Mommy posture

Here is a simple visualization technique to help with your posture and counter the effects of gravity. This is important in maintaining a stable core which will support all the daily activities you need to do, often while holding an ever-growing baby. Your core strength, with good form, needs all the help it can get.
Here is what you do:
Imagine a chord attached to your belly button that stretches up and back to a point in between your shoulder blades. Hooked between these two points, the chord straightens your posture by pulling your abs up and in, and your shoulder blades down and back. This provides the support you need when reaching over to pick up your baby, the stroller….etc.

Non-Toxic Baby

When you do some research online, you can find all kinds of scary information about what can be in children’s products. Of course, there can be even worse flame retardants, and other chemicals and metals, in products that are not intended for children. (Computers, printers and cell phones are really bad, but we use them all the time, and then touch our children…)

My philosophy is: I know I can’t control everything, but at least I can reduce exposure when it is possible and it involves something that Baby comes into contact with regularly. I think most of these chemicals are bad when they accumulate from multiple exposures, so I do what I can and don’t worry too much about the rest, since anxiety is probably even worse.

Favorite Toy Brands: Plan Toys, Wonderworld, Haba, Lego, Gund, Ganz, Douglas Toys

Favorite Stroller Brands: Orbit baby, 4moms, Baby Jogger, Uppa Baby

Favorite Travel Play Pen: Baby Bjorn; the only one I can find without harmful chemicals. (Even Phil and Teds has flame retardant.)

Favorite High Chair: Stokke; expensive at first, but can be used forever. There may be an issue with it falling backwards if it is pulled up to a table and the floor is not slippery enough. Baby can kick off from the table and tilt chair backwards. In this case, Baby Bjorn is maybe better for very young kids, but they will quickly grow out of it.

Favorite Clothing and Pajamas: Carters; not organic, but has no flame retardant, even in pajamas. Under the Nile, Luca Charles (often 70% off on Zulily). Clothes made with organic cotton are usually safe, but it is better to check that there are no flame retardants or other chemicals used in the manufacturing process, even if the starting material is organic cotton. It is better to be safe for both environment and baby.

Favorite Bath Products: Angel Baby (bottom balm and shampoo and body wash)

Here is a great place to shop!

References:

http://www.shfamily.com/articles/2011/03/02/playmat-safety-alternatives-to-eva-foam/

http://www.lifeunplugged.net/everythingelse/knitting-with-organic-yarn.aspx

http://www.safbaby.com/lead-free-pvc-free-and-fire-retardant-free-toy-manufacturers

http://www.babynaturopathics.com/shop/pc/viewCategories.asp?idCategory=29&gclid=CKr9_7CFvrMCFRBgMgodshAAqw

http://organicbabyuniversity.com/blog/2011/06/toxic-flame-retardants-in-your-home-part-2-childrens-plush-toys/

http://www.healthystuff.org/get-stuff.php?group-report=Children’s%20Products

http://www.healthybuilding.net/pvc/SortingOutVinyls.html

a good blog- this page is about pvc

Plastic wrap?

Toxins in clothing

All about cosmetics…

Here is a really good reason to avoid “fragrance” in your first trimester!

about formaldehyde in clothing
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Sites that have strange logic…. like trying to avoid one bad thing by replacing it with something even worse.

http://peaceloveorganicmommy.blogspot.ca/2012/10/toy-tuesday-non-toxic-alternatives-to.html