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Rumparooz Cloth Diapers

Review Summary
Best one-size cloth diapers I've used
Reusable diaper with no harmful dyes or chemicals. The diapers will even biodegrade!
More expensive than other OS cloth diapers, but better quality

rumparooz diaperThese are great diapers!!  I once was Bum Genius faithful, with the economical but leaky Smartipants as our backups.  But, as my son got older and became a very heavy wetter, we began having problems with them.  Sometimes we need to use more than one liner, and they're not so reliable when it comes to overnight or outings.

Rump-a-rooz are awesome.  Just by touching them, you can feel that they are high quality.  They are very snug around my son's legs, and they have yet to leak.  While with the other cloth diapers I need to change them every 2 hours like clockwork, I can use Rump-a-rooz for overnight, nap time, car trips, and other situations where I may be unable to change him.... read more

Earth's Best Chlorine-Free Diapers

Review Summary
These diapers work really well!
Not biodegradable, but chlorine-free, dye-free, latex-free, fragrance-free...
Runs for about $10 for a pack of 38. Not bad for chlorine-free!

While not as green as cloth diapers and not biodegradable (Broody Chick is the only brand that I've found which is fully biodegradable), they're excellent and affordable alternatives to disposable diapers that contain dyes and bleaches.... read more

California Baby Calming Aromatherapy Bubble Bath

Review Summary
Great bubble bath -- comes with a bubble wand for even more fun!
Sustainable and organic ingredients, no SLS, no synthetic oils
EXPENSIVE! You need a lot of bubble bath to make lots of bubbles, so you might go through it quickly.

california baby  bubble bath

My one-year old got this bubble bath for Christmas, and we were so psyched to use it.  It smells great, makes great bubbles, doesn't have synthetic fragrances, contains organic and sustainable ingredients, and it even comes with a bubble wand!

My son had a blast in the tub with these bubbles!  He didn't want to get out!  He loved when my husband blew the bubbles, too.  (What a neat idea having the bubble wand!)


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Broody Chick WonderBalm

Review Summary
An excellent green alternative to Vaseline
Chemical-free, petroleum jelly free
A bit expensive but a little goes a long way!

First came the cold.  Sniffs and Snuffles, Broody Chick's all natural answer to Vicks Vaporub to the rescue!  Later, that icky under-the-nostril rash followed.   The rash along with the typical wintry chapped lips I always get made me try out this WonderBalm.

It's basically an alternative to petroleum jelly.  I used it under my nose and on my chapped lips and it worked just as well as Vaseline.  I think it will also be great for my one year old in case his skin gets chapped this winter.... read more

Broody Chick Sniffs & Snuffles

Review Summary
A green alternative to Vicks Vaporub
All natural ingredients such as eucalyptus and beeswax
Not much more expensive than Vicks

Broody Chick's Sniffs and Snuffles is Mother Nature's answer to Vicks Vaporub.  I admit -- as toxic as it is, I was a Vicks Vaporub junkie.  Whenever I had a cold, I'd be slathering that stuff on like there was no tomorrow.  However, after trying Sniffs and Snuffles, I think I might just be a convert.  

Over the last week, our house has been a sniffly, sneezy, mucousy, gross MESS.  I'm sick, my 13 month-old is sick, and my husband is sick.  The best part about Sniffs and Snuffles is that I can use it on the kiddo.  ... read more

Broody Chick Compostable/Biodegradable Bibs

Review Summary
Great bibs for while on the go
100% Natural AND Fully Compostable!
Not as cheap as the Pampers disposable bibs, but worth a few extra bucks

Last spring, when we were about to embark on a trip with Isaac, my then-6 month old, it was suggested that we travel with disposable bibs.  I had seen Pampers disposable bibs at the store before, but it seemed so wasteful.  We brought our regular bibs, but it was sort of a nuisance having to find places to wash them and dry them.  It wasn't a huge deal, just a minor inconvenience.

And then I tried Broody Chick disposable bibs.  They are awesome.  While I still feel it's greener to reuse washable bibs, these are an excellent alternative.  They're great for traveling, and I also now stash a few in my diaper bag for when I forget to pack Isaac's regular bibs.  (Which is far more frequently than I care to admit)... read more

Broody Chick Compostable/Biodegradable Diapers

Review Summary
As absorbent as any other conventional disposable diaper
Legitimately 100% biodegradable -- toss 'em into your compost heap!
VERY expensive, but I've found no other disposable diapers this green or this effective

broody chick compostable and biodegradable diapers

These are awesome, awesome diapers.  A few weeks ago I wrote a review of Nature BabyCare diapers, which are only partially biodegradable and they leaked like crazy.  

Broody Chick diapers, on the other hand, are ONE HUNDRED PERCENT biodegradable.  Yes, you can actually compost the pee diapers.  (but never compost human feces...throw those diapers in the garbage!)  

The diapers are also made from annually renewable resources, are chlorine-free, fragrance-free, and hypoallergenic.   They're even packaged in a cardboard box instead of a plastic bag.... read more

Earth's Best Organic Elmo Ravioli

Review Summary
Tastes disgusting
Organic, but the can contains BPA
An inexpensive and organic alternative if your kid likes Chef Boyardee

To put it bluntly, this stuff was absolutely vile tasting.  I usually like Earth's Best kids food.  I think their mini-waffles are really tasty, and their cheddar crackers are addictive.  But this ravioli...ugh.  I understand that it's not gourmet food, and it's really just Earth's Best's answer to Chef Boyardee, but it was unbelievably bad.

I bought it to give to my toddler, Isaac, in case I had to whip something up in a pinch.  A few nights ago, my husband and I were scrounging up some leftovers for dinner so I made this can of ravioli for the kiddo to go with some leftover vegetables.  Isaac loves cheese ravioli.   As soon as I opened the can, I knew this was a bad idea.   The smell of the sauce made me gag and when I took a bite I almost spit it out.  I thought maybe Isaac would still like it, so I gave him some.

Isaac fed himself a piece, grimaced, and pulled it out of his mouth and threw it on the floor.  Then every single piece on his high chair tray was tossed on to the floor as well.  ... read more

Nature Babycare Diaper

Review Summary
Leaky leaky
The greenest disposable diaper I've used to date
More expensive than most disposables

While much greener than most disposable diapers you'll find, the Nature Babycare diapers just don't quite work for us.   Before I get into all of the icky details, I want to sing the praises of the greenness of this diaper.  

First off, they're partially biodegradable.  This is better than most disposable diapers, but unfortunately, I think their marketing lead me to believe that they were totally biodegradable and could even be thrown into my compost bin.  They're not fully biodegradable and you cannot compost them.   BUT, they still are a better option in terms of biodegradability than your average disposable -- even better than other green diapers I've reviewed.  Much of the diaper is made from non-GM corn starch, which is awesome.... read more

Seventh Generation Multi-Surface Cleaner

Review Summary
Excellent all-purpose cleaner, lemongrass thyme smell is very strong, though
All ingredients disclosed, EPA registered
Reasonably priced

Great multi-purpose cleaner.  Not for the heavy duty stuff, but perfect for wiping down the counters, my son's high chair, the kitchen table, etc.  I use it so frequently that I don't even bother putting it away...it sits right next to the kitchen faucet so I can grab it whenever necessary!... read more