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Creating The Ideal Sleep Environment
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Watermelon Switchel Recipe
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Baby Summer Sleep Issues
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5 Sleep Tips For Travel With Baby
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Good Sleep Can Improve Your Child’s Ability to Study
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Patriotic Cherry Lemonade Recipe
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Summer Fun Fruit & Veggie Ice Pops
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How To Make Your Nursery Safe
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Healthy Chocolate Donuts
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Should My Newborn Be Sleeping Through?

Creating The Ideal Sleep Environment

There is no doubt that the room in which your baby sleeps is important. The environment in which you choose to put your baby or child to bed needs to be conducive to sleep and there are easy ways to achieve that. Here is a quick guide to creating the ideal sleep environment: In Your Room During at least the first six or twelve months, your baby is likely to be sleeping in your room but that doesn’t mean you don’t need to need adapt the environment a little: Lights. If you don’t have a lamp or you only have one that is intended for reading, you might want to swap it for a dimmer light. You want to keep the room as dark as possible. If you can, situate the lamp as close to the door as possible so that you can leave the room in darkness but can turn it on easily when you come up to bed.[…]

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Watermelon Switchel Recipe

Watermelon Switchel is one of the most refreshing and hydrating summer drinks. It’s so easy to make and considered an old fashioned fermented drink. I started making switchel every other day last summer. I mixed up the flavors a lot, but usually ended up making this watermelon switchel or strawberry switchel. I can’t imagine summertime without it now, especially since it feels like 1000 degrees in Northern California. That’s a bit of an exaggeration, but it’s incredibly HOT here! That means hydrating drinks are an absolute must on a daily basis. In my opinion, Switchel is one of the best hydrating drinks ever! Have you ever heard of it or made any? Here’s a little history on it … First, It’s not an alcoholic drink. Many people confuse shrubs with switchel. Shrubs do use vinegar, but they have alcohol and are commonly used for finishing or mixing into a drink. Switchel has absolutely no alcohol and is used for health[…]

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Baby Summer Sleep Issues

As the warmer summer months roll on, more parents start to get in touch with with season specific sleep issues. It’s little wonder why babies tend to have problems sleeping when the weather is hot- we as adults can find it hard to sleep during the summer, so it’s easy to understand why infants would too. So what are the main summer sleep issues we face, and what can we do to solve them? Read on to find out. High Temperatures Let’s start with the most obvious! When the temperature rises, we get hot. And when we’re too hot in bed, we strip back the covers before moving on to stripping off clothes too. Babies cannot do this. And they are less able to regulate their body temperature too, so it’s up to us to make sure they do not get too hot at night. During summer, take steps to ensure: – Baby wears lighter clothing- she may only need[…]

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5 Sleep Tips For Travel With Baby

Summer is finally here, yippee. Are you planning on traveling? Did you know traveling is one of my top three things, which can mess up your child’s sleep? Here are five tips on how to make sleep when traveling with baby a little easier for you all. Travel Sleep Tip #1 Keep your child’s nap and night routines as similar to your routines at home as possible. If the routine continues to be predictable, your child will find that predictability relaxing. This in turn will make it easier for your child to fall asleep. Travel Sleep Tip #2 Take the bottom sheet of your child’s crib with you. Put this on the crib at your destination. If the bed smells familiar your child will feel more comfortable in their new sleeping space. You can also take the pajamas your child wore the night before. If they have a pillow, you may want to take that with you. As well as[…]

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Good Sleep Can Improve Your Child’s Ability to Study

Did you know that quality of sleep can affect your child’s ability to study in school? According to the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School, both animal and human studies suggest that the quantity and quality of sleep have a profound impact on learning and memory. While it’s obvious that lack of sleep results in an inability to focus attention well enough to learn efficiently but, more importantly, researchers have found that sleep itself contributes to the consolidation of memory, which is essential for learning new information. Learning and memory are often described in terms of three functions: – Acquisition — the introduction of new information into the brain – Consolidation — the processes by which a memory becomes stable – Recall — the ability to access the information after it has been stored Each of these steps is necessary for memory to function properly. The acquisition and recall of information occur only during wakefulness, but research suggests[…]

