Category Archives: BBG Product Reviews

Earth Angel, NYC Company Makes Bath Time Special

I recently joined the 21st century and set up a Twitter account. As I was learning the basics, and trying to figure out what Twitter is all about, I noticed I was being followed by Wanda of Earth Angel. When I clicked on her profile, I immediately checked out her website, and knew I had to try her baby bath products!

After the news which broke a week ago about so… many baby bath products containing Formaldehyde and 1, 4 Dioxane, I have been on the look out for new bath products that parents can feel good about using on their precious little angels. Earth Angel makes these products. All of their products are paraben and phthalate free and absolutely vegan.

I tried the Lavender Baby Shampoo, which left my son’s hair beautiful ,and had just the right amount of scent, nothing too overwhelming. I also had the pleasure of testing the Baby Body Lotion, which worked like a charm, and was not greasy at all.

I asked Wanda what her inspiration was for starting her company, and I loved her answer. She was checking out colleges with her teenage daughter, when she asked her “What was the fondest memory of her childhood?” Her daughter answered, bath time because that was their special time together. The long soaks and getting to use her mommy’s lotion afterward, made her feel special. Wanda wanted to help parents everywhere create fond memories with their children and be able to feel good about the products they were using at the same time.

Earth Angel is a new company, and at the moment their products are being sold online, and at Country Mouse in Staten Island, but will be coming to a store near you soon.

Magic Thermometer

The other day I sent Fred (my husband) to the pharmacy to pick something up. He came back with all sorts of unnecessary items, which he always does. I became enraged when I looked in the bag and found a new thermometer (we have at least 5). This thermometer claimed to be able to take a babies temperature without even touching the baby. I couldn’t understand how Fred could be so easily fooled into believing this was possible.

Thermofocus by Kidz-Med, is a No-Touch thermometer, that gives a 1-second reading by using infrared technology. As I was reading the instructions, I was anticipating the mother ship to come and take me away.

I usually take our son’s temperature the old fashioned way. He gets hysterical if he even sees me going near the thermometer.  I consider myself to be open to new things, so I gave the Thermofocus a try. It was pretty accurate. My temperature read 99.0 F. I tried it on our son, and he loved it!

To use it, you just press a button, which produces two red dots, you have to adjust the position of the thermofocus, until you make a perfect red circle, on either the forehead, neck, armpit, etc, and then you just release the button. It is super easy and fun too.

The Thermofocus can also be used to gauge the temperature of inanimate objects such as food, bath water, formula, and a nursery. It is also FDA approved.

Aquatopia Safety Faucet and Tap Protector

I know that I have been writing a lot about bath time accidents lately, mainly because of some recent upsetting incidents that I have heard about involving children injured in the blink of an eye by scalding bath water.

I wanted to write about Aquatopia’s Safety  Faucet and Tap Protector, because I think it is such a cool invention, and I wish I would have thought of it first! It is a foam cover that uses suction cups to attach to the tub and cover the faucets. It is also machine washable, so when it starts to get a bit yucky, there are no worries to be had.

I think this product is best if used from the time of infancy. Once a child is in a bath seat, or a toddler, they may try to pull the foam down. If they are exposed to this product at infancy, they will be less likely to notice the faucets that are hidden underneath, less curious, and you stand a better chance at is effectiveness.

Solution to Tap Water Scalding

A few weeks ago I learned that a child I know suffered 2nd degree burns when her nanny turned her back for a second and the child turned the bath faucet on, scolding her arm. We always recommend that the water temperature in a house NOT be above 120 degrees.

The problem arises when parents live in a building, where they don’t have control over the water temperature. Baby Bodyguards now has the solution! We came across HotStop Anti-Scalding products. These products are designed to stop water flow if the water temperature reaches a dangerous level.

The HotStop line of products features tub spouts (with and without diverter), shower heads and a hand showers. All four products have the HotStop scald protection built into the fixture.

I installed HotStop in my own shower to try out. I happen to like hot showers and was concerned that I wouldn’t be able to enjoy my shower, but I did. The HotStop didn’t interfere with the temperature I prefer. I then tested to make sure that it worked. I ran the water, and as soon as the water got a wee bit hotter than I enjoy, it shut off, and resumed running once the water cooled down.

