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Organic Challenge Week 3: Cleaning Supplies
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Organic Challenge Week 2: Health & Beauty Products
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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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Are You Being Tricked or Treated by Your Mattress?
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How To Get a Bad Sleep Schedule Back on Track
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Back to School Sleep Schedule Tips
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Organic Dorm Room Essentials
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INFOGRAPHIC: How Sleep Develops in Infancy
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Picking the Best Organic Mattress For Kids

Organic Challenge Week 3: Cleaning Supplies

Welcome to week three of our organic challenge! In the ever changing world of what we should eat or not eat, what we should put on our skin or not put on our skin, and what we should sleep on, there are a few areas in the home which we overlook: cleaning and yard products. We are here to help guide you to make better buying decisions for a happier and healthier life! The first thing to remember is to read labels. At Naturepedic, we are always concerned about companies that use “greenwashing” as a marketing tactic to sell you products. Greenwashing is when companies make unsubstantiated or exaggerated claims about their products being natural, green, eco-friendly, or organic. It’s always important to be leery of companies using these descriptors on their products, and to check for government regulated certifications. If you have questions about what is actually in a product, head over to Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Guide to[…]

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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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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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Are You Being Tricked or Treated by Your Mattress?

People always talk about the monsters under your bed, but what about the spooky things hiding in your mattress? At Naturepedic we want to treat you to your best night’s sleep, so we aren’t going to trick you with false claims or promises. This Halloween, we explain how we treat you with our certified organic mattresses and how other mattresses may be tricking you. Are you being tricked or treated by your mattress? Find out if it’s time to upgrade to a new mattress.

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How To Get a Bad Sleep Schedule Back on Track

One night of breaking your regular sleep schedule seems like no big deal. One night may not be an issue, that is true, but the more you disrupt your sleep schedule, the harder it is to get back on track. Are you doomed for a lifetime of bad sleep if you slip-up a few times? Not necessarily. You can get back to a restful night sleeps and sweet dreams with these tips! Manipulate Your Lighting…Day and Night Your lighting, or lack of lighting, can be your strongest partner in resetting your sleep schedule. You need to manipulate your lighting both in the morning and night to actually fix your sleep. Reset your internal clock by shining a bright light in the morning. Open the shade, take a walk outside, whatever it takes to get your sleep schedule back on track. As for the evenings, make sure your lights are dim and electronics are off. Even if you haven’t been going[…]

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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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Organic Dorm Room Essentials

As you prepare to send your kid off to college, there are a number of things you worry about. Will they adjust quickly and make friends? How will they fare away from home? Will they keep their grades up? One way to ease your mind is to help outfit your student’s dorm room in a way that makes it personal and comfortable for them, as well as healthier for you. We suggest seven organic and eco-friendly essentials for your kid’s dorm room. 1.) VAVA Hot Water Kettle Many college students go through caffeine like it’s water. Lots of coffee makers, however, are made with plastic. Opt for a metal hot water kettle so your child can still get their tea or coffee fix, but from a stainless steel alternative that also happens to be more durable. Stainless steel does not contain chemicals such as plastic so it’s better for your child and the environment. The VAVA electric kettle is BPA-free[…]

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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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Picking the Best Organic Mattress For Kids

Think about how much time your child spends in bed. Sleeping at night. Napping during the day. Reading. Playing. It adds up quickly, doesn’t it? Rather than considering a mattress a purchase, consider it an investment. You are investing in your child’s health and safety, and we want to help you pick the best organic mattress for kids. Naturepedic’s line of organic kids mattresses feature comfortable, medium-firm support and quality materials throughout. From luxuriously quilted organic cotton fabric to waterproof and dust-mite proof fabric, Naturepedic has you covered. Interested? Let’s take a closer look at our organic kids mattress options. 1) The Organic Cotton Quilted Deluxe Mattress This Organic Cotton Quilted Deluxe is available in both a one-sided (non-flippable) and a two-sided (flippable) design. The one-sided design uses less raw material and is therefore a lower price. The two-sided model has a quilted sleep surface on both sides. Both designs are built to last and backed by a 10-year warranty.[…]

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