Tag - parenting

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Organic Dorm Room Essentials
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INFOGRAPHIC: How Sleep Develops in Infancy
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Picking the Right Organic Kids Mattress
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The 5 Stages of Being a New Dad
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Why is My Child Having Nighttime Accidents?
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Letter to Sleep Deprived Moms
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5 Important Things To Do During Pregnancy To Ensure Your New Baby’s Health
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Approaches to Guiding Your Baby to Good Sleep
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The Importance of a Bedtime Story
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Preparing Siblings For a New Baby

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 Right Organic Kids Mattress

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 make the best choice possible. 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. This Quilted[…]

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The 5 Stages of Being a New Dad

You would think nine months would be enough. You saw mom’s belly grow and witnessed her bizarre cravings. You read the baby books. You helped assemble the nursery. You may have even attended parenting classes. You think this is the time that prepares you for fatherhood, but that’s not usually the case. Here are the 5 stages of being a new dad: 1.) Denial For you, it’s not real until the baby is delivered. And even then, you probably won’t process that your life has completely changed. It’s no big deal, you will head home and your life will not be that much different. You’ve got this, you’ve prepared, it can’t be that hard. Except, usually that mindset changes quickly… 2.) Overwhelmed Once the baby is home, it all starts to become more real. Very quickly you realize your days and nights revolve around someone else. No more impromptu happy hours or going to bed early without a care in[…]

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Why is My Child Having Nighttime Accidents?

It’s years after you finally succeeded in potty training your child. You are constantly breathing sighs of relief, no longer having to worry about your child having accidents, namely, those dreaded nighttime accidents. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Children are not immune to having intermittent accidents post-potty training. If these accidents continue on for weeks, your child may be actually regressing from their potty training. Why Do They Regress or Slip Up? It’s not embarrassing or odd for a grown child to still have the occasional accident at night. In fact, stress can cause a lot of children to temporarily forget their potty training or to fully regress. Anything from moving homes, going to a new school or even friendships can cause school-age kids to become overwhelmed. Also, evaluate how much your child is drinking before bedtime. Many parents limit this while actually potty training and forget that their children adjusted to less fluids at night. So if they[…]

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Letter to Sleep Deprived Moms

Hi, Sleepy Mom. How are you? It’s probably been a while since someone has asked you that, right? Not just in passing but in a sincere way—looking you in the eyes and wanting a real answer. Because let’s be honest, being a mom entails a lot of behind the scenes work that doesn’t always get noticed. You wake up early, get everyone ready for the day, drop them off, work, clean, pick them up, make dinner, get everyone ready for bed, and go to sleep later than you wanted. And you wake up and do it all again the next day. And the day after. Because motherhood isn’t a 9-5 job. It’s a lifetime job that rarely allows a personal day and requires you to play so many different roles—teacher, caregiver, cheerleader, counselor, chef, driver, and the list goes on and on. Honestly, it’s exhausting just typing that. So, how are you? Are you doing OK? Have you been taking[…]

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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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Approaches to Guiding Your Baby to Good Sleep

No one appreciates sleep more than a parent of a newborn or young infant. This is because sleep is a completely different experience in the first four months of life, from the way sleep is experienced the rest of one’s life. For all children 4 months of age and older, and all healthy adults, sleep is a well-regulated and incredibly necessary activity, that really does offer balm to the mind, and helps the mind think. The pattern of sleep from ages 4 months and onward is defined by a very regular pattern of light sleep becoming deep sleep, then deep sleep becoming lighter sleep, moving into a phase of REM sleep (when most dreams occur), and then emerging from REM sleep at which point everyone gets to choose – wake up or do another cycle. The sleep cycle in a person 4 months of age and older goes as follows: – Stage I: a brief period that happens just as you fall[…]

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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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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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