A local woman won a copy of my book, VINEGAR FRIDAYS, in a giveaway by Holistic Parenting Magazine last month. She and I corresponded via email and I discovered she has a subscription box service for children ages 0-3. She asked me if I'd like to do a review and a giveaway and, of course, I jumped at the chance. After all, I have a 22-month-old granddaughter and another one due in a few weeks.
Lauren sent me the January box from her company, swiggydiggydoo and I was quite pleased. (Click here to see a picture of what was included in December's box.)
The first thing I noticed was the eco-friendly packaging. Lauren uses a local box supplier that sells recycled or previously used (and inspected) boxes and she chooses box sizes based on the products that will be shipped. This way, she can avoid using fillers. Her shipping labels, box tape, and paper for the insert are all green products, with many made from recycled materials.
My box included:
- A little stuffed beaver from Itsy Bitsy Baby Cakes (made from oeko-tex standard 100 wool felt)
- Poor Lil Baby Balm by Libras Botanicals -- this balm is safe for babies older than 2 months and works to ease congestion and coughing by rubbing it into the soles of their feet. Libras Botanicals is a Green America Certified business and uses recyclable containers for its natural and organic products.
- A Little Lemon Treasures natural maple necklace that is perfect for nursing moms. The ring is safe tugging and chewing by baby, but should only be worn by mom!
- A 3-d wooden giraffe puzzle by topozoo. I actually gave this as a gift to a little girl who turned 2 this past weekend. I was happy to give her something that was safe and eco-friendly. The company uses all recycled materials to make their toys.
- A darling crocheted "crown" for babies ages 3 - 6 months from TheCrochetClosetTN I can't wait to see it on my new granddaughter a few months from now!
- A custom designed limited edition swiggydiggydoo t-shirt.
Fun stuff! For the most part, I was happy with the selection. My favorite item was the giraffe puzzle.
While most of the items meet my standards for eco-friendly and safe products, I was disappointed the t-shirt was not made from organic cotton. Since cotton is the crop that is hit with the most pesticides, this can be a big deal to a lot of concerned parents. But if you're already buying clothes made from non-organic cotton, then I'm sure you're going to love this adorable shirt!
All-in-all, I was really happy with the January box. While each box is different, I believe Lauren does her best to find the right selections for eco-conscious parents who appreciate products that are eco-friendly and made in the USA. I like the fact that Lauren chooses products from small etsy businesses, often run by moms like herself.
As I mentioned above, this is a subscription box service, but you can just buy one box for $39.95, which makes a lovely gift for a new mom or for a birthday. You can also choose a 3-month, 6-month, or 12-month plan, with discounts up to $36/year.
The boxes are gender-specific and the age ranges to choose from (for shirt sizes) are 6-12 months, 12-18 months, 18-24 months, 2, and 4.
Here's the best part: YOU just might win March's box! Just enter below on the Rafflecopter. Must be 18 or older to enter and be living in the U.S. Entries will be verified. The winner will have 48 hours to reply to my email before an alternate winner is chosen.
As you'll see, visiting swiggydiggydoo's and Green Grandma's Facebook pages will earn you 3 entries each. But do me a favor... 'like' both pages. Visiting is fine, but liking is kind.
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