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Fall Back Into Organic Sleep
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5 Spookily Healthy Halloween Treats
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Healthified Alphabet Soup Recipe
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The Truth About Organic Cotton Farming
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10 Easy Ways To Do Something Nice Today
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What Makes A Good Crib Mattress?
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The Importance of Non-toxic Baby Products According to a Pediatrician
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Chocolate Zucchini Smoothie Recipe
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5 Safety Tips For Parents During Baby Safety Month
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10 Ways to Feel Accomplished Today (While You’re Really Just Relaxing!)

Fall Back Into Organic Sleep

Even though Daylight Savings Time (DST) happens every year, it still catches many people by surprise. Luckily, we’re experiencing the good version of DST today, where we’ve gained an extra hour of restful sleep instead of losing that hour like we do in the spring. Still, this subtle time change can have an impact on the body. Sometimes, getting too much sleep can cause you to feel more tired. Thus, it’s essential to be tuned into the way you feel and adjust your sleep schedule to reflect the rest you actually need. As you readjust your sleep patterns to align with Daylight Savings, have you ever thought about the other factors affecting the way you sleep? While time itself is a key component of a good night’s rest, so are the materials you sleep on. The Importance of High-Quality Materials When you start thinking about getting better sleep, you start to think about your sleep environment. Most of the time,[…]

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5 Spookily Healthy Halloween Treats

Have you ever thought about making some healthy Halloween treats to off-set all the sugary sweets? It’s no secret that Halloween is a candy-heavy holiday. (Well, if we’re being honest, most holidays are!) The typical trick-or-treater will consume 7,000 calories of candy on Halloween alone—equivalent to 13 Big Macs and 220 packets of sugar. But don’t let these statistics spook you from enjoying the holiday as you normally would. If you’re concerned with being more health-conscious this Halloween, all that sugar can be avoided with these equally as fun (and healthy!) Halloween treats. 1. Put a Little Spook in Your Favorite Fruit No time to bake? For working moms and dads, it might be easier to make a healthy Halloween treat from things you already have in your kitchen, like fruit! Stick a shortened celery stalk into clementine oranges to create little pumpkins. Or, make little banana ghosts by cutting a banana in half and using raisins to make a[…]

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Healthified Alphabet Soup Recipe

The fall season can be hectic, and with all the hustle bustle what could be better than an easy, super nutrient dense, kiddo-friendly recipe that EVEN MOM AND DAD will enjoy? You say that’s a tall order, and I say CHALLENGE ACCEPTED. Meet my Healthified Alphabet Soup recipe. With a bone broth and tomato base, added veggies, and a complex carb, protein rich pasta, this is definitely not your average alphabet soup. And the best news? Even if your little one isn’t cool with cherry tomatoes and/or spinach, the pasta and soup base alone is a healthy and balanced meal! Here’s a breakdown of the key ingredients, and why I chose them: Banza Alphabets Pasta This pasta is made from chickpeas and is higher in protein and fiber than average pasta. It’s also much less in net carbs and considered low glycemic, so you won’t spike your blood sugar with this pasta superstar. 100% Grass Fed Beef Bone Broth Bone[…]

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The Truth About Organic Cotton Farming

It’s easy to assume that products containing farmed materials are inherently healthier. By choosing a product made with home-grown ingredients, you cleverly avoid all those harmful toxins and chemicals that factories use to mass-produce their goods, right? Wrong! And that’s where organic farming comes in. It may surprise you to learn that cotton—the most often used natural fiber in the world—is also the world’s most chemically-treated crop. While cotton is a staple of the textile industry, not all cotton is organically farmed. Conventional cotton, by contrast, is more harmful to the environment with a 64% higher potential for its production to contribute to global warming. On National Farmer’s Day, let’s take a moment to consider the advantages of organic farming for both our health and the environment. At Naturepedic, we are proud to offer mattresses made with certified organic cotton that’s organically farmed, producing fewer greenhouse gases, improving soil quality, and utilizing less energy overall. Did you enjoy watching where[…]

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10 Easy Ways To Do Something Nice Today

Today is National Do Something Nice Day! It’s the perfect time to consider the infinite ways in which you can be nice and make someone else’s day. Whether it be your colleague, friend, partner, sibling, parent, or even a stranger, surprising someone with a random act of kindness never goes unappreciated. As we all know, a little kindness goes a long way, so why not bring out the best in yourself and others by being extra gracious today? Here are 10 simple ways you can bring a smile to someone’s face on National Do Something Nice Day: 1. Cook your partner their favorite food The way to your loved ones heart is through their stomach! Whip up their favorite dish for a delicious way to say you care. 2. Ship a care package to a faraway friend Who doesn’t love getting a package? Throw in some of their favorite things, a handwritten note, and send it off! 3. Send a[…]

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What Makes A Good Crib Mattress?

