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That first year of parenthood sure turns you into a pro with lots of unlikely new skill sets. Just give yourself a couple of months, and you’ll be pulling off one-handed diaper changes, swaddling with the best of ‘em, and whipping up your own delicious baby food in 5 minutes flat.
If that last part sounds totally daunting right now, don’t worry – we’ll get you there soon enough.
First thing’s first: get thee to a baby food processor. Preferably, one that pulls double (and even triple) duty. Our pick: the Beaba Babycook Pro, which lets you to steam, cook, and puree all in one unit, with the push of a button.
Sometimes it feels as if childhood is one long parade of baked goods starting with teething biscuits and ending with college graduation cake. Along the way, there are rainy day cookies, banana breads, birthday parties, and school bake sales.
Here’s how parents can make sure too much sugar remains the most undesirable item in all of this warm and gooey deliciousness.
Halloween! Have your kids been counting the days since last year? You’re not alone. It’s arguably a favorite family holiday, but our celebrations can be haunted in unexpected ways if parents aren’t careful. Not only are Halloween costumes, fake blood, and even candy potentially contain everything from lead to hormone disrupting chemicals, but also the piles of Halloween-related waste are downright scary. Here’s how to celebrate the fantastically fun day without any Halloween nightmares:
Plastic is obviously the most convenient material in the modern kitchen. But some types contain toxic compounds that can easily migrate into food, especially when heat and/or fat are involved. Which makes it more than wise to take special precautions when it comes to food and plastic during pregnancy—whatever gets into your food can get into you and your growing baby, too! Here’s a quick guide to staying safe when you’re expecting:
If you’ve reached the moment in your pregnancy when you’re thinking about setting up baby’s room, here’s how to make it as pure as can be. For more ideas, check out our free e-book. And always keep in mind that when it comes to gear for a baby, less is truly more.
1. Choose no or at least low-VOC paint
Traditional paints include volatile organic compounds (VOCs) to keep ingredients dissolved evenly and to help the finished product dry. These VOCs can affect your baby’s health. Since paints can continue to emit VOCs for months after they’ve been applied, it’s best to choose low- or no-VOC varieties or alternatives like milk paints. It’s also advisable to have someone other than mom applying the paint, especially if scraping of old paint—which may or may not be lead-based—is involved prior to application of new paint. Hiring a trained professional is the safest way to go, especially if you don’t know if there are layers of lead paint in your home.
You’re probably careful about avoiding choking hazards and other common safety issues with toys, but did you know there are a wide variety of synthetic chemicals and heavy metals that could be in them? From lead and cadmium in paint, plastics, and jewelry to xylene, toluene, and phthalates in play cosmetics – when did toy boxes become a toxic minefield?
Here are 12 ways you can reclaim the fun and reduce worry when it comes to playtime. Make your toy box healthier for your child and the planet. More
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.
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!
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
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.