Category Archives: Baby Gear

How to ditch the diaper bag!

When our first was born, like most new parents, we didn’t leave the house without a stocked diaper bag.  Similar to college, how you can always spot freshmen because they travel in packs…you can always spot new parents by the size of their diaper bag!  We’ve all been there!  But after countless outings of carrying extra stuff, that I never used, I figured there had to be a way to streamline this whole massive diaper bag thing.  So this is what I came up with.…

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Organic Mattress – Worth the Money?

  In one word…YES!! Buying an organic crib mattress is my #1 happiest baby purchase (we now have 4 of these mattresses).  Babies sleep at least 14-17+ hours a day on them so it’s important that they are not breathing in chemicals during that time, details below. WHY BUY AN ORGANIC MATTRESS? Conventional mattresses are made from polyurethane foam and polyester (made from petroleum products that emit toxic fumes known to cause serious allergies and problems in immune and reproductive systems), also made of toluene…

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Convertible Crib vs. Standard

When you begin looking into buying a crib the first question you will likely come across is whether or not you want a convertible crib.  A convertible crib is just a normal crib while your little one is an infant, but later it will convert into a toddler bed (and then later to a full size bed).  For some people they are a great option, especially if you only plan to have one child.  They are all the rage and that’s great if you are…

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Cloth Diapering 101

Before we talk about the basics of cloth diapering, you need to consider if it is practical for you.  Mainly, are you planning to send your kid(s) to daycare?  If so, most daycares will not use cloth diapers.  There are some that will, but it’s just something that you would want to look into prior to spending money on cloth diapers.  This is true for glass bottles too, just fyi. Now, if you’re considering cloth diapering, but don’t know much (or anything) about it, then…

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Why Eco-Friendly Disposables Are Worth It

  Eco-friendly, more natural, disposable diapers are worth it because of the long term potential health risks that conventional disposables carry. Conventional disposable diapers contain traces of dioxin, which is a toxic product of paper bleaching process.  It is carcinogenic and listed by the EPA as most toxic of all cancer-linked chemicals.  For this reason, you want to look for disposable diapers that are 100% chlorine-free.   Conventional disposable diapers also contain tributyl-tin, a toxic pollutant known to cause hormonal problems.  Finally, they contain sodium…

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Bottles

GLASS vs. PLASTIC Simply put, go with glass if possible!  Glass doesn’t have any of the harmful chemicals that plastic has. There are a few reasons you may need to get a few plastic bottles.  One big reason is that some daycares will not accept glass bottles or jars of any kind.  Another reason for plastic (I have a few for this reason), is if we’re traveling I don’t want to risk breaking the glass bottle and not having back up, so instead I’ll just…

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To Cloth Diaper or Not?

Before we talk about the benefits of cloth diapers, you need to consider if it is practical for you.  Mainly, are you planning to send your kid(s) to daycare?  If so, most daycares will not use cloth diapers.  There are some that will, but it’s just something that you would want to look into prior to spending money on cloth diapers.  This is true for glass bottles too, just fyi. WHY CLOTH? HEALTH: Disposable diapers contain traces of dioxin, which is a toxic product of…

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Pajamas

When buying infant/toddler PJs there are a few questions that come up about flame resistance and whether to buy footed or not.  Here are my thoughts on the topics. FLAME RESISTANT vs. NON-FLAME RESISTANT: Legally all children’s PJs must be flame resistant for up to 50 washes unless specifically stated that they are not flame resistant.  If they are not flame resistant then they will have a something written on the inside tag saying ‘wear snug fitting not flame resistant’ and, if new, will also…

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