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Patriotic Cherry Lemonade Recipe

Ohhh these fun, summer holidays just get better and better as the babies and toddlers turn into big kids, don’t they?! We’ve moved from freaking out over babies waking up when fireworks blast off, to the absolute awe and joy in those little eyes the first time they see a sparkler and get to stay up and catch fireflies, I am thoroughly enjoying this season of raising kids! Celebrate the Fourth of July with a fun patriotic drink! Little kids love lemonade, and this fun twist on the classic summertime drink, will definitely make them smile! We pick cherries the week of Fourth of July every year, so cherry lemonade has become a staple to enjoy on the 4th of July! Skip the processed sugar and dyes – but still have fun! Real food is so beautiful! Bright red cherries and vibrant blue blueberries are the perfect combo for this red, white, and blue treat! We swap the sugar for[…]

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Summer Fun Fruit & Veggie Ice Pops

A real food spin on those colorful ice pops from the store or neighborhood ice cream truck! I grew up on them all. Every color imaginable…if you are an 80’s or 90’s kid, you had a neon colored ice pop in your hands almost every day during the summer, right?! Next time you are at the grocery store, do a quick spin through the frozen section and take a look at the plethora of food dyes and corn syrup used in most ice pops today. Even so called “healthy” ice pops may boast of natural dyes, but can still be loaded with way more sugar than those little bodies need in the hot summer sun. All the color, none of the junk! Fortunately, they really aren’t lying when they say that fruits and veggies are the “real rainbow!” You can pull so much color from real food, and still make it taste really good. These colorful ice pops are also[…]

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How To Make Your Nursery Safe

We partnered with CJ First Candle to bring you tips for how to make your nursery safe. Executive Director & CEO, Alison Jacobson shares some key safety considerations to keep in mind as you set-up your nursery. One of the best things when you’re pregnant is designing the nursery and deciding on the theme. Expectant moms spend hours looking online and visiting baby stores to get ideas on how they want the nursery to look. Unfortunately, what they often overlook is the safety considerations when setting up the nursery. Usually, baby shower registries are filled with beautiful layettes, sweaters and blankets for the baby but rarely are there baby proofing items to go along with it. Here are a few safety considerations to keep in mind when setting up your nursery and some “must-have” items to put on your registry: A safe crib is top priority – In 2011, drop side cribs were banned in the United States due to[…]

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Healthy Chocolate Donuts

These delicious, healthy chocolate donuts are kid-approved and fun for everyone! Easy to make, with a soft, moist, chocolaty crumb, these grain free donuts are super easy to make, baked to perfection and made with wholesome ingredients. Donuts are known for being a fun food. Everyone loves them! Almost everyone has a childhood favorite. Traditional donuts can be cakey or fluffy yeast-based. They can be frosted, glazed, sprinkled, powdered, filled with cream, fruit jellies or chocolate and on and on. Typically, donuts are not considered the healthiest of foods. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a healthier version! I haven’t been able to have a traditional donut in many years because the majority of them are not gluten free. But I loved them as a kid and wanted my kids to be able to enjoy them the way I did. I am all about enjoying fun foods and having special treats, because life is too short not to enjoy[…]

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Should My Newborn Be Sleeping Through?

The most commonly used phrase you hear when a new baby is imminent is “Get ready for the sleepless nights!” And let’s face it, none of us expect our newborns to sleep through, do we? Or do we? I keep reading articles about ‘distressed parents’ who are so tired after so many sleepless nights. So tired that they embark upon a mission to get their baby sleeping through. And then I discover their baby is two weeks old. Two weeks old! So this is what to do if you’re asking the same question, that is- should my newborn be sleeping through? First of all, remember that your newborn baby is very very young, and survival instincts are in full throttle. There is no manipulation, no wanting to be awake to join in the fun of everyday life, and no feelings of jealousy that older siblings get to stay up and watch TV. Your newborn’s life revolves around survival- eating enough[…]

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