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Make mealtime fun with the oogaa® mealtime set! Your little one will open wide as the choo choo train or airplane spoon carries favorite foods to his/her tiny mouth – no coaxing and cajoling needed! This fun-tastic BPA-free bowl and 2 spoon set is made from safe, soft silicone, which will not break or chip when accidently dropped. Silicone does not support the growth of bacteria, fungus and mold, and will not corrode or deteriorate like plastic products. Plus, silicone is dishwasher safe, microwave safe, freezer safe, and oven safe.

Mom’s” daughter loved her green bowl set, her favorite color, which came complete with both an airplane spoon and train spoon for extra giggles while eating! The oogaa® mealtime set is available in three additional colors, including purple, blue and pink. Whether you are feeding baby rice cereal for the first time or want to engage your busy toddler at mealtime, this adorable set will delight and entertain. It makes a great gift for baby showers, too!

To learn more about the oogaa® mealtime set, or any other oogaa® products, please visit oogaa.com.

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

It may be nearing the end of cold and flu season, but parents know that colds and upper respiratory infections can strike at any time of the year! To ease symptoms naturally without the use of medication, Ear, Nose and Throat specialists from the University Hospital MAS in Malmo, Sweden, invented an ingenious little device called the NoseFrida! BPA-free and Phthalate-free, this unique nasal aspirator is an effective way for parents to help ease their baby’s congestion. The NoseFrida enables parents to relieve congestion by using their own suction to drain their child’s nose with the help of filters to prevent any transfer of mucus. Don’t worry! No mucus is transferred, and baby’s relief is almost instantaneous. Plus, the NoseFrida is much more sanitary than the bulb syringe that is typically used to relieve congestion, and is not placed inside the nose to use.

Why do doctors and parents prefer NoseFrida to the bulb aspirator?

NoseFrida is non-invasive: The tip of the aspirator is designed to be placed against the outside of the baby’s nostril, creating a seal (not inside like the bulb).

NoseFrida is more effective: Parents use their mouth to vacuum the contents of the nostril. This variable parent-powered suction is much more effective than the static suction of the bulb. The parents are able to control the amount of suction and a disposable filter prevents any bacterial transfer.

NoseFrida is more sanitary: Unlike the bulb, NoseFrida can be taken apart and cleaned with soap and water, and reused until the child is old enough to blow his/her nose.

Smart and sanitary, the NoseFrida is a must-have in any nautural medicine chest for parents of infants and toddlers! For more information, or to locate a store near you, visit www.fridababy.com.

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

Here’s a clever (and adorable!) way to get your little ones to wash their bodies and their hair during bathtime! Just install the new BPA-free Soapster Foaming Soap Dispenser from Skip Hop in a convenient location on the tub wall within reach of tiny hands, add your favorite organic body wash & shampoo, and let them take charge. With each pump of the penguin’s belly, a perfect amount of soap appears, making it easy to lather up! Not sure when the soap is getting low? Skip Hop has thought of that too – the penguin’s belly has a window that shows Mom and Dad just how much soap is left before refills are needed.

We love how this fosters independence and has your child learning how to wash their own body and hair with ease with no accidental dumping of the entire shampoo bottle into the bath! For parents of babies, this also makes a convenient bathtime aid until your child is able to wash his or her own body, as it allows one-handed use while holding the baby. The dispenser can be installed by either a screw plate attachment or suction cups.

To learn more about the new Soapster Foaming Soap Dispenser from Skip Hop, or to locate a retailer near you, visit SkipHop.com.

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

Pura Kiki™

Bye-bye toxic plastic sippy cups and bottles or breakable glass bottles and cups! Say hello to earth-friendly and BPA-free Pura Kiki™! These durable, lightweight stainless steel bottles and sippy cups are a new must-have in “Mom’s” home! Her little one has claimed the Pura Kiki™ sippy bottle with silicone sip spout as her favorite one to drink water from now, and it is easy to see why!

