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Let’s get to the bottom [of the debate] – Pun intended.
Granted that all parents want 3 main things from a diapering solution:- DRY, HEALTHY, HAPPY baby – the question whether a Green diaper can accomplish this, remains.
So we took a look of what the main differences are, and the answers are: Chemicals and Price.
Traditional diapers use more freely synthetic materials such as petroleum (yes the same we put in our cars), chlorine, optical brighteners, dyes, and perfumes. On the other end leading “green” diaper brands claim to be free from these harmful chemicals.
It doesn’t take a scientist to understand that if given the opportunity, would be better not to expose your baby’s skin to these substances. But what about the performance?
BabyGearLab tested independently 24 disposable diapers and put them to the test in a ”bum to bum” competition. All the diapers were put through a combination of hands-on and lab testing; then they were rated on a variety of performance factors including: Absorption and Leaks, as well as Eco-Friendliness and Health among others.
The top scoring diaper was Bambo Nature, with an overall score of 82/100
“Best overall diaper, amazing absorption and eco/health attributes, higher price, but so worth it.”
To see the comprehensive results of the test see here
For this reason we have decided to partner with Bambo Nature to give you the chance to try and test them for yourself.
ENTER below for the chance to WIN your own case of Bambo Nature diapers.
NCW teamed up with SOJOS to give one lucky winner a full stock of Simply Wild Dog Treats. Simply activate as many entries as you would like below, and you could have one happy puppy this holiday season.
We fell in love (or should we say…our pups did) with Sojos Simply Wild because of the nutritional value of these treats. They are high in protein, low in fat and gently freeze-dried to lock in all the natural enzymes, vitamins and minerals. Choose from Free-Range Venison, Wild Boar or Wild-Caught Salmon. Raw, freeze-dried meat is the only ingredient.
So good luck and …may the odds be in your favor!
As parents we all know that a full night sleep is a memory of the past. And sometimes even if we do sleep we wake-up tired, aching and simply not rested. We blame it on the stressful lifestyle or the age, but it turns out that your mattress could be the cause. From poor support to gas emission of the toxic material, choosing the right mattress is a serious business.
IntelliBED is perfecting the science of sleep. Most mattresses force you to choose between comfort or support, and are filled with toxic chemicals such as formaldehyde, boric acid, and polyvinyl chloride (PVC). The Intellibed uses its patented, food-grade intelli-GEL to create comfort around your hips and neck and firm support everywhere else. Relieving painful pressure to create the perfect combination for good night’s sleep.
Why we love this mattress:
- IntelliBED uses hypoallergenic, nontoxic Intelli-GEL® instead of toxic foam or fire retardant treated organic wool to cushion your hips and shoulders. This patented gel technology reduces pressure points by as much as 80% compared to even expensive memory foam or latex foam.
- Over 900 doctors, chiropractors, and orthopedic surgeons recommend the IntelliBED for their patients. The science behind this bed blows away all other sleep technologies.
- IntelliBED uses the same patented mattress technology chosen by hospital burn units as this sleep technology eliminates undue pressure on parts of the body damaged by fire exposure which would cause excruciating pain, exacerbate inflammation, and compromise tissue healing.
- Instead of a 10 minute trial in a showroom, IntelliBED gives you 60 days to try out the mattress in your own home with a full money back guarantee if you’re not completely happy.
We have smart phones, smart watches, we even have smart homes, why not a smart bed!
Need we say more? ENTER for the chance to WIN your very own IntelliBED, a set of IntelliBED pillows, and a bamboo sheet set for a total value of over $5,000!!
You don’t want to take your chances? Change your sleep now with the Promo Code NCW10, which will give your 10% discount on all IntelliBED products.
You can purchase on their website or call 888.435.2339 to speak with one of their Healthy Sleep Consultants
The pet industry is becoming more and more saturated as sales continue to grow annually. Last year the pet industry reached a revenue of nearly $60 billion. Pet owners are seeing their pets as children more than ever, and we all want what is best for our children. Especially when it comes to nutrition. Although there are many healthy options for pet food, there is one brand that continues to deliver with each product the make. That brand is Sojos. A wholesome, healthy, gluten-free, grain-free alternative pet food for your Dog & Cat.
