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The Consumer Product Safety Commission does not offer any guidance on crib rail cover safety. That’s unfortunate, because parents need to know what to look for in a crib rail cover and how to make sure it’s installed safely. Plastic crib rail covers have limited value and create potential hazards. They snap off too easily and do not absorb drool. While packaging will indicate if the plastic crib rail covers are BPA and phthalate free, parents may also be uncomfortable with potential off-gassing of the products when they come out...

Living a natural life appeals to a lot of people. You can live healthier, eat better, be less worried about the harmful things in your family’s bodies, and even save money. Here are some ways you and your family can adopt a more natural lifestyle. 1. Cook from scratch – This is a tough one for a lot of families, but you can do it if you put your mind to it. Processed foods come laced with harmful preservatives because manufacturers need their products to sit on shelves as long...

It’s March now, which means spring is just around the corner. Many of us in warmer states are already feeling winter let up. Spring is a time for new beginnings and rebirth, so it’s the perfect opportunity to breathe some life into our homes. Here are some ways you can prepare your home for spring. 1. Start opening up those windows – Nothing says spring like fresh air. Try to open your windows a little bit every day. Keep your interior doors open too, so fresh air wanders in and...

“Living green” and “going green” are trendy buzzwords that have been thrown around over the last ten years, but what does it really mean to adopt a green lifestyle? 1. It means choosing to buy products made through green, sustainable methods Whenever you go to buy a new product, ask yourself if it was made through environmentally sustainable methods. What ingredients were used? What chemicals or toxins were added? How did it affect the landscape and local ecology? What type and amount of fuel was consumed in its production and...

If you’re like most families, you have a cabinet of cleaning products beneath your kitchen sink. But many of these products contain harmful chemicals you would never let near your family if you knew what was inside them. When it comes to choose safe cleaning products, use these tips. 1. Examine the ingredients – Before you buy anything, you should check the label. If a product doesn’t tell you what’s inside it, you should never buy it. You have no way of knowing if these products contain harmful ingredients if...

Gardening isn’t a popular hobby these days, especially for children. It’s tough work and takes a while to see results. But it’s also enormously satisfying to eat a salad of something you grew yourself. Gardening is a great way to teach the importance of hard work and patience. It’s also a fantastic way to improve your organic lifestyle because you can bring those homegrown, 100% safe foods into your kitchen. Here are six tips to start a garden with your kids. 1. Pick easy plants – Some plants take considerably...

If using eco-conscious alternatives in all facets of your life is a priority for you, then you’ll love this one. Cleaning products are known for using super toxic ingredients to cut the grime and gunk. Most families have just accepted that a few harsh toxins are necessary to get things sparkly clean. Well eco-friendly friends, we’ve got some alternatives that you can make at home for tackling dirt. Get ready to tap into your DIY spirit. 1. Natural Tub Grime Killer - Grapefruit and Salt You can replace the nasty...

For the sake of your families, it’s best to buy organic wherever you can. Many products aren’t available in organic varieties, so we have to do without, but many items are being made with safe ingredients and processes these days, like furniture, bedding, clothing, toys, and food. If you’re looking to adopt an organic lifestyle or you just need some tips on doing it right, read below. 1. Do your research – You probably have a lot more option for organic food in your community than you know of. You...

The new school year is the perfect time to examine our habits and find ways that we can all be healthier. Here are some ways you can keep your kids healthy at school. 1. Pack lunches for your child I’m sure schools would love to provide healthy lunches, but everyone has a budget. Most aren’t able to provide organic, farm-to-table options. You’ll have to take matters into your own hands. It’s a lot more work than handing your kid $5, but it’s worth it. 2. Use backpacks safely I know...

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