Itsabelly Featured Green Expert on Healthy Child Healthy World’s Safe Nursery Webinar

Check out Healthy Child Healthy World’s video below including Melissa’s valuable tips as a green expert on safe nursery design. She shares tips on how to decorate your baby’s nursery without icky chemicals creating a non-toxic nursery environment for your little one. You can even use these helpful non-toxic tips in the rest of your home not just baby’s nursery!

Additionally, Itsabelly’s Guide to Going Green with Baby book is chockfull of valuable tips on how to go green in every category from diapers to baby’s teething toys it’s all covered in this easy to read guide. Click here to purchase: Itsabelly’s Guide to Going Green with Baby

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Testimonial:

“I found “Itsabelly’s Guide to Going Green with Baby” to be a true lifesaver for this busy first time mom. I was able to talk to girlfriends and family to gain insight on many of the items I would need, but they were not able to provide the “GREEN” perspective I was looking for. The guide book is perfectly organized and easily places the information at your fingertips freeing you from endless hours searching the internet. I really appreciated the personalized touches and details given on what items worked for Melissa and Jennifer (especially what items did not and why). The best part about the book was the practical ideas and view points and not strict marching orders which can make a new mom feel inadequate if they do not comply.”
Stephanie – February 2009 Mother to be

Video of Safe Nursery Webinar via Healthy Child Healthy World 

Going Green on the Cheap for Your Baby – Part 1

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By Jennifer LoPrete, Co-author of Itsabelly’s Guide to Going Green with Baby

Probably the most common praise we receive for our book, Itsabelly’s Guide to Going Green with Baby, is that we offer parents down-to-earth, practical advice on going green affordably. Itsabelly Baby Planners believe that everyone feels good in a different shade of green and we work together to find the best lifestyle choices that match your unique shade of green. A common misconception is that going green takes big bucks. And it can be hard to think otherwise when you see the price tag hanging from the eco-friendly baby rattle or non-toxic baby bottle. Itsabelly Baby Planners work with their clients to find the areas where going green matters the most to the family. When looking at the whole picture of a family’s purchases for baby, we can find areas where we can go green on the cheap.

Our book covers the topic more in-depth, but we thought we’d give you a few sneak peeks and tips here in a series of “Going Green on the Cheap” blog posts. Our first post covers some tips to help you evaluate where to focus your greening efforts. First, really ask yourself what areas matters the most to you in making non-toxic choices. To make it simple, we advise our clients to focus on what goes into baby’s mouth, touches baby’s skin and what baby will smell.

What Baby Eats

  • Once baby is eating solids, try to make homemade baby food. Not only will you save money, you know exactly what baby is eating. With a food processor and blender and a few ice cube trays (The Soft Landing has some fabulous non-toxic eating supplies.) you can freeze batches of baby food. Freezing baby food is also a great way to take advantage of seasonal fruits and vegetables and supermarket sales.
  • At least buy organic on the most pesticide-laden items like dairy and produce. Avoid the “Dirty Dozen” of the fruits and veggies with the most pesticide residue and choose from the “Clean Fifteen” instead. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has a full list of fruit and vegetable rankings.  Download their convenient wallet guide or iPhone App.

What Touches Baby’s Skin

  • Avoid nasty chemicals in diapers and use an eco-friendly diapering system, such as cloth or hybrids like gDiapers.
  • Before buying skincare products, check the EWG Skin Deep Cosmetics database to discover the toxicity of the product’s ingrediens.
  • Beware of skincare products with perfumes. “Fragance” on an ingredient label is often the hiding spot for toxic chemicals.

What Baby Smells

  • Before you paint the nursery, consider using a low to zero-volatile organic compound (VOC) paint to avoid toxic chemicals that cause respiratory, skin and eye irritation, muscle weakness and other serious ailments and diseases, such as cancer, according to the EPA.
  • Many household cleaners contain toxic fragrances and chemicals to clean and shine your home. Use concentrated non-toxic household cleaners. Better yet, make your own! You will be amazed at what a little white vinegar, water and baking soda can achieve. Download this product and recipe guide for non-toxic household cleaners from the Washington Toxics Coalition.
  • Baby will spend most of their day sleeping (hard to remember when you are up at 3 AM, but it is true). Consider splurging on a non-toxic mattress so baby isn’t inhaling the off-gassing chemicals found in many traditional mattresses. Healthy Child has an informative guide about toxins in mattresses. We like Naturepedic, Pure Beginnings and NaturalMat.

