Naturepedic Blog

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How To Make Your Nursery Safe
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Healthy Chocolate Donuts
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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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8 Reasons to Choose Organic Bedding
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Farmers Market Fruit Smoothie
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Naturepedic 2016 Sustainability Report
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Why Are Organic Mattresses More Expensive?
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Festive & Healthy Strawberry Shortcake Waffles
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Celebrate the MOMents

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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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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8 Reasons to Choose Organic Bedding

You know all about organic food and avoiding harsh pesticides on what you eat. You might even shop organic for your skincare and cosmetic products to avoid harmful chemicals you place on your skin and body. But have you thought about the difference between organic and conventional bedding? Why organic bedding? For the same reason that you choose organic milk, organic carrots, and organic shampoo. Organic bedding is a healthier option manufactured without harmful chemicals, and organic cotton specifically is healthier for the planet. It takes less water to produce organic cotton compared to conventional, and organic cotton isn’t treated with the toxic chemical pesticides or harsh chemical cleaners and fabric treatments that conventional bedding can be exposed to. For instance, “wrinkle resistant” sheets are commonly treated with chemicals that release formaldehyde, a chemical we never use in our products. They appeal on a practical level because you don’t have to worry about folding them just right or getting them[…]

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Farmers Market Fruit Smoothie

Our friend Renee from Raising Generation Nourished shared some tips for how to do farmers market shopping with kids. Read on for the tips, plus a yummy smoothie recipe you can use for all those fresh fruits and veggies you find. This time of year, you can find just about every color of the rainbow at your nearest farmer’s market! Even I get into a rush sometimes, just trying to get my list pounded out for the day, but it truly is amazing when you slow down and get the kids involved while you are produce shopping at your local farmer’s markets this summer. My tips for farmer’s market shopping with kids: 1. Plan a little bit before you go. This doesn’t have to be a big thing. Talk to the kids about what season it is along with what produce they might find at the farmer’s market this month where you live. Then, let them help decide what they[…]

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Naturepedic 2016 Sustainability Report

When you work around big bales of fluffy organic cotton like I do, you’re definitely in tune with Naturepedic’s connection to the environment and sustainability. Many people see only the final product, however. Our yearly Sustainability Report, then, is our way of showing everyone the greenery, so to speak, happening before that mattress is made. All of our mattresses are made at a single manufacturing facility in Ohio, and since we own the building, we control the processes. That means no pesticides on our lawn, environmentally friendly cleaning products, energy efficient lighting. If we see something to be improved, we improve it. Nonetheless, we don’t grow our own cotton, harvest our own rubber tree milk for our certified organic latex, weave our own certified organic fabrics, or raise our own happy sheep for wool (although we do make our own encased coils). For the materials like these, we find suppliers who care as much about the environment as we do.[…]

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Why Are Organic Mattresses More Expensive?

Being blunt but honest, few people would call Naturepedic organic mattresses inexpensive. While we would put the quality and comfort of our hand-assembled mattresses against luxury brands that retail in excess of $20,000 (and we’re nowhere close to that), we nonetheless acknowledge you can drop into a mattress outlet today and walk out with a Queen size adult mattress for $400 or so. Shopping by price alone, you wouldn’t go for an organic mattress. So, why choose organic over that $400 bed? What do you get for the extra money? The truth is, you get a lot, and probably more than you might realize. Cleaner Materials Naturepedic uses organic cotton, latex, and wool, and not surprisingly these materials cost more. Organic cotton, for example, only makes up a little more than 1% of the entire global cotton production (according to trade organization Textile Exchange), so the supply and demand for organic cotton increases costs. Additionally, we only use third-party certified[…]

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Festive & Healthy Strawberry Shortcake Waffles

Looking for the perfect treat for mom this weekend? Try this recipe from our friend Emily at Recipes to Nourish, for a breakfast in bed that will wow mom and start her day off right. Strawberry Shortcake Waffles with layers of homemade whipped cream and fresh strawberries is the perfect way to spoil your loved ones for breakfast. These delicious, crispy and fluffy vanilla waffles are reminiscent of traditional shortcakes. They have a lovely texture and are begging to be topped with a generous amount of honey-sweetened whipped cream and fresh strawberries. This beautiful breakfast is meant to be celebrated! Why not celebrate by serving these strawberry shortcake waffles in bed? Who doesn’t love breakfast in bed?! Plus how can you go wrong with healthier strawberry shortcake … served for breakfast! These delectable waffles topped with fluffy, honey-sweetened whipped cream is such an extra special treat. You will get all of the big heart eyes when you serve these beauties.[…]

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Celebrate the MOMents

Being a mom is filled with so many little moments that people may not even notice. Moms are there for lunches, boo-boos, and bedtime, but what about those tiny things that make everything run like a well-oiled machine? We’re bringing them out to the open and reminding everyone that moms are behind the scenes rockstars at this whole parenting thing. Mom Means Being Magic – “When I was a kid, we had a tin box that held Saltines. That box was always full of crackers – it never empties. For the longest time, I thought it was a magic box. Then I went to the store with my mom and she bought Saltines. I asked her why, since the metal cracker box is always full. She smiled and said, ‘That’s because I always buy more.’ That’s being a mom.” Sarah S. – “When I was about five years old, I was obsessed with a pair of purple shorts with daisies[…]

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