Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Top 10 Green Items to Include in Your Baby Registry For Spring

Expecting a baby and not sure where to start with the plethora of green, natural, organic and eco-friendly baby products available? Look no further, here are the top 10 must have items to include in your "green" gift registry.

1. BPA-Free Bottles - Safety should be your number one concern, so look for bottles free of chemicals bisphenol-A (BPA), phthalates, and polyvinyl chloride (PVC). BPA is found in plastic, so double check to make sure bottles you purchased are free of this chemical. Another option is to purchase glass baby bottles. Lifefactory is one company that makes a great looking glass baby bottle with a modern eco-friendly design.

2. Organic Skincare for baby and mom to be - Go back to basics and look for baby lotions, oils, and creams with natural, plant based, and sustainable ingredients. Look for products free of ingredients such as parabens-petro-chemicals(methyl, propyl, etc.) implicated in a multitude of health problems and phthalates - Carcinogens, mutation agents, stored in fat cells-they make perfume set and plastics bend. A few great organic skincare brands include ErbaOrganic, Mambino Organics, and Sum-Bo-Shine.

3. Organic Cotton Clothing - Organic clothing has come a long way from what some may view as the tree-hugger days. It is easy to find basic pieces for newborns along with items that have modern styling. Look for organic cotton that has been certified or includes a blend of organic cotton/soy. Bodysuits, tees, pants, hats, mittens, dresses, rompers can all be found in organic cotton material.

4. Cloth Diapers - Gone are the days of cloth diapers secured with frustrating safety pins and then adding a plastic cover on top of it all. The new wave of cloth diapers includes everything from All-in-Ones to basic diapers secured with Velcro or Snaps. And please don't forget, cloth diapers now come in a wide variety of materials and fashion colors. Need more reasons to switch from disposable to cloth? Try affordability, friendliness to our environment, and healthier for your baby.

5. Eco-Friendly diaper bags - Need a great carryall to house all of the diapers, creams, toys, snacks, and everyday items you tote around? Diaper bags are now eco-friendly made from recyclable materials and through fair trade practices. Better yet, after your baby is out of diapers, the bags are functional enough to use for everyday. Go Gaga is one brand who gets it right. In styles from messenger, gondola, and slide tote, these bags also contain a superior ergonomic strap. Bye Bye sore shoulders.

6. Organic Crib mattresses - Organic mattresses are made with organic and non-toxic materials instead of conventional and chemically treated materials. Your newborn spends a good portion of they day sleeping, so it is important to ensure a mattress is as pure as your little one. A typical crib mattress is made with many chemicals that have been linked to childhood health problems. Fire retardants, plasticizers, and other chemicals are in the foam and vinyl cover of a crib mattress.  Naturpedic and Ecobaby are two companies who do well in this area.

7. Organic Crib sheets - Similar to organic crib mattresses in that your baby is spending hours sleeping on top of them. By choosing organic cotton crib sheets, your baby will thank you later. Jubi, Naturpedic and Eazz Wraps all make great looking crib sheets.

8. Organic cotton towels - From Bed to Bath, make a move toward organic cotton towels, washcloths, and robes. After using organic baby wash, shampoos, and lotions, finish the job by wrapping your precious baby in an organic hooded towel. Once again, you can find basic styling in this category, or if you prefer a bit of whimsy, check out the hooded towels that will have your baby looking like a cute little monkey.

9. Organic or Eco-Friendly Baby Carriers & Wraps - Whether choosing a baby carrier or wrap to tote your tot, look for products made with either organic cotton fabric or made from eco-friendly, recyclable material. Boba Carriers and SleepyWrap are two brands that provide these options. In fact, most mainstream brands offer organic versions of their carriers these days.

10. Eco-Friendly Toys - Of course, what child will keep toys out of their mouths? If there is a chance it will be chewed on, make sure the items if made from organic cotton fabric, bpa-free plastics (in the case of teethers) or eco-friendly wood.

To view items from these categories and create a green gift registry, please visit http://organicbabygiftboutique.com
Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Product Spotlight: Boba Organic Carriers

Organic Baby Gift Boutique product spotlight on Boba Organic Soft Sided Carriers.  

Boba Organic soft sided carriers were introduced in 2009 as an affordable and locally made organic carrier.  The soft sided carrier is the first on the market to offer foot straps which keep your child's legs at a natural 90 degree angle. 