The origins of Sojos came from a kitchen where two forward-thinking women used their knowledge of holistic nutrition and medicine to concoct a healthy alternative for dogs. Ward, a manager of a holistic veterinarian clinic, recommended owners to use their dog food, and was floored by the results. Once Sojos was for sale, he jumped at the opportunity to explore the true potential of Sojos.
We had the opportunity to sit down with Ward to discuss how Sojos has grown since he purchased the company, talk healthier alternatives for pets, and shed light on the current state of the pet industry.
NCW: How has the company evolved since?
Ward: Back then, the company was just a recipe and a mailing list—and Sojos Original was the only food. This blend of grains, nuts, and sea vegetables enabled pet parents to create their own fresh, complete dog food by simply adding whatever raw meat they chose.
To this day, we’re still making Sojos Original—and it continues to do well. But our food offering has grown to include Sojos Grain-Free, Sojos Complete with freeze dried turkey, beef or lamb already in the bag—and our new exotic protein line, Sojos Wild™. We also have a full line of bakery treats—and last year we added 100% raw meat treats.
I should also mention that over the years we’ve brought all production under our own roof—and that’s given us complete control over the quality and safety of Sojos products.
NCW: It seems most companies are adopting cleaner and healthier ingredients for their products, what makes Sojos a healthier alternative and what makes it unique from other similar competitors?
Ward: Simply put, Sojos combines all the healthy benefits of raw nutrition—with the shelf-stable convenience of kibble. Our unique combination of freeze-dried raw meat blended with gently air-dried fruits and vegetables offers pet parents a safe, affordable and easy way to serve a healthy, raw diet.
NCW: What are your thoughts on the pet industry?
Ward: When I step back and think of my last twenty years with Sojos, it’s remarkable how the landscape has changed. As pets have become full-fledged members of our families, pet food has moved from a basic commodity—to a carefully considered purchase. Today’s concerned pet parents are no longer simply deferring to long-established brand names—instead they’re reading labels, researching online, and shopping at specialty retailers who have the know-how they need to help them make informed choices. Obviously, that’s been very good for pets—and for the makers of raw, shelf-stable foods, like Sojos.
NCW: In an interview you did back in 2012, you said that small independent pet stores would succeed as long as they partner with companies that have unique and ultra-healthy products uncommonly found in big-box retailers. Is this affecting your distribution strategy? Are you only in small stores?
Ward: Sojos’ commitment to the independent pet specialty channel remains unchanged. And now with more and more “natural” kibble brands filling the shelves of grocery, mass and big box stores—we think it’s more important than ever to stay true to knowledgeable retailers who take the time to educate their customers—and help them make well-informed choices for their pets.
NCW: And how can you create a mass change if you only reach a small part of the population?
Ward: Make no mistake, there are now upwards of 10,000 independent pet specialty retailers in the US. And the number is growing. That’s because more and more pet parents paying close attention to what’s going in their pet’s food dish—and they’re going the extra mile to get it. We see that as good news for the future of independent pet specialty stores—and for their dedicated brand partners, like Sojos.
NCW: What are you doing to help educate dog and cat owners about healthier foods for their loved ones?
Ward: Sojos is still a family-owned company that relies heavily on the positive word-of-mouth that comes from amazing products—and unmistakable results. That said, we work hard at making everything about Sojos easy to access and understand. We help our retail partners educate their sales teams—and pass that know-how on to their customers. We deploy demo reps across the country to interact directly with pet parents in stores. And we use targeted social media to reach concerned pet parents—and share stories of the transformative power of raw nutrition.
NCW: What are the main benefits of switching pets to a raw food diet, when we hear resistance from the veterinarians due to the possibility of our pets contracting harmful bacteria from these types of diet?
Ward: I think it’s important to remember that naturally-occurring nutrients and digestive enzymes are lost in the cooking process. That means raw ingredients not only contain more nutrients—they’re easier to absorb. And that, in turn, can help pets live healthier, more vibrant lives.
Unfortunately, “raw” is used to describe a variety of food forms. So it’s important for pet parents and vets alike, to look a little deeper.
