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8 Tips for Better Summer Sleep for Kids
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The Three-Day Grace Period: An Essential Tip to Begin Breastfeeding
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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
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Nursery Designed by Mother Nature
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Berry Breakfast Sausages Recipe
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The Environment and Your Child’s Mind
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Waterproof Mattresses – A Good Idea

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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The Three-Day Grace Period: An Essential Tip to Begin Breastfeeding

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: 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 mucus in the breast ducts present[…]

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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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Nursery Designed by Mother Nature

By Lisa Janvrin, YouthfulNest Spring is finally here and we can’t wait to get outside. The budding trees, chirping birdies and warm sunshine make us feel refreshed. At YouthfulNest, we love using inspiration from everything around us. So why not bring some of that beauty designed by Mother Nature right back indoors with us to enjoy all year round. There are endless possibilities, but I’ve put together this chic collection of décor for children’s rooms that would make any mother proud. 1. This Rocks Leave no rock unturned because you might just find beauty and magic like that in a geode or agate. You’ll find this natural beauty in everything from bookends to wall art to nursery mobiles. If you want to incorporate strength and beauty in your room, this earthy element is just the right chic combo. Mobile by Pottery Barn Kids, made of natural agate and metal. 2. Wooden-it Be Lovely Wooden items are both practical for babies[…]

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Berry Breakfast Sausages Recipe

Berry Breakfast Sausages are so easy to make and they’re jam-packed with vibrant flavor. With juicy little bites of fresh blueberries and strawberries and the perfect blend of seasonings, these little protein bites are sure to please. Homemade breakfast sausages are perfect for quick weekday mornings and on weekends for a relaxed brunch. When you make up a couple batches of these sausages, you can either pop them in the refrigerator for a few days or store them in the freezer. Then all you have to do is reheat them in the morning and you’ll have a super quick, protein-rich breakfast ready in minutes. There’s really no need to run to greasy spoon restaurant when you can make sausages at home in minutes. The best part is you can make sausages that taste better than restaurant sausages with healthier ingredients! Most restaurants and store-bought sausages use non-organic meats and vegetable oils that are not so healthy. When you make your[…]

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The Environment and Your Child’s Mind

What We Now Know about Which Chemicals Can Damage Brain Development All parents are aware that so many of our children face the risk of serious cognitive troubles. The threat of developing various degrees of autism spectrum disorders, of experiencing ADHD, or of struggling with a variety of learning disorders is all too much present. We are aware. What is Causing the Increase of Abnormal Development of the Mind? Now, in the last year, a group of the nation’s most distinguished experts in epidemiology and the toxicology of various chemicals, have teamed together to publish real evidence that neurodevelopmental disorders can be caused by exposure to certain chemicals. To make this urgently important more clear, we make poisons that damage our baby’s developing brains, causing autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, and learning disorders. This is a very hard point to prove. We all are constantly exposed to a wide range of chemicals, how do you know which if any cause complex[…]

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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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