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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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Banana Roll-Ups Recipe
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The Power of Green Cleaning in the Nursery
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8 Tips for Better Summer Sleep for Kids
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Breastfeeding Baby: The Three-Day Grace Period
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INFOGRAPHIC: How Sleep Develops in Infancy
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Designing An Organic Kids Room
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5 Important Things To Do During Pregnancy To Ensure Your New Baby’s Health
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Cucumber Celery Lime Agua Fresca

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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Banana Roll-Ups Recipe

It’s almost time to head back to school and we’ve partnered with Eating Bird Food to bring you a super filling and easy lunch recipe! Serves: 1 Prep time: 10 minutes These banana and nut butter roll-ups make for a fun and filling lunch. Pair the roll-ups with cheese cubes, fresh veggies and fruit for a healthy and colorful plate. You can chop the roll-up into bite-size pieces and top with hemp seeds for a little extra protein or simply skip the hemp seeds if you don’t have any on hand. 1 whole grain tortilla or wrap (larger ones are best) 1-2 Tablespoons nut or seed butter 1 banana, peeled hemp seeds, optional side items: cheese cubes, chopped veggies and sliced fruit Spread a thin layer of the nut or seed butter over the whole grain tortilla/wrap. Place banana at the bottom third of the tortilla and start rolling it up. Once completely rolled, slice the roll-up into bite-size pieces.[…]

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The Power of Green Cleaning in the Nursery

Guest Blog by Lisa Janvrin, YouthfulNest You wouldn’t think this to be true, but I believe the nursery is one of the most forgotten about places to clean on a regular basis. It’s probably because when you’re in there you’re either completely consumed by the task at hand or exhausted by the task at hand. Not leaving much time to think about cleaning it. HERE, THERE AND EVERYWHERE. Obviously, in the baby room there is the common dust and dirt that accumulate in any room, but there are also lots of unique substances that add to your clean-up duty like spit-up, breast milk, formula, feces, urine, snot, and even vomit. All of these can easily get spread around the room and make baby sick if they aren’t cleaned up properly with non-toxic products. For immediate needs, use those handy baby wipes, if their good enough for your baby’s bottom for sure they will be safe on your countertop. Then on[…]

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8 Tips for Better Summer Sleep for Kids

By Lisa Janvrin, YouthfulNest Ahhh, summer time. Kids are home from school and living the dream of long summer days and nights. Maybe you have gotten your kids on a nice summer schedule during the day, but if you are like many parents the nighttime routine can be a bit of a challenge. For those like myself always looking for ways to encourage better sleep and improve the sleeping environment for their child, I have eight tips for summerizing your kid’s room. Each one addresses a unique touch point in the bedroom and if used in combination with each other should have your child falling asleep sooner, sleep easier and staying asleep longer. Lights Out How many times have I heard frustrated mom-friends curse the long summer days that make bedtime a virtual nightmare. With kids asking night after night why they have to go to bed so early and why can’t they keep playing since it isn’t even dark[…]

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Breastfeeding Baby: The Three-Day Grace Period

When breastfeeding baby, the three day grace period refers to a remarkable system designed to guarantee your newborn has all the food and water he or she will need in the first three days of life, even though there is nothing really to eat or drink for those first three days. Three facts define what we call the three day grace period when breastfeeding baby: 1. There is no breast milk for the first three days of life. 2. Every healthy baby born has three days worth of food and water in their body at birth. 3. Every healthy baby born loses about 10% of their birth weight in the first three days of life as they consume their extra food and water. Each of these facts are truly remarkable. It is odd, but very true, that nearly every mother has to wait 3 days for breast milk to appear. There is colostrum, but this is simply the bit of[…]

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INFOGRAPHIC: How Sleep Develops in Infancy

Babies spend a majority of their lives sleeping…and that’s not just after birth. Since sleep greatly impacts your baby’s life, you should understand when and how sleep develops in infancy. Everything from sleep cycles to sleep stages are important to research before your baby is even born. In partnership with Dr. Arthur Lavin of Advanced Pediatrics, we created an infographic that breaks down an infant’s sleep schedule from womb to crib. About Dr. Arthur Lavin: Arthur Lavin, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician in private practice and an associate clinical professor of pediatrics at Case Medical School in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Lavin has special interests in neuroscience. He sits on the national committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics charged with developing policy for the Academy on matters relating to psychological functioning. Dr. Lavin was the first doctor in the United States to make neuroscience proven working memory training available in the United States He is the co-author of two books on[…]

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Designing An Organic Kids Room

By Lisa Janvrin, YouthfulNest I’m super excited to share this kid’s room design, how hip and cool is this spot for a young boy? Simply swap out a few items and you’ve got a room that works for a tween or even teen. But that’s not the best part, we have carefully curated furnishings and décor that are organic and better for both people and the environment. All pieces were selected with the intention of creating a healthier living space – naturally, we used the Naturepedic Verse Organic Kids Mattress as our inspiration and jumping off point. The Naturepedic Verse Organic Kids Mattress is an exemplary kid’s room product, the entire finished mattress is GOTS certified organic! As a premium mattress of course it provides a firm support, best for a growing child or teen. In addition, it goes above and beyond to ensure safe healthy sleep inside and out. From organic cotton filling to the quilted exterior made without[…]

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5 Important Things To Do During Pregnancy To Ensure Your New Baby’s Health

This book, Dr. Arthur Lavin’s 5th, was written for pregnant women who are seeking substantive information about what can they do to make sure their newborn is as healthy and smart as possible. In this book, Dr. Lavin looks at the following 5 areas in which mothers can have an impact on the health of their baby: 1. Nutrition – what you eat is not only who you are but who your baby will be 2. Mood – addressing disturbances in mood can improve the mental health of your child 3. Exercise – active bodies are healthier and yield healthier outcomes 4. Cognition – engaging your mind, even reading during pregnancy, offers your child improved cognitive outcomes of their own 5. Planning – choosing a pediatrician is a decision that should yield good results for 20 years, so it’s worth thinking for a few weeks about what you are looking for   In each instance The 5 Most Important Things[…]

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Cucumber Celery Lime Agua Fresca

Green juices are always in! Especially when they’re vibrant, refreshing and nourishing! Spring is here and it’s the time of year when we’re all thinking about “green-living”. It’s also a great time of the year for supporting your body with green juices. While many people rush to do all kinds of detoxes in January and the winter, according to Chinese Medicine, spring is actually a better time of the year for cleansing. What better way to give your body a boost naturally, than with a delicious, hydrating, GREEN agua fresca?! Traditional Mexican agua frescas or “fresh waters” are thirst-quenching, cooling drinks. They’re a popular drink, especially during the spring and summer months when everyone is looking for revitalizing drinks. Authentic agua frescas are full of refined sugars though, and that’s not beneficial when you’re wanting something that’s healthier. I’ve got the perfect solution for that – Cucumber Celery Lime Agua Fresca! This “green” version is packed with green juices and[…]

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