For example, the USDA-inspected meat in Sojos is “raw,” but it’s also gently freeze-dried. And our patent-pending, 100% natural safety process eliminates pathogens, without harming nutrients. So pet parents can be assured that their pets are getting the superior nutrition of raw—in the safest form possible.
That said, I should also add that dogs have a very short and very strong digestive system. As a result, food passes through them quickly—and many food bourn pathogens that are harmful to humans, like salmonella and e-coli, are easily broken and down and eliminated.
NCW: How would I transition my dog, or cat to Sojos? (product recommendations, tips, etc)
Ward: It’s always best to take several days to slowly transition a dog from highly processed kibble food to a raw diet. Begin by adding a small amount of pre-soaked Sojos on day one—then gradually increase over 7 to 10 days. To make preparation easy, we suggest pre-soaking a batch of Sojos in the refrigerator so that you always have some ready to serve.
NCW: Have you heard any stories about dogs on a ‘Sojos diet’ that have reversed an illness, or condition? Explain.
Ward: I’ve heard every miraculous story imaginable when a dog is switched to Sojos. We even had a customer who named their child “Sojo” in honor of their saved pup. But obviously we can’t make health claims, and we strongly recommend that pet parents always consult with their vet when dealing with specific medical issues. That said, we take great joy in the constant flow of testimonials that come our way.
We’ve also launched an outreach to no-kill shelters called Project Celia. The goal is to help restore the health of what appear to be hopeless, unadoptable dogs with Sojos raw nutrition. Some of the early video reports are now posted on our website—sojos.com.
NCW: What is next for Sojos?
Ward: By all indications, the shift to alternative pet food has reached the tipping point. That said, we’ll continue working with retailers and other quality alternative food brands to spread the word about the transformative power of raw nutrition. At the same time, we’ll keep innovating and introducing more products like Sojos Wild™, our new exotic protein food. But most important of all, we’ll keep making the transition to raw easy, affordable and readily available to pet parents.
Hopefully, as a result, we’ll keep growing like crazy!
Check out all the latest raw food options for your best friend at www.sojos.com
The biggest giveaway of the year is well on its way, with so many new and exciting products. This is the fourth of a series of SPOTLIGHTS on our amazing partners. Here a close up of the Feeding category: who are the sponsors, what are the products and the value you will be able to win (ENTER TO WIN).
organicKidz $250 gift card
The wonder and magic of childhood is something you’ll find in every organicKidz® bottle. organicKidz® brings you the World’s First Stainless Steel Baby Bottles as a safe and practical alternative to plastic, aluminum and glass drinking containers. Made with babies and parents in mind, organicKidz® bottles are free of the toxins that plastics can contain and won’t break like glass bottles. From infant to toddler to school and beyond, our bottles provide your child with the Safe, Sustainable Choice.
Reversible Snap Bib
Feed baby in style and comfort with this extra long, extra wide reversible bib. Bibs have a terry cloth bottom to wipe those messy faces. They also have a snap closure so it makes it hard for little munchkins to rip it off. Made from high-quality, soft 100% cotton and terry cloth. Your baby will be the cutest messy eater on the block!
Dimensions: 14 x 18
Natural Feeding Starter Set Green
Pacific Baby World’s mission is to help the baby feeding industry realize that they don’t have to use plastic anymore to feed our babies. This US$5 billion industry is dominated by plastic feeding items, which are absolutely choking our environment when discarded after a short while. They are offering brilliant alternatives that are natural biodegradable or recyclable products to feed your baby. This set will get you started.
- 2 pieces Natural Toddler Feeding Bowl
- 2 pieces Natural Ergonomic Weaning Bowl
- 2 pieces Natural Small Weaning Bowl
- 2 packs Natural Toddler Feeding Spoon.
The biggest giveaway of the year is well on its way, with so many new and exciting products. This is the fourth of a series of SPOTLIGHTS on our amazing partners. Here a close up of the Diaper & Mommy Essentials category: who are the sponsors, what are the products and the value you will be able to win (ENTER TO WIN).
Diapers & Wipes Bundle
6 packs of Honest Diapers and 4 packs of 72-count Honest Wipes.
Diapers – Their ultra absorbent, eco-friendly diapers — made with naturally derived, plant-based & sustainable materials — are extra soft, hypoallergenic, free of chlorine processing and additives (like fragrances, lotions, and latex). Oh, and did we mention how adorable they are?
