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Lullaby Earth is MADE SAFE Certified

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There is absolutely nothing more important than the wellbeing of your baby. Because of this you have a lot of companies promising you the best in health, the best in non-toxic, the best in safety. But how do you know what products are truly designed to protect your child and what companies are just trying to upsell you with exaggerated claims?

 Looking for certifications is your best bet for finding out if a company is actually producing organic or non-toxic products. At Lullaby Earth we make sure unbiased, credible organizations certify our product to the most stringent non-toxic standards, including MADE SAFE.

 

MADE SAFE is...

America’s first nontoxic seal for everyday products. MADE SAFE began when the founders realized that the products their families use day in and day out are often made with unsafe ingredients for both parents and children. Because of this, MADE SAFE only certifies products that are made without ingredients or materials that cause human health harm and do not release harmful vapors, gases or by-products.

 Specifically, any product that is MADE SAFE certified protects us from the following:

-Behavioral toxins
-Carcinogens
-Developmental toxins
-Endocrine disruptors
-Fire retardants
-Heavy metals
-Neurotoxins
-High-risk pesticides
-Reproductive toxins
-Toxic solvents
-Harmful VOCs

See our Made Safe Certification.

A non-profit organization that provides America’s first comprehensive health-focused certification, MADE SAFE does more than just certify, however. They also take extra steps to help individuals and companies make better choices. Such as:

1. Make it easy to find and buy non-toxic products
2. Give companies a roadmap for making safe products
3. Help retailers select non-harmful products.

Have more questions about MADE SAFE? Ask us in the comments!

Non-Toxic Potty Training Products

 Non-Toxic Potty Training Products
As every parent knows, potty training is never an easy feat. Teaching your child any new routine is a challenge, especially when it comes to putting away the diapers.

Luckily, there are products that make this period a little smoother for both parents and children. And simplifying your lives doesn’t mean you have to introduce chemicals into the routine either. We rounded up our five favorite non-toxic potty training products!

 

1.) Primo 4-in 1 Soft Seat Toilet Trainer and Step Stool

Made in the USA and free of phthalates, BPA and lead, this non-toxic toilet trainer is not only eco-friendly, it’s also designed for smart potty training. The Primo Toilet Trainer is equipped with handles for your child’s safety and features an extra wide base that doubles as a step stool. It is designed to help parents learn how to effectively potty train their children in four simple steps.

 

2.) Under the Nile Organic Training Pants

The transition from diapers to potty does not happen overnight. Help your child ease their way into this new routine with Under the Nile’s training pants that are GOTS certified, made with organic Egyptian cotton and contain no BPA or flame retardants. They also feature extra padding and a comfortable elastic waist.

 

3.) BabyBjorn Toilet Training Seat

Getting your child to use the “big kid” toilet while training is always a plus because it saves you from having to transfer messes. When training on the toilet, you will need a training seat. That BabyBjorn Toilet Training Seat is made from BPA-free plastic, fits most toilets, is ergonomically designed, has a handle for safety and includes a built-in splashguard.

 

4.) Babyganics Flushable Wipes

No child goes from messy diapers straight to perfectly clean potty training. Trying to rely on just toilet paper after using baby wipes is not always the best for keeping your training child clean, so many parents invest in flushable wipes. Babyganics flushable wipes are paraben-free, so they won’t irritate your child’s more sensitive areas, and they still provide maximum conditioning.

 

5.) Prince Lionheart faucet EXTENDER

 Teaching your little ones the importance of washing hands is an integral step in the potty training process. Instead of making your child reach and strain to get to the sink, try adding a faucet extender. The Prince Lionheart faucet extender is BPA and phthalate-free, fits most faucets and is antimicrobial.

 

What non-toxic potty training product do you swear by? Let us know in the comments!

Clean Air Tips for the Nursery

Clean Air Tips for the Nursery

May is Clean Air Month, so that means it’s time to start looking more closely at the choices you make in every room in your house.

Specifically, it’s your responsibility to keep the air in your baby’s nursery as clean as possible. Use this month to make some simple clean air changes in your child’s room.

 

1. Clean Humidifiers Regularly

If you use a humidifier, such as a Crane USA humidifier, in your baby’s nursery to help relieve their congestion, be sure to clean it regularly. If you don’t change the water, the humidifier can harbor bacteria, which can pollute the air in your nursery. 

