Archive - 2017

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5 Reasons To Be Thankful For A Good Night’s Sleep
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Roasted Sweet Potato Soup Recipe
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The Importance of a Bedtime Story
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Ask Naturepedic – What Is The Difference Between Kapok And PLA?
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How To Tell If Your Organic Crib Mattress Is Truly All Organic
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Preparing Siblings For a New Baby
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Apple Cinnamon Granola Recipe
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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

5 Reasons To Be Thankful For A Good Night’s Sleep

Sleeping is considered one of life’s best luxuries, but it’s also necessary for good health! In this season of gratitude and appreciation, we’ve got a list of 5 reasons to be thankful for a good night’s sleep. Which one are you most thankful for? 1. Sleep Helps You Lose Weight: If you’re waking up at the crack of dawn for an early workout and staying up late to meal prep the next day’s healthy snacks, you may be missing a crucial component of your fitness plan: rest. Getting enough sleep is crucial for your metabolism and fat loss efforts. When you’re not sleeping enough, your body is under additional stress, which means it holds onto fat and makes exercising more difficult. 2. Sleep Helps You Learn & Focus: As you come into contact with new information each day, your brain helps you remember and learn it for long-term use. A lot of the heavy lifting on this process happens when[…]

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Roasted Sweet Potato Soup Recipe

Let’s cozy up to some warm, winter soup! These cooler months just beg for warm bowls of nourishing soup, and my kitchen is no stranger to the soup pot being filled up on almost a daily basis. Using power packed bone broth and seasonal mineral rich vegetables takes your fall and winter soups up a few notches, giving your family the nutrients they need to fight off winter cold and keep the immune system robust. Not to mention making cold evenings a bit warmer.  Nourishing, Nutrient Dense Players While sweet potatoes on their own are a powerhouse of vitamins, minerals, and energy giving, slow burning carbohydrates, we can bump up the nutrients with a couple key players to nourish your family or holiday party guests! – Sweet potatoes: Packed with vitamins (A and C), minerals, and antioxidants. Loaded with fiber for better blood sugars and even energy. – Bone broth: Bone broth is packed with amino acids (protein building blocks)[…]

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The Importance of a Bedtime Story

For some children, even the best bedtime routine does not guarantee a great night’s sleep, but for most it is essential. Young children especially need to know that their day is coming to an end and that they are now required to settle down for the night. One of the best ways to do this is with a quiet moment or two, which is why today’s post is all about the importance of the bedtime story. Babies and the bedtime story. Babies are never too young for a bedtime story. Most babies are able to sit up and hold their heads by the age of six months, so this is an ideal time to think about introducing a book at bedtime. Some parents may even read a bedtime story sooner- only you will know whether or not it’s appropriate. Don’t expect to be able to get through an entire book in one sitting- choose shorter books with muted colors so[…]

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Ask Naturepedic – What Is The Difference Between Kapok And PLA?

At Naturepedic, we use high quality materials to create our mattresses, pillows, and other accessories. Our filling materials include organic cotton fill, organic wool, organic kapok, and non-GMO PLA batting. We’ve talked a lot about our cotton and wool, but sometimes our readers have some questions about our other filling materials! In this post, we’ll break down the differences between kapok and PLA so you know exactly what’s in your Naturepedic product. Organic Kapok Kapok, also known as “silk cotton,” is a fluffy fiber that surrounds the seeds of tropical kapok trees. It’s the lightest natural fiber in the world, nearly five times lighter than cotton. Kapok is also a hollow fiber that’s moisture resistant, so it helps to regulate temperature and wick moisture for a more comfortable sleep. At Naturepedic, we use only certified organic kapok. The organic certification ensures fair treatment of workers, environmental sustainability of tropical forests, and fibers grown without toxins, synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, or[…]

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How To Tell If Your Organic Crib Mattress Is Truly All Organic

When you’re shopping for a high quality organic crib mattress, you have an idea of what you’re looking for. You want something made without harmful chemicals that has firm support and natural materials like organic cotton. But it’s possible to find a crib mattress made with a few organic components that seems organic on the surface and isn’t truly as safe as you’d hope. How can you tell if your crib mattress is truly all organic so you and your baby can rest easy? 1. Look for the Right Certifications: The number one thing to look for is an organic certification. The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certifies that a mattress is completely certified organic and non-toxic to a strict standard. However, sometimes mattresses may have a GOTS logo that only applies to one component of the mattress, so read closely to make sure the entire mattress is certified. Read More: Understanding the Global Organic Textile Standard “Organic Mattress” Certification[…]

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Preparing Siblings For a New Baby

A new baby brings so much to a family- including chaos and upset! There is no denying that gaining a brother or sister is, in the long run, an amazing event, but it must also be said that existing children may not always see it this way at first! There are many ways that you can prepare siblings for a new baby and often you will find that the settling in period is very short-lived after all. If you do think that your little one will need to be prepared, try these tips: Consider your timing. Depending on the age of your child, you may want to wait before you announce your pregnancy. Spend some time getting used to the idea of a new baby yourself before expecting your child to do the same. Remember that very young children will not have an adult’s concept of time, so if you start preparing them for a new baby at only eight[…]

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Apple Cinnamon Granola Recipe

Apple Cinnamon Granola is full of delicious, seasonal flavors and packed with lots of textures, just the way granola should be. This chunky granola is perfect for snacking but also perfect sprinkled on yogurt, smoothie bowls, homemade ice cream or served as cereal with your favorite milk or non-dairy milk. This seasonal granola is brimming with lots of healthy, real food goodies! Apples of course, because this is an apple cinnamon granola! You’ll find two kinds of apples in it – chopped up fresh apples as well as softer, dried apples. The chopped apples help act as a binder for the granola and the dried apples add a mouthwatering texture plus they taste so good! You’ll notice this is a nut free granola. Most granolas are jam-packed with nuts. But if you’re like me and can’t have nuts, then it’s kind of hard to find a packaged granola that you can eat. This granola’s base is made with sprouted sunflower[…]

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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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