Features we like about the boba carrier:
*Easy to use and can be worn as front or back carry
*Foot Straps (removable) - Foot straps provide proper leg support for toddlers
& naturally aligns, hips, pelvis, and spine.
*Sleeping Hood (removable)
*Nursing Friendly
*Machine Washable
*Eco - Friendly - 100% organic cotton
All the outer fabric, the panel and the batting are 100% certified organic cotton.   All organic cotton used meets or exceeds the Organic Exchange 100 and/or GOTS standards. 
*Fashion colors - Our current favorite color is Pine
*Made to fit parents of all shapes and sizes 
*Lightweight for adults to carry - less than 2 lbs.
*Made in USA

Boba Carriers are intended for children 1-4 years old.  For children under 1 year, check out our SleepyWrap stretchy organic baby carriers.  Visit http://www.organicbabygiftboutique.com to pick out your new carrier - we know these will go fast!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Earth Day is right around the corner

Earth Day is April 22nd. So while you are focusing on energy conservation, recycling, planting trees and biking to work, your little one can represent the day sporting this organic cotton Earth Day Themed Bodysuit. It's so adorable, even the bum has a design.  Design by Lisa Kennedy & Lynda Bruschini
Monday, April 5, 2010

A new reason to love bathtime

Looking for a warm, comforting, and stress-free bathing experience for your newborn? The Original TummyTub is a unique womb-shaped and sized bath that eases baby’s transition from a familiar, safe place to an unknown world. Increasingly used in hospital nurseries across the country, this alternative to the standard baby bath makes bath time stress-free for babies and parents alike!

A few Reasons Organic Baby Gift Boutique loves the Tummy Tub:

*Warmth.. This is the key to making bath time happy and finally there is a way to achieve it! The TummyTub keeps baby upright and covered in warm water up to shoulder level instead of lying in a puddle of water on his back. The high sides of the tub keep warmth in around baby’s head, and the smaller water surface maintains the warm temperature for a good 20 minutes.

*Safety.. The proven safety of the TummyTub also makes it the best choice for babies. Available since 1996, there have been no accidents or injuries reported by the millions of TummyTub users worldwide! Unlike a household bucket, it has an anti-skid base and low center of gravity to prevent the tub from tipping over, is produced from completely toxin-free baby-friendly materials, and was designed without any sharp edges to harm the baby’s skin. Not to mention the curved bottom fully supports baby’s body and there is no handle to injure fingers. The TummyTub has passed every safety regulation from around the world, and is CPSIA compliant in the US .

*Quality.. The TummyTub is the original patented upright baby bath tub used in Europe by millions of babies. Designed by a Dutch mother in conjunction with midwives, pediatricians, ob-gyns, and nurses, extensive planning and testing went into the development of the TummyTub. It has also won prestigious awards around the world for its innovative and effective design, and has been featured on national television programs such as the Today Show, Fox & Friends, and The Doctors. Endorsed by healthcare professionals from around the globe, the TummyTub is truly the best invention for babies in decades!

*Value.. The TummyTub is a multiple purpose product that provides incredible value for the price! For the first 6 months of life, the TummyTub is a gentle means of relaxing your baby beyond just practical bathing. It eliminates having to invest in a bacteria absorbing foam cushion for your newborn, followed by a bulky, uncomfortable infant tub, and then an often unsafe and difficult to use toddler bath ring. The TummyTub is the only bath tub required from newborn through toddlerhood! Being in an upright position and able to sit, babies are content to stay in the TummyTub much longer than the average 6-7 months they can stay flat on their back in an infant tub.

*Green.. The TummyTub conserves water- requiring only 1.3 gallons of water on average, approx. 2 1/2 gallons less than conventional baby baths. It saves energy- with the smaller surface space, water stays warmer longer and less energy is required to heat the water. Made out of eco-friendly materials, the TummyTub is fully recyclable. It is incredibly durable and has many uses beyond a tub. The TummyTub can be used as toy storage, an ice bucket, a planter, washing the car, a toy…possibilities are endless!

*Therapeutic.. From crying to calm in seconds! The TummyTub goes beyond just a practical bath tub and provides amazing health benefits for babies suffering from gas and colic, and extra reassurance to premature babies who left the womb too early. Covered in warm water in the comfortable fetal position babies are relieved of pain and able to completely relax and de-stress. Used in combination with massage it helps stimulate proper digestion and eliminates gas. The TummyTub works wonders during those fussy periods in the evening to calm babies down. It is also the perfect tub for diaper rash soaking and a little peppermint or lavender oil will help clear baby’s sinuses from a cold.

Please check out the videos on how to best use the Tummy Tub.

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