Shop Smarter: Disposable Diapers

There are good reasons to say no to conventional disposable diapers: “The chlorine bleach that’s used in them leaches the carcinogen dioxin into the environment, and the fluid-absorbing chemicals in the liner can cause skin irritation if ripped,” says Erin Ihde, research/project manager at the Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center in Hackensack, New Jersey, who suggests avoiding diapers that contain …

Eco-Chic Maternity Wear

Your search for beautiful, comfortable, and earth-friendly maternity clothing is over! KIWI shopped online to introduce you to four sites that offer everything you need for a stylish and sustainable pregnancy wardrobe. Our picks: One-Stop Shop Online maternity store Boob carries everything from day dresses (the Cameron maxi dress is shown at right) to swimsuits, all made from super-soft organic …

Party With a Pop!

Inspired by the rocket’s red glare, this rocket craft will help you celebrate Independence Day in style. Materials Scissors Cardboard from an old cereal box Glue, nontoxic Hole punch Toilet paper tube Paint, nontoxic Newspapers or magazines, recycled Hemp cord Tissue paper, recycled Rubber band Instructions Paint and decorate a toilet paper tube, which will be the body of the …

Baby Keepsake Books We Love

Milestone books contain the precious details of baby’s first year, so it’s no wonder they’re a favorite among families. The pages become a treasure trove of memories. Whether you know someone who is pregnant or are expecting yourself, we guarantee you’ll fall in love with one of the four keepsake books showcased below.  Baby’s First Year: A simple Book of …

The Power of Touch

New research from Huntington Hospital in Huntington, New York, points to the benefits of skin-to-skin contact between babies and their mothers after a cesarean birth. When women underwent scheduled cesareans for the second time and were given time to bond with their babies immediately following the birth, they reported a more positive overall experience compared to their previous scheduled cesarean, …

Mother’s Day Gifts for Eco-friendly Moms

Looking for the perfect present for an eco-conscious mom? Look no further! We went shopping and chose 11 gifts guaranteed to make her feel special. Poppy Picnic Eye and Cheek Palette This portable makeup palette is perfect for on-the-go moms. We especially love the spring-inspired shades and floral case ($38, tarte.com). Organic Natural White Wine From Frey Vineyards, America’s first organic …

20 Videos to Help Kids Learn About Our Planet

In honor of Earth Day, we searched the Internet for videos to teach kids about science and nature in fun, engaging ways. Here, top KIWI picks from five of our favorite YouTube channels. AsapSCIENCE The clever, hand-drawn animations in this video series are sure to capture your child’s attention. Each episode explores an interesting question, offering simple but scientific answers. …

Smart Stackers

Ring stackers have long been considered a great starter toy for children because it promotes fine-motor-skill development. “But these toys do more than boost dexterity, ” says Kirsten Cullen Sharma, Psy.D. and clinical assistant professor at the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at NYU Langone’s Child Study Center in New York City, “They can also encourage cognitive development.” The …

Natural Nursery Paints

Preparing a nursery is exciting—but when it comes time to pick the perfect shade for your baby’s walls there’s more to consider than style. Conventional paints are chockfull of chemicals that may be harmful to your baby and the environment. Here, we break down the information you need to know to make a safe, healthy choice for your child’s bedroom. …