Metro Mama & Metro Baby

By Kim Taylor

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The Veda BABY product collection, created by New York City-based pediatrician Natalie Geary, combines ancient ayurvedic principles of health with quality ingredients and soothing, calming herbs. No topical preservatives are used in this baby skin care line, and all products are free of dyes, fragrance, petroleum and animal ingredients. The vedaBABY line includes butt balm, super-intense butt balm with 40% zinc oxide, bath soap, baby shampoo and body wash, intense cream for dry skin associated with allergies, calming skin balm, chunky butter cream so rich that you can’t pump it, and daily soothing body cream. This line is safe enough to eat! That’s worth remembering when you have wee ones who cram everything in their mouths. Visit www.vedababy.com.

Organic herbal teas for tots that tackle colds and flues, upset tummies and sleeplessness are now available from the Traditional Medicinals “Just For Kids” organic tea line. Cold Care and Throat Coat will take the edge off of colds with organic ingredients such as elderflower, linden flower, peppermint leaf, sage leaf, wild cherry bark and other long-tested herbs. The Nighty Night tea for children contains only linden flower, chamomile flower and hibiscus, and the Tummy Comfort tea contains organic lemon balm leaf, chamomile and peppermint. Kids will love the cartoon graphics, and these mild herbs are bagged in child-size doses. The scientist parents who created this line know that if the teas don’t taste good, kids simply won’t drink them – so that’s covered. Order up at www.traditionalmedicinals.com or call 1-800-543-4372. Parents will find quite a lot for adults at the site too.

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Another gentle, notable skincare line for baby is the loveable Lil Dipper line, which contains hypoallergenic, non-irritating, nourishing products completely free of dyes, petrolatum, mineral oil and chemicals (and not tested on animals). The shampoo wash has a mild lather and light, fresh scent due to lavender, chamomile and apricot extracts. Yum! The baby lotion moisturizes with vitamins, aloe and lavender, and the diaper cream is as soothing as second skin. Lil Dipper also offers individually-wrapped wipes in boxes of 40, which is a godsend for moms on the go who don’t want to lug around a heavy tub of wipes. Visit www.lildipper.com and make a certain little someone happy.

Moms whose young children are deeply involved in a project, particularly on a long rainy day at home or while at a restaurant table, know the value of such an engrossing, enchanting toy. The Sculpey Clay Club series is just that toy – the one that saves the rainy day. This line offers non-stick clay (you can use it in the car too!) in a variety of colors in packages with add-on items and easy, 3-step instructions. For example, the Sculpey clay kit called Alien Friends comes with three colors of clay, soft black fabric balls and a pipe cleaner to create a memorable alien. This clay is non-toxic and can be baked in the oven if your little sculptor wants to preserve a work of art. The boxes read “Ages 6 & up,” but I can vouch for five year olds: they love them too. Stock up by the barrelful at www.sculpey.com.

Pampering Mommy with Satin Clouds Ultra-Soft 100% cotton pads for make-up removal and for swabbing little ears may seem like a little thing, but it’s rendered monumental with this brand. Once you’ve tried these new luxury mini-pillows, it’s impossible to settle for less. Satin Clouds hail from San Francisco and can be ordered online at www.satinbox.com/catalog/clouds.php.

Originally published May 2006
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