Pick of the Week: Itzy Ritzy Snack Happened Reusable Snack Bags

Gone are the days of sending kids to school with plastic sandwich and snack bags. Whether you’re environmentally conscious or just want to eliminate extra costs, Itzy Ritzy Snack Happened Reusable Snack Bags ($10) are the ideal solution for back-to-school. These cotton snack bags can be used for snacks or double as a storage bag for art supplies, car trips, bathroom supplies and more!

Bags are 7′ x 7′ and come with a PVC-free waterproof lining and lead-free zipper. Plus, cleaning is a breeze because bags can be machine washed. Itzy Ritzy snack bags are available in 10 patterns, like blue camo and cupcakes.

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Pick of the Week: Two’s Company Animal Thermal Lunch Bag

In much of South Carolina, this week marks “back to school” season. If your children bring their lunch, consider a reuseable lunch bag this year. Two’s Company Animal Thermal Lunch Bags are insulated to keep items warm or cold and come with cute designs.

Each bag is big enough to fit food and a drink (7″ x 11″), and has a velcro flap closure and handle. Pick from these three adorable designs: Monkey, Frog, and Cat ($8).

Also, don’t forget the green things you can put IN the lunch bag, like a reuseable, stainless steel drink container from Klean Kanteen and reusable snack bags from Itzy Ritzy.

If you have any other green lunch tips for back to school, leave them in our comment section!


Pick of the Week: Sophie the Giraffe

Meet Sophie the Giraffe. Sophie is a baby teether made from 100% natural rubber and food paint. Sophie was first introduced in France in 1961, and has become a favorite of moms worldwide. She has been featured in the pages of Parents, Mothering, Pregnancy & Newborn and Fit Pregnancy, as well as on the Martha Stewart Show.

Sophie ($22) is ideal for newborns to babies up to two year old. She conforms to all relevant international safety standards, and does not contain bisphenol-A (BPA) or phthalates.

The Sophie the Giraffe website explains how the product was designed to stimulate a baby’s senses and aid with teething:

  • Sight: At the age of 3 months, a baby’s eyesight is still limited and he can only make out high contrasts. The Dark and contrasting attention-catching spots all over Sophie the Giraffe’s body provide visual stimulation and she soon becomes a familiar and reassuring object for baby.
  • Hearing: Sophie’s squeaker keeps baby amused and stimulates his hearing. To begin with, the funny sound Sophie makes when she is squeezed helps to stimulate baby’s hearing, and then later, helps him to understand the link between cause and effect.
  • Taste: A Sophie the Giraffe is made of 100% natural rubber and food paint, and is completely safe to chew, just like a feeding bottle nipple. Her soft texture and numerous chewable parts (ears, horns, legs), make her perfect for soothing baby’s sore gums during teething.
  • Touch: Touch is the first means a baby has of communicating with the outside world. Sophie the Giraffe’s soft feel, like a mother’s skin, stimulates physiological and emotional responses that soothe baby and promote healthy growth and well-being.
  • Smell: The singular scent of natural rubber from the Hevea tree makes Sophie the Giraffe very special and easy for your child to identify amid all his other toys.
  • Easy to grip: Sophie the Giraffe’s shape and 18 cm (7 inches) size are perfect for baby’s small hands. She is very light, and her long legs and neck are easy for baby to grip, even from his earliest days.

No little ones yet? Sophie makes the perfect baby shower gift too!

Pick of the Week: 3 Sprouts Organic Hooded Towel

Make bath time fun with Organic Hooded Towels–part dress-up, part cleaning up. Wrap your little one in one of four animal designs from 3 Sprouts to dry off and warm up after a bath or pool time. Babble.com selected these adorable towels as one of its “Top 100 Newborn Essentials for 2011.”

These towels measure 31 x 31 inches, so they are perfect for newborns and babies up to 18 months. Choose from Elfie the Elephant, Hazel the Hippo, Tito the Tiger and Chico the Chicken. The exteriors are made from 100% cotton terry, and linings are 100% un-dyed cotton terry. Plus, they come wrapped in ribbon to make a great baby shower gift.

Want to know more about organic cotton? The Organic Trade Association describes:

Organic cotton is grown using methods and materials that have a low impact on the environment. Organic production systems replenish and maintain soil fertility, reduce the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers, and build biologically diverse agriculture. Third-party certification organizations verify that organic producers use only methods and materials allowed in organic production. Organic cotton is grown without the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. In addition, federal regulations prohibit the use of genetically engineered seed for organic farming. All cotton sold as organic in the United States must meet strict federal regulations covering how the cotton is grown.

For further reading on organic cotton, read the full description here.

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Pick of the Week: Erbaviva Children’s Sunscreen

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With summertime quickly approaching, many moms are looking for a natural alternative to protect their child’s skin. Erbaviva sunscreen provides a SPF 15, full-spectrum protection (protection from both UV-A and UV-B rays) without chemicals and synthetic ingredients. Erbaviva can be used on both body and face, and works great for adults too!

The Erbaviva line is USDA Certified Organic, and contains a delicate scent of organic lavender and chamomile essential oils. All Erbaviva products are made and packaged in Southern California, and ingredients are made of the highest quality organic and wild-crafted essential oils, grown or produced without the use of pesticides or artificial fertilizers.

This sunscreen contains the following ingredients: Water, sweet almond oil, cetearyl wheat bran glycosides and cetearyl alcohol ( natural emulsifiers), avocado oil, camellia oil, sodium levulinate, oryzanol, potassium sorbate, allantoin, and organic essential oils of lavender and roman chamomile. Ingredients are made of the highest quality organic and wild-crafted essential oils, grown or produced without the use of pesticides or artificial fertilizers.

