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Waterproof Mattresses – A Good Idea
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Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Recipe
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Approaches to Guiding Your Baby to Good Sleep
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Winter Sleep Tips For Baby
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Gluten Free Cinnamon Pear Breakfast Strata Recipe
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Snowball Cookies A Classic Holiday Treat
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Chai Spiced White Hot Chocolate Recipe
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Roasted Sweet Potato Soup Recipe
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The Importance of a Bedtime Story
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Preparing Siblings For a New Baby

Waterproof Mattresses – A Good Idea

One of the inevitable charms of infancy is that babies are messy. Whether it’s a diaper blowout or a spit-up debacle, you’re almost always cleaning something up. Diapers help tremendously, whether you choose cloth or disposable, but there’s always a risk of extra leaks at night while baby is sleeping. Since babies aren’t always convenient to keep clean, it’s a good idea to get a crib mattress that is. For some reason, many companies that make infant crib mattresses are moving away from making their mattresses waterproof. The market seems to be moving towards seeking a softer, quilted look and feel. The problem is that this look and feel, so nice for grown ups, invites problems when it soaks up urine, stool, and other messes. Once these contaminants get into the inside of a mattress, this invites mold, mildew, and bacteria to proliferate, which leads to potential health concerns (and a pretty yucky smell). Urine and stool should have no[…]

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Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Recipe

Extra special, and made with love, these luscious chocolate raspberry truffles are so easy to make and so much healthier than store-bought chocolates! Did you know that February is National Chocolate Lovers Month?!! Not that you need an excuse to enjoy some chocolate, but it’s certainly a great reason to indulge in some delicious, homemade, chocolaty goodness. Plus Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! It’s the perfect time for you to make some special treats for yourself or for your loved ones. You can even drop some homemade truffles off at your neighbor’s house and surprise them. A small “random act of kindness” like that always puts a smile on someone’s face. These healthier chocolate raspberry truffles are super easy to make and don’t take a lot of hands-on prep time. You’ll only need 4 to 5 ingredients to make these sweet truffles that are made with no sugar! Yes, no sugar! And you won’t be able to tell.[…]

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Approaches to Guiding Your Baby to Good Sleep

No one appreciates sleep more than a parent of a newborn or young infant. This is because sleep is a completely different experience in the first four months of life, from the way sleep is experienced the rest of one’s life. For all children 4 months of age and older, and all healthy adults, sleep is a well-regulated and incredibly necessary activity, that really does offer balm to the mind, and helps the mind think. The pattern of sleep from ages 4 months and onward is defined by a very regular pattern of light sleep becoming deep sleep, then deep sleep becoming lighter sleep, moving into a phase of REM sleep (when most dreams occur), and then emerging from REM sleep at which point everyone gets to choose – wake up or do another cycle. The sleep cycle in a person 4 months of age and older goes as follows: – Stage I: a brief period that happens just as you fall[…]

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Winter Sleep Tips For Baby

As the cold winter months march on, you might find yourself wrapping up in extra layers and perhaps turning the heating up a little higher too. And as you take measures to keep warm this winter, it’s a good idea to also take a look at your sleeping habits too. It can be tempting to add lots of extra layers for babies when it gets cold, but actually, it’s not always necessary. Here are some tips for winter sleep and keeping baby safe when it’s cold. Sleeping inside Studies have found that too many layers on baby can lead to overheating and can put them at risk. With this in mind, here are some tips for winter sleeping inside: – Remember that too many layers in an already warm room can hinder your baby’s ability to regulate her temperature and can play havoc with her natural breathing pattern. Make sure you convey this important message to all caregivers so that[…]

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Gluten Free Cinnamon Pear Breakfast Strata Recipe

Bursting with cinnamon flavor and sweet seasonal pears, this delicious cinnamon pear breakfast strata is so fun and special for holiday breakfasts and weekend brunches. Need a breakfast that’s mostly hands off so you can spend time with your loved ones? Breakfast strata is the perfect choice! They’re so easy to make and require very little prep time. If you’ve never had a breakfast strata before, it’s basically like a combination of a bread-based casserole and bread pudding. This naturally sweetened cinnamon pear version is similar to a “French toast” casserole made with gluten free bread. Breakfast strata gives that cozy, comforting feeling and make your family or guests feel loved. This special breakfast casserole is always a crowd pleaser! It’s perfect for breakfast in bed for two, fun for serving your whole family, and extra special for holiday breakfasts or entertaining guests. This is the kind of breakfast that you want to bring right to the table and serve[…]

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Snowball Cookies A Classic Holiday Treat

Happy holidays from Naturepedic! We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate the season than by getting the kids into the kitchen to make some fun cookies! Grab some cute aprons and get the kids pulled up to the counter to help make some fun snowball cookies for your next holiday gathering, cookie exchange…and I just happen to know Santa just loves having these cookies left out to munch on! The perfect cookie for little hands! Listen, I’ll be the first one to admit, I’m the mom that will break those massive sugar cookies in half when we are at a party! I figured out early on in my momma career that it definitely pays to get smaller cookie cutters and to make smaller, kid sized cookies…because kids are so smart. They know when they are getting half a cookie! These snowball cookies are the perfect little bite for little kids with just the right amount of sweetness to[…]

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Chai Spiced White Hot Chocolate Recipe

This luscious Chai Spiced White Hot Chocolate is full of enticing, sweet and spicy flavors, paired with extra rich, creamy white chocolate – and none of those store-bought white chocolate chips. This is the real deal, homemade white hot chocolate with wholesome ingredients. That’s right! Did you know that you can make homemade white hot chocolate and skip the sugar-laden, heavily processed white chocolate chips? Well, you can! It’s so easy too. This homemade white hot chocolate is made with real food ingredients and pure, food-grade, high-quality cocoa butter. Cocoa butter is the extra special ingredient that makes white hot chocolate rich and creamy, with a chocolaty taste. It provides some healthy, good-for-you fats too! Chai spices are the other stars in this non-traditional hot chocolate. These distinctive spices bring a warmth and comforting flavor to this nourishing drink. Fresh ginger, cinnamon, fennel seeds, cloves and tiny amount of black pepper slowly infuse in warm milk to create the lovely[…]

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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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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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