The Minimalist Baby Rattle

November 28, 2009

Filed under: Product Reviews — Baby Eco Trends @ 1:55 pm

The Timbur Heirloom Wood Rattles remind us that it’s never too early to appreciate art.  Available in two styles (Maple/Purpleheart & Maple/Padauk), they are the opposite of the mass produced plastic practically-disposable toys that are far too common on toy store shelves.  Designed by a husband & wife team, Ezra & Ania, these rattles are unlike anything we’ve seen.  You would be forgiven for mistaking them for works of art.  This rattle is made of beautiful hardwoods, filled with real shell beads and is a genuine one-of-a-kind heirloom toy.

Each Timbur rattle is finished with a non toxic blend of natural oils & wax and is moisture and stain resistant.  With an organic shape, this rattle is easy for little hands to grip and offers a smooth, rounded chewing surface & a more defined chewing surface to offer relief to sore gums.  If you’re looking for a holiday gift that will make a real impact & last for years to come, this is it.

Maple is the best known of the three hardwoods used in the Timbur Heirloom Wood Rattles.  Maple is a source of syrup, lumber, butcher’s blocks, smoking chips as well as various ornamental uses.  Even its seeds have been used as a source of food.  Maple is considered a tonewood, or a wood that carries sound waves well, and is used in numerous musical instruments. Maple is harder and has a brighter sound than Mahogany, the other major tonewood used in instrument manufacture.  Maple trees are a major source of pollen in early spring before many other plants have flowered and are important to the survival of honeybees.

Exotically beautiful and durable, African Padauk (Pterocarpus soyauxii) is often called the ‘Wood of Kings’. It is also known as mukwa, narra, barwood, corail, African coralwood, muenge, mbe, mbil, mututi, ngula, vermillion and yomo. About as heavy, but stronger than oak, African Padauk is highly valued and makes beautiful furniture, cabinets and musical instruments. Because of its great strength & exceptional decay resistance, padauk has been used to make seaworthy boats.

King Solomon chose padauk for the pillars of his temple. French Kings Louis XV and Louis XVI also favored a red-orange padauk they called narra. With it, royal woodworkers crafted the cups and chalices of the royal court. Padauk grows in tropical climates such as India, Indochina, the South Pacific, West Africa, and even southern Florida.

Purpleheart (Peltogyne spp) is a hardwood that is also known as amaranth, violetwood, coracy, pauroxo, pauferro, koroboreli, saka, nazareno, morado  and tananeo.  Purpleheart is prized for its beautiful grain with a fine, even texture.  It is a very heavy, dense wood with great stability and natural decay resistance.

Purpleheart is a bright, striking purple when freshly cut and darkens into a deep, rich purple with age.  It has a medium to fine texture with a medium to high luster.  Purpleheart has high bending qualities combined with strength & shock resistance.  It grows abundantly in Central and South America and is a worldwide favorite with countless uses.  The tall and large trees can reach a diameter of five feet with clear, knot free log lengths.

Tummy Tub Makes Bathing Baby a Breeze

November 25, 2009

Filed under: Product Reviews — Baby Eco Trends @ 2:31 pm




The Original Tummy Tub Baby Bath Tub has just arrived and we have already received several inquiries about this great new baby bath tub.  To answer all your questions, we have posted the Tummy Tub FAQ.  If you still have further questions, feel free to call 305-527-8734 or email

Why use the TummyTub?
During the nine months in the womb, your baby feels safe, comfortable and secure. After birth everything changes for your baby, suddenly there are bright lights, new sights, new sounds, thirst, hunger, gravity and a constantly changing world. The TummyTub was developed by physicians, midwives and nursery nurses to ease the transition from the secure environment of the womb to this strange new world. The TummyTub’s unique womb shape helps your baby relax and become calm in the familiar fetal position.

How much water should I use?
The TummyTub has a 13cm/5″ water mark and water should come up to your baby’s chest. If your baby is very young, during the first few weeks it is recommended that you increase the level of water so that your baby’s shoulders are covered. Adjust the level of water depending on the weight of your baby. If your baby is bigger, reduce the amount of water in the TummyTub.  The water level markings are intended only as a guide, as not all infants are the same size.

