Do you use organic products on your little ones? If you do, you realize how incredibly delicate your baby or child’s skin is and that it needs the very best care you can provide for them. Using organic products is not only the best way to keep their precious skin soft and nourished, but it also makes a significant difference to your child’s overall health.
I’m sure you’re wondering use organic on your child when you don’t even use it on yourself and your skins seem healthy, nourished and moisturized. And here is why you should be using organic for your child and maybe after this article I will make you change your skincare preferences.
It’s very easy to assume that your skin and your babies are exactly the same, but that’s just not true. Did you know that your babies skin absorbs and loses moisture much easier and faster than adult skin? This is because babies and younger children’s skin is 20% to 30% thinner than adult skin. Making it more fragile and less supple and strong than your skin. Your child has not built up the barriers that your skin has, this means that everything we put on our children’s skin is absorbed much more quickly into their bloodstream. This includes all those over the counter products that claim to be the safest on your babies skin. That is filled with harmful chemicals.
Dr. Spezia talks about the inner metabolism of a child and how the chemicals in some products are known as endocrine disruptors, meaning that they act very similar to hormones that your body naturally makes itself and interferes with the exact balance your baby’s metabolism needs to remain healthy.
Organic and Mom
It’s not just all about your baby when it comes to organic products, it’s also beneficial for you as a mother to know what you’re putting into your body that is being directly transferred to your babies body as well. Especially when your pregnant and breastfeeding if that is something you decide you want to do for your baby. Your baby absorbs everything you put on or into your body, so if you are using harmful chemicals on your skin your baby is receiving them as well. This doesn’t stop after your delivery either.
If you are a woman who plans to breastfeed or you are you either know or need to know the incredible benefits of breastfeeding but also the dangers that come along with it.
You have to be careful about what you are putting on your skin and into your body. Everything is transferred into the baby’s body by breast milk. All women know with breastfeeding it can lead to sore and cracked nipples. We have the perfect product that is completely organic that can be used on you and your little one. It’s called Nyp & Baby Balm. It has a high concentration of marigold extract. It is used as an antiseptic and helps protect your cells and encourage growth. Not only is it good for sore cracked nipples it can be used as a diaper rash cream, unlike the normal petroleum jelly you use which clogs pores and not allowing a healthy oxygen/ carbon dioxide exchange.
The benefits of everyone in your family using organic products is exponential. Organic products unlike over the counter store products have fewer pesticides and chemicals (all those things bad for your body) Using organic will help your overall health inside and out.
Organic skin care products use natural plant-based formulas that are rich in vital skin nutrients and antioxidants you can help nourish your skin and repair itself instead of using over the counter products that over dry and strip the skin’s natural balance with chemicals and synthetics.
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Many parents want to spend time with their children, and traveling as a family is one of the best ways to create happy memories. Whether it is a simple day trip or a week-long vacation, you want to be prepared to make sure your trip is as safe and stress-free as possible. Traveling with small children requires a lot of patience and preparation, so follow these tips to make the most of your trip as a family.
Do Your Research
Plan ahead so you can set your expectations. Read up on the rules and culture of the place you are going to visit. Always choose a place that is safe. Choose hotel or Airbnb accommodations that are child-friendly and danger-free. If possible, choose an accommodation that is close to the city center or station.
This ensures that you are near food establishments, grocery stores, and tourist attractions so that you do not have to travel very far to go from place to place. If you are planning on dining out, choose family-friendly restaurants to ensure that everyone will have a pleasant experience. When visiting a foreign city, research on the best kid-friendly destinations so that your children will have a wonderful experience.
Pack the Essentials
Travel light, but pack the most important things. Always bring bottled water, snacks, medicine, a first-aid kit, wipes, diapers, travel blankets, feeding essentials, and an extra set of clothes when going out with little kids. Bring a small toy or some form of entertainment that your child can play with while you are on the plane, train, bus or car.
Use a Light Umbrella-Type Stroller
Leave the bulky stroller behind. Use a portable and light-weight stroller that can easily be put away and stored. Do not expect all tourist areas to be stroller-friendly. Be prepared to fold it up and carry it if needed. Some restaurants or establishments might not be able to accommodate large strollers, so it is best to carry a small one that can easily be stored away.
Always have a Presence of Mind
When you are in a new place, it is easy to get over-excited. Never neglect your kids. Do not allow them to wander off by themselves, especially in crowded tourist areas. Keep your travel bag close to your body. If things get overwhelming, stop in a safe place and relax. Keep a head count of everybody and your things.
