20090825

How dangerous is infant formula

How dangerous is infant formula?

How dangerous is artificial baby milk?

Depending on the situation, it could be deadly.

Breastfeeding is important for emergency preparedness.
Think about what you need to prepare artificial baby milk. Powder, possibly, and water. What if you didn't have a clean supply of water.

Think it through with me for a few seconds.
Picture yourself in Louisiana. Its September. Hurricane Katrina just came through and walloped your community. You no longer have access to the clean water that you need to be able to feed your baby. What are you going to do?

There are only so many things you could give your baby. You can't give your baby cow's or goat's milk because there is no electricity to power the refrigerators or freezers to keep them cool. It is likely you can't breastfeed because depending on how long you haven't been breastfeeding you're body may have stopped producing milk. What are you going to do?

The only way to manage this scenario if it were to happen is to breastfeed. Breastfeeding your baby maintains a great milk supply that your baby needs.

Feeding your baby artificial baby milk also makes you dependent on a company. You are essentially at their mercy. Not to mention that all powdered infant formulas are not sterile. Read more about the dangers of infant formula here.

One more thing. Artificial baby milk is expensive. Say junior eats up to 40oz of prepared infant formula per day. A 12.9oz can of powdered artificial baby milk is $14.99. Do the math.

20090818

Spoil your baby

What do you think of loving your child?

It sure sounds simple but parents have so many different things going on that worrying about being a good parent might occasionally happen.

How about one tiny little bit of advice.

Babies need to be held.

Let me repeat that once more in case you didn't read it.

Babies need to be held.

Babies need to be held, preferably by mom. That's just the way it is. So when someone tells you to let your baby "cry it out", slap them. This little person needs to know you are there.

Independence can be learned later.

20090814

What are you like?

What is your personality like?

How do you make decisions?

How do you get along with people?

What motivates the way you think?

Learn for yourself by visiting Science and Nature: Human Body & Mind by the BBC.

I learned this about myself:

I am a Resolver.
A resolver is
  • Good at getting to the heart of a problem and quickly finding a solution

  • Make rational decisions using the facts available

  • Think of themselves as understanding, stable and easy-going

  • May focus on short-term results and lose sight of the big picture


Resolvers are independent people who quietly learn how things work by analysing large amounts of information. Should a problem arise, they solve it with as little fuss as possible. Resolvers are only interested in abstract ideas, if they can be used to solve a problem quickly.

Resolvers like to take risks: Many of them seek jobs and pastimes that put them in harms way and guarantee an adrenaline rush.

Resolvers are often tolerant of behaviour different to their own as long as their values aren't compromised. They sometimes give the impression that they agree with other peoples' viewpoints because they don't actively disagree.

In situations where they can't use their talents or are unappreciated, Resolvers may become cynical, negatively critical or put off decisions. Under extreme stress, Resolvers could be prone to inappropriate, tearful outbursts.

Resolvers are quiet and sometimes it is difficult to get to know them; however, they often talk freely about subjects they understand well.

Resolver Careers

Resolvers are often draw
n to hands-on jobs that require an analytical mind and careful organisation of large amounts of data.

It's important to remember that no survey can predict personality type with 100 percent accuracy. Experts say that we should use personality type to better understand ourselves and others, but shouldn't feel restricted by our results.

There are less than ten percent of resolvers in the world.


Enough about me, take the test for yourself!

20090811

Age Appropriate Play Activities

Here are some fun ways for you to play with your young child.


Birth to Six Months
  • Rub baby's arms and legs with different fabrics such as satin and flannel.

  • Faces fascinate babies. Place a mirror near baby's changing table, or draw faces on paper plates for baby


Seven to Twelve Months
  • Create a crawling obstacle course out of different size pillows

  • Place a favorite toy under a blanke, and encourage your baby to find it

  • Give baby a spoon and a pot, and let baby bang away


One to Two Years
  • Take your toddler on a nature walk. Let toddler fill a pail with the leaves, twigs, and pinecones toddler sees along the way.

  • Create a photo album with portraits of people he loves or different animals, vehicles, or foods. Then encourage him to name each one.


Two to Three Years
  • Children this age love to jump, climb, throw, run, dance, and do somersaults.

  • Building block towers - the taller the better - is a favorite pursuit.

