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1. BornFree’s safe & smart feeding line
BPA-free, phthalate-free and PVC-free, Born Free was the very first company to offer safe, BPA-free plastic bottles, cups and pacis. And get this—their sippy cups and bottles feature a venting system designed to reduce colic and middle ear infections in babies and toddlers. How’s that for smart design? No wonder celebrity moms like Halle Berry, Heidi Klum, Jennifer Garner, and Naomi Watts feed their little ones with BornFree. Pacis $6.50; bottle twin-pack $20; trainer cup $10; teether $10, available at retailers throughout Greater Sacramento, including Whole Foods, and at NewBornFree.com.
2. Baby Legs organic leg warmers
These adorable leg warmers for infants & toddlers are super-cute and super-practical—and they pair really well with infant carriers and onesies. Baby Legs offers an organic line made with 80% organic cotton (nylon and spandex comprise the rest of the material, for a snug fit). And they come in a zillion adorable patterns and colors. Celeb style icons like Angelina Jolie and Halle Berry have been spotted dressing their tots in Baby Legs. And Gwen Stefani’s son, Kingston, has been seen wearing his outgrown Baby Legs as toddler arm warmers… a genius solution for spring weather. $12-$15, available locally at Me Gusta Baby in Auburn, and online at BabyLegs.com.
3. Gro Baby green diapering gear
Ditching disposables is one of the best things new parents can do for the planet—and their family budget.Gro Baby’s cloth diapering system offers reusable outer shells in cute colors and biodegradable organic cotton soaker pads. When baby needs a change, you just snap in a fresh soaker pad, and toss the wet ones in your diaper pail for wash day or for your service to pick up. They’re biodegradable and non-toxic, too. (For the uber-eco-friendly, they’re even compostable.) Many stars choose cloth diapers, including actors Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard. Less that $19 a month, available at green baby boutiques and Gro-Baby.com.
4. Moby Wrap organic cotton baby carrier
Moby wraps are available in great colors. They hold baby firmly in place and close to your core, so mom—and dad!—can go hands-free. And they really save your back, since you’re not shifting baby’s weight from hip to hip or from your arms. They also have enough stretch for discreet breastfeeding coverage. $60, available at Goore's in Sacramento and online at MobyWrap.com.
Editor's note: Babywearing was in the news recently with the Infantino SlingRider recall. (The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a warning against certain types of slings for babies under four months.) But this centuries-old practice has many benefits, too, as attachment parenting advocates and celeb moms like Brooke Shields have happily attested. Click the link above for info and safety tips, or, to learn more about baby wearing's benefits, visit TheBabyWearer.com.
Amy Crelly frequently writes on topics related to health & wellness.
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