A 4 oz. bottle is available for $29.

Baby Skin Care Tips for the Hot Summer Months

As the hot summer months approach, the sun becomes stronger, the humidity rises, and the heavy sweaters and jackets are tucked away for next winter. But with the summertime also comes dangers to your baby’s skin. So how can you ensure that your baby is healthy and happy during the summertime?

As many mothers already know, a baby’s skin is extremely delicate and highly susceptible to sunburn and heat rash. But what many mothers might not be aware of are the serious ramifications associated with heatstroke, sunburn, and heat rash. According to an article in Parents Magazine, “Overheating has also been linked to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), a fatal sleeping disorder. ‘Babies sleep deeply when they’re hot, making them difficult to arouse, which may increase the risk of SIDS,’ explains Bruce Epstein, M.D., a pediatrician in Pinellas Park, Florida.”

To ensure your baby has a happy and healthy summer, here are some tips for keeping your baby cool and smiling:

Dress your baby in breathable clothing: When you’re at home, let your baby’s skin breathe after a bath by not applying clothing for a few minutes. When you leave the house, dress your baby in clothing that covers his / her arms and legs, but be sure that these materials are light and breathable. Cotton is one of the best materials to use on your baby in the summertime. Also, be sure to dress your baby in light colors, which will help to deflect the heat of the sun.

If your baby starts developing a rash, remove his / her clothing, and apply a damp, cool cloth to his / her skin. Let the skin breath by not putting any clothing on the irritated spot for a few minutes.

Keep your baby’s skin cool: Use a damp towel now and then to pat your baby’s skin. This helps him / her to cool down if he / she becomes too hot. Because babies do not have developed perspiration systems, they can become overheated much quicker than adults. Be sure that the temperature of your baby’s environment is always controlled.

Use sunscreen every day: Even if your baby is not outside for long periods of time, you want to be sure to use sunscreen on any areas of his / her body that could be exposed to the sun. Even on overcast days, your baby can be burnt and is often at an even higher risk for UV penetration. Use a little baby hat and sunglasses for extra protection. Not only will your baby look adorable, but these accessories also help to prevent any UV rays from hitting the scalps or eyes.

If you happen to go to the beach with your baby, try to go after 2 pm. The sun is the hottest at midday, so try to avoid this time of day to take your baby to the beach. When you are at the beach, use a mini baby tent to protect your baby from the sun. Use sunscreen and proper clothing in addition to the protection of the tent.

Keep your baby hydrated: Babies, just like adults, need more liquids in the summer months as perspiration often occurs at a much higher rate than in the cooler months. If your baby looks flushed or feels warm, give him / her a bit of formula, or breast-feed to hydrate.

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Nourish Your Baby’s Skin with The Finest Natural Products

Your baby’s skin is not only sensitive to the outdoor elements and temperatures but also to the products you use on his or her delicate skin. From diaper rash to chapped lips and cheeks, baby skin needs constant care and attention. When you use organic lotions, ointments, and treatments, you’re providing your baby with a healthy alternative to chemical-laden lotions that often contain a variety of preservatives that the skin absorbs.

To protect your baby’s skin, avoid lotions with added chemicals. Instead, use natural and organic products packed with nutrients, minerals, nourishment, and antioxidants.

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Tips for keeping your baby’s skin moisturized and healthy during the cooler months:

Keep a moisturizing balm handy: Babies’ lips, cheeks, and nose are prime spots for chapping and redness during the winter months. Use a protective balm that works to fight the dry air, while calming your baby and adding moisture to his or her delicate skin.

One of our favorite baby balms is Erbaviva Organic Baby Lip & Cheek Balm, which can be used on the lips and cheeks. Infused with chamomile and natural antioxidants from rosemary extract, the Erbaviva balm works to comfort your baby with its soothing aroma and texture.

Cure Diaper Rash: When your baby gets diaper rash, immediately dispose of his or her diaper, and allow the baby’s bottom to air dry a bit. Apply a lotion that acts to both protect the baby’s skin from further irritation and soothe his or her discomfort.

We suggest Erbaviva Diaper Cream, which is an all-natural cream that works to protect skin and reduce redness, irritation, and pain. The echinacea in this lotion is one of the main active ingredients that works to comfort the baby and protect delicate skin.

Protect against UVA and UVB rays: Even in winter, the sun’s harsh rays can affect your baby’s skin. To prevent sun damage, apply a gentle sunscreen for sensitive skin to your baby’s face 15 minutes before taking him or her outside.

We suggest the extremely lightweight and effective Erbaviva Children’s & Adult’s Sunscreen with SPF 15. This sun lotion’s long-lasting protection puts your mind at rest when your baby is outdoors.


Bathing rituals: When bathing your baby, use warm / lukewarm water to ensure comfort. Rinse the baby with a mild and moisturizing soap that produces a creamy lather. We suggest Erbaviva Organic Baby Washbag which contains pure milk, honey, and essential lavender oils to add moisture to your baby’s skin. Within two minutes of taking your baby out of the tub, apply a moisturizer to prevent dry skin. Moisturizing a few moments after removing your baby from the tub is important because the warm water has opened his or her pores, enabling the moisturizer to fully absorb.

Try Erbaviva Organic Baby Cream, which nourishes the skin for hours and adds a comforting touch to your baby’s skin. Your baby will feel and smell clean and fresh for hours.

Did you find this post to be helpful, or do you have some baby skin care tips of your own? Let us know in our comments section.