Tag - babies and kids

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Give Back With An Alternative Spring Break
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9 Things You Need To Know About Naps
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Organic Beyond Food: Back to School
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Ask Naturepedic: What Is Food-Grade Polyethylene?
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Naturepedic Awarded the EMA Healthy Family Seal
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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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Lonely Whale: An Interview with Adrian Grenier

Give Back With An Alternative Spring Break

It’s so nice to daydream about trips to warm, sunny beaches to relax and warm up after winter, but have you considered adding a more charitable addition to your vacation plan? Alternative Spring Break (ASB) trips are popular among high school and college students who perform volunteer work during their school break. You can take the idea and turn it into a family vacation or a solo mission! This post will explore options for service destinations within the United States and internationally, as well as “staycation” ideas that will let you design your own Alternative Spring Break. Service Trip Programs Great for older kids in middle and high school, a service trip for Alternative Spring Break is a great way for them to get some community service hours and great experience for their college applications. They don’t have to be just for the high school kids, either! Some programs accept younger children and you can go on a service trip[…]

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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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Organic Beyond Food: Back to School

It’s back to school season and you’re probably hitting the sales to equip your kids with everything on their supply lists. Keeping things organic may not have even crossed your mind, but there are organic and eco-friendly solutions for school supply shopping too! We’re highlighting Earth-friendly brands and products that your kids (and you) will love. Backpacks and Lunch Bags Organic backpacks and bookbags are available if you know where to look! Just like in mattresses and clothing, textile products like backpacks can contain harsh pesticides, vinyl, phthalates, lead, and other questionable chemicals. When your child uses a product every day, it’s a savvy decision to find a non-toxic solution without those potential hazards. For little ones, we love EcoGear’s Ecozoo Organic Backpack, available in four cute animal designs: Panda, Pig, Elephant, and Puppy. Made from organic cotton with recycled plastic and sustainable wood components, it’s perfect for preschool or early school aged children. We also like the Rawganique organic[…]

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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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Naturepedic Awarded the EMA Healthy Family Seal

The entertainment industry, from music to movies to original programming delivered on cable, network and new media platforms, holds influence on how people view their world. Understanding how media shapes opinions, in 1989 entertainment executive Alan Horn and wife Cindy, along with iconic writer and producer Norman Lear (yes, that Norman Lear of All in the Family, The Jeffersons, One Day At A Time, and more) and wife Lyn founded the Environmental Media Association (EMA). The EMA leverages the considerable power of the entertainment industry to affect environmental change. This change is not just within the industry through the encouragement of more responsible production methods, but also with the general public by using celebrity power to educate and inform. The EMA even works with writers and directors to help integrate responsible environmental messaging into movies and television. As part of the EMA’s ongoing dedication to promote a healthier planet with healthier people, the organization launched the EMA Healthy Family Seal.[…]

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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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Lonely Whale: An Interview with Adrian Grenier

At Naturepedic, we’re big fans of customer and friend Adrian Grenier, whose charity work with The Lonely Whale is changing the way people think about our world’s oceans. He has been making small changes in his life and inspiring others to do the same, including sleeping organic on a Naturepedic! Those small steps add up to a big environmental impact. In honor of Earth Month, we got in touch with Adrian to ask him some questions about his commitment to sustainability and environmentalism. Why do you sleep on a Naturepedic mattress? When I joined the Lonely Whale team I started studying how products we use every day affect ocean health. One of the biggest was mattresses. I learned that most commercial mattresses use flame retardants. These chemicals show up in sea creatures, particularly dolphins and killer whales who collect the chemicals in their blubber. What’s even more devastating is that these chemicals are bioaccumulative, which means they stick around and build[…]

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