Why wooden teething rings are great for baby

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About wooden teething rings. We have a lot of teething babies in our community and I found wooden rings to be a great choice to soothe tender gums. It is a much better alternative to plastic or silicon teething rings. Not only baby doesn’t chew on BPA and other nasty materials but some woods, like maple, have natural antibacterial properties.

But wood is porous. How about the germs?
I did some research about how to finish wooden rings and found the following options: beeswax protects the wood and makes it water-resistant but it is wax and I don’t like the idea of using it for baby’s mouth (personal choice), blend of beeswax and olive oil (olive oil can go rancid), olive oil alone, and ….  coconut oil! Coconut oil cleans and polishes any wood and has also antibacterial properties. Like olive oil, it is a vegetable oil, but one of the great things about it is that it has a long shelf life (2 years) because it is slow to oxidize due to a high content in saturated fat. Some people use coconut oil to clean and protect their cutting board!

Taking care of wooden rings:  So I finished my rings with organic virgin coconut oil. No dyes, no pigments of any kind so it is non toxic and safe. Then what? Wooden rings can be washed in warm water and soap and retreated with either coconut oil or another blend of your choice. See below the difference between an unfinished ring and one treated with coconut oil.

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Because Easter is approaching fast, I made some bunny ears using scraps of hemp / organic cotton fabric. The back is the natural hemp / organic cotton fleece I love, besides it shows the wrong side of the fabric as opposed to having the fleece side apparent, so there is no lint in baby’s mouth!
Visit the shop to buy them.
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Blue: organic drooling bibs and baby cloth wipes CurlyMonkey

They are new in the shop, they are organic and they are super soft!

Created for teething babies AND older kids (my 5 years old is wearing his brother’s in the last pic below), this is the ultimate bib for drooling kids. In blue (Limited edition) or Natural for sensitive skin.  Composition: 55% hemp/ 45% organic cotton fleece.

Large enough do have the job done without sacrificing comfort and softness.

www.curlymonkey.com

We have also listed the matching organic cloth baby wipes.

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organic blue hemp fleece baby bib

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organic hemp fleece baby bib

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My 5 yo wearing his brother’s bib

 

organic blue baby cloth wipes

organic blue baby cloth wipes

Prop 37: Right to know

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“The first wealth is health.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you haven’t watched Genetic Roulette yet, here is a 10 mn remix. As my 8 years old daughter is learning about the food chain and California is getting ready to vote on Prop 37, the debate about GMO is on fire. There are 9 currently GM food crops: soy, corn, cottonseed, canola, sugar beets, papaya, zuchinni, yellow crookneck squash and alfalfa. I have to admit I did not know about the last 4 ones 😦

GMO have been linked to serious health risks*. Do you think we have the right to know what we put in our bodies? Do you think we have the right to make an informed decision? I sincerely do.

*Read the article here.