Tag - parenting

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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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Chocolate Zucchini Smoothie Recipe
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5 Safety Tips For Parents During Baby Safety Month
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10 Ways to Feel Accomplished Today (While You’re Really Just Relaxing!)
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Banana Roll-Ups Recipe
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Six Sleepy-Time Stories Your Little One Will Love
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Daily Checklist for Kids
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Kid-Friendly Fruit Treats to Beat the Summer Heat
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Organic Challenge Week 3: Cleaning Supplies

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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Chocolate Zucchini Smoothie Recipe

We’ve partnered with Eating Bird Food to bring you a delicious smoothie recipe for those hectic mornings! Servers: 2 Prep time: 10 minutes No one will ever be able to tell that this sweet chocolate smoothie has hidden veggies! The frozen zucchini adds a creamy texture and helps thicken the smoothie while also adding lots of nutrients and fiber. For the frozen zucchini chunks, you can chop and freeze raw zucchini or chop and steam your zucchini, let it cool and then freeze! I like doing this as part of my meal prep so the zucchini is frozen and ready for smoothies throughout the week. Ingredients -2 frozen bananas -1 cup frozen zucchini (raw or cooked) -1 Tablespoon cocoa powder -2 Tablespoons nut or seed butter -1 cup milk -cacao nibs, for topping (optional) Directions Add all ingredients into a high powered blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Top with cacao nibs if you’re making this for yourself or[…]

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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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10 Ways to Feel Accomplished Today (While You’re Really Just Relaxing!)

When’s the last time you really took time for yourself and made an effort to just relax? As a parent, you’re probably much more familiar with the mentality of “Go! Go! Go!” than the attitude of “I’m going to take 30 minutes for myself.” Being a parent means giving – constantly – and this can make it difficult to take a break from your fast-paced and hectic routine. Lucky for you, today is National Relaxation Day. There’s no better day than today to start putting yourself first. But don’t worry—you can still feel accomplished at the end of the day even if you spend the entire afternoon relaxing. You just need to modify your definition of what being productive really looks like and realize that being a parent is enough! Here are 10 ways to feel accomplished today (while you’re actually relaxing!) 1. Clear out your inbox Trust us, there’s no better feeling than no unopened e-mails. 2. Find a[…]

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Banana Roll-Ups Recipe

It’s almost time to head back to school and we’ve partnered with Eating Bird Food to bring you a super filling and easy lunch recipe! Serves: 1 Prep time: 10 minutes These banana and nut butter roll-ups make for a fun and filling lunch. Pair the roll-ups with cheese cubes, fresh veggies and fruit for a healthy and colorful plate. You can chop the roll-up into bite-size pieces and top with hemp seeds for a little extra protein or simply skip the hemp seeds if you don’t have any on hand. 1 whole grain tortilla or wrap (larger ones are best) 1-2 Tablespoons nut or seed butter 1 banana, peeled hemp seeds, optional side items: cheese cubes, chopped veggies and sliced fruit Spread a thin layer of the nut or seed butter over the whole grain tortilla/wrap. Place banana at the bottom third of the tortilla and start rolling it up. Once completely rolled, slice the roll-up into bite-size pieces.[…]

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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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Daily Checklist for Kids

As kids grow older, they also grow more capable of doing little tasks around the house to make family life easier. It’s important for kids to have fun, play with friends, and explore their hobbies, but it’s just as important to teach them practical life skills. With the kids home for summer, there’s no better time to get started with an organized daily task routine. By using our Daily Checklist for Kids, you can pass some responsibilities onto your kids and give them the chance to confidently contribute to the household. How to Use the Daily Checklist for Kids: 1. Each time your child completes one of the 6 daily tasks, they check a box. You can print out multiple copies of the checklist so each child has their own set of daily tasks to complete. 2. Choose a Weekend Reward your child can work toward as they complete their daily tasks. (We provided a few examples!) 3. By the[…]

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Kid-Friendly Fruit Treats to Beat the Summer Heat

Summer is here, the kids are home, and the heat is right around the corner. Between summer activities and the ice cream truck playing it’s frenzy-inciting tune—your kids are going to get their fair share of ice cream treats. We’re sharing some of our favorite quick, healthy, and kid-friendly fruit treats that will save you from some of those sugar-infused meltdowns! Frozen Fruit Frozen fruit is a great way to quench the need for that mid-afternoon, sugary frozen treat. Blueberries, grapes, and watermelon are just some of the fruits that taste amazing after some time in your freezer. With organic frozen fruit options, this is a great tasty treat to have in your freezer all summer long. Fresh Fruit Pizza Put your pizza decorating skills to the test! Watermelon slices double as pizza dough, with small berries and cut up fruit as the toppings! This also doubles as a fun activity for those bored kiddos. Apple Cookies Satisfy those cookie[…]

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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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