December 2, 2012

ADHD and Prenatal Mercury

If you are pregnant it is essential that you pay close attention to your health, especially your diet. What you eat affects not only your health, but the health of your unborn baby.

If you happen to love fish, make sure you select varieties that are low in mercury during your pregnancy. New research links ADHD and prenatal mercury... read more at: http://www.examiner.com/article/adhd-and-prenatal-mercury




During your pregnancy it is important to eat an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables. Select organic versions for produce likely to be high in pesticides, such as strawberries. When it comes to vegetables, it is best to eat them cooked during pregnancy to lower your risk of ingesting harmful bacteria. Save those toss salads until after your baby is born.

October 9, 2012

Seventh Generation Chlorine Free Diapers

As a parent, I only want what is best for my baby. I had been searching for several months for the perfect diaper when I discovered Seventh Generation Chlorine Free Diapers. These diapers are my favorite. I prefer to use them for my baby because they are very absorbent. I do not need to change them during the night or replace wet pajamas due to leaking. I tried several other brands and I was disappointed with the poor quality and the smell of chemicals.

I like the fact that Seventh Generation Diapers are chlorine free, unscented, and environmentally friendly. Chlorine free diapers are made without using chlorine as a bleaching agent, which is better for the health of babies. Diapers that contain chlorine are harmful because toxic chemicals derived from the chlorine is absorbed into the skin. This places babies at a risk for cancer, and usually cause recurrent diaper rash. Babies should not have to wear diapers filled with harsh chemicals that negatively affect their health. 

At first glance, it appears that Seventh Generation Diapers are more expensive. The price starts around $24 a pack for 36 diapers, depending on the size. In reality, Seventh Generation Diapers are actually cheaper and more convenient than the competition - cheaper because they are so absorbent that I use fewer diapers, and more convenient because I spend less time changing diapers. 

Another good thing about Seventh Generation Diapers is the fit. I found other diapers that I tried to be bulky, but these have a nice fit and are not too wide in the crouch area. They are soft, comfortable and flexible. Seventh Generation Diapers have a wide Velcro strap which is easier to fasten and stays in place better than all the other brands that I have tried. In addition, I prefer the natural brown color of these diapers over cartoon characters or other obnoxious designs; I do not want my baby looking like a crawling advertisement for cartoons.

If the diapers that you use for your baby are leaking or causing diaper rash, I recommend switching to Seventh Generation Chlorine Free Diapers. In my opinion, they are the best choice for babies and toddlers. 


Organic Food is Better for Your Child

Regardless of what you may have heard on recent television news, organic food is better, healthier for your child. Babies and young children face an increased risk of health problems associated with the chemicals and pesticides in found in food, including ADHD and learning disabilities.

Dr. Oz highlighted the benefits of organic food, and explained the health dangers of non-organic food on a recent edition of his talk show. Dr. Oz was joined by pediatrician, Dr. Alan Greene, who urges parents to choose organic food for their children. Dr. Greene is currently treating children suffering from the negative affects of pesticides in their bodies.

"Buying organic food for your family is worth the investment,"  Insisted Dr. Oz. Read the full story at: Dr. Oz: Organic food is better.
                                                                                     

If you are not sure how to begin the switch to organic food for your children, try Earths Best Organic Baby Food for your baby or young toddler. For a great snack option for your toddler and preschooler consider Happy Baby Organic Puffs


September 27, 2012

Potty Training: Let the Child Lead

Potty training is a big challenge that often becomes a tug-of-war between frustrated parents and toddlers. However, potty training does not have to be a difficult process. In fact, there is no need to worry about potty training your child.

When your child is ready, willing, and able to use the potty 'independently' he or she will let you know. You do not need to coax, force, bride, or cause unnecessary stress to your child or yourself over potty training. If  the age of your toddler is your motivation for potty training, forget about it. Do not compare your child with other children. Some kids are ready at 12 months old, and some are ready at 4 years old. Every child is different. If your motivation for potty training is because disposable diapers are costing you a fortune, switch to cloth diapers with plastic diaper covers.

Most parents rush their children into potty training for convenience. Forget about what is convenient for you; let your child develop at his or her pace without pressure. You will be pleasantly surprised when your 2 year old says to you 'Mommy, no-no diapers!' because she has decided that she no longer needs them. It happens all the time. Your child will not be the oldest child in diapers. He will definitely give up those diapers soon enough. After all, how many elementary school students do you know who are still wearing diapers?

Let your baby be a baby, and allow your toddler to be a toddler. Just love your children and try to enjoy every precious moment with them. That's what matters most. That's what makes you a good parent... not how soon they stop wearing diapers.


June 24, 2012

Beyond the Sling by Mayim Bialik

Beyond the Sling: A Real-Life Guide to Raising Confident, Loving Children the Attachment Parenting Way is an excellent book for parents seeking information on raising healthy and happy children.
Mayim Bialik, PhD, shares her experiences raising children with a gentle touch that allows them to develop as unique, creative, and responsible individuals.
Reading Beyond the Sling was refreshing and liberating. I Finally found an author whose perspective is very similar to mine. Mayim Bialik and her husband respect their children and discipline in a way that promotes mutual respect and understanding. Children have their own ideas, thoughts, needs, and identities. Parents should guide them to grow up to be kind, loving people. Parents should avoid trying to control children or force them to be like everyone else.
Beyond the Sling demonstrates the benefits of attachment parenting, long-term breastfeeding, and the importance of playing an active role in the healthcare management of your children. Mayim Bialik shows parents that home-schooling is a great option for children, and that routine vaccinations may not be the best choice for all children. Each child, family, and lifestyle is different and warrants different choices.
Regardless of your beliefs about parenting, I believe that all parents will benefit and learn a great deal from reading Mayim Bialik's Beyond the Sling: A Real-Life Guide to Raise Confident, Loving Children the Attachment Parenting Way.

March 9, 2012

Childhood Obesity

The fight against childhood obesity can only be won when parents decide to take personal responsibility for their children. Help your child avoid being a victim of childhood obesity. Learn how to raise a healthy, happy, and fit child. According to the CDC, more than a third of America's children are overweight or obese. To continue reading this article click 'childhood obesity.'



January 4, 2012

Diabetes in Pregnancy and ADHD Risk

If you are pregnant and have been diagnosed with diabetes, your child is at a greater risk for developing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) by the age of 6. Talk to your doctor about ways you can minimize the affects of gestational diabetes on your child.

To learn more about diabetes and ADHD risks click on - Diabetes in Pregnancy.