Category - Safe Healthy Sleep

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The Importance of a Bedtime Story
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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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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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Newborn Sleep Patterns: What To Expect
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Keeping Your Baby Safe From Suffocation During Sleep
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How To Pick The Best Organic Crib Mattress For Your Baby
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Creating The Ideal Sleep Environment
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Back to School Sleep Tips

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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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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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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Newborn Sleep Patterns: What To Expect

First things first. Newborn babies are not designed to sleep through the night. They are not designed to sleep longer than two or so hours at a time. Yes, they sleep a lot in the first weeks, but all of that sleep is in fragments. Secondly, please do not be under any illusion that newborn babies can be sleep trained. Newborn Sleep Patterns: What To Expect Expect to be a little sleep deprived! You are probably used to at least eight hours sleep a night, with no interruptions (although often late pregnancy hampers this a little for mums to be!), but that just isn’t going to happen with a new baby in the house. That’s why it’s important to have an idea of how newborn sleep patterns work. A newborn baby will sleep on average for 16 hours a day. Usually, this is more or less split equally between day and night. As already explained, babies this young have no[…]

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Keeping Your Baby Safe From Suffocation During Sleep

By Debra Lynn Dadd According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, approximately 3500 infants die every year in the United States from sleep related infant deaths like accidental suffocation and strangulation in bed. Since October is Safe Sleep month, here are some simple things you can do that are known to reduce the risk of suffocation, which may also help other sleep-related deaths. And, as well, here are some facts regarding “breathable mattress” myths. Breathable Mattresses Aren’t the Solution To Avoid Suffocation In recent years, “breathable” crib mattresses have come into the marketplace, in an attempt to address the perceived risk of suffocation when the baby is lying face down. When a baby sleeps on a crib mattress that is firm and flat, it’s impossible for the baby to go head down into the mattress and suffocate. There is certainly nothing wrong with providing extra air around a baby, but “non-breathable” mattresses (i.e. typical mattresses with firm surfaces) are not[…]

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How To Pick The Best Organic Crib Mattress For Your Baby

When you’re ready to start registering for a new crib mattress and other nursery essentials for your new little one, the choice is overwhelming! There are so many mattresses, pads, and accessories to consider. Many parents-to-be want to choose an organic or non-toxic crib mattress to promote a healthier nursery environment for their baby and give them a safer start from day one. But do you know how to choose the best organic crib mattress for baby? When shopping for organic crib mattresses, the important features to look for include support, surface fabric, allergy considerations, breathability, and avoidance of harmful chemicals. Find out how Naturepedic’s design does it right. 1. Crib Mattress Support The most important feature of your crib mattress is firm, flat support. Babies need a firm mattress – firm enough to stay flat underneath baby’s weight. The Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Crib Safety Tips recommend a firm, tight-fitting mattress without any pillows, comforters, or other soft items[…]

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Creating The Ideal Sleep Environment

There is no doubt that the room in which your baby sleeps is important. The environment in which you choose to put your baby or child to bed needs to be conducive to sleep and there are easy ways to achieve that. Here is a quick guide to creating the ideal sleep environment: In Your Room During at least the first six or twelve months, your baby is likely to be sleeping in your room but that doesn’t mean you don’t need to need adapt the environment a little: Lights. If you don’t have a lamp or you only have one that is intended for reading, you might want to swap it for a dimmer light. You want to keep the room as dark as possible. If you can, situate the lamp as close to the door as possible so that you can leave the room in darkness but can turn it on easily when you come up to bed.[…]

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Back to School Sleep Tips

Summer lends itself to later nights thanks to more daylight, outdoor noise, and vacations in other time zones. It’s no wonder adults and children alike get out of their usual sleep routine in the summer season. But as the summer winds down, you’ll want to tweak your kids’ bedtime routines to get back into a healthier sleep habit – especially if they’re starting school soon! How Much Sleep Do Kids Need? The amount of sleep your child needs will depend on their age. Toddlers need up to 14 hours, preschoolers need about 11-13 hours, and school age kids need 10-11 hours of sleep. This resource chart from Sleep for Kids helps you find out how much sleep is ideal for your child. By the teen years, sleep habits are closer to adult sleep needs but they still need about 9 hours a night for optimal health and performance in school. Check your kids’ ideal bedtimes with this Sleep Calculator that[…]

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