As you did when choosing an ob/gyn, you want to find a pediatrician who is top-notch medically. How much better if he or she is also on the journey to an environmentally sustainable perspective on pediatrics! Here are five representative questions you may want to ask politely to gauge physicians’ thoughts on things green:
Contemporary, streamlined design is all the rage in nursery decor these days, and these modern nursery furnishings delivers in a big – um, make that minimalist – way.
As smart moms and dads, we know that you make environmentally friendly choices everyday. From choosing to breastfeed to recycling, your choices are making a difference!
thinkbaby’s products address the growing concern over toxic chemicals leaching from plastic baby products. Free of Bisphenol-A, phthalates and lead, their bottles feature a patented venting system that helps reduce colic.
Babies spend up to 70% of their early life sleeping and playing on a crib mattress. Your baby’s health and safety should not be negotiable. Imagine your little one snoozing on this superior mattress, safely surrounded by only things good to the environment. This is the ultimate choice when you love both your baby and your planet! Now your baby can enjoy the same great organic comfort as their Naturepedic crib mattress in their bassinet!
The Cariboo Folding Changing Table is perfect for parents with little room to spare. Stylish and functional at the same time, this lightweight changer folds flat for easy storage or travel. Simply fold it up and you can easily move this changing table from room to room.
After a week of hanging out at the Las Vegas Convention Center for the ABC Kids Trade Show, one thing is certain, there are a lot of amazing manufacturers of baby products. For four days, I was utterly amazed at new and innovating ways to make baby’s life better, more stylish, and make a new parent’s life easier. From beautiful bedding and cribs with craftsmanship to dirty diaper solutions and stylish clothes, there’s no shortage of adorable and inventive products for babies and mothers. After walking aisles of more than 1,000 products, here are ten standout products and trends that will soon be available in the Baby Lifestyles shop and stores around the country.
Tuck your baby into luxurious bedding made from cotton grown without chemicals and pesticides! Whispering Grass Eyes of the World Organic Crib Bedding Set from Cotton Monkey is crafted to protect your baby’s soft and beautiful skin. And it looks beautiful and colorful for your baby boy’s nursery doing it!
You’ll love putting your little one down for a nap in this charming baby crib. The Wendy Crib from PALI features lovely detailing, simple styles, and solid pine wood construction in an array of warm finishes. And with the optional Toddler and Universal Rails, you can ensure that your child has a comfortable bed to […]
Nicole Richie and Joel Madden have reportedly furnished their unborn kid’s nursery in the most natural way possible to turn it to a green haven. The couple wants to build an eco-friendly atmosphere for their second baby in their Los Angeles home.
The Chicago City Council has officially banned the substance BPA from food and beverage containers intended for use by children under three years old. The Connecticut state legislature followed Chicago’s lead by approving legislation banning the component from plastic containers used by children and babies.
Cloth diapers have gotten a bum reputation over the years. From unsightly visions of soiled diapers being dunked in toilet bowls or baby’s soft skin being punctured with pins, there have been a lot of complaints in the non-disposable diaper world. But fear not, because there have been major innovations since the day your grandma used disposables. We’ve uncovered the top ten myths of cloth diapers and have gone to the best in the industry to find out the truth.
Soleil Moon Frye has launched her eco-friendly baby-clothing line called The Little Seed. The line includes shirts, pants, blankets, and onesies in solid, vivid colors which were inspired by the colors of a candy store.
The ban of BPA in baby bottles is steadily being passed state by state in the United States. But the entire country of Canada will no longer be taking any chances on the much debated chemical. The country has banned baby bottles that are made from rigit plastics and Bisphenol A. This makes Canada the first country in the world to adopt a blanket regulation against BPA in the manufacturing of plastic baby bottles.
Tori Spelling grew up in the lap of luxury. With a childhood in a sprawling mansion in the 90210 long before 90210, if anyone knew the taste of a silver spoon, it was the child of Hollywood producer Aaron Spelling. But the 36-year-old actress, author, and fighter with her mother is finding happiness in the little things in life, like preparing homemade baby food for her daughter Stella, 11 months.
No more tears indeed! Johnson & Johnson is being asked by a coalition of organizations to remove two chemicals, considered probable human carcinogens, from its baby shampoo and other personal care products. The chemical removal is being pushed by more than 40 parent, health care and environmental groups, including the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, American Nurses Association, Physicians for Social Responsibility, MomsRising, the Environmental Working Group and Friends of the Earth.
Ecologically minded families want everything they own to be as natural and earth-sustaining as possible. And with low impact and organic goods from food to furniture increasingly available, expectant parents aren’t waiting until their babies are born to involve them in earth-conscious consumerism. Instead they are updating a ritual for new parents into one that better reflects their lifestyles. Welcome to the eco-baby shower.
“She’s a big girl,” Jessica Alba said on a recent appearance on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno about her daughter Honor Marie. “She’s almost as big as me! She’s, like, 25 pounds.” The Fantastic Four star dished a bit about her first Easter with daughter and how the family of three is looking forward […]
For the socially conscious mom-to-be, we would like to do anything we can to make your baby shower a little greener. Eco-friendly baby shower favors allow you to have a festive welcoming to the world for your baby without causing permanent damage to the earth.
