When Doctors Diagnose Spitting Up as GERD, Babies May Be Prescribed Medication Needlessly

by 06/06/14   filed under: baby feeding, kids health, news

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According to the Gastroenterology Clinics of North America, about 50% of perfectly healthy babies spit up more than twice a day — and though it’s natural for parents to be concerned, studies show that a full 95% of those babies will stop spitting up all on their own, with no treatment necessary. However, as The New York Times points out, doctors may be worrying parents far more than warranted when it comes to basic baby spit up. Some doctors are telling parents that their baby has Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), an actual disease that requires drug treatment, thus resulting in many babies receiving drugs for a common problem that will usually go away on its own. How parents should think about spitting up is that a majority of babies spit up, making it a fairly normal symptom babies exhibit, not as a disease that needs special treatment, and least of all, medication. As explained in The New York Times piece, “Infants vomit more often because they have an all-liquid diet. They have an immature esophageal sphincter, which doesn’t quite close off the stomach from the esophagus. They eat every few hours, and they have small stomachs. Countless infants will have symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux.” Furthermore the article notes, “There’s plenty of blame to go around for this mess. But broadening our definition of disease probably made all of this possible.”

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Babywearing Daddy Doll Promotes Childcare as a Family Affair

by 06/05/14   filed under: babywearing, eco play, green toys

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Gone are the days when mom, and mom alone took care of the baby. Nowadays, REAL men know that dads can help promote breastfeeding, change diapers like a pro, co-sleep like a champ and would never ever dream of referring to taking care of their own tyke as “babysitting.” In some ways, moms still shoulder the bulk of the responsibilities with regard to cleaning house and basic child care, as recent studies indicate. However we’d love to totally even out the parenting playing field and we fully appreciate thoughtfully designed toys that can help us do just that! These adorable Waldorf based knit baby-wearing dolls come in both mama and daddy styles! Made by the amazing Freja Toys, these knit dolls are truly adorable and made with child-safe materials such as 50% wool/50% viscose thread, 100% cotton thread and stuffed with hypo-allergenic toy stuffing. These dolls will let your child know from a young age that both mom and dad can carry and care for a wee babe — a perfect lesson for imaginative kids in the role playing phase. Each of these lovely babywearing dolls comes with both a parent (mom or dad) and a tiny baby in a sling too! Best of all, you will not believe the price. At just $42 a pop it’s almost a crime not to pick one of these dolls up and get your child on a path to parenting equality early on. And of course, these babywearing daddy dolls are also great for families with two proud papas!

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GroupMe: A Simple, Safe Way to Communicate with Your Friends and Loved Ones (Sponsored)

by 06/05/14   filed under: parenting, reviews

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I try to spend as little time as possible on my phone, so I’m generally wary of apps and services that even well-meaning friends tell me about. But when I learned about GroupMe, I realized it was one (free!) app that might actually help me waste less time on my phone and use the time that I do spend on it more productively. Launched in 2010 and now used by millions of people across the country on all mobile devices and on your desktop (at groupMe.com), GroupMe offers a way to stay connected with family, friends, Mom’s meet-ups, school volunteer committees, and virtually any other group of people you want to keep in touch with.

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HOW TO: Make a Soothing and Natural Diaper Wipe Solution

by 06/05/14   filed under: green baby, green baby gifts, green diapers, health & body, how-to

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Walk Through Awesome Tunnels Designed to Resemble the Roots of a Tree in This Eco Art Installation!

by 06/05/14   filed under: art

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Artist Yusuke Asai Paints Another Sensational Mud Mural Called 'Sprouting Life in the Forest' in a Classroom in India

by 06/04/14   filed under: art

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LEGO Female Scientist Minifig Set is Coming to Stores Soon!

by 06/04/14   filed under: eco play, green kids

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Great news! LEGO is going to make the proposed concept of a female scientist minifig set into an actual LEGO product that your kids can play with and be inspired by! The Research Institute of women minifigs including the labs of the Astronomer, the Paleontologist, and the Chemist is currently in development at LEGO with the goal of reaching store shelves in August 2014! Last July we reported that LEGO CUUSOO, a site featuring LEGO design ideas submitted by folks hoping LEGO will turn their concepts into actual products, had a very noteworthy project on the table from member Alatariel Elensar. With her female minifigure set, Elensar hoped to increase the amount of female LEGO minifigs on the market, noting, “As a geochemist I started with designs close to my own profession, a geologist and a chemist, and then expanded the series to include other sciences and other professions.” She elaborated, “The motto of these Scientists is clear: explore the world and beyond! The Astronomer discovers new stars and planets with the telescope, the Paleontologist studies the origin of the dinosaurs and the Chemist does experiments in the laboratory.”