How do I hold my baby?
In the “sitting” position the rounded shape of the TummyTub helps to support your baby. You simply need to support baby’s head under the chin. The advantage is that you always have one free hand to wash and comfort baby. In the “floating” position you have one hand under your baby’s chin and the other at the back of the head; or you can place both your hands under baby’s armpits.

Is it safe?
Yes! The TummyTub is absolutely safe. It has safety certifications from ASTM (USA), TUV (Germany) and BSI (England) tested and approved. The TummyTub is permitted to carry the seal GS (Proven Safety). It has been designed in such a way that the water creates the stability.  Never leave baby unattended in the TummyTub.  You must always be there to give support & reassurance.

Is it bad if my baby wants to stand up in the TummyTub?
No, because as your baby grows, the buoyancy of the water will encourage your baby to learn to stand.  It is now believed that children who are bathed in the TummyTub are learning to walk sooner.  However, if after a few minutes you want your baby to sit instead of stand, take a hold of her legs, and put her bottom first in the tub.  Legs can extend upwards and many babies like this position as they grow.  Never leave your baby unattended in the TummyTub.  You must always be there to give support and reassurance.

Is the TummyTub too narrow?
No, babies enjoy the feeling of security and confinement that the TummyTub affords.

Does the TummyTub help with gas and colic?
Yes. First, massage baby’s tummy with some infant massage oil in a clockwise direction.  Then give baby a relaxing bath in the TummyTub. This will help relieve any pain.  In Germany, doctors prescribe a TummyTub specifically for gas and/or colic.

Does the TummyTub help with sleeping problems?
Yes, a warm and relaxing bath is always soothing if sufficient water at the correct temperature is used. Ensure the water covers your baby’s shoulders.

What are the most suitable surfaces for the TummyTub?
With the TummyTub, bathing is easy on most surfaces: on a table or counter top, the floor, in any room of the house, at the beach, on a boat, even when camping.  It is also perfect to take with you when traveling.  The TummyTub can also be placed on a TummyTub Two-Step Stool while you sit comfortably in a chair to bath baby. This will help to prevent shoulder & back pain.

Why can I not use a household bucket?
A regular household bucket is not suitably designed for bathing babies safely.  Normal buckets don’t have an anti-skid bottom.  The bottom is not curved and therefore does not give baby any support.  Babies discover their new world by touching with their hands and tasting with their mouths. The pigments in plastic buckets will most likely contain toxic elements, as normal buckets aren’t meant for bathing babies.

The transparent material of original TummyTub allows you to view baby from all sides.  Unlike a regular household tub, the TummyTub is just the right size & shape for safely bathing baby.  A normal bucket would never have the TUV and BSI approval for baby bathing.

How do I clean the TummyTub?
Cleaning the TummyTub is very easy.  Use a mild biodegradable detergent, as you would any baby bath or tub.  Do not use abrasive cleaners.

Is the TummyTub suitable for bathing newborn babies?
Yes, the original TummyTub is uniquely designed to make your newborn baby feel secure when bathing. Like in the womb, your baby can still move freely while feeling safe and protected.  You simply need to support baby’s head under the chin with one hand and have the advantage of washing & comforting the baby with your free hand.  In the floating position you have one hand under the baby’s chin and the other at the back of the head; or you can place both hands under your baby’s armpits. After approximately 12 to 16 weeks, your baby will have enough strength to support his own neck and you are free to use both hands.  The original TummyTub is highly recommended for premature babies.

Can I bathe my baby in the TummyTub while the umbilical cord is still attached?
Yes. Midwives across Europe and the United States use the TummyTub shortly after baby is born to gently introduce baby to the new world.  The tub is perfectly safe for new babies and premature babies.  No soap is necessary, just allow the newborn to soak and relax.  Midwives testify that no infections or problems occur due to this type of bath with the umbilical cord attached.

Til what age can the TummyTub be used?
The therapeutic benefits of the TummyTub (easing colic, gas, and giving the reassurance and confinement of the fetal position) are applicable up until about six months of age.  However, the practical aspects of the tub last well beyond this stage, and it is the only baby tub needed before transitioning to the household bath tub.  As with a conventional baby bath tub, many babies prefer using the large tub once they are up and walking. The TummyTub is safe for babies and toddlers up to age three or 35 pounds.

