Category - Safe Healthy Sleep

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Organic vs. Conventional Baby Mattresses: What’s the Difference?
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Potty Training DOs and DON’Ts
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How To Make Your Nursery Safe
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How To Help Siblings Share a Bedroom
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Should My Newborn Be Sleeping Through?
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Why Do Babies Fight 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?

Organic vs. Conventional Baby Mattresses: What’s the Difference?

With so many baby crib mattresses on the market, it can be hard to keep them straight and understand the benefits and differences of each one. We’re here to explain the main differences between an organic crib mattress and its conventional counterparts. Crib Mattress Support Firstly, you should understand the different types of support designs in crib mattresses. Any crib mattress you use should have a firm, flat surface as recommended by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC) for baby’s safety. 1. Innerspring: A traditional innerspring crib mattress is made with metal springs or coils to provide support. These mattresses are very durable but have more weight to them, often weighing over 20 pounds. 2. Lightweight: Lightweight crib mattress supports are usually made from materials like latex, coir (coconut husk with latex), polyurethane foam, or polyethylene. Since latex is an allergenic material, we don’t recommend using latex-containing baby products. Polyurethane foam contains flame retardant chemicals that may introduce health and[…]

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Potty Training DOs and DON’Ts

Do you think your toddler might be ready to start using the potty? June is Potty Training Awareness Month so we asked our readers for their tips when it comes to potty training. Many of these seasoned moms have been through potty training of several children and can attest that every child is different. Don’t panic! Take a look through our tips and share your own stories with our readers to remind everyone that they are not alone in the potty struggle. Potty Training DOs: DO Follow Their Pace The fact is, kids will potty train when they are ready and you can’t really push them into learning before their time. Follow your child’s pace and lower your expectations of when they “should” be potty training. “Let them lead the way, don’t push them. This is not something you want a battle for control over.” Genevieve M. DO Talk About the Potty The more you talk about the potty, using[…]

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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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How To Help Siblings Share a Bedroom

Sharing a room with a sibling can be an “aww”-inspiring time of bonding… or it can be a disaster if personalities clash. We checked in with parents in the Naturepedic family to get tips and tricks about how to help your kids share a room so everyone can co-exist peacefully (mostly). Benefits of Siblings Sharing a Room We won’t say it goes off without a hitch, but room sharing between siblings usually works out if their personalities align. Our readers chimed in with some of the benefits they’ve seen from room sharing. “We just moved our toddler into his sister’s room. She’s happy – it was her idea! He doesn’t have to sleep alone, so he’s happy; though he still makes it back into our bed some nights.” –Cat G. “My five and six year olds share a room, and they have since they were three and four. Sharing a room frees up another room for a home gym! We[…]

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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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Why Do Babies Fight Sleep?

I’m sure we’ve all been there- you’ve followed the bedtime routine perfectly, baby is tired (you KNOW she is tired!) and yet the minute it comes time to sleep… she fights it! Here’s a quick guide to why babies fight sleep and what you can do about it. What does ‘fighting sleep’ mean? Your baby may put up a very good fight against falling asleep. Or so it seems. So if you’ve noticed that she is arching her back, crying, fussing, squirming, kicking and generally protesting about going to bed- that’s fighting sleep! She is tired but she does not want to give in! Sound familiar? Read on… Why do babies fight sleep? There can be many reasons why your baby is fighting sleep today, but in general the following three causes are usually to blame: – Overtired. – Undertired. – Separation anxiety. Any of those seem to be the case for you? Overtired An overtired baby is a disaster[…]

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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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