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Health & Safety
Feb29

Salons and spas for little girls: harmful, or harmless?

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The New York Times, that bastion of meaningful news, published a story yesterday on how cosmetic companies and retailers are targeting six- to nine-year-old girls. Salons for little girls are springing up around the country, apparently, with parents hosting “beauty primping parties” for daughters and their friends. The demographic the Times targets with this type […]

Feb22

Phthalates, sippy cups, and Bisphenol-A: unhiding the hidden dangers

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Well! Hey! You sure do have some, you know, opinions about circumcision! Don’t you! Wow! And there’s nothing wrong with that. Please don’t hurt me. And now, let’s back away slowly from all controversial parenting topics, shall we? New topic for the week: kids! Can’t live with them, can’t sell them. You know what I’m […]

Feb15
Circumcision: the kindest cut, or the cruelest?

Circumcision: the kindest cut, or the cruelest?

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It’s the day after Valentine’s Day, and I’m thinking about circumcision. I assure you this is a coincidence. So! Those of us who have birthed baby boys are faced with the inevitable question: to snip or leave intact? In most of the world, the majority of boys are left as nature intended, but here in […]

Feb11
Bottles & Pacifiers: When Do I Really Need To Take Them Away?

Bottles & Pacifiers: When Do I Really Need To Take Them Away?

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Hi, I am the mother of a great almost two-year old (will be 2 in March) who absolutely refuses to drink his milk in anything other than a bottle and still must chomp on his pacifier in order to go to sleep (night or nap). Honestly, this doesn’t bother me all this much, but I’m […]

Dec07

Teen pregnancies on the rise

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The teen birth rate has risen for the first time in 14 years, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On average the percentage jumped 3 percent from 2005 to 2006; the rise was highest in black teens—a whopping five percent. As if this weren’t troubling enough, last month the CDC released […]

Nov02

Sleep Tips for Daylight Savings Time Move

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Sunday morning many were confused with the new date for Daylight Savings (“Fall Back”) being moved to the first Sunday in November. Yes! Halloween Trick-or-Treating was much improved with this extra hour of sunlight. This morning I received a very timely and helpful post on tips for helping your baby sleep well during the daylight […]

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