We’re thrilled to see this dream being actualized, as it will give kids a wider range of female LEGO toys to play with than is currently offered in the girl-centric LEGO Friends sets.

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A Guide To CSAs: Joining And Making The Most Of Your Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

by 06/03/14   filed under: cooking, food, green family, health & body, parenting

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Disneyland Paris Brings Childrens' Dream Castle Drawings to Life by Building the 'Imagination Castle'

Disneyland Paris Brings Childrens' Dream Castle Drawings to Life by Building the 'Imagination Castle'

Walt Disney believed that he could imagine, create and build the happiest place on earth, but we all know it takes a village to make grandiose dreams a reality. So when Disneyland…

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6 Refreshing & Delightful Garden Party Drinks for Green Kids

6 Refreshing & Delightful Garden Party Drinks for Green Kids

#1: Watermelon Punch Bowl + Recipe What is better than our favorite summer organic fruit doubling as a beverage and the punch bowl all in one? This watermelon drink recipe sounds…

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HOW TO: Make a Mouth-Watering Vegan Philly 'Cheesesteak' Sandwich for Dad This Father’s Day

HOW TO: Make a Mouth-Watering Vegan Philly 'Cheesesteak' Sandwich for Dad This Father’s Day

1. Gather the ingredients a long bread roll half an onion a few mushrooms a few dried mushrooms a bunch of fresh parsley some pickled cucumber chili peppers Vegan cheese: almond…

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Float Baby is a Day Spa That Caters to Infants with Water Therapy & Neonatal Massage Services

Float Baby is a Day Spa That Caters to Infants with Water Therapy & Neonatal Massage Services

If all that napping, eating and crying is taking its toll on your baby’s mind and body, why not let your little bundle relax at a day spa tailored made just for her? Float Baby is…

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Bombas Designs What May be the Best Kids' Socks Ever

Bombas Designs What May be the Best Kids' Socks Ever

Socks may be one of the more frustrating items of children’s clothing to keep track of: why do we always end up with a pile of lonely socks without their match after every…

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LeVar Burton Raises $1 Million in 1 Day to Bring Back Reading Rainbow!

LeVar Burton Raises $1 Million in 1 Day to Bring Back Reading Rainbow!

Reading Rainbow was a pivotal part of my childhood. I was already a bookworm, but watching this show solidified a life-long love of literacy. Just yesterday, on a walk outside, I found…

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Eco Kids Planet Magazine is an Engaging, Educational Magazine for Kids Ages 7-11

Eco Kids Planet Magazine is an Engaging, Educational Magazine for Kids Ages 7-11

Eco Kids Planet is a new print and digital magazine for kids aged 7-11. This monthly publication seeks to provide young adventurers with interactive, exciting, and educational content,…

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7 Fun, Kid-Friendly Salad Recipes That Go Beyond Iceberg Lettuce

7 Fun, Kid-Friendly Salad Recipes That Go Beyond Iceberg Lettuce

Looking for a fun way to encourage your kid to eat more veggies? Try a few new, exciting salads – your kids will enjoy helping to prepare them and the whole family will savor…

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6 Great Baby Carriers & Slings for Babywearing Dads

6 Great Baby Carriers & Slings for Babywearing Dads

TweetEmail 1. The Ring Sling Made in a wide variety of fabrics including sturdy linen and super-strong silk, the ring sling is an easy option for babywearing dads. Since the…

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7 Safe & BPA-Free Water Bottles for Toddlers

7 Safe & BPA-Free Water Bottles for Toddlers

Kid Kanteen Klean Kanteen bottles are made with 18/8, food-grade stainless steel and the caps are made of BPA-free polypropylene #5 – though there are fully stainless steel loop caps…

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