At Naturepedic, we know that everyone’s sleep needs are different. As a new parent, shopping for non-toxic baby products can be stressful and the crib mattress is often considered an afterthought, even when your baby will be spending 10-14 hours on it everyday. Our goal during Baby Safety Month is to make sure that you make an educated decision about your crib mattress by giving you the information that you need. Below is a breakdown of our crib mattress options to make your buying process as simple as possible. If you have any questions at all regarding the different options or our products, our customer service team is ready to help! You can reach them at 1.800.917.3342 or email them at cs@naturepedic.com from 9am-5pm EST, Monday-Friday. During the month of September, Naturepedic is donating $2 of every crib mattress purchase to the Max Cure Foundation, an organization that funds research for the development of pediatric cancer drug therapies.

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The Importance of Non-toxic Baby Products According to a Pediatrician

All families agree: the items that their baby touches or contacts should be safe, their construction should be safe, and the materials that they are made out of should be safe. In reality, this is a concept that should not have to be written about. Why discuss something as obvious as not exposing your baby to harm? Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. How Do We Know if a Material is Toxic? When we talk about materials, we are really talking about the chemicals that make up these materials. Chemicals, of course, can be very good. All the materials we breathe, drink, touch, and see are composed of chemicals. Many of them are harmless—but not all. It turns out that in the United States, roughly 65,000 chemicals are manufactured and released, which we regularly come into contact with in our everyday routines. These chemicals serve an incredibly wide range of purposes—including the structure of a material (think the plastic in a[…]

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Chocolate Zucchini Smoothie Recipe

We’ve partnered with Eating Bird Food to bring you a delicious smoothie recipe for those hectic mornings! Servers: 2 Prep time: 10 minutes No one will ever be able to tell that this sweet chocolate smoothie has hidden veggies! The frozen zucchini adds a creamy texture and helps thicken the smoothie while also adding lots of nutrients and fiber. For the frozen zucchini chunks, you can chop and freeze raw zucchini or chop and steam your zucchini, let it cool and then freeze! I like doing this as part of my meal prep so the zucchini is frozen and ready for smoothies throughout the week. Ingredients -2 frozen bananas -1 cup frozen zucchini (raw or cooked) -1 Tablespoon cocoa powder -2 Tablespoons nut or seed butter -1 cup milk -cacao nibs, for topping (optional) Directions Add all ingredients into a high powered blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Top with cacao nibs if you’re making this for yourself or[…]

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5 Safety Tips For Parents During Baby Safety Month

It’s officially September and that means it’s Baby Safety Month—a whole month dedicated to remembering and sharing tips for keeping your bundle of joy safe and sound. At Naturepedic, we believe the health and safety of your child should not be negotiable. We also know how challenging it can be to baby-proof everything in your child’s life. It’s impossible to be aware of every little risk, and that’s okay. That’s why this month is the perfect time to brush up on your baby safety. By being aware of some of the lesser-known dangers in your family’s day-to-day life, you can make sure your little one stays safe. Beware of the Stairs You’re probably well-aware of the dangers that stairs present for young children. Using baby gates at the top and bottom of your stairs is essential for optimal safety. As all parents know, kids are fast. It only takes one second for your baby to climb up a few stairs[…]

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10 Ways to Feel Accomplished Today (While You’re Really Just Relaxing!)

When’s the last time you really took time for yourself and made an effort to just relax? As a parent, you’re probably much more familiar with the mentality of “Go! Go! Go!” than the attitude of “I’m going to take 30 minutes for myself.” Being a parent means giving – constantly – and this can make it difficult to take a break from your fast-paced and hectic routine. Lucky for you, today is National Relaxation Day. There’s no better day than today to start putting yourself first. But don’t worry—you can still feel accomplished at the end of the day even if you spend the entire afternoon relaxing. You just need to modify your definition of what being productive really looks like and realize that being a parent is enough! Here are 10 ways to feel accomplished today (while you’re actually relaxing!) 1. Clear out your inbox Trust us, there’s no better feeling than no unopened e-mails. 2. Find a[…]

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