Wipes – Their all natural wipes are unbeatable! Thick and absorbent, botanically infused, “Cheek to Cheek” versatility – this wipe can do it all.
Maternity Pads - Natracare Maternity pads are extra-long and comfortably padded to give confident and secure protection for the natural blood loss experienced after giving birth. The soft, fluffy, absorbent core, made from totally chlorine free pulp, quickly absorbs and locks away the fluid so that the soft, certified organic 100% cotton cover allows your skin to breath whilst at the same time keeping you dry and free from contact with synthetic materials.
Nursing Pads – Natracare nursing pads are made from only totally chlorine free, natural cellulose materials so you can be assured that when you remove the pads to breastfeed, the taste of your milk will not be tainted for baby. By keeping the breasts dry between feeds, you can help to prevent the nipples from becoming sore and cracked.
Organic Baby Wipes – Natracare award-winning organic cotton baby wipes are soft, gentle and effective cleansing wipes for daily use on baby’s sensitive skin. Their soft and strong, certified organic, 100% cotton baby wipes are infused with organic essential oils of apricot, linden and chamomile as well as natural plant extracts, all of which will cleanse and refresh, leaving the skin softened.
Total MSRP: $60
New Born Bundle
Baby on the way? Pick the Newborn Bundle to get started gDiapering from day 1. From tiny to small, this bundle has your baby covered. Includes 12 newborn gPants, 6 small gPants, 2 packages of Disposable Inserts, and a handy Swishstick.
Each pair of gPants comes with one waterproof pouch that is made with gBreathe technology which means less rash for baby. In the newborn gPants, the pouch is sewn in for a trim fit for tiny babies. In the small gPants, the pouch snaps in and out for added convenience and less laundry. Gentle stretch means more comfort and a flexible fit. Use with disposable inserts that you can flush or compost (wet ones only).
Total MSRP: $149.00
The size and design of the Barcelona Bag make it ideal for daily trips around town. This diaper bag will help keep you organized—whether you are out shopping with baby, at a play date or in the office. Made from lightweight and soft, water-repellent material, the Barcelona Bag is both practical and chic. With perfectly designed handles that sit comfortably on the shoulder as well as two stroller straps, the Barcelona Bag is a breeze to carry.
- Two stroller straps
- Insulated lunchbox
- Fleece-lined, cushioned changing pad
Organic Change Pad Cover
A 33″ x 17″ pre-washed organic cotton muslin changing pad cover
- GOTS Certified: made of organic cotton muslin
- Durable: withstands countless washes and changes
- Tailored: fits snugly on standard changing pads
- Comfy: gets softer with every wash
The biggest giveaway of the year is well on its way, with so many new and exciting products. This is the third of a series of SPOTLIGHTS on our amazing partners. Here a close up of the Natural Remedies category: who are the sponsors, what are the products and the value you will be able to win (ENTER TO WIN).
Pregnancy Essentials Bundle
Mama’s Pregnancy Essentials Bundle is an extraordinary natural gift for a special pregnant mama. Filled with everything to help ease pregnancy’s common discomforts, from worried head to urpy belly! Happy Mama Body Wash is a queasy-busting companion to naturally uplifting Morning Wellness Spray. USDA Certified 100% Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified and Certified Kosher Mama-To-Be Tea Sampler has delicious, effective herbal teas for nausea, heartburn, pregnancy relaxation and labor preparation. Luxurious Natural Stretch Oil and Earth Mama Body Butter help relieve the itch and stretch of expanding bellies, breasts and hips and won’t aggravate morning sickness. And Mint Herbal Lip Balm keeps lips kissably soft. All bundled up in Mama’s Organic Cotton Mini Tote.
