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20% off at ReusableBags.com! May 15, 2008

Filed under: Eco-Friendly Living — Rachel @ 6:30 pm
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Mamas, I just came across this 20% off discount that I had to share!  If you’re planning to buy a reusable, stainless drinking bottle or a SIGG, you should take advange of this coupon for www.ReusableBags.com.  Reusable Bags is the most popular site for safe, reusable drinking options and they have lots of other great products too.

1. Visit www.reusablebags.com
2. Add desired items to cart
3. Proceed through check-out
4. Redeem your special code: Enter the following  code in the Gift Certificates/ Discount Coupons section: 102275.
5. Complete check out process (discount will be shown before confirming the order).

Special offer is valid from 5-1-08 to 5-28-08. One use per customer.

My family uses the Guyot bottle (100% BPA Free in Stainless Steel), which is most like the Nalgene (but not plastic!).  I’ve also been eyeing those adorable lunchboxes by Mimi the Sardine lately.  If only my daughter needed one…

 

Foogo – The Ultimate BPA-Free Sippy Cup February 28, 2008

Filed under: Baby & Toddler — Rachel @ 6:53 pm
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We’ve been there, ladies.  You know what I mean.  We bought them, used them, washed them.  Some leaked.  Other’s were a pain to wash.  Still others couldn’t pass the “drop” test.  And the winner is… Foogo, by a mile!

First Years Take ‘n Toss Sippy Cup ($3):  These plastic sippy cups are bpa-free and cheap, but that’s about all I can say for them.  They wear out easily if you have a toddler that likes to chew on the cup.  Worst still, they pop open when dropped. 

Sigg Baby Water Bottle ($16):  This adorable water bottle is enticing.  It’s an aluminum bottle with an inert, water-based epoxy lining.  Personally, I’d rather use stainless steel.  The real deal-breaker is that the sport bottle-like spout is too hard for little ones to use.  Ditto on the attached lid.  Hold off on this option until your child is closer to 4 years old. 

Avent Naturally Magic Cup ($6):  In my opinion, these bpa-free plastic sippy cups are rather unattractive.  Mine ALWAYS leaks.  It definitely has a baby-ish look, so your child will yearn for something that a “big kid” would use before long.  Skip it. 

Safe Sippy Cup ($15):  The Safe Sippy is such a cool-looking cup.  My 3-year-old loved it from the start.  The hard, round sippy spout was a turn-off to my 1-year-old.  He will drink out if it, but it took about a month to convince him.  I love that it’s stainless steal and that it has the thermoplastic bpa-free outer sleeve to keep hands from freezing.  However, I can’t say that we’ll be buying more.  The lid is very difficult to screw on and off properly.  Without a perfect fit, the lid leaks like crazy.  Plus, when you dishwash the Safe Sippy Cup, water gets stuck between the stainless cup and the sleeve.  To dry it properly, you should remove the sleeve.  Unfortunately, replacing the sleeve is so difficult that I make Daddy do it!

Klean Kanteen Sippy Cup ($18-20):  This is my runner-up sippy cup.  It’s stainless steel, easy to wash, and easy to open and close.  My 1-year-old likes the sippy spout and my 3-year-old still thinks it looks cool.  The best thing about the Klean Kanteen is it’s versatility.  You can pop out the sippy spout and put any silicone Avent nipple in to instantly create a bpa-free, high-quality baby bottle.  Plus, you can buy the Klean Kanteen Flat Cap ($3) to convert the sippy cup to a simple stainless steel water bottle – perfect for your older child.  So, why do I prefer the Foogo?  Well, the Klean Kanteen has no outer sleeve and is not insulated, so it’s cold to baby’s touch.  Plus, it’s a little more pricey. 

Foogo Sippy Cup ($16):  This stainless steel sippy cup was an instant hit with my little 1-year-old.  He waited impatiently as I removed it from the packaging and literally threw a fit when I took the time to wash it before giving it to him.  He loves it and so do I.  The lids screws on and off so easily.  The cup does not leak.  It washes well.  Liam likes the sippy spout – this cup is his first choice.  My favorite feature is the insulation.  How nice to know that it keeps drinks cool for up to 6 hours, all the while keeping his hands warm.  I definitely pack this cup for outings.  The only downside on the Foogo Sippy Cup is that the handles are NOT removable.  You have to buy it with or without handles.  Really, handles aren’t necessary for most babies and they can get in the way in the diaper bag.  I suggest going without unless your child has trouble holding a normal cup. 