Babies are little bundles of joy, but what you bundle your baby in can make a big difference—for the health of your wee one and the environment. Consider what your future fashionista’s onesies, pajamas, sleep sacks, and socks are made of, and whether or not they have been treated with toxic chemicals. Whether it’s all-natural cotton or a blend with some synthetic fibers, each conventional baby garment carries its own eco-concerns.
Navigating through this new world of all things green can be complicated at times. There’s so much talk about what is environmentally safe, green and certified organic. When it comes to picking what’s best for your baby, what do all of these terms mean? Here are some great cheat-sheet definitions of words and terms to look out for when planning an eco-friendly nursery. Knowing the lingo is the first step to knowing how to plan accordingly…
A greener lifestyle isn’t just about helping to preserve equatorial rain forests, it can also mean improving your health, padding your bank account, and, ultimately, improving your overall quality of life. Why not start your baby off on the right track with one of our eco-friendly diaper bags? Intelligent functionality, durable construction and strong fashion appeal are what make Fleurville bags so popular. Fleurville is a company focused on creating compelling solutions for modern parents. They are recognized as one of the environmental leaders in parenting products by becoming one of the 1st PVC-Free companies.
Happy Earth Day! If you’re looking for where to get Earth friendly products for you and your baby, we went to Baby Earth found some of the best places and products that are safe for your growing family.
Pregnancy hasn’t been a bumpy road for Ugly Betty star Ana Ortiz. In fact, the actress, who’s due with a girl at the end of July, says she feels “phenomenal.” You might have to hate Ugly Betty actress Ana Ortiz. On top of being a beautiful, talented actress on a hit television show, the radiant actress in an interview with People Magazine at the GLAAD Media Awards said she’s had a great experience being pregnant with her daughter. But “talk to me in another month,” she addded.
Nicole Richie and Joel Madden, parents of the adorable Harlow Madden, hosted a benefit for UNICEF’s Tap Project, which helps provide clean and accessible water to children around the world. The event was hosted by the couple’s own Richie-Madden Children’s Foundation on March 24 at Hollywood hotspot MyHouse. Celebrities in attendance at the event, which was held at MyHouse in LA, included fashionista Rachel Zoe, Lauren Conrad, Matt Dallas, and Joel’s bro and Good Charlotte bandmate Benji Madden.
You aren’t likely to see the chemicals formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane listed on the labels of baby bath products, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t there, a consumer group is warning. In a report released today by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (CSC), more than half of children’s bath soaps, shampoos, lotions, and other personal care products tested by the group were found to contain 1,4-dioxane and formaldehyde, according to a report released today. Both of the chemicals are considered probable carcinogens by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Today the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics will reveal which brands of children’s shampoos, bubble baths and baby lotions tested positive for formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane, two chemicals that have been linked to serious health problems, including cancer. You won’t find these chemicals on ingredient lists, though you might find marketing claims like “gentle” and “cure” on the suspect products, according to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a national coalition of nonprofit health and environmental organizations.
Connecticut’s attorney general says six companies have agreed to stop manufacturing baby bottles that contain Bisphenol-A, a chemical some studies suggest may be harmful to infants. Attorneys general from Connecticut, Delaware and New Jersey sent letters last October to 11 companies, asking them to stop using the chemical.
A bill passed Tuesday in the Suffolk County Legislature officially banned baby bottles and sippy cups made with bisphenol A (BPA), a common compound found in many plastic products. The bill was passed with a unanimous vote. Stores selling bottles with BPA face $500 fines. The county is the first in the nation to ban a product made from BPA.
Imagine all the babies, living in an earth friendly world . . . you can just hear John Lennon singing it. Now babies will be able to go green with a new line of products authorized by the John Lennon Estate. Re-Think It Inc.’s Dandelion Earth Friendly Goods, which specializies in environmentally sound products for abbies will launch the Imagine a Better World line of plush toys and didaper bags available in stores April 1 featuring the “Real Love” designs. Those drawings, originally done by John Lennon, were published in book form in 1999. The plush toys will feature elephants, rhinos and giraffes.
It’s been dubbed “The Baby Bottle Act of 2009”. A bill in the Washington legislature would ban the sale of baby bottles, sippy cups and other food containers made with the chemical bisphenol-A. The bill’s sponsor, Democratic Representative Mary Lou Dickerson, says the chemical known as BPA can induce diabetes, cancer, and developmental disorders.
Yes you heard that right, you can make cupcakes for your baby with baby food! When asked the question of what to do with leftover puree baby food when baby outgrows it, one mother came up with a winning dessert recipe. She entered it in the Food Network’s Ultimate Recipe Showdown and came away a winner with cupcakes for baby made from pureed baby food to satisfy the youngest of sweet tooths.
