traveWelcome to Tuesday Travels, a weekly series at Traveling with Baby.  This season, my son and I are excited about sharing some local day trips and field trip ideas for families with little ones.  This weekly series will also feature travel tips for families with kids-in-tow and related product reviews and giveaways.  I enjoy hearing about your traveling adventures, too.

Drink Water

So, how much water do you really need?  The very general formula that I share with my patients is this:

Take your weight in pounds and divide it in half.¬† That’s the amount of fluid ounces you should drink in water throughout the day.

For example, a 100 pound person should drink 50 fluid ounces of water per day.¬† Since there are 8 fluid ounces in 1 cup, that means a 100-pound person should drink about 6 1/4 cups of water per day.¬† That’s equivalent to about 2 of the .75 Liter (or 24 oz.) capacity Camelbak Better Bottles per day.

However, a pregnant or breastfeeding mom, someone living at high altitudes, in extreme climates, someone who exercises several times a week…these are all factors for how much water you should drink.

So, check out the Hydration Calculator on  Nine quick questions will tell you how much water you should drink.  But, the answer will probably run pretty close to half of your body weight in fluid ounces.

Take a sip of water every 15 minutes throughout the day, and you’ll easily get there.¬† It’s that simple!

Nay for BPA

The information available about BPA in plastics is so in-your-face that you’ve probably heard about it.¬† In fact, you don’t have to turn to mom blogs and PBS to hear about it, the BPA news has gone mainstream.¬† There was an article about the dangers of BPA in plastics in Time magazine, and more recently, the Washington Post.

Instead of worrying about whether or not a product is BPA-free, I’d prefer to stick to companies that have a long track record of producing safe, BPA-free, pthalate-free containers for food or beverage consumption.¬† Camelbak is one of those companies that maintains a high level of integrity and quality in their products–those are traits that make sense to me as a doctor mom.

camelbak-corporate-logoLast fall, I reviewed Camelbak’s Better Bottle.¬† For the record, I still take that purple bottle with me EVERYWHERE.¬† It has endured numerous road trips, bounces on tile, and a toddler who’s perfecting his spiral pass.¬† I love it.

New and Improved

This year, Camelbak released new products that are appropriate for small children and they beefed up their bottle line for big kids and adults: stainless and insulated stainless.¬† No more slightly strange water taste if it’s been sitting in there for, oh–say camelbak-stainless-steel-bottlea couple days in the car under the blazing sun.¬† Also, cool water stays quite cool with the insulated stainless bottle.

So, if you drop it on your bare toes, you might feel a little regret.¬† But, if you’re not clumsy with your water bottle, then you’ll probably love it more than any water bottle you’ve ever had.¬† EVER.¬† Not only is it uber-practical, but you can get one for everyone in the family and not get them mixed up since there’s really run and rad designs available.¬† Try to pick just one–not easy!

The Camelbak 0.5 Liter Insulated Stainless Steel Better Bottle is available for $26 – $30 on Amazon.

For the Kids

Camelbak 12 oz. Kids Bottles

For the little ones, you get spill-proof design with the incredible bite valve that comes apart for easy cleaning and re-assembly.¬† But, you don’t have to worry about choking hazards since the parts are kid-friendly.¬† Did I mention that the style options are super cute, too?

Camelbak sent us the kids’ stainless in butterflies, and the kids’ plastic Fire Pirate bottle.¬† It holds 12 ounces of water (0.4L), and for a boost in vitamin C, I’ll throw in a wedge of lemon.

Instead of snagging MY Better Bottle, my son is totally content to have his own.¬† I’m content to have a cleaner, and spill-proof drinking solution that travels well in the car.

IMG_7636Camelbak Stainless Better Bottle I love the safe and hazard-free Big Bite Valve on the kids bottle.  The bite valve is slightly different on the 0.5 liter insulated stainless.  All parts are easy to disassemble and clean by hand or dishwasher.

Get your BPA-Free Camelbak 0.4 liter Kids Bottle for $12-$14, or the 0.4 liter Kids Stainless Steel Bottle for $18.50 Р$23 on Amazon.  If you live in Virginia, you can also find them at your local Blue Ridge Mountain Sports.

bottles n bagsThe next time I’m on a trip to a museum or park with my son, I think I might want to stowe my Camelbak bottles in this cool Bottles ‘n Bags Stroller Organizer by J.L. Childress–among other baby gear designed for travel, you can find it at

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Hey Moms!