Made to grow with your baby through toddlerhood, the gorgeous stainless bottles are avaiable in a smattering of bold colors, including pretty pink, aqua blue, spring green, grape, and natural. Sleek and 100% plastic free, the bottles are made to be paired with the Pura Kiki™ Silicone Sleeves to keep little hands from getting hot or cold as well as providing a nice firm surface to grip the bottle. The sleeves can be left on when washed, and both the bottles and sleeves are dishwasher-safe! “Mom” loves these new bottles so much that she was excited to learn that Pura even offers steel water bottles for adults!

What are the modern, planet-friendly features of the Pura Kiki™?

  • Toxin free: 100% BPA-free, 100% phthalate-free, 100% petroleum free, 100% PVC-free
  • Practical: Kiki infant bottles transform into sippy cups and vice versa!
  • Adaptable: Use the nipple and spout your child prefers. All Kiki bottles operate with Pura nipples and spouts as well as those from many leading manufacturers
  • Safe: Kiki exceeds all FDA, CPSIA and European Directive 2002/72/EC regulations and/or guidelines
  • Functional: internal volume graduations so you know how much your infant or toddler is eating
  • Modern: fun colors and a shape optimized for small hands
  • Easy to clean: Dishwasher safe and large mouth makes cleaning simple
  • Reliable: Lifetime warranty on stainless components

To learn more about Pura Kiki™ or to order, visit www.purastainless.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!

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

Planet-friendly and practical, these 5 new baby must-haves for your newborn sweetheart are “Mom’s” latest favorites for outfitting a nursery.

Green Babies®
Just born! Green Babies™ body care products, including Baby Me Shampoo & Wash, Energizing Bubble Bath, Calming Bubble Bath, Smooth Me Detangler and Lotion Potion Moisturizer have now entered the world of fabulous eco-friendly care products for little ones. The new body care line is plant and fruit derived, vegan, hypo-allergenic and tear-free. Plus, everything smells delightful – leaving your baby smelling oh-so-sweet! Developed in the spirit that every baby is beautiful and deserves the best, safest and most irritant-free products that won’t break the budget, the products do not contain synthetic fragrances, dyes, sulfates, parabens or phthalates. The products are available at Whole Foods Markets throughout the Northeast, select specialty retail stores and online at www.greenbabies.com.

Delta Eco-Collection
Organize your child’s things in planet-friendly style! This unique nursery storage collection will help get rid of mommy guilt by helping the environment…and organizing the closets!

The Eco-Collection is the debut of Delta’s new storage/organization collection called S.O.S. (Store. Organize. Style). This eco-conscious collection uses 100% recycled cardboard and non-toxic inks, and is cute to boot! The 20 piece starter kit (available in pink, blue or green) retails for $40 and includes hangers, dividers, storage boxes and a hanging organizer. A true eco-mommy’s dream! Available at Wal-mart, making it a budget-conscious choice, as well.

Green to Grow®
Just the milk please; hold the chemicals! Green to Grow’s® range of BPA-free baby bottles includes bottles made from good, old fashioned glass and from PES plastic – a premium grade resin that has a denser molecular structure than other BPA-free plastics. PES outperforms other plastics because it is incredibly durable, heat resistant, and does not break down with repeated sterilization. With adorable designs on their bottles, sippy cups and stackables, this line is sure to be a family favorite!

Plus, Green to Grow® recently introduced Mellow™, which feature colic-relief nipples that are designed with an air vent built directly into the base of the nipple, allowing air to circulate into the bottle as baby feeds, equalizing pressure inside the bottle, and making it easier for baby to drink. With Mellow™, parents spend less time cleaning, assembling, (and even losing!) the many small pieces needed with other anti-colic systems, and more time loving and feeding their baby. The Mellow™ line is compatible with all Green to Grow® bottles for ease of use. Available online at www.greentogrow.com.

NurturMe

Bye-bye to heavy jars weighing down the diaper bag – hello to NurturMe! Convenient, healthy, and portable, NurturMe is the first and only certified-organic, all-natural, gluten-free baby food made from nutrient-rich, quick-dried fruits and vegetables. By quick-drying, rather than cooking, its ingredients, NurturMe preserves the vital nutrients and phytochemicals found in fruits and vegetables, making it one of the most natural and nutritious baby foods available.

