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  • Recommendations for Vitamin D supplementation for women & for pregnancy

    This is perfect timing as I just finished writing on supplements, including Vitamin D, for the new Green Mama book on Pregnancy. (Look for it this Spring.) These days vitamin D is considered a sort of wonder-vitamin helping with weight management, mood, and overall health. It is one of the few additional supplements that I…
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  • Alternative, healthier chew toys

    Ah, I remember that time: teething. There are safer options than you may realize, no matter where you live. After all, children have been teething since time immemorial. Here are a few of my favourite alternative chew toys: 1. Organic cotton chew dolls (so think of those sort of terry cloth little stuffies or nap…
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  • Natural Teething

    Homeopathic Remedies Camilia and pulsatilla are two homeopathic remedies recommended for teething tots. I love the ease of the Boiron Camilia unit dose squeeze pouches. Its more natural and faster to administer than infant tylenol or advil and I have had great success with its effectiveness. You can also cold brew some soothing chamomile tea to…
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  • How to keep kids busy without resorting to screens PART THREE

    Even before I had children, I loathed going to a restaurant with blaring television sets. If I wanted I watch telly, (that’s where I keep my gelato), I would do so at home. The entire point of going to a restaurant is to drin..er, I mean – break bread, with your friends and family. When…
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  • The Baptism

    As a good Cuban Catholic, my first child was, obviously, to be baptized. He would first wear the family gown, before a costume change into the gown that I had made for him to pass down to his future children, (remade from an antique Edwardian wedding gown that I had found on Etsy), before changing…
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  • How to get better, healthier sleep for your baby & child

    Sleep. Ah. It can seem so allusive for parents of young children. Yet, increasingly we are understanding just how important it is. Sleep is a time of regeneration and growth for all humans and a time of great brain plasticity and development, especially for babies. Sleep is also a particularly vulnerable time. As one doctor…
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  • 7 Steps to Protecting Children from EMF radiation: The invisible danger that surrounds us.

    Could something as pervasive and as invisible as electromagnetic fields (EMF)s really cause harm? All electrical appliances that plug-in emit this radiation: mobile and cordless phones, WiFi, microwaves, televisions, computers, and even baby monitors. The WHO says that radio-frequency EMFs, such as from cellphones, are “possibly carcinogenic to humans.” Many countries in the EU have…
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  • How to find a safe mattress?

    Thank you Chris for being such a thoughtful green papa. I can relate to the difficult leap from going from a crib (or co-sleeper) sized mattress to a child (i.e. adult) size one and the corresponding price jump. In my experience, it is possible to find a truly natural (READ: nontoxic) crib mattress for around…
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  • How & Why to Get a Truly Natural Mattress: When organic isn’t enough

    A truly healthy, green mattress might be the most important investment you make in your home. Certainly, it is in your child’s bedroom. Why get a truly natural mattress? Because conventional mattresses are toxic and the toxins they release (and continue to release throughout their entire life) have been found in the blood of newborn…
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  • How to make your own natural mattress

    When Money Matters More: DIY Mattresses The last thing my mom was thinking about when she had three kids while on welfare was whether to get a natural mattress. And, when our daughter was ready for a “real kid” mattress, we couldn’t afford it at the time. So, what costs almost no money and does…
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  • Sixteen Green Faux Pas for 2016

    We are all afraid of the green police. You know, those people who go around being more righteous than thou and shaming us lesser mortals for our shortcomings. At The Green Mama, we implore people to judge less (especially themselves): just start somewhere, just do something, and, gosh, have a little fun along the way….
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  • What are you doing about the flu shot?

    I do NOT do flu shots for me or my kids. Why? 1. They are both healthy and we have never suffered significantly from the flu, if we get it, it passes quickly and without above-average difficulty and I believe kids are healthier when they get a chance to be sick upon occasion–everyone needs a…
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  • Safer Skincare for Children: The Green Mama guide to healthier, organic, "green" skincare for babies and children

     The Green Mama’s Guide to Safer Skincare for Children

    Children are vulnerable

  • Baby potty training help for a 19-month-old

    My advice. Buy a couple cloth diapers that come on and off easily and potty train him NOW. Don’t do the disposable unless traveling as it will reverse your EC (baby potty training) gains fast. Instead get your little potty and put it where he’s playing AND put him in a cloth pull-up diaper. Get…
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  • How to Potty-train a Baby: Elimination Communication made simple

    Elimination Communication or How to Potty-train a Baby Even in cozy North America, exposing a baby to the idea of eliminating on 
a potty can be easier than a parent might think, and it can save a lot of dirty diapers, which is good for the environment as well as your pocketbook. Many parents are…
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  • Baby On The Go Part 2 : Cloth Diapering & EC

        Here are 10 tips for taking a vacation with cloth diapers in tow: 1. Bring more than enough detergent. Especially if you are going somewhere where cloth diapering isn’t the norm. We use Nellies All Natural Laundry Soda. 2. Keep in mind that all washers are dryers are different. The rule of thumb…
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  • Eczema cures for a baby

    What you put on his skin matters, but what you put inside might be the real culprit.

  • DIY baby wipes & bum spray recipe

    DIY baby wipes & bum spray recipe from The Green Mama Make a little spray bottle for on the go, take your cloth wipes and pre- soak them, or make disposable baby wipes by adding the baby wipe mix to an unbleached, paper towel roll cut in half or a to flushable cloth- diaper liners….
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  • Bone Broth Recipe

    Bone broth is nutrient rich and great for the whole family, including babies. It’s the only thing other than breast milk and water, that I ever put into bottles for my babies. Ingredients: •    Approximately 4 pounds of organic (ideally free-range) marrow bones, knuckle bones, bits of leftover beef (or lamb or venison or buffalo…
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  • Soy versus milk infant formula

    Dear Vanessa, I really feel for your struggle. There are so many stresses with having a new baby and feeding the baby is usually number one on all moms lists: whether they breastfeed or formula-feed. There are some additional stresses when formula feeding a baby, because the chances of the baby being intolerant are much…
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