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developmental drinks for kids

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

Y Water

Yes, you read that right.  This past weekend I was at South Street Seaport for Children’s Fest and came across a table handing out Y Water, a new developmental drink for kids.  Y-water is the first in this new category of drinks for kids.  They currently have four flavors with different constellations of vitamins and minerals.  All of the ingredients are organic and each is a low-calorie drink (as opposed to juice, which is packed with calories!!).  To top it off, the packaging is a cool, molecular-looking y shape that can be used as a toy.  Y Water sells y-knots to bind them together for your child to make whatever she pleases!

grembo sleep sacks, I LOVE them!

Sunday, March 30th, 2008

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What I love about the Grembo sleep sacks is the simplicity of the design and organic materials they use. And, I like that they make sacks for the different seasons of the years and for wee ones through 24 months. (And I’ll have you know that the selection of sleep sacks is slim at best, especially for toddlers!) I wholeheartedly believe that babies and toddlers sleep better with the added coziness of a sack. Parents sleep better too because we don’t have the worry of a blanket either falling off our baby, leaving them cold, or far worse, causing them harm in some way. Another major benefit for parents of toddlers is that the sleep sack often prevents curious little climbers from getting their legs over the railing and out of the crib. Now, isn’t that reason enough to invest in a sack (or two or three, depending on where you live)?!

baby butt

Saturday, October 6th, 2007

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Look no further for amazing skin care for your baby’s bottom (and yours, perhaps?).  Dr Natalie Geary created her own product line, vedaPURE, for baby’s skin as well as mommy and daddy’s skin (vedaMAMA and vedaDUDE). I have been using the baby butt diaper balm since my daughter was a newborn and find it simply delightful. The scent is refreshing and clean, it’s easy to apply and really does the trick.

We ran out recently and tried to use some other brands (to remain unnamed) and she developed a little rash that only got worse.  Dr. Geary rushed us some of the baby butt plus and it went away immediately!  We use the baby butt at night as an added protective layer and it works beautifully.  I cannot recommend this product highly enough.

The products are free of anything harmful for your babies’ skin (so many are not).  Here is what Dr. Gaery has to say about that:

“Avoid products that contain parebens, fragrances, phthalates, alcohols and fragrances to start. Don’t be fooled by labels that claim “all natural”. “

This month, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, you can purchase an organic body cream for mom and 25% of the proceeds will be donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Why organic?

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

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Organic products are cropping up (no pun intended) everywhere these days. And while we know that organic is better, do we really understand why? Or which items we should splurge on and where we can skimp?

Pesticides are used to improve crop yields which in turn has increased the overall quantity of fresh produce available. This increase in supply has meant positive things for public health. However, pesticides also damage the environment and accumulate in ecosystems. Some pesticides can cause a range of adverse effects on human health, including cancer, acute and chronic injury to the nervous system, lung damage, reproductive dysfunction, and possibly dysfunction of the endocrine and immune systems.

Dr. Natalie Geary, a pediatrician in NYC, states that children are more vulnerable to these toxins than adults. She also points out on her blog that studies on the affects of these chemicals has not been done on children during critical stages of development, so the best information we have relates to adults. That, quite frankly, isn’t good enough.

The Environmental Working Group has posted a wallet guide of produce they tested for pesticides after washing or peeling. Here is what they have to say about the importance of choosing produce wisely:

“There is growing consensus in the scientific community that small doses of pesticides and other chemicals can adversely affect people, especially during vulnerable periods of fetal development and childhood when exposures can have long lasting effects. Because the toxic effects of pesticides are worrisome, not well understood, or in some cases completely unstudied, shoppers are wise to minimize exposure to pesticides whenever possible.”

Clearly we, as parents, really need to do our homework when it comes to choosing which foods to feed our children. Our food doesn’t come with a guarantee that it’s safest for our children, though many of us would argue it should. The Consumers Union suggests,

“the simplest solution is to choose organic foods, which contain two-thirds fewer residues.” They recommend that the foods listed below, which are highest in pesticides, are best to purchase organic.

 

  1. Winter Squash
  2. Wheat
  3. Strawberries
  4. Green Beans
  5. Celery
  6. Apples
  7. Peaches
  8. Grapes
  9. Spinach
  10. Pears

In my house we are also striving to buy local and seasonal produce to minimize the environmental impact of importation. Thank goodness NYC has bountiful farmer’s markets!