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.
Mom’s Night Out at Tory Burch
What: Snack on Wink cupcakes, get advice from the personal stylist, and treat yourself to some much-needed me-time.
Why: Ten percent of proceeds goes to the Phil Smart Senior Guild of Children’s Hospital.
When: Thurs., 6-9 p.m.
Where: The Bravern, 700 NE 110th Ave., Bellevue (425-454-2255). R.S.V.P. to firstname.lastname@example.org. Admission is free.
What: School them on recycling and sustainability with hands-on activities like making recycled paper.
Why: You’ve been trying to teach them that what comes around goes around.
When: Tues.,Wed. & Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thurs. & Fri., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m.
Where: KidsQuest Children’s Museum, 4091 Factoria Mall SE (425-637-8100). Adults and children 1 and up, $7.50; under 1, free.
Eye Spy Seattle
What: Urban explorers (ages 5-10) can grab a special passport and roam the city in search of architectural details on this interactive hunt.
Why: Introduce budding design junkies to the 5th Avenue Theatre, Rainier Tower, and Rem Koolhaas’s library.
When: Sat., 10 a.m.-noon.
Where: Seattle Architecture Foundation, Rainier Square Atrium, 1333 Fifth Ave., ste. 300 (206-667-9184). Tickets online at brownpapertickets.com. Adults, $15; children 5 and up, $10.
Photos: Courtesy of Dr. Sharp; Courtesy of Kiddie Bee; Courtesy of 100% Pure