Baby Essentials Bundle
Mama’s Baby Essentials Bundle has everything you need to safely soothe, top to bottom, cheeks to cheeks! Buy the Bundle and save! Safe, moisturizing, all-natural Baby Lotions are NSF/ANSI 305 Certified by Oregon Tilth. Mama’s Shampoo & Body Wash is gentle, real castile soap — not a harsh detergent. Clinically tested, best selling Angel Baby Bottom Balm safely battles diaper rash and thrush, and is safe for cloth diapers too. Angel Baby Oil is infused with moisturizing organic Calendula, ideal for massage or dry skin. And Angel Baby Bath Blossoms are USDA Certified 100% Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified for a naturally safe, soothing, heavenly soak.* All bundled up in Earth Mama’s reusable, 100% Certified Organic Cotton Mini Logo Tote, Mama’s Baby Essentials Bundle is a sweet shower, blessingway, or “just because” gift for a sweet little baby!
Hyland’s Baby Essentials
If only babies came with operating instructions. From diaper rash to desperate colicky cries; from teething episodes that transform your little angel into a crabby beast, to earaches, coughs and colds that quickly turn a smile to a frown – a baby’s first year can be rough. And for first-time parents – things can feel especially tough! Hyland’s is here to help. They’re parents too, supported by the knowledge and experience of 109 years of homeopathic pharmacy. Hyland’s gentle, natural baby medicines provide relief for common ailments during your baby’s first years. When pain is finally soothed and your baby’s eyes twinkle with a smile again, you can breathe a sigh of relief, too.
Nighttime Teething Tablets
Tiny Cold Tablets
Nighttime Tiny Cold Syrup
Vitamin C Tablets
Infant Earache Drops
Total MSRP: $125.90
Hevea Kawan Combo
Kawan is Hevea’s first coloured toy and is a product of much thought and development. Using natural colours, Kawan encourages baby’s sensation of touch and stimulates the development of baby’s vision.
- 100% natural rubber, free from phthalates, PVC and BPA
- handpainted with natural plant pigments
- soft, malleable and easy for tiny hands to grasp.
- patterned texture on beak and feet, which is ideal for soothing and massaging irritated gums and
The elasticity of the rubber makes it perfect to chew on and the colour contrast stimulates and encourages the development of baby vision.
Package comes with a matching Kawan teether as well.
The biggest giveaway of the year is well on its way, with so many new and exciting products. This is the second of a series of SPOTLIGHTS on our amazing partners. Here a close up of the Technology category: who are the sponsors, what are the products and the value you will be able to win (ENTER TO WIN).
One Step Sterilizer Dryer
Sterilize and dry your baby’s bottles quickly and easily with the One Step Sterilizer Dryer! This 2-in-1 machine uses natural steam to kill 99.9% of the germs in your baby’s bottles, in just 8 minutes. The bottles then remain sterile for up to 24 hours, or until the lid is open. The unique drying feature then completely dries your bottles, with a choice of 30, 45 or 60 minute drying cycle. The easy-to-use control panel allows you to sterilize only, sterilize and dry, or dry only. The One Step Sterilizer Dryer holds up to 6 bottles plus accessories, and works with all bottle sizes. The bottle rack can be removed and used as a storage rack.
Ovia PTZ Baby Video Monitor (2 Camera Set)
Seize the day and do more while keeping a close eye on baby with Ovia. Intuitive touch panel controls and silent pan/tilt/zoom camera mean that a full view of every nook & cranny of your baby’s nursery is just a touch away. Save photos and video to the included micro SD card and upload them to your computer, or view them directly on Ovia’s large 4.3” LCD screen. With Talk to Baby™ two-way communication, 24-hour battery life and invisible night vision LEDs, both you and baby will find a lot to love while getting more done with Ovia. MSRP: $199.00
TempTraq is the first and only 24-hour intelligent thermometer that continuously senses, records, and sends alerts of a child’s temperature to your mobile device.
UviCube Dries, Disinfects and Stores. Unlike traditional sterilizing baby bottle methods, UviCube has a drying function for baby bottles, baby bottle nipples, sippy cups, pacifiers and other similar containers before disinfecting them with the power of UV light. This ability allows you to save time, including precious countertop space instead of having to lay out all of your baby’s items out to dry. Click here to see how it works.
What’s more, UviCube can be used for more than disinfecting baby bottle nipples and pacifiers. Because UviCube uses the power of UV light, items that cannot be exposed to high heat or moisture can now be sanitized. This allows mobile phones, remote controls, toys and other items to be safely placed inside UviCube. UviCube has a highly reflective inner chamber to maximize the reach of UV light for the contents placed inside.