Your browser (Internet Explorer 7 or lower) is out of date. It has known security flaws and may not display all features of this and other websites. Learn how to update your browser.

X

Navigate / search

Understanding Bisphenol A (BPA): Plastic Chemical Now Linked to Obesity

As most informed parents are aware, BPA or Bisphenol A is a chemical to stay far away from. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services defines BPA as a chemical used “in the manufacture of many hard plastic food containers” and can be found in some metal cans due to the epoxy resins as well.

In 2008, the Food and Drug Administration conducted a study on BPA and discovered that the chemical can leach out of plastic when heated (this is why you should always microwave food items in glass or microwave-safe ceramic containers!). Further tests have even linked BPA to a potential cause of cancer, diabetes, and infertility, though unfortunately, the effects are still too vague to truly deem the chemical as harmful enough to be eliminated from use in manufacturing.

Recently, BPA has been banned from baby bottles, but one frightening statistic makes me think it isn’t enough. According to Healthy Child Healthy World, “A survey conducted through the Centers of Disease Control found BPA in the urine of 93% of Americans. And our children have the highest levels.” Therefore, health conscious moms and dads should choose to opt for BPA free products in its entirety since the effects are still mostly unknown.

More recent studies have even linked BPA to an increased risk of obesity. Obviously poor diet and lack of exercise are the main contributing factors, but the association in itself is concerning. Particularly when it comes to our children, a study conducted by the Journal of the American Medical Association found that children exposed to high levels of BPA “are five times more likely to be obese than children with low levels.”

Again, the effects of BPA at this point are still not totally understood. But, to be safe, I would highly recommend looking for products (for you and baby) that claim to be BPA-free – that most definitely includes any sort of plastic toys that your little one might enjoy!

For more information on how to approach your infant’s exposure to BPA, visit HHS.gov.

Incredible Photo of Newborn Grabbing Doctor’s Finger During C-Section Delivery

“A picture is worth a thousand words” and though that may be true, this picture left me completely speechless.

A Classic Pin-Up/Facebook
A Classic Pin-Up/Facebook

According to azfamily.com, a  routine C-section that took place in October at an Arizona hospital would have been like any other until the tiny little newborn grasped onto the doctor’s finger while still inside the mother’s womb. This incredible photo was quickly snapped by the proud father, Randy Atkins, when his daughter, Nevaeh (Heaven spelled backwards), made quite the memorable entrance into the world.

For fear that the picture might leave a few friends squeamish, the Atkins’ originally planned to keep the photo private. However, once the photo was uploaded to Facebook, the photo went viral with more than 7,000 likes and 4,000 shares.

What a remarkably beautiful photo!

 

A New Year: Parenting Resolutions Simplified

At the start of each new year I try to come up with very specific resolutions that I convince  myself I’m going to follow through with, however as most of us can attest, more than most of them never get accomplished. For the record, my 2012 resolution of working out three times a week was achieved for a solid three and a half weeks, so that’s pretty awesome. Anyways, I’ve decided that setting specific goals isn’t really my thing.

This year, I am going with a more simplified approach. Instead of setting specific resolutions like “I’m cutting out dessert entirely” or “I’m only allowing myself to mentally break down once a week”, let’s all try to shoot for being all-around better people/parents/friends/etc. I’ve come up with a list of three simplified resolutions to help shape us into happier people, and hopefully they will be easier to stick to!

For me, I want to improve on three things this year and they are as follows: reflection, progression, and positivity.

Reflect. We cannot learn from our experiences if we don’t take a step back every once in awhile and reflect on how we reacted, why we reacted the way that we did, and how we can improve those actions the next time around. For parents, reflection is crucial. Take time to rehash the day. Did you dish out empty threats when a simple no would have sufficed? Did you overreact? Under-react? Take time to reflect, not just on your parenting techniques, but on everything. A moment of time taken out of your day designated solely for you is important in your overall happiness.

Progression. In relation to reflection, progression is the next step. Sure, you can think about things all day, but that’s not going to change anything unless you put those thoughts into action. Let’s all strive to progress, to learn, to move forward, and to be the best we can be.