Each pouch of NurturMe may be mixed with breast milk, whole milk, formula or water in any amount or combination, enabling feedings to be customized completely to baby and mother’s needs. Designed for children from the age of four months to four years, NurturMe may also be sprinkled into grains, homemade purees, yogurts, apple sauce and macaroni & cheese to give them a delicious and nutritious boost. Available in four wholesome, baby-favorite flavors—Plump Peas, Scrumptious Squash, Crisp Apples and Hearty Sweet Potatoes, NurturMe products contain no added salts, sugars, colors or preservatives and all the fruits and vegetables used in NurturMe are sourced from certified-organic U.S. farms. NurturMe products are available at www.nurturme.com.

LifeNest Sleeping System
Safe sleep for baby, peace of mind for mom and dad! Created by renowned ear, nose and throat pediatric surgeon specialist, Dr. Jose Bensoussan, UBIMED’s patented LifeNest Sleeping System was specifically designed to ensure the highest level of comfort and safety for your infant while they rest.

The LifeNest’s curved mesh hammock cradles the baby’s head, maintaining the recommended baby-on-back sleeping position while allowing unrestricted movements. The elevated breathable hammock permits the free circulation of air via the venting channels to help prevent overheating and enables the baby to breathe freely even if they accidentally turn on their tummy. A second hammock is also built into the tight fitting mattress cover (available in a full line of fashionable colors to compliment any nursery), reinforcing strength and safety and prevents mattress cover entrapment and strangulation risks. Additionally, the mesh hammock of the LifeNest allows liquids and mucus to pass through it, helping to prevent against smothering.

Intended to be used for babies from birth to 5 months of age, the LifeNest fits securely on any standard crib, and comes with a convenient travel case, as it is easily portable making it ideal for parent’s on-the-go.

The LifeNest Sleeping System is available for purchase online at www.lifenest.com and at select retailers nationwide for $149.99.

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

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.*

From Spice Girl to Savvy Green Mama! Mel B. and her adorable daughter, Angel, were recently spotted sporting a Born FreeTwist N’ Pop cup while out and about this Spring! Completely free of BPA (Bisphenol-A), harmful Phthalates and PVC, this cup will keep little Angel hydrated without worry! The Twist N’ Pop cup is available in 4 bright, fun colors, for your own little angel.

About Born Free

BornFree™ has developed a range of products baby bottles, cups and accessories that is totally free of the potentially dangerous chemicals Bisphenol-A (BPA), Phthalates and PVC. BPA is a known estrogen mimicker that is used in the production of polycarbonate plastic. According to researchers, BPA may cause developmental and neurological problems if it leaches from plastic. Reports suggest that small amounts of BPA may leach into food or beverages stored in polycarbonate containers, especially when the contents are heated. In addition, BornFree™’s cups and bottles feature the unique BornFree™ venting system, designed to reduce colic and ear infections. For more information, visit www.newbornfree.com.

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

Enter to win a set of reusable & eco-friendly utensils and tableware from Dandelion Earth-Friendly Goods for your toddler! New to the Dandelion family of innovative corn products, the Natural Tableware Feeding line is made from cornstarch bioplastic, and all items are BPA-free, Phthalate-free, Lead-free, and PVC-free. Your baby can safely transition from being fed to eating independently at mealtimes with ease and without worry. The Natural Tableware Feeding line includes plates, bowls, utensils, and an infant feeding set. From March 19th – March 26th, you can enter to win daily on Tiny Green Mom!

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Enter to win an eco-friendly & adorable set of Natural Teether Keys from Dandelion Earth-Friendly Goods for your little drooler! New to the Dandelion family of innovative corn products, the Toy Keys are made from cornstarch bioplastic, and are BPA-free, Phthalate-free, Lead-free, and PVC-free. Your baby can safely chew and gnaw on the keys – without you having to worry! Brightly-colored and just plain fun – the keys can clip on any diaper bag or purse for amusement on-the-go. From March 9th – March 18th, you can enter to win daily on Tiny Green Mom!

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