Everything You Need To Know About Bringing Up Your Child Naturally

Everything You Need To Know About Bringing Up Your Child Naturally

 

In today’s tech-driven world, many mothers are trying to go back to basics when it comes to bringing up their baby. Most of the time, bringing up a child naturally is extremely affordable, and also has the added benefit that it is a very eco-friendly way to live. So how exactly do you do it? Here are some of the easiest ways to bring up your baby naturally.

Breastfeed

Try to breastfeed as much as you can. After all, this is the most natural source of food available for your baby. Breast milk is packed full of all the important nutrients that growing babies need. If you are nervous about breastfeeding in public, you can always express your milk into bottles before you leave the house. You can also leave these bottles with your babysitter if you and your partner ever go out for the evening. Some women have trouble getting their baby to breastfeed at first. If you are struggling, ask your midwife for help and advice.

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Swaddling

The practice of swaddling goes back centuries. It is when you wrap up a baby to help it to feel very safe and secure. In order to do this, you will need some Organic Swaddling Blankets so you can get a good, tight wrap around your baby.  There are loads of benefits of swaddling babies. Firstly, it helps them settle, as they will feel super cozy. Secondly, it can also prevent them from disturbing themselves when they are sleeping. That’s because he won’t be disturbed by his own startle reflex.

 

Cloth Nappies

Disposable nappies create a lot of waste. Just think of how many your baby will go through before they are potty trained! One of the best ways to cut down on all this waste is to use cloth nappies. The only problem with cloth nappies is that they will increase your washing load! But that is one small price to pay to bring up your child naturally. One of the main advantages of reusable nappies is the price. A baby can go through around $900 worth of disposable nappies. However, if you use cloth nappies, the average price comes down to around $100.

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Forget Plastic Toys

Don’t buy your baby plastic toys. Not only are these bad for the environment, but they can also be dangerous to your baby. When looking for toys for your baby, try and stick to ones made from natural materials.  Wooden trains and cars are much better than plastic ones. And when you are buying a doll for your daughter, try to always buy rag dolls rather than plastic Barbies.

 

Don’t Bathe Every Day

Your baby doesn’t need a bath every day. If you do bathe your child every day, you will find that they lose a lot of moisture in their skin, which can result in it becoming chapped. Only bathing every other day also help you to save water and money. Rather than running a bath for your baby, you could reduce water by simply giving a sponge bath.

 

 

 

This post is a collaboration with YourOrganicChild.com 

 

Let Your Garden Have An Affect On Your Lifestyle With These Inspired Ideas

Let Your Garden Have An Affect On Your Lifestyle With These Inspired Ideas

Many people have access to outside space and a garden. But few will take full advantage of it. Some people may not be particularly interested in gardening, or perhaps find it all hard work. But that doesn’t mean you can’t use your garden space. In fact, your garden can have a huge impact on your lifestyle. If you let it. With that in mind, I thought i would share with you some inspired ideas on how you can let your garden have an effect on your lifestyle.

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Grow your own food

Many people strive to have a healthy balanced diet. One way you can do that is by taking ownership of where your food comes from. Clean eating has fast become a trend to incorporate a healthy lifestyle. What that means is you get your food from the source. To avoid there being any third party involvement. A great way to do this is to consider growing your own food in the garden. You can get your compost tested to see what nutrients it has or if there is anything lacking in the soil for successful growth.

 

Create a space just for you

The garden is a great place to relax. But not many people take advantage of it. The garden can be peaceful and tranquil. The perfect place to unwind after a busy day, or feel fresh ready for the day ahead. Some people choose to create space in their garden for this very purpose. It could be a patio or decked area. Even a shed that has been converted to become an outside room. People go as far as to create something called a “she shed” where you can work from and relax in. There are some inspiring ideas online.

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Be more active

Your garden is a great place to get active in. We are all aware of the importance of an active lifestyle. Daily exercise is important for good health. But you don’t need to sweat it out in the gym. You could get outside in the back garden and utilise the extra space you have. It can be a great place to do some exercises, or even get active with the family. Many people add things like a trampoline to their gardens which is a great and fun way of exercising your whole body.

Get creative

Enjoying the garden gives you a chance to get a little creative. Which can have a huge effect on your mind. People find these kinds of things quite relaxing. Getting creative could be designing your garden. Maybe learning about new flowers and adding different colours to lift your garden space. You could get creative in the garden in another sense and use it to practise out hobbies like painting or reading.

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Take up a new hobby

Finally, gardening, in general, could become a great hobby for you. You could enjoy planting flowers and learn about different species. Or maybe just taking more of interest in the presentation is enough to excite a new hobby. Gardening doesn’t have to be boring; it can be anything you want it to be. Plus the extra fresh air and being outside is good for you.

 

I hope this has inspired you to utilise your garden more.

 

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The Best Ingredients For Your Child’s Diet

The Best Ingredients For Your Child’s Diet

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Ensuring your child has a healthy diet is imperative for helping them grow up big and strong. Eating the right things ensures that they get all the nutrients that their body needs to help fight illnesses and poor health. But making sure your kids get all these vitamins and minerals isn’t always easy. Especially if your child is a fussy eater.

So what do you need to make sure they eat on a regular basis? Making sense of the nutritionist’s science can be tricky. So to make things easier for you, here’s our guide to the best ingredients for your child’s diet.

