Want your kids to be healthy, wealthy and wise? Here’s some scoop on the healthy!

What to expect when expecting

Creating a healthier home is easier than you think, especially when you have the inside scoop from best-selling author Heidi Murkoff.

If only Heidi had been around for me five kids ago…I would’ve known I could toss kid toys in the dishwasher. The good news is, there’s still a payoff! As a Grammy, I’ve learned this reviewing Heidi’s guide for Mom Central. So my precious grandbabies will be as germ free as possible!

To help Moms keep their homes healthy, the What to Expect Foundation (which takes its name from Heidi Murkoff’s best-selling What to Expect series) just developed the “What to Expect Healthy Home Growth Chart” with a grant from The Clorox Company. This follow-up to the “What to Expect: Guide to a Healthy Home” offers insider tips to help Moms keep a healthier home over the course of their child’s first five years. Moms can find tips to coincideClorox® with the developmental stages children go through, such as:
•    Disinfecting hard toys at 3 months
•    Baby-proofing the house when they start walking around 1 year
•    Removing allergens from stuffed animals for play dates starting at the age of 2
•    Making hand washing and no-shoes a rule after coming in from playing outside around age 4

Just when you think you have everything under control with your kids, you realize there are always unseen germs to contend with. Here’s the good news— it’s not as hard as you might think. Especially when you get help from Heidi, the mom who wrote “the book” on parenting.

Hands down, there is no better way to help stop the spread of viruses and other germs than hand washing…

Heidi Murkoff, author of the bestselling “What to Expect” series, has written a new 16-page book “What to Expect: Guide to a Healthy Home.” It is full of easy to use tips and practical advice on how to keep your whole family and home healthier.

Some of Heidi’s highlights:

Hands down, there is no better way to help stop the spread of viruses and other germs than hand washing…

“Water vapor (plus the toilet contents–yes…anything in there) erupts from the toilet like a mini bacteria volcano every time you flush, landing on whatever is nearby (including that toothbrush you left on the sink). Closing the lid before you flush will help prevent you—and your family—from brushing their teeth with toilet water.”

“Your children aren’t the only ones playing with the bath toys. [Bacteria and other germs] are having a party with them too, a party that keeps getting bigger and bigger as the guests multiply. To keep those bugs from breeding on tub toys let them dry in a net or basket after the bath. Toys that trap water (that rubber ducky comes to mind) need to be cleaned regularly with a diluted [disinfecting] bleach solution, [as directed], then rinsed well and left to dry.”


I wrote this review while participating in a blog campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Clorox and the What to Expect Guide and received a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.”


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