If you have any questions or are interested in HotStop, contact us

Great NYC Photographer Offering All of Us a Great Deal

HI Baby Bodyguards readers,

I have very exciting news!!! Elisabeth Millay, who is a very up and coming NYC photographer and a dear friend, is offering all of our readers and clients 20% off her services. I really can’t say enough great things about her, check out her website and you will see what I mean.

She did all the shots for our website, she came to my house, which was full of babies and had the patience of Mother Theresa! She never got frazzled, was kind and professional as could be. My son was in an awful mood, and I was freaked out that there wouldn’t be any good shots, because he was so… difficult. I was amazed when I saw the pictures from the shoot, there were hundreds of wonderful pics, you would never know that he was being “stubborn” that day :)

Here is what she is offering us:

In-home portrait session: 
1-2 hr shooting time 
Website Gallery of 75-100 enhanced images 
5 Enlargements of size choice (4×6, 5×7, 8×10)   
Web Slideshow to send to friends and family
Disc of images for personal home use
Package Price: $450
with Baby Bodyguards Discount (20%): $360 
for more info visit elisabethmillay.com

Baby Organic Products

Wow!!!!wow wow wow!  About a week ago I got my hands on the Baby Organic line made by Nature Paradise. I can confidently say that it is the best organic baby line that I have tried EVER!!! I love this stuff.Their products contain No Pesticides, No Parabens, No Artificial Ingredients, No Synthetic Preservatives, No GMO’s, No Fragrance, No Propylene Glycol, No Phthalates, No Sulfates, No DEA, No Nuts, No Animal Products

Natures Paradise is a family company. They are also the worlds 1st manufacturer to develop ONLY USDA Certified Organic products. I only tried the Baby Organic line, but they make products for the whole family.

I love their Conditioning Shampoo & Body Wash, which comes in coconut or unscented. Most of their Baby line comes in either coconut or unscented. I love the coconut, it is such a nice change from lavender. Their is only so much lavender a mom can take!!!

I am also a huge fan of their moisturizing lotion. I tried it on my son who is experiencing some dry skin patches right now, and it worked great. Ok, I admit, I have been using it too. I just love the smell of the Shea Butter they use.

The whole line is priced so… reasonably, and right now they are offering 15% the entire month of December. They also have lovely gift packages. The Baby Organic Gift Basket, contains everything a new mom needs for baby, such as:  8 oz Conditioning Shampoo & Body Wash, 6 oz Lotion, 3 oz Diaper Cream, 4 oz Baby Powder, 4oz Baby Coconut Oil and 2oz hand Sanitizer along with a puff Sponge for cleaning Baby.

I am so glad I have found this company, and I am sure you will be too!!!

Safe and Ecofriendly Holiday Gifts

I am still procrastinating and haven’t even bought one gift yet, but I came across a great list of sites that have wonderful Baby Bodyguards approved gifts this morning, and I thought I would share.

Check out Oompa Toys . The Wisconsin-based company offers thousands of child- and Earth-safe items. Theit website is easy to use and  you can buy products ranging from toys, dollhouses and stuffed animals to learning games, musical instruments and art supplies to kitchen play accessories, kids’ furniture and tricycles, many items made with organic or recycled materials.

Another great source for kids’ toys is Washington-based Earthentree , which sells dozens of pull toys, rattles, stackers and other goodies to stimulate young hands and minds. All of their products are handcrafted by “fair trade” (fairly compensated) artisans in India using sustainably harvested wood and natural vegetable-based dyes. I also like Hazelnut Kids . Hazelnut Kids specializes in natural, earth-friendly wooden and organic cotton toys for kids and babies, and even offers gift-wrapping with recycled and recyclable paper.

Store Your Baby’s Food in Baby Cubes

I love cooking for my son, and started as soon as I got the okay for him to eat solids. What I didn’t like was the hassle of making his food, and then having to pour it into ice cube trays, and then into zip lock storage bags. What sucked even more, was then having to transfer his food to a container if we were going to be eating outside of the house.

While at a baby shower a few weeks ago, I discovered Baby Cubes. Baby Cubes properly store and freeze home made baby purees. They come in trays of 8 cubes and have lids attached to them. They are stackable which saves space in the freezer, and are great for eating on the go.

Baby Cubes are free of BPA and phthalates are are completely non-toxic. For all of you concerned parents out there, Baby Bodyguards gives Baby Cubes two safety thumbs up