While vacationing (and I use that term lightly, as those with young children know that there's really no such thing when the kids are along) with my two boys this past week, I came across these bandages from Two's Company in the "baby gift" section of the local home goods store. Hmmmm....I don't know that I'd put them in a gift basket for someone bringing home baby. I also can't decide whether they're just a little "too cute," but I can tell you that I much prefer them to Sponge Bob and Thomas (both of which currently grace my toddler's occassional summer war-wounds).
Available (for not much more than your average bandage) here.
Normally at Babygadget, we're all about the aesthetics, but when we see a useful or ingenious piece of kit, we can't help reporting on it.
So the Baby Dam isn't going to bring gasps of admiration from your design maven friends, but it'll save you time and water. Effectively fencing off part of your bath, it allows to you apportion just as much water as a baby needs, ie, not much.
Like the Bibabath we featured last October, I guess this is just one of those products that was waiting to be invented: common-sensical, and probably improvised in households across the land.
For a few great days before all the rain, it was summer in NYC and we were slathering on sunscreen for the first time this season. More than other products that I put on my family's skin, I am really adamant about using natural, chemical free sunscreen so I'm always on the lookout for new products. All natural sunscreen is the one thing that I don't mind spending more money on. Vivesana is a new organic sun care company that is the first 70% organic baby sunscreen product on the market. They also use exclusively US-grown organic ingredients and domestic, sustainable, BPA-free packaging and the tube is convenient for toting around. The best part? It doesn't go on greasy or smell like pina coladas. With ingredients like Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Green Tea Leaf Extract and Raspberry Seed Oil, the formula is gentle and feels nice on the skin.
Through May 31, Babygadget readers can 25% off their order with the coupon code "Babygadget".
Once again I'm in awe of an entrepreneurial mum. Here I am, stretched with one kid and a normal office-hours job, and meanwhile a mother of three still finds the time to manufacture and launch a new product. Hmm.
This time, the product in question can also earn its creator extra brownie points, for it benefits the planet. Cheeky Wipes are the next logical step to reusable nappies, and if you've ever felt peculiar turning from your eco-friendly diapers to resource-hungry wet-wipes, this concept is for you.
Find out all about it on the website, where every question is answered and every fear (eg, "What about poo?") allayed. Helen Blaber, that admirable founder, seems genuinely enthused about her company, and her commitment is infectious.
Are you a green freak about baby and all that comes near? I am, or at least I was with my first. (Oh, how we relax our standards.) Still though not still a "freak" per se, I like to look out for Mother Earth and baby all at the same time. Therefore I was drawn to this Natural Vegan Laundry Soap by Shower Treat Soap. Actually it was their great packaging that initially drew me in. But then I noticed that because it's all natural, it would be great for my kids' sensitive skin, and for mother earth! It's also HE machine compatible, one tablespoon doing up to 96 loads, for a savings of about 18 cents a load. So it's also eco-eco (economical/ecological). The description states that it works in all temperatures and is especially good for cloth diapers. Site reviews are great, so I can't wait to try mine. I think I'll go with lavender. And while I'm at it, I also might try their dish soap. The packaging is even better.
Once you have kids you suddenly get all these new business ideas - like making ATTRACTIVE child-proofing devises! But since you have children, you never actually get around to it. So let's just say, I'm happy someone else has - in the form of these quirky, comical, birdie door stops. I think the pictures say it all.
I've been really wanting to replace some of our old worn baby towels that we've had for 5 years with some new ones and I like the idea of organic cotton. Although I haven't quite been able to commit to spending over $35 on a hooded towel (as seems to be the beginning price point for organic towels), I do really love the animal theme ones from 3 Sprouts. The towel is nice and fluffy, and the monkey would be simply adorable on top of a running naked toddlers head.
Thank God an upcoming trip to AZ is going to spell us from this long NY winter. But the journey to fun in the sun (and did I mention hordes of family, which prior to kids would have left me with hives, but now means LOTS of BABYSITTERS! Ahh, can you feel me relaxing?) has left me scrambling to replace last year's outgrown summer clothes. A visit to Etsy soon found me a really groovy sunscreen shirt or rash guard from Sea Salt Tees for my son. Made in Australia (those guys know sun protection) from the finest Italian Lycra (who knew?), each shirt provides UPF 50+ protection from harmful rays. They also have "4.5 times the chlorine resistance of ordinary elastane." I'm a saltwater girl myself, but I figure this must make them more durable there too. Plus the muted colors are so much more sophisticated and cool than the usual fare. Great, that's 1 out of 4 of us covered.
Confession time: I never brush my kids' hair. (For so long they never had any; my baby daughter still doesn't. Then with my son, I just like the tussled look.) But if I did, I'd definitely use this adorable hare set (Get it?) by Skip Hop. Made of BPA-free, Phthalate-free, PVC-free plastic, the bunny base rests atop a shatter-proof mirror, while the rabbit ears serve as comb and brush. I actually think it would be great for young tots learning to groom themselves. Hopefully they'll do a better job than Mom.
Of all the items in your household, who would think to scrutinise the humble bath duck for its impact on the environment? Not me, that's for sure - until I heard tell of the Eco bath duck.
This duck flashes lights and emits nursery rhymes, all through the power of a wind-up mechanism - no batteries required. The packaging is also 100% biodegradable. There's no mention of the plastic it was made from, though - dare one assume it has been recycled?