5 Green Gifts: Babee Laptime Seat, The Deep Black Pond, Endangerbles, World Vision, & Soft Clothing

1. Babee Laptime seat

As a brand new parent, it felt somewhat awkward to hold my new baby. They are so squishy and soft, and of course, I was afraid of hurting my child.  Got to support that head and  neck!  I got over his anxiety pretty quickly with the help of pillows at times. The same anxious feeling arose, however, when my second child was born and was placed in the arms of his three-year-old sister.

The Babee Laptime seat is a solution for safely holding baby.

Comfort…Safety… and Convenience!

How often do new moms wish they had a free hand to control bottles, toys, pacifiers and countless other items while holding their babies? Babee Laptime makes it easy for new mothers, dads, grandparents and siblings to enjoy the safety and peace of mind provided by an infant seat that fastens securely around your waist.

  • Establish a strong, lasting parent-child bond
  • Enjoy longer period of playtime and interaction
  • Respond more freely and immediately to your baby’s signals and gestures
  • Form a lasting and loving relationship with your baby that will serve
  • as the basis for your child’s future intimate relationships

Personally, I think this product misses the boat on several levels. First, skin to skin contact (even through clothing) promotes bonding. Babies can feel the rhythms of your body while you hold them. A seat such as this blocks such personal contact and intimacy.

Secondly, this product is made of polyurethane foam and polyester. Yuck! I don’t want my baby exposed to such toxic fabrics, especially a newborn.

I can see the benefits of such a seat for having a young child hold a baby securely, but a little supervision and pillows are all you really need.  At $129.99, this is a really expensive baby item you don’t need.

Would I buy this product?  No

2. The Deep Black Pond

After reading The Deep Black Pond by Morgan Kostival, you won’t quite look at pond life the same again. This “fanciful” book features extremely interesting images, but the story line is a bit off.

The children’s adventure The Deep Black Pond takes place on a very special tropical island. The fanciful creatures there inhabit a small pond situated in the middle of the island. Follow the misadventures of one of these tiny creatures named Mimi the peewee. Learn just how Mimi becomes the very first pink pearl in the world! At the same time, Mimi unknowingly brings together all the other creatures living in the pond by inspiring cooperation and friendship. This fable-like bedtime story will enthrall your little ones, as Mimi meets the Queen of the water lilies, Cuddles the fish, and the mysterious Baron. You will also see the mysteries of the deep through the talented eyes of author/photographer Morgan Kostival, who says, “I write to preserve my child-like imagination that, sadly, too many adults forget how to use.” Morgan Kostival plans to continue writing and illustrating children’s books. “I wrote this book while simultaneously creating and photographing the creatures that are featured in it. I was interested in creating a world that was hitherto unknown.”

I personally find the story a bit confusing, but it certainly makes me wonder what is going in the bottom of our pond.

Would I buy this book?  No.  $18 is too much for a paperback book, and the storyline is awkward.

3. The Endangerbles

I have high standards for children’s music, and well, frankly, The Endangerbles don’t make the cut. The message is sweet, for example, “Let’s make extinction extinct”, but the music is just not that aesthetically pleasing.

The Endangerbles’ goal is to be educational and fun.  Inspiring children to “respect and protect all the species of the world including each other” is the mission of The Endangerbles.  Its endearing cast of animal characters effectively entertain and educate children of all ages about the wonderful world of animals, specifically relating to those that are endangered, threatened or vulnerable.
The Endangerbles music CD features 10 original upbeat songs, all composed by Fred Bogert, the three-time Emmy-nominated musician-performer widely acclaimed for his musical contributions to the popular kids-based folk-rock duo Trout Fishing In America.
Actually, I shouldn’t be so harsh.  “Reason To Be Here”  and “It’s a Puzzle” are probably my favorite, but honestly I can’t imagine listening to this CD ever again.  Once was enough!  There just isn’t much consistency between the quality of the tracks.
Would I buy this product? No.

4. World Vision Gift Catalog

One thing I hate about the holidays is the pressure to BUY something for loved ones that truly have everything, including our kids. The truth is that globally, we are the 25%. Our wealth and the way we dispose of it around gift giving is quite embarrassing when you consider how little the rest of the world lives with in comparison.

Last year, I started giving service gifts. I started with my father, but I had never considered how this might be a very appropriate gift for a child, especially one like my daughter that is sensitive to the plight of those that are less fortunate.

World Vision Gift Catalog offers a “two-for-one benefit”.

The beauty of these items is the two-for-one benefit they provide: 1) a meaningful and affordable gift for a loved one; 2) proceeds that make a difference in the lives of children and families living in poverty in the U.S. and around the world.

With a financial contribution, the gift giver selects one of 36 items that can be given to someone on a holiday gift list and at the same time help a person in need.

We were sent:
Gertie the Plush Toy Goat: “Gertie the Plush Goat is available exclusively through World Vision and is a representation of the goats that help children and families around the world.”

Chuma the Plush Toy Chick: “Chuma the Plush Chick is available exclusively through World Vision and is a representation of the chickens that help children and families around the world.”

What I love about these gifts is how they inspire thoughtful conversations and awareness of both the living and social conditions around the world, as well as our own blessings.

Would I buy this product?  Yes.

5. Soft Clothing for All Children Organic Seamless Underwear

My son has sensory issues. He is not autistic, but he doesn’t like sticky things, like glue, on his fingers.  He is hesitant to try new things, detests lotion on his skin, and took years to warm up to clay and play doh.  Mud is no problem, and neither are his clothes, but for some children, clothing can be a sensory nightmare.

We’ve all experienced the annoying, scratchy tag on our clothes that begs to be cut off.  This is minor compared to what some children experience.  As published in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy, Tomcheck and Dunn write:

Overresponsivity to tactile input also has been reported in the literature (Baranek, Foster, & Berkson, 1997; Cesaroni & Garber, 1991; Grandin, 1995). In firsthand accounts, touch has been described as an intense feeling that can be overwhelming and confusing (Cesaroni & Garber, 1991). Grandin (1995) noted that certain clothing textures could make her extremely anxious, distracted, and fidgety. Children with higher levels of tactile hypersensitivity in one study also were more likely to display inflexible behaviors, repetitive verbalizations, visual stereotypies, and abnormal focused attention (Baranek et al., 1997).

Now imagine your underwear creating such feelings of extreme anxiety and distraction!  Thank good, Soft Clothing for All Children has an organic solution!

Soft Clothing for All Children Organic Seamless Underwear is super nice!

  • Elastic free soft rib trim
  • Entirely tagless with digitally printed label
  • Made with, soft, washed organic cotton
  • Same construction inside and out-can be worn either way
  • Flexible sizing accomodates[sic] growing children
  • Made with soft, 100% seamless-no bottom or side seams
  • Spandex sensory fiber blend for a gentle hugging sensation
  • Exciting unisex styles in fun prints and colors

I also really like how the tag includes punchouts for paper dolls.

This clothing is made in China.

Would I buy this product?  Yes. I am pleased to see Soft Clothing for All Children is now using organic cotton.

Disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.


  1. Having Asperger’s myself, I find those digital tagless tags to be itchier than most regular tags, especially when they start to crack and peel off of the fabric after repeated washings. But the fact that these are inside-out reversible solves that problem nicely. Too bad they won’t fit me!

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