Category - Safe Healthy Sleep

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What Makes A Good Crib Mattress?
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The Importance of Non-toxic Baby Products According to a Pediatrician
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5 Safety Tips For Parents During Baby Safety Month
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Six Sleepy-Time Stories Your Little One Will Love
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Will Our Crib Mattress Fit Your Crib?
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The Power of Green Cleaning in the Nursery
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Let’s Talk Breathability For Baby
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Back to School Sleep Schedule Tips
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8 Tips for Better Summer Sleep for Kids
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INFOGRAPHIC: How Sleep Develops in Infancy

What Makes A Good Crib Mattress?

At Naturepedic, we know that everyone’s sleep needs are different. As a new parent, shopping for non-toxic baby products can be stressful and the crib mattress is often considered an afterthought, even when your baby will be spending 10-14 hours on it everyday. Our goal during Baby Safety Month is to make sure that you make an educated decision about your crib mattress by giving you the information that you need. Below is a breakdown of our crib mattress options to make your buying process as simple as possible. If you have any questions at all regarding the different options or our products, our customer service team is ready to help! You can reach them at 1.800.917.3342 or email them at cs@naturepedic.com from 9am-5pm EST, Monday-Friday. During the month of September, Naturepedic is donating $2 of every crib mattress purchase to the Max Cure Foundation, an organization that funds research for the development of pediatric cancer drug therapies.

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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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5 Safety Tips For Parents During Baby Safety Month

It’s officially September and that means it’s Baby Safety Month—a whole month dedicated to remembering and sharing tips for keeping your bundle of joy safe and sound. At Naturepedic, we believe the health and safety of your child should not be negotiable. We also know how challenging it can be to baby-proof everything in your child’s life. It’s impossible to be aware of every little risk, and that’s okay. That’s why this month is the perfect time to brush up on your baby safety. By being aware of some of the lesser-known dangers in your family’s day-to-day life, you can make sure your little one stays safe. Beware of the Stairs You’re probably well-aware of the dangers that stairs present for young children. Using baby gates at the top and bottom of your stairs is essential for optimal safety. As all parents know, kids are fast. It only takes one second for your baby to climb up a few stairs[…]

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Six Sleepy-Time Stories Your Little One Will Love

Reading your baby a classic bedtime book might just hold the key to dreamland. Any parent hoping to lull your little one to sleep knows bedtime reading is one of the best ways to achieve those coveted Zzz’s. Plus, reading with your child before bed sets in motion the perfect nighttime routine that will make falling asleep on their organic mattress even easier. When it comes to bedtime stories, the best books are the ones that are easy to hold, contain lyrical rhymes, and inspire peaceful rest. After all, the point of reading a story to your child before they drift off to sleep is to make them feel calm and safe. If you have a new baby or toddler, these six books are guaranteed to become your new sleepytime favorites. 1. If Animals Kissed Good Night With lyrical repetition and plenty of cute animals, this book is filled with illustrations that are truly adorable. As the book goes on,[…]

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Will Our Crib Mattress Fit Your Crib?

Starting to shop for a crib mattress for your soon-to-arrive bundle of joy? When browsing, you may be surprised to find that from brand to brand cribs don’t just differ aesthetically. In fact, there is no set crib mattress size! If you have already purchased a crib, you can’t just blindly choose a mattress to accompany it. The number one thing to look for when choosing your child’s crib mattress is safety. So when choosing a crib mattress to safely fit inside your baby’s crib, look for a model that will pass the recommended two-finger measurement test between crib and mattress. We know we can’t pass this test for every crib with our crib mattress. But when designing our crib mattress, we do seek to fit in as many cribs as possible so your baby can have their safest, healthiest sleep. That’s why we look at the industry minimum and maximum sizes for cribs and crib mattresses and design our[…]

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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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Let’s Talk Breathability For Baby

The Naturepedic story began when a grandpa & Board Certified Engineer, our co-founder Barry Cik, wanted a safer crib mattress for his first grandson. So when we say that we take safety seriously, you know that we mean it. There are many things to consider when creating a safe place for babies to sleep, and we go the extra mile to make sure it’s done correctly. Unlike some crib mattresses, Naturepedic designs a breathable baby mattress the right way. There are two ways to make a breathable mattress. One way is to remove the waterproofing and to have baby breathe into the interior of the mattress. The problem with this approach is that urine, bigger messes, vomit, and even just spilled milk will also go through the non-waterproof surface and get into the interior. The baby will be breathing into this contaminated space. The better design is to have a breathable pad that’s fully breathable for the baby but where[…]

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Back to School Sleep Schedule Tips

It’s that time of year when Monday through Friday you and your children will have to quickly become accustomed to early alarms. That’s right, it’s time for school! Don’t expect anyone, especially your kids, to all of the sudden be jumping out of bed as soon as the alarm rings. Long summer nights and a more relaxed routine make settling back into an earlier school bedtime harder for your whole family. To help make this transition easier, we suggest a few tips. 1.) Limit TV Time Before Bed During the summer, most parents become pretty lax about bedtimes, nighttime routines, etc. There’s no problem with having a bit of fun and bending the rules, especially when school’s out, but it will have an effect on your kids’ sleep schedule. Sleep will play a large role in your child’s success at school, so even if you let them watch tv late at night during the summer, you should now try to[…]

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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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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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