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For Moms & Moms-to-be, Nursery

Now available at Green Bambino!

No Comments 12 July 2014

HALO™ Bassinest™ Swivel Sleeper:  Safer for Baby.  Easier for You.

The HALO™ Bassinest™ Swivel Sleeper is the only bassinet that rotates 360 degrees for the ultimate in convenience and safety. Now your little one can sleep as close as you like, while still safely in his own separate sleep area, reducing the risks associated with bed-sharing. In addition to bringing baby close, it swivels to make getting in and out of bed hassle-free. Its unique design means baby is visible at your eye level, allowing you to soothe your baby quickly, while mesh walls provide maximum breathability. In addition, its patented side wall lowers and returns automatically, allowing you to tend to your baby while still in bed – ideal for all mothers (especially those recovering from C-sections). Its stable, adjustable base fits next to almost anybed. Recommended for babies up to five months of age or 20 pounds (maximum weight is 30 lbs.) Also includes a soothing nightlight, sounds, music, 2 levels of vibration and nursing timer.

  •  Rotates and swivels 360 degrees to bring baby to you for close, safe sleep.
  • Sidewall lowers so it’s easy to stay in bed while tending to your baby, and can be locked if desired.
  • Unlike other bassinets, its 360 degrees rotation makes getting in and out of bed hassle-free.
  • Ideal for nursing mothers and mothers recovering from C-sections.
  • Sturdy, stable 4-point base adjusts to fit most beds from 22” to 34” tall.
  • Base easily tucks under bed and requires only 32” clearance from wall, making it ideal for small spaces.
  • Includes nightlight, 3 soothing sounds, 3 lullabies, nursing timer and 2 levels of vibration, all with 30-minute auto shutoff.
  • Includes 100% polyester coordinating fitted sheet.
  • Made from polyester that wipes clean with a damp cloth. Sheet is machine washable.
  • Includes 2 storage pockets to keep baby’s essentials close by
  • Requires 3 AA batteries – not included
  • Polyurethane mattress pad is waterproof and contains no toxic flame retardants.
  • Recommended for babies up to five months of age or 20 pounds (9.1 kg.); maximum weight is 30 lbs (13.6 kg). Use should be discontinued when infant shows signs of pulling up, rolling over, pushing up to kneeling position.
  • Independently tested to meet or exceed all U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission and Health Canada safety standards for bassinets. JPMA certified.

 

4000_2$249

 

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News

Green Concepts cleaners now available

No Comments 06 June 2013

We’ve discovered a fabulous new line of eco-friendly, baby-safe cleaners! Green Bambino is proud to be the first and only retail store in Oklahoma to carry the Green Concepts line of household cleaners.

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Green Concepts is approved by the Daycare Association of Oklahoma and is used in many hospitals and corporations. We here at Green Bambino have been testing it out for weeks, and we’re impressed. Here’s a breakdown of the products – all are citrus-based and made in the United States:

#1 All Purpose Cleaner

  • Great for all washable surfaces. We’ve used it on granite, stainless steel, bathroom counters, bathtubs, toilets and even litter boxes.
  • Neutral PH of 7.
  • No rinsing required – won’t leave a film or haze.
  • Quick-drying
  • Non-allergenic; no Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).
  • Readily biodegradable – returns to its natural substances in 28 days or less once in the water supply.

#2 Neutral Disinfectant Cleaner

  • Cleans and disinfects all washable surfaces (to disinfect, spray and let sit for 5-10 minutes, or until dry)
  • Eliminates odors (really – our owner used it on the litter box!)
  • Fragrance-free, non-allergenic.
  • Kills mold, mildew and many of the top infectious diseases (cold, flu, staph, HIV and more)
  • Great for cleaning and disinfecting toys

#40 Neutral Cleaner

  • Safe for any washable surface, but especially good for all hard floors including wood and tile. (We’ve used it on most household surfaces and find it to work very well. It’s a bit gentler than the All Purpose Cleaner.)
  • Safe for children to walk or crawl on, even when wet.
  • No rinsing required; won’t leave a film or haze on your floors.
  • Non-allergenic, no VOCs.

