Posts Tagged ‘green toys’

Dolls for Christmas — PVC and Phthalate free!

SAFbaby has done a little research to find PVC and phthalate free dolls – and just in time for Christmas!

There are a few manufactures they list that use vinyl to make their dolls, but they are phthalate free. Certainly a great step, but as the article points out, lead has been found in several products using PVC. SAFbaby recommends erring on the side of caution and going PVC and vinyl free. In any case, those manufacturers using phthalate free vinyl are:
• Kathe Kruse
• Keptin-Jr
• Corolle
• Zapf Creation

These are the vinyl and phthalate free dolls SAFbaby recommends. They are all cloth dolls and easy to clean.

Paola Soft Doll by Haba
Waldorf Flippippi Fortune Fairy by Kathe Kruse
The Earth Friends Doll Raji
BabiCorolle Sorbet Melodie Doll
Keptin Jr – Organic Cotton Doll
 
Other cloth dolls I am aware of include (though note I am still contacting manufacturers to be sure they are free of other toxins):

Pottery Barn Kids Dolls and their Baby Dolls (though note, these are spot washable only, however cute they are)

Sweet Dolly by Baby Gund (my daughter has been attached to this doll for 2 years, since about 7 months old. She holds up very well in the washing machine.)

Flippippi Fortune Butterfly Red
by Kathe Kruse 

Baby Stella by Manahattan Toy

Whatever doll you choose, SAFbaby recommends contacting manufacturers to be sure the dolls are not treated with flame retardants, are free of heavy metals, and are painted with safe/non-toxic paints.

SAFbaby also told me they updated their post. They pointed out that even cloth dolls may not be free of phthalates. Some are stuffed with plastic pellets. Some pellets are made with PE which is a safe plastic and others PVC, which is not safe, so be sure you know what the doll is made of — inside and out!

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Health tips for raising a green baby

I thought this was a great little article about how to raise a green baby. Of course, this is just for starters, but great first steps!

UNDATED (WJRT) — (09/15/08)–At some point during pregnancy, most parents worry about the world they’re bringing their child into, and being eco-friendly is topping a lot of priority lists right now.
If you are worried about keeping it “green” when you have a baby, we have some tips for parents and parents-to-be:

1) Cloth Diapers: Disposable diapers can take up to 500 years to decompose and every day, 50 million of these go into landfills in the United States. Disposables are convenient, it’s true, but cloth diapers have come a long way. Some cloth diapers are just like the kind you remember — layered flat diapers that you fold up onto the baby and secure with a safety pin. But there are many more options out there. There are pre-fold diapers, pocket diapers, fitted diapers, contour diapers and even all-in-one (AIO) diapers. The only extra time it takes is to wash the diapers. Another benefit — cloth diapers cause fewer (if any) diaper rashes than disposables, and some moms swear babies are easier to potty-train with cloth diapers than disposables.

2) Make your Own Baby Wipes: In the United States, 5,000 baby wipes are used per baby. Try making your own to cut back on waste. Cut pieces from cotton or flannel clothing or other material and sew the edges to prevent fraying. For the wipe solution, come up with your own variation, or try this one from babysabode.com: 
2 cups distilled water    
2-3 drops of tea tree oil (antiseptic and cleansing qualities)
1 T. your favorite baby oil  
2-3 drops of lavender oil (for its soothing qualities)
2 tsp. Dr. Bronner’s Organic Hemp Soap  

3) Breastfeed! It’s common sense, really. Breastfeeding is better for the health of the baby, the health of the mother and the health of the environment. 

4) Buy Organic Cotton Products: Here are a few reasons you may want to think twice before buying traditionally grown cotton. The chemicals used on cotton are among the most toxic substances used in farming; the runoff from irrigation seeps into our drinking water. Commercial cotton farming uses about 3 percent of the farmland but consumes 25 percent of the chemical pesticides and fertilizers. In the United States, about 600,000 tons of pesticides and chemical fertilizers are applied to cotton fields each season. Organic cotton is just a healthier choice. Organic crib mattresses and organic sheets are also green steps to consider.

5) Clean Smarter! Wash baby’s clothes in cold water, hang them to dry and try a simple homemade detergent of baking soda and vinegar. Or, if that’s too “homemade,” find an environmentally safe laundry detergent.

