Avoid hidden toxins in kid products

When you become a parent, you want to extend your eco-awareness to your kids so that they too can reap the benefits. Sure, you’ve chosen cloth diapers and are careful about recycling and packing nutritious, organic lunches, but what are you missing? Chances are some things you haven’t even thought of. Check out four of the most common mistakes parents make when trying to raise healthy, happy, natural kids.

1. Hidden Chemicals

Just because a product is labeled as natural or even organic does not mean that it is a healthy choice. In fact, many common seemingly healthy products aimed at kids are filled with harmful chemicals. Check out this amazing book, Excitotoxins: The Taste that Kills, to find out the truth about the dangers of common preservatives and food additives. What you’ll find is that there is concrete scientific evidence against common substances like MSG found in a variety of foods (not just Chinese food!!). These harmful additives are used as flavor enhancers and represent a billion-dollar-business. The problem is that they are also making us sick.

The good news is that we can do something about this. Check the labels of foods and stay away from packaged foods that contain an abundance of chemicals. Also, be careful because seemingly harmless ingredients such as “enzymes,” “hydrolyzed vegetable protein,” “natural flavors” and “spices” are sometimes food additives in disguise! Two of the biggest culprits aimed right at our kids are Campbell Soups and Lunchables.

2. Toxic Toys and Clothes

We live in a world where quantity is often chosen over quality — especially when it comes to our kids’ clothes and toys. Even the most environmentally aware parent can get caught up in a wave of seemingly never ending consumerism. Worse yet, parents often end up buying an abundance of toys and clothes for their children that are actually toxic and harmful to their health.

In fact, according to the New York Daily News, dangerous levels of lead and hazardous chemicals continue to pop up in some popular children’s products like Barbie Bike Flair Accessory Kit and the Dora the Explorer Activity Tote. Also, conventional clothing can retain toxic chemicals that can cause rashes. So what is a parent to do? Check out wonderful websites like that offer a variety of clothes and toys that are safe, educational, high-quality and eco-friendly.

3. Over Juiced

Sure, consuming some juice is OK for our kids’ health, but nowadays over consumption of juice is becoming a real problem. So much so that even the American Academy of Pediatrics has issued a policy statement about “The Use and Misuse of Fruit Juice in Pediatrics.” According to the AAP, drinking too much juice can contribute to obesity, the development of cavities and gastrointestinal problems such as diarrhea, excessive gas, bloating and abdominal pain. Also, according to NRP, a California environmental group has found amounts of lead in bottled juice, juice boxes and packaged fruit that exceed federal limits for young children. And compounding this problem, juice boxes are often not recycled and end up littering our landfills.

4. Carbon Kid Print

When is the last time you calculated your carbon kid print? Um….never? If you are like many parents who calculate their individual footprint and its impact on the environment, you might realize that you’ve never even included your kids in this equation – or started a conversation with them about how they can have a positive impact on the environment. Thankfully there is this wonderful website called ZeroFootPrint Kids Calculator that can help.

The site consists of five easy to understand categories: Transportation, What You Eat, Home & School, What You Use, and What You Throw Away. After the amounts are entered, the site tallies the results in terms of carbon dioxide emitted per year. Plus, one of the best parts is that kids can see how their results compare to those in different countries such as Australia, Brazil and China.

Best natural products for kids. Check us out on Daybreak April 4th!

Now that spring fever is in full swing, it’s the perfect time to revamp wellness strategies for your kids. To help you out, we’ve found some standout natural products that are aimed at making parents lives easier and kids healthy, happy and whole. Take a look and let us know which natural products you count on for your little ones! Also, make sure to check us out on Colorado’s Daybreak this Wednesday morning! We will be on the show to discuss these wonderful products.


Quit Nits
Did you know that according the the American Academy of Pediatrics between 6 to 12 million school age children get head lice each year? Thankfully, Quit Nits offers a safe and effective solution for this uncomfortable condition. The product was invented by a mother of three who sought a natural way to prevent head lice in her own kids. Make sure to check out the testimonials. This product has really changed people’s lives!

Rain Tees
Every RainTee is handmade in the USA with eco-friendly fabrics and features original artwork created by children living in countries facing environmental destruction, poverty, and little or no access to education. RainTees began by donating school supplies to children living in endangered rainforests and now works with children in need all over the world. For every tee sold, a tree is planted in a critically endangered area of the world. Isn’t that awesome?! After you pick out shirts for your kids, make sure to check out the super cool tees and tanks for women, too. Now this is what we call style with substance.

Clementine Art
This company features a full line of natural paint, glue, modeling dough, crayons and crayon rocks that are completely natural and fun for kids. All products are certified non-toxic and environmentally friendly. In addition to the products being natural and safe, all Clementine packaging is made of 100 percent post consumer recycled and reusable materials. Great for the kiddos and the environment!

Zoe Organics
Zoe means “life,” and their mission is to celebrate and protect the lives of children, family, community and planet through their line of pure and organic products for pregnant women and babies. Their line of gentle baby products includes the award-winning diaper balm, baby balm, extreme cream, baby massage oil, gentle hair and body wash and baby bath tea. Each product is made with love that you and your little one will feel. Plus, the products smell and feel amazing on the skin. Count on these products to induce those wonderful giggles from wee ones at bath time.

Madhava Natural Sweeteners
As parents, we are always looking for easy ways we can cook healthier foods for our kids. One simple way is to utilize alternative natural sweeteners from Madhava. Since 1973, Madhava Natural Sweeteners has been providing pure natural sweeteners that offer healthier alternatives to highly processed sugars and artificial sweeteners. Madhava’s delicious, sustainable products include Pure Honey, Organic Agave Nectar, and new Organic Coconut Sugar. Look on their site for easy ways to remake your fave recipes. We love the brownie recipe and your kids will love it, too!