Monday, May 31, 2010

See Through the Smokescreen about Sunscreen

Safe Sunscreen Awareness and Practices
Kim Walls, M.S.

Many parents know that most sun damage occurs before the age of 18 and that preventing sunburn is essential for preventing ultra-violet induced skin damage which can range from unsightly hyperpigmentation to deadly melanoma. However, many people are not aware that too much protection from the sun poses serious health risks in the form of Vitamin D deficiencies that can lead to increased risk of cancer, reduced immunity, poor bone formation, and more.

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What Does SPF (Sun Protection Factor) Mean?
The SPF factor refers to how much longer it will take the skin to burn with a given SPF product than it would take to burn with no protection at all.

For example, Say your baby's skin is very fair and would burn after 10 minutes in the sun.
Now you use an SPF 15 product

Multliply 10 minutes by SPF 15: 10 x 15 = 150 minutes

Therefore using SPF 15 will increase the amount of time before your baby starts to burn from 10 minutes to 150 minutes or about 2 and half hours.

Remember that sunscreen wears off with sweat, water, drool, and when the skin comes in contact with clothing, food, sand, dirt and so on. If the sunscreen should provide 3 or more hours of protection, to be safe reapply the product at least every 2 hours. Also the same sunscreen on you will not last as long on your baby. Their skin is much more sensitive.

How much sun protection do children really need?
Mineral sunscreens (with the active ingredients of zinc and/or titanium) usually top out at 35. Higher SPFs usually include a chemical sunscreen ingredient.

The best SPF value depends on what you will be doing and the season. A Zinc or Titanium-based sunscreen with SPF35 is just right for playing at the beach, park, or in the back yard and is for newborn skin. Doctors recommend minimal sun exposure until at least 6 months.

Remember that a great deal of UV exposure comes from reflected light off the ground and other objects, so a hat or canopy is not quite enough protection. Lip protection is also important to apply, and reapply often, as it is quickly wiped or licked off. Keep in mind that dry or damaged skin, as you might see with eczema, should be regularly protected, even during the winter, with an SPF of 6 or more.

Creating a Healthy Sunscreen Balance -- Vitamin D and Skin Color
There is a lot of public awareness about using sunscreen, but much less is said about how sunscreen can prevent Vitamin D production and lead to serious health problems. Understanding this relationship between skin color and vitamin D production can help you make informed decisions about your family's skincare and eating routines to actively maintain health.

Teaching Kids to Care About and Even Embrace Safe Sunscreen Practices
Make sunscreen a fun, actively healthy ritual, not a rushed afterthought.
  • Don't rush them through the application process

  • Start with one body part and let them choose it

  • Make sure they see you apply your own sunscreen.

  • If your kids continue to object to sunscreen, give them the choice not to use it

    • The choice is they must stay in the shade.

  • Talk about sunburn as health risks

article edited for format and space

from Kim Walls, M.S.
As the mother of two young boys, she has coupled her innate understanding of the importance of sustainability with her post-graduate work in biochemical and nutritional sciences to establish a new standard in skin care research and products that supports lasting health for today's families.

CEO of Episencial and Creator of the Epicuren Baby and Episencial Skin Care products and philosophy

for further information on:
Vitamin D and Skin Color, UVA vs UVB, Mineral vs Chemical ingredients, Foods that Fight Sun Damage and more...

EWG: Find the Best Sunscreen for you

Friday, May 28, 2010

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Baby on Board and Driving

Woman Gives Birth to Son while Driving

May 23,2010
By: Bethany Wesley, Bemidji Pioneer

Joseph Phillips ran into the North Country Regional Hospital emergency room early Wednesday morning calling for help because his newborn son was in the car with his mother. The hospital staff was perplexed when, after running outside, there was no one visible in the passenger seat. "The other side, the other side," Phillips recalled shouting, explaining that the mother and child were in the driver’s seat.

The response from the hospital staff was unanimous: "She was driving?"

The birth of Joseph Dominick Phillips will certainly be a story his parents recall for years. Amanda (Norgaard) McBride, 29, was working her usual shift at TEAM Industries in Bagley when she began to get really uncomfortable after about 11:30 p.m.

"I said, 'I gotta' go!" and ran out," Amanda said. Her due date was predicted to be between May 15-18, so the impending birth was right on time. She went and picked up Phillips, 33, and she began to drive from their home between Shevlin and Bagley to North Country Regional Hospital in Bemidji.

Amanda drove the 2005 red Chevrolet Cobalt because Phillips suffers seizures.

"It wasn’t really that bad," Amanda said of the labor pains. At about Wilton, her water broke.

