Tag Archives: baby

baby with a toy

Eco friendly baby toys your kid will love

As a concerned parent or parent-to-be, you may be considering everything in your home, and wondering if they’re baby and eco-safe.

It might surprise you how many common household items don’t make the cut when there’s a little one around. We’ve studied and reviewed cleaning products, sunscreens, chemicals, and even conventional diapers. Then, when shopping for a baby shower gift, we began thinking about other baby essentials and toys. How could we, and our friends and family members, choose the most eco friendly baby toys?

If you just began, or have been for months or years, panicking about every one of your baby shower, newborn or birthday gifts and the other items you’ve started collecting to help your little angel get off to a great start, please inhale and exhale deeply. We’ve got you covered. We’re going to dive into all you need to know about everything from binkies to toy trains. We’ll also share with you a few of our faves.

 

Eco friendly toy materials

 

We all know about the phases when everything, and I mean everything, goes into tiny peoples’ mouths. What recently sparked our curiosity is what’s in the toys they’re gnawing on.

In 2017, a sample taken in the EU found that nearly 20% of children’s toys failed the safe chemical makeup test. Phthalates, which you might remember from our chemicals to avoid during pregnancy, and BPA were the ones found most often. These undesirable ingredients are used to soften plastic for pacifiers and toys like dolls.

How to avoid toys containing chemicals

 

Avoid cheap, plastic toys. Check to see if the toy is made from bioplastics – if so, you’re probably good to go.

Look for water and vegetable-based, non toxic paints and dyes.

Look for wooden toys. You’ll need to check the paint used to color these toys, but the base material is natural and safe.

Buy cloth toys made from USDA organic, sustainable fabrics.

Skip the smelly toys. That usually signals unnatural ingredients like PVC.

Should I buy second hand or vintage toys?

 

We’re usually proponents of buying second hand when possible. It’s a great way to cut carbon emissions and reduce the waste headed to landfills. But, if you’re thinking about buying used toys, we recommend proceeding with extreme caution. Many current chemical regulations only came into being during the last two decades, so older toys contain undesirable ingredients. Two strategies for safe, second hand toy shopping: choose wood and cloth toys, and if there’s a tag, read it!

What are some eco friendly toys?

 

To soften the not so good news about baby toys, there’s also some great news! Specifically, there are many companies that have committed to making non toxic, eco friendly baby toys. Here are some companies and gifts that have resulted in smiles, !!!, and emojis from tiny ones and their parents:

toy hippo pipette

 

  1. The orthodontic natural rubber pacifier. Your baby can chew their heart out on this bad boy.
  2. Natural rubber kale chip. Another teething toy, but this one might make your bundle of joy love kale even before they can eat it!
  3. An adorable toy hippo. BPA free, and sure to make bath time more fun.
  4. 8 color eco stars drawing toys. These might need to wait until after the teething phase, but they’re SO cute for big brother or big sister gifts.
  5. This entire site is a boon for new parents. It’s filled with nearly any toy you can imagine, made in wood, with only non toxic paints and finishes. Beyond that, they use  biowaste to fuel their plant, and ensure their packaging is recycled and non toxic. The only possible downside is shipping emissions, which we’re unclear if they offset.

 

eco friendly sunscreen for founder beth and son

The best eco friendly kids sunscreen | How to choose sustainable sunscreen

There are countless new worries you encounter as a new parent. An inevitable aspect of parenthood is being concerned about products and activities that your parents never gave even a moment’s thought, one of the biggies being the sunscreen applied over and over in the warmer months.

Early baby boomer parents rarely put sunscreen on their kids, while late boomers and Gen Xers relied on mass marketed brands that  were easy to apply on squirmy kids. Once we began learning about clean beauty and choosing skincare with some trutworthy certifications like: B Corp, Environmental Working Group (EWG), or Ecocert Certified we reconsidered the sunblock we slather on our children and grandchildren. Additionally, we wondered…

What the heck is SPF?

How old should little ones be before using sunscreen?

Is it toxic if they get some in their mouth?

How do I find an eco friendly kids sunscreen?

If you’d like answers to these and other sunscreen questions, we got you and your kiddos covered…head to toe.

Babies, sun, and sunscreen

 

The esteemed EWG is a great source for tips about lots of things, including when and how to introduce your baby to sunlight:

  • Under six months old, babies should be kept out of the sun as much as possible. Specifically, avoid direct sunlight and midday outings.
  • Generally, and this is included on most children’s sunscreen bottles, children under six months old shouldn’t have sunscreen applied on their skin.
  • Sunscreen frequently includes allergens, so when your baby is old enough to have sunscreen applied on their skin, test it on their wrist and wait a day to make sure no rashes appear.
  • Once your chosen sunscreen has been tested, go for it! Apply generously and often to keep your baby safe from bright rays.

 

eco friendly sunscreen for founder beth and son

 

What is SPF?

 

SPF is an abbreviation of “sun protection factor”. It’s a relative number that reflects how much exposure you can have to sunlight without your skin getting burned. It’s important to remember that dermatologists agree that numbers above SPF level 50 are meaningless. Dermatologists also recommend that children, and adults, not use sunscreen with less than a 30 SPF rating.  So already we’re narrowing it down.

What is water resistant sunscreen?