Graffiti/Stain remover

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  • This little bottle packs a big punch. It really does remove graffiti (our general manager tested it on his neighborhood playground), but it’s safe enough to remove Sharpie from toddlers’ hands (yep, he tested that one, too!). Spot test on painted or finished surfaces.
  • $9.95 each. Available in larger sizes by special order.

The All Purpose Cleaner, Neutral Cleaner and Neutral Disinfectant Cleaner are currently available in quart spray bottles for $8.95. Bring your spray bottle back to refill for just $4.95. Gallons, gallon refills and quart/gallon combo sets will be available in the near future.

Morgan now keeps a bottle of each cleaner in both bathrooms and the kitchen. We hope you’ll stop in soon to try out these fabulous cleaners – we’re sure you’ll love them as much as we do!

News

Save money and the earth…cloth diapering on a budget

No Comments 20 May 2013

Many families choose to cloth diaper their children for the cost savings. When you consider that using disposable diapers over two and a half or three years will cost approximately $3,000 to $4,000, it’s hard not to consider the cost savings cloth diapering provides.

We are often asked by curious families what’s the least amount of money needed to cloth diaper a child. We’ve run a couple of scenarios to show you just how little investment cloth diapering requires.

*Most cloth diapering families spend approximately $500 on a diaper stash. This allows for several different styles of cloth diapers, more diapers to allow for daycare, babysitters, etc., an extra wet bag and diaper pail liner and more cloth wipes.

For simplicity, we’ve used the following baselines:

  •  These scenarios include enough diapers to wash every other day. You can technically get by with just enough diapers for one day, but you’ll spend a lot more time washing and your diapers will wear out faster, possibly requiring you to purchase more diapers before your child has potty learned.
  •  We are not including the energy or detergent costs for washing diapers as these can vary greatly depending on many factors. In general, you can factor in a penny per diaper, per washload in water and electricity costs. This can be reduced by line drying regularly.
  •  Sales tax is not included in our totals.
  •  You can recoup much of your upfront cost by selling your gently used cloth diapers when you are finished with them.
  •  There are many, many ways to cloth diaper. These are just a few recommendations.

Scenario #1: Flats and covers

  • 30 birdseye flat diapers @ $1.75 each = $52.50
  • 4 Econobum One Size diaper covers @ $8.95 each = $35.80
  •  2 Thirsties Hemp Inserts 2-packs, 1 size one, 1 size 2 (for nighttime diapering) @ $9.00 each = $18.00
  •  2 15-count packs OsoCozy cloth wipes @ $11.95 each = $23.90
  •  1 Kissaluvs diaper pail liner @ $14.95
  •  1 Thirsties wet bag @ $7.95

GRAND TOTAL = $153.10

*To add some variety and color to your stash, you could substitute Sweet Pea One Size diaper covers for an extra cost of $8.00. Substituting a Sweet Pea wet bag will add $2.00.

Scenario #2: Econobum by BumGenius

  • 2 Econobum full kits (12 one size prefolds, 3 OS covers, 1 wet bag) @ $48.95 each = $97.90
  •  2 Thirsties Hemp Inserts 2-packs, 1 size one, 1 size 2 (for nighttime diapering) @ $9.00 each = $18.00
  •  2 15-count packs OsoCozy cloth wipes @ $11.95 each = $23.90
  •  1 Kissaluvs diaper pail liner @ $14.95

GRAND TOTAL = $154.75

We’ve made an effort to make budget cloth diapering realistic, so we included inserts for nighttime absorbency and more than the bare minimum number of wipes. For us, cloth diapering needs to be practical, and constantly running out of diapers or wipe or washing every few hours isn’t practical.

An added bonus of diapering with flats and prefolds is that these two styles of diapers have the longest life span of any cloth diaper. You really can diaper all of your children, your friends’ children and your grandchildren with flats or prefolds!

