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  • 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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  • Eczema cures for a baby

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

  • 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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  • Green Baby 101: Six easy steps for giving your baby a healthy start and greener future

    Dear SUE: Congratulations on your new baby!  Becoming a parent is a transformative time: everything is changing. Making those healthy and cost-effective is actually the easy part! Feeling good about these things can hopefully de-stress some of the harder aspects of parenting too. Three “starter” tips that make getting started easier: 1. Start with the…
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  • Can I recycle my baby’s carseat?

    Dear D.: Carseat recycling is possible and of course it is preferable to throwing the plastic, metal, and material into the garbage where it takes landfill space and can leach flame retardants, plasticizers, and even heavy metals.  Unfortunately, the alternative is recycling and there are few places that recycle them.  I called one of these…
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  • Birth Part 2: Why do so many American women die in childbirth?

    My first baby was born in Chicago. At  home. When I would mention home birth in that city it was akin to saying: “I like to fly stunt planes–wanna set yourself on fire and take a ride with me?” Mothers were aghast.  I must be nuts, or at least horribly anti-establishment. 

  • Birth Part 1: Does natural birth matter?

     “All that counts is that the baby is healthy” is what many women are told and believe.  The research says something different: a woman’s experience matters. A healthy woman experiencing vaginal birth is more likely to come out with a healthy baby and healthy self.