6) Make your own baby food: Making your own food not only eliminates tons (literally) of glass baby food jars, but it’s also a lot cheaper. (We know you can recycle glass, but recycling uses energy too!) Simply buy regular food that your family would eat and serve it to baby. The food may need to be blended to a soft consistency. Blend up a week’s worth of “meals” and store them in baby-size reusable containers in the freezer. Feeding baby organic food is also cheaper if done this way, by using frozen organic fruits and veggies, which are cheaper than their fresh counterparts.

7) Other Tips: Use plain old (chemical-free) olive oil as baby oil/lotion for your little one; buy baby items second-hand or swap with other parents; go online and find ways to make your own baby goods (i.e. diapers, breast pads, toys and baby clothes); and choose old-fashioned wooden, organic cotton or homemade toys.

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BPA and Phthalate Free Teethers

After compiling a list of BPA pacifiers, I took the next step and moved on to teethers. 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 and phthalate-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 teether that is BPA and phthalate free and not listed here, please let me know and I will certainly add it!

BPA & Phthalate Free Teethers

Bright Starts: (note, their teethers may contain PVC and/or BPA, see The Soft Landing update)

Camden Rose: Waldorf Maple Teether and Waldorf Cheery Rattle/Teether

Combi Teethers like this one

Comfort + Joy Teether (not yet available)

First Years/Learning Curve: Cool Triangle Teether, Floating Friends, Soft teething beads, First Keys

Fisher Price: Laugh & Learn Learning Keys, Rainforest Monkey Teether, Rainforest Giraffe Rainstick Rattle, Miracles & Milestones Musical Zebra, Miracles & Milestones Sunshine Activity Ring, Miracles & Milestones Penguin Water Teether, Lil’ Laugh & Learn 1-2-3 Puppy Rattle (because of the large number of FP recalls due to lead paint, I personally do not recommend them until they get their act together. I am sure the new law passed by Pres. Bush will help this effort)

Gerber: Cooling Gum Soother, Cool Fish Soother, Cool Ring Soother, OrbiTeether

Haba wooden toys: Kringelring, Ramba Zamba, Rosa and Lisa teether ring, Bella teething ring, Minka teething ring, Nanni teething ring, Duck Duck clutching toy 

Je Je Vibrating Teether (rubber) 

Kushies Teethers: such as Zolo Links

Leapfrog Gentle Vibes teether

miYim: Knitted Teether Bear

Natursutten: fish teether, apple teether

Nuby/Luv n’ Care: Nuby Jiggle Giggle Teethers, Nuby Nibbler, Nuby Ice Gel Teether Keys on a Ring, Nuby Bug-A-Loop Teether, Nuby Icy Bite Teether Rings, Nuby Kool Soothers, Nuby Pur Icy Bite Teethers, Nuby Fun Teethers, Cool-Sicles Hard & Soft Teether, Nuby Fun Links and Fun Links on a Ring

Raz-Berry Silicone Teether (note: RazBaby’s regular pacifiers are NOT BPA-free)

Sassy: Sassy Jelly Fish Teethers, Sassy Coolin’ Teether, Sassy Chilly Dilly Daisy, Sassy Teething Feeder, Sassy Teach Me Toothbrush Set, Sassy Teething Tunes , Sassy Gummy Guppy, Sassy Earth Brites Natural Wooden Toys, Sassy Buzz n’ Bites teether

Under the Nile (are also Fair Trade, and all organic cotton): Organic Egyptian Cotton Teething Cat, Bumble Bee Teething Ring, Organic Egyptian Cotton Veggie Green Bean Toy, Organic Cotton Corn Toy, Teething Carrot,  Organic Cotton Teddy Teething Ring, Organic Cotton Banana Toy, Organic Cotton Broccoli Toy, Organic Cotton Veggie Crate (4 veggies), Organic Cotton Centipede, Organic Cotton Asparagus Teether, Organic Cotton Elephant, Flat Mouse, Snowman 

Vulli: Sophie the Giraffe TeetherVulli Chan Pie Gnon TeethersVulli Vanilla Flavored Chan Pie Gnon, Vulli Cool It Soother Chan Pie Gnon, Vulli Vulli Musical Fruit Keys, Vulli Rattle Key Chain

Wonderworld: Twisty Moby, Twist and Roll, Rolling Raindrop Rolling Wooden Cylinder, Twistable Stuffed Animal, Little Wonder Doll, Rolling Butterfly Soft Rattle Toy, New Stacking Rings Toy, Dudy Shake Rattle Toy 

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