Put Some Form of Identification/Contact Information in Your Child’s Pocket
In case of an emergency, it is best to place some kind of identification in your child’s pocket. Some parents use a special type of bracelet or tag. Always prepare for the worst, just in case your child gets lost.
Keep Your Itinerary Simple
When traveling with small children, choose one or two places to visit in one day. Always remember that it takes more time and energy when traveling with kids. You will experience a lot of “breaks” – which includes diaper changes, snack breaks, etc. It can get extra tiring for parents and children when you are on the go. So in order to stay happy and sane, don’t go overboard when planning your itinerary.
Most of all, enjoy the moment. Stay chill, take lots of pictures, and savor the experience instead of rushing to go from place to place. When your children are all grown up, they will remember these experiences and will thank you for the beautiful memories you have created as a family.
These nifty tips are shared with us by our friend mommy from Carmela Granada of bellissimamma.it
She shares amazing experiences like this one:
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Our guest post for today is written by Jennifer Heckman. This wonderful mom is the mother and blogger of quirkymommy.com. She writes amazing content straight from her heart, so if you like this post be sure to check her out at her website.
How to Silence Your Inner Negative Nancy and Be the Super Mom You Were Meant to Be
Being a mom, in my opinion, is one of the toughest jobs in the world. Balancing your own life and work is hard enough, pile on the stress of taking care of other tiny humans and making sure they grow up to be happy, kind and well-adjusted people and you’re beyond swamped. This type of stress can lead to what I call the “spiral,” the endless Negative Nancy. The nagging voice in your head that is always telling you that you’re failing. That you’re not trying hard enough.
That your are dropping the ball in every aspect of your life. The more power we give to this voice, the more we lose of ourselves until we are nothing but a ball of stress, depression, anxiety, and resentment. That is why I have come up with this list for all you mommas and negative self-talkers alike, it’s time to shut the voice down and be who we have always wanted to be. These are some ideas on how to silence the voice.
Make a list of all the things you do in a day
I know there have been many days as a mom where I have run around like a chicken with my head cut off and wondered what I really accomplished that day. When your body is screaming for your bed, it’s hard to clarify in your mind what all you accomplished through the blur of taking care of your tiny humans. I challenge you to sit down at the end of your long, hard day and write it all down no matter how mundane it may seem in your head.
That little mundane thing you did for your kid made their day. It mattered to someone, someone you care and love about more than anything in the world. Look at the list and realize that you are superwoman. Remind yourself that even when it feels like you are accomplishing nothing, without that list you have just written down in front of you, your household will not run. Your kids would not be happy and taken care of. That, sister friend, is all the proof you need to know that you are in fact accomplishing amazing things each and every day.
Surround Yourself with People and Things that Lift You Up
This can be someone you know like a friend or a family member. It can also be a podcast, an author or a television show. Surround yourself with people who lift you up. Who give you strength and courage to fight that daily fight of keeping your household intact. Find a motivational podcast and listen to it while you are doing household chores. These voices help to drown out your inner negative nancy.
They help to show how thinking positively helps to manifest better things for you and your families lives. Read a self-help book before bed. A great place to start is Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis. Let their words be your mantra when you are struggling. You will get through this. You will be ok. You will get to the other end of this struggle and be better and badder than you ever were before. Stifle the urge to beat your self up with the negative nancy in your head, reach for the words of positive people instead.
Be the Change
If you really want to improve, you cannot just improve in your wishes and dreams. You have to do it yourself. This means staying away from people and things that do not serve you anymore. By do not serve you, I mean things that only continue to take away from you, not replenish you. People and things that continue to drain you, but somehow still hold a powerful grip on your life. For me, this was walking away from a job that had been slowly killing me inside for nine years.
It lured me with its false sense of security, but that security wasn’t worth it in the end when I was struggling to get out of bed in the morning. Be the change. Walk away from the emotional vultures in your life. They lure you in with a false sense of hope and security and leave you bereft of happiness and the energy to improve your circumstances. You don’t have to make these changes right away, one at a time is fine. Notice that while it hurts and it is scary to cut these ties initially, the end result is a better life for yourself and your family. Cut those negative ties. Let them go and be free.
Make a Plan
Every dreamer needs to have a plan. If you do not like where you are at in life, whether it’s your job, your family situation, your health, etc., you need to make a solid plan to change these things. Journal. Start your journey with putting your thoughts down on paper. This makes it real. This puts those wishes out there in the world and makes it a tangible thing to focus on.
