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    Sleep Training for Attachment Parents

    The following is an adaptation of an article that I recently wrote for Five Seasons Healing Acupuncture Why is it that pediatricians advise parents to sleep train their babies when they are 12 weeks old? Probably because it wouldn’t work before that—the baby wouldn’t learn to “self soothe” and the screaming process would repeat every […]

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    Sneakiest of the Sneaky Stuff

    Obviously, I’m obsessed with hunting down Sneaky Stuff and calling these companies out. Ecover, Burt’s Bees, Earth’s Best…lots of “natural” giants fall short when it comes to producing truly safe products. For the most part, though, Sneaky Stuff is made by companies that avoid some of the most well-known toxic chemicals, like phthalates and parabens. More […]

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    Empowering Mom in the Morning with the Miracle Smoothie!

    -By Suzanne (“Nana”) Many of my clients are mothers of young children, and I often hear that they wish they had more energy. Relying on caffeine has its drawbacks. On this blog, I usually suggest recipes with kids in mind. Today, I am going to give you something that’s JUST for moms. It’s my go-to […]

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    Natural Mineral-Based Sunblocks Linked to Melanoma

    Choosing a sunscreen that is truly safe has become an increasingly confusing endeavor. And now, a new study shows that the type of sunscreen often touted as the safest may raise the risk of melanoma! Zinc oxide=free radicals=DNA damage=melanoma?According to this study, zinc oxide–an ingredient commonly used in natural sunscreens–undergoes a chemical reaction when exposed […]

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    Kids Love Veggie Smoothies!

    –By Suzanne (“Nana”) As you’ve probably inferred, I’m obsessed with vegetables, especially green vegetables. Getting toddlers to eat veggies can be challenging—in particular, bitter greens and vegetables with rugged textures will often be rejected. A Smooth Way to Include Veggies in Kids’ Diets To get dark, leafy vegetables into my two grandsons, I often blend […]

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    Breastfeeding, Immune Function, and Healthy Gut Bacteria

    Earlier today, my husband, Daylon, sent me an article about a new study that shows that breastfeeding is linked to a healthy gut in infants because of the way specific genes are expressed. While the conclusions of this study are fascinating, the details are esoteric and the article is too science-y for me. Since Daylon has a […]

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    The Green Festival

    Last Sunday, my parents, Felix, and I went to the Green Festival here in Manhattan, hoping to find great under-the-radar Good Stuff to review. We are launching the Good Stuff online store next month, so I’m always in search of truly safe products that aren’t widely available. While I was too busy meeting vendors to […]

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    Older Dads More Likely to Have Autistic Kids

    It’s hard to not worry about autism as a parent or potential parent. When I was pregnant in 2009, one in 120 kids was on the autism spectrum; earlier this month, we learned that this number has jumped to one in 88. Autism is particularly rampant in boys (affecting roughly one in 50). Is my […]

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    Baby Food Purees Review

    We’ve at last completed the never-ending process of reviewing baby food purees. We found only one brand of jarred food that qualifies as Good Stuff, but there is no shortage of pouches that are nutritionally sound (although I worry about the effects of the plastic packaging). Frozen baby food, while less convenient than its pouched […]

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    Don’t Forget About Watercress!

    By Suzanne (“Nana”) Here in the Northeast, the mild winter has flowed right into an early spring! While discussing with my husband how we might want to celebrate Saint Patrick’s day, we wondered if there was a connection between the green theme of St. Patrick’s day and the coming of spring. As the Druids would […]

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