Safe Sippy Cups Review – Plastic Alternatives!

Safe Sippy Cups Review – Plastic Alternatives!

Post may contain affiliate links. Are you in the market for safe sippy cups and trying to avoid plastic? In this video review, I will go over all of the pros and cons of my three favorite safe sippy cups which include; Green Sprouts Glass Sip & Straw, Klean Kanteen Sippy Cup, and Greens Steel 10oz Stainless Steel cups with Boon silicone sippy lids. Plastics can be hazardous to our health as they can contain harmful chemicals like BPA. Why not makes the switch to more sustainable and eco-friendly sippy cups?

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The Green Sprouts sippy cup is a fantastic training sippy for when baby is first transitioning from a bottle. It also includes a straw option.

Klean Kanteen sippy cups are perfect for traveling as they fit nicely in your diaper bag and come with a cover. They also can be used for kids if you change the lid out.

Greens Steel stainless cups are great for toddlers, kids, and adults as they have a timeless look. You can even put smoothies and ice cream in them!

Boon silicone sippy lids are the perfect addition to your Greens Steel cups as they are non-toxic, easy to use, and spill proof. They also have a straw version available.

Why Look For Safe Sippy Cups?

The main reason you may want to look for alternatives to plastic sippy cups are because of the chemicals that can leach into your drink. Glass and stainless steel are tried and true as far as safety goes, even with their drawbacks. BPA is one of the bad chemicals you will want to avoid but sadly there are estrogen mimickers found in BPA-free plastics too. Silicone is another great option because it is soft and non-toxic. There hasn’t been a ton of studies on it yet, so I would like to see more research on its safety. I would still prefer silicone toppers over plastic any day. Latex is another good alternative to plastic but some children are allergic to it so it may be harder to find. Even though stainless steel is one of the safest materials, you will want to be careful not to put too many acidic drinks or heat up the sippy. If stainless steel is heated, it can leach heavy metals into your drink. Normally, heating is not an issue. I like to use glass if I am going to serve juice or warm milk. Each material has its pros and cons which is why I like to have a little variety when choosing what I want to serve.

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BYSCO Kids Bamboo Baby Washcloths – Review & Giveaway!

BYSCO Kids Bamboo Baby Washcloths – Review & Giveaway!

Post may contain affiliate links. Today I’m writing a sponsored post for BYSCO Kids and I will include the pros and cons of the product like I would a regular review. I will be writing about their bamboo baby washcloths and complimentary wet bag. If you are looking for some very soft and luxurious baby washcloths or facial cloths, you may want to check out BYSCO Kids!

BYSCO Kids Bamboo Baby Washcloths

BYSCO Kids sent me a set of their bamboo baby washcloths which came in a variety of soft pastel colors. The baby washcloths came packaged inside a mid-sized blue wet bag. There were 8 washcloths in all and each measured about 10 x 10 inches. I was honestly surprised at how large these washcloths were. They were the largest baby washcloths I have ever used but also the most luxurious. They are very soft and have the feel of a really nice bath towel. Because they are a bit larger, they do not double as well for cloth wipes because they are not as easy to store as my thinner cloth wipes. Instead, I would recommend using these for bathtime or using them as facial washcloths. They are almost too nice to use for cleaning and other things, although they would probably make really good dish rags as well. I liked that they came neatly packaged in a nice wet bag, I thought that was kind of unique. Wet bags are little reusable bags that are lined with a waterproof material like PUL. They are awesome for storing dirty cloth diapers or washcloths, wet baby clothes, and other odds and ends. I always carry a wet bag and a few pre-wet cloth wipes when I travel with my son. 

Bamboo Baby Washcloths

My Review?

I love that the BYSCO Kids baby washcloths are made from bamboo. Bamboo is one of my favorite materials because it’s really soft, absorbent, and doesn’t hold in odors like other materials. I also love how strong the edging is around the washcloths! Most of my baby washcloths have a stitched edging where the thread tends to come loose after several uses. I don’t believe I will have that issue with these washcloths because of the way they were made. I did find that they shrink up a little bit if you dry them on high heat (you are not supposed to do that), but it didn’t bother me at all. They shrank up to the size of my other washcloths and still remained soft.

