Tag - parenting

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Back to School Sleep Tips
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5 Sleep Tips For Travel With Baby
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How to Choose a Nontoxic Summer Sunscreen
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Potty Training DOs and DON’Ts
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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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Celebrate the MOMents
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Kid Friendly Fruit Snack Recipe
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Advice & Tips for Single Parents
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9 Things You Need To Know About Naps

Back to School Sleep Tips

Summer lends itself to later nights thanks to more daylight, outdoor noise, and vacations in other time zones. It’s no wonder adults and children alike get out of their usual sleep routine in the summer season. But as the summer winds down, you’ll want to tweak your kids’ bedtime routines to get back into a healthier sleep habit – especially if they’re starting school soon! How Much Sleep Do Kids Need? The amount of sleep your child needs will depend on their age. Toddlers need up to 14 hours, preschoolers need about 11-13 hours, and school age kids need 10-11 hours of sleep. This resource chart from Sleep for Kids helps you find out how much sleep is ideal for your child. By the teen years, sleep habits are closer to adult sleep needs but they still need about 9 hours a night for optimal health and performance in school. Check your kids’ ideal bedtimes with this Sleep Calculator that[…]

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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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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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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 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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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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Kid Friendly Fruit Snack Recipe

This year we’re welcoming guest blogger, Renee from Raising Generation Nourished to the Naturepedic blog. Renee has a passion to see the next generation of kids growing up knowing where their food is coming from and how food affects their bodies. We reached out to Renee to put together some yummy kid friendly snack ideas that are sure to be a crowd and tummy pleaser. Stay tuned for lots of nourishing recipes from Renee on the Naturepedic blog in 2017! First up, a kid friendly strawberry fruit snack recipe. Strawberries and daylight! My favorite signs of spring! Spring has yet to decide if it is going to stay snowy or perk up a bit around where I live, but I can tell spring is around the corner when I’m seeing more sunshine, and strawberries from warmer climates arriving at the store. The snow clouded ceiling of winter is on its way out, and with the extra sunshine, my kids are[…]

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Advice & Tips for Single Parents

March 21 is National Single Parent Day, a day to celebrate the hard work of parents raising kids on their own! We interviewed some single parent members of the Naturepedic community about their advice for other single parents. From meal planning to self care, we hope you’ll find at least one tip that reminds you that you are doing enough, even if you’re on your own. Find a Support System You may not have family or your co-parent close to you, so it’s important to find a supportive network that has your back. This is especially important if you’re newly single and feeling lonely in your new paradigm. “Find your tribe. It’s important to find who you are without the other person and find people who appreciate and embrace that person.” – Lydia R. “[My single father] wasn’t afraid to ask friends for help to watch me.” -Rachel C. “Trade ‘night off’ babysitting with another mom once a month, or[…]

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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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