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.
What: Meet a minuteman, make a paper tricorn hat, and watch musket-firing demos.
Why: March back in time with a lesson from the militia.
When: Mon., 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd., Sturbridge (800-733-1830). Adults, $20; children, $7; under 3, free.
Big Apple Circus
What: Jugglers, galloping horses, and aerialists who fly through the air with the greatest of ease.
Why: Performing pups rescued from shelters are proof they’re not just clowning around.
When: Thru May 16.
Where: City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Plz., Government Center. Tickets ($15-$65) at 888-541-3750 or online at bigapplecircus.org.
Healthy Habits Kitchen
What: Tykes can help assemble the popular meal kits meant for popping in the fridge or freezer and eating later.
Why: Choices like sloppy joe and ginger-coconut chicken nuggets will be welcome additions to little picky pants’s menu.
When: Tues.-Fri., 11 a.m., 1 & 3 p.m.; or by appt.
Where: 36 Washington St., ste. 2, Wellesley. To preregister, call 781-235-6325 or e-mail email@example.com.
Photos: Courtesy of Dr. Sharp; Courtesy of Kiddie Bee; Courtesy of 100% Pure