  • Pretend play becomes a very important activity


20090807

Discount Magazines Now

"As a loyal customer of [insert credit card company here] you have been awarded a $100 [insert popular retailer here] gift card."

Discount Magazines Now called me up. Clever little scam they've got going on. They managed to catch me of guard. I was in Wisconsin at the time, I've no idea why I answered the phone. That was my first mistake.

The person on the other line, sounded from [my bank]. She had an Indian accent. From India. She told me everything that [my bank] knew about me. My address, my phone number (obviously), my name. After confirming everything she asked me if she could transfer me to her supervisor.

In my confusion I said, "Sure." That was my second mistake.

The supervisor then told me that the following portion of the call would be recorded, to ensure quality. I agree. Third mistake.

While this supervisor is asking me to spell out my name I hang up. By then it was too late.

I called [my bank] when I got home and talked to the customer service person, also happens to have an Indian accent. From India.

I explain what happened. This person ends up enrolling me in [my bank]'s credit and identity protection service. What the frak.

What I will end up doing is attempting to call Discount Magazines Now, which has sent me a letter confirming my enrollment in their program, and try to cancel. I'm guessing this will be tough because their website sure doesn't allow a person to do that.

Then I will dispute all of their charges with [my bank].

Then, if necessary I will cancel my credit card.

The moral of the story is, never, ever, answer your phone.

20090806

Please limit their TV

Please limit your kids from watching TV.

There are so many better things for your kids to do than to watch television. Please spend time talking with them.

LimitTV.org is a fantastic resource for you to do just that. Watching TV is passive and stimulates far less brain activity than practically anything else.

If you have or care for children please visit the site.

And please read a book to your child.

20090805

What can my kid watch on TV

First of all, children need social interaction. The last thing a child needs is to be put in front of your tv watching the latest greatest show, movie, or program.

Children are like a sponge and benefit incredibly from social interaction. Your baby is better off listening to you talk about how you do laundry than by watching Big Bird or Elmo on Sesame Street.

But if you must watch tv with your children there is a website out there that does offer some helpful guidelines.

Reviews and Ratings for Families

20090804

Breastfed Babies Have Less Colic

According to a study out of the University of Cambridge, breastfed babies have colic for shorter durations than bottle fed babies.


Look it up for yourself,
Colic, Crying, Fussing & Feeding - (A non-randomized, prospective observational study) by Allan Lucas M.D. - Department of Pediatrics, University of Cambridge. November 1994.

20090803

Soothing solutions for your tantrum bound child

Tantrums are a normal outlet for the frustrated toddler. Here are some simple solutions to address the emotional fury:

  • Take a time out. Brief time alone, allows your child to regroup and allows you to regain perspective and control.


  • Have a tickle-fest. Laughter is a great distraction and makes everyone feel better.


  • Breathe deeply. In a calm moment, show your child how to pretend she's blowing out a birthday candle, then, the next time your child starts to become upset, you can use a simple code word like 'candle' to remind her to take a breathing break. Slow deep breathing shuts down your own internal emergency signals. Doing this begins to calm your body's arousal system.


  • Use words
  • . The great mediators and negotiators use words to diffuse tricky situations. You can use words to help your child find the right words for their frustration. Smaller children that still are unable to string sentences together to verbally express their emotions are relieved to hear that you empathize with and understand their situation. Verbally announcing your own emotions validates your feelings and clarifies that you need to stop engaging with the kids for the moment.

  • Tap into your creative side. Have your children draw a picture using crayons and paper to describe how she feels. This is a healthy way to express emotion and it lets her know that you're paying attention. You can even find a creative way to express your frustrations with your children (blog it and hopefully your readers will offer sympathy, support, and suggestions).


  • Offer a reward. An extra incentive doesn't hurt when children are learning to control their behavior. For example, try putting a marble in a jar each time your child calms down before having a tantrum. Promise your child that when the jar has ten marbles ITS FUN TIME! Could be a trip to the bowling alley, the fun pizza place, or a movie. Be sure to follow through with your promise so that your child can trust you to keep your word. Keep a marble jar for yourself so that you can reward yourself for staying calm while your child throws that flaming trantrum.


  • Count to ten. Counting warns your child that their behaviour is unacceptable without requiring you to launch into a lecture. It also gives some time for your child to transition from one activity to another. The focus you need to slowly count to ten in the midst of a battle with your kid enables you to ratchet down your anger a few notches. And it buys you time.