Protecting children’s eyes from the sun is best done by using brimmed hats and children’s sunglasses. Sunglasses are important for everyone to protect against the damage from UV and UV-B rays. Since children will spend a lot of time playing outside, it is very important to protect their eyes.  

Children’s sunglasses will protect a child’s eyes from the harmful and damaging effects of the sun. Get your children in the habit of wearing sunglasses early to help  ensure they will wear them as they get a little older. Children’s sunglasses are available  in sizes to fit infants, toddlers and older children.

Since there is potential for damage year round, sunglasses should be worn all year. The harmful rays, which are highest  between 10 am and 2 pm, are also reflected off water, sand, snow and even cement pavement. Whether your child is participating is summer or winter sports or just playing outside, it is important to protect their eyes. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, sun damage to the eyes may include an increased risk of cataracts, macular degeneration and of course, cancer.

When selecting sunglasses for children choose sunglasses with UVA and UVB protection. The sunglasses should be clearly marked with a rating of  “UV400″ or “100% UV rays and UV-B rays Protection”.

The best style of sunglasses are wrap-around sunglasses.  If you cannot find wraparound sunglasses for children, other styles are fine just use a hat to increase protection. You also want to look for polycarbonate lens. The color of the lens is not important, just be sure that the lenses block 100%  UV and UV-B rays.

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One of my friends is expecting another baby in a few months, her youngest child just turned 13 years old so there is a bit of a gap. As she worked on her baby registry we spoke about some of the changes that have occurred. It seems like most items including car seats, cribs and even diapers have gone through radical changes over the past few years.  With all the news and research showing the risks of some plastics, it is important to choose your baby bottles carefully, you want BPA free baby bottles.

There has been a lot of attention on the possible connection between BPA, a chemical used in plastics and cancer. With this in mind many adults have switched to BPA free water bottles. It seems that BPA can leak out of the plastic and contaminate the food or beverage which is being consumed. When a plastic container or baby’s bottle is warmed, even more BPA and other toxic chemicals leak out. BPA , bisphenol-a, can become toxic in an adult.  A baby is more susceptible to chemicals so use of BPA free baby bottles is a wise choice.

In addition to the increased risk of cancer, many also believe that BPA can lead to behavioral changes and precocious puberty in babies and young children.  In my opinion, one of the best choice for baby bottles is a bottle such as  GoGreen GlassLock BPA Free Baby Bottles.  The  bottles come with silicone nipples and are dishwasher safe. Since these are glass baby bottles they will not hold stains or odors and they sterilize and heat without risk of chemical leakage.

As a mom, I want to minimize the risks for my child; I am sure all parents are the same. My friend is choosing the BPA free baby bottles. She’ll also be using cloth diapers. Both of these are different choices than her first child.

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Walking to Benefit Children’s Tumor Foundation

One of the most valuable lessons we can teach our children is how they too can have an impact. Throughout the year, my children and I are involved in various fundraisers, non-profits and charity events. One of the most important organizations and causes we support is the Children’s Tumor Foundation and Neurofibromatosis. On October 4, [...]

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Learning to Play the Piano is Fun

Learning to play the piano has always been a dream of mine. I can play the violin, I was actually very good prior to an injury to my left hand. I can also pick a few tunes on a guitar and a couple of simple tunes on a keyboard but I never had the opportunity to learn piano. Recently, my [...]

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Ouch! Easing the Sting of Bee Stings

Owww! Sooner or later your child will probably get stung by a bee or wasp. Even simple mosquito bites can cause discomfort. There are a couple of things to do to help ease the pain and itch associated with bug bites. If there is a history of allergies to insect bites seek emergency medical treatment immediately. When [...]

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Yummy Fun with Sugar Cookie

Not sure how it started but on the last day of school we bake sugar cookies. It is a nice distraction from the sadness of the last day of school. Since sugar cookie batter is easy to make, children can do most of the steps. The only thing I don’t let them do is remove [...]

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Kids Going Green

One of the nice things I’ve noticed lately is that many kids are thinking green. This is probably due to a combination of what we teach them at home, what they learn in school and what they hear through the news. I am all for going green and teaching our children the importance of it, [...]

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Get Ready to See a Dentist

Yesterday, in Brushing Toddler Teeth, I wrote about things Cathy could do to help get her 4 year old to brush his teeth and also help get her 1 year old off to a good start. I gave her a couple suggestions to make brushing teeth not only a habit but a positive experience. To [...]

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Help with Brushing Toddler Teeth

Brushing your toddler’s teeth is important but it is often a problem for some parents. Cathy emailed me the other day after reading Caring for Teeth. Cathy has three children, ages 1, 4 and 9. Her 4 year old hates to brush his teeth. She’s not only worried about him getting cavities; she’s worried her [...]

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Kiss-a-Pretzel

This is a fabulous snack that children of all ages can help make. It is perfect for snack time, party time and also makes a great little gift for anyone including grandma and grandpa. You will need Hershey Kisses (or similar shape chocolate), small candy coated chocolates and small waffle (grid) pretzels. The first step [...]

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