Co-sleeping (defined as sharing a common sleeping area with your child – whether it be the same room, bedsharing, etc.), offers a wide array of benefits to mom and baby. For our ancestors, cosleeping was a matter of survival, and this traditional sleeping practice is catching on again with today’s modern mamas. If you’re contemplating co-sleeping with your baby, read on to learn more about the benefits you’ll reap, and how to practice safe co-sleeping.
Being a mom is hard – no matter if you are a working mom, or a stay-at-home-mom, or something in between. Today, we are sharing a unique perspective from a mother who has seen both sides of the fence and knows what it’s like to work full-time outside of the home and what it’s like to be at home with her children all day.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but during the holidays, it’s extra hard to keep breakfast healthy (surely we’re not the only ones sneaking on a leftover cookie or mini cupcake for breakfast!). You’ll fall in love with our festive holiday pumpkin cranberry overnight oats – it’s a breakfast packed with superfoods that will keep you going on all your last-minute shopping trips and baking extravaganzas.
Whether you’re expecting twins, or you are expanding your family and giving your toddler a new baby brother or sister, there is nothing like a double stroller to help cart two little ones around. And if you like to stay fit and look trendy while doing so, the Bumbleride Indie Twin double jogger is hands down the stroller to add to your fleet. Read on to learn about the incredible – and unique – features that the Indie Twin boasts, and why we are obsessing over this double jogger.
Effortless summer styles for nursing and pregnant mamas – Boob Design‘s summer line of dresses and tops is our favorite line yet from this incredible brand. Lightweight and summery, with Boob Design’s signature lift up front panels for easy breastfeeding, this line will blow you away with functionality and fashionable appeal. Boob Design has created countless options that will suit every mom’s unique sense of fashion, all while providing easy access for breastfeeding as well as room for growing baby bumps.
Little Me‘s spring clothing line is a can’t miss for the baby in your life! With delightful choices for both baby girls and baby boys, Little Me has an array of options that are both comfortable and cute. The latest line takes the guesswork out of picking baby clothes – complete sets are available that are perfect for a baby shower gift, or, as a special outfit for your baby to come home from the hospital in. Each Little Me piece features sweet details, such as embroidered flowers for the girls, elbow patches for the boys, and the pieces are made from cotton so soft, you won’t want to dress your baby in anything else.
“Me help? Me help?” If you’re a mother to a toddler, you are all-too-familiar with this question and your child’s desire to help you with every single task you do each day. Toddlers are innately curious and extremely altruistic – they genuinely get a great deal of joy out of helping others, especially their parents. The trouble arises when toddlers want to help with chores or projects that are not developmentally appropriate for them, usually meaning the chore is dangerous for toddlers, or requires fine/gross motor skills that they simply haven’t mastered yet.
Even the most natural-minded, earth-loving, cloth-diaper-obsessed mamas can be a bit nervous about adding cloth diaper wipes to their diapering regimen. We’ll admit, there is something nice about grabbing some disposable wipes, wiping away, then tossing them in the trash afterwards – no fuss, no muss. But, if you’ve ever stopped to tally the amount of money you’re spending on disposable wipes, or tallied the number of wipes you use in a week (big environmental impact!), you may start to reconsider incorporating cloth wipes into your diapering routine. On top of all that, most conventional disposable wipes contain harsh chemicals that can be difficult for a baby’s sensitive skin to handle. Cloth wipes are a great choice for all babies, and especially those who are prone to diaper rashes.
Finding healthy snacks for your toddler – and ones he or she will actually eat – can be a challenge. We are bombarded with thousands of unhealthy snack options, and sometimes it just seems easier to cave and run to a fast food drive-through, or grab a bag of chips from the checkout aisle. We’ve all been there, and have broken down in stressful situations (starving toddler wailing in the supermarket, strangers staring and giving you the stink-eye) by grabbing whatever junk food is within arm’s reach, tossing it to your child, and then feeling guilty later.
With a little planning ahead, these situations can be avoided, and you can be prepared to have healthy snacks to offer your toddler at all times.
No one likes to see their baby sick or in pain, and it can really be overwhelming for parents when something is wrong with their child. We get loads of “how-to-fix-the-ailment” advice – some good, some bad, from well-meaning family members and friends, and other advice from pediatricians who may not be as natural-minded as we prefer. So, we’ve broken down the five most common baby ailments, and put together our favorite, tried-and-true natural remedies that really work. And, they work without creepy chemicals or toxins – just as nature intended!
Now that summer is in full force, all kinds of creepy crawlies are back in our lives. Unfortunately, traditional pest repellents are filled with toxic chemicals that are dangerous to you and your family (children and pregnant women are especially susceptible). Pyrethroids and pyrethrins are of particular concern – these are the primary ingredients in most household pesticides (contained in over 3,500 registered products!).
As parents, we have all been there, thinking, “How can something so small and so cute make something that smells SO bad?”
There is nothing worse than a stinky diaper pail. The feeling of dread when you flip open the lid, and the fumes come wafting out. The games of “rock, paper, scissors” you play with your partner, trying to get out of emptying the pail.
You could make it a game to see how quickly you can toss in a new dirty diaper without letting too much stink escape, OR, you could try our three favorite ways to keep your diaper pail smelling fresh!
Many people are going organic these days, but it can be hard to afford an all-organic lifestyle when it comes to buying fruits and vegetables. Additionally, the organic selection at traditional grocery stores can be limited, especially at certain times of the year, so you are forced to buy non-organic produce. Either way, it is helpful to be able to remove some of the pesticides that coat the outsides of non-organic produce!
If you have a little one with a dairy allergy/sensitivity, or if you try to limit dairy in your diet overall, it can be hard to find great dairy-free recipes for desserts. There are hundreds of recipes for cookies made with butter, cakes made with milk, and pies made with cream – but when it comes to finding a delicious dessert without the dairy, it’s a big challenge.
This insanely good, must-try-immediately recipe for chocolate crinkle cookies uses coconut oil instead of butter, vegetable oil, or shortening. The cookies have the perfect crispy exterior, soft, chewy inside, and just the slightest hint of coconut flavor that compliments the chocolate perfectly.
We have partnered up with Chocolate Covered Katie – healthy food blogger extraordinaire – to share some of her seriously amazing dessert recipes. And the best part? They’re all healthy! Each recipe features at least one unique, unexpected and deliciously healthy ingredient, and many are perfect recipes for children with food allergies or sensitivities!