I really like that the BYSCO Kids washcloths came with a decent quality wet bag to tote them in. I would like to see these baby washcloths in brighter and more color options. I would also like to see the wet bags come in a few more print and color options. I like that the washcloths are made from a sustainable source like bamboo. The only thing that would make it better for me is they had an organic bamboo / cotton option and were made in America / Canada. I personally love supporting locally manufactured products. Overall, I would recommend these baby washcloths, especially if you are looking for something sturdy and super soft. These bamboo baby washcloths would make for a nice little baby shower gift as well!

Bamboo Baby Washcloths

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Snuggle Me Organic Co-Sleeper

Snuggle Me Organic Co-Sleeper

Post may contain affiliate links. The Snuggle Me Organic is the perfect co-sleeper for the eco-conscious mama. If you are a new or expecting mother, you will love the convenience of having your baby close to you at night so you can easily nurse. In this demonstration video, I will show you several ways you can use the Snuggle Me bed with your newborn! 

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About Snuggle Me Organic

The Snuggle Me Organic is ran by two homeschooling moms, Mia & Heidi. They have a passion for gentle and attachment parenting. They also have a strong belief in helping the planet by avoiding toxic chemicals in their products. They created the Snuggle Me co-sleeper with certified organic materials that are gentle and safe for a newborns skin. The Snuggle Me comes in a few different materials to choose from and is the perfect co-sleeper for nursing moms. Using a co-sleeper is convenient for breastfeeding at night or for toting around the house during the day. Everything is made here in the USA and sewn / manufactured by local moms

The Benefits of Organic Cotton

When you purchase organic cotton, you are buying cotton in a form that has not been touched with toxic chemicals during the growth or manufacturing process. In the normal cotton growing process, pesticides and poisonous fertilizers are used. This is not only harmful to the soil, but to the farmers who grow it, and the workers who pick it and to the end consumer. When you purchase organic cotton products, natural methods of repelling pests and nourishing the plants are used instead. Choosing organic cotton not only protects your own family, but also the farmer’s and the field workers and the ground it’s grown on. Organic cotton is comfortable, warm, breathable, and very rarely the cause of allergies. It also protects your baby against all of the harmful effects of synthetic materials or chemically treated cotton. It is also biodegradable and when used in its raw form (as a filling for pillows or stuffed animals) it is also compostable. The benefits apply to the organic wool that is used in the Snuggle Me Wool cushions.

My Review

I love my Snuggle Me Organic and cannot wait to use it, as I currently do not have a newborn. My sister Megan, (the mother in the video above) loves using her Snuggle Me cushion. She likes to take naps with her newborn safely by her side during the day. I believe this cushion will make night nursing so much easier and I’ll be able to sleep closer to my baby. I also like that I can easily tote it around the house and bring it with me when I travel. I’m in love with the soft organic materials used and am glad I don’t have to worry about any toxic materials on my child’s skin. The raw organic cotton filling can even be composted and will naturally break down over time. The Snuggle Me is also great for babies who may have skin sensitivities or allergies. The only drawback to this product is that you will only be able to use it for a few months and they are a little bit on the pricey side. I fully support this company because their products are high quality, made here in the USA, and sewn by local mothers in the area. The Snuggle Me co-sleeper would make a great gift for a new or an expecting mother!

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Boudreaux Eco-Friendly Buttpaste Review & Giveaway!

Boudreaux Eco-Friendly Buttpaste Review & Giveaway!

Post may contain affiliate links. Looking for an all natural diaper rash ointment that really takes care of the rash? Tired of getting diaper cream on your hands? I’ve been using Boudreaux’s products for some time now and have recently been able to review their all natural cream along with the Baby Bum Brush applicator. I am also giving one lucky nestie their own 4 oz tube of green Butt Paste and a Baby Bum Brush! 

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About Boudreaux’s Butt Paste

The founder of Butt Paste, George Boudreaux, was a pharmacist in Louisiana who happened to have four small ones of his own at home. Like most parents, he struggled with diaper rash but couldn’t find anything on the shelves that would do the trick. Hearing the same complaints from other parents in his pharmacy, he went to work formulating his own diaper rash cream. Before long, he hit on a formula that would one day become known as Boudreaux’s Butt Paste. The new formula worked so well, it became a hit. Now you can find Butt Paste in most drugs stores, grocery stores, and world wide!

