Archive - June 2017

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Good Sleep Can Improve Your Child’s Ability to Study
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Patriotic Cherry Lemonade Recipe
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How to Choose a Nontoxic Summer Sunscreen
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Summer Fun Fruit & Veggie Ice Pops
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Organic vs. Conventional Baby Mattresses: What’s the Difference?
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Potty Training DOs and DON’Ts
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How To Make Your Nursery Safe
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Healthy Chocolate Donuts

Good Sleep Can Improve Your Child’s Ability to Study

Did you know that quality of sleep can affect your child’s ability to study in school? According to the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School, both animal and human studies suggest that the quantity and quality of sleep have a profound impact on learning and memory. While it’s obvious that lack of sleep results in an inability to focus attention well enough to learn efficiently but, more importantly, researchers have found that sleep itself contributes to the consolidation of memory, which is essential for learning new information. Learning and memory are often described in terms of three functions: – Acquisition — the introduction of new information into the brain – Consolidation — the processes by which a memory becomes stable – Recall — the ability to access the information after it has been stored Each of these steps is necessary for memory to function properly. The acquisition and recall of information occur only during wakefulness, but research suggests[…]

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Patriotic Cherry Lemonade Recipe

Ohhh these fun, summer holidays just get better and better as the babies and toddlers turn into big kids, don’t they?! We’ve moved from freaking out over babies waking up when fireworks blast off, to the absolute awe and joy in those little eyes the first time they see a sparkler and get to stay up and catch fireflies, I am thoroughly enjoying this season of raising kids! Celebrate the Fourth of July with a fun patriotic drink! Little kids love lemonade, and this fun twist on the classic summertime drink, will definitely make them smile! We pick cherries the week of Fourth of July every year, so cherry lemonade has become a staple to enjoy on the 4th of July! Skip the processed sugar and dyes – but still have fun! Real food is so beautiful! Bright red cherries and vibrant blue blueberries are the perfect combo for this red, white, and blue treat! We swap the sugar for[…]

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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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Summer Fun Fruit & Veggie Ice Pops

A real food spin on those colorful ice pops from the store or neighborhood ice cream truck! I grew up on them all. Every color imaginable…if you are an 80’s or 90’s kid, you had a neon colored ice pop in your hands almost every day during the summer, right?! Next time you are at the grocery store, do a quick spin through the frozen section and take a look at the plethora of food dyes and corn syrup used in most ice pops today. Even so called “healthy” ice pops may boast of natural dyes, but can still be loaded with way more sugar than those little bodies need in the hot summer sun. All the color, none of the junk! Fortunately, they really aren’t lying when they say that fruits and veggies are the “real rainbow!” You can pull so much color from real food, and still make it taste really good. These colorful ice pops are also[…]

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Organic vs. Conventional Baby Mattresses: What’s the Difference?

With so many baby crib mattresses on the market, it can be hard to keep them straight and understand the benefits and differences of each one. We’re here to explain the main differences between an organic crib mattress and its conventional counterparts. Crib Mattress Support Firstly, you should understand the different types of support designs in crib mattresses. Any crib mattress you use should have a firm, flat surface as recommended by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC) for baby’s safety. 1. Innerspring: A traditional innerspring crib mattress is made with metal springs or coils to provide support. These mattresses are very durable but have more weight to them, often weighing over 20 pounds. 2. Lightweight: Lightweight crib mattress supports are usually made from materials like latex, coir (coconut husk with latex), polyurethane foam, or polyethylene. Since latex is an allergenic material, we don’t recommend using latex-containing baby products. Polyurethane foam contains flame retardant chemicals that may introduce health and[…]

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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 Make Your Nursery Safe

We partnered with CJ First Candle to bring you tips for how to make your nursery safe. Executive Director & CEO, Alison Jacobson shares some key safety considerations to keep in mind as you set-up your nursery. One of the best things when you’re pregnant is designing the nursery and deciding on the theme. Expectant moms spend hours looking online and visiting baby stores to get ideas on how they want the nursery to look. Unfortunately, what they often overlook is the safety considerations when setting up the nursery. Usually, baby shower registries are filled with beautiful layettes, sweaters and blankets for the baby but rarely are there baby proofing items to go along with it. Here are a few safety considerations to keep in mind when setting up your nursery and some “must-have” items to put on your registry: A safe crib is top priority – In 2011, drop side cribs were banned in the United States due to[…]

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Healthy Chocolate Donuts

These delicious, healthy chocolate donuts are kid-approved and fun for everyone! Easy to make, with a soft, moist, chocolaty crumb, these grain free donuts are super easy to make, baked to perfection and made with wholesome ingredients. Donuts are known for being a fun food. Everyone loves them! Almost everyone has a childhood favorite. Traditional donuts can be cakey or fluffy yeast-based. They can be frosted, glazed, sprinkled, powdered, filled with cream, fruit jellies or chocolate and on and on. Typically, donuts are not considered the healthiest of foods. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a healthier version! I haven’t been able to have a traditional donut in many years because the majority of them are not gluten free. But I loved them as a kid and wanted my kids to be able to enjoy them the way I did. I am all about enjoying fun foods and having special treats, because life is too short not to enjoy[…]

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