Positivity. Pretty self-explanatory. My goal here is to simply possess positivity, in all capacities. I want to be positive, I want to think/speak positive, I want others to feel positive when I’m around, and most importantly I want to be positive that I am doing all I can for others. Now, when your two year old is screaming at the top of their tiny little lungs in a quiet store, it may be harder to hold on to that distant strand of positivity, but take a deep breath, and fight through it!  We can’t always be positive, but I would wager to say 9 times out of 10, it’s all about mind over matter.

Watch out 2013, I’m coming for you! ;)

 

Happy New Year, 2013!!

2012 has been a whirlwind year: lots of highs and lows, a 50 Shades of Grey inspired baby boom, an election, a potential apocalypse, and right at the end there, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West sneaking in an announcement of their pregnancy. Overall, 2012 has been a life-changing year for me; especially if you have recently welcomed a baby into the world, or are preparing for a baby, I’m sure saying the same is an understatement.

With any new year, there is always a time to make resolutions, reflect on oneself, start over, refresh, get inspired, and do good.

Here’s hoping for a year full of prosperity, happiness, health, and love. Wishing you all nothing but the best in 2013!

Happy New Year! Talk to you in 2013! ;)

Retailers Agree to Stop Sale and Recall Nap Nanny Recliners

One of the Nap Nanny models voluntarily recalled.
One of the Nap Nanny models voluntarily recalled.

December 27, 2012.  Though Nap Nanny has been reluctant to issue a voluntary recall, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission along with four major retailers have issued their own voluntary recall of all Nap Nanny models.

The Nap Nanny is a portable foam infant recliner meant to hold baby while sleeping/resting. The CPSC reports that they are “warning parents and caregivers that these baby recliners contain defects in the design, warnings and instructions, which pose a substantial risk of injury and death to infants. This recall includes the Nap Nanny Generations One and Two, and the Chill™ model infant recliners.”

The Nap Nanny has been under constant pressure after the first voluntary recall in 2010 to improve their product, in which they did. Recently however, Nap Nanny has refused the CPSC’s request to issue another voluntary recall in the wake of five infant deaths linked to the use of their product. Therefore, the CPSC has taken legal action against Nap Nanny, and has now worked with four major retailers (Toys“R”Us/Babies“R”Us, Diapers.com, Buy Buy Baby, and Amazon) to halt sales of the Nap Nanny. BabyEarth has also stopped carrying Nap Nanny recliners.

Consumers of the Nap Nanny should immediately discontinue use. As it is still unofficial, there is no remedy at this time. For more information on the recall, visit CPSC.

Falls Creek Kids Infant/Toddler Jeans Recalled: A Choking Hazard

One of the few Falls Creek Kids jeans recalled.
One of the few Falls Creek Kids jeans recalled.

December 27, 2012.  The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Falls Creek Kids, has issued a recall of nearly 140,500 infant/toddler denim jeans.

The co-ed  infant/toddler jeans were sold exclusively at Meijer and H.E.B. stores from June to November 2012. According to the CPSC, the jeans pose a hazard as the snap can become loose and fall off, posing a potential threat should it be ingested. There have been zero reported incidents.

The CSPC describes the recalled jeans as follows:

“Falls Creek Kids infant and toddler, boys and girls, denim jeans were sold in sizes 12M-5T. “Falls Creek Kids” is printed on a tag sewn on the inside back of the waistband. The jeans are denim with or without a pink star or heart graphic design stitched on the outside front and back of the jeans. The jeans also were sold with cargo style pockets. There is label on the inside of the recalled jeans near the front left pocket that includes the date of production: 04/2012 and production location: Zhangjiagang, China. Falls Creek Kids infant jeans with production code 4/2012 in sizes 0-3 mos, 3-6 mos or 6-9 mos. printed on a label on the inside of the back waistband are not included in the recall.”

Children should immediately stop wearing these jeans and consumers should bring the garment to a local Meijer/H.E.B store for a full refund. To contact Meijer, call toll-free at (800) 927-8699 at anytime or go online at www.meijer.com and click on product recalls.

For more information on the recalled product, visit CPSC.

Merry Christmas from BabyEarth Grow!

Wishing you all a wonderful day with your family and loved ones. Take lots of pictures, give lots of hugs, and enjoy this time with the people who matter most in your life!