My Experience With Diaper Creams

Long before I started cloth diapering my favorite go-to rash cream was Boudreaux’s Maximum-strength butt paste. It had the best consistency and worked extremely well. I even liked the way it smelled compared to the other top brands. Once I switched to cloth diapers I wasn’t able to use it unless I had a diaper liner. Butt paste is pretty thick and will coat your cloth diapers, causing them to repel urine. 

As I began my blog, I became more conscious of what goes on babies skin and even mine for that matter. Everything you put on your skin will be absorbed through the bloodstream. I switched over to an organic cloth diaper safe cream that seemed to do ok most of the time. When you cloth diaper you usually don’t have that many rashes anyway. One time Asher had a bad case of diarrhea and came home from mommies Day Out with an incredibly large and horrible diaper rash. I knew that my regular organic diaper cream wasn’t going to cut it and I needed something stronger. I immediately reached for my old tube of original extra strength Butt Paste and had him wearing disposable diaper liners to protect his cloth diapers. His diarrhea continued for a couple of days, making the rash harder to fight. Butt Paste eventually got rid of the rash and Asher finally started feeling better. It took about 3-4 days to clear up most of the rash. Once the rash calmed down I switched back to my organic diaper stick and stopped using the disposable liners.

My Review Of the “All Natural ” Butt Paste

Boudreaux’s Butt Paste is still my favorite mainstream rash cream to-date so I was excited to find out that they offered a more eco-friendly option. Boudreaux was kind enough to send me a few samples to review of their “green cream” and an extra tube to give away! The maximum-strength Butt Paste works wonders but I wanted to find a cloth diaper safe / natural alternative that worked well on more stubborn diaper rashes. I wasn’t sure if the “All Natural” Butt Paste would be as effective as the maximum-strength version. The consistency is almost as thick as the regular cream and I find the scent to be fairly pleasant and clean. Technically their all natural green cream isn’t all natural because it still contains 16% Zinc Oxide. Here is a list of all the ingredients used:

  • Zinc Oxide, 16%
  • Aloe Vera
  • Beeswax
  • Carnauba Wax
  • Castor Oil
  • Citric Acid
  • Hydrogenated Castor Oil
  • Peruvian Balsam




Because the cream contains the ingredient zinc oxide, it also makes it less cloth diaper safe. Zinc oxide is a wonderful ingredient for clearing up diaper rashes but it can coat your diapers causing them to repel. I highly suggest using either a reusable or disposable DIAPER LINER when using this products. The all natural Butt Paste has 16% of zinc oxide where as the maximum-strength butt paste has 40%. Some babies are also allergic to zinc oxide so I also advise testing out a small area if you are using this cream for the first time. If you want to learn more about the ingredient zinc oxide you can click HEREThe only other little thing I don’t like about Butt Paste or most diaper creams for that matter, is how it feels on my hands. This is where its super handy to use a Baby Bum Brush. After changing a dirty diaper your hands are not the most sanitary. It’s nice to have a small tool that you can apply the cream onto without getting your hands all creamy in the process. After applying the cream to the brush you spread it onto babies bottom almost like your icing a cake…. kind of. The Baby Bum Brush can also stand on its own because of the suction cup bottom and they come in several colors. I honestly don’t know why anyone didn’t think of this any sooner, they are pretty cool in my opinion!

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Final Thoughts!

What I do like about their all natural green cream is that it works very well and almost completely made up of eco-friendly or natural ingredients. I think this is a great diaper rash cream to have even if you don’t use cloth diapers because the ingredients are more natural based. I am glad that Boudreaux is now offering products that are more environmentally friendly, kudos for them! 




Giveaway!

Giveaway is now closed. If you want a chance to earn your own 4oz tube of Boudreaux All Natural Butt Paste and your very own Baby Bum Brush, simply leave me a comment bellow telling me something cute or funny that your baby does. After you leave a comment, share this blog post on Pinterest or Facebook. I will announce a winner in 4-5 days. That is it folks, good luck! (This giveaway is open to US only)

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5 Healing Ingredients For Your Homemade Wipe Solution!

5 Healing Ingredients For Your Homemade Wipe Solution!

Post may contain affiliate links. Do you struggle with diaper rash or have an issue with all of the chemicals that are added in commercial wipes? I have done some extensive research and found 5 ingredients that you can add to your own homemade wipe solution. Each ingredient was chosen for sensitive skin and offers many healing benefits. You can rest assured that your babies bum is getting the best care!