Itsabelly Partners with Kibbn (the best shopping in town)

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By Windy Gossett, Itsabelly Seattle

Itsabelly is excited to partner with Kibbn. Kibbn is a little shop based in the Seattle, WA area that scours the globe for the awesome-est gear for your kids and family. Windy, Itsabelly’s Seattle Baby Planner is now writing regularly for Kibbn’s blog and sharing our baby product favorites list, see it here. Check out her first post on how a Baby Planner’s tips on going green with baby:

A Baby Planner’s Tips on Going Green with Baby

Stay tuned for more Kibbn & Itsabelly news!

Tips on How to Throw a Green Baby Shower!

By Eliana Eissler, Itsabelly Baby Planner, Chicago

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Each day become more aware of the tremendous impact we have on our environment, and with that awareness comes a sense of responsibility as to what each of us can do to be more ecologically conscious. Many of us have taken our first steps toward eco-living by reducing waste in our homes, consuming organic and sustainable products, and ridding our living spaces of toxic materials and chemicals. It only makes sense to put even more emphasis on Green living when preparing for the arrival of a baby, not only to provide them with the most natural and healthy start in life, but also to set a great example from the beginning. With taking all of these things into consideration, what better way to start going Green with your baby than to throw a Green baby shower? You will be amazed at how easy it can be, and how much simpler than organizing a traditional baby shower!
Reducing waste:

  • Go with ceramic or porcelain dishes, regular silverware, and reusable glasses. In the end, everything can be thrown into the dishwasher and there will be no carbon footprint traced back to you! Also use reusable cloth table linens, not only are they eco-friendly, they also add a touch of class to your table settings!
  • Instead of balloons, go for fresh-cut flowers artistically placed in empty glass bottles.
  • If serving cocktails, use diaper pins to spear fresh fruit and garnish the drinks (which will, of course, be served in re-usable glassware!)

Food & Drink:

  • Divy up the responsibility so that several guests each bring one dish. Visit local farmer’s markets for fruits and veggies, even your flowers for decoration.
  • Serve organic wines and beers, or create a signature cocktail you can make yourself using organic vodka and fresh organic fruit juice!

Decorations:

  • Add ambience using soy candles in recycled glass jars, or baby food containers.
  • Decorate with articles that can be used by Mom later, such as using clothespins to hang multi-colored onesies on a string, or placing wooden blocks and toys on tables! Be creative!
  • Instead of a guestbook, purchase an organic cotton or bamboo onesie that each guest can sign with permanent marker! This is an original keepsake that Mom is sure to treasure forever.

Invitations:

  • The most eco-friendly way of inviting guests is to go paperless and use online invitations, such as Evite
  • If you don’t want to go paperless, a new trend emerging is to use “plantable invitations“, printed on special seed paper, which when planted in soil produce wildflowers! What a wonderful eco-friendly way to remember a special event in your life!
  • Finally, you can always make homemade invitations using recycled paper and pressed flowers for an earthy organic touch.

Gifts and Wrapping:

  • Many local Green baby stores offer gift registry service, which is an easy and convenient way to ensure your guests (some of which may not yet be well-versed in Green living) give gifts that are truly needed and earth-friendly.
  • Give your own gently-used baby clothes that you no longer need as a very personal eco-friendly gift! When my friend Ana was expecting her baby girl, and I was on a budget, I took a diaper bag I never used and filled it with some of my daughter, Isabel’s, gently worn clothes that no longer fit her. I just saw Ana, and her daughter Kaja, on Sunday and it gave me such joy to see Kaja wearing an adorable onesie that used to belong to Isabel!
  • To avoid any waste whatsoever, an original and totally ecological gift is to find one of many online services that will plant a tree in honor of the expecting family and their baby.
  • Green cleaning products, such as Seventh Generation are also a great and practical gift, since there will soon be many messes to clean up!
  • Of course, an excellent gift would be Itsabelly’s very own Guide to Going Green with Baby , the very first book to help parents through the confusing maze of eco-friendly baby gear, as well as provide advice about organic and natural family living!
  • Instead of gift bags or wrapping paper, use recycled Green tote bags, bandanas, cloth diapers or baby blankets to wrap your gift! These are all items that will come in handy in the future.

Party Favors

  • Have linen napkins monogrammed with the baby’s initials and wrap organic candies or almonds in them, finishing them off by tying up with organic ribbon!

Planning a Green baby shower is not only a fun and productive way to get your creative juices flowing, it is also a great way to celebrate the arrival of a new life in an earth-friendly and natural way. Happy planning!