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The Deal: Cariboo eco-friendly bassinets up to 40% off at Totsy beginning today

November 26, 2009 | 10:33 am

When today's parents were newborns, they slept in bassinets coated with lead paint. OK, maybe it wasn't that bad, but there certainly weren't "eco-friendly" handcrafted designs like the ones from Cariboo, shown above.

Cariboo's all-natural nursery products are an attempt to keep kids and the environment safe. The bassinets are made with Radiata pine harvested from sustainable sources. The New Zealand company also uses fabrics that are as natural as possible. 

And you know the drill: this eco-friendly stuff never comes cheap. But a selection of the bassinets will be discounted up to 40% beginning Thursday at Totsy, an online private sales club geared toward busy moms.

The Gentle Motion Bassinet in teak, above, is available in pink and blue prints and also comes in a mahogany finish. I like how easily it folds up, too, which gives parents more room to move should they give up and place their crying baby in bed with them. Regularly $565, the bassinet will be $339.

The Cariboo sale runs Thursday through Dec 4. (Though most sales last only 48 to 72 hours.) Don’t be put off by the members-only sale. Readers can go to www.totsy.com, enter invitation code LATimes, register and shop. 

-- Lisa Boone

Photo credit: Cariboo