News

10% off all Sbish/Sloomb for Mother’s Day

No Comments 11 May 2013

Happy Mother’s Day! Today only, May 11, all Sustainable Babyish/Sloomb products are 10% off. Included in the sale:

  • Underwoolies – great a lightweight covers, trainers or underwear
  • Bamboo fitteds – supremely absorbent
  • Wool Covers
  • Wool Longies

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New Products, News, Nursery

Lullaby Earth crib mattresses

No Comments 29 March 2013

Green Bambino is excited to announce the arrival of Lullaby Earth crib mattresses! These affordable mattresses start at $169 and are non-toxic, don’t off-gas, and can even be recycled! Available in single-stage (same firmness on both sides) or dual-stage (firm on one side for infants, softer on the other side for toddlers).

We are constantly on the lookout for products that make your life easier while reducing your family’s eco-footprint. We think Lullaby Earth achieves both at an amazing price. Stop by soon to see these new mattresses in person!

Lullaby Earth Super Lightweight Crib Mattress

Designed to be easy for mom and safe for baby, the Lullaby Earth Super Lightweight Crib Mattress delivers the perfect balance of features. Weighing a mere 7 lbs, it’s a breeze to change the sheets. It also features a waterproof design (even on the edges where most crib mattresses have seams), a firm and durable construction, square corners for a snug fit, and of course, no harmful chemicals or allergens. Meets the strictest GREENGUARD® certification standards for eliminating chemical emissions. Measures 27.5″ x 52″ x 6″ and comes with a lifetime limited warranty. Proudly made in the U.S.A.

  • Lightweight – Only 7 lbs
    Changing the sheets on a crib mattress can be a challenge. The Super Lightweight Crib Mattress makes changing the sheets a breeze! At 7 lbs, you can get the job done easily, so it’s no hassle to give your baby a clean crib.
  • Waterproof + Seamless edges
    Lullaby Earth crib mattresses are truly waterproof (unlike many “water resistant” models). They are even waterproof on the edges where most crib mattresses have seams. Just wipe up any mess with regular soap and water and you are good to go! A waterproof mattress makes for a more hygienic crib environment. By keeping fluids out of the mattress, there is a lower likelihood of mold or mildew growth. The waterproof surface doubly functions as a dust mite / bed bug barrier and is so pure that it even meets food contact standards!
  • Firm Support
    Firmness is one of the most important features in a crib mattress. A soft crib mattress can sag, making it much more difficult for babies to shift positions or roll over if they are uncomfortable or having trouble breathing. In addition to a firm design, strong side and edge support adds structural stability, making the Lullaby Earth mattress an excellent choice for toddler beds.
  • 2-Stage Dual Firmness  (dual-stage mattress only – $199)
    Firmness is one of the most important features in a crib mattress. The Lullaby Earth 2-Stage crib mattress offers the best of both worlds – a firmer side for infants, and a softer side for toddlers. In addition, strong side and edge support adds structural stability and makes the Lullaby Earth mattress an excellent choice for toddler beds.
  • No Harmful Chemicals or Allergens
    Even in very small amounts, chemicals can have a negative effect on a baby’s development. The Lullaby Earth crib mattress was designed to be free from harmful chemicals and allergens. Just to be sure, they are tested for chemical emissions and meet the strictest level of certification: GREENGUARD Select. They completely avoid polyurethane foam (including eco/soybean foam blends) as well as conventional fabrics such as vinyl/PVC, urethane coated nylon and PFC treated damask.
  • Snug Fit in Standard Size Cribs and Toddler Beds
    Measures 27.5” x 52” x 6” with square corners.
  • Lifetime limited warranty. Proudly made in the U.S.A.

Car Seats, New Products

Introducing the Clek Foonf

No Comments 21 March 2013

Green Bambino now carries Clek Foonf convertible car seats!

This amazing child restraint is the narrowest in North America and will fit 3 across in many cars, and rear-faces easily in cars like the Subaru Impreza. With a 50-lb rear-facing weight limit, your child stays in the safer RF position longer. Blue Moon and Snowberry are in stock now, with Heart Shades, Shadow and Flamingo coming soon. As with all of our seats, we have floor models you can (and should) take out to your car to test fit, and a car seat install/check is free with the purchase of a child restraint from Green Bambino.

