Build a healthy environment for your baby with practical and easy tips from national nonprofit Healthy Child Healthy World.

How to Give Your Diaper Bag a Makeover

How to Give your Diaper Bag a Makeover

When you’re the parent to a baby, your diaper bag is your lifeline. Without it, chaos ensues. Want healthier, eco-friendly baby products and a safer diaper bag? Try this diaper bag eco-makeover to save your sanity, help your baby stay happy and healthy, and protect the Earth.

First off, start with a good bag. If you buy new, look for Earth-friendly textiles like organic cotton, hemp, bamboo, or recycled plastic. If you’re looking to re-use (the most sustainable and affordable option), avoid PVC, which can leach phthalates and lead.

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5 Simple Steps to a Healthy Pregnancy

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During those first few weeks of pregnancy, a baby’s body undergoes some pretty rapid growth, and each development relies on precise, successful development in the previous stage. Because so much is happening so quickly, these first weeks are a particularly vulnerable period. Considering nearly half of all pregnancies are unplanned, living an eco-conscious, healthy lifestyle beforehand may be the best thing you can do to prepare your body for having a healthy baby–planned or not. This goes for the men out there, too. After all, toxins are known to affect the health and mobility of sperm. To prevent birth defects or other unintended health impacts, get started now!

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Pregnancy-Safe Skincare Products: What to Keep, What to Toss

Safe Skincare for Pregnancy

Whether you’re spraying on your favorite perfume or rubbing in some moisturizing lotion, it’s easy to forget that what you put on your skin can be absorbed right into your body; which is why choosing safe personal care products is a must — especially when pregnant. The experts at Healthy Child, Healthy World share some must-read advice for moms-to-be on what to steer clear of now that you’re expecting. More »

5 Tips for Eating Safer Seafood

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Raise your hand if you have a hard time figuring out which fish and seafood are safe to eat.

I really want to give my family all the good things about fish (omega-3’s, protein!) without any of the bad (mercury, PCBs, antibiotics – yuck).  To eat fish that’s good for you and isn’t fished in a manner that’s destroying the oceans, you have to be an informed and conscious consumer.

Don’t give up on fish and seafood just because it’s complicated to know what to buy. Follow these tips to get the safest seafood for your family.

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Healthy Home: Best of 2012

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Use these most popular posts from Healthy Child Healthy World from the past year to help you build a healthy environment for your new baby.

Top 10 Toxic Products You Don’t Need
Isn’t it time to purge what isn’t necessary? Let’s start with this top 10 list of toxic products you absolutely don’t need. We compiled the list with the input of our knowledgeable Facebook community.

5 Non-Toxic Baby Care Products You Can Make!
Great news: Nontoxic baby care products don’t have to be expensive! Organic, nontoxic, or even fragrance free items for our little ones can veer towards the pricey side. Luckily, there are easy, affordable DIY solutions for many commonly used baby care products.

How Your Dog Keeps Your Baby Healthy
Here’s one more reason your dog is your best friend. A new study published in Pediatrics last week found that babies in homes with dogs have fewer ear infections, take fewer antibiotics, and get respiratory illnesses less often than homes without dogs or with cats.

4 Tips for a Healthy Nursery
There are quick and easy steps we can take to minimize our exposures at home that don’t require much effort.

Six Steps For Finding Safer Pre-Natal Vitamins
Like most pregnant women, you’re probably taking pre-natal vitamins as part of a healthy pregnancy regimen but did you know that unlike drug products, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not “approve” dietary supplements for safety or effectiveness before they are sold?

5 Non-Toxic Kitchen Cleaners You Should Know About

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With the recent return of my husband’s cancer I have become even more picky (aka neurotic) about the chemicals that we use in our home. One of the places I’ve been wondering about keeping bacteria-free is the kitchen. I’m always worried about making sure that the cutting boards are properly cleaned and the counters sanitized after preparing meat or using raw eggs. The thought of using a toxic chemical cleaner anywhere near where I prepare food has always been totally out of the question. I’ve always just used scalding hot water and hoped it was enough to kill any bacteria left lying around. It always did a good job of burning the skin off my fingers. More »

2 Nasty Chemicals to Purge from Your Bathroom

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by Margie Kelly, Communications Manager

A clean bathroom is a beautiful thing. But did you realize that some of the very same toxic chemicals used to clean your tub and toilet are also found in your antiperspirant or perfume? Yuck.

While you may not be able to detoxify your personal care and house cleaning routines overnight, there are toxic chemicals lurking in your bathroom that should be shown to the door immediately.

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Natural Cough Remedies for Moms-to-Be

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By Lori Alper of Groovy Green Livin’

It’s officially cold and flu season. Everyone seems to be sniffling, sneezing and coughing, trying desperately to find remedies to ease their symptoms. I tend to get sick like clockwork this time of year. Last year around this time I was feeling pretty miserable. This time around it seems to be a bad cold with lots of uncontrollable coughing. More »

7 Simple Ways to Save on Organic Food

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by The Organic Center

Pound for pound, children eat and drink more than adults. Healthy eating is essential in order to safely nourish their growing bodies. Incorporating organic food into your family’s diet is an important part of eating healthy, even if you can only purchase organic foods selectively. Here are seven simple ways to save on organic foods to make them more accessible for all of us.

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Top 10 Toxic Products You Don’t Need

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by Margie Kelly, Communications Manager, Healthy Child Healthy World

Advertisers spent an astonishing $144 billion in 2011 to entice you to buy more and more stuff. So it’s not surprising that you have an apartment or house full of things you don’t even like.

Isn’t it time to purge what isn’t necessary? Let’s start with this top 10 list of toxic products you absolutely don’t need. We compiled the list with the input of our knowledgeable Facebook community – thank you! Not only will your home be less cluttered, your health will improve by eliminating common, everyday items that contain toxic chemicals and contaminate your food, air, and body.

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