Shopping Guide: Organic Children’s Pajamas

So you bought the organic mattress and the organic sheets. You found a beautiful wooden crib and painted the nursery with VOC-free paints. You are confident that your sleeping baby will be resting on materials free from harmful chemicals. But what about those fabrics that separate baby from the bed? Pajamas and other clothing come closer to baby’s skin than just about anything else, so it is important to choose jammies that are made with the safest materials.

Shopping Guide: Non-Toxic Bedding for Babies & Kids

When I was pregnant and shopping for baby gear, I gave the most attention to where my babies would sleep. After all, babies spend more time asleep than awake. Safety was my primary consideration – not just whether they would be physically safe and not roll out of bed or get their head stuck between the crib bars, but also whether they would safe from harmful toxins. Children develop at a rapid pace and their bodies are not always efficient at resisting or excreting contaminants. In other words, all of those toxins in the environment have a big impact on your growing child. So, I chose bedding and mattresses constructed from organic, all-natural materials.

Shopping Guide: Natural Stretch Mark Treatments

Pregnant bellies are beautiful, glowing signs of new life. They are also itchy, tight and susceptible to stretch marks and saggy skin post-childbirth. The use of pregnant belly balms, oils and creams can help keep your skin supple and hydrated. While they won’t stop stretch marks completely, these products can help with the itchiness and tightness. Below is a list of belly balms and creams that are made with natural and organic ingredients. And they are formulated specifically for pregnant women.

Shopping Guide: Disposable Diapers

I applaud all of you parents and caregivers who are able to use nothing but cloth diapers. I wasn’t so dedicated. When I wasn’t at home, I brought along disposable diapers. Of course, I always tried to choose brands that were not only safe for my baby but also kinder to the environment.

Shopping Guide: Baby Wipes

At home, I used cloth baby wipes when changing diapers. But when I was out and about, I found disposable baby wipes so much more convenient. I really tried to use nothing but cloth wipes and diapers but it was causing more stress than I was willing to handle. Plus, disposable wipes are great for wiping hands, faces and car seats too. I still use them now even though both of my kids are well out of diapers.

Shopping Guide: Diaper Rash Care

Only the safest and most natural products should be applied to your baby’s skin. This includes diaper rash creams and balms. Some people swear by creams, others by ointments and others by balms. I have included a selection of each. These products are in no particular order and none have an EWG rating of more than 1 (meaning they are super safe and natural). I always used California Baby Diaper Rash Cream and Motherlove Diaper Rash & Thrush Relief with my kids and found both really effective (although I would not recommend California Baby for open cuts because it can burn). I used The Honest Company Healing Balm in lieu of petroleum jelly for things like lubricating thermometers.

Five Ways to Resolve to be a Green Parent This New Year

For me, New Years Day is a time to think about how my life has changed and what my priorities and goals have become. Then I try to work toward changing how I do things so that I meet my goals. In other words, I try to live life as simply as possible and not waste time on things that really don’t matter to me. This list of ways to be a green parent looks somewhat different than it would have when I first started all of this ten years ago. I think it is more manageable, less product focused, and more affordable.

More All-Natural Non-Toxic Cologne for Men

Last year, I shared a post with ten non-toxic men’s colognes for Father’s Day. Since publishing that post, I have removed a couple of the colognes after discovering they weren’t so natural after all. But I have also discovered four new options, thanks to my readers. You can find these all-natural, non-toxic men’s colognes listed below. I realize that it’s probably a little late to get any of these for Christmas (unless you have Amazon prime) but maybe you know a special guy with a birthday coming up (like my husband). And please continue to let me know if you come across any other great finds.

Shopping Guide: Pregnancy Pillows

Sleeping on your side (SOS) is the best sleep position for pregnant women – especially your left side. The use of a pregnancy or body pillow helps to make this…

Getting a Comfortable Sleep While Pregnant

Although everyone needs sleep to function well, sleep is especially important for pregnant women. One poll found that more than 75% of women slept worse during pregnancy. Many pregnant women suffer…

Shopping Guide – Morning Sickness & Nausea Aids

Whether you suffer from a touch of “morning” sickness or you can’t hold anything down at all, you are probably desperate for some relief. Around 80% of pregnant women experience…

Why You Should Use Menstrual Cups

I am going to get a little personal now. I love menstrual cups. They seriously changed my life. In my teenage and young adult years, I was a devoted tampon…

Shopping Guide – Menstrual Products

The vagina (or hoo-ha as my two-year-old calls it) is not a part of the body that should be ignored. In my opinion, if you are going to use a…

Shopping Guide – Swim Diapers

If you have a baby and like to go to the pool, you are probably spending a fortune on swim diapers. Even if your baby doesn’t soil them, they are…

Stopping Weeds Naturally in Existing Walkways and Borders

If your yard is anything like mine, right now it is teeming with abundant plant life – in other words, weeds. And if you are anything like me, words like…

Shopping Guide: Lubricants

Natural lubricants aren’t exactly the first thing people start shopping for when they begin purging toxins from their personal care products. But they should not be overlooked – especially if…

Should I Feel Embarrassed to Breastfeed my Toddler?

Who cares? Well, it turns out I do. Just a little bit. As my two-and-a-half-year-old daughter gets older, I’m finding myself wondering whether I should stop nursing her. If it…

Welcome to the New One Part Sunshine!

I hope you like the new look of One Part Sunshine! I decided to make some pretty big changes both to the look and the functionality of my site. I’m hoping that these changes will make the site easier to use for both you and me!

Looking for a Partner to Join Me at One Part Sunshine

I am looking for a partner for my blog at If you have always wanted to start a green parenting blog, this is a great opportunity to get involved in a site that is already up and running! I really need a partner who loves to write and who is very interested in green parenting. This person would become primarily responsible for the blog while most of my efforts would focus on maintaining the overall site. If you are interested in talking with me about this opportunity, email me at cindy (at) onepartsunshine (dot) com.

Picking Fruit and Loving Nature

One of our favorite summer activities is picking fruit. The kids love filling up baskets full of fresh berries or ripe peaches. And I love seeing their purple-stained grins after they shove a handful of newly-picked blackberries in their mouths. There really is something almost magical about seeing where fruit comes from and enjoying it so freshly picked. Picking fruit is also a fantastic way to get kids excited about nature.

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