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Dutch Strollers 101: Getting to Know the Brands

 

Choosing a baby stroller can be overwhelming, especially for first time parents. Too many brands to choose from, too many makes and models . . . in a variety of price ranges. What’s the best choice for your family? My advice is to do your research, look into the advantages and disadvantages of each, and consider your needs and your budget.

In today’s guest post, writer Liese Bokdam gives you an overview of different Dutch Strollers brands and the history of each. It’s an interesting topic, and I hope you enjoy learning.
                                                                            – DP

 

Guest Post by Liese Bokdam .

There’s a Dutch saying “use your brain if you lack the muscle”. This definitely holds for a small country like Holland, where they mostly have to depend on knowledge and design capabilities to be successful in the modern world. The stroller branch is a perfect example that this is far from impossible. Not many people know this, but a lot of popular strollers have Dutch roots. This article will discuss these strollers, and take a look at what could be the next rising Dutch stroller.

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Green Living: How to Choose Non-Toxic Toys for Your Baby

This is a Guest Post. 

wooden baby toyChoosing eco-conscious toys for your baby allows you to not only help your own family, but help the planet as well. Evaluate a toy before you buy, and consider the material the toy is made from, the workmanship or design and basic safety compliance before you make the purchase. Buying from independent toy companies instead of huge foreign conglomerates will increase the likelihood that the toy you purchase is a good quality item.

Choose Organic Fabrics

Look for plush animals and other cloth toys that are made from organic fabric; organics like wool, cotton and bamboo are grown without harmful pesticides. Organic fabrics are also either naturally colored or dyed with natural materials instead of synthetics, so baby won’t be exposed to chemicals. Fabric toys of any type that are made with organic materials make ideal first toys for baby, and are also good choices for older babies and toddlers. Teething babies chew on everything, so offering organic options can set your mind at ease.  Look for the certified organic tag to be sure you are purchasing true organic  fabric items.

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Diaper Bag Essentials

diaper bag checklistBaby can’t stay home all the time. Sometimes, mom wants to go shopping or head over to the local park for a little fun in the sun. Whether you’re going to run errands, or you’re going to church, there are a few diaper bag essentials you should bring with it. They will make those poop-tastic emergencies so much easier to handle. [click to continue…]

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Cloth Diapers vs. Disposable Diapers – What’s Best?

By Guest Blogger, April from Mama on a Green Mission

What’s Better – Cloth Diapers or Disposable Ones?

One of the most exciting times in one’s life is finding out you’re expecting a baby. My husband and I found out in November of 2009 that we were pregnant, and I spent a lot of time researching everything under the sun about pregnancy, baby, baby products, etc. I kept very busy during those nine months and at times it was overwhelming because there was so much information. There were lots of things to read about, to learn and to decide on.

The thing I did the most research and reading about was using cloth diapers versus disposable diapers.

Disposable Diapers Take Between 250 to 500 Years to Decompose

At first, I was disgusted about the thought of using cloth diapers. But the more I read about it, the more these thoughts changed. I think the one thing that made me seriously consider using cloth diapers was the one fact that a disposable diaper can take up to 250 to 500 years to decompose in the landfill. [click to continue…]

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Holiday Gift Guide: Top 5 Green Toys and Kids’ Products

With the recent wave of recalls on toys and other children’s products – due to their use of harmful lead paints and dangerous plastics (containing BPA and phthalates) – why don’t you go green and eco-friendly this holiday season?

In today’s shaky economy, don’t waste your hard-earned money on cheap, hazardous products that may cause your child harm. Consider spending your money on products from trustworthy, eco-friendly companies. Plus, going green doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. In fact, when you look in the right places, you can find affordable, green toys that are pretty ingenious.

Here is my Holiday Gift Guide: Top 5 Green Toys and Kids’ Products (in no particular order). All of these products are cheap (under $50) and lots of fun to play with, too!

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Did you know – Traditional Crib Mattress are Toxic?

Today, I’m going to focus on babies. And if any of you have infants or babies sleeping in traditional cribs and crib mattresses, you’ll want to pay special attention. Did you know that infant mattresses can emit harmful fumes?

According to an article I read recently (“Five Problems with Baby Crib Mattresses”), nearly all of the crib mattresses in use today contain polyurethane foam, vinyl (PVC) phthalates, chemical fire retardants, and a variety of industrial toxic chemicals. Since your baby is going to spend at least 10 to 14 hours a day sleeping in his crib, this is rather scary. Your baby is constantly inhaling and breathing in these chemicals.

In traditional crib mattresses, the vinyl surface is actually polyvinyl chloride (PVC) phthalate, which is a hard plastic that’s been combined with chemical plasticizers to make it soft and flexible. Phthalates may sound like a harmless word, but several types of phthalates have been banned by the Consumer Product Safety Commission due to their link to causing cancer, allergies, learning disabilities, and asthma.  In addition to PVC, traditional crib mattresses also contain latex/rubber – a documented allergen that’s unhealthy for infants.

These are just a few reasons why parents should go organic with their crib mattresses or mattress covers. A mattress cover that’s made with wool, organic cotton, or polyethylene will help protect your baby from these dangerous chemicals.

And if you have the money to shell, you may consider buying a special mattress – new on the market – called Heaven Sent Breathable Mattress from Secure Beginnings, LLC. This breathable mattress features a revolutionary design with a passive airflow system (which means that air circulates up and down through the mattress), which helps reduce the risk of your baby re-breathing CO2 (a possible cause of SIDS). It’s a pretty clever invention, though it does come at a price.


Heaven Sent Breathable Crib Mattress

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