Healthy Hydration For Moms and Moms to Be Behold GLOW MAMA

So, I wrote about my recently found Twitter addiction. It is a great way to network, and I am meeting moms around the globe who are also passionate about keeping children safe and healthy and products designed for that purpose.

I came across Glow Mama, a great tasting drink designed for and by moms and moms to be. During my pregnancy, I had such a difficult time giving up my Diet Coke and iced coffee, had I known about Glow Mama, I would have had an easier time.

My son, with 101 fever, glad he is staying hydrated

Glow Mama has many of the important vitamins, minerals and fiber (4 grams great for preggo constipation) needed during this special time. As soon as I opened up a bottle to taste Glow Mama, my two year old grabbed it out of my hand and started chugging it. I looked at the ingredients and breathed a sigh of relief, because it is so healthy, I was glad he was enjoying it so much. It is quite refreshing and I chugged the other bottle. At only 70 calories per bottle, I had nothing to feel guilty about.

The website, has great Mocktail recipes, that I think would make any baby shower a lot of fun. They also have cool gift packs such as the Mocktail Gift Pack, The Eco Gift Pack, and functional packages, such as the One Week Sampler. At less than $15, it is a steal!

Now, if only Glow Mama comes up with an equally cool drink for toddlers!

Earth Angel, NYC Company Makes Bath Time Special

I recently joined the 21st century and set up a Twitter account. As I was learning the basics, and trying to figure out what Twitter is all about, I noticed I was being followed by Wanda of Earth Angel. When I clicked on her profile, I immediately checked out her website, and knew I had to try her baby bath products!

After the news which broke a week ago about so… many baby bath products containing Formaldehyde and 1, 4 Dioxane, I have been on the look out for new bath products that parents can feel good about using on their precious little angels. Earth Angel makes these products. All of their products are paraben and phthalate free and absolutely vegan.

I tried the Lavender Baby Shampoo, which left my son’s hair beautiful ,and had just the right amount of scent, nothing too overwhelming. I also had the pleasure of testing the Baby Body Lotion, which worked like a charm, and was not greasy at all.

I asked Wanda what her inspiration was for starting her company, and I loved her answer. She was checking out colleges with her teenage daughter, when she asked her “What was the fondest memory of her childhood?” Her daughter answered, bath time because that was their special time together. The long soaks and getting to use her mommy’s lotion afterward, made her feel special. Wanda wanted to help parents everywhere create fond memories with their children and be able to feel good about the products they were using at the same time.

Earth Angel is a new company, and at the moment their products are being sold online, and at Country Mouse in Staten Island, but will be coming to a store near you soon.

Buying and Sharing Used Breast Pumps, A Big No No

I speak to pregnant women all the time, who are unsure about breastfeeding. They have heard all the stories about women who have tried to breastfeed, but stop due to pain, low milk supply, the baby not latching properly etc.. For these reasons, a lot of women are opting to buy a used breast pump, or take an old one from a former breastfeeding friend, because they figure why shell out BIG bucks for a fancy Medela, when they might not even need it.

I was one of these women, I took an old breastpump from a friend, who had used it for three children, and it was still running strong. About a week into pumping, my nipples were cracking and bright red, and I was diagnosed with Thrush. I went out and bought a new pump, had to pay a lactation consultant, because I had no idea what was wrong with me, and why breastfeeding was so…. painful (thrush will do it), so I might as well had just bought a new Medela in the first place.

The practice of re-using single user pumps may be dangerous because some disease organisms are know to be present in the breast milk of infected women. Additionally, if a woman has used the breast pump during an episode of cracked bleeding nipples, blood contamination may have also occurred. Home sterilization methods are not always reliable to ensure the safe destruction of all pathogens especially in the rubber parts such as washers and diaphragms. Some pumps have internal diaphragms that cannot be removed and cleaned or replaced. In addition, even if you get a new collection kit (the part the touches your breast and collects the milk) it may be possible for air-born pathogens or droplets of milk that are not visible to the naked eye to get into a pump motor and cause contamination to the next user. Most single user pumps are “open system” pumps and do not have any protective barrier to prevent cross contamination to multiple users.

Many of the diseases that can be found in the milk of infected women are very serious or life threatening. Pathogens like Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis, cytomegalovirus (CMV) and others can be found in the breastmilk of infected women. (Lawrence 94) These diseases frequently go undetected for long periods of time, so even if the former user of the pump is trustworthy and willing to share this personal health information with you, she may not be aware she or her partner are carriers. Though there have not been any documented cases of mothers or babies being infected through the use of a second-hand pump, I don’t believe sharing single user pumps is worth even a very small or theoretical risk.

Other very difficult to clear fungal infections like candidiasis, more commonly known as yeast or thrush, may also be transmitted. Yeast organisms are very stubborn pathogens that can live on surfaces for long periods. Some lactation consultants will go as far as recommending replacing old pump equipment when working with a mom who has an especially persistent yeast infection because of the difficulty in ensuring the complete destruction of the fungus even with careful cleaning.

The FDA states “Only FDA cleared, hospital-grade pumps should be used by more than one person.”

The following pumps are are designed to be used by multiple users:

These pumps operate on a “closed system”, meaning that it is impossible for milk reach the motor, hence these are safe to be used my multiple mothers.

