Vaccination: Let’s put the judgment to rest.

Vaccination: Let’s put the judgment to rest

Any debate can get ugly. The vaccine debate just did. Recent stories in the mainstream media stories – including articles published by USA Today and The Washington Post – dish out the blame, accusing parents who don’t vaccinate of being “hysterical,” “hostile,” “irrational”, and a threat to public health. Horror stories abound, featuring babies and…

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In Your Loving Hands: The benefits of infant massage

We all hold the innate gift of a healing touch. Throughout history, from ancient to modern times, there are references to this most natural ability. With kind touch, we’re able to deeply connect to others, to comfort, to calm, to heal and to give and to receive love. With our loving hands and bodies, we’re…

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Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff — or the Baby Book

As with much of motherhood, keeping track of baby’s milestones is one of those tasks that can bring about overwhelming feelings of inadequacy. Even seasoned moms can feel buried under all the things they’re not doing but think they should be. Case in point: The baby book. Every mom I know, still in the glowing…

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The Fresh Approach to an Eco Friendly Baby Shower

If there’s ever a perfect time to host a fresh and eco-friendly celebration, it’s for the coming of a new baby.  A newborn is pure and reminds us of new beginnings and the miracle of nature.  There are many ways, both new and old, you can create a natural, healthy baby shower that helps the…

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Small Person, Big Changes: Introducing a new sibling

Adding a new baby to the family is an exciting time for families. Children especially feel that eagerness as they hold their new baby brother or sister for the first time; they finally get to see who has been inside of mom’s growing belly all these months! Their initial enthusiasm may fade, though, as the…

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Gentle Parenting: Learning to Trust Your Instincts

As a new or expecting parent, what’s more overwhelming – all the baby stuff or all the baby advice? The swing, pack & play, and vibrating chair that plays music fill your living room. You weave through the house tripping over toys designed to make your newborn smarter. Or maybe you actually returned a bassinet because the…

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The Benefits of Reading to Your Unborn Baby

We all know the benefits children can reap by being exposed to books. Especially when you start early, reading is proven to help with a child’s language development and increased word recognition, create a positive bond between parent and child, provide a great wind-down before bedtime, and spark an early interest in learning that carries…

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Play Up Your Child’s Imagination and Creativity with “No Battery” Gifts

Remember that thing you played with all the time when you were a kid?  It was with you from sun up till sun down.  You didn’t buy it at any toy store… it was free.  And it’s what could turn an empty box into a dollhouse or a broom handle into a light saber. Where…

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Wet-Nurse No More: Modern Milk Sharing 2.0

Back before there was a breast versus bottle debate, women who could not or did not breastfeed were able to choose a third option: breast milk from another mother. In most traditional cultures, this meant wet-nursing, with family members able to provide this (often literally) life-saving role. In later periods such as 19th century England,…

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Bonding with Papa

Bonding with Papa

Ideally, having a baby is a joyous time – but realistically it can also be a very challenging one. It’s not uncommon for men to find it difficult to adjust to the arrival of a baby and the radical changes this brings, especially when you’re a first time parent. There’s very little that can prepare…

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How Babywearing Made Me a Superhero

Some of my strongest, most self-assured moments have occurred when babywearing. I distinctly remember the first time I took my daughter out to eat as a new mom.  She was just 6 days old. We had family visiting from out of town, and I was sick of being cooped up. When we got to the…

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DIY Baby Wipes

Make Your Own Baby Wipes – Cloth or Disposable

Hypothetical question: Have you ever gone to the bathroom at a friend’s house and found yourself staring at an empty toilet paper roll? Maybe you look under the sink and above the toilet, but in all the usual places there’s no spare roll in sight, and you start to panic a bit, thinking “Oh my…

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How HypnoBirthing and Going Green Enhanced our Pregnancy

When I was a kid, I ran off to the beach as soon as school was over every day, anxious to surf with my friends. I was in love with the ocean. Before I knew it, I was founding my school’s environmental club, surfing every chance I could get, and pledging my devotion to vegan…

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Sustainable Diapering Options

Sustainable Diapering for the Modern Parent

The average baby goes through 12 or more diapers every day of their life from birth through potty training (around 2-4 years of age). In America, most of those diapers are in the form of disposable diapers that are thrown out with the weekly garbage destined to sit in a landfill for an estimated 500…

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Baby Safety Product Guide

Baby Safety Product Guide by Itsabelly

Since 2007, Melissa Moog, founder of Itsabelly & co-author of the Itsabelly’s Guide to Going Green with Baby, has devoted her time to scouring the juvenile market for the best Green (non-toxic) Baby Products. Itsabelly’s curated list is comprised of baby products made by eco-savvy companies with the safest materials possible. Products chosen for Itsabelly’s…

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DIY Nourishing Baby Wash

DIY Foaming Baby Wash Recipe

When it comes to baby skin, less is more and this simple recipe will leave baby clean without the worry of synthetic foaming agents, hormone disrupting fragrances or any other toxins.  Nourishing Baby Wash Recipe 1 Cup Room-Temperature Water (preferably distilled for shelf life) 1 Teaspoon Organic Coconut Oil (or Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil)…

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Baby Safety: 5 Everyday Items To Keep Away From Your Teething Baby

Did you know that unintentional suffocation is a leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injury among infants and young children?  For babies under age one, almost 70% of accidental deaths were due to suffocating. These are worrisome statistics to be sure.  But aside from choking, there are other baby safety concerns with everyday items that…

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Cloth Diapering Basics

Cloth Diapering Basics

Considering cloth? You should know that cloth diapers and accessories are very versatile. While there are some basics you should know, the most important and most obvious components of successful cloth diapers are A waterproof exterior An absorbent interior Modern cloth diapers come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and styles. The most popular modern…

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Double Diaper Duty

A Surprising Change: How Double Diaper Duty Led to Greener Choices for a Mother of Twins

Going the natural route when it comes to parenting is a no-brainer for some families, but a more natural method of diapering your children…that decision is not always made so easily. This was definitely the case for my family.In 2006, we welcomed identical twin sons into our lives. Feeling blessed would have been an understatement….

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