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Baby-Safe Germ Fighters

I’m not exactly a germaphobe (okay, maybe I am), but keeping my daughter safe and healthy is my #1 priority. These days, with H1N1 and seasonal flu germs spreading like wild-fire, I always carry hand sanitizer in the diaper bag, and more recently, sanitizing wipes as well. Beware, though, that not all antibacterial products are baby friendly. Wet Ones, for example, say they are specifically for children 2 years and over, unless you use their Sensitive Skin / Extra Gentle wipes. Here are three baby-safe versions we’ve tried.

CleanWell Spray Hand Sanitizer
This is the first sanitizer I added to the diaper bag, since I don’t like the feel of Purell. It is a natural, plant-based option with no toxic chemicals, and it comes in a sleek, palm-sized bottle. For some reason, I didn’t use it all that often. I do remember that it took multiple pumps for me to get that clean feeling, and by then there was a strong mist of scent in the air. This is the least messy option since it dries quickly, and would fit even in a small purse. Kills 99.99% of germs and is 100% biodegradable.

Wet Ones Sensitive Skin / Extra Gentle

I learned about these from my sister, and zeroed in on the “Clinically Proven Safe for Baby” labeling. Since then, I usually carry a travel pack that I purchase from Target for 99ร‚ยข. According to the package, these wipes are fragrance free, alcohol free, hypoallergenic and contain aloe, Vitamin E and chamomile and cucumber extract. Right now you can get $1 off coupon here.

BabyGanics Foaming Hand Sanitizer
My current favorite! I keep the large size in the kitchen, which I use to clean Chloe’s hands before meals. I rub a little on both her hands and then wipe them with a damp cloth. I also have the refillable travel size in the the diaper bag. The foam helps it feel like more of a wash than just a disenfectant. It kills 99% of germs and it is alcohol free, fragrance free and people and earth friendly.

Short of wearing white gloves everywhere (which we all may end up doing someday if things get much worse), these products offer a strong defense against unwanted germs that threaten our health and families!

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Make-Your-Own Cauldron Bubbles!

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Every Halloween I try to keep my eyes out for something out-of-the-ordinary to give away to our neighborhood trick-or-treaters. When I was a kid, I remember thinking, when I grow up, I’m going to give out full-size candy bars! That would be so cool! Except full-size candy bars now cost a lot more, and kids these days seem to be getting enough candy as it is. So I challenge myself with finding an alternative.

This year, we’ll be handing out “Cauldron Bubbles.”

I’ve considered mini bubble bottles before since they are so easy to find, except the ones I bought this year were not individually labeled. As I tend to over-think things, I began to worry that some kid without parental guidance might not realize what it is, or that it might be something to drink. So I whipped up these labels.

Feel free to download and print a set of labels to use for yourself – they’d be cute at a Halloween party, too!

Note: Keep in mind that these items might not be suitable for especially young children, so it might be good to have some candy on hand, just in case. ๐Ÿ™‚
Skull image by WickedSunshine.com and used under the creative commons license.

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