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How to Choose the Best Organic Mattress for Your Child or Toddler
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Ask Naturepedic: Do Your Mattresses Fit Every Crib?
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Silly Pumpkin Face Gluten Free Sugar Cookies
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Making Better Decisions: Healthier Halloween Fun
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Newborn Sleep Patterns: What To Expect
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5 Tips For A Sunday Reset
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Keeping Your Baby Safe From Suffocation During Sleep
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Chai Spiced Apple Pancakes
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A Sleepy Bedtime Snack: Tart Cherry Chia Pudding
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How To Pick The Best Organic Crib Mattress For Your Baby

How to Choose the Best Organic Mattress for Your Child or Toddler

Whether you’re upgrading your toddler or choosing a mattress for an older child or teen, what are the important things to watch out for when choosing the best organic mattress for your child? Materials Matter Just like you would with an organic crib mattress or an organic mattress for yourself, you should take a look at what’s inside your child’s mattress. The materials used to provide comfort and support for your growing child are an important part of your research. Your child’s bed may contain the following materials for support: 1. Springs or Coils – A traditional innerspring is most common, but some kids mattresses are also made with individually encased coils, which help to reduce motion transfer and offer more comfort to older children and teens. 2. Latex – Latex is a common mattress material, but also brings allergenic concerns. Naturepedic organic kids mattresses don’t include latex because you may not know if your young child has a latex[…]

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Ask Naturepedic: Do Your Mattresses Fit Every Crib?

We get a handful of questions related to the size and fit of our crib mattresses in various cribs, so let’s put those questions to bed! Crib Mattress Size There are safety standards that dictate a minimum and maximum size for cribs and crib mattresses, and Naturepedic crib mattresses are designed with these standards – and your child’s safety – in mind. Our mattresses measure approximately 27 ¼ x 51 ⅝ x 6 inches, which is the size for standard cribs. Some cribs are slightly bigger or slightly smaller than our mattresses, while still being within industry guidelines. This means that your Naturepedic crib mattress may not fit perfectly in your crib, so it’s always best to test the size of our mattress with your chosen crib. Avoiding Mattress Gaps It is very important that you avoid gaps between the side of the crib and your mattress. A gap larger than two fingers wide becomes an entrapment risk for your[…]

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Silly Pumpkin Face Gluten Free Sugar Cookies

Happy Halloween! Little kids spend the whole month of October figuring out their costumes (some maybe even giving it careful thought in September!), and health conscious mommas everywhere spend the whole month of October figuring out how they will make it through the sugar crazed holiday with as little teeth rotting candy as possible! I’ve got your back! Dear momma, I’m here to tell you it’s ok to feel that way. It’s ok to care about what goes in your kids’ bodies! In fact, you’ll get momma guilt coming from both ends of the spectrum on Halloween (and every other holiday for that matter!). Some will say “for crying out loud, lighten up!”, and others will say you aren’t a “true” real foodie if you let your kid have some sugar… So my answer is always to listen to your momma instinct… Balance is key I’ve found a happy medium for Halloween that works for my family. It usually revolves[…]

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Making Better Decisions: Healthier Halloween Fun

In our household, we love Halloween. I start asking the kids what costumes they want in advance so I can make sure they’re properly fitted and we don’t have any last minute surprises. Our neighborhood does a fall festival every year so the kids get an extra opportunity to wear their Halloween costumes, eat snacks, and do some fall crafts. Between pumpkin patches, apple picking, and kids’ activities, there’s still an opportunity to make better decisions for a healthier Halloween this year! Costumes and Accessories In a Pinterest-perfect world, it would be great to make my kids’ costumes from scratch or upcycle items from a thrift store, but we don’t always have the time for homemade outfits. I usually ask the kids in September what they’d like to be for Halloween and find their costumes online. To cut down on questionable ingredients and materials I try to steer them toward costumes that don’t require makeup or lots of plastic pieces.[…]

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Newborn Sleep Patterns: What To Expect

First things first. Newborn babies are not designed to sleep through the night. They are not designed to sleep longer than two or so hours at a time. Yes, they sleep a lot in the first weeks, but all of that sleep is in fragments. Secondly, please do not be under any illusion that newborn babies can be sleep trained. Newborn Sleep Patterns: What To Expect Expect to be a little sleep deprived! You are probably used to at least eight hours sleep a night, with no interruptions (although often late pregnancy hampers this a little for mums to be!), but that just isn’t going to happen with a new baby in the house. That’s why it’s important to have an idea of how newborn sleep patterns work. A newborn baby will sleep on average for 16 hours a day. Usually, this is more or less split equally between day and night. As already explained, babies this young have no[…]