Hollister Elite® Hollister Lact-e®

Hollister SMB® Breast pump®

Medela Classic® Breast pump

Medela Lactina® Breast pump

Medela Symphony® Breast pump

Bailey Nurture III®

Above list subject to change, please consult the FDA site for the most up to date information.

All other pumps are desigened to be single user pumps and shoud not be shared. Please note that even pumps that cost over $100.00 to $300.00 are still single user pumps.

So put that great pump on your baby registry, maybe you’ll get use out of it, and if not, it will just go in the closet with the Wipes Warmer you thought you needed.

Manufacturers move to ban drop-side cribs

In the past few months, I have posted numerous times about recent crib recalls. Now, crib makers have proposed a ban on drop-side cribs after numerous recalls, injuies and infant deaths.

Michael Dwyer, executive director of the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association, an industry trade group, says the proposal put forward at a meeting Tuesday outside Philadelphia would allow for about a 6-inch (15-centimeter) top rail on one side that could fold down to let shorter people or those with back troubles more easily lift a baby.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission says at least three U.S. children have died in drop-side cribs in the last 18 months and there have been five recalls involving more than 3 million cribs. The agency has received more than 200 complaints, including about 70 incidents where the drop-side came loose or off the tracks.

It is refreshing to see that the JPMA is taking steps to prevent further injuries, deaths and recalls.

Senator Schumer and Other Key Members of The House and Senate, Sponsor Bill To Ban BPA

Congressional leaders have introduced a bill to ban BPA in all food and beverage containers. The bill goes a lot further than bans being proposed by counties , cities and states, many of which are limited to getting BPA out of products intended for children under the age of 4.

But, despite overwhelming evidence presented by a wide array of experts saying that BPA is dangerous, the FDA continues to maintain that current BPA exposure levels do not pose an immediate health risk to the general population, including infants and young children. Worse, it is widely known that the agency relied solely on two industry-funded studies for its information, something for which it has long been criticized.

BPA used for baby bottles has  been banned in Canada, and Retailers like Babies “R” Us and Target no longer sell baby bottles containing BPA, six major baby bottle makers announced last week that they would no longer produce bottles with BPA and chemical manufacturer Sunoco announced last week that it would no longer sell BPA to manufacturers unless they could guarantee the chemical wasn’t going into products for babies and toddlers.

It finally looks like we are getting somewhere!

Childrens Bath Products Contaminated With Formaldehyde and 1, 4 Dioxane

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics published a press release On March 12th outlining their findings from independent studies and some tips on what to do. The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics tested dozens mainstream baby care products ranging from Johnson & Johnson, Baby Magic, Suave and Mustela and found formaldehyde and 1,4 dioxane in many of them

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics commissioned an independent laboratory to test 48 products for 1,4-dioxane; 28 of those products were also tested for formaldehyde. The lab found that:

This new report is very disturbing.

-17 out of 28 products tested – 61 percent – contained both formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane.

-23 out of 28 products – 82 percent – contained formaldehyde at levels ranging from 54 to 610 parts per million (ppm).

-32 out of 48 products – 67 percent – contained 1,4-dioxane at levels ranging from 0.27 to 35 ppm.

From The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics: Formaldehyde contaminates personal care products when common preservatives release formaldehyde over time in the container. Common ingredients likely to contaminate products with formaldehyde include quaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea and diazolidinyl urea.

1,4-dioxane is a byproduct of a chemical processing technique called ethoxylation, in which cosmetic ingredients are processed with ethylene oxide. Manufacturers can easily remove the toxic byproduct, but are not required by law to do so. Common ingredients likely to be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane include PEG-100 stearate, sodium laureth sulfate, polyethylene and ceteareth-20.

What we as parents can do : (tips and list taken from Safe Mama)

-Less is More.  Use less products.. .babies and kids don’t need that many products to be clean.  Especially babies… their skin is already perfect, skip the lotion.

-Pick Safer Products: We’ve compiled lists of product lines that use natural and less synthetic ingredients and we are constantly reviewing safe baby care lines on our site.  Formaldehyde and 1,4 dioxane are often by-products of synthetic chemical processing so the more natural the better. Check out our Safer Skin Care Cheat Sheets.

-Avoid synthetic fragrances, dyes, or products with a huge list of ingredients that you don’t recognize.

Mainstream baby products might label themselves as “pure, gentle… just like water” or whatever else they claim but in reality, they’re not.  They’re cheap, yes, but it is worth it?

Another Baby Bodyguards Giveaway

This week I had the pleasure of receiving a My Natural toy made by Hosung. I am in love! This toy company is Brooklyn-based. Their cotton plush toys are colored by nature and 100% certified non-toxic. In addition, these safe adorable toys help to make your home a safe and chemical free environment, which is what we are all about at Baby Bodyguards.

These cute characters are now being sold at Target, but the 9″ Baby Ben the Frog doll that we are giving away, is not hitting the stores till Spring and will only be available at a handful of specialty stores.

In order to win Baby Ben (I wish i could keep him,). Just email me at Courtney@babybodyguards.com and tell me a healthy snack you give to your child, or will when they are old enough.

I will be randomly picking the lucky winner March 6th…

Good Luck!!!!!!!