Category - Safe Healthy Sleep

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9 Things You Need To Know About Naps
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Patented Waterproofing Now Plant-Based
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A New Addition: The Naturepedic Verse Kids Mattress
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Ask Naturepedic: What Is Food-Grade Polyethylene?
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Ask Naturepedic: When Should I Flip My Baby’s 2-Stage Crib Mattress?
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Potty Training Tips & How to Protect Your Mattress
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My Daughter, The Life Saver
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Here’s the Plan: An Interview with weeSpring’s Allyson Downey
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Ask Naturepedic: What’s in Your Protector Pads?
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Bedtime Boot Camp For Tired Parents

9 Things You Need To Know About Naps

Naps. Us parents love them. It’s our chance to have a little breather during the day, to recharge our batteries and get ready for the next round. And for the little ones, naps are essential. Babies and young children need to get enough sleep in a 24 hour period for many reasons- to aid physical and mental development, to boost brain power, and to aid in rejuvenation and growth. So in honor of this much needed daily occurrence, here are 9 things you need to know about naps. 1. Naps are not just for babies and children. Yes, we’ve all been given that gem of advice to sleep when the baby sleeps- and we all know that in reality that just isn’t going to happen often. But consider this. A sixty-minute nap can improve your alertness for up to ten hours. That’s ten whole hours more that you can keep going, on just one hour’s nap. An hour’s sleep will[…]

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Patented Waterproofing Now Plant-Based

You trust our patented waterproof surface to protect your baby and their crib mattress from spills and messes. It’s quick and easy to wipe clean, and it’s made without harmful chemicals. Our waterproofing is made from food-grade polyethylene, considered to be the safest plastic for consumer goods. And it just got even better We are always improving our products and listening to what parents want in their ideal organic crib mattress. As such, we’ve now found a way to make our food-grade polyethylene from plants! That’s right, plants. This update to our waterproofing goes beyond making products safer and healthier. It’s one step further toward sustainability and environmental health. It’s the same great protection you trust from Naturepedic, now even more friendly for our planet. Our safety priorities Naturepedic’s products are designed for safety and health, without harmful chemicals. In our baby and kids products, we prioritize these safety criteria: – Physical Safety: Our crib and kids mattresses feature firm[…]

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A New Addition: The Naturepedic Verse Kids Mattress

We’re pleased to announce the latest addition to our organic big kid bed lineup: The Naturepedic Verse. It’s a unique kids mattress designed for support and comfort kids will love, with the organic materials parents trust! We recently launched the Verse at the ABC Kids Expo in Las Vegas and you’ll begin to see it in stores soon. The Verse is made with premium encased coils like our adult mattresses, offering firm support ideal for growing children, with a more mature “grown up” feel. Encased coils help reduce motion transfer, so if your big kid wiggles or has restless nights, they’ll be able to find a comfortable spot and settle back down without wiggling the whole bed. This encased coil design also makes the Verse a great option for older kids and teens who are ready for a more mature feel. Like our other kids mattresses, the Verse is made with organic cotton and non-GMO PLA batting for a comfortable[…]

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Ask Naturepedic: What Is Food-Grade Polyethylene?

At Naturepedic, we’re all about crib mattress safety. You trust us to bring you a safer option for your little one’s sleep, wrapped up in all the organic goodness nature offers. You may have seen that we use food-grade polyethylene in our mattresses, and we sometimes get questions about what polyethylene is. We hope that this blog post will help answer any questions you have about the use of food grade polyethylene. It sounds like polyurethane, are they the same thing? At Naturepedic, we don’t use polyurethane foam in any form, including memory foam, plant based or bio-based foam, soybean foam, etc. These are all polyurethane foams that are highly flammable and require flame retardant chemicals to meet flammability standards. We never use polyurethane foam or flame retardants. This is where some of the concern comes from when parents learn we use polyethylene. It sounds very similar in name but is a completely different type of material. What is polyethylene?[…]

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Ask Naturepedic: When Should I Flip My Baby’s 2-Stage Crib Mattress?