Write down the specific steps it takes to make this dream happen and put everything you have in you to make those dreams a reality. It can be little or small, but life is too short to deprive yourself of what you truly desire. Don’t be afraid to fail in this process. In fact, welcome all these failures because this is where you learn. Pick yourself back up and try again. Remind yourself that you have one life to live and pour all of your energy into making that your objective each and every day.
As I have recently been making some huge changes in my life, these are some of the things I have done to help shut up my inner negative Nancy. Nancy had never done anything good for me except to serve as a crutch when I was too lazy to try something new and change the things in my life that drug me down. Shut up your Nancy. Put her in the corner and put your fabulous self in charge. You are in control of this fight, not her. If you can do this, you will be capable of great things and living a life you truly love.
Check out also Jennifer’s other post which I like:
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This amazing article is from Roopali Kadam, the awesome mommy blogger behind TheHelloMomy. She writes terrific content for us mommies, our kids, travel, her personal experiences and so much more. Be sure to check her out at her blog TheHelloMomy.com.
My younger daughter has very sensitive skin, and she had suffered cradle cap as a baby. It started with dandruff on head and forehead area. Slowly yellowish and patchy scales formed on the skin. These scales began spreading on her hands and legs too. The skin becomes red, very rough to touch and she started itching for relieving it. She was not even 2 months old, and this scales made her cranky most of the time. Considering it as a skin allergy, we stopped using her baby soap, oil massage, moisturizer. But it did not help, and these scales started swelling. It was very painful to see my baby going through this.
We visited a pediatrician, and she referred a dermatologist for further consultation. Then we had a consultation with a dermatologist, and he prescribed some medication. I started applying prescribed ointments on her skin. But it didn’t help her and worsened the patches. We immediately rushed back to the dermatologist, and he diagnosed the problem as a cradle cap in babies. It is a skin problem mostly observed in infants and also known as seborrheic dermatitis, crusta lactea, milk crust. It has symptoms like yellowish, patchy, greasy skin and rashes formed on baby’s head, eyebrow eyelid area.
We used all prescribed medicines /ointments for applying on the skin and also mild shampoo, soaps, moisturizer for her. But the patches reappeared on her skin. Then doctor started steroids for treating this problem, and after using it her skin got better, and dandruff also disappeared. Once we stopped steroids, the greasy patches appeared again. It happened repeatedly, and thus doctor prescribed medications. It went on till her first birthday. And after that thankfully it never reappeared. Every time we visited the doctor I got to know a few things about cradle cap and how to soothe baby having it. The good thing is cradle cap does not bother baby much except itching, and it goes away as baby grows. It is completely curable and gets better with medicines.
Following are Simple Tips to Deal with Cradle Cap on Babies.
Maintaining clean surrounding around the baby is essential as irritants like dust, fungus, and fragrance might cause irritation, rashes in baby’s skin. While cleaning (Dusting, mopping, vacuum cleaning) take the baby out of the room and then the clean room. Increase the frequency of cleaning process, as you can keep the environment irritant-free. Poor hygiene does not cause Cradle cap but maintaining proper hygiene helps to avoid skin irritations.
Make sure all baby clothes and other clothes near baby are soft and made using good quality cotton fabric. Mother /caretakers should wear soft cotton clothes, as baby gets exposed to their clothes. (Clothes made up of polyester, chiffon, nylon are harmful to baby’s gentle skin.)
3. Avoid Using a Few Things
It’s better to avoid using a few things when you have a baby at home. The list of things to avoid is deodorants, perfumes, essence sticks, and air fresheners, disinfectant sprays. There might be harmful chemicals in it, and it might worsen the cradle cap patches, swelling on the baby’s skin.
Make sure mattress, pillow, blankets, towels used for baby are not too old and should be washed, cleaned regularly. Also, the cloth used for it should be cotton and soft. Old/ Dirty mattresses, a pillow might have dust, fungus in it and it may be an exact allergen to cause irritation or rashes in baby’s skin. Maintain clean bedding for baby, and it will be of great help to avoid skin problems.
5. Cloth Detergent
Regular cloth detergents have harsh ingredients/ chemicals in them. Using the regular detergent for washing baby clothes may cause irritation in the baby’s skin. Instead, use a liquid detergent especially made for baby clothes. It’s free of harsh chemical.
