As a new mom, I was shocked to discover the overwhelming amount of toxins found in almost all the standard baby products especially from Top Name Brands. From my background in biology and nutrition I am very aware that chemicals can easily slip into our system through skin contact, inhaling them, and consuming through the mouth. Babies put everything in their mouth!
I spent most of my pregnancy researching what to avoid and searching for the safest and most natural ‘must-haves’ for our little baby Oby. This is not an exhaustive research paper, but a short blog from my own discovery and experience as a mom. I’ll list the top things to avoid and make a few suggestions on better alternatives.
When it comes to sleep, exhausted new parents are desperate to find what will work. It is possible to find a routine and a rhythm that will work for both you and your little one. Every child is different and you as their loving parent, will be able to create the best plan that fits who they are and which will fit into your family lifestyle.
I want to share with you our sleep routine and the tips we learned to help him be a rockstar sleeper. Our son LOVES this routine. Bedtime is never a struggle as he looks forward to it.
My toddler loves, loves, loves blueberries! He would eat them all day if he could. As a mama I am very concerned that more than 10 pesticides used on conventional blueberry crops have been linked to numerous neurological disorders. Short term effects can be headaches, dizziness, nausea, insomnia, poor balance and depression. The one that I am most concerned about is called chlorpyrifos. Scientists have found chlorpyrifos to negatively impact a child’s brain development and behavior. . . and yet the food industry allows it to continue to be sprayed on "healthy" blueberries.
Organically grown berries provide the benefits of this super-food without the risks. However, it is not always possible for all families to access organic berries. Should you not eat them?? Although I highly recommend eating organic whenever it is possible, there is a way to remove the majority of pesticides from your berries and this method happens to be simple, quick and affordable.