What to expect
when expecting

Expectant Parents

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questions & answers
  • Allergies run in my family. Anything I can do to help prevent them in my baby?

    You’ll definitely want to ask your pediatrician for personalized advice. But generally speaking, experts recommend breastfeeding for at least...

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    You’ll definitely want to ask your pediatrician for personalized advice. But generally speaking, experts recommend breastfeeding for at least 4 to 6 months, which may help protect against some allergies and eczema. If nursing isn’t possible, a hypoallergenic formula may help protect a baby at high risk for allergies. If your family history includes food allergies, ask your doctor about when to introduce those foods. Finally, choose skincare products like Bambo Nature’s that are certified safe and don’t contain harmful chemicals, perfumes, dyes, or known allergens—this can help lower the risk of irritation to baby’s sensitive skin.

  • Any tips for a baby and an older child sharing a room?

    Consistency is key. Continue each child’s bedtime routine as before—perhaps bath, lullaby, and feeding for baby, and a bath,...

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    Consistency is key. Continue each child’s bedtime routine as before—perhaps bath, lullaby, and feeding for baby, and a bath, book, and goodnight cuddle for the older sibling. Stagger their bedtimes, with baby going to sleep first so your older child has a little extra time with you. Explain to her that you may be coming in and out of the room to feed the baby, but that she can stay in bed. (Young children are heavy sleepers, so it takes a lot to wake them up.) For insurance, use a white noise machine so sudden sounds from either child don’t bother the other. After a period of adjustment, each child should be able to tune out the other’s regular nighttime noises. And with time, you’ll find that sharing a room can bring the two closer together.

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Green Parenting: Raising little ones to be eco-friendly

An eco-friendly lifestyle can be tough to maintain. It requires a lot of research, time and diligence. For those that have embraced this lifestyle, you have experienced first-hand the challenges and triumphs. At the end of the day, this lifestyle is about taking into consideration our entire existence and...

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