If you’re in the central Virginia area this coming weekend, stop by for a¬† one-hour class on simple ways to go green–an intro to cloth diapering and preparing homemade organic baby food from scratch–at Charlottesville‚Äôs Downtown ACAC (111 Monticello Ave.) on Saturday, October 3rd, 2009 at 11:45AM. This event is free and open to the public as part of ACAC‚Äôs pre-natal and post-natal seminars.

Happy Green Baby classes focus on surrounding a baby with a safe and and healthy environment, void of synthetic chemicals and harmful toxins.¬† This class will teach parents simple ways to go green, through an introduction to cloth diapering and creating homemade organic baby food, as well as a brief overview on wisely choosing items that come in contact with a baby’s mouth and precious skin, such as non-toxic bottles, baby skincare and baby sun care.

The workshop will be led by me…besides editing Traveling with Baby, I’m also a Chiropractic Physician practicing in Charlottesville.

I’m excited to offer Happy Green Baby to parents.¬† There’s enough learning curves involved with a new baby; I want to help parents feel confident and simplify the learning curve involved with raising a healthy, happy, and green baby.

For more information on Happy Green Baby, please call the office at (434) 566-0126 or visit

I hope to see you there!

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health happy round-upWelcome to a weekly series on Traveling with Baby, Health Happy Round-Up which focuses on multiple aspects of wholesome living and optimal health for the entire family.  Each weekend, Traveling with Baby will share some insightful news, recipes, and tips to help you consider fresh new perspectives on wholesome and happy health.


Hi! My name is Elisa B. and I’m a photographer in Charlottesville, Virginia. I love documenting people’s lives on camera, cooking, blogging, meeting people and living a healthy lifestyle. I’m also expecting my first child in November, and so Dr. Dolly has invited me to contribute to the blog occasionally and to share healthy tips and new-mother experiences!

For my first blog post on Traveling with Baby, I wanted to share a little information about breast cancer. I’ve been moved this year by some of the philanthropic organizations that are out there for professional photographers. As I mentioned I’m expecting, so participating in the Charlottesville Women’s 4-Miler (which raises money for breast cancer research) was out of the question this fall. Then I heard about Images for a Cure which is an initiative geared towards raising funds for breast cancer research and takes place on Sunday, October 11. It fed both my desire to use my photography talents and to help makes people’s lives better and healthier.

IMG_0609_3Photographers across the country are donating their time and session fees to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation¬Æ. I’m really excited about the opportunity to use my talents and passions towards improving peoples‚Äô lives and providing hope for patients and their families and friends.

 Sessions will take place (weather permitting) at Ivy Creak Natural Area from 1-5 on Sunday, October 11. If you’re interested in signing up for a portrait session and having your portrait fees donated to fund breast cancer research, you can sign up through me  - all of my contact information is listed on my website at More information about the event is listed on the website at

Here are the four healthy habits believed
to help safeguard your breasts:

1. Maintain Your Weight
Studies have found that women who maintain their weight over time are less likely to get this disease. Ideally, you should gain no more than 10 percent of your body weight from your 20s to your 40s.

 2. Eat Sensibly
Vegetables are a very good source of fiber, which in animal studies has been shown to lower levels of estrogen circulating in the blood. Also, many veggies contain cancer-fighting phytochemicals,so the more you eat, the better!

Lanigans are compounds that may play a role in preventing estrogen dependent cancers by inhibiting the development of tumors or slowing their rate of growth. These can be found in flaxseeds, sunflower seeds, peanuts, cashews, rye bread, and strawberries.

Calcium and Vitamin D could reduce your risk by as much as a third. Eat calcium-rich foods like dairy products, almonds, and leafy greens, or take a calcium supplement.

Fiber A fiber-rich diet of 30 or more grams a day can half the risk of breast cancer among premenopausal women. Fiber-rich foods contain antioxidants and phytochemicals that are thought to be protective.

3. Exercise
Women who exercise on a regular basis have lower levels of insulin and insulinlike growth factor. High levels of insulin and insulinlike growth factor seem to act as fuel, possibly helping cancer take off. Exercise also helps by lowering the circulating level of estrogen.

4. Drink moderately
Many studies have found a link between excessive alcohol intake and breast cancer. You can still drink; just don’t overdo it. Stick to one drink a day at most.

I’m looking forward to sharing more with you in the future!
Elisa B.