Archive | August, 2011

Better Antibacterial Soap

I don’t think antibacterial soap is necessary, but some people like it after handling a baby’s diaper or before preparing a bottle. When you read the label of almost any antibacterial soap, you’ll find triclosan is the active ingredient. Unfortunately, triclosan is linked to hormone disruption in lab animals and causes antibiotic resistance. Triclosan sticks […]

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Crocodile Creek’s Playground Ball

Sweet William’s favorite word (after dada, of course) is ball. His favorite ball is this one from Crocodile Creek. Crocodile Creek’s playground balls are made of rubber and contain no PVC, latex, or vinyl. The 5″ size is nice for gentle indoor play, and the 7″ size is great on the playground. The balls come […]

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Home Economics

Sweet William, now 14 months old, is running around and getting into things every time I turn my back. This morning he brought me a bottle of air freshener that was left within reach. Here’s why I didn’t panic. AIR FRESHENER 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp vinegar 2 c hot water squeeze of lemon […]

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The New Bam Bam

Eco-friendly cribs can be wildly expensive, ranging to more than $2,000 for a stylish and safe sleep solution. That’s why I thought I’d pass along information about the new Bam Bam Crib Complete by Argington, selling online for $449. The Bam Bam includes a bassinet, a crib conversion kit and a toddler conversion kit. It […]

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Let’s Eat!

Meals with Sweet William just got safer and easier to clean up. While awaiting the release of Green Eats, the dinnerware made from recycled milk jugs, I decided to test a set of stainless steel dinnerware by Untangled Living. It includes a plate, bowl, cup, spoon and fork, all made from food-grade stainless steel. Needless […]

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Back to School, PVC-Free

The Center for Health, Environment & Justice has published its fourth-annual Back-to-School Guide to PVC-Free School Supplies. The guide is an incredible resource for parents of children of any age, from pre-schoolers to college students.  It explains why PVC is dangerous, how to identify it, and how to avoid it.  It also offers an extensive […]

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Safe Chemicals Act of 2011

Did you catch these news reports this week? Millions of Americans have been ingesting them for years—perchlorate, hexavalent chromium, volatile organic compounds—not because they’re safe, but because they are among 6,000 toxins the EPA has not gotten around to regulating in municipal drinking water systems.  (Forbes, 8/9/11). Pregnant women participating in a pilot study at […]

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