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.
EarthFest and Kids Grow Expo
What: Activities, shows, and exhibits to delight naturalists of all ages.
Why: Wondergy’s ice cream made with liquid nitrogen gives a whole new meaning to weird science.
When: Fri., 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Where: Temple University Ambler Campus, 580 Meetinghouse Rd., Ambler. To pre-register (recommended), go to temple.edu. For info, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Admission is free.
Wherever There Is Water Night Procession
What: Take to the streets alongside artist George Ferrandi’s illuminated menagerie of creatures created during her residency at Fleisher.
Why: For an even brighter idea, lend a hand by carrying a handmade lantern or wearing one of the whimsical sculptures.
When: Sat. Fittings, 7:15 p.m.; parade, 7:45 p.m.
Where: Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine St. (215-922-3456). Participation is free.
What: Locate summer activities around Philly with this new interactive site.
Why: Tips and recommendations from other parents ensure smooth sailing.
When: They’re ready for s’more.
Where: Online at signupforcamp.com.
Photos: Courtesy of Dr. Sharp; Courtesy of Kiddie Bee; Courtesy of 100% Pure