Naturepedic Blog

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Watermelon Switchel Recipe
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Baby Summer Sleep Issues
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Why Organic Cotton Is Better
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5 Signs It’s Time To Go to Bed
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Organic vs. All Natural vs. Non-Toxic: What These Mattress Terms Really Mean
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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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How to Choose a Nontoxic Summer Sunscreen
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Summer Fun Fruit & Veggie Ice Pops

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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Why Organic Cotton Is Better

Is there really such a big difference between conventional and organic cotton? What about claims that organic cotton is actually worse for the environment than conventional? These claims rely on the argument that conventional cotton has been genetically engineered to produce more fiber than organic cotton, making it more efficient to use in textiles like clothing or bedding. Conventional requires less water, produces fewer greenhouse gas emissions, and is overall a more environmentally-conscious choice, according to this article. However, this approach doesn’t take into account the long-term environmental effects of conventional cotton vs. organic cotton. It’s important to know that conventional cotton is one of the most sprayed and chemically treated crops. The pesticides and herbicides sprayed to treat conventional cotton can drift through the air and contaminate water, air, and crops. For people sensitive to environmental chemicals, this can spell disaster. Organic cotton also utilizes less energy than conventional, produces fewer greenhouse gases, and improves soil quality. Organic farming[…]

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5 Signs It’s Time To Go to Bed

You’ve probably heard of the circadian rhythm, the “internal clock” that helps you know when it’s time to sleep and wake. This biological clock is controlled by part of your brain that responds to light and dark, affecting your hormone production and internal body temperature, among other bodily functions. If this rhythm is so sophisticated, why do so many people have trouble falling asleep or getting good quality sleep? Unfortunately, our modern world full of appliances, smart devices, and even electric lights can throw off the balance of our natural rhythm and require interventions like sleep medication, melatonin supplementation, and more. Let’s get back to basics! This blog post will outline five signs your body uses to signal that it’s time to go to bed. You should be able to pick up at least one tip that helps you get in touch with your body’s natural sleep cycle and rhythm. 1. You’re Nodding Off: If you can rest your eyes[…]

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Organic vs. All Natural vs. Non-Toxic: What These Mattress Terms Really Mean

When it comes to purchasing a mattress, there are a lot of “buzz words” out there that can make it confusing. You might see “natural mattresses,” “non-toxic mattresses,” and “organic mattresses” – what’s the difference between these types of products? It turns out, there is quite a big difference, and we want you to make an informed and educated choice when buying for your family. This blog will explain the difference between natural, non-toxic, eco-friendly and organic mattresses so that you can shop with confidence and find a truly healthier option. Natural Mattresses What’s a “natural mattress” anyway? Unfortunately, this term doesn’t mean much. It could be everything you’re looking for – made with all-natural materials like cotton, wool, latex, etc. Or it could be a marketing gimmick calling out “natural” additives into otherwise chemical-laden products. It’s tough to know what you’re getting when the label doesn’t call out what specifically is natural about the mattress. The truth is, the[…]

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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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How to Choose a Nontoxic Summer Sunscreen

Summer is officially here, and it’s time to break out the beach towels and swimsuits for fun in the sun. But make sure you consider sun safety in your summer planning too. Most sunscreens are made with toxic chemical ingredients that you’d really rather avoid. Luckily there are ways to stay safe in the summer sun that don’t involve using harmful chemicals. Read on to find out how to limit your sun exposure and shop for a nontoxic sunscreen that’s healthier for your body. Dress For The Sun When you’re preparing for a day on the beach, camping, or outdoors this summer, dress for the sun. Wear a hat and long sleeves and pants if possible (we know it’s hot, so look for comfortable, breathable fabrics that keep you cool – but you want a tight knit to maximize protection). Children and adults can wear long-sleeved swimsuits or rash guards to help reduce sun exposure. Remember that sunglasses aren’t just[…]

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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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