy, and the pops were ready in a little over an hour – just enough time to play outside!

Summer Fruit

Ingredients

1/4 cup vanilla soy milk (“Mom” used Vanilla Almond Milk)

1/2 cup silken tofu

1/2 cup fresh raspberries (“Mom” used 1/4 cup fresh raspberries and 1/4 cup fresh blueberries)

1/2 cup fresh strawberries de-stemmed and halved

1/2 cup vanilla whole milk yogurt (“Mom” used Organic Fat-Free Greek Yogurt)

Preparation

Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until completely smooth, scraping down the sides if necessary. Pour into HopeFULL tray, add wooden spoon-sticks and freeze.

The pops tasted smooth and creamy, like a creamsicle, and are perfect after a long day spent playing! They can also be taken out of the freezer, left to melt just a bit in a bowl, and then eaten with the wooden spoon-stick.

Whether you are enjoying the pops as a treat, or sending cheerful goodness to a loved one or friend, the HopeFULL Gift Pack is sure to make someone smile! To learn more about the HopeFULL Company, the inspiration behind their business, or to order, visit www.thehopefullcompany.com.

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

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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Created by a mother for moms and their little ones, the Oshi Mat is a gorgeously designed play mat for a variety of uses! From developmental classes and play groups to changing mat and clean play space, this versatile mat packs up neatly into its’ own carrying case for families on-the-go! Earth-conscious mamas will appreciate that the Oshi Mat is made from 100% Thermal Plastic Elastomer, a non-toxic, flexible foam material that is both PVC-free and Latex-free. The mat itself is fully recyclable, and is water repellant and moisture-free, so no bacteria can grow upon it.

The super-soft, cushioned surface is comfortable for both mommy and her tiny tot, whether spending time at the park or attending a music class together. The surface easily wipes clean, too! The Oshi Mat is available in 4 stylish, modern designs, and can be found online at www.oshimat.com. Just in time for the holidays, this eco-friendly play mat makes a welcome gift!

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

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.*

CoverMate® Food Covers are an ingenious new solution for those seeking to cover their food, but feel guilty every time they reach for the plastic wrap, which is next to impossible to recycle and may possibly seep harmful chemicals into the food, especially when heated! These stretch-to-fit food covers are BPA-free and PVC-free, and come conveniently packaged with 4 different sizes to suit your needs. From the tiny dessert plate holding a coveted piece of flourless chocolate cake to the larger dinner plate only half eaten, CoverMate® has you covered – no pun intended!

Made in the USA of FDA compliant food safe materials, CoverMate® Food Covers are reusable, and can be cleaned by hand or placed in the dishwasher. The stretchy material allows them to fit any dish, plate or bowl, and makes it super simple to cover or uncover with ease.

CoverMate® Food Covers cost $3.95, and can be found at national or local retailers, such as Target, or purchased online at www.trycovermate.com.

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

Simply the best there is for baby! BornFree® makes an entire line of bottles, pacifiers, training cups, drinking cups, and other accessories for baby that are free of BPA (Bisphenol-A), a potentially dangerous chemical that is a known estrogen mimicker that is used in the production of polycarbonate plastic. According to researchers, BPA may cause developmental and neurological problems in children. You can learn more about Bisphenol-A here. In addition, BornFree® products are also free of PVC and phthalates!

The entire line is made to grow with your little one, from infancy through toddlerhood, with a wide array of products for feeding, soothing, cleaning, and drinking.

The BornFree® Baby Bottles (pictured) are available in glass or plastic (PES). The bottles feature an anti-colic vent specifically designed for your child’s safety and comfort. The bottles come in both 5 oz. or 9 oz. sizes, depending on your baby’s needs.

In addition, BornFree® makes an innovative twister brush set for cleaning bottles, drinking cups, and training cups that makes it super simple to clean all the nooks and crannies! The teeny tiny brush that accompanies the larger brush has been designed to clean nipples and spouts effectively, as well.

Mom” is a huge fan of this eco-friendly line! BornFree® products can be found at national retailers, such as Target, Whole Foods, Babies R’ Us, buybuyBAB, Diapers.com, and CVS, as well as online.

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

Fabrikators “Toddler” Cutlery has made its’ debut state-side this summer! This innovative cutlery set is designed specifically for toddlers, ergonomically shaped for the way that children at this stage in their growth and development grasp objects. The rounded, chunky shape fills your little ones’ entire hand, making it easy to hold on to as food is eaten with the spoon or fork, or sliced with the kid-friendly knife. As your child mimics your actions while eating, the Toddler set enables him or her to feel confident as a new skill is learned.

Recommended for ages 6 months – 2 years, Fabrikators “Toddler” Cutlery is available in 4 bright, cheerful colors (Green, Pink, Blue, and Orange) and is both microwave and dishwasher-safe. In addition, the flatware set is BPA-Free, PVC-Free, and Phthalate-Free. For more information on this functional set from Denmark, please visit FabrikatorsUSA.com.

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