Starts at $499.

Coffee Talk, News

Keeping your family healthy

No Comments 04 February 2013

Note from Green Bambino: We are excited to welcome guest blogger Kara Carrero. She is a mom local to us that is passionate about raising her new family in an eco-friendly way. Read more of her blog posts through the link at the bottom, and look for her guests posts on our site once a month.

Simplicity of Staying Healthy – Precautionary Measures

Flu and sick season has been brutal this winter, and it has probably become top priority for you to keep your family safe and healthy. In trying to maintain a natural lifestyle, you also may be leery of receiving a flu vaccine or medicine in general. The solution to this problem is very simple – wash your hands!

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We have all been told by our mothers that we should wash our hands and now as many of us are parents, we tend to relay that advice to our own children. It seems like such an easy solution, but it is probably one of the most overlooked precautions in keeping our families healthy. So the questions you should probably ask yourself are “does my family really wash their hands enough?” and “are we washing our hands correctly?”.  As suggested by both the CDC and the Mayo clinic, wash your hands the following way to help avoid sickness:

  1. Wet your hands. It does not matter whether it is hot, warm, or cold water as long as it is running water.
  2. Use soap. This is the soap of your choice. It can be a bar of soap or liquid.
  3. Rub your hands to build up the lather. Continue washing and rubbing your hands in this fashion for at least 20 seconds. (Usually “Happy Birthday” twice if you’re not speed singing).
  4. Rinse your hands. After you have scrubbed those germs, wash them away with running water.
  5. Dry your hands. Use some sort of clean towel, or air dry to be more environmentally friendly!

If this is not possible, it is recommended that you use a hand sanitizer – we prefer CleanWell sanitizers. They are triclosan-free and based on the oil of thyme.

On top of hand-washing, don’t forget to keep your hands away from your face this time of year. In a recent study, “…researchers found that they touched surfaces in public spaces about 3.3 times each hour, and their mouth or nose about 3.6 times each hour.” All of this to say that the simple, small changes in washing your hands more often and touching your face less often may be what keeps the flu away from your household this year.

Finally, for the vulnerable babies in our families, a simple probiotic may be just the source for helping fight the germs they encounter. Since kids’ immune systems are not fully developed until at least age 6, extra support of beneficial bacteria can help fight all the bad bacteria and sicknesses. Probiotics can aid in issues from digestion to combating stomach bugs. Even in infants, probiotics can be a great precaution in helping your little ones stay healthy. As our family has been around several bugs, our 3 month old daughter has yet to come down with anything and is staying very healthy. We simply wet a fingertip and dip it into a powder version of probiotics and give it to her before feedings.

Precaution is truly the best and simplest measure we can all take in protecting our families both young and old.

Wishing you good health in 2013,
Kara

(For other tips and advice on eco-friendly living visit Kara’s blog http://ALLterNATIVEliving.blogspot.com and join discussions with other natural mothers on the OKCrunchy Moms’ Network on Facebook. Advice or suggestions in this or any other blog post should never replace the advice of your physician.)

References Used

Boice, J. (2012). The green medicine chest: healthy treasures for the whole family. New York: Morgan James.

CDC – Handwashing: Clean Hands Save Lives. (2013, January 11). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. http://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/

Clinic Staff. (n.d.). Hand washing: Do’s and don’ts – MayoClinic.com. Mayo Clinic.  http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hand-washing/HQ00407

Not touching face may help cut flu risk – Health News – NHS Choices. (2012, December 3). NHS Choices – Your health, your choices. http://www.nhs.uk/news/2012/12December/Pages/Not-touching-face-may-help-cut-flu-risk.aspx

 

News, Tips & Tricks

Cleaning Legos with Charlie’s Soap

No Comments 03 February 2013

I love Charlie’s Soap. We use the laundry detergent on all of our laundry, and the Indoor/Outdoor all-purpose cleaner is just about the only household cleaner we use any more.