1. Witch Hazel 

History
The therapeutic benefits of aloe date back around 4,000 years ago! Known as the “Miracle Cure,’ even the ancient Egyptian queens used aloe as a beauty product. They believed it made their skin more radiant and young.

Anti-Inflammatory – Probably its greatest benefit comes from the witch hazel anti-inflammatory properties. Out of 65 plants studied by scientist in Japan, only two plants came out on top. Witch hazel was one of them making it perfect for soothing a diaper rash!

Antimicrobial – Witch hazel can actually help heal bruises and cuts which are caused or irrated by viruses and bacteria.  A German study concluded when the skin is treated with the extract, it will help fight bacteria on the skin. This will aid with infections and other skin problems.

Astringent – Due to the high levels of tannis in the leaves, witch hazel promotes faster healing within the skin and helps to stop bleeding. This is ideal for diaper rashes, eczema and other ailments.

Moisturizer – Witch hazel helps reduce water loss in the skin, maintaining its softness and elasticity!

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2. Aloe Vera

History
The therapeutic benefits of aloe date back around 4,000 years ago. Known as the “Miracle Cure,’ even the ancient Egyptian queens used aloe as a beauty product. They believed it made their skin more radiant and young. 

Anti-Inflammatory – Aloe cures cuts, wounds, burns and all sorts of inflammations in the skin.  The plant contains “plant steroids” which reduce inflammation naturally.

Antimicrobial – Aloe also fights bacteria on the skin caused by wounds.

Soothing – It has a cooling effect on the skin and helps damaged skin to rebuild tissue. *This could work on diaper rashes, eczema, and other skin ailments.

Refresher – Aloe helps to refresh the skin and keep it moisturized. When applied to the skin it releases vitamins and enzymes that help treat and restore the skins natural pH balance.




3. Coconut Oil

History
Coconut oil has been used in many cultures worldwide for thousands of years. Botanically, the coconut is not actually a nut but a drupe.

Anti-fungal & Anti-bacterial – Coconut oil contains 3 fatty acids that kill many common fungal infections on the skin.  This oil also contains microbe-killing properties that take away body odor!

Natural Soother – Because of the Vitamin E contained in this oil, it protects the skin from damage over time.  It helps to sooth eczema, sunburn and many more skin ailments. Because of this oil’s fatty nature, it acts as a skin softener/soother.

Skin Nourisher – the fatty acids are directly absorbed through the skin, nourishing and providing energy.

* In order to get the best results, you want to use Unrefined Pure Virgin Coconut Oil.  The processed oil has less health benefits and not good for skin use.

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4. Tea Tree Oil

History
Tea Tree Oil is also known as the “Medicine in a Bottle” because of its effectiveness to treat burns, boils, and cuts. The Aborigines of Australia started using this medicinal oil thousands of years ago. This oil is derived from the leaves of the Tea tree native to Australia.

Antiseptic – this oil has long been used to treat minor burns, cuts and scrapes.

Anti-bacterial & Anti-fungal – There are 5 components in the oil that kill many fungal ailments such as athletes foot, ringworm, and so on.  It’s even known to kill canker sores if applied undiluted. Like the other ingredients listed above, this oil also treats many skin ailments like acne, eczema, rashes, and more.

Immune System Booster – Tee Tree Oil helps your body absorb vitamins and minerals, helping to boost the immune system.

5. Apple Cider Vinegar 

History
Apple Cider has been used by all ancient civilizations as a preservative and medicine. It has been found in Egyptian urns dating back 3000 BC. The word “vinegar” originates from  France and means “Sour Wine.”

PH Balancer – ACV vinegar has a PH that is very similar to human skin.  Washing with normal soap can take away some of the natural acids (making it too alkaline) that help protect our skin.  ACV will help restore the skins natural PH balance.

Anti-bacterial & Anti-fungal – Helps to fight foreign bacteria and fungal infections of all sorts.  It can treat various skin conditions such inflammation, warts and more.

Exfoliate – The acids in ACV help to exfoliate or digest the dead skin cells.  In turn, this helps smooth and soften the appearance of skin.

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*Disclaimer!  I am not a doctor; I have simply found these natural healing benefits through research.  Be sure to dilute these ingredients with water when making your homemade wipe solution.
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