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Sweet William’s First School Lunch

Sweet William started preschool on Monday. It was a huge success. He didn’t want to leave when I arrived to pick him up. [...]

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Making Halloween Healthier

Halloween is fast approaching. I’ve shared tips on how to keep it safe and non-toxic at Natural Kidz. I hope you’ll check it out!

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Recovering From Travel

Another air travel adventure for Sweet William and Darling Fergus. Our American Airlines return from San Francisco was delayed five hours for maintenance. We were finally about to board when we learned that the pilot had hit his head and had to be replaced (another two hours in the airport). I guess I’m already blocking the memory because I can’t tell you how we passed the time, though photo evidence reminds me that William conked out on a bench for about 40 minutes. That’s a little cable car he’s clutching in his fist. [...]

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Flying With a Food-Allergic Baby

The countdown has begun! Tomorrow our family heads to San Francisco for Aunt Kathryn’s wedding.

Sweet William and Darling Fergus are already experienced travelers, having visited different parts of the country by train, plane, and rental car. It feels like I’ve packed our bags a thousand times, but I get a little nervous when I try to anticipate our feeding, clothing, and diapering needs (not to mention entertainment).

New York to San Francisco will be our longest flight since Fergus’ diagnosis with multiple food allergies. I’m thinking about ways to safeguard his health. He’s especially grabby, squirrelly, and HUNGRY these days, so I’m going to try these strategies. [...]

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Fergus and the Whale

… Until recently, Darling Fergus and Sweet William have been content to play with wash cloths and unbreakable cups. Then Fergus discovered he could drink from the spout. Now all he wants to do is stand under the flow, lapping and sputtering….

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In the News

What’s that stuff in my bra? (Grist, 9/17/12) Invoking the precautionary principle when it comes to foam rubber bras: “Why cloak ourselves in maybe-yucky polyurethane all day when we could reduce our reliance on petroleum and chemicals by investing in a nice, simple, organic-cotton number?”

In the wake of studies showing high levels of arsenic in rice, Pediatricians advise on rice consumption for children (Chicago Tribune, 9/19/12) Dr. Philip Landrigan and other leading pediatricians advise parents to avoid feeding their children rice for the next few years, especially if the rice is from Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri, or Texas.

BPA linked to obesity in white children (Environmental Health News, 9/18/12) White children exposed to high levels of BPA are five times more likely to be obese than children with low levels, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Fergus’ Washable (Not Edible) Tissues

What could be more fun than pulling tissues out of a box? If Fergus could speak, he would say, “Eating them!”

I don’t know how many times I pulled wads of paper out of his mouth before I wised up …

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Straw, Please!

Sweet William loves his blueberry breakfast smoothies as much as I hate cleaning them up. The mustache is cute, but there has to be a better way to do this. [...]

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