Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Eco Friendly Products for Baby and Toddler

By Christina VanGinkel

Even though my grandson is now two years old, his skin has not really gone beyond the care it needed as a newborn. He has allergies, and it seems like the simplest things irritate his skin. Even tags left intact on his pants and shirts have the capability of rubbing him literally raw. My daughter has gone though a variety of lotions, including several that were doctor recommended and prescribed, and has taken to cutting all of the tags out of his clothing to keep any irritation at bay as much as she can. Still, simple things like tossing in his clothing with the family's wash are a big no. She has also started to search out products that are free of dyes and as eco friendly as she can find, in hopes to allow him to live without constantly scratching at his skin.

She has discovered a whole world of products including clothing, bedding, towels, and products such as shampoo, soap, laundry detergent, and much more that are eco friendly. One of her favorites is found right on the shelf of our local grocery store, Purex Free/Clear Liquid Laundry Detergent. The bottle that it comes packaged in is white, where most of the other Purex products on the surrounding shelves are blue, so it is easy to find. In comparison price wise to other eco friendly products that she has found, the price is very reasonable. It was a bit higher than the other Purex Laundry Detergent in the same size, but not much. So good of a cleaning job does it do, she has stopped using other products, and uses it alone, and thus avoiding any mishaps of his her son's clothing accidentally being laundered in some other detergent.

Many products that are eco friendly do cost more than comparable products, and that can be a problem on its own, especially with everything seeming to cost more these days, finding safe products and eco friendly products to use on and around our kids that do not cost a fortune would be nice. Therefore, when I stumbled on the Our Green House site online, I could not wait to share it with my daughter. They have a great selection of products at reasonable prices to use around the house, including personal care products such as shampoo, bubble bath, kid's body wash, and hair detangler. They also have a selection of cleaning products, such as stain remover, surface wipes, and their own brand of laundry detergent. For kids, they have items such as bedding, toys (one very cool looking dragon I know my grandson would just love), diapers, clothing in baby and toddler sizes, and even items like crib mattresses, bassinets, and a convenient to use baby sling for when your baby is first born. All of these products are made with organic, eco friendly ingredients and products. My only wish would be that they offered children's clothing in bigger sizes, as my own grandson would fit the sizes they have listed right now, in a few short months time; he will no longer fit any sizes they currently carry. Still, their cleaning aids, and body products are enough to keep my daughter shopping there for a long time to come. Other categories of products also seem intriguing, and I can see myself shopping there as well. They have items such as environmental testing supplies, green building supplies including a favorite of mine, milk paint, and gift baskets already assembled and perfect for giving that mother-to-be at the next shower you attend. Thy also have toys and crafts that are reminiscent of simpler times, such as twig crayons, and wood lacing beads.

Our Green House also carries eco friendly pet supplies, and organic gardening supplies. These products are great to use, making sure that as much of what your baby comes into contact with is free of pesticides and other pollutants. Our Green House is also budget-friendly with their pricing and shipping.

Taking car of baby's delicate skin, or a toddler or older child who has allergies or other skin sensitivities, can be difficult, but there are products available to make their lives better, and eco friendly products are a good place to begin

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