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Work/life balance: guilt, boredom and mastitis

Posted by rosanne on Aug 10, 2009 in Challenges, Work/Life Balance

Today was my first day of paid work in about seven months. My last day was December 19, conveniently just before the holiday break, so I cheated and had five weeks off before the birth rather than come back for two days in January only to leave again. My baby was six months old about two weeks ago. The timing is pretty perfect actually: the final government payment (“baby bonus”, as it’s called) went into our bank account last week. We need something to replace it as my partner is going to be the stay-at-home Dad, and I’m to be the income earner. Read more…

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Clothes do not maketh the baby

Posted by rosanne on Aug 3, 2009 in Product Recommendation, Sustainable Parenting

Babies grow so fast, they’re barely in any one item of clothing for more than three months. I shudder to think how many items of clothing one child goes through in a lifetime, but I’ll hazard a guess they’re a huge contributor to the growing piles of landfill that pollute the world. As a greenie, I try to limit unnecessary consumption, but I also want natural fibres and organics… Clothing your baby is hardly unnecessary, so it’s become one of the most angst-filled issues of my life. Read more…

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Phthlt, who cares about phthalates?

Posted by paula on Aug 3, 2009 in Health, Product Recommendation

Have you seen children’s waterproofs labelled “NO PVC” ? Or perhaps you’ve heard that you shouldn’t re-use plastic water bottles, shouldn’t microwave in plastic, or shouldn’t leave plastic in the car? You’ve probably heard the advice before and , like me, didn’t know why. Well, these thing are likely to have been suggestions to help you avoid phthalates, the potentially endocrine-disrupting plasticisers. Read more…

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Baby Talk

Posted by paula on Jul 21, 2009 in Educational

I have five golden rules for baby talk. You know, that incessant discussion we have with our infants that feels a lot like talking to yourself? There’s a lot of research to suggest that what you say and how you say it has a significant effect on baby’s later performance in school, for example. So, before you say “goo goo gaga” one more time,  let me explain a little more. Read more…

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Decisions, decisions…

Posted by paula on Jul 13, 2009 in Product Recommendation, Sustainable Parenting

Which pram should I buy? Does baby really need the labour augmentation? Which school should I choose? Motherhood throws up a lot of important decisions. So it’s good to have a few decision-making tools up your sleeve. Don’t know any? Here’s a quick look at the K-T decision analysis tool, research, B-R-A-I-N, and relying on reputations. Read more…

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The great nappy scam

Posted by rosanne on Jul 13, 2009 in Product Recommendation, Sustainable Parenting

A recent e-mail offered a “great deal”: three reusable nappies for $60! Given that $60 would have paid for all 24 of our old-fashioned cloth squares, I thought that was an outrageous rip-off. Especially given what I know about what’s really used to make them. And don’t even talk to me about “biosposies”! Read more…

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It’s the little things…

Posted by paula on Jul 6, 2009 in Health, Sustainable Parenting, Technology

Parenting for the Future (the focus of this blog) is no easy thing.  It’s a challenge, a personal transformation and ultimately a lifestyle.  It requires the ability to remain positive in the face of a torrent of overwhelming information, and to go on, making small steps in the right direction. For your baby, for yourself, for the planet. Read more…

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First foods: the great allergy debate

Posted by rosanne on Jul 6, 2009 in Developmental Milestones, Health

Food for infants — especially the ongoing debates around breastfeeding and delaying solids — is a fraught topic. Everybody wants to do what’s best for their baby and it isn’t easy. It’s even harder when health professionals weigh in (no pun intended) with opinions about baby’s growth or lack thereof or when Mama is struggling with mastitis or other complications. On the other hand, hardliners seem to insist on adherence to ideals that are almost impossible to achieve or sometimes feel not-quite-right for baby’s particular experience. It’s important to find out the latest when dealing with allergies — the advice from the professionals has changed. Read more…

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Wrapped in Plastic

Posted by paula on Jun 29, 2009 in Health

We all want the best for our children, but it’s hard to know what we’re feeding them sometimes, especially when not everything that’s in the food is actually listed on the label. How is that possible? Sometimes the culprit is the food container itself.

For example, Bisphenol A (BPA) is an ingredient in plastics which are currently defined as food-grade. Minute amounts of BPA are believed to have a hormone-like effect on the body’s endocrine system, possibly causing chronic toxicity, and a bunch of other things (see this Wikipedia page for much more detail, including a list of studies). Read more…

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Peek-a-Boo!

Posted by paula on Jun 29, 2009 in Administrivia

[I’m thrilled to be introducing my first co-conspirator, Paula. She’s mama to two boys, which balances nicely with me being mama to my little girl. She’s smart and thoughtful and I hope you’ll all enjoy her posts! — Rosanne]

I am so excited to be joining the ModernMama.World-Changer project 🙂  You’ll hear a lot more from (and about) me in upcoming posts.  But for now, I want to use this post to invite you to declare your interest. Read more…

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