Health October 2011

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

Alanna Weissman

Hot Mama
A godsend to postnatal mothers, Fit New Mommy sells belly wraps, cleanses and vitamin supplements to help women regain their pre-baby bodies. Regulated by the FDA and designed with insight from industry experts to accomplish everything from diminishing stretch marks to putting pep in your step, the products enable new moms to look and feel fabulous so they can focus on caring for their newborns. Shop at www.fitnewmommy.com.

Safety First
Keeping your kids safe is a breeze thanks to First Alert’s extensive line of products. From common items, such as safety gates and window guards, to the unconventional, like compact safes to keep pharmaceuticals away from young children, First Alert provides a smart solution to nearly every safety hazard. Be on the alert at www.firstalert.com.

Rock-a-Bye Baby
Occupational therapist Megan Faure has written The Babysense Secret (DK Publishing) to guide parents in understanding a baby’s body language, enabling tots to fall asleep faster. Although infants inevitably wake their parents in the middle of the night, the tome permits parents to get back into bed sooner while their babies sleep more soundly. Buy this at www.amazon.com.

Going Green
Organic clothing brand Green Babies has expanded its repertoire to include hypo-allergenic, tear-free and vegan body care products for tots. Purchase the new bath products, which include shampoos, bubble baths and lotions, and the trusted name in eco-clothing at www.greenbabies.com.

First Foods
Gill Rapley and Tracey Murkett make it easy to train baby to eat solid foods with The Baby-Led Weaning Cookbook: 130 Easy, Nutritious Recipes That Will Help Your Baby Learn to Eat (and Love) a Variety of Solid Foods— and That the Whole Family Will Enjoy (The Experiment). With delicious recipes that provide serving sizes for both adults and babies, as well as meals inspired by multicultural cuisine, the cookbook remains a go-to resource as babies grow and begin eating more foods. Buy it at www.theexperimentpublishing.com.

Hair Raising
With lice outbreaks occurring at most schools, you’ll want to keep your kids’ scalps protected this season. Equip your children with more than just school supplies by purchasing LiceLogic shampoo, conditioner, repellent spray and treatment spray. Hypo-allergenic and biodegradable, LiceLogic products are available in four natural varieties: rosemary, lavender, lemongrass and peppermint. To prevent lice from inhabiting your kids’ heads, head to www.licelogic.com.

Breathe Easy
As diagnoses of asthma and allergies have increased in recent years, parents should be informed about possible triggers and how to alleviate symptoms. Dr. Michael J. Welch schools parents about such important health concerns in Allergies and Asthma: What Every Parent Needs to Know (American Academy of Pediatrics). Find out if your kids might be susceptible to allergens and how to respond if an attack is looming. Learn more at www.healthychildren.org.

Dad and Tot Fitness
New dads can’t always find the time to get to the gym. But that doesn’t mean exercise is impossible. Enter Dr. Joshua Levitt’s Baby Barbells: The Dad’s Guide to Fitness and Fathering (Running Press). The informative read provides fledgling fathers with parenting tips and shows dads how to get in shape while interacting with baby. Learn more at www.runningpress.com.

Old Favorite
Pine-Sol, a company relied on by families for more than 80 years, has released multi-purpose cleansers in two new scents, as well as improved the old standbys, for the first time in 25 years. Also an improvement is the brand’s easy-pour flip-top cap, which fits three bottle sizes. Clean up your act at www.pinesol.com.

Veg Out
Cherise Grifoni has cooked up a guidebook for health-conscious individuals who don’t want to go fully meatless. Following the trend of flexitarianism, or significantly reducing but not eliminating meat consumption, The Part-Time Vegan (Adams Media) contains 201 recipes to ease the transition from omnivore to herbivore. For any eater, the resource also encourages home chefs to whip up nutritious and hearty fare that does not rely on meat. Fulfill your veggie fix at www.fwmedia.com.

Alanna Weissman is an editorial intern.

This column appeared in the October 2011 issue.