"She yelled at me to grab the wheel," Phillips said. "And then, all of a sudden, I heard this little waaa (cry)." Amanda said she had managed to pull down her pants after her water broke and "...the baby just came right out" she said.

Joseph was born at 12:20 a.m. with a full head of dark hair. He weighed 8 pounds and was 18.5 inches long. Amanda held the newborn and turned on the heat in the vehicle as Phillips managed to steer them into the NCRH parking lot. Phillips did ask her if they should call 911, but Amanda was against that idea. She figured they would have to pull over and wait for ambulance in the same amount of time that it would take for them to finish the drive.

The perfect gift for every new or expectant father. Dr. Sears' Father's First Steps book includes 25 thoughtful, insightful, and helpful tips accompanied by illustrations.

A new skill for expectant father's, driving from the passengers seat? We might not want to let that one get out.

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Join us for the Third Annual Love Walk

Register Today for the Third Annual Love Walk
In partnership with the
Pacific Palisades Junior Women’s Club

June 6, 2010
Pacific Palisades, California
8:00 a.m. Check-in and Registration
9:00 a.m. Start of the Walk

I NEED YOU … to walk with us on June 6, 2010, in the Third Annual Love Walk to eradicate breast cancer! The Love Walk is our main fundraiser and supports our research into how the breast works, our work on creating a home test for breast cancer risk, and our efforts to find a better way to prevent breast cancer. It cannot be done without your help!

I will be there leading the pack as we stroll through the streets of the Pacific Palisades. Come join me and support the work of the Dr Susan Love Research Foundation! If you can’t be there in person, send your support with a pledge for my team! My personal goal this year is $5000 and I still have a long way to go!

As with the fight to end breast cancer, I cannot do it alone. I NEED YOU! Individual Registration is just $35 and Family Registration is just $100 (limited to a family of four). CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TODAY!

If you have questions about the Love Walk or would like more information, email us at or call 310-828-0060, ext. 33.

Thank you and I look forward to seeing you at the Love Walk!

The 2010 Love Walk is sponsored in part by: City National Bank, The Pump Station, On Assignment, Career Builder, and Prudential Real Estate.

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Individual Early Registration is just $35 and Family Registration is just $100
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Monday, May 24, 2010

Biology Class - The Benefits of Mom's Milk

It took this student a long time but he KNEW the correct answer...

Biology Class - Final Exam

Students in an advanced Biology class were taking their mid-term exam. The last question was, "Name seven advantages of Mother's Milk," worth 70 points or none at all. One student, in particular, was hard put to think of seven advantages. He wrote:

1.) It is perfect formula for the child.
2.) It provides immunity against several diseases.
3.) It is always the right temperature.
4.) It is inexpensive.
5.) It bonds the child to mother, and vice versa.
6.) It is always available as needed.

And then, the student was stuck. Finally, in desperation, just before the bell indicating the end of the test rang, he wrote...

7.) It comes in 2 cute containers.

He got an A.

Hope you've enjoyed a little humor today. For information on the benefits of breastfeeding please click here...

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

She’s Having a Baby Event

You’re Invited to. . .
Jayneoni Moore’s She’s Having a Baby Event
the Ultimate Baby Shower celebrating Bumpies & Babies!

When: Sunday, May 23rd from 10am to 3pm
Where: The Beverly Hilton Hotel
RSVP: Admission is $45. Purchase tickets at

Style Expert Jayneoni Moore is known for her luxurious celebrity nurseries and lavish celebrity baby showers, now she is rolling out the red carpet for all new and expecting moms. Looking for the perfect crib, safest car seat, softest blanket or even tips on designing your dream nursery, you will find it all at Jayneoni Moore's She's Having A Baby Event.

Come out and enjoy the shower for every new or expecting mom, presenting the top baby products, product demonstrations, shopping, mommy pampering, delicious sweets, new parenting discussions, and a maternity fashion show. Ultimate Giveaways include the new Orbit G2 Stroller, SkipHop products, Stokke Sleepi, Britax Carseat, Boon highchair and so much more, but that's not all! One lucky mom will win a complete nursery!

We'll also have special celebrity mom appearances through out the day.

Come out and enjoy the shower and leave with an overflowing Swag Bag valued at $500!

Bringing your baby? Take a break in our Breastfeeding Lounge and have some Milk N’ Cookies!

Sign up for The Pump Station Newsletter at the event and enter to win a Happiest Baby on the Block Gift Basket

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Julie Bowen, double breast pump was on George Lopez Tonight

Julie Bowen was given a breast pump from The Pump Station last night. Bowen plays the mother-of-three, Claire Dunphy, on the hit show Modern Family.

