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Baby Safety

When You Want to Build an Eco-Friendly Baby Registry

There's nothing like a burgeoning new life to make you consider the planet’s future. So as friends and relatives prepare to shower you with baby gifts, it’s natural to want the greenest items possible. But attaching heavy-handed preconditions to your baby shower could cause the event to seem more like a sermon than a celebration.

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They may be the quintessential playthings of childhood, but latex balloons are a hazard—and a lethal one at that. “Kids are choking on them and dying,” says Josh Krimston, a firefighter/paramedic at Bonita Fire Department in San Diego and co-founder of EPIC Medics, a nonprofit organization that aims to prevent childhood injuries. “Latex is so smooth that if it’s inhaled or swallowed, it molds to the trachea and blocks the airway, causing the child to suffocate.”

Boosting Air Quality for Baby

When you become a parent, the simple act of breathing takes on a whole new meaning. Watching your baby’s tiny chest rhythmically rise and fall and listening for a comforting exhalation on the baby monitor are two habits you’re likely to pick up before you’ve even realized it. But what about the quality of the air he’s breathing?

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There’s nothing cuter than your baby’s tiny corn-row toes, but they—as well as other parts of your baby’s body—can quickly become endangered by what’s known as a hair tourniquet. “This happens when something very thin and pliable, such as a hair or thread, gets wound around a digit or other appendage, even a penis,” says Madelyn Goble, R.N., an ER/trauma nurse at Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, Calif. Left unnoticed, a hair can get wound so tightly that blood flow is compromised.

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Poisoning

Mold and Allergies

It must be "mold season."  I've gotten several emails recently from worried women who've discovered mold growing in their walls, bathrooms, couches and offices.  They're frightened mold could damage their baby's health or cause miscarriage. When they went online to do "mold research" what they found scared the bejeezus out them. Let's see if we can take some of the fear factor out of this moldy situation.

Car Seat Shopping

EXPERT TIPS

Rear-facing infant seats are smaller and plug into a base that stays in your car so you can take your sleeping baby out of the car without waking him. Make sure yours is compatible with your stroller.

Convertible car seats stay installed in your car but do double duty by allowing an infant to ride in the rear-facing position for the recommended time period, from birth until he turns 1 or weighs at least 20 pounds (though longer is better). The seat can then be turned around to the forward-facing position.

The Best Baby Gear: Worth a Splurge

Going Green

There's no better time than pregnancy to think about creating a healthier environment for your baby and yourself. Even little changes in your home, your behaviours, and your diet will help protect your growing family and the planet your baby will inherit. Here's your one-stop resource for making your pregnancy a greener, more eco-conscious pregnancy.

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