Bisphenol-A in Formula Containers

Check out this great post on Z Recommends: Z Report on BPA: Infant Formulas.

BPA is everywhere. If we want to protect our kids, we have to tell the manufacturers to take it out! I encourage you to write letters, talk to friends, get active!!

Whole Foods Does Dads Wrong. :-(

The men’s restroom in the Whole Foods on Union Square does not have a baby changing station! Only the women’s restroom gets a changing table. Not only that, the Manager I spoke to was annoyed that I complained, and told me they just don’t have enough space for things like that. I am a self-avowed Whole Foods-ie, but this makes me want to skip it until we get a changing table in the men’s restroom or a unisex changing room.

A Week of Sleep: How the Fellas got their Groove Back

It’s been a week and a half since we started “sleep training.” It sounds so awful, like our son is a dog. But the truth is it’s one of the greatest things to happen to us since our beautiful son came into our lives. Life is becoming manageable and we’re able to start living as a family. Here are seven reasons why: Continue reading

Product Review: Tushies Gel-free Diapers

I hate to say this, but Tushies Gel-free Diapers are the worst diaper we have ever used.

They seem awesome on paper. They are gel-free (which they point out is only a bell/whistle), dye- and perfume-free, made from non-chlorine bleached materials, and have a nice soft exterior. Instead of gel, the diapers employ a cotton/wood pulp blend. The wood pulp is made from Scandinavian-grown trees in a sustainable fashion. With exception to the wood pulp, all materials used in manufacturing the diapers are made in the U.S.

It is not hard to say how annoyed we were that the diapers leaked 80% of the time. Granted, our wee one is a heavy wetter, but still! The diapers would become heavy after only an hour or so, and if you left E in them for 3 hours… it was bad news. We even had to wash his bouncy chair cover once because the pee had soaked it through.

TGD begs you to avoid them unless you have stock in a laundry detergent or related company.

Sorry Tushies! We really liked where you were headed. Maybe future versions will be better…

Don’t Tell Dr. Sears: Sleep Training, Night 1: A play-by-play

At the baby’s 2 month check-up, our lovely doctor told us it was time to start sleep training. Sleep training?! The mere mention of the babe sleeping 10 hours at night made Gabriel tear up due to overwhelming joy. We were also both exceptionally nervous. The plan is to put him to bed at 8PM and not touch him until 6 AM. OK…

Well, we wasted no time. Tonight is Night 1. E has been bathed, moisturized, suited up in his BumGenius 2.0 plus doubler, dressed in a long-sleeve onesie and a Sleep Sack… ready to go! We sang him a lullaby, said our nighttime prayers, and put him the crib. That was a little before 8 PM.

Here’s the play-by-play…

Dylan: It is now 8:06PM, and he is crying. Eek! Can we do this? Our mothers have told us to call for moral support. Gabriel has told me that if I go near the nursery he will tackle me. Yes we can!

Gabriel: 8:18PM: I don’t know if I can do this. Dylan was the nervous one but I’m the one that’s not sure I can handle it. E is still crying. But what’s weird is that he usually only cries when he’s hungry, but he didn’t eat that long ago. My stomach is doing flips. I’m fighting the urge to run in there and calm him down, and check his diaper.

Gabriel: 8:51PM: has stopped crying and we’re feeling a little better. We opened a bottle of wine and are getting dinner together. Earlier I had to make Dylan turn off the monitor while he was crying. Now it’s back on and he’s just whimpering a little.

Dylan: It’s 10:08PM. E is asleep, making the usual sleeping noises. We’ve had a nice dinner (healthy stuff with a touch of what we’ve been missing during Passover) and some tasty wine. It kinda feels like it did pre-baby, which is very weird. G and I are going to set-up camp and finish watching the first disc of Season 1 of the Wire.

Dylan: With the exception of a short crying jag at 4AM, all is quiet in the nursery. E has been asleep, although we have not… is getting up to check the baby monitor so different from waking up for a feeding? I’m sure we’ll get used to it. Anyway, it’s 4:40AM, and I’m wide awake, counting down the minutes until 6AM.

Dylan: 5:12AM – Crying. And a lot of it. And then he stopped as soon as he began. Aah, self-soothing!
5:29 – Just kidding. He’s at it again.

Gabriel: 6:00AM – Amazingly, E is calm and quiet as we wake him up. We, on the other hand, are exhausted. We really did try to sleep, but we were terribly uncomfortable. To make the process easier, we slept in the living room on an air mattress so we wouldn’t hear E all night (not to worry, we have a monitor – and we checked it every time he wasn’t crying to make sure he was breathing.) But that air mattress was really uncomfortable. Oh well – It will all be over soon and E will have good sleeping habits (unlike me.)

We did it! Now, on to tonight…

Product Review: Baby Cheapskate Reviews NatureCare Baby Diapers

Baby Cheapskate, one our favorite sites, has reviewed NatureCare Baby Diapers! Sadly, the review is a positive one… not to say we would write a negative one (stay tuned for a negative review of another brand coming up tomorrow), but maybe a neutral one. They were fine, a bit ill-fitting and stiff, but fine. We prefer Seventh Generation still… they are trimmer, absorb all our heavy-wetter has to offer, and don’t contribute chlorine to our water systems.
So few baby-related things are inexpensive, so I would encourage those interested to give all the diaper brands a try. Just don’t buy too many of anything until you’ve gone through a whole package.

Safe Baby Mama Publishes the Paraben and Phthalate Free Bath Care Cheat Sheet

The bloggers over at Safe Mama have published a handy-dandy Paraben and Phthalate Free Bath Care Cheat Sheet. They write:

One of the things that we’ve been frustrated with, here at Safe Mama, was what seemed like a lack of safe baby skin care products. Hence, the first version of the safemama-safe-skincare-cheatsheet. As we were searching we realized that there actually are a lot of really great products out there, and so we compiled as many of them as we could find, and put them all in one central location for our readers to peruse. A few things to note:

They recognize that it’s a work in progress, but it’s already pretty awesome. Click safemama-safe-skincare-cheatsheet1 to check it out. Your kids will thank you!