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The Best Non-Toxic Baby Sunscreens

Roundups

Updated for 2021!

It's finally here! We've rounded up the 10 best non-toxic sunscreens 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 10 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) Aveeno Baby Continuous Protection Sensitive Skin Sunscreen SPF 50
d) Babo Botanicals Baby Skin Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50
e) Badger Baby Natural Mineral Sunscreen Cream SPF 30
f) California Baby Super Sensitive Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30
g) Made Of Baby Sunscreen SPF 30
h) Sunblocz Baby and Kids Sunscreen SPF 50
i) Thinkbaby Safe Sunscreen SPF 50,
j) 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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Non-Toxic and Sustainable 2020 Gift Guide for Kids

Here's the key to finding a perfect non-toxic gift for kids of all ages!

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 kids? Look no further!


non-toxic and sustainable 2020 gift guide for kids

Non-Toxic and Sustainable Gifts for Kids

$: Under $50

Toysmith Beetle and Bee Paint a Bird Base, Backyard Birdhouse Kit

Welcome birds into your backyard with a fun eco-friendly project that kids will love doing. We also love that this company uses FSC certified wood.

Green Toys Dump Truck

This dump truck with some gravel or dirt gets non-stop play at our house. It's always a favorite in the sandbox too. It's super durable, yet light enough to take to the playground. Green Toys are made from recycled plastic milk containers, and contain no BPA, pthatlates, or PVC.

Oli and Carol, FLO the Floatie Natural Rubber Duckie

A rubber duckie is a favorite bath toy for a reason, but synthetic rubber is full of yucky chemicals like phthtalates. That's why we love this natural rubber version. Bubble baths just got a lot more fun!

Ocean Bingo

Beautifully illustrated twist on traditional bingo. This is a fun way to learn about ocean creatures that brings the family together. It's a simple game, but one that your family can play over and over again.

Tegu 8 Piece Pocket Pouch Magnetic Wooden Block Set

This is the perfect first building set for younger kids that will still be fun years later. We love how portable this is and can be thrown in the diaper bag for on the go fun and entertainment. Not only is the wood sustainably source, but Tegu employs local workers in Honduras and pays them a living wage. Now these are blocks we can get behind.

Kids Organic Apron + Cookbook for Young Chefs

Cooking is a great way for kids to explore new foods and flavors and get excited about healthy eating. This organic apron and the award winning Cookbook for Young Chefs is the perfect starter gift set to get any kid started in the kitchen.

Elly Lu Cupcake the Unicorn

Elly Lu makes extremely cute organic stuffies that we love. There is also a really cute book that goes along with the stuffed animal that helps the stuffed animal come to life. The cloth is OCS Certified Organic Cotton and filled with a recycled polyfill made from recycled water bottles. They also have narwhals, tigers, elephants and more!

Green Tones Glockenspiel

This is a top quality cute glockenspiel with beautiful crisp sounds. It's made from eco-friendly rubberwood and the clever designs mean that kids don't take the bars on and off. That's less cleaning up for parents!

Tender Leaf Toy Espresso Machine

If it's your dream to have your kids make your cup of coffee in the morning, this wooden espresso machine is great for pretend play. It's eco-friendly and quality made and is the perfect gift for a budding barista.

$ $: Between $50-100

Keva Contraptions Plank Set

Made from solid pine, KEVA Contraptions are a fantastic building and engineering toy for older kids. This set includes 200 wooden planks that can be used to build scaffolding, ramps, paths, and much more. Kids will have so much fun making their own Rube Goldberg machine in their living rooms.

Manners&Co TableTalk Conversation Cards

Use this set of 135 cards to spark meaningful conversations with kids at the dinner table or in the car. It's a great way to get even the most reticent little ones (and partners) thinking and talking. There's a good variety of topics that can be revisited time and time again.

Hape Scientific Workbench

A fun and quality workbench that will inspire kids to experiment and tinker. This set includes contains everything children as young as four need to conduct over 15 experiments and learn basic scientific principles. Made of FSC certified wood like all Hape toys.

Poppie Toys Rattan Doll Crib

This beautiful doll crib is made from sustainably sourced rattan and cotton. It is a heirloom piece that will inspire hours of pretend open-ended play. The fact that it's beautiful enough to fit in with your decor is just a bonus.

$ $ $ : Over $100

Origial Wobbel Board

This quality balance board promotes balance and creativity. The board can be used a bridge, boat, and anything else they can imagine! This board is made with European FSC beech wood and even adults will have fun with it.

LL Bean Kids Pull Sled

A heirloom quality pull sled for the littlest snow explorers. We love that it's beautiful enough to function as holiday decor when it's not in use. We also love that it's not plastic, which inevitably cracks and breaks and contributes to our plastic pollution problem.

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