She has publicly said that she’s committed to breastfeeding and breast pumping. So much so, the actress has mentioned wearing the breast pump while driving and during commercial breaks. "You slap [the breast pump] on, turn on the machine and you drive along. I’m so used to doing it that I don’t even think about it anymore."

Bowen uses the number-one selling hands free pumping bra from Medela (formerly Easy Expressions). Now Bowen has the freedom to take care of work and home chores while she pumps breast milk for her twins hands-free. The Medela Freestyle Hands-Free Electric Double Breastpump from George Lopes Tonight is available at The Pump Station.

Get the Medela 'Hands Free Pumping Bra' Bustier Black as seen on George Lopez Tonight.

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The Pump Station carries not only Breast Pumps, but also the tubing, connectors & car adapters, nursing clothes, nursing sleepware.

If you live in Los Angeles, Hollywood, Santa Monica or Westlake see our list of classes.

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Link to video clip on George Lopez Tonight.

Info compiled from:
George Lopez Tonight
My Lifetime

Monday, May 17, 2010

Child Proofing Check List

Child Proof Basics
from Babble

Childproofing your home is an important part of keeping your kids safe. Unfortunately, with each new stage of your child's development, new dangers arise on the home front that you have to guard against. It's important to childproof each room of your house for each stage of your child's growth (see below). Your home can be a safe and healthy place for your child, but many dangers are easily overlooked.

Quick Tips from the Experts
  • Give your house a "crawl test" to check for unseen dangers.
  • Don’t call medicine "candy."
  • Always have the number for Poison Control handy
  • Keep your children from seeing you unlock doors and drawers or open safety latches. They can learn from watching you.
  • Keep dog and cat dishes away from your child’s play area.
  • Keep watch for small objects in reachable distances of your child. This includes food, buttons, and other objects kids can choke on.
  • One study shows that parents with childproofed homes don’t need to say "no" as frequently because all dangerous objects are out of reach and children are in safe play areas.
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Different Rooms to Baby Proof: Basics
What to Buy and What to Replace
  • Fit all electric outlets with outlet covers, keep a few in your bag for when you're out.
  • Replace rubber-tipped door stops with soft door jambs. Soft door Jambs at The Pump Station
  • Make sure smoke alarms are working.

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For more information Check out Child Proofing Basics from by Vicki Lansky, available at The Pump Station.

Learn the best safety tips and advice for room-by-room child proofing. You'll also find helpful ideas for when you and Baby are out and about. Holidays, meals and more - it's all covered in Baby Proofing Basics.

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24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Language interpreters are always available.
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Thursday, May 13, 2010

SHHH! Surprise Dad with Photos this Father's Day!

Pictures in the Park with Docuvitae

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Baby Swimmers are the Best

Baby Swimmers Have Better Balance
ScienceDaily (May 7, 2010)

...Teaching babies to swim turns out to be more than just fun. Baby swimmers have better balance and are also better at grasping at things than non-swimmers. This difference persists even when children are five years old, when babies who have been taught to swim still outperform their peers, research from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) shows.

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...The baby swimmers had participated in swimming classes for two hours a week from the age of 2-3 months until they were about 7 months old. A typical session might involve helping the baby do a somersault on a floating mat, having the baby dive under water, jump from the pool edge, and balance on the hand of a parent while reaching to pick up floating objects.

At approximately age 5, both baby swimmers and the control group were tested with similar exercises. The exercises included walking on tiptoes, balancing on one foot, skipping rope, rolling a ball into a goal and catching a beanbag. The results were crystal clear, the researchers say.

"We saw very clearly that baby swimmers were the best in exercises that related to balance and the ability to reach for things," says Sigmundsson. (Hermundur Sigmundsson, a professor of psychology at NTNU.)...

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Ellen Degeneres Approved

Ellen Degeneres's Amazing Mother's Day Giveaways! aired last Friday. Ellen's audience was all soon-to-be first time mothers! She showered them with gifts from the Puj Tub to baby slings and carriers. Ellen had the best gifts.
Get these great Ellen approved gifts from The Pump Station

Puj Tub
The Puj Tub is a soft and flexible baby tub that you can use in any standard bathroom sink to quickly and safely bathe your baby. Easy to use and quick to put together, the Puj Tub is a great item for every mom on the move.

Today, aden + anais, has brought the legacy of muslin together with fashion forward design to create a line of products that are as stylish as they are useful; and as simple as they are beautiful. We believe in muslin - the way it looks, the way it feels, the way it works - to improve the lives of babies and their mothers no matter who they are or where they live.