We offer many BPA-free baby bottles and sippy cups at our family business store online.  You can shop for safe, non-plastic bowls and baby utensils too at EuphoriaBaby.com.

 

BPA-Free for Your Pregnancy February 11, 2008

Filed under: Pregnancy — Rachel @ 9:36 pm
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A little review…  BPA, a common component in clear plastic, is a hormone-disrupting synthetic estrogen. According to the studies (like this one: http://www.chej.org/BPA_Website.htm) even at very low doses, BPA’s mimicry of estrogen caused prostate and breast cancer, early onset of puberty, obesity, hyperactivity, lowered sperm count, miscarriage, diabetes, and altered immune system in animal studies.  It’s not hard to see that this hormone-like chemical could be the reason for growing concerns in our culture including: fertility problems, cancers, and early onset of puberty. 

Media attention has been focused on BPA in baby bottles and sippy cups.  But BPA-free should begin during your pregnancy!  While your baby is developing in the womb, he or she is especially susceptible to environmental toxins and poisons.   Here are some steps you can take to safeguard your child’s health.

Cooking & Storing ContainersBPA leaches from plastics during routine use and especially when a product is heated.  It is not wise to cook, store, or serve in these plastics.  Many plastic containers will reveal the plastic type in the recycle triangular symbol at the base.  Protect your baby by examining your storage and cooking containers.  Plastic types 6 or 7 probably have BPA content.   Plastic types 2, 4, and 5 are considered safest.  Sometime a container does not have a plastic symbol, but don’t assume that high-quality products will be safe.  My Tupperware Rock n’ Serve and Heat n’ Serve containers (both meant to be used in the microwave), were made of plastic type 6 – BPA contaminated plastic.  I discovered this after contacting the company because no information was revealed on the product.  Whenever possible, replace your plastic containers with glass or metal options.  All plastics leach to some degree and who knows what future studies will reveal. 

Drink Bottles:  It’s sad but true that your favorite Nalgene bottle emits BPA!  That’s right, Nalgene has long loved and used polycarbonate plastic, which can only be produced by using BPA, to create bottles that are transparent, hard, and particularly shatter-resistant.  During pregnancy, we all drink a lot of water – or try to.  Replace your water bottle with a stainless steal option.  Guyot, Klean Kanteen, and Sigg all make portable water bottles designed to protect the purity of your water.  At Euphoria, we recently purchased the Guyot and we love it!  Also, don’t simply reuse those plastic bottles in which bottled water is packaged.  Those bottles are packaged in type 1 plastic, which is completely safe for single use but completely unsafe for multiple uses.  Type 1 plastic is designed to break down quickly for recycling purposes.  At home, check that your drinking cups aren’t made of type 6 or 7, and drink out of glass whenever possible.

Canned-Foods:   This area is a little more challenging, but just as key as the others.  Did you know that many canned food manufacturers line their cans with plastics or resins that include BPA?  And, unfortunately, there are no government safety standards limiting the amount of BPA in canned food.  The Environmental Working Group (EWG) sponsored a study with an independent lab that examined 97 cans of name-brand fruit, vegetables, soda, and other commonly eaten canned goods (http://www.ewg.org/reports/bisphenola).  Over 1/2 of the cans included the toxin BPA.  Tragically, canned infant formula was the worst offender.  The lab reports, “analysis of our tests reveals that for one of every five cans tested, and for one-third of all vegetables and pastas (ravioli and noodles with tomato sauce), a single serving would expose a pregnant woman to BPA at levels that fall within a factor of 5 of doses linked to birth defects — permanent damage of developing male reproductive organs.” If you’d prefer NOT to eat food marinated in BPA, your best bet is to eat less canned food.  Another option is to contact your favorite canned food manufacturers.  For example, I visited the Muir Glenn website and quickly discovered that they line their cans in an enamel, not plastic.