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Born Free unveils BPA, PVC and phthalate free orthodontic pacifier

BornFree announced today the launch of its new orthodontic product line by unveiling the BornFree BPA-Free Pacifier for Day and Night use. The new pacifier is made from materials that are 100% free of Bisphenol-A, Phthalates and PVC.

This seems to be like no other paci on the market. The handle is flexible, which is cool and innovative, so it won’t hamper sleep (which is where the Day and Night use claim comes into play). The nipple is also collapsible and the shield is breathable. Sounds like a winner all the way around!

The new pacifier is available for ages 0-6 months and 6+ months to meet the oral development needs for each age group. I actually saw these in Babies R Us over the weekend and my daughter tossed 2 packs in the cart. Smart girl! They look nice, as far as a pacifier goes, though we have 10 weeks until our new bundle arrives, so I can’t share personal experience just yet.

“BornFree is committed to only providing BPA-Free products,” said Gil Lemel, founder and CEO of BornFree. “Our goal is to offer a smart and safe alternative for the entire family.” Lemel added, “The pacifier is the first of many products that will soon be available in our new orthodontic line.”

You can get the 0-6 month version here and the 6+ month version here.

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BPA and Phthalate Free Pacifiers

Several have asked about BPA pacifiers, I have asked myself since I am 26 weeks pregnant and will be needing new pacis as well. I’ve done a little digging and these are what I found. Please note, this is not a comprehensive list, just the ones I have found. New BPA-free products are coming out all the time and it’s getting hard to keep up, which is a good thing! If you are aware of another product that is BPA free and not listed here, please let me know and I will certainly add it!

As far as I know there are not any BPA-free Avent or MAM pacifiers. The bulky part that sits on the baby’s mouth contains BPA, not the nipple. Silicone and latex nipples on bottles, sippy cups and pacifiers do not contain BPA. 

And since phthalates will be found in teethers, bath toys and rubber duckies for the next 6 months, I am working on lists for those too, so check back for more lists!

BPA & Phthalate Free Pacifiers

Born Free: 0-6 month Day and Night version and the 6+ month Day and Night version
Evenflo: Mimi Soft Touch, Mimi Premium, Mimi Neo One-Piece, Vizion, Fuzion, and Illuzion
Gerber: NUK Original, NUK Classic, NUK Nautical
Gumdrop Silicon Pacifiers
Happy Baby Soothers
Natursutten Natural Rubber Paci
Playtex: Playtex “Binky” (one piece silicone pacifier), Binky Most Like Mother Latex Pacifier, Binky Most Like Mother Silicone Pacifier, Binky Angled Pacifier, Ortho-Pro Pacifier  
The First Years: Soothies Silicone, Teething Pacifier,  Safe Comfort, Ultra Kip
Vice Versa Binky w/ Case

Please check back for more lists, coming soon!

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TruKid Sunny Days Sunscreen: Product Review

This stuff is GREAT!! After the recent report on most sunscreens failing to work, I consulted the EWG’s list of what they considered to be the safer and most effective of the sunscreens. TruKid Sunny Days SPF 30 Mineral Sunscreen lotion and TruKid Sunny Days SPF 30 Mineral Sunscreen Water Resistant Face Stick were both on the list, so I ordered some from Amazon for our beach trip.

The bottles are small I will say, however, compared to California Baby, it’s less expensive. The product has a nice citrus scent, it goes on smooth and does not feel greasy. It also does not leave a white mess like other lotions. And most importantly, we did not get burned! I admit, I got a little pink one day, but that was my own fault for not reapplying soon enough, and I am very pasty white right now! But we kept reapplying it about every 90 minutes or so, and everyone on our trip got burnt except us! They were using Bull Frog mainly and they were reapplying, too.

Another bonus, the customer service and shipping were great! I ordered from Amazon.com and the shipment arrived in about 4 days. I emailed to check the status, but about an hour later it arrived, so I emailed back to say never mind it had arrived, but they still responded! They are also working with Whole Foods to try and get the product on the shelves there. I hope they do!

Both the TruKid Sunny Days SPF 30 Mineral Sunscreen lotion and TruKid Sunny Days SPF 30 Mineral Sunscreen Water Resistant Face Stick are fantastic products and I highly recommend them. We will definitely be loyal customers!

Kirkland Premium Baby Wipes (Costco) contain hazardous ingredient

So Costco’s Kirkland brand baby wipes were my favorite wipes. After consulting the cosmeticsdatabase.com, I realized they have an extremely hazardous ingredient, 2-BROMO-2-NITROPROPANE-1,3-DIOL – it’s listed as a 10 – the highest level of hazard! Additionally, they contain PEG-75 LANOLIN which contains dioxanes (listed by the EPA as a probably human carcinogen); also contains PROPYLENE GLYCOL which is another ingredient one should avoid, and 4 other ingredients that are listed as a moderate hazard. So I will be changing wipes. I think I will go for some unbleached, organic cotton cloth wipes and just wash them. Plain ole water should not be a hazard, not to mention I will save money (which is important right now). Pitty I have been using Kirkland wipes for over 2 years.

The Cosmetics Database lists these as the top 10 wipes (again, I always recommend checking the database yourself and verifying the ingredients as the database is not always accurate as formulas frequently change, though maybe less often for baby wipes.) Their hazard ranking follows the name of the wipes (though please note again to check all ingredients as many contain parabens, propylene glycol and other harmful ingredients).

After looking at the ingredients, only Seventh Generation and Tushies contain all low hazard ingredients, so these are probably the only ones I will consider using in the future. I have heard good things about both. And these wipes are also whitened without the use of bleach! Yes, baby wipes as well as other paper goods, are whitened with bleach. And some of the residue may remain, so you are potentially wiping yours and your baby’s bottom with bleach. Yuck.

1. Seventh Generation Unscented Baby Wipes with Aloe Vera & Vitamin E baby wipes 1
2. Tushies Baby Wipes with Aloe Vera, Unscented baby wipes 1
3. Mother Nature Wipes Unscented Natural Formula Flushable Wipes baby wipes 2
4. Inspiration Vibration VIBEbaby herbal baby wipes baby wipes 2
5. Avalon Organics FLUSHABLE BIODEGRADABLE BABY WIPES baby wipes 2
6. Avalon Baby Flushable Biodegradable Baby Wipes baby wipes 2
7. HUGGIES Natural Care Disposable Washcloths baby wipes 3
8. Pampers Wipes Sensitive baby wipes 3
9. Pampers Sensitive Touch Wipes, Alcohol Free baby wipes 3
10. Pampers Wipes Natural Aloe Unscented baby wipes 3

Happy wiping! :)

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