Ivette Ivens captures the adorable friendship between her infant son & his puppy born on the same day

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Mini Rodini's elephant print clothing collection pays homage to loveable pachyderms

by 08/12/15   filed under: eco baby clothing, eco toddler, green baby, green kids, kids clothing

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Today is World Elephant Day and we’re celebrating beloved pachyderms by highlighting Mini Rodini’s irresistible clothing collection for babies and kids featuring a sweet, endearing elephant print on a herd of items including hoodies, onesies, sweatshirts, sweatskirts, bibs, beanies, sweatpants, leggings and dresses. Founded in 2006, the Stockholm based children’s brand makes their clothing using GOTS certified organic fibers with the mission statement: “since we are working with children’s clothes, the control of chemical use and measures taken for long-term sustainability is of the utmost importance to us.” So let your little one wear his/her love of elephants on her sleeve with an item from this hip collection.

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Growing number of U.S. companies roll out paid parental leave policies that enable parents to enjoy baby's first year

by 08/12/15   filed under: news, parenting

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When Adobe announced Monday that the company would be offering up to 6 months of paid leave for new moms, the U.S.-based tech firm joined the ranks of a growing number of companies who are FINALLY recognizing the value and necessity of more generous, compensated parental leave policies. For employees at Adobe, birth mothers get 26 weeks leave, 10 weeks of which are considered medical leave and another 16 weeks of parental leave. Primary caregivers, such as those who become new parents through surrogacy, adoption, or foster care, get 16 weeks. Non-primary caregiver parental leave was increased to four weeks at full pay. The new Microsoft parental leave policy, which will begin November 1st, offers up to 20 paid weeks for mothers who give birth and up to 12 paid weeks for non-birth parents. Read on for a few more parental leave policies that have recently been announced.

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Bleebla wooden animal blocks mix timeless design with sustainable production

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School feeding project aims to stop child labor in Egypt

by 08/11/15   filed under: education, news

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For hundreds of thousands of children in Egypt, attending school isn’t viewed as essential as helping out the family by working. Child labor is a critical issue in Egypt, where lack of access to primary education and undernutrition are also considered widespread concerns. A new collaboration between the European Union and the World Food Programme aims to respond to these issues by providing an incentive for 100,000 children previously working or about to enter the labor market: a daily nutritious snack during school hours as well as take-home food for their families. The daily snack, a date bar enriched with vitamins and minerals, provides 25% of children’s daily nutritional needs, and the food rations will include rice and oil (and approximates the value of the child’s lost wages). The children must maintain an 80% attendance rate, which means that the support of their families is essential. The four-year project will include 651 schools and also aims to provide 50,000 mothers with training for income-generation activities of their own, in lieu of enlisting their children to support the family.

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Famous OTO's adorable cardboard food trucks are playhouse paradises for little foodies

by 08/11/15   filed under: eco play, green kids, kid friendly, kids entertainment

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Cardboard may seem humble and not particularly glitzy, but parents know this recyclable, biodegradable material is worth it’s weight in gold for creating houses, hamster playgrounds, or movie scenes. Or in the case of Famous OTO, awesome food trucks that will make any budding chef jealous. Designed and illustrated in Brooklyn and manufactured in Philly, Famous OTO’s trucks are made using non-toxic, food grade materials and are comprised of 33% recycled cardboard. 

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10+ easy science experiments that will inspire and astonish kids of all ages

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Target will remove gender-based signs in kids' sections including toys and bedding

by 08/10/15   filed under: eco play, kid friendly, parenting

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Target stores are responding to customer feedback by removing gender-based signs from several departments, including children’s toys, entertainment, and children’s bedding. Gender equality advocates, including numerous parents, are applauding the announcement and citing it as a way to enjoy a less pink-or-blue defined shopping experience. The movement towards encouraging children to choose products based on their interests instead of their gender has become increasingly popular, especially since information regarding the impact of assigning gender to products has come to light. Boys and girls are believed to play less together from an earlier age due to gender-stereotyped toys and such toys may even influence future career choices. Signage and other details such as the colors on the walls of shelves will be changed to be more gender neutral. Target is the latest (and one of the largest) retailers to announce such changes. UK-based Toys R Us agreed to go gender neutral almost two years ago.

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EWG releases new dirty dozen guide which lists the top 12 cancer causing chemicals

EWG releases new dirty dozen guide which lists the top 12 cancer causing chemicals

Adopting a healthy lifestyle and eliminating habits that are detrimental to your well-being are critical keys to reducing your risk of cancer. However, as Environmental Working Group…

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PlanToys' modern table and chair set is the perfect starter desk for toddlers

PlanToys' modern table and chair set is the perfect starter desk for toddlers

The perfect starter desk for your toddler, and an excellent space for creative endeavors, the PlanToys table and chair set has a sleek bent wood design and multifunctional aspects…

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spbang reusable silicone bags offer a stylish way to ditch disposable plastic baggies

spbang reusable silicone bags offer a stylish way to ditch disposable plastic baggies

Made entirely of non-toxic, FDA-approved silicone, these reusable spbang snack and sandwich baggies come in bright bursts of different colors to make lunchtime cheery and green. Each…

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Color 'n Eggs matching game teaches tots their colors in English & Spanish

Color 'n Eggs matching game teaches tots their colors in English & Spanish

If your tot loves adorable baby chicks, here’s a sweet new matching game that will keep him giggling as he learns. The Color ‘n Eggs matching game by BeginAgain combines…

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Designers band together to fight SIDS in "Elephants Never Forget" exhibition

Designers band together to fight SIDS in "Elephants Never Forget" exhibition

A herd of customized Eames elephants are heading to London for designjunction2015 to raise awareness for Teddy’s Wish charity in a whimsical exhibition called “Elephants Never…

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12 eco-friendly backpacks for tweens & teens

12 eco-friendly backpacks for tweens & teens

Kasum Backpack The 100% upcycled, water-resistant and limited edition Kasum Backpack features nicely padded handles and straps, quick zippers, and a laptop compartment designed to fit…

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Depression screening recommended for ALL pregnant and recently postnatal women

Depression screening recommended for ALL pregnant and recently postnatal women

One in seven women experience depression during their pregnancies or first year postpartum, but new moms and moms-to-be often remain silent about their struggles, whether it be due to…

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"The Places You'll Feed" offers a humorous view of breastfeeding written in the same vein as a Dr. Seuss book

"The Places You'll Feed" offers a humorous view of breastfeeding written in the same vein as a Dr. Seuss book

The Places You’ll Feed may look like a Dr. Seuss book, but even a pro like Seuss probably couldn’t have tackled the topic of breastfeeding with such humor and insider…

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12 sets of cheerful (and free!) printable lunchbox notes to brighten your kid's school day

12 sets of cheerful (and free!) printable lunchbox notes to brighten your kid's school day

1. Pastel notes from Tiny Me Robots, dinosaurs, watermelon and monkeys riding scooters, what’s not to love about this pastel-hued set of printables from Tiny Me? The printables…

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Consumer Reports wants parents to know that most children don't need to take a multivitamin

Consumer Reports wants parents to know that most children don't need to take a multivitamin

Okay, parents, time for a collective sigh of relief: choosing the right daily multivitamin for your child can be crossed off your To Do list. According to Consumer Reports, most…

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