MD Moms
Products Developed by Pediatrician-Moms.

We at The Pump Station also approve these Slings, Carriers and Wraps from Baby Pouch, The Peanut Shell, ERGObaby and more!

If you're local check out our Free Sling Clinics

Friday, May 7, 2010

Babies Born to Dance

A new study says that rhythm and melody make babies happy.
by Heather Turgeon
April 8, 2010

...Kids love music. Lullabies and nursery rhymes are soothing and engaging, and there is even reason to think tunes are good for our little ones' health (premature babies in intensive care units have been found to gain weight faster and leave the hospital sooner when they listen to 30 minutes of Mozart a day).

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...Babies may also get a dance buzz because it stimulates their "vestibular sense": the body's system for balance and movement (involving the inner ear and lower brain regions). It's our oldest sensory system, in the evolutionary sense, and it's one of the few senses that are highly developed at birth. As parents know from the early months of baby rocking, activating the vestibular sense is calming, and many think it has ties to attention and learning as well.

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We have Beatles, Elvis and Seseme Street CDs.
See our Selection of Music CDs at The Pump Station

sorry for re-posting this article - blogger hiccuped and removed the previous post

How to Soothe a Crying Baby

How to Soothe a Crying Baby: Mellow Motions, Gripe Water, and Other Remedies
from WebMD

Soothing sounds:
Just as loud noises like thunder or a popping balloon can make your baby cry, soothing sounds may be able to calm your infant and stop the crying. During the nine months your baby spent in the womb, she became very accustomed to the constant sound of your heartbeat. Because of this, many babies are comforted by monotonous background noise, especially sounds that mimic the sound of the womb.

You may find that your baby is comforted by listening to a white noise machine, a recording of a heartbeat, or even the whirring sounds of household appliances like dishwashers or washing machines. If there is a particular sound that seems to comfort your crying baby, consider making a recording of the sound to play when your baby is upset.

Gripe water
Gripe water is an age-old remedy for colic that was traditionally made at home using dill, bicarbonate, and alcohol. Now, most drug stores carry commercially available gripe waters that do not contain alcohol.

Get Baby's Bliss Gripe Water at The Pump Station!

Mellow motion
Many crying babies are comforted by smooth, rhythmic motion, such as being rocked in a rocking chair, hammock, or infant swing. It can also be useful to take your crying baby for a walk in a stroller or for a car ride.

Pediatrician Harvey Karp, MD, recommends using the 5 S's
The five S's include:

* swaddling
* side/stomach soothing (laying your baby on her side/stomach)
* "Shhhing" sounds
* swinging
* sucking (nursing your crying baby or give him a pacifier
read the full article...

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Monday, May 3, 2010

Come to the Screening of Babies and get a chance to win great prizes!

The Pump Station & Nurtury™ is sponsoring the screening of
on Wednesday, May 5th
at 7:30pm
6712 Hollywood blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90028
tickets are available on or at the box office of the theatre (not open during the day)

The adventure of a lifetime begins…
Directed by award-winning filmmaker Thomas Balmès, from an original idea by producer Alain Chabat, Babies simultaneously follows four babies around the world – from birth to first steps. The children are, respectively, in order of on-screen introduction: Ponijao, who lives with her family near Opuwo, Namibia; Bayarjargal, who resides with his family in Mongolia, near Bayanchandmani; Mari, who lives with her family in Tokyo, Japan; and Hattie, who resides with her family in the United States, in San Francisco.

Re-defining the nonfiction art form, Babies joyfully captures on film the earliest stages of the journey of humanity that are at once unique and universal to us all.

A Focus Features presentation of a Chez Wam/StudioCanal co-production with the participation of Canal +. Babies. Executive Producers, TBC Productions, Chez Wam. Original Idea, Alain Chabat. Adapted by Thomas Balmès. Edited by Craig McKay, A.C.E., Reynald Bertrand. Produced by Alain Chabat, Amandine Billot, Christine Rouxel. Music by Bruno Coulais. Directed by Thomas Balmès. A Focus Features Release.


At the Screening
First 50 Moms
who come wearing their baby in a carrier or sling
will receive a Pump Station™ Swag Bag!

Come to this screening and
enter to WIN one of our great Gift Baskets!

Swag Bags and Gift Baskets filled with product from these great vendors:

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Attend the screening, then bring your ticket stub to any Pump Station™ location and get 10% off your entire merchandise purchase. Offer good thru May 31st, 2010.