 

2. Purchase a Non-Toxic Mattress

Many conventional crib mattresses contain materials that contribute to off-gassing, such as flame retardants and polyurethane foam. Pick a mattress such as the Lullaby Earth Healthy Support Crib Mattress. It’s non-toxic and contains no flame retardants, so it will not off-gas harmful chemicals into your child’s nursery.

 

3. Add Purifying Plants

Plants add a beautiful natural element to your baby’s nursery and are also great agents for cleaning the air. There are a number of plants proven to purify the air, such as Gerbera Daisies and Lavender. Plants add some color to your kid’s room and help them breathe a big breath of fresh air.

 

4. Choose Natural and Non-Toxic Rugs

Rugs can be a great addition to your baby’s nursery, adding a little personality to the space. When choosing this accent piece, pick a non-toxic option as to not bring air pollutants into your baby’s space. Lorena Canals rugs are perfect for any nursery and use raw materials and natural dyes.

 

5. Go Non-Toxic With Your Cleaning

Branch Basics, a company that specializes in simple, affordable and sustainable cleaning solutions.

 

How do you clean the air in your baby’s nursery? Let us know in the comments!

 

5 Nursery Theme Ideas That Bring The Outdoors In

5 Nursery Themes to Bring the Outdoors In

You have a little one on the way, and you’re trying to figure out the perfect nursery theme. You want something that is not only aesthetically pleasing, but also inviting for your child and includes non-toxic decor.

To help get you thinking, we’ve rounded up five nursery themes that bring the outdoors in that are easy to incorporate non-toxic elements into.

 

Botanical Oasis

What better way to design a natural nursery than bringing the outdoors in! Create an earthy oasis for your little one by mixing foliage prints, natural textures such as linen and natural wood furniture. To really bring the room to life, try some non-toxic plants so your child will feel like they are living in an outdoor sanctuary. 


Walk on the Wild Side

A jungle theme is another way to incorporate natural elements and an “outdoorsy” feel to your baby’s space. Add some wood and plant decor to make your baby feel like every day is a day in the jungle. Find some wild furry friends for your baby that you can place around the room. Be sure to try to find organic options, like this cute little elephant from Bears for Humanity, and remember, never put the toys in the crib with baby to sleep.


Sunny Disposition

A sunshine-filled nursery is a great option for any little one, but this is an especially good if you are trying to find a “gender-neutral” theme and color palette. Fill the nursery with yellow and other bright colors, sunny pictures and organic linen elements. If you are going to hang curtains, try a lightweight organic option to really let the natural light shine through.


Take a Vacation

You don’t need to spend a fortune to have what’s bound to be a hectic beach vacation with your child. Bring the beach to the nursery! Putting up natural wood planks will easily transform the space into a beach escape. Add a colorful rug, some cordless (for safety) bamboo blinds and your baby (and you) will be on vacation every day.


Explore the National Parks

It’s important from a young age to instill the importance of conserving our national parks, so transform the nursery into one. Create your own non-toxic National Park wall art by upcycling maps or images from the parks, make a meaningful quilt out of reusable materials such as old t-shirts. Fill the space with warm earth tones including animal and pine tree decor. Also be sure to check out this adorable campfire nightlight. Adventure awaits your little one!

What type of theme are you doing for your baby’s nursery? Let us know in the comments!
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Non-Toxic Teething Remedies

non toxic teething remedies

Your baby is beginning to teethe. It’s painful for them, and as a parent it’s difficult for you to watch them suffer. While you want to solve their teething issues, you also don’t want to use toxic methods to do so. Especially when it comes to sleep, teething pains can really cause a struggle for both baby and parent. We suggest five non-toxic teething remedies that will put both you and your baby at ease.


Natural Solid Wood Toys

Solid wood is very soothing for babies to chew on when teething. Bannor Toys teethers are antibacterial, non-splintering and non-toxic. However, be sure not to keep any toys in the crib with your baby as it will reduce the risk of SIDS.


