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Three Steps Toward a Plastic-Free Kitchen

Plastic isn’t a great material for storing, cooking, or serving food. Chemicals leach out of it into food, making their way into our bodies. Glass is a safer option, and it’s better for the environment, too.

A total switch from plastic to glass probably feels overwhelming, so try a gradual approach, like I did. Here are three steps to start you on your way. [...]

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Featuring Fergus

Darling Fergus has a lot of loyal fans out there, and I’ve heard a few say they think he’s getting short shrift on My Sweet William. Not anymore! Fridays are now dedicated to Fergus and his adventures. [...]

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Banned in Toys, Allowed in School Supplies

Seventy-five percent of school supplies tested by CHEJ had such high levels of toxic phthalates that they would be illegal if they were toys. See this report and the related guide to buying safe supplies for your kids. [...]

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Honest Diapers

Sweet William and Darling Fergus have been wearing The Honest Company’s diapers since I lost patience with Seventh Generation a few months ago. (See the backstory, involving dyes and the Lorax, here.) I haven’t given diapers much thought since then, which has been a nice thing. Here’s why Honest diapers were a good decision for my family. [...]

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Extreme Flying With Babies

We just returned from an excellent vacation in Kansas City, which I’ll report about shortly. First, I’ll share my notes on how we survived getting home at 2:50 a.m. after our flight was rescheduled, rerouted, and repeatedly delayed. [...]

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Argington Bam Bam Crib Update

Several months ago, I recommended Argington’s Bam Bam convertible crib set, which I purchased for Darling Fergus. It was time-consuming to assemble, but the parts arrived in good condition and without any suspicious chemical smells. We’ve been happy with it.

Unfortunately, Bam Bam has given others parents major trouble. [...]

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Graco Bans Flame Retardants

An online activism success! After nearly 4,000 parents signed Sara Snow’s petition to Graco, asking it to eliminate flame retardants from its children’s products, the company has committed to a flame retardant ban.

This is especially significant because Graco sells nearly 1 out of every 3 baby gear products in the United States. [...]

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The Flap Happy Hat

Doesn’t Fergus look sweet in his sun hat? Flap Happy makes them in a variety of prints and fabrics, including organic cotton. The hats are rated UPF 50+ without the use of chemicals. The sun protection is achieved by using a double layer of 100% cotton poplin. Such a practical, effective and cute way to […]

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