Tips for "green" baby care

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For "green" baby care, I would focus on the same 3 ways that chemicals get into all of us - it's through our mouth, through our nose and through the skin. When it comes to nose for babies, the 1 green purchase I would make is a green mattress for the babies. Because conventional crib mattresses are often made from like a polyurethane foam, a solid petroleum. And then it have to have flamer chardons put in to be able to stop that from bursting into flame, then often wrapped in a PVC vinyl. So there's this little cloud of chemical fumes right on top of that, and the babies are there for half of their day, often. So I would suggest, when you get a mattress, opt for something as organic or clean from all the chemicals. So that's what goes to the nose. What goes to the mouth, breastfeeding is by far the greenest thing you can do. It's amazing - I mean, it's the ultimate in eating local, the packaging is great, and they're getting food that is so good for them in every way that's tailored to their specific moment in time. And then whatever products you put on that great baby skin, don't go for the brands that happened - just because they were used on you, think about them and look for things that are made with attention to what's going to absorb into the baby's skin. Look for, not just negative ingredients, but actually healthy ingredients in skin products.

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Alan Greene, MD

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Dr. Alan Greene founded his website, DrGreene.com, in 1995, cited by the AMA as "the pioneer physician web site." In 2010 he founded the WhiteOut Now movement to change how babies are fed from their very first bite of solid food, and in 2012 he founded TICC TOCC – Transitioning Immediate Cord Clamping To Optimal Cord Clamping. He is an author of several books including Feeding Baby Green and appears frequently in the media including such venues as the The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, TODAY Show, Good Morning America, the Dr. Oz Show, and is a regular columnist for Parenting magazine. He is a practicing pediatrician and the father of four.

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