Frozen Fruits or Veggies

Frozen fruits and vegetables are an easy, natural and non-toxic option to soothe the pain of a teething baby. For young ones who you are introducing to solid food, try an organic fruit and food feeder like NatureBond’s Baby Fruit & Food Feeder. NatureBond is latex-free, BPA-free, phalates-free and lead-free.


Cold Spoon

Cold items have the power to alleviate the pain of teething. Simply put a spoon in the fridge and put the round part of the spoon on the gums before your child goes into their crib for sleep. Don’t put it in the freezer or it could stick, and best to use this technique before the teeth come to avoid chipping. No chemicals, no hassles, just relief!


Plush Teething Toy

Toys can be multi-purpose. Cute, soft, plush toys are a good alternative to help your baby get through teething because they can chew on it which helps with the pain. For a non-toxic option, try some of Under the Nile’s organic egyptian cotton teething toys. Under the Nile’s toys are certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), certified USDA organic, and their facility is also Certified Fair Trade. Remember not to keep it in the crib!


Teething Jewelry For Mom

Look fashionable while sporting a non-toxic teething device. Smart Mom Jewelry sells jewelry made from the same materials used for teething toys. This non-toxic option contains no harmful chemicals such as phthalates, BPAs, PVCs, lead or latex. All of their pendants come with a breakaway clasp as an added safety measure.

Non-Toxic Valentine's Day Treats

Non-Toxic Valentine's Day Treats

Valentine’s Day is approaching, so you will need to start considering what treats to bring to school parties or have prepared at home.

Just because it’s a treat doesn’t mean it has to be bad for kids. We’ve rounded up some of the best non-toxic Valentine’s Day treat options to make for your kiddos this year.

 

1.) Fudgy No-Bake Brownie Bites

Dairy-free, egg-free and gluten-free, these Fudgy No-Bake Brownies are a great way for your children to get a non-toxic chocolate fix on Valentine’s Day. These are quick to make for those parents who are on-the-go, and they use all-natural ingredients. To make them extra festive, use a cookie cutter to form them into the shape of hearts.


2.) Frozen Strawberries & Yogurt

This cute non-toxic Valentine’s Day treat only takes two ingredients! Frozen strawberries covered in yogurt look festive when cut in half and are still healthy and extremely easy to make.


3.) Strawberry Banana Oatmeal Muffins

Heart-shaped muffin pans are your best friend for Valentine’s Day parties. Use them to shape these strawberry banana oatmeal muffins, a treat your children will surely love (and that happens to be good for them). These muffins are naturally sweetened with the strawberries and bananas, so they aren’t loaded with excessive amounts of sugar.


4.) Vegan Strawberry Love Bugs

Talk about an adorable treat for Valentine’s Day! Not to mention, these Vegan Strawberry Love Bugs are shockingly simple to make. Choose a vegan dark chocolate and white chocolate to make these ladybugs non-toxic and vegan-friendly.


5.) Honey Bee No Bake Cookies

Helping your children write out Valentine’s, getting party decorations, running your usual errands AND making treats from scratch can be quite a lot to balance in your average day. A no bake recipe, like these honey bee no bake cookies, are a great option for busy parents. Plus, this recipe proves that you can make something that looks intricate and theme-appropriate that is still non-toxic and easy to prepare. These cookies do use peanut butter, so keep that in mind for nut allergies.


What non-toxic treats are you making for your little ones this Valentine’s Day? Share with us in the comments!

Snow Day Activities For Kids

Snow Day Activities for Kids

The school announces a snow day, and your children could not be more excited. You, on the other hand, are scrambling to think of activities to prevent you and your children from going stir crazy.


Keep some of the ideas we suggest for snow day activities on deck next time your children have an unexpected snow day. Your day will be both fun and productive!

 

1. Bake


This is a go-to snow day activity because it keeps the kiddos hands busy, and who doesn’t want delicious baked goods on a cold day? Find a couple of recipes that are easy enough for any child to assist with and have them on-the-ready for a snow day. Happy baking!

One specific thing you can making is some healthy muffins. Take it to the next level by making them into some cute animals by decorating them with fruits, chocolate chips or other alternatives. Your kids will get a cute and delicious treat at the end of all of their hard work.

 

2. Story Time


When the snow is falling and the temperature is too cold to play outside, nothing sounds better than curling up on the couch. Instead of turning on the TV or a Netflix marathon, try bringing out some books and having story time. It will still keep them engaged while also allowing you to cut down on screen time.

