“We believe moms deserve options that are both safer for their children and healthier for our planet. In fact, we think that’s pretty much the only option. It’s time to mother nature.”
If you have been reading this blog for any length of time, you have read time and again how I am trying to make our household as non-toxic as possible. This means, the plastics are on their way out the door (I wish it were just that simple). No matter how safe a particular number/type of plastic is, it is still plastic. How can I be certain that something else (that they will probably find 10 years down the road) isn’t leaching into my kids’ food and beverage?
One way I can do this is by providing my children an alternative. “The clear and simple alternative to plastic”… glass! But not just any glass, Kidishes kid-friendly tempered glass.
Why tempered glass?
Tempered glass is toughened glass (about 4 to 5 times stronger than standard glass). It is manufactured by a process that give it strength enough not to shatter into sharp pieces. Yes, it is breakable, but it really can take a beating (or dropping) on to hard surfaces without a break. And when it does break, it usually shatters into small fragments that aren’t sharp, so it’s durable AND safe. (It’s the same type of glass they use on car windows!)
Are these dishes microwave and dishwasher safe? Check, check!
My 3 year old son loves to drink from the same type of glasses we do, but it just makes me cringe to see him drink from them (knowing how fragile they are). Almost daily we make smoothies, but I can’t exactly put a smoothie in a sippy cup for obvious reasons. Before Kidishes, I was forced to put his smoothies in those horrible plastic cups that you get when you go out to eat at restaurants. The thought of all the toxins leaching out was really getting to me. So I am extremely thankful for Zoë b giving us this opportunity.
Was I brave enough to try chucking the dishes across the room or dropping them on the floor? Nope. But I will tell you that my son has knocked over the glass on to the table on several occasions. The glass survived every time.
Bottom line: Can we get some for the adults?
Buy it: Kidishes offer bowls and plates in two different sizes and two sizes and styles of tumblers in sets of 4 or 6. Prices range from $17.99 to $33.60.
An On the Go Sleepy Hat was the other item we had the opportunity to review. Have you ever positioned blankets, car window screens and other items so as to keep the sunlight from your sleeping child’s eyes? I know I have. Actually I most recently did that with our stroller during one of our adventures to the zoo. Draping a blanket over the stroller is not a very breathable option, and having a blanket partially hanging out of the car window and blocking the driver’s vision on that side of the car is not the best option either.
These USA-made hats are made to solve just that problem. Just put one of these thick, soft, breathable and 100% organic cotton hats on your baby flipped (or folded) upwards. When he or she falls asleep, just fold down the mask. It’s designed to block out light and visual stimulation, so that the baby can go to sleep and stay asleep restfully. (Sadly, the hat does nothing to block out the sounds an older sibling’s tantrums.)
Unfortunately, this summer’s heat wave (that has lasted us nearly ALL of summer) has made it next to impossible to try these out without some major fuss sessions. I tried putting this hat on my infant daughter a couple of times, but she refused. It’s just that hot around here.
However, I can still give you my hypothetical opinion. And I still really wish that I had one during our car trip back from the west coast and even on the plane trip to the east coast. The sun was just so bright that neither of my kids would stay asleep for too long. One thing I know for sure is that this nifty little hat will be our traveling companion on our car trip south this holiday season. I am hoping it will be worth its weight in gold (I have a feeling it will).
Buy it: On the Go Sleepy Hats are priced at $16.99. It’s a little pricey, but keep in mind that you are paying for organic fabric and an American made product. You can be sure that what will be going on your baby’s head and eyes is completely safe.