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A woman of the cloth July 12, 2007

Cloth menstrual pads? Eww, isn’t that messy, wet and … well, gross? “We thought so too — at first,” admits pad maker GladRags. “Then we tried them and we’ve never gone back. Safe. Simple. Smart. Good for you, good for the environment — no plastics, no perfumes, no over-packaging.”

Sound good? We think so, too! We tested the leading cloth menstrual pads to bring you the inside scoop on today’s softest, most comfortable and absorbent pads. Read on to find out our picks for pads that pamper. (more…)


Get APConnect! news in your e-mailbox July 11, 2007

Filed under: What's Happening — apconnect @ 8:57 pm

Don’t miss a thing at APConnect! Now you can subscribe to APConnect! via e-mail. Stay in touch with Dallas/Fort Worth’s latest AP and natural family news and resources, as well as articles and news on green families, natural parenting and more.

Look for the e-mail signup box in the sidebar on the right side of the site. You’ll get new posts delivered right to your e-mailbox. There’s also an option to subscribe to our RSS feed, if you prefer.

Don’t miss a thing!


How healthy is your car? Your child’s car seat? July 9, 2007

Filed under: Green Family, Products & Services, Health & Wellness — apconnect @ 8:20 pm

You’ve probably wondered just how nasty the offgassing plastic and other chemicals are in your car and even your children’s car seats. Now, find out the real score at HealthyCar.org.

Everyone knows that cars are a major source of air pollution,” notes the site’s introductory page. “But most people don’t know that it isn’t only what comes out of tailpipes that’s the problem, but what’s inside cars as well. ‘New car smell’ for example, comes from toxic chemicals being released from plastics, foams and fabrics used to make steering wheels, dashboards and seats. These chemicals are inhaled or ingested by drivers and passengers through dust and air, potentially causing allergic or other acute reactions or even long-term health impacts such as birth defects, impaired learning, liver toxicity and cancer. Since the average American spends more than 1.5 hours in a car every day, toxic chemical exposure inside vehicles is becoming a major source of potential indoor air pollution.

“Child car seats also contribute to the problem. They are made with some of the same chemicals as car parts, and also off-gas inside the car.”

Ok, so maybe you already knew that — but this site comes through with more facts, from healthiest choices to least healthy choices and more. Read more at HealthyCar.org.


Homebirth Association Meeting: July 17

Filed under: Pregnancy & Birth, What's Happening — apconnect @ 7:57 pm

Join the Homebirth Association of North Dallas (HAND) for its next meeting to discuss “The Safety of Out-of-Hospital Birth” on Tuesday, July 17 at 7 p.m. at the Irving Bible Church, 2435 Kinwest Parkway in Irving. Certified nurse-midwife Becky Burpo of Allen Birthing Center will present the latest facts, figures and feedback on birthing safely.

The meeting will be held near “The Tubes” area of the church, so that there is a place for the children to play. Anyone who is interested in homebirth is welcome to attend. For more information, e-mail Laura from HAND.


What Should I Eat, Coach?

Filed under: Healthy Eating, Health & Wellness — apconnect @ 1:55 pm

One year ago, the Wellborn family from Plano needed help. Eleven-year-old Brecken was growing broader faster than he was growing taller and some of the kids at school were beginning to tease. Additionally, the Wellborns suspected that 13-year-old Makenna, a competitive gymnast, needed more protein in her diet to get her through her intense schedule of practices. “We were going through a period of poor eating habits,” recalls mom Pam Wellborn, “and we wanted to nip it in the bud.”

So Wellborn and her kids headed to the Cooper Clinic in Dallas for nutritional coaching. Fast forward one year: Brecken has lost 18 pounds and grown three inches taller, Makenna has added more calcium and carbohydrates to her diet and stabilized her weight and energy needs, and Wellborn has lost weight and gained the satisfaction of seeing her family thrive.

“This is not a diet,” Wellborn explains. “It’s a lifestyle change. And it’s been awesome for all of us.”

Read more at DallasChild magazine.