 

3. Homemade Play Doh


This is an activity many parents probably did themselves as children. Homemade play doh includes many ingredients you most likely have at home, and it’s a recipe that is simple enough for kids to actually follow along. Here’s a quick, non-toxic recipe to try on their next snow day.

 

4. Snow Art


Take advantage of the snow and use it as a canvas! Making snow art is very simple and cheap. Just fill spray bottles with water and non-toxic food coloring, and let your children make their masterpieces. This activity gets the kids outside, allows them to be creative and requires very little preparation.

 

5. Science Fun


This is an interesting departure from arts and crafts and is a great option for your science-minded kiddos. Try something like this non-toxic slime which is only two ingredients and is edible! Your kids will get to feel like scientists, use their minds on their day off and have a fun toy to play with at the end.

 

What are your go-to snow day activities? Let us know!

Five Holiday Gifts for New Moms

5 Holiday Gifts for New Moms

After your friend, family member, or coworker has her first baby during the holiday season, your mind probably drifts to what to get for the new child. However, don’t forget about spoiling the new mom too!

To help with your search, we have compiled some options that would be great gifts for the new mom in your life. 

 

1. Organic Food Delivery Service

A new mom will be dealing with a lot of firsts while also juggling a very different lifestyle, so often the last things on her mind are grocery shopping and cooking for herself. Not to mention she may not even have the time for these activities. That’s why a membership for an organic meal delivery service is a great gift idea.

One organic delivery option is Thrive Market. Thrive Market offers a number of delivery options, including snacks, healthy meal ingredients, non-toxic cleaners, and much more. It’s a one-stop, non-toxic shop.

 

2. Baby Carrier

A baby carrier is a practical gift option to consider buying for a new mom, and there are now a few organic carrier options on the market. Ergobaby Baby Wrap is ergonomic, comfortable, and easy to take on-the-go for the traveling new mom. If you are looking to keep mom and baby connected and healthy, a baby carrier like ergobaby Wrap is the way to go.

 

4. Earth Mama New Mom Organic Gift Box Set

Just because a new mom is excited about her baby doesn’t mean she doesn’t need some TLC like everyone else. In fact, she probably needs it more than others due to the changes in her body and life. The Earth Mama New Mom Organic Gift Box Set is a convenient package of organic essentials to comfort mom and help her get the relaxation she deserves.

 

5. Diaper Bag

For many new moms, they often replace designer handbags with the most durable and attractive diaper bags on the market. A good diaper bag is essential to any new mother. The Lassig Green Label Neckline diaper bag not only has removable compartments and fun designs, it’s made of recycled plastic bottles, making it eco-friendly!

 

6. ZizzyBee Bags

Almost no one is more busy than a new mother. Anything to help mom keep her life streamlined is a smart gift idea. ZizzyBee bags are eco-friendly and reusable, all while making organization easy! These cute bags are great for that new mom who always has to have diapers, snacks, or toys on hand and doesn’t want to waste time digging through a cluttered bag to find them. Share Your Gift Ideas We’d love to hear what you got the new mom in your life for the holidays! Share in the comments below.

 

Share Your Gift Ideas

We’d love to hear what you got the new mom in your life for the holidays! Share in the comments below.
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How to Start a Non-Toxic Lifestyle

How to Start a Non-Toxic Lifestyle

When you have a baby and start researching the safest, healthiest baby products, you get hit with the realization that there’s a whole lot to learn! From food to cleaning products to personal care items, there are simple steps you can take to start a non-toxic lifestyle. You don’t have to change everything at once, so don’t feel intimidated. Get started with these tips.


1. Freshen Your Food: You don’t have to go completely organic to clean up your eating. Start by switching a few key items to organic (like the Dirty Dozen list) and avoiding problematic ingredients like artificial dyes (which are linked to hyperactivity and other risks) and high fructose corn syrup. Stick to whole food ingredients when possible and you’ll make a big difference!


