Health November 2011

The latest healthcare options for your clan's well-being.

Alanna Weissman

Pre-Baby Preparation

For expecting parents, The Pregnancy Planner (Chronicle) provides week-by-week information, important charts and helpful tips from experienced mothers. Moms-to-be with any questions shouldn’t hesitate to purchase this comprehensive guidebook at www.chroniclebooks.com.

Nontoxic Cleaning

Prevent accidental poisonings with Aussan Natural’s line of baby-friendly cleaning products. Catering to nearly any cleaning need, the brand’s all-natural Nursery All-Purpose Cleaner and Nursery Odor Eliminator can be used to tidy up around baby without leaving any harmful residue. Shop for the products at www.aussannatural.com.

Son of a Gun

Fans of the Original Magic Bullet are racing to get the new Baby Bullet, a similar system that whips up and stores a week’s worth of baby food in under five minutes. Whimsically decorated, the specialized, 22-piece culinary gadget is BPA-free, nontoxic and just as effective as the original. To make tasty and nutritious food for your tot in a breeze, go to www.babybullet.com.

Peas, Please

If your child is a finicky eater, look no further than Debbie Elaine Hammer’s Veggie Creations for Kellan (CreateSpace). With recipes like Super Veggie Crispy Balls and Pink and Green Applesauce Smoothies, the tome makes getting your kids to eat and enjoy their vegetables easy. Buy the cookbook at www.amazon.com. But hurry, the now out-of-print title is available in limited quantities.

Good to Go

Combining nutrition and convenience is Dr. Sears Family Essentials, a company that creates healthful yet yummy foods such as Popumz whole-grain crisps and all-natural Cool Fuel shakes, which are free of gluten and lactose. Nourish your on-the-go child by heading to www.drsearsfamilyessentials.com.

Always Safe

Be ready to face any risky situation with Emergency First Aid (Waterford Press). The laminated, travel-size booklet provides detailed, layperson-oriented instructions for surviving nearly every emergency, from choking and broken bones to electrocution. Equip yourself and your family for whenever danger strikes at www.waterfordpress.com.

Lightning Fast

The recipes in Cooking Light Complete Meals in Minutes (Oxmoor House) are not only fast and simple, they also provide a complete nutritional analysis for each of the featured dishes. With upwards of 700 recipes, all ready in less than 30 minutes, the collection is indispensable to busy parents and home chefs. Plus, the health-minded fare satisfies without skimping on nutrition. Purchase the cookbook at www.oxmoorhouse.com and view more recipes from Cooking Light at www.cookinglight.com.

Chemistry Lab

In the New York Times bestseller The Healthy Home (Vanguard), Dr. Myron Wentz and his son Dave expose surprising ways the extensive spectrum of chemicals in everyday objects might be harming your family in your home. Read about the chemicals that could be lurking in your living room, kitchen and the other areas your clan frequents at www.myhealthyhome.com.

Good Greens

All-natural and hypo-allergenic Produce Magic from organic soapmakers Vermont Soap is specifically formulated to remove pesticides and other harmful gunk that most produce cleaners tend to leave behind. Produce Magic, along with the company’s extensive selection of additional cleaning products, can be purchased at www.vermontsoap.com.

Techie for Tots

Gerber is helping moms stay involved with its mobile site. Chock full of resources, including everything from apps and store locators to fun ringtones, the online destination lives up to its well-known commitment to provide the best for baby. Check out the interactive offerings at www.gerber.com.

This column appeared in the November 2011 issue.