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5 Tips For A Sunday Reset

Sunday is the prime time to prepare for your upcoming week. Whether you choose a day of rest or a day of productivity, our tips will help you make the last hours of your weekend count and set you up for a happier Monday and a good week. 1. Prepare Healthy Meals: This one’s a classic. By doing some meal prep for just an hour or two on Sunday, you can eat healthier during the week and avoid emergency takeout when you’re too tired or can’t decide what to make for dinner. Packing your lunches during the workweek will also save time and money! A little bit of prep on the weekend goes a long way during the week. Kimber C. says: “I do my meal prep on Sundays to prepare for a week of eating healthy.” How to do it: Chop up veggies in advance, cook meats or soups in a crockpot, and put your rice cooker to work[…]

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Keeping Your Baby Safe From Suffocation During Sleep

By Debra Lynn Dadd According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, approximately 3500 infants die every year in the United States from sleep related infant deaths like accidental suffocation and strangulation in bed. Since October is Safe Sleep month, here are some simple things you can do that are known to reduce the risk of suffocation, which may also help other sleep-related deaths. And, as well, here are some facts regarding “breathable mattress” myths. Breathable Mattresses Aren’t the Solution To Avoid Suffocation In recent years, “breathable” crib mattresses have come into the marketplace, in an attempt to address the perceived risk of suffocation when the baby is lying face down. When a baby sleeps on a crib mattress that is firm and flat, it’s impossible for the baby to go head down into the mattress and suffocate. There is certainly nothing wrong with providing extra air around a baby, but “non-breathable” mattresses (i.e. typical mattresses with firm surfaces) are not[…]

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Chai Spiced Apple Pancakes

These delicious, seasonal, Chai Spiced Apple Pancakes are super easy to make and sure to please for breakfast! They’re full of wholesome ingredients, have no refined sugar and can be made ahead of time for quick breakfasts. It’s that time of the year when the air is crisp, the trees are shifting to beautiful reds, oranges and yellows, and seasonal produce is at its finest. Apple trees are overflowing with fruit and ready to be harvested. Apple pies are baking, mugs are full of hot spiced apple cider, bags of apples are being turned into applesauce and homes are filled with the beautiful aroma of sweet, spicy goodness. Apple season is in full swing and these deeply flavored pancakes are waiting to meet your plate. These pancakes smell amazing when cooking. They have hints of sweet cinnamon, spicy ginger and clove and a little bit of vibrant fennel and cardamom. These delicious chai flavors go perfectly with juicy, sweet apples.[…]

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A Sleepy Bedtime Snack: Tart Cherry Chia Pudding

In honor of Safe Healthy Sleep… …let’s talk about kids and sleep! This topic probably feels anything but restful and peaceful to many parents, but hear me out! They need it {and we know you need it!} Young children spend almost half their day sleeping – or should be anyway. And rapidly growing teens aren’t much different. Every house has that 1 kid though. The one that is always up before everyone, or who has the hardest time falling asleep… While there are many factors that play into children sleeping well, there is one piece to the puzzle that affects every child. Food Choices It’s pretty hard to argue that food doesn’t play a role in a child’s behavior and sleep, so while I am probably “preaching to the choir,” I thought we could have a quick refresher on how food can affect sleep, just in case one of these things has slipped by the radar! 1. Keep the sugar[…]

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How To Pick The Best Organic Crib Mattress For Your Baby

When you’re ready to start registering for a new crib mattress and other nursery essentials for your new little one, the choice is overwhelming! There are so many mattresses, pads, and accessories to consider. Many parents-to-be want to choose an organic or non-toxic crib mattress to promote a healthier nursery environment for their baby and give them a safer start from day one. But do you know how to choose the best organic crib mattress for baby? When shopping for organic crib mattresses, the important features to look for include support, surface fabric, allergy considerations, breathability, and avoidance of harmful chemicals. Find out how Naturepedic’s design does it right. 1. Crib Mattress Support The most important feature of your crib mattress is firm, flat support. Babies need a firm mattress – firm enough to stay flat underneath baby’s weight. The Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Crib Safety Tips recommend a firm, tight-fitting mattress without any pillows, comforters, or other soft items[…]

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