Naturepedic Blog

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Organic Challenge Week 2: Health & Beauty Products
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Organic Challenge Week 1: Food
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Are You Up To Our Organic Challenge?
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Reasons to Love Sleeping Alone
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Customize Your Mattress Comfort
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Will Our Crib Mattress Fit Your Crib?
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How Alcohol Affects Sleep
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The Power of Green Cleaning in the Nursery
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Weighted Blankets and Insomnia – What’s the Deal with Weighted Blankets?
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Tips and Tricks to Get You Out of Bed

Organic Challenge Week 2: Health & Beauty Products

Our skin absorbs 60% of what we put on it. That is a large percentage, especially for women who use, in some cases, 2x the beauty products that men do. Using organic beauty products substantially lowers your exposure to potentially harmful ingredients present in non-organic products. These harmful ingredients include synthetic fragrances, artificial dyes, and toxic chemicals that are associated with endocrine disruption, cancer, Alzheimer’s, and other health concerns. Studies have shown that the toxic ingredients in beauty products have been found in biopsy samples from breast tumors, ovarian cancer and more. Many of the chemicals and components that are in our everyday products have not been tested extensively for health affects. The minimal testing that has been done yielded some frightening results, so we’re encouraging you to trade out some of your common beauty products for our non-negotiable beauty products. 1. Deodorant No surprise that conventional deodorants contain toxic chemicals that have been linked to health issues over the[…]

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Organic Challenge Week 1: Food

Welcome to week one of our Organic Challenge! This week, we’re focusing on our organic non-negotiables when it comes to food. There are nearly 3,000 chemical additives that find their way into foods that we consume on a daily basis. There are quite a few foods on the Dirty Dozen food list to always buy organic, but these are our top choices! 1. Microwave Popcorn The bag of almost all microwave popcorn is lined with perfluorooctanoic acid, which is the same chemical found in teflon pots and pans and has been linked to infertility, cancer, and other diseases in lab animals. It is listed by the EPA as a carcinogen. Another chemical, known as diacetyl, can cause debilitating respiratory disease. Some brands have discontinued use of these chemicals in their products, but be on the look for them on the ingredients list! 2. Strawberries Non-organic strawberries use chemicals and fertilizers for plant growth, weed control, and to reduce pests and[…]

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Are You Up To Our Organic Challenge?

Have you been thinking about switching to a more organic and sustainable lifestyle, but are not sure where to start? Chemicals have made their way into our lives through the food we eat and the products that we use at alarming rates. There are more than 80,000 chemicals produced and used in the United States. Of those 80,000 chemicals, only 200 have been tested (which is less than 1%), and only five have been regulated to any standard. We understand the transition to a healthier lifestyle can be extremely overwhelming. Over the next four weeks, we are going to help guide you in making those healthy decisions that matter the most. We’re challenging you to transition four areas of your day to day life that are affected by chemicals, and give you our non-negotiable organic choices! Are you up to our organic challenge? Week 1: Organic Food May 6 – May 10 Week 2: Organic Beauty May 13 – May[…]

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Reasons to Love Sleeping Alone

You’ve heard the saying “slept like a baby,” but have you ever thought about it? Babies sleep peacefully, alone. They don’t have someone in the crib snoring or playing on their phone or watching TV—it’s silent. And the best sleep happens in quiet places. Sometimes there is nothing better than sleeping in a big bed all by yourself. Here are five reasons to love sleeping alone. 1.) Savor the silence. One of the biggest benefits of sleeping alone is the peace and quiet. You don’t have to worry about hearing your partner coughing, sneezing, watching television, or snoring. If you’ve ever slept next to someone who snores, you understand how disruptive it can be. If you’re sleeping next to a snorer, you are losing a half hour of sleep every night, on average. One BSAA study found that snorers cost their partners an average of two years of sleep during the course of a relationship. 2.) Stay cool or warm—it’s[…]

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Customize Your Mattress Comfort

Your Mattress, Your Way You spend a lot of time in bed—shouldn’t you love the way it feels? We want to help you discover your comfort in a custom Naturepedic EOS Organic Mattress. Each and every one of us is unique. We have unique passions and preferences. We also have unique sleep habits. And none of us are built exactly the same. We all require different levels of support while sleeping. There are a lot of things to consider when choosing the perfect mattress, and it’s important to do your research. It’s scientifically proven that making quick decisions can lead to poor judgement and we want to eliminate that possibility. First things first, you may want to check out our How to Choose a Mattress Comfort Level blog—it carefully explains what you need to consider when deciding which mattress comfort is best for you. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, we want to explain why our three[…]

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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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How Alcohol Affects Sleep

‘Tis the season for merriment! And for some of us, that involves drinking our favorite alcoholic beverages. There’s nothing wrong with a drink or two. It’s the holidays and it’s time to celebrate! But don’t be surprised if your sleep schedule seems off after the alcohol. So why is it that after a night of celebration you feel groggy and sluggish? I fell asleep quickly, but I don’t feel rested? Don’t let the alcohol fool you! You just rang in the New Year with some champagne, and as soon as you lie your head on your pillow, it’s lights out. Just because you didn’t have to fight to fall asleep doesn’t mean your sleep will be what it should. Drinking alcohol blocks REM sleep, which is the most restorative stage of sleep. So even if you clocked eight hours, that doesn’t mean your sleep was doing it’s job. Also, as alcohol is metabolized, you tend to go from deeper to[…]

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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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Weighted Blankets and Insomnia – What’s the Deal with Weighted Blankets?

We’ve all had those sleepless nights—the ones when you lay awake, unable to turn your mind off no matter how hard you try. And then it gets to a point where you think “OK, if I fall asleep right now, I can still get five hours of sleep,” but then you stay awake for another hour, and then another hour. It’s a vicious cycle that only leads to one thing: insomnia. If stress and anxiety hit you hardest at night, we may have a suggestion that could help calm you down and salvage your sleep. Have you ever heard of a weighted blanket? It’s a pretty cool concept, really. People who use them explain that it feels like someone is hugging them to sleep (how cute is that?) So what is it? A weighted blanket ranges between 5-25 lbs and should be chosen based on your own weight. The general rule of thumb is to choose a blanket that is[…]

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Tips and Tricks to Get You Out of Bed

We wish we could tell you that we don’t need help getting out of bed, but that would be a lie. We love sleep more than most, so leaving the mattress (especially for early morning wake-up calls) is never an easy task. Everyone wants to stay in bed, but there are things to do. To inspire you to listen to your alarm, we share some of our favorite getting out of bed tips. 1. Place Your Phone Accordingly One of the best ways to motivate yourself to get out of bed is also one of the simplest. If you use your phone as your alarm, having it on the bedside table can be detrimental in getting you out of bed. Placing your phone away from your bed will require you to get out of bed just to turn off the alarm! Once you are up, there’s no need to get back in bed. 2. Have Some Motivators Sitting Next to[…]

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