Introducing art to your baby at a young age not only gives you something fun to do with them on a daily basis, but it is also a great way to help develop their fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Since little ones are all about the tactile experience, there’s a good chance any product you give them will enter their mouth at some point. This is why it is so important to invest in safe, non-toxic art supplies. Read on for some amazing eco-friendly products and fun art ideas that you can introduce to your soon-to-be budding artist.
You have read about why choosing organic bedding and mattress for your baby can be one of the most important things when it comes to your precious one’s safety. You have educated yourself on the Toxic Gas theory of SIDS and all the chemicals that go into making a conventional mattress. It’s very scary and very sad. You want change!
Now what? Where does one start in their search for better organic bedding? There are a handful of organic mattress brands on the market. Some are more or less natural than others. We’d like to introduce you to Naturalmat, our favorite maker of organic bedding and mattresses.
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!
Chiropractic care is a natural way to help your kids lead a healthier life. While medical care is excellent, especially for serious illnesses and injuries after they occur, you want to be as preventative as possible to keep injuries and illnesses from happening in the first place! One way is to get regular chiropractic adjustments for you and your little ones! Read on for reasons why you should choose chiropractic care for your kids, even when they are healthy!
Jars of baby food take up far too much precious pantry space. Or even worse, you need to go on an all day outing that requires packing all that food in your already over-packed bag. Save space and add flavor and nutrient diversity with the alternative to traditional baby food, NurturMe.
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There’s a whole host of reasons to start integrating probiotics into your baby’s diet. The same can be said for toddlers and older children – the benefits at all ages are numerous.
Probiotics are microorganisms (bacteria) that have wonderful health benefits. Your digestive tract naturally contains over 500 different types of healthy, good bacteria, and supplementing with probiotics helps boost the amount of healthy bacteria in your body – and in turn, helps strengthen your immune system.
Mastitis and clogged milk ducts are an inflammation due to the obstruction of a milk duct. This obstruction can sometimes be caused by an infection, or may lead to infection if it goes untreated. Mastitis most commonly occurs to nursing mothers in the first few months of breastfeeding.
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When you begin the habit of looking at the ingredients list of foods before purchasing, it’s easy to feel like you have no idea what you are looking at or what you’re looking for. Of course, the first rule of thumb is a short and pronounceable ingredient list. But what if you would really like to purchase an item that seems fairly processed but would like to make sure it doesn’t contain anything really bad? And why are these things bad?
We all know that in order to have a balanced diet, we need to have a proper mixture of nutrient rich foods.
Protein, in particular, is suggested to be introduced to babies typically around 8 months old. The normal human body needs 22 amino acids, however, it only makes 13 of them. The other 9 amino acids must come from foods high in “essential acids.”
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We recently talked about our 3 favorite natural teething remedies, and now we’re back with our top 3 tips for Baltic amber teething necklaces, including how to buy the most effective necklace, and how to use it properly.
In case you haven’t yet read our natural teething remedies post, Baltic amber has a natural healing property – it’s a live resin that contains succinic acid, a natural anti-inflammatory analgesic that is activated by the warmth of your baby’s skin. Your baby doesn’t actually chew on the necklace – the amber simply must rest on your baby’s skin, and then the magic happens!
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Whether it’s your baby’s first bout of the stomach flu, or your toddler’s fourth time catching it this year, all moms can agree that it’s a horrible feeling to see your child sick and uncomfortable.
A quick phone call to the pediatrician and a Google search will point us all in the same direction for rehydration: Pedialyte. It’s practically synonymous with childhood. But have you ever looked at the ingredients? Artificial sweeteners such as sucralose (Splenda) and Acesulfame Potassium (chemically similar to saccharin), as well as artificial flavorings & colorings. On top of all that, Pedialyte is pretty expensive!
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We’ve all been there. You bring your beautiful newborn baby home from the hospital, surely convinced that you’ve just birthed the most gorgeous baby of all time. You beam with pride at this stunningly perfect little creature. And then it happens. Flakes and scales start popping up on your perfect child’s scalp, occasionally spreading to your baby’s face, clustering around the eyebrows.