Category: Natural Babies & Kids

How to Use a Stretchy Wrap Safely

When I had my first child, I really had no idea what babywearing was. I put a carrier on my registry because it was what I was supposed to do and I used that thing maybe 5 times during my first child’s babyhood. Flash forward to now when I use babywearing every single day, multiple times a day. When I’ve got a newborn, we use a stretchy wrap almost all day long! If it were not for babywearing, I seriously would not be able to do anything around the house and running errands wouldn’t even be a thought in...

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25 Non-Toy Gift Ideas For Kids

As a person dedicated to living naturally, I try to keep the gifts that we give (and that my kids receive) on the natural side. The holiday season is an easy time for kids to receive oh so many toys, toys that light up and beep and make noise all day long. I like to keep things simple and that’s why I’m excited to share some great gift ideas that do not need batteries or power cords! Below I will share my gift ideas that are all non-electronic – no beeping or flashing lights here! After checking out my non-toy...

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Does an Eco-Friendly Disposable Diaper Exist?

Not everyone is able to use cloth diapers. Even those who do use cloth diapers will sometimes need a disposable option. Sometimes you are going on vacation, sometimes your daycare refuses to use cloth diapers, sometimes relatives just can’t figure out cloth diapers. Whatever the case may be, there might be a time when you need to use disposable diapers. Using disposables can be a conundrum for natural parents. You want to be eco-friendly, you want to limit your baby’s exposure to toxins… and disposables just really don’t scream “green”. Does an eco-friendly disposable diaper exist? Meet Bambo Nature...

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Rules for Limiting Screen Time

I’ve always liked to think that compared to the standard American family, my family is pretty low on screen time. The average 8-10 year old spends 8 hours in front of a screen each day! That’s quite frightening when you consider most kids are probably only awake for about 12 hours. Why is so much screen time a negative thing? Too much screen time has been linked to obesity, problems in school, lack of sleep, and behavior problems such as aggression. I haven’t come across any links yet that say this but I’d also link it to lack of...

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3-2-1 Herbal Tea – A Homemade Kool-Aid Alternative

If you had a childhood like mine, you likely remember a bright red drink being your beverage of choice. Kool-Aid is a classic for many kids but it’s really not all that kid friendly. What’s wrong with Kool-Aid? Well as is often the case, this convenience beverage is full of not so lovely ingredients: Citric Acid, Calcium Phosphate, Red 40, Salt, Artificial Flavor, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Artificial Color, Blue 1 The main concern in this ingredient list is the food dyes. There are a few other ingredients that’s I’d rather not see (artificial flavor?!)  but the main reason...

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A Natural Teething Pain Solution

There are few things in life that can torment a parent more than a teething baby. You have a poor baby who is in pain but can’t communicate that outside of crying and you have a poor parent who only has so many solutions to try. One of the newer teething solutions is baltic amber necklaces. Now when I say “newer” I really just mean that they are finally getting popular here in the US. Baltic amber has been around for ages and apparently has been popular overseas long before we started to catch on to this natural teething...

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Natural Baby Registry Must Haves

There are hundreds upon hundreds of lists that will tell you what you “need” on your baby registry. Some are great, some include way too much stuff that you are likely to never need, and some just do not fit with how you want to raise your child. Take for instance, those wanting to practice a more natural way of parenting. How about a natural baby registry? I could go and list every single little item that should be on your baby registry but I’m going to assume you realize that baby needs some clothes, washcloths, and burp cloths....

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