Today, we got out daddy’s old (and I mean 25+ years old) Legos for our son to play with, but they were pretty dusty and grimy. What to do?

Bust out the Charlie’s Soap, of course!

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We filled a medium-sized sweater bag about halfway with Legos, poured in a glug or two of full-strength Charlie’s Soap Indoor/Outdoor concentrated cleaner and filled the sink about halfway with warm-to-hot water. Swish for a few minutes, watch the water turn yellowish and gross, then rinse a few times by refilling the sink with warm, clean water.

Then we poured the Legos into a colander to drain while we put them in small batches through the salad spinner to get out the water. Finally, we laid them on towels in a bucket to dry completely.

P.S. This cleaning method would work well for any toy that is fully submersible.

News

Birth Boot Camp is coming to Green Bambino

No Comments 08 January 2013

Birth Boot Camp is coming to Green Bambino! Instructor D’Andra Parsons will be hosting a Meet & Greet at Green Bambino on Saturday, January 12 from 9-12. Come take a look at the Birth Boot Camp materials and talk with her about whether Birth Boot Camp is the right childbirth class for you!

Birth Boot Camp is committed to training couples in natural childbirth and breastfeeding through accessible, contemporary education. The 10-week series class series starts January 25, 2013. Classes will meet Friday evenings from 6-8 pm. The class is perfect for couples who are due in April or May. Class fee is $295, and includes 20+ hours of class time, a full color 150 page student field manual workbook, a Breastfeeding: The Ultimate MRE DVD with a full breastfeeding class led by Mellanie Shephard, IBCLC, and weekly email resources. Space and class size is limited, so reserve your spot today! Check out D’Andra’s website, www.arbucklebirth.com, for detailed class descriptions and additional information, or contact her at dparsons@birthbootcamp.com.

New Products, News

Welcome the Lillebaby COMPLETE carrier!

3 Comments 17 August 2012

We are excited to announce the arrival of the brand new Lillebaby COMPLETE baby carrier in Oklahoma!

One of the reasons we are so excited about the COMPLETE is the picture above – the Airflow carrier is made of 100% cotton and 3D mesh, and is so breathable you can see through it! After another hot Oklahoma summer, we are thrilled to offer what might be the coolest soft-structured carrier on the market.

We also love the COMPLETE because you wear babies from 7 lbs to 45 lbs – but no infant insert is needed for use with newborns, saving you money. It has a padded chest/back clip and optional lumbar support as well. Everything on the COMPLETE is adjustable – shoulder straps, waist belt, head support, etc.

Anyone who comes into Green Bambino asking about babywearing will quickly learn what big fans we are of ERGObaby carriers. We’ve owned an ERGO since my son was 10 months old (he’s now 4 & 40+ lbs) and still use it. As much as we love our ERGO though, there are a few things that could be improved, and Lillebaby has created a carrier that solves those issues.

Our big issue with the ERGO is my son’s height. He still fits weight-wise, but he’s so tall, he dangles in the ERGO as the body of the carrier isn’t wide enough to support his thighs. He tends to pitch forward, squishing his sensitive bits against my back. Foot holds or stirrups would help get him back in a comfortable seated position and take that pressure off. I asked ERGO about developing stirrups a year ago, but they didn’t seem keen on that idea.

This is where the Lillebaby COMPLETE carrier shines. They’ve created ingenious stirrups ($13.95/pair) that slide onto the carrier belt and adjust to fit any size child. My son pushed and stretched against the stirrups and the velcro held securely. Your secret tip of the day – the Lillebaby stirrups fit on ERGObaby carriers, too! So if you already have an ERGO and love it, but need foot rests for your child, all you need are a pair of Lillebaby COMPLETE stirrups!

The Lillebaby COMPLETE carrier is currently available at Green Bambino in organic cotton ($135 in three colors) and the Airflow style ($115). Four conventional cotton colors ($110)  will be available in the near future.

 

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