From Dr. Sears’ book Happy Baby: The Organic Guide to Baby’s First 24 Months , comes a line of organic baby food. Packaged in BPA-free pouches heated by placing in a pot of hot water, these organic meals are portable and easy to use. Unfortunately, the pouches can’t be recycled like traditional glass baby bottles.
We chose to use our pouches first and foremost because of their safety and nutritional benefits. Our pouches are BPA and phthalate free. These sealed pouches also allow us to naturally preserve all of our 1: starting solids, 2: simple combos, 3: balanced meals, and 4:organic superfoods for tots & tykes organic purees without additives. And our pouch packaging allows us to cook all of our baby food at a lower temperature than jarred baby foodgiving them not only great flavor, but a significantly higher level of nutrition. While our pouch material isn’t currently recyclable, many cities do accept the #2 plastics we use for our re-sealable caps. And we’re proud to say that our pouches have a better overall environmental rating than glass jar alternatives. An independent Life Cycle analysis revealed that the pouches take less energy and fewer materials to make and produce less air pollution than glass, tetra pak or PET plastic bottles.
This baby food is made in the USA, and Happy Baby is a supporter of Project Peanut Butter, an organization that feeds malnourished children in Sierra Leone and Malawi.
Would I buy this product? Probably not. I am not convinced we need store packaged baby food, except for perhaps convenience on a long trip. It is so simple to make your own baby food as part of your family meals. Plus, Heather makes some great points in her post Baby Essentials That Aren’t, Part 7: Baby Food !
I am a firm believer that every baby should wear cloth diapers ; however, there does come a time when a “land fill”, aka disposable diaper is needed. For example, when I tired of double cloth diapering my baby at night time, concerned the big wad around her bottom was ergonomically incorrect for her back (not to mention the leaks), I switched to land fill diapers at night . I figured one a day wasn’t bad. For my second child, landfill diapers were used when traveling (second child syndrome).
Seventh Generation Chlorine Free Baby Diapers were our landfill diaper of choice, but there weren’t many options nine years ago. Today, parents have a lot more choices when it comes to chlorine free disposables. Whole Foods had introduced its own diaper as part of the 365 line.
I have two concerns with these diapers. One is the color. These diapers are white, and I prefer and trust the look of unbleached paper products. Second, the label says, “MOISTURE ABSORBING GEL-Our diaper padding contains an absorbent gel that is safe and non-toxic. You may notice a small amount of gel on your child’s skin and it can easily be wiped away.” Gel scares me, but apparently the Whole Foods gel is lot safer and less irritating than Pampers . Plus, the Seventh Generation diapers use a polymer, so which is safer? These diapers are made in the USA.
Would I buy this product? No. The closest Whole Foods is a five-hour drive, and as I mention, I fear gel.
Recently, my daughter fell down the stairs. We’ve always warn about playing on the stairs and to use a cliche, she finally learned her lesson. Unfortunately, that lesson came with some bruises and pain.
Ever since I sprained my ankle in my early twenties, I’ve relied heavily on topical arnica products to relieve my pain. I’ve used these same products on my children until I discovered Topricin makes a products designed for kids.
In addition to arnica, this product has 12 other homeopathic ingredients. It is designed for children ages two to twelve. My daughter did feel that it relieved her pain from the stair fall.
Would I buy this product? Maybe. I think this is a great, affordable product, I am just not sure why I would need a separate product for my kids than the adults in the family. It’s not as if the homeopathic remedies we use already have high potencies that concern me. I do like how five percent of sales are donated to children’s health organizations by Topricin.
I do not subscribe to Cooking Light , but many of my favorite recipes (e.g. The Best Organic Strawberry Tart Ever! ) have been adapted from ones shared by friends who do get the magazine. Cooking Light has just released a new cookbook aimed at helping busy people make quick, healthy meals. Each recipe is broken down by the amount of time it takes to prepare.
All parents are busy, whether they work full time or work at home. I find that during the school week, it is a challenge to get homework done and have time to prepare a meal. It’s not that I don’t like to cook; it’s that I don’t like the pressure of putting a meal on the table every evening.
From black bean corn tostadas to chickpea spinach curry, there are a plethora of vegetarian recipes included in this cookbook for our family to use. There’s even a section called “Meatless Main Dishes”, but there are many other recipes that could easily be adapted for a vegetarian diet. There are even some cocktail recipes! (Moms need those!) This book does recommend some brand items I wouldn’t use, but I have long become accustomed to adjusting recipes to whole foods.
Would I buy this product? Maybe. It is on sale for $20 now, and I do like how easy this cookbook makes time management; however, I’ve become an internet recipe hunter. I’m not sure we even need hard copy cookbooks anymore, but I do trust the editors at Cooking Light to know that all of these recipes will work and be delicious. I don’t have time to try out a recipe and have it flop!
Occasionally, we get sent a product we feel is truly green and truly adorable! EcoZoo backpacks by EcoGear are the real deal! PVC and Toxic Free, everything about these bags is right, all they way down to the tags.
Features • natural cotton canvas & rope materials • non-toxic dyes • recycled plastic components • sustainable wood accents • padded shoulder straps
The only drawbacks are they are made in China, and the cotton could be organic.
Seriously, these animal backpacks are so darn cute. My children are enamored with our panda.
Would I buy this product? Yes. They are a little expensive at $36, but I don’t mind the price for the green peace of mind. In fact, I think my little niece may be getting one of these for her birthday!
Disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples, unless noted differently in the review. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.