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Everything you'll actually use, all with safer materials and no harmful chemicals

The Essential Non-Toxic Baby Registry List

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First off, congratulations! Having a little one on the way is so exciting. If you're like us, one of the first questions you had once you found out you were expecting was "what do I need to get before the baby arrives?!" A quick google search can result in thousands of product recommendations, hours of stressful research, and an overwhelming sense of unpreparedness.

But shake off all those stressful feelings because we're here to help! We know everyone wants their babies to come home to a safe and healthy environment, so we created the ultimate checklist for non-toxic baby products. Our guide has everything you need- whether you're shopping for yourself, curating a baby registry, or buying items for a friend or family member.

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Roundups

The Best Non-Toxic Baby Sunscreens

Well reviewed, easy to find, and super safe for your little one

Updated in June 2021! None of the sunscreens listed here tested positive for benzene contamination.

It's finally here! We've rounded up the best non-toxic baby sunscreens just in time for all your outdoor adventures. We took into account ingredient safety, as well as reviews from parents, and availability at major retailers. Trust us that these options will not result in a goopy disappointment. All of these non-toxic baby sunscreens are safe for baby, toddlers, kids (and you!) and are free from harmful chemicals. They are all reef safe too! Many of these brands also make a stick that can be a lot easier for face application if your baby is extra squirmy, so make sure to check those out too. Hope this makes your summer to-do list just a bit easier! If you're looking for a sport or adult sunscreen, make sure to check out our roundup for the 10 best non-toxic sunscreens.


a) Pipette SPF 50 mineral sunscreen

b) All Good Kid's Sunscreen SPF 30

c) Babo Botanicals Baby Skin Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50

d) Badger Baby Natural Mineral Sunscreen Cream SPF 30

e) California Baby Super Sensitive Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30

f) Made Of Baby Sunscreen SPF 30

g) Sunblocz Baby and Kids Sunscreen SPF 50

h) Thinkbaby Safe Sunscreen SPF 50

i)Totlogic Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30

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COVID-19

Safer Cleaning and Disinfectant Use During Coronavirus for Early Childcare Providers and Schools

Updated for 2021! Why it's important, other best practices, and a comprehensive resource list

Updated for 2021!

This is a toolkit that is an easy to understand guide to best and safe practices for reopening childcare providers and schools during COVID-19. The toolkit has summaries of best practices from the CDC, EPA, and others in one place. Our recommendations also take into consideration disinfectants with safer ingredients. If you are a parent who is concerned about safe and best practices when schools are reopened, please download our toolkit to send to your childcare provider or school administrator. We even have a sample email that you can use to write your school administrator or childcare director and attach these materials. Or if you work as a childcare provider or at a school, we have made this resource for you. We hope that it is helpful.

Download the complete toolkit with sample email and all the resource links here:

Because Health Safer Disinfecting During COVID19 2021.pdf

Because Health Safer Disinfecting sample email.pdf








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Water Quality During Coronavirus for Childcare Facilities and Schools

Updated for 2021! For basic sanitation and drinking water in buildings being reopened

Updated for 2021!

As childcare facilities and schools gear up for reopening, water quality is another area that can be affected by COVID-19 closures. Water stagnation in closed or sparsely used school facilities can lead to buildup of harmful pathogens and contaminants. This is a toolkit that is an easy to understand guide to best and safe practices for water quality when reopening childcare providers and schools during COVID-19. The toolkit has summaries of best practices from the CDC, EPA, and others water quality experts in one place.

If you are a parent who is concerned about safe drinking water when schools are reopened, please download our toolkit to send to your childcare provider or school administrator. Or if you work as a childcare provider or at a school, we have made this resource for you. We hope that it is helpful.

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Artificial food coloring is readily abundant in the products we use everyday, especially in kids products like snacks, candy, and even medicine. These synthetic food dyes are made from petroleum and have been found to be carcinogenic, cause hypersensitivity reactions, and instigate behavioral problems (1). There still needs to be more research done to determine whether or not artificial food colorings cause a myriad of other illnesses and health complications, but until that research is completed we feel that it's best to stay away from these potentially toxic synthetic dyes. That's why we rounded up some popular kids snacks and even medicines and found alternatives that use vegetable and fruit colors instead!

  1. Annie's Organic Bunny Fruit Snacks

  2. Pirates Booty Cheese Puffs

  3. Nature's Path Organic Frosted Berry Strawberry toaster pastries

  4. 365 Rainbow Sprinkles

  5. UNREAL milk chocolate gems

  6. Children's Motrin Dye-free

Sources:

  1. https://cspinet.org/resource/food-dyes-rainbow-risks
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Mix 'N Match Snack Ideas

Run out of tasty snacks? We've got you

It can be hard to find healthy snacks you can give to your kids (or even for yourself). That's why we put together a bunch of snack combos that will help your kids get their daily intake of fruits, veggies, proteins, and fats without artificial flavorings and refined sugars. All of the combos are super easy to put together and require little to no cooking. Plus mixing the different colors and textures of the different foods is sure to make snack time more exciting for little kids and even the pickiest of eaters! These snacks are a great way to avoid packaged snacks which means less waste and chemicals getting into our kids food. If you are struggling to find nutritious snacks for your kids or even a way to change up your own diet, check out this graphic of awesome snack combos!

