Category: Natural Babies & Kids

Starting Solids: When Should You Start Solids

First off let’s start off with the fact that health experts recommend all babies be exclusively breastfeed (that means no cereal, juice, etc) for the first 6 months. Oddly this isn’t what many doctor’s are telling their patients. Many doctors still give the 4-6 month guideline despite the fact that the World Health Organization, American Academy of Pediatrics, and UNICEF all recommend not starting solids until 6 months. Why doctors can’t listen to health experts is beyond me, they really should keep up to date with the rest of the medical world’s views.   Got that? No starting solids...

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8 Tips For Raising Healthy Eaters

If you are like me, you want your kids to eat healthy. Who wouldn’t? However, I think there’s a big difference between kids who eat healthy because they HAVE to and kids who eat healthy because they WANT to. A child who forces down that piece of broccoli because he has to will likely not continue to eat broccoli when mommy is no longer watching over him. Teach a child why he should eat healthy and how to eat healthy and odds are he will continue to make wise food choices. You mean you can’t just force your kid...

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The Parents’ Concise Guide To Childhood Vaccinations – Book Review

  I’m going to stick my neck out a bit and approach a very hot topic; vaccines. I am not even going to tell you what we believe, it doesn’t matter if we are a pro, delayed, select, or non-vaccinating family. However, the vaccine topic is an important subject to cover both in the crunchy world and even the non-crunchy world. As I’ve mentioned before, part of being crunchy involves researching and not just going with the flow because it’s what everyone is doing. If you decide to go with the flow after research then fine but at least...

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Breastfed Babies Grow Differently

I step on the scale and weigh just myself. Step on the scale with my 9 month old daughter and weigh both of us. What? Really? Maybe I did the math wrong. Re-check math, nope it’s correct. Maybe I should re-weigh us, nope same number. Hmmm that seems lighter than I was hoping she’d weigh. I get on the internet and pull up the CDC growth chart. Oh my gosh! She’s not even ON the charts now! (For the record she was only in the 15% at 6 months) I wanted to weigh my daughter before her 9 month...

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Amber Teething Necklace for Teething Relief

I was not crunchy or even anywhere near it when my first two children went through that dreaded teething stage. My boys were relieved of their teething pain with the usual products: Tylenol and Orajel. I now avoid both those products because of their ingredients and such. However, both of those products have their issues even if you aren’t crunchy minded. Tylenol has been recalled a lot lately, it is now advised not to give Orajel to kids under 2 (um that’s when kids are usually given Orajel) as the benzocaine can cause some serious issues. What’s a mom...

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Ways to Eliminate Eczema

My 2nd child is my sensitive child. No not sensitive emotionally…well maybe, but I’m talking about his skin. He has dealt with eczema since birth. Literally, I have pictures of him only a week old with a sad, red face. Through his first year, it got the worst it’s been and that is what really started me into this world of crunchiness. I was tired of his poor face being covered in this red rash. Now he is almost 4. Some years I don’t see much eczema at all. Others, like this year, we see a flare up usually...

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Make Your Own BabyLegs

BabyLegs are a wonderful thing. No, I’m not talking about cute chunky baby thighs; although those are quite adorable. I’m talking about leg warmers for babies. BabyLegs are a great alternative to tights plus they can be worn by boys or girls (just get boyish ones for the boys). You can stash a pair in your bag for when you are out and suddenly realize that it’s just too cold for your baby. How often have you realized that the temperature has dropped and your baby’s legs are getting chilly? Baby legs also have the advantage in that they...

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