Posts Tagged 'Community'

Dr. Greene Answers Your Questions: Part 3

To celebrate reaching the 1,000 fan mark, Dr. Greene answered three questions posed by our Facebook Fans. I’ll post each question and answer. We’ve answered Ashtyn and Harmony’s questions. Today, Elizabeth!

Dr. Alan Greene

Elizabeth

There seems to be an overwhelming amount of information about creating a healthier and safer lifestyle for our family. I realize that I couldn’t change everything overnight. If I were to choose one thing to concetrate on first, what would you recommend?

Dr. Greene

Hi Elizabeth!

It may be easier than you think to make big impact with small changes. My recommendation for the “one thing” is to reduce your family’s exposure to unhealthy chemicals. There are only three routes of exposure to unhealthy chemicals: what goes into the mouth, what goes on the skin and what is inhaled. Although I have a handful of recommendations for each of those areas, I consider these small transitions a critical part of the “one thing.”

What Goes into the Mouth:

The food we eat and the containers they are served and stored in make a huge impact. My Organic RX [http://www.drgreene.com/article/dr-greene’s-organic-rx] lists the top organic choices a family can make to reduce their exposure to harmful chemicals and to keep our environment cleaner.

The list is in order of importance, so start with the most important change and work your way down the list as your budget and food preferences permit. I also recommend every family make the switch to BPA-free food containers, both for storage and microwaving (See Know Your Plastics [http://www.drgreene.com/blog/2008/06/11/know-your-plastics]).

What Goes on the Skin:

Choosing the right sunscreen can make a big difference to your level of exposure to harmful chemicals. When purchasing sunscreen, select a mineral sunscreen (zinc oxide or titanium dioxide) with an SPF of at least 15, preferably greater. Reach for the labels that say “broad-spectrum” – these sunscreens provide protection against both UVA and UVB rays. See more tips for choosing sunscreen here… [http://www.drgreene.com/tip/tips-avoiding-damage-sun-exposure], or use the Cosmetics Database to find great products [http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/].

What We Breathe In:

We tend to think of our homes as a safe bubble that protects us from chemicals in the air, but the opposite is true. Our homes trap chemicals emitted from volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other harsh chemicals, such as the ones in many common cleaning formulas. I recommend making the switch to cleaning products that use all-natural ingredients.

Choose a brand the commits to disclosing all of their ingredients on the label. (Or check out my homemade cleaning recipes here[http://www.drgreene.com/blog/2009/04/21/eight-natural-do-it-yourself-household-cleaners]). I also love how beautiful green house plants will not only make your home more beautiful but will also filter the indoor air, making the home safer for everyone. Click here for a list of the best air-filtering plants [http://www.drgreene.com/tip/top-ten-air-filtering-plants].

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USA Today: States to Ban BPA!

State governments are realizing what so many parents already know: BPA and babies don’t mix.

State are moving to ban the chemical BPA from food and drink containers, primarily those meant for infants and toddlers. USA Today published an article on the topic featuring a photo of Matthew McConaughey and his son with his BornFree cup.

Read the article here: http://content.usatoday.com/communities/greenhouse/post/2010/02/bans-sought-for-chemical-bpa-in-baby-toddler-products/1

Big City Moms Expectant Moms Dinner

The Big City Mom’s Expectant Mom Dinner is coming up! Tuesday February 9th. Be sure to purchase your tickets in advance in order to go home with fabulous goodies including BornFree products!

http://www.bigcitymoms.com

EXPECTANT MOMS DINNER

Big City Moms shows you the best baby accessories and everything you need to put on your registry

We will be discussing everything from strollers to high chairs to toys to carriers to toys, and much more.

This is one dinner you will not want to miss!!

All moms to be will go home with one of the products
we talk about..
WHERE: Kidville, NY, 163 East 84th St. (3rd-Lex. Aves.)
WHEN:  Tuesday, February 9th
TIME:   6 – 8:30pm
PRICE:  $60

RSVP: events@bigcitymoms.com

Everyone who prepays for this dinner will go home with treats from Planet Kids, Cord Blood Registry, Belly Bar, Enfamil, Patemm, Maclaren, Bugaboo, Born Free, Mam, Enfamil, Destination Maternity, Baby Legs, Boon, Stokke, Bloom, Skip Hop, and more…

Notes From Motherhood: Happy Teething, Happy New Year!

For some reason I can’t at all remember when my first daughter started teething. Was the memory so horrific that I’ve blocked it out? That must be the case because my 3.5 month old has started teething. Isn’t this a little early? I’m assuming this means she’ll be an early reader as well.

Some of the symptoms are: eating around the clock, crankiness, not sleeping well…and that’s just me, the baby is having a hard time, too. 🙂

I’ve tried homeopathy, good old Tylenol (although she’s so young I’m keeping the amounts minimal) and lots of love. Of course I brought out her pink Teether Gum Brush for the occasion!

Bite as much as you want, honey! There are no BPAs! 🙂

She loves the feeling of the soft bristles against her ailing gums. Great mom that I am, I even popped it in the freezer so that she can cool down her gums a bit. Okay that’s not an original idea but I get points for remembering to do it, right?

Yes, I do keep flour in my freezer...Try to find the Teether Gum Brush!

Tonight I’ll be excitedly watching New Year’s Eve celebrations all over the world on television while tending to her little gums. Babysitters across the globe will be raking in the dough big time, too I’m sure.

I’m hoping that she’s not awake when the clock strikes midnight. Cross your fingers that I’ll enter 2010 with a peaceful, sleeping baby.

Happy New Year, everyone!

*Get your own Silicone Teether: http://www.newbornfree.com/ProductInfo.aspx?id=5144030

*Or the Teether Gum Brush (as shown with 3.5 month-old drooly Tali): http://www.newbornfree.com/ProductInfo.aspx?id=5144031

Holiday Party: First Time Moms in California

We were so happy to be asked to take part in a special holiday party with a mom group in California: The First Time Moms of North County. A special BornFree gift bag with all sorts of goodies was raffled. Congrats to Nina, the winner!

The Winner!

The Winner!

Here are some photos from the event

The prize!

The Moms!

If you’re a mom group who’d like to have BornFree at your event please email bunmi@newbornfree.com.

Notes From Motherhood: More Than Gifts?

The holidays are a big deal in my home. My eldest daughter knows she’s getting gifts. She loves getting gifts. Lately I’ve been wondering how to impart in her the spirit of the holidays rather than just the excitement from the potential loot she’s going to drag to her bedroom.

One way I’ve done this is by discussing why she is going to get presents before she can open any. I’m not sure this works, but it’s what my parents did!

How do you make sure your kids know the holidays are more about more than collecting presents?

Photo from CuddlesnGifts.com

New BornFree Baby! Meet: Noa Igrc

Meet Noa Igrc from Croatia! Look at how adorable he is! A big Thank You to both of his parents for sending us this beautiful photograph.

Do you have a BornFree baby photo you’d like to share? Email bunmi@newbornfree.com.