Category Archives: Health & wellness

That first ER visit: notes for next time

Head Gash

With an adventurous toddler in the house, a visit to the ER is more of a “when” than an “if”. It was bound to happen at some point. The backstory As is often the case, the incident happened with neither parents present, both of them being at work. Ms. Headgash was spending  the day at…

Foam Mats Health Risk: The Test Results Are In!

Baby Foam Mats

On July 15, 2011, ANSES published its final report and recommendations regarding the potential health risks of formamide exposure from EVA foam mats. The short answer is that: Yes, formamide was found in these mats. But it’s not as simple as that.

PASS: Marc Weissbluth’s “Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child”

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Even before having a child, expecting parents start to have sleepless nights. Everyone from your family members, friends and colleagues – as well as complete strangers – will offer various kinds of advice, tricks, tips, potions, magic tricks, warnings or horror stories as it relates to a a baby’s sleep. The Offspring-Industrial Complex (OIC) is…

FAIL: Foam floor mats banned in France, Belgium. Shouldn’t we all know about this?

EVA foam floor mats

Ordered off the shelves in parts of Europe; all is quiet in the U.S. I actually love these mats. They were great to give some cushion to a crawling baby or unsteady toddler. I was even going to do a post on these being must-haves. Then a couple weeks ago I received news from family and…

PASS: NoseFrida nasal aspirator (kinda gross, but works wonders)

Nose Frida

Helping a congested baby or toddler is quite a task. While blowing one’s nose seems like an easy, almost primal, thing to do, it is an acquired skill and one that is hard to teach before they’re at least two or so (and even then, just because they may know, they may still prefer to…

PASS: The Happiest Baby on the Block DVD

Happiest Baby on the Block

The Happiest Baby on the Block – The New Way to Help Calm Crying and Help Your Baby Sleep Longer is another one of those powerhouses in the newborn book and DVD category. If you’ve had a child in the past five years, you probably own it, have seen it or heard about it (or…

FAIL: First Years Air Flow Back Sleeper

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This is one of those items that parents typically buy after they’ve worked themselves into a frenzy over SIDS and a baby’s sleep. I fell into that trap too and purchased this item after quite a bit of research even on the topic. In practice, we never used it more than once or twice and…

PASS: Braun Thermoscan Ear Thermometer Review

Coming from the guy who researched and purchased a $90 cooking thermometer (I highly recommend the Thermapen Thermometer, by the way, see reasons why here), you may be able to tell that I like to measure things quickly and accurately. So if you appreciate your child as much as you appreciate your steak cooked to…