5 Green Gifts and Stocking Stuffers: Maddi & Dyl, Nature’s Path, Maty’s, Princeton Tec, YummyEarth

1.Madii & Dyl Luxe Cleansing Flannel

Baby skin is so pure and tender that even your standard wash cloth can appear too rough to use on newborn flesh. Madii & Dyl Luxe Cleansing Flannel is super soft and suitable for your little one.

Super-soft when wet, its silky texture and high absorbency is perfect on delicate areas. It cleans without wetting or scratching fragile skin and dries without stripping moisture. Safe on babies’ peeling skin or soft skull, it is ideal for eczema, cradle cap and other problem skin conditions. Works hand in hand with cosmetic treatments as it cleanses the skin without wetting the bandages or spoiling the bruised areas which are sore to touch.

Made from eco-friendly materials, the flannel is air-spun and porous free. To clean, the flannel can be hand washed in warm soapy water or in a machine at 40°. Hardens when dry to prevent bacteria but regains its silky soft feel when wet.

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Baby Paraphernalia: 3-in-1 Multi-Purpose Cover for Shopping Carts, Infant Carriers, and Nursing

sprout shell chic infant carrier coversWhen I had infants, I was never one for buying all the paraphernalia many parents think they need to be successful (see Heather’s great series Baby Essentials that Aren’t).  One item I wish I would have had was a shopping cart cover, but I couldn’t see buying one.  Now Sprout Shell offers one that is multi-purposed, which makes it useful in so many more ways and thus more environmentally friendly, although I wish it was made from organic cotton fabric.

Sprout Shell is a 3-in-1 cover for baby. It can be used as a 1) infant car seat cover for cold weather, 2) a nursing cover for moms who want extra privacy (never a problem for me), and 3) a shopping cart cover.  It can also be used as a high chair cover when dining out.  “The Sprout Shell is the only infant carrier cover that is multiple products all rolled into one to save parents time, money and space.”

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Don’t Buy These Attachment Parenting Products Alleges Consumer Reports

I was really upset when I read this article from Consumer Reports – Five products not to buy for your baby!

Along with Baby bath seats, Crib bumper pads and Sleep positioners were listed two products near and dear to advocates of attachment parenting: Co-sleepers and Slings!

Consumer Reports first blasts co-sleepers saying:

Although sleeping with a baby in an adult bed is a common practice among some cultures, it can be dangerous. The new bassinet-like devices designed to go in between parents or alongside an adult bed don’t necessarily make co-sleeping with a baby safer… Currently, safety standards don’t exist for either co-sleepers or bedside sleepers. Until they do, we think the safest place for your baby to sleep is in a crib.

Then they go on to denigrate slings:

Over the past five years, at least four babies died and there have been many reports of serious injury associated with the use of sling-type carriers. The incidents include skull fractures, head injuries, contusions and abrasions. Most occurred when the child fell out of the sling. As slings grow in popularity, so do the number of serious injuries. No safety standards exist for slings. We think you should skip the sling and opt for other types of infant carriers, which have safer track records. [Read more...]