Posts Tagged ‘germs’

Do You Use Shopping Cart Covers?

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

Do You Use Shopping Cart Covers?The shopping cart cover…you know what I’m talking about. The padded little washable covers parents use to cover the kind of icky spot many of us plop our babies in–the baby seat in the shopping cart (or seats, if you’re shopping at Costco with their minivan-shopping cart hybrids).

My sister viewed shopping carts as yet another integral part of her plan to inoculate her kids and build up their immune systems through frequent exposure to the same grubby things our mom probably never noticed as she worked to keep us clothed, fed and alive.

Then there’s me; I was a reluctant cart cover user, having acquired one as a hand-me-down from a kind co-worker (and thus I felt bad not using it). It was nice having the extra padding (especially during winter months when the carts were sometimes cold from being outdoors), but it was a hassle juggling it, my bag, my kids, and any reusable shopping bags or return items or whatever. Plus to be honest, I wondered that if I wasn’t washing it after each use if I was really avoiding any germ exposure at all?

Then there’s the third camp, like my friend, who not only obsessively wiped down every potential touch surface with antibacterial wipes; she also brought her own with her, not trusting the store to always have them out with the carts. And a sub-group of this set is the moms who aren’t interested in their babies being exposed to shopping cart germs OR to Clorox wipe chemicals, and make their own kid-safe essential oil blend germ sprays to do the same.

So what’s the right way? Honestly, I don’t think there is a right answer to this question. What’s right for you may not be what’s right for your neighbor or your brother or–like so much of parenting–you just need to find what works for you and yours. My sister, the one in the first camp, is now studying microbiology on her way to becoming a nurse. I kind of wish she would do a germ study on shopping carts and covers as part of her homework … maybe the little agar petri dishes in her lab could give us a little guidance on this matter.

Meaghan Howard is a stay-at-home mom to two little boys. She’s currently enjoying her boys finally being old enough to not need to go in the shopping cart seat.

I’m Down with Dirt

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

I'm Down with DirtMy child eats dirt. She ate dirt today, in fact. When a baby does it, you get it; they’re exploring their world. When a 3-year-old eats dirt? You wonder if they have any taste buds at all. But, for all my lack of inclination to eat dirt myself, I’m totally ok with the fact that she has, from time to time.

Here’s why:

  1. Dirt is a rite of passage for kids. It’s fun to get dirty. It’s fun to bake mud pies, to dig for buried treasure, to drive trucks through the dirt, and to build sand castles. I also take a dirty kid as a sign that that child was fully invested in his or her play. They let their imagination take over and didn’t stop one moment to worry what mom might say about their clothes, or the fact that they may be earning a one-way ticket into the bath. They just played. They released endorphins, relaxed, and probably came in happy. (It’s a good idea to send your child out in play clothes, though. I’m about as big of a fan of getting a dirt stain out of good clothes as anyone else.)
  2. Dirt is also good for the immune system. I am 100 percent ok with contact with the public world. I’m probably the most unconcerned mother ever when using public toilets. Sure, I take the proper precautions. We wash hands, but not with antibacterial soap, just the regular stuff, but I don’t carry hand sanitizer and I pick toys up of the ground without thought. I’m trying to teach her about how germs spread and what she needs to do to stay healthy, but I also view getting dirty as one of those steps toward staying healthy. I’ve long embraced the idea that the more we come into contact with, germ-wise, the more our bodies are prepared to fight everything off. Science tends to support this deduction as well.
  3. Dirt is outside. If your child came home dirty, she was probably OUTSIDE. Outside, in nature. She was connecting with nature in some way. I personally feel that we’re losing our connection with nature and would like to inspire my daughter to appreciate what it is to connect with the earth, with the plants and trees and animals around her. So, we garden together. We go on hikes through drippy woods. We flip over rocks in search of roly poly bugs and we beachcomb for seashells. That also means I carry towels in the car to wipe off muddy shoes and often vacuum sand from the floor, but I’m ok with that.

So that’s why I’m down with dirt. What about you? Has your child tasted a mud pie or two?

Kate Cunha lives in the Pacific NW with her husband and their 3 year old daughter. She was a dirt loving, tree climbing kid who grew into a terrible gardener who loves nature. 

Sunday Funday Giveaway: Planet Wise Small Wetbag

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012

Wetbags are an essential cloth diapering accessory! In fact you want to have a few in your rotation so you always have a clean one available. A wetbag is bag that stores your dirty diapers and is specifically designed to contain odors, germs, and moisture. They come in multiple sizes; some are for use when you are out and about and typically hold anywhere from 1 to 8 diapers. Larger wetbags can hold up to 20 diapers and are used to store your dirty diapers at home until wash day.

Planet Wise makes awesome wetbags! What makes them so awesome? Here’s just a few reasons:

  • PVC Free and Lead Free Zippers
  • Anti-microbial
  • Reusable to avoid using plastic bags, helping to protect our planet
  • Made in the USA
  • Made with high quality designer fabrics with coordinating waterproof inner material and locking zipper.
  • Each bag is innovatively sewn with hidden seams and sealed for no wicking or leaking.
  • Resists most stains odors – keeping smells in.

Planet Wise wetbags come in 3 sizes:

Small – 8″ x 10″  holds 1 -2 cloth diapers

Medium 13″ x 16″  holds 8-9 cloth diapers

Large – 18″ x 21″  holds 16-17 cloth diapers

Aside from all the practical aspects of the Planet Wise Wetbags, they come in super cute colors and prints!! I mean let’s be honest, as cloth diapering mamas we want to have some fun with our fluff and cute prints make us happy!

Want to win a FREE Planet Wise Small Wetbag?!? Enter this week’s giveaway below:

Monday Funday Giveaway: Molar Muncher

Monday, October 29th, 2012

If you have a teething baby, you are going to LOVE this new product at Mom’s Milk Boutique…introducing the Molar Muncher! At first glance it looks like a pacifier, right? However this unique teether functions way differently than a pacifier and serves a much different purpose. The Molar Muncher is specifically designed to provide soothing relief to the entire gum line simultaneously. The soft u-shaped tab reaches all the way back to the molars to effectively comfort a teething baby by providing contact with the entire dental arch. The Molar Munch can be used hands-free, unlike most teethers where baby (or parent) have to hold the teether in their mouth.

In addition to being super effective, the Molar Muncher is made in the USA from BPA free medical grade non-toxic silicone. Due to the manufacturing process where a single mold injection is used, there are no small crevices for icky germs to hide. Although it is dishwasher safe for times it needs a little extra cleaning.

Would you like to win a Molar Muncher for your teething babe? Then be sure to enter today’s giveaway below! Winner will be announced on Sunday, November 4. Winner will be notified via email and is asked to reply within 48 hours in order to claim prize.


Good luck mamas!