Taiwanese baby formula milk powder containing a deadly bacteria was among 852 batches of food, beverage and cosmetic products that failed quality tests. The administration found Enterobacter sakazakii in major Taiwan company Wei Quan Co’s 9.624 tons of milk powders on October 17. Enterobacter sakazakii is a bacterium that in infants can cause meningitis, inflammation of the brain’s protective membranes, developmental problems and death. It has a fatality rate of more than 50 percent in infants.
Everybody knows that smoking causes cancer, stroke, heart disease and emphysema, but all mothers and moms-to-be should also understand the potential damage to a child caused by prenatal smoking. New research by the Cancer Institute of New South Wales has provided the strongest indication yet that smoking during pregnancy also causes lower birth weight, premature birth and the baby’s potential hospitalisation in a neonatal intensive care unit. Surprisingly, previous studies have found only weak evidence or even a reverse trend, with less cancer among the children of smokers.
Melamine and its byproduct, cyanuric acid, has been found in more U.S. baby formula, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has announced. According to the FDA, the industrial chemical melamine and a byproduct, cyanuric acid, have now been detected in four of 89 containers of infant formula made in the United States, doubling previously reported positive results. The contamination is extremely minute, at levels federal regulators say are safe for babies. This is the second time that the industrial chemical has turned up in baby formula in this country, but the FDA continues to insist that U.S. supplies are safe.
FDA To Reconsider Its Position On A Potentially Dangerous BPA Chemical In Baby Bottles – Babies at risk
The day after Baby Lifestyles blogged about the creation of BPA-free silicone baby bottles, the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) own advisory board accused the agency of failing to consider research on the dangers of BPA, a chemical found in many plastic baby bottles, plastic food containers and metal can linings, causing the agency to finally agree to reconsider the issue. Exposure to this chemical is widespread and was seen in the urine of nearly ninety-three percent of the sample population. Although the FDA’s draft risk assessment claimed the chemical was safe, this conclusion stood out among other research that considered the chemical dangerous. For example, the National Toxicology Program, a branch of the Department of Health and Human Services, has stated the chemical can harm the brain, behavior and the prostate gland in fetuses, infants and children. Canada has also added the chemical to a list of toxic substances and said it will ban the chemical from being used in polycarbonate baby bottles. A recent study by the Journal of the American Medical Association has found adults with high levels BPA in their urine were more susceptible to heart and liver disease as well as diabetes.
The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act was passed in August 2008 and was designed to ensure that toys and other baby products are free of lead and other harmful chemicals. It includes a ban on products that contain more than 600 parts per million of lead by weight. The Act will take effect on February 10, 2009. The issue is that the new law applies not only to newly manufactured products but those in resale shops, thrift shops, and those you are watching on eBay.
PETA, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is teaching their message of love and tolerance for animals younger and younger. In 2008, they sent the message to Suri Cruise that she should learn early that wearing fur is a no -no. Now that Bristol Palin is a mom, PETA is sending her and Baby Tripp a gift with a message of peace…or should we say peas. Group spokesperson Michelle Cho says that since Sarah and Todd Palin “never met an animal they didn’t like — to eat or shoot” PETA is sending a onesie bodysuit that says “Give Peas a Chance” and a bib with the slogan “Animals Are My Friends.”
Over the past few months, the rise in concern over the chemical bisphenol A (or BPA) has lead mothers to worry about what else their baby might be drinking from their bottle other than milk. Company Prince Lionheart might have found a solution to put an end to all the bottle fever. They have created a silicone baby bottle. Silicone is natural substance that contains no chemicals and is 100% safe for babies. “Now, parents who are concerned about the health of their babies have a safe and natural alternative to plastic baby bottles,” said Kelly Griffiths, President and CEO of Prince Lionheart. According to a report released by a coalition of scientists and environmental-health advocacy groups, common baby bottles sold across North America contain “very significant” levels of BPA, Phtalates, lead, and PVC, chemicals linked to infertility, obesity, diabetes, thyroid disease, breast cancer, prostate cancer and respiratory complications. These chemicals have even turned up in harmful levels in popular baby bottles sold throughout the U.S. and Canada including Avent, Dr. Brown’s, Evenflo, Gerber, and Platex. Unlike most of their plastic counterparts, Prince Lionheart’s Silicone Baby Bottles contain NO Bisphenol A, Phthalates, PVC, or lead, and are heat-resistant, microwavable, shatterproof and dishwasher safe, making it the safe and smart choice for parents. The plastic ring, plug and cap contain no polycarbonates and are food grade, FDA approved to provide the safest feeding experience for baby.
Two of the most common New Year’s resolutions are to organize their homes and to become more environmentally conscious. You can combine both of these resolutions in your baby’s nursery by recycling their old toys. It helps clean up your home, makes room for all those new gifts they got over the holiday season, gets rid of items they have grown out of and keeps the Earth green. Toys represent a simple and happy time of life for most people. They are also an essential tool in the cognitive and social development of a child. The onslaught of toys purchased, some 2.6 billion each year, represents a significant amount of potential waste and many toys you cannot simply dump in your curbside recycle bin as they are often comprised of different materials and cmoponents making them difficult to recycle. Here are some of the tips Baby Lifestyles received from Earth 911, the leading nationwide directory of local recycling resources.