Monday, February 16, 2015

Sunday, February 15, 2015

The Journey to Minimal Baby

A compostable potty from bEcopotty.
Photo: audrey mei

I have underdone it with my baby.

Our environment has become so toxic that parents today are bombarded by the "-free's": lead-free, mercury-free, smoke-free, pesticide-free, hormone-free, sugar-free, antibiotic-free. A long list, isn't it? Yet it continues with GMO-free, screen-free, paraben-free, aluminum-free, preservative-free. Yes, for the most part, I'm doing all of the above. And more.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

People Used to Do What to Their Kids?

Godfrey's Cordial, a.k.a. "Mother's Friend"
image: pharmacy e-museum.

I tend to avoid many modern inventions made for baby. But I'm not a blind fan of the way we used to raise children, either. When I say "we", I mean western civilization. If you're a parent, you can read these and feel grateful for the advances that science and women's rights have made since these times.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Co-Sleeping With Dog: Nuclear Family Freeze

When we talk about co-sleeping and sleep training, we're not talking about the baby. 
Our dog only weighs 17 pounds but for some reason it's impossible to pull the blanket out from under her.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

The Plastic-Free Kitchen: Carrot Baby "Spoons"

Plastic baby and children's products that claim to be "BPA-free" are still likely to contain some of the 10,000 other unregulated chemicals used in plastic, especially if they are made in China.

To get around using plastic baby spoons, I carved up carrots to make grippy "spoons" that are also general chew toys.

image: audrey mei

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Using the Wisdom of Ants to Get Through Life


"What should I do with my life?" The question is harder to answer now than ever before. We could really use any advice. Better yet, free advice. Even if it's from a silent, black, typically menacing creature who only weighs 3 milligrams.