Someday, you’ll laugh at the horrors you’ve pried from your toddler’s mouth (shoes, cat litter, toilet scrubber). But for now, you can cross these natural finds off your watch list.
Dr. Sharp’s 100 percent vegan, botanical toothpaste ($12) is the only commercial toothpaste brand developed by a dentist. Fluoride free (fluoride is a no-no for young kids), it’s made with ingredients like sage and bambusa stem. Plus, the strawberry cream flavor scores big with little brushers.
Propolis, an ingredient in Kiddie Bee children’s honey cough syrup ($7), is proven to be antiviral, antibacterial, and safe for kids. Without using any herbal supplements, this medicine, made by a group of Atlanta-based beekeepers, suppresses coughs up to three and a half hours.
100% Pure’s Yummy Ice Cream two-in-one body wash and shampoo, bubble bath, and body cream ($12-$25, in strawberry, vanilla, or mint chocolate chip) smell good enough to eat. The new line is all natural and food based without added synthetics, chemicals, detergents, or fragrances. And though we wouldn’t recommend serving it for dessert, no harm will come if Junior sneaks a lick.
Green Living Family Festival
What: Make ecofriendly crafts, get an up close look at raptors and snakes, and learn about native plants.
Why: McKinney residents score free admission with proof of address.
When: Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: The Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Pl., McKinney (972-562-5566). Adults and children 13 and up, $8; children 3-12, $5; under 2, free.
Día de los Niños
What: Catch a few tunes by the mariachi band, twist paper into colorful flowers, and keep your eyes peeled for the señorita stilt walker wandering the grounds.
Why: Visit the caterpillar bounce house to really get a jump on things.
When: Sun., 1-5 p.m.
Where: Dallas Zoo, 650 S. R.L. Thornton Fwy. (214-670-6826). Adults and children 12 and up, $12; children 3-11, $9; under 2, free.
What: Take your mini yogi and sing along to nursery rhymes as you stretch at this free class.
Why: Bend yourself back into prebaby shape.
When: Ongoing. Fri., 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Where: Bookmarks at NorthPark Center, 8687 N. Central Expwy. (214-671-1381). For info, call 214-707-8112.
Photos: Courtesy of Dr. Sharp; Courtesy of Kiddie Bee; Courtesy of 100% Pure