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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.

Chlorine Safety


No. Many natural barriers in your body, including the cervix and amniotic sac, protect your baby from external substances such as chlorine in a pool or even soapy bath water. In fact, swimming is one of the most beneficial and comfortable forms of exercise you can do during pregnancy, as the water imparts a weightlessness that many women find soothing. That said, I recommend that you check with your doctor before beginning (or continuing) any exercise program.

Study Highlights Co-sleeping Dangers

A new year, a new study about babies and sleep: Federal health officials report that infant deaths blamed on accidental strangulation and suffocation in bed have increased sharply in the U.S., The New York Times reports. The news has reignited a simmering debate over the rising number of parents who sleep with their babies, also known as "bed-sharing" or "co-sleeping."

Co-sleeping Debate Goes On

Two new reports on co-sleeping with a baby were released this week, adding to the confusion that seems to dog this practice.

How to Install a Car Seat

Follow our step-by-step instructions on installing a rear-facing car seat. Once you've done your best to install your seat, pay a visit to a certified CPS technician for a once-over.

A technician will determine if and how the seat fits your vehicle and your child, check to make sure that the product has not been recalled, and—most important—make sure you know how to correctly install it by yourself.

Fans Lower SIDS Risk

A new study has yielded another clue on what causes the tragic deaths of seemingly healthy infants. Researchers in California indicate that circulating air in a baby's nursery helps to lower the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). The latest information, published in The Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, further points to a baby's sleep environment as crucial in the risk and prevention of SIDS. In the study of 185 SIDS cases vs.

Baby Safety Month

We're on our third set of cabinet latches. Charlie "Houdini" Rousmaniere has managed to break the last two sets. And while I personally struggle to open a cabinet locked down by the third set of latches, Charlie easily slips them off, gets what he needs out of the cabinet, then very thoughtfully puts the latch back on the cabinet.

It looks like I'll be shopping for our fourth set of cabinet latches this weekend.

Lead Threat Grows

Nineteen toys manufactured in China by American companies were recalled last year due to danger of lead exposure—six times the number reported in 2006, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). While the use of paint containing lead, a heavy metal linked to irreversible learning and behavioral problems, is illegal in the U.S., American toy manufacturers are still allowed to use lead in their products without listing it or other potentially dangerous substances, including chemicals, on the label.