Monday, July 26, 2010

Green Your Baby - My 5 steps to a healthier baby

Several parents have asked me what they can do to keep their babies as healthy and green as possible.

My number one answer is always, "breastfeed".
Not only are giving your baby the healthiest possible start in life but by breastfeeding but you are saving thousands of dollars on formula, bottles and the likes.

The manufacturing of baby formula is energy intensive. The industrial processes release harmful greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Formula is packaged in tin cans - the majority of which are never recycled. Formula requires plastic bottles and nipples - which take anywhere between 200 to 450 years to breakdown.

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Additionally Since many cows in the U.S. are now routinely ingesting synthetic growth hormones to artificially increase their milk production, it stands to reason that these hormones are also getting into the U.S. formulas.

Click here for more information.

Make Organic Baby Food
This is actually quite simple. You don't need all the trays and fancy baby grinders unless you want them. All you need for little babies is a blender and for older babies - a fork.

To make organic brown rice cereal:
1. Cook your organic brown rice according to instructions.
2. Put it in a blender with a little breast milk.
3. When it's the right consistency - feed it to your baby. Easy Cheesy.

To make fruit and veggies
1. Boil the fruit and veggies
2. Blend or smash with a fork.
*Some fruits like bananas don't need to be boiled - just mash the heck out of them.

In my house we feed the babies whatever we are eating - just mashed up. No need to spend money on store bought brands that might have sneaky ingredients in them.

This is a good link for more information.

Use Healthy Sunscreen
Brands of sunscreen that you find in conventional stores typically are full of chemicals. There is no need to lather your baby in a chemical cocktail - here are several brands that are cleaner and safer:

*Badger All Natural Sunscreen

*Soleo Organics Sunscreen

*Kid Kare Biodegradable Sunscreen

And my personal favorite

*Alba Botanica Sunscreen - this is sunscreen made from green tea and my kids can wear it all day long in the pool without burning or needing re-application. Be forewarned - this is a THICK sunscreen.

Click here for a comprehensive guide to sunscreen.

Pay special attention to this "Hall of Shame" list of sunscreens.

I had to sneak a picture of my Doodle Bug in here :)

Cloth Diaper Your Baby
You knew I was going to say that, right? Since I talk about cloth diapers almost exclusively on this blog I'll be short and sweet. Protect your baby's tenderest parts, keep raw sewage out of our landfills and save literally thousands of dollars with cloth diapers. Of course I recommend LolliDoo Diapers :)

Last but not least - stay away from plastic toys, seats and the likes
You really don't need even a fraction of all the baby stuff in stores nowadays. Especially those plastic toys and bouncers. If you do buy them please pay attention to where they are made - things coming over from other countries are sometimes full of chemicals.

This is what I believe you need for a baby:
A sling and/or backpack (check out Sweet Pea Ring Slings)
Wooden toys
Organic blankets

That's it folks - all the other stuff is just gravy. Even cribs - how many babies do you know that actually sleep in a crib? I can count three - the rest sleep with their parents; where I believe they should be.

I am of the opinion that these five steps are easy, practical and safer for babies.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Want To Win A LolliDoo Overnight eco-pocket?

Want to will an Overnight LolliDoo™ eco-pocket™ cloth diaper?

Here's how:

Here is how you can be the lucky winner:

Post a LolliDoo review on Diaper Swappers and/or Diaper Pin to be entered to win an Overnight eco-pocket.

1 entry Per site - you can enter twice; once for Diaper Swappers and once for Diaper Pin

Post the link on our FaceBook page and we will enter you in the drawing. Contest ends 7-31-10.

Happy posting!

Monday, July 12, 2010

In San Diego? Want to meet me and see LolliDoo up close and personal?

Here is your chance :)

Thursday July 15th I will be at the Real Diaper Circle Meeting. I am really excited to meet Heather McNamara in person - she has created so much goodness for the cloth diapering community and I want to thank her in person.

I will have a LolliDoo stash to show you. I believe that kids are welcome.

Click here for details

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

I Met My Work Wife Online

Although I wasn't looking for a business partner at the time - in the age of and eHarmony it's not that far fetched that I met my work wife on the internet.

It began in 2004 when we were both pregnant and due in May of 2005. Bored and looking for camaraderie I joined an online parenting forum. I quickly found a group of mommies who shared similar parenting philosophies. We chatted online, on the phone and sometimes we had group web chats.

I was in the process of developing a cloth diaper - my vision then was to mainstream cloth diapers. Having no sewing experience whatsoever I sketched a diaper and sent it off to a friend to sew. Once I got the testers back I was dismayed that they leaked and didn't fit well.

Chanda - one of our internet friends - suggested that I call Melissa. She said that Melissa was a brilliant seamstress and she might even have an interest in partnering with me. So I did.

Melissa was in - and our two families embarked on an amazing journey. We formed an LLC in 2007; before ever meeting face to face.

Eventually the Morgan family took a trip our to Tucson and soon thereafter we went to their house in Washington for six weeks. Thank goodness we love eachother as much in person as we did online.

It might not be for everyone but I can assure you that meeting my partner online was perfect synchronicity.

Last summer in Washington we had a girls night.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Ali's Butt Juice aka wipe solution

I've been asked several times how to make butt wipe solution. I am a simple kind of gal - this easiest, cleanest method works best for me:

1 TSP Glycerin soap (Trader Joes has a great liquid)
1 C water

That's it.

I put it in a bottle, shake it up a little and it's ready to use.

When travelling with your little one just put some of the solution in a bottle and take it with you. I also keep a bottle of fresh water handy for a final water-only wipe down.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Designer Disposable Diapers on the Today Show!?!

I was very excited when I got a call from my mom today at 7:30am telling me that the today show was featuring designer diapers in the next segment. I hurried and ran to the living room to tape it. I wondered which brand would be featured or if it would showcase several brands of cloth diapers.

When the segment started I was stunned.

They were gushing over new Huggies Denim and some Pampers that had designs on them. On the screen the pampers looked white to me. You can see it
here and here

Forgive me if I'm wrong because I don't watch much tv and I don't think I've ever watched the Today show - but doesn't the title allude that their topics are current to, well, today?

Today's diapers ARE cloth diapers.

They come in an array of colors, styles, fabrics and prices. You can purchase cloth diapers from $8-$95 - now that IS a designer diaper.

If you'd like to learn more about cloth diapers, the effects of disposables on our baby's health, the environment and our pocketbook then please click

If you disagree with the promotion of disosable diapers then please let the Today show know how you feel.