2. Clean Out Your Cosmetics: Questionable ingredients like parabens, phthalates, synthetic fragrances, artificial dyes, and even antibacterial agents can hide in makeup, perfume, and personal care products like lotion and soap. Brands like Beautycounter offer quality cosmetics and beauty products that avoid known harmful ingredients. Au Naturale is another brand that offers cosmetics made with high quality ingredients - and their makeup is also free of animal products.

3. Wise Up Your Washing: Cleaning, air freshening, and laundry products may contain harsh ingredients like chemical surfactants, antibacterial treatments, and artificial fragrances. The Environmental Working Group has a Guide to Healthy Cleaning, which ranks cleaning products so you can decode labels and pick safer products. You don’t even have to splurge on specialty cleaners - baking soda and vinegar do the trick just fine, or pick a common green brands like Molly’s Suds, Babyganics, Seventh Generation or Biokleen.

4. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Reduce your waste by participating in your city’s local recycling program if available. You can also re-use glass jars to store leftovers or upcycle an old tee shirt into a throw pillow. By reducing waste and shopping secondhand instead of brand new, you’ll reduce your carbon footprint, which makes the Earth a little happier.

5. Baby Your Baby: Your baby is particularly at risk from home toxins since their body is still developing. This is one baby step that is very important as you plan a baby registry or outfit your nursery. Avoid harmful chemicals, including flame retardants, phthalates, vinyl, and formaldehyde - we make it easy when you shop Lullaby Earth for your baby’s crib mattress and accessories.

Ready, Set, Go Non-Toxic!

We hope these tips have helped explain how easy it can be to start a non-toxic lifestyle! Which tip will you try first?

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Conventional vs. Non-Toxic Baby Mattresses: What’s the Difference?

Convential vs. Non-Toxic Baby Mattresses

Lullaby Earth is proud to offer non-toxic crib mattresses made without harmful chemicals or questionable materials. But what exactly does that mean? What makes Lullaby Earth better than a conventional baby mattress? This blog post will help you make an informed decision about your options for a healthier crib mattress.

It Starts with Firm Support

A crib mattress should be flat and firm, as recommended by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). A firm, tight-fitting mattress in your child’s crib is an important safety consideration that is our number one priority for your little one.

Some crib mattresses are made with innerspring support, made with steel coils like a traditional mattress. Innersprings provide firm support and durability but weigh upwards of 20 pounds, so lifting and moving the mattress can be difficult.

Other crib mattresses are more lightweight, made with materials like latex, coir (coconut fiber, usually with latex as a bonding agent), polyurethane foam, or polyethylene. Latex is a potential allergen, and polyurethane foam (including eco-foam, soybean foam, bio-based foam, and memory foam) is highly flammable and contains flame retardant chemicals.

Lullaby Earth uses food-grade polyethylene, the same material used to make food storage bags! It’s well known as a safer material made without harmful chemicals, and we use it as the lightweight support of our crib mattresses as well as on our waterproof surface.

Non-Toxic Mattress Filling

Babies need a firm mattress, but they also need a bit of cushion. Mattress fill material in conventional mattress may include conventional cotton or treated fibers containing pesticides, antibacterial treatments, flame retardants, or other harsh chemicals.

Lullaby Earth uses polyester batting as a safer option for your child’s crib mattress. Polyester is a strong synthetic fiber that is resilient, which means it bounces back after your baby’s weight has been on it.

 

Waterproofing Keeps Things Cleaner

A waterproof crib mattress is easier to keep clean and helps protect the mattress interior from contamination when messes happen. Many conventional waterproofing chemicals can pose health risks, so what does Lullaby Earth use to waterproof?

Conventional waterproof coatings include chemicals and materials like vinyl, phthalates, perfluorinated compounds (PFCs), and other harmful chemicals. These materials off-gas into your baby’s sleep environment, which means baby is exposed to chemical fumes. The off-gassing process also leaves the waterproof coating dry and brittle over time, which leads to rips and tears in your mattress surface.

Our food-grade polyethylene waterproofing is made from the same food-grade material as our lightweight mattress support, in a patented process that leaves your crib mattress protected without harmful or off-gassing chemicals. Just wipe clean with a damp cloth and mild detergent and your crib mattress is ready for action again.

Any Questions?

Do you have any other questions about the difference between Lullaby Earth’s non-toxic crib mattresses and a conventional crib mattress? Let us know and we’ll get back to you!