Merry Christmas!

 

Family Christmas Traditions: How Young is Too Young to Start One?

As I gear up to head home for the holidays, I can’t help but think of all the wonderful traditions that my family has participated in, both immediate and extended, that have truly shaped the way I perceive this time of year. Even now that my childhood days are long gone, I still see all of the magic that vividly surrounded me as a young’n. As we grow old, and especially as we watch new ones come into the world, this time of year is simply magic. But the question as to when to start a new tradition is always iffy – how young is too young? Will they even remember? Is it worth the hassle?

In a single word: YES!

Granted, this is just my opinion, but allow me to back up my answer… I dearly cherish the traditions that my family has partaken in since I can remember (though as to how far back, I’ll never know). Those memories my family and I have built over the years is irreplaceable, and they all started when I was a baby.

I’m sure I am going to get some heat for this, but in my household, it would not TRULY be Christmas Eve if my ENTIRE family did not partake in singing “The Twelve Days of Christmas”. Everyone in my family hates doing it, and with how terribly out-of-pitch we all are, it’s actually amazing neighbors have not requested us to stop this pastime years ago. And yet, we get out these old musty posters (with lyrics on the back-no less) and sing that song. Every year. Without fail. And I love that.

Another tradition in my family, aside from cinnamon rolls for breakfast – I mean, honestly, what says Christmas breakfast more than a gooey cinnamon roll with extra cream cheese frosting? – is that my dad creates these elaborately large Christmas cards each year that are unbelievably detailed and amazing to look at. It is a highly anticipated event when he debuts these works of art each year, and it would truly not be Christmas without all of us sitting down around him in the living room, eagerly awaiting its first appearance.

Now, okay, yes, these are old traditions, and maybe all of those weren’t always around for my first Christmas, but that is the beauty in starting traditions! You can mold and shape them as you go. If you think it will make your holiday a little brighter to start a new tradition of buying the entire family matching holiday pajamas, then do it! Your babies may not remember their first Christmas, but when they are older and looking back on old pictures, they will smile and “remember”. And really, isn’t that what it’s all about?

Now, in terms of the tradition you want to start as a new family, that’s up to you. We’ve covered the ‘Elf on the Shelf’ Christmas tradition, the up and coming tale that has taken the nation by storm, or at least that’s what I have gathered from countless hours spent on Pinterest. There is also the ever-classic baking of holiday goodies, the Secret Santa exchange, the opening of presents on Christmas Eve as opposed to Christmas Day, and there are traditions that may not be so run-of-the-mill (like my family’s Men’s Grab Bag gift exchange – yikes). However, those traditions, no matter how small or silly, will wind up making this time of year so special for you and your little ones.

Whatever you and your partner decide, don’t let age hinder when you’d like to start!

What traditions do you and your family partake in? What traditions do you think you will add in for your little ones?

The Final Elf Sighting: December 21st

As this is the last day in the office for many of us who are looking forward to some quality time with family and friends for the upcoming holiday, we braced ourselves to find Beartha one last time before she officially heads back up to the North Pole for the year. Low and behold, Beartha decided to go out with a leap. She bungee jumped with Christmas lights off of some of our cubicles!

And even left us a little note! :)

We’ll miss her. I guess we’ll find out if we made the naughty or nice list pretty soon… (fingers crossed).

From all of us at BabyEarth, Happy Holidays! Enjoy time with your family and snap lots of photos to always remember  these precious moments.

Spider-Man Snags President Obama at the White House

This photo posted on Barack Obama’s Facebook page has been liked and shared like wildfire across the Internet within the last 24 hours – and understandably so. We all need a bit of comedic relief after this past week, and this definitely put a smile on my face. According to Yahoo, the miniature Spider-Man is believed to be a son of a White House staff member.

Spider-man issues a sneak attack on President Obama. Pete Souza/The White House. Photo originally shared via Barack Obama’s Facebook page.
Spider-man issues a sneak attack on President Obama. Pete Souza/The White House. Photo originally shared via Barack Obama’s Facebook page.

All politics aside, you have to respect a man who will play along with the ill wills of an imaginative tyke superhero . From the looks of it, this little Spider-Man has mean accuracy!