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Eco-challenge #10 Results - Something to chew on

12.21.09 Eco-challenge #10 Results - Something to chew on

I'm happy to say this week's challenge was a piece of cake!!

Eco-challenge #10: Research and swap out unsafe teethers with non-toxic alternatives

Last week, researching toys was a total nightmare! Thank god researching teethers was much easier. After finding a few recalls and reading that that liquid stuff inside those clear teethers can contain lead, arsenic and some say can "cause serious illness in children" it was pretty much a no-brainer. Straight to the trash. Not much emotional attachment to those things (unlike toys) so not worth the risk. Especially when there are a ton of great non-toxic options out there. Here are the three we tried - ALL great substitutes...

  • Multi-Sensory Silicone Teether by LifeFactory - I can already tell this one is going to go the distance, which is funny because it's so simple. No characters, no paint, no vibration (yes, Sammy has a vibrating teether - HATES it)...just a single silicone ring. Sammy AND Jack (who is way past teething) love to run around with this thing in their mouth all the time.  Either the different textures on the ring are truly appealing or they really are learning more from our dog than from us. (GOD HELP US IF THIS IS TRUE. Those who know our beloved Sydney fully understand why this scares the daylights out of me)
  • Chan Pie Gnon by Vulli - I fell in love with this one the first time I saw it on MightyNest and couldn't wait to try it out. Although it's practically IDENTICAL to a dog toy, squeaker and all, it's just so darn cute you can't resist. And the boys? This one brought on a HUGE gigglefest that is still making me smile days later. Sammy would squeak it and then giggle giggle giggle - then Jack - back and forth. (Is there anything better than baby laughs???) My only problem is the squeaker is loud and since Sam and Jack share a room, he can't use it during bedtime, which is sadly when I need it most. Still a winner.
  • Veggie Crate by Under The Nile - I've had these in my house for a while and frankly the kids were not at all into chewing on them. Carry them around? Sure. But chew on the fabric? Not so much. But then MightyNest genius Kristen gave me a tip: wet and freeze the tips of the fabric green beans. What a great idea! It was kind of messy but i could tell Sam really loved the cool feeling on his gums. I can't promise I'll always have frozen fabric green beans on hand but once in a while, I will definitely try this trick. Thanks Kristen!

THE RESULTS...Is this a change I can realistically incorporate into my daily life?

  • 5 stars: SOLD! I'm in! Where do I sign?
  • 4 stars: Love it. I think I can pull this one off
  • 3 stars: Not quite sure, but can't wait to try
  • 2 stars: Sorry guys, probably not gonna happen.
  • 1 star: Gonna take a pass on this one.

FYI: I'm going to be taking a little time off from the challenges to enjoy time with my family for the holidays But will be back soon all revved up for 2010. Happy Holidays to everyone!!

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