6. Itch Relieving Creams
When a baby has cradle cap, they keep on itching the skin. For soothing the itchy skin, use any dermatologist prescribed itch relieving cream on the affected area. This creams can be applied 2-3 times in a day. I used itchcam (itch relieving cream).
7. Winter Clothes
If it’s winter time and baby needs to wear protecting clothes then go for soft woolen clothes, thermal wear. Some type of wool may cause itching and irritation in the baby’s skin. Also, avoid blankets made from wool and instead use cotton blankets. Cotton clothes are gentle on baby’s skin and won’t cause irritation.
8.Bath and Massage
Avoid massaging baby as it may worsen the cradle cap patches, swollen skin. You can give a regular bath to the baby but after bathing, just pat dry her skin using a soft cotton towel.
9. Use Moisturizer
Apply prescribed/ mild moisturizer on baby’s skin every day. Moisturizers protect baby ’s delicate skin and help to heal cradle cap. I used Cetaphil moisturizer to keep baby’s skin soft, and it helped in healing her skin rashes fast.
You may be reading about all kinds of tricks and methods to get your baby sleeping through the night. Some work and some don’t and every baby is different. But one thing that will help any baby (or toddler, or child, or even adult!) sleep better is to create a relaxing and calming bedroom. Follow these 5 steps to help your baby fall asleep easily and stay asleep all night.
1. Keep it simple
Keep your baby’s room neat and clean with minimal decorations. Too much stimulation from too many pictures and mobiles and toys can be overstimulating and distracting for your baby which will make it harder for your baby to sleep.
Also to prevent SIDS and suffocation, “bare is best” for your baby’s crib. That means keeping the following items out of the crib:
2. Keep it dark
Even the slightest bit of morning light can wake up your baby. And all babies should sleep until at least 6 am to get the 10-12 hours of sleep they need a night.
So blackout blinds or curtains are key to keeping the light out. I personally like Blackout EZwindow coverings. They’re easy to put up and they block out 100% of the light. But if you’re on a budget or in a pinch, you can always use garbage bags instead.
Don’t worry about your baby is afraid of the dark. That doesn’t happen until toddlerhood. And if your toddler is afraid of the dark, a dim nightlight is fine. Just make sure it’s a red light. Blue and bright lights will suppress melatonin, the hormone that helps us sleep.
3. Keep it cool
Babies (and adults, too) tend to sleep better when it’s cool. Our body temperature naturally drops right before bedtime to help us sleep. So if your baby is too hot, it’s going to be harder for her to fall asleep.
A room temperature of 68-72 degrees is ideal. You can tell if your baby is too hot by feeling her nose, ears, and back of her neck. If it’s too hot in the bedroom, dress her lightly in a onesie and a light sleep sack. You can even have a fan blowing directly on her if it’s really hot.
A sleep sack works great for keeping your baby warm but not too warm. It also keeps her from climbing out of the crib as she gets older. My favorite is this one from BittaKidda.
4. Keep it quiet
Once babies are around 3 months old, it becomes harder for them to sleep anywhere and through anything. A quiet environment is ideal for your baby for naps and nighttime sleep.
But, you don’t want it to be too quiet. You don’t want to be tiptoeing around the house the 12-15 hours a day that your baby is sleeping. Getting your child used to sleep through a little bit of background noise (like talking, TV, housework, etc.) from a young age is key.
Also, I love a white noise machine to muffle some of the louder noises that could otherwise wake up your baby. Try out my favorite portable white noise machine here. Or keep it simple and use a fan.
5. Keep it calm
It’s great to have lots of rowdy fun in your child’s bedroom during the day. But starting about an hour before bedtime, your baby’s bedroom should be calm and relaxing.
This calm environment makes sure that your baby doesn’t get overstimulated before bed. Remember, overstimulated babies have a hard time falling asleep.
Being calm also helps your baby wind down for the rest of the evening until bedtime. She’ll understand that fun time is over and that it’s time to go to sleep soon.
So cuddles, stories, and songs are great before bed! Just save the roughhousing, tickling and peek-a-boo for earlier in the day. Stay calm and sleep on.
Creating a simple, calm, dark, cool and quiet sleep environment for your baby will help set the stage for good night’s sleep. But if your baby or toddler isn’t sleeping well, chances are a perfect bedroom isn’t going to solve the problem. If your baby needs your help to get back to sleep in the night, the solution is actually pretty simple. Sign up to get free 5 Secrets to Get Your Baby Sleeping Through the Night at www.happylittlecamperjh.com/freeguide.