Parenthood: Raising A Healthy, Happy & Eco-Friendly Baby

Petty Family

with Natalie Petty

You’ve read all the books, waited 9 months for the baby to arrive and then suddenly, you’re a parent. And despite all the books and apps you can read, nothing really preparers you for the task at hand.

Being a new parent is both exciting and frightening. This wonderful little human being is now your total responsibility. You have to keep him fed, clothed, clean, safe, and especially loved. Well, that part comes easy. I want my son Jackson to be the happiest and healthiest baby possible. That is why I want to try to find as many healthy and “green” options for his care. I know not everything I do will be perfect, but I am going to try to do my best for my baby. There are many, many choices out there now in the baby care world, so do some homework and find what works best for you.

Already I have been to two great kids stores to browse, plan & purchase. My first stop was Kangaroo Kids, 10030 Manchester Rd, 63122, where I rented a hospital-grade breast pump. Lesser models didn’t work for me. How long a mother breast feeds is totally a personal decision, but if you are going to pump, I suggest only the best for you and your baby.

I also visited Verde Kids where I plan to do much of my shopping in the months to come as they have an enormous selection of toys, books and organic fiber clothes. Owner Jessica Kester is so nice and always available to answer all your questions. And new moms have plenty of questions. Her shop is located in the Old Orchard Shopping Area of Webster Groves at 27 South Old Orchard Avenue. Go see her and tell her Natalie sent you!

There are so many decisions to be made for new parents and I hope this column will help you along the way. Look for me again in upcoming editions of The Healthy Planet. I will let you know what I find along the way.