What can I do with it when my child grows out of it?
TummyTub can be used for storage, plants, washing the car, storing wooden blocks & toys….

How ecological is it?
The TummyTub is extremely ecological. It uses less water, saves energy (heating of water), is made out of environmentally friendly materials, and is fully recyclable.  The original TummyTub uses only 1.3 gallons of water on average, approximately 2.5 gallons less than conventional baby baths.  Therefore, the original TummyTub saves water and energy. It is easy to carry and kinder to your back (1.5 gallons weighs about 11 lbs).  The TummyTub is lightweight even when full, which is very important for new mothers, especially after a caesarean delivery.  After bath time, you can easily carry the TummyTub outside and water your garden or lawn.

How long will the water remain comfortably warm?
Due to the small water surface, water will remain at a comfortable temperature for about 20 minutes.

Where is the TummyTub used?
The TummyTub is used extensively in Holland where the idea came from, Germany where it is manufactured, the UK, France, Spain, Poland, Ireland, Canada, Mexico and many other countries around the world.  In fact, in Germany doctors prescribe the TummyTub for babies suffering from colic.   It is now being adopted in many maternity hospitals around Europe.

How long has the TummyTub been around?
The TummyTub was first introduced in 1996.

Why should I buy the optional Tummy Tub Stand?
The stand allows you sit while bathing your baby and will help in preventing shoulder & back pain.  The stand is multi purpose and can later be used as a stepping stool with two levels as your child gets older to get up to the bathroom sink and toilet.  It can also be used as a storage device for toys or little bathroom items.  Just recently, some Irish midwives have spotted another use for it – they say it is good as a foot stool for breastfeeding mothers to raise their knees while feeding their baby.

How does the TummyTub compare to similar European baby tubs?
The Original TummyTub is the first of its kind and the only patented upright baby bath tub in the United States.  There are several imitation European style baby bath tubs now available.  Some of these imitation tubs are made in China and the quality cannot come close to that of the German engineered TummyTub.  The design of the TummyTub is unique in that it closely resembles the shape and confinement of the mother’s womb, and is tall enough to keep the baby warm at all times.  No other baby bath tub comes close to the Original TummyTub!

Green Baby Nursey Furniture

November 10, 2009

Filed under: Product Reviews — Baby Eco Trends @ 9:15 pm

After searching & searching for an affordable, eco friendly line of baby nursery furniture made in the USA of FSC (Forestry Stewardship Council) certified, responsibly harvested hardwoods (yea, a tall order, I know!), we are proud to announce:  We did it!  Around here, this is really big stuff.  There is a descent selection of USA made baby furniture and more sprouting up all the time.  However, they usually carry a hefty price tag.  Most are well worth the price, but these days an economical green option is a real breath of fresh air.

Our latest line of baby nursery furniture offers all the green features that keep baby’s sleep environment healthy without sacrificing style.  With FSC & SmartWood Certified baby cribs (including the conversion kit), furnishing a green baby nursery is more economical than ever.  Choose from Aurora, Glendale, Pacifica, Sierra & Viscaya collections – all FSC & SmartWood Certified.  All the birch, aspen & ash wood is responsibly harvested & sourced within a 100 mile radius of the manufacturer’s workshops and cut to specification on their premises.  Now, that’s a small footprint!

All nine baby cribs meet &/or exceed US and Canadian safety standards, as well as California Standards and the new CPSIA Act of 2008 (new lead and phthalate standards).  The adhesives, colors and finishes are non toxic water-based and are the safest available.

All 9 cribs fit standard size baby crib mattresses, have fixed sides and the base adjusts to three heights.  The 4-in-1 convertible cribs convert to a toddler, day and full size bed, taking baby from nursery to college.  The static cribs convert to a toddler & day bed as your baby grows.  With both the convertible & the static cribs, the price includes the conversion kit making this an even more affordable crib line!

To complete baby’s nursery optional matching baby changing units, changing trays (pad included), chests, dresses and mirrors are also available.  Every last piece is lovingly made by skilled craftsmen with a focus on detail.  These nursery sets are proudly made by a family owned business in the USA.  Green, local & affordable baby furniture – what’s not to love?

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