 

While there isn’t a sunscreen on the planet that’s waterproof, there are some that hold up better at pools and beaches. You should continue to apply generously and often, but look for the FDA label reading water-resistant, those should last 40-80 minutes in the water.

What kind of sunscreen is best for my child?

 

Back to the topic of squirmy babies and kids who are eager to do anything other than have you cover them in sunscreen…

Spray sunscreens are easy and quick, but dermatologists warn that the application may be uneven. Often spots are missed entirely.

Lotions are the most commonly available, yet the most laborious to apply. Coverage from the lotion is generally considered to be the best and most reliable, not needing additions like beeswax to keep them solid.

Stick lotions can help address the messy application issues, if you’re careful about which one you buy.

What does eco friendly kids sunscreen look like?

 

You may have heard the unfortunate news about coral reefs dying out around the world. That’s at least partially due to sunscreen. Every year, 14,000 tons of the sunscreen we use to protect ourselves ends up in our oceans, leaving harmful chemicals in that are devastating ecosystems. Popular beach spots around the world are banning ingredients found in conventional sunscreen that are bleaching coral, but many sunscreen brands still contain these ingredients.

When reports of sunscreen harming our oceans began emerging, many brands scrambled to release a “natural” sunscreen. But as is the case with all other products we’ve explored “natural” has no standardized meaning. The two most important things to look for when buying an eco friendly sunscreen are: a mineral-base and Oxybenzone free. In addition to being harmful to coral, Oxybenzone can negatively impact human hormones.

Our best eco friendly kids sunscreens

 

If you’re looking to bypass reading sunscreen ingredient labels, here are some of our tried and true favorites:

 

  1. Package Free Kids Sunscreen in a Stick, SPF 30

Easy peasy to apply, full of minerals, and no plastic.

2. Pipette Broad Spectrum Mineral Sunscreen

As gentle as you could ask for.

3. BeautyCounter Baby Daily Protective Sun Balm

The award-winning BeautyCounter strikes again with this child’s version.

baby in eco friendly biodegradable diaper

The best eco friendly biodegradable diapers from one family to yours

OneDey readers are always striving to be more sustainable. But sometimes the most eco friendly option isn’t feasible. When that happens, we’re here to help you find the best available alternatives. ToDey, let’s tackle biodegradable diapers

Perhaps you, or your friends and family members, have joined many environmentally concerned parents in considering the use of cloth diapers when learning there was a baby on the way. These diapers are generally the most sustainable option; but who has the time, and can manage their on-the-go logistics, and the yuck factor?

If you and the other new parents in your sphere are using, or leaning towards using, conventional disposable diapers, consider the following:

 

We were thrilled to learn about the busy, eco-conscious mother of three who co-founded Eco Pea Co. She developed a product that one of our trusted new mamas LOVES… a biodegradable, disposable diaper.

 

baby in eco friendly biodegradable diaper

What are biodegradable diapers?

 

The term “biodegradable” describes an item’s ability to break down under certain conditions. It’s not as eco friendly as being compostable, because biodegradable products can leave behind microplastics. However, depending on what the biodegradable material is, different outcomes may result.

Eco Pea Co makes biodegradable diapers out of bamboo, which will, under most conditions, decompose quickly.

 

Why are biodegradable diapers important?

 

Until the day when compostable disposable diapers are available, biodegradable diapers are a significant improvement over convetional, disposable ones. The consensus is that disposable diapers take approximately 500 years to decompose. Because biodegradable diapers break down more quickly and keep landfills more manageable, they lessen the amount of waste associated with your little one.

 

What to look for in a biodegradable diaper

 

When you do your weekly shopping or make a late night diaper run, here are some tips to avoid greenwashing and find the best biodegradable diaper:

  • Read the ingredients list. If there is an ingredient on the package that you don’t understand, you might not want it on your child’s bum.
  • Choose fragrance free. Chemicals are often used to achieve the fragrance, and they are generally more gentle on your baby.
  • Choose paraben free.
  • Choose diapers made from sustainable materials. Hemp and bamboo grow faster than trees, and decompose faster than man-made materials.

 

Eco Pea Co OneDey sustainability

 

An eco friendly biodegradable diaper to get behind

 

Eco Pea Co. was started by a family that was displeased with the diaper industry’s negative environmental impact. This on the go husband and wife team found cloth diapers challenging, so they decided to create a better alternative for themselves and others. The result was Eco and Pea, a company that takes eco consciousness and lifestyle ease seriously.

All Eco Pea Co. product ingredients are listed on their website, as well as the reason each ingredient is included. The most commonly cited ingredients are fast-growing and quickly decomposing bamboo, water, and aloe.

Also, they don’t skimp on quality. The wipes are thick and soothing (thanks to the aloe), and the diapers fit well and are as absorbent as conventional alternatives. The wipes and diapers are hypoallergenic and fragrance-free, a boon to families with particularly sensitive little ones.

Eco Pea Co. founders take environmental responsibility seriously. In addition to their eco friendly products, they offset the carbon associated with their product shipping and are members of 1% for the Planet. The Eco Pea Co. blog also provides lots of tips on eco friendly child rearing.

While reducing the carbon footprint of tiny people may appear daunting, there are many things you can do to minimize your new bundle of joy’s impact without sacrificing quality or convenience. Maybe tomorrow there will be a compostable diaper, but ToDey, Eco Pea Co. is a best practice and product quality industry leader.