Helllooo friends! So lately Emily has been writing these natural living posts, but I figured I'd pop in to talk a bit about our current favorite toddler products. I keep promising myself (and you guys too) that I would update my list of favorite vegan and natural products--- but time, it keeps slipping. And with a current minor double dainty wrist injury (more on that some other time)--- you can imagine everything is taking double (and triple) the amount of time. But anyway--- I keep side-tracking lately--- SO I have a few natural living posts of my own planned (some hair, some random, but all personal day to day things--- that I'm planning to get to in the next few weeks. For now though, I figured I'd talk a little bit about my (and our) favorite day to day natural/vegan toddler products.
Really, the natural product options are endless these days. There's no reason not to choose natural, organic, and/or cruelty-free options for your kiddos (and yourself) as often as you can. This is just a smallish round up of what we're currently using--- we hope you'll like some of them (who knows maybe you already use and love them)--- either way, we hope you get out there and try some natural, safe, and cruelty-free products. It feels nice-- physically and emotionally, ya know? :) These are some of our favorites:
Sunscreen: I get asked this a lot. My typical go to has been Alba-- lately I've been trying out Block Island. Emily votes for Badger. I haven't tried Badger, but I actually have heard really great reviews on it. I think pretty much all my natural go to mama's have voted Badger. Admittedly, we don't use a lot of sunscreen-- even here in south florida. Our best sun protection? Limiting high sun time. But if we know were going to be outside during high sun time, we lather up.
Body Wash: I typically recommend California Baby--- mainly because you can find it at most everywhere--- natural co-op stores and your run of the mill everything store. Like, Target probably carries it. The price tag can be a bit off putting, but I swear one bottle lasted us an entire year, if not long (and yes, she bathes regularly). But really, theres a lot of options out there. We plan on probably maybe discussing our favorite natural soaps later. God knows I've tried a million (for fun).
Shampoo: So uh, neither one of us actually use shampoo on our own kids. I accidentally asked Emily to draw this--- I actually use the conditioner version of this---- as well as a conditioner to wash with. I'm sure the shampoo works great-- I've actually loved all the Poofy products I've tried, but haven't tried the actual shampoo since we don't use it. So yeah, the leave in conditioner is where its at. Great for tangles great for whatever. Emily uses baking soda on Lily (they're both doing no-poo, like I tried a while ago).
Toothpaste: Toothpaste weirds me out--- I mean the neon colors and sparkles? yuck. And I won't get into the fluoride no fluoride debate--- use what you think is best. But I think we can agree that having the organic and natural option for something your kid is going to be putting in their months--- and probably swallowing is a good idea. For kids there's a fruit punch or cherry option (diva number: 1640) . Our non organic pick up in the store option is Jason's. Emily chooses Tom's.
Oh and lotion, Both Em and I hands down agree: coconut oil.
And as always, if you have favorites you love in your home, please feel free to leave them in the comments. We love discovering new products-- and I'm sure others will too :)
Alright, friends--- I'm off to answer emails and give my grandma wrists a break. Happy wednesday, everyone!
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