Mommy Greenest Approved: Kabrita Gentle Goat Milk Foods

goat-milk-yogurt-formula-kabrita-mommy-greenest-photo-600-1I talk with many parents concerned about cow milk intolerance. Usually the diagnosis is a process of elimination: A colicky baby seems better after her breastfeeding mother stops drinking milk. But for formula-fed children, getting the balance right can be frustrating. Most alternative formulas are soy-based, which can also lead to congestion, rashes and digestive discomfort. That’s why I was so excited to discover Kabrita, a new line of GMO-free, goat milk based toddler formula and three toddler-approved flavors of Goat Milk Yogurt and Fruit that are naturally easy to digest—especially for children with cow milk intolerance. Want to try? Kabrita is offering free shipping through the month of August! [Read more…]

3 Questions to Ask if You’re Pregnant

doctor puts stethoscope on pregnant bellyPregnant? Get ready for the god complex. Every mom I know talks about the saint that delivered her baby. The doctor’s word is taken as law, and heaven forbid your birth partner suggest otherwise. But are you and your doctor truly in sync?

In 2012, a University of San Francisco study of more than 2,000 obstetricians and gynecologists nationwide found that although they routinely discuss smoking, alcohol, diet and weight gain, most doctors do not warn their patients about environmental hazards as related to pregnancy. [Read more…]

2 Techniques to Combat Colic

swaddled newborn baby cryingThankfully, my kids didn’t have colic, defined as a healthy baby who cries for more than three hours each day, more than three days a week for at least three weeks.

But we all know someone who has lived with a colicky baby. And we feel for them. Because it’s one thing to comfort a crying infant. It’s another thing to comfort an infant who cries for three hours straight. [Read more…]

Breastfeeding, By The Numbers

breastfeeding infant at mother's breastI’m working on an infographic-driven “by the numbers” series this month, and this information really spoke to me. Although there are challenges, there is also such an obvious benefit to breastfeeding. This information really focuses on the first six months, but the American Academy of Pediatrics actually recommends we continue to breastfeed for a full year, while supplementing with food. I breastfed my son for more than a year, my daughter for nine months, and my youngest for six. It was difficult while working, but worth it. I hope we can share more information like this to encourage the new mamas among us to give it a try for at least six months. How long did you breastfeed? What was difficult and what were your challenges? I’d love to learn from your comments. Thanks! [Read more…]

Mommy Greenest Approved: Oh My DeVita Baby

baby products against white backgroundEven though I no longer have little ones, I’m still constantly on the hunt for the next best thing in baby care. I recently found it in the brand-new Oh My DeVita Baby line, which sponsored this post. Developed by Cherylanne DeVita, the mom behind the bestselling DeVita Naturals skincare and mineral makeup cosmetics, the line is completely natural and infused with probiotics, which help fight the bacteria that can lead to diaper rash. This totally vegan and absolutely amazing line is now on sale at Target stores. Love! [Read more…]

3 Steps to Breastfeed: Reduce Risks for Mom & Baby

Breastfed infants have lower rates of SIDS; breastfeeding moms show lower rates of postpartum depression. These three steps can help breastfeeding success!When I had my first child 14 years ago, I remembered what breastfeeding friends had told me: Put your baby on your breast the minute he is born. Even if there’s nothing coming out, keep doing it until there is.

I was lucky to have that advice, and to be able to successfully breastfeed my son until he was a year old, and my daughters until they were nine and six months, respectively.

Which is why I was so disappointed in Fran Drescher, who courted controversy in 2011 during a radio interview in which she said that breastfeeding “poisons” infants and recommended that nursing mothers get their breast milk tested for toxins. [Read more…]

2 Steps to Find the Best Car Seat for Your Baby

sleeping baby in infant car seatWhat’s the best car seat to buy for your baby? It’s a complicated question, as the marketplace is changing rapidly. Parents are realizing that just keeping their children safe in a crash isn’t the end-all, be-all to determine the best car seat. Especially considering that many children are in car seats for as many as several hours each day, we also need to think about the long-term implications of exposing our kids to the toxic chemicals that these seats can be made with. [Read more…]

Want a Natural Pregnancy? 12 Tips to Protect Your Baby for Life

little girl listening to her mom's natural pregnancy bellyGetting ready for baby—or pregnancy? Congratulations! Going green for your growing belly—or for when you bring that baby home—sounds good on paper, but is a natural pregnancy doable in reality? Yes! Here’s how:

1. Eat organic: The dangers of common pesticide exposure are equal to those of smoking during pregnancy: low birth weight and early labor. Studies have shown that eating organic for just five days can eliminate many of the pesticides—linked to cancer, among other health problems—in our bodies. Following the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen/Clean Fifteen lists can reduce your family’s exposure by 80 percent. [Read more…]