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Non-Toxic Snack Swaps

Even picky eaters will love these!

Sometimes it can feel impossible trying to find snacks your kids will like that are still relatively healthy. There are so many different snack options out there and it's hard to tell which snacks are free of refined sugars, dyes, and artificial flavorings. That's why we decided to put together a bunch of non-toxic snack swaps that are great for kids of all age groups! These snack swaps have better ingredients and are overall less processed. Not to mention they are great snacks for when you are on the go!

  1. Bear real fruit snack rolls

  2. Made Good Vanilla Crispy Squares

  3. Simple Mills soft baked almond flour bars

  4. Late July organic peanut butter minis

  5. Bare organic apple crisps

  6. Annie's organic cheddar bunnies
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Non-Toxic and Sustainable 2020 Gift Guide for Teens

Yes, gifts teens will actually love that are healthy and good for the environment!

The holidays are right around the corner, which means we're on the hunt for cool and unique gifts! That's why we've put together gift guides for everyone on your list. Looking for non-toxic, sustainable, eco-friendly, and fun gifts for teens? Look no further!


non-toxic and sustainable gift guide for teens

Non-Toxic and Sustainable Gifts for Teens

$: Under $50

Succulent Studio Subscription

Gift the opportunity to become the ultimate plant parent with a succulent subscription from Succulent Studio! Choose a 3, 6, or 12 month subscription. We love that these organically-grown succulents come in compostable and not plastic pots!

Buckwheat Filled Zafu Round Cushion

Help your teem find their om with this meditation cushion. An organic cotton exterior and buckwheat hull filled interior make this cushion both comfortable and environmentally-friendly.

Felt Letterboard

We don't need to spell it out to you- this felt letterboard makes the perfect gift! This is the perfect way for any teenager to express themselves in style.

Kosas Mini Wet Set Lip Oil Gloss Trio

This trio of clean lip gloss from Kosas helps dress up any outfit! A non-sticky formula keeps lips moisturized. A great introduction to clean beauty products for any teenager.

Pela Phone Cases

We love how these Pela phone cases protect phones without generating extra plastic trash. These Pela phone cases are compostable, and will still protect phones from any unexpected drops. Plus, they come in a variety of fun colors!

Hydro Flask Standard Mouth

Hydration meets style! This Hydro Flask stainless steel water bottle is the perfect size for teenagers and comes in a bunch of fun colors.

The Good Tee Indigo Dye Kit + Good Tee Unisex

Is there anything more fun and trendy than tie dye? Help your teen channel their inner fashion designer to create cool and unique clothing with the Good Tee Indigo Dye Kit. Certified organic cotton and eco-friendly dyes certified by GOTS. Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) means minimal environmental impact, and the step-by-step guide makes this kit perfect for beginners.

$ $: Between $50-100

Boba Guys Boba Kit

Get a boba tea without having to leave the house with this kit from Boba Guys. Each kit contains enough ingredients for 10 drinks and even comes with a reusable boba straw.

National Geographic x Parks Project Legacy Tie Dye Hoodie

Elevate any teen's loungewear with this cool National Geographic x Parks Project Legacy Tie Dye Hoodie. Each sweatshirt is hand dyed in LA with organic dyes, meaning it's as good for the environment as it is for your wardrobe. Need we say that tie dye is cool again?

PhoneSoap 3 UV Smartphone Sanitizer & Charger

Because germs and Tik Tok videos don't really mix... this PhoneSoap Device sanitizes phones with UV light, killing 99.99% of all bacteria and germs. Since your teen's phone never really leaves their hands, it may as well be as clean as possible!

Cotopaxi Bogota 20L Backpack

This is a truly unique backpack. The Cotopaxi Bogota 20L backpack has a sleek design and is made from leftover fabric, which helps reduce textile waste. Each backpack is features a unique color combo, so snag the right one ASAP! We especially love Cotopaxi's fair labor practices and how they put 1% of revenue towards addressing poverty and supporting community development.

$ $ $: Over $100

Ten Thousand Villages Blue Hammock Chair

The Ten Thousand Villages Blue Hammock Chair is the perfect place to curl up with a book or do some homework. Hand woven in Nicaragua (Fair trade of course!) and beautifully crafted, this will be the perfect nook for any teen.

Bureo Ahi Performance Cruiser Skateboard

Go the extra mile on this Ahi Performance Cruiser Skateboard by Bureo. Their unique NetPlus material is made from 50 square feet of recycled fishing nets and is durable enough for all riding conditions.

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