Local support for cloth diapering

Filed under: Diapering & EC, Natural Family Living, Attachment Parenting — apconnect @ 9:54 am

The D/FW Real Diaper Circle is dedicated to helping parents in the DFW area find resources and support for cloth diapering as part of the national Real Diaper Association. The Real Diaper Association, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, provides support and education to parents all across the U.S. for the use of simple, reusable cloth diapers. The goal of the Real Diaper Association is to put more U.S. babies in cloth diapers. To do this we aim to create a cultural shift in understanding cloth diapers-their environmental impact, their ease of use, their accessibility, and their acceptability. The Association helps parents understand that cloth diapers are real diapers.

Why cloth? Here’s what the RDA has to say: (more…)


Finally — diaper service once again in D/FW! July 6, 2007

Filed under: Diapering & EC, Products & Services — apconnect @ 3:51 pm

Dallas/Fort Worth finally has a diaper service again! Earth Baby Diaper Service uses 100% unbleached cotton prefolds, easy-to-use covers and a proprietary, all-natural detergent formula that requires no bleach and still gets diapers clean and sanitized.

According the Earth Baby, “Some people choose to purchase and wash their own diapers, while some prefer a diaper service. Why should you consider a diaper service? Here are some good reasons:

  • Live in an apartment & don’t have a washing machine? Let us do the dirty work.
  • Think your husband (or wife!) won’t go for the poopy diapers in the washer? We can take care of that for you! (Although there really is nothing to be afraid of. But sometimes there’s just no convincing them!)
  • Don’t have the time or energy? (Especially if you have twins!)
  • Have someone wanting to buy the service for you? (This is always a nice bonus!)” (more…)


How old do they have to be before I can leave them alone?

Filed under: Parenting — apconnect @ 12:16 pm

How old do your children have to be before you can leave them alone? In Texas, there are no hard and fast rules. Here’s what the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services has to say:

Supervision of children is basic to the prevention of harm. Adequate supervision means an adult caregiver is accountable for the child’s care. Although there is no Texas law that defines a specific age at which a child may be left home alone, there are several factors that should be taken into consideration when deciding how closely to supervise a child, including:

  • the age, emotional maturity and capability of the child;
  • layout and safety of the home, play area, or other setting;
  • neighborhood circumstances, hazards, and risks;
  • the child’s ability to respond to illness, fire, weather, or other types of emergencies; and
  • whether the child has a mental, physical, or medical disability.

The number of children left unsupervised, the accessibility to other responsible adults, the length of time or frequency with which the child is left alone, and the child’s knowledge of the parent’s whereabouts are additional relevant factors. (more…)


One-upMOMship: Competitive Mothering July 2, 2007

Filed under: Parenting — apconnect @ 1:50 pm

What do you want to be when you grow up? A doctor, a mommy, both? During the phase of pigtails and penny loafers, little girls are told they can be anything they want to be, do anything they want to do. Fast-forward several decades and the notion to do it all, be it all and have it all is firmly engrained. But somewhere between the magic of make believe and the reality of “real” life, the message gets muddled.

Today, there seems to be a battle blazing among the little girls who grew up playing “mommy” to a carriage full of doe-eyed dolls. Jockeying for top spot as room mother, sending the kids to the best camp, moms today often seem more concerned with competing than with parenting. Yet, despite the one-upping and the out-doing, all moms want the same thing, happy healthy children. So in the end, if all sides have the same objective, what are they really fighting for?

Read more at DallasChild magazine.


Vaccines featured on KERA’s “Think”

Filed under: What's Happening, Health & Wellness — apconnect @ 10:03 am

KERA 90.1

KERA “Think”
Thursday, 7/05,

Last month the U.S. Federal Claims Court began hearings concerning alleged links between vaccines and autism. How can vaccination, a procedure that has saved millions of lives be so controversial? We’ll discuss the case and the history of vaccination with Slate’s “Risk” columnist Arthur Allen, who explores the subject in his recent book “VACCINE: The Controversial Story of Medicine’s Greatest Lifesaver.” (Norton, 2007).