Our 2-Stage dual firmness organic crib mattresses are a great choice for your growing baby. They have a flat, firm side for infants and a slightly more cushion firm side for your toddler. We’ve designed them to offer long-lasting quality for the entire time you have your little one in a crib. But when is the right time to flip from the infant side to the toddler side? Identifying the Different Sides Each 2-Stage crib mattress has a tag sewn into the mattress that will let you know clearly which side is which. The toddler side has extra cushioning for a cushion firm support, while the infant side is firmer for safety. A firm, flat surface is a critical safety feature for your baby’s crib mattress.   When to Flip Your 2-Stage Crib Mattress Each child is different, so it’s best to check with your pediatrician before transitioning to the toddler side or adding toddler pillows. Our customers typically flip[…]

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Potty Training Tips & How to Protect Your Mattress

June is Potty Training Awareness Month and there is no lack of conventional wisdom on the internet about the best tips and tricks to train your little one fast. But the truth is that sometimes kids just aren’t ready yet! We asked our community to share some of their favorite tips and stories about potty training to help you find a solution for your own potty woes. Anticipate a night and day difference. Naturepedic’s own Hilary T. starts us out with her experience. “My son was potty trained during the day almost two full years before he was night trained. I learned that night training is completely different than day training, and I didn’t stress when his body just wasn’t ready.” Each child is different. Community member Lura B. potty trained five kids who all responded differently! After a mix of self-training, rewards, and the naked (no diaper) method, she says, “If something works for one child it doesn’t mean[…]

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My Daughter, The Life Saver

She’s not even 3 years old, but she’s already a hero. Although she may not be aware that she’s saving daddy’s life, she is doing it nonetheless. Over the years, I have found ways to become increasingly stressed about everything. Always having something to do, thinking ahead and worrying about what’s to come, getting mad at minute details, etc. I’m Guilty. Yes, with a capital “G”! My wife always gives the best support a husband could ask for over the years, and she keeps me from going berserk….usually. Now, thanks to our daughter, she has reinforcements. I shared about the long journey of having our daughter and how stress was a major factor in the issues we faced. It sucked, I was miserable, and so was everyone around me. I never considered that stressing so much could be such a powerful and dangerous force, but now I have learned it can be deadly. This is beyond scary! Something that many[…]

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Here’s the Plan: An Interview with weeSpring’s Allyson Downey

Allyson Downey’s weeSpring is the online version of that proverbial village it takes to raise a child. Countless moms- and dads-to-be use the website to curate advice and reviews from parents who have been there before. Driven by the desire for no woman to go it alone, Allyson is launching a book to help new moms navigate the interwoven paths of career advancement and motherhood. Naturepedic is proud to sponsor the book tour for “Here’s the Plan: Your Practical, Tactical Guide to Advancing Your Career During Pregnancy and Parenthood.” We caught up with Allyson to ask her some questions about her upcoming book, and ten lucky readers will receive a free copy! Read the giveaway details after the Q&A. 1. What inspired you to write “Here’s the Plan”? When I was pregnant with my first child, I found myself completely sidelined at work–and I was the last person I would have ever expected to experience that. I was tough, I[…]

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Ask Naturepedic: What’s in Your Protector Pads?

You love Naturepedic because we offer a safer mattress for you and your family. It makes sense that you want to know exactly what you’re getting with our accessories. Naturepedic’s organic waterproof protector pads contain an ultra-thin layer of polyurethane as a waterproof barrier between two layers of certified organic cotton fabric. Isn’t polyurethane bad? Naturepedic mattresses never contain polyurethane foams, which are petroleum chemical blends called “solid gasoline” by the National Association of State Fire Marshals. Polyurethane in its pure form is not the same as polyurethane foam. The polyurethane that we use is considered “medical device biocompatible” which means it’s safe for medical use. We use approximately 3% to 5% of this pure polyurethane with organic cotton fabric to create our protector pads. Are there other options to waterproof? Common waterproofing materials include vinyl, phthalates, butane rubber, and perfluorinated compounds (PFCs). These materials are potential hazards for chemical emissions and Naturepedic does not use them in any of[…]

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Bedtime Boot Camp For Tired Parents

Feeling sleep deprived? Whether you’re adjusting to a new baby or fighting off sleep regression with a toddler, trying to parent in a sleep deprived state can make things feel even worse. That’s why helping your baby into good sleep habits is important for the whole troop. There is a huge amount of advice out there for new parents with regards to baby sleep, but chances are you’re too tired to wade through it all right now. To make it easy, we’ve partnered with sleep expert Rebecca Michi to bring you five simple tips to help your baby on their way to a good night’s sleep. We’re ready to tackle National Sleep Awareness Week. Bring it on! 1. Location, location, location. When your baby naps during the day, let them do so in their crib, bassinet, or wherever you’d like them to be sleeping at night. This helps your baby associate their bed with sleep and give them a better[…]

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