Carbohydrates

You’ll have almost certainly heard that carbohydrates make us fat. However, this isn’t justified by science. Of course, if you eat processed carbs, you won’t be doing your body any good. So it is best to stick to whole grain carbohydrates like brown rice. But don’t restrict carbs in your child’s diet. Your child will need plenty of carbohydrates for energy. After all, they’ll be doing a lot of running around and playing! So make sure your diet is rich in whole grain pasta and bread. Potatoes and other starchy vegetables are also fantastic sources of carbohydrates. Remember that very young children might find that these whole grain carbs don’t agree with them. And they could have trouble digesting them. But from thirteen months, they should be fine to eat them. However, don’t worry if your child still has trouble eating them. Nuts and seeds are also a good source of healthy carbohydrates. Plus, they are bursting with fiber. However, they shouldn’t be given to children younger than five years old as they can pose a choking hazard.

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Proteins

Proteins are the important building blocks needed by our bodies to grow and heal. As well as using the to grow, our bodies use proteins for a variety of different functions. These range from brain growth and development to improving bone health. So, as you can see, it is essential that your child has enough protein in their diet to support their growing body. One of the best sources for proteins is meat. But try not to only give your child red meats such as beef. Red meat should only be consumed in small amounts. It’s much healthier to stick to lean white meats such as chicken and turkey. Fish is another fantastic source of protein. Fatty fishes have the added bonus of being high in omega 3 fatty acids, which are important for brain and eye health. Don’t live near a coast? No problem, there are plenty of great mail-order fish services including Citarella. If you are a vegetarian and want to bring your child up with a vegetarian diet, there are many non-meat sources of protein. Beans, dairy products, and eggs are some of the best sources.

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Fats

Don’t try and completely eliminate fats from your child’s diet. They have had a lot of bad press recently, most of which they don’t deserve. In reality, fats are key in everyone’s diet. There is only one thing to watch out for. And that is saturated fats. These fats should be cut out of your diet as they can increase your cholesterol and blood pressure. Other types of fats are healthy and can even help lower cholesterol. But remember, it is never a good idea to eat too much of anything. So make sure your child doesn’t eat too many fatty foods.

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But where do you find all the healthy fats? They are rich in foods such as avocados, fish, and whole-milk dairy products. Fats from these sources are important for children’s bodies as they help them store nutrients as well as use them properly.

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Vitamins And Minerals

There are certain vitamins and minerals that your child’s body will need in order to strengthen its immune system. This will help it protect itself from illness and disease. A number of these important vitamins and minerals also help the body to carry out important functions correctly. So which of these important nutrients are necessary for your child’s health? Iron is one of the most important as helps the blood to transport oxygen around the body. If you have plenty of red meat and leafy green vegetables in your diet, then your child should be getting his or her recommended daily allowance. However, not getting enough diet could lead to them developing an iron deficiency. If this happens, you might have to buy an iron supplement for your child to take on a daily basis.

 

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Vitamin C has a reputation for fending off the common cold and flu. However, it helps our bodies in so many different ways. This key vitamin is especially important for children as it helps cells to develop and hold themselves together. It also makes it faster for the body to heal wounds and is also necessary to help strengthen the walls of the blood vessels. Fruits and vegetables are the best sources of vitamin C. Citrus fruits are extremely high in the vitamin, as are melons and broccoli.  

These two aren’t just the only vitamins and minerals that your child will need, though. You should also make sure they are getting plenty of Vitamin A, fiber, and Vitamin D.

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Salt

Children need a small amount of salt in their diet. This is because it helps to control our body’s’ fluid balance and helps our muscles and nerves to work properly. However, their bodies can’t handle as much as adults need. So it is important to regulate how much they are getting in their diet. As salt is added to many foods, such as bread, biscuits, and tinned foods, it is important not to add too much yourself. When you buy and pre-packed food and ingredients, double check the ingredients list. So you know exactly how much salt your children are consuming.

 

Hopefully, this blog post will have given you plenty of ideas of the kinds of ingredients your child should be eating. You’ll also benefit from following this healthy diet!

This is a collaborative post on behalf of Yourorganicchild.com

Natural Solutions For A Good Night’s Sleep

Natural Solutions For A Good Night’s Sleep

Tossing and turning every night is no fun. Not only is not being able to sleep super frustrating but knowing just how tired you’ll be the next day can really stress you out. So there is no wonder that so many of us are continually looking for ways to improve our sleep. And, like in many other aspects of our lives, natural and organic solutions are always best. Here are our best natural solutions for a good night’s sleep.

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Essential Oils

Essential oils have many different uses. One of their most common properties is making it easier to drop off at night. One of the best oils for this is lavender. Simply pour a couple of drops of lavender oil onto a tissue and place it under your pillow. The scent will relax your body and mind, and you will be asleep in no time. You could also try lighting a lavender scented candle in your living room for a couple of hours before you head up to bed. Check out the best essential oils from Bioaire Lifestyle Singapore.

Calcium And Magnesium

Calcium and magnesium are two of the best minerals to aid sleep. Taking a daily supplement of each should make it easier for your body and brain to switch off at night. If you take them together, they will be even more effective. Both minerals help to decrease our levels of cortisol, a stress hormone that can keep us awake. There are also many other health benefits of taking these supplements. For example, magnesium is important for a healthy heart.

Hops

Most of you will know that hops is the main ingredient in beer. But did you also know that it can help improve your sleep patterns? There has long been plenty of anecdotal evidence that hops can help to promote a good night’s sleep. But recent scientific studies have started to back up these claims. The flowers have a mild sedative in them which is great for those suffering from sleep and anxiety problems.

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Yoga And Meditation

Gentle stretches before bed can help you unwind before bed. Make sure you do gentle Yoga, though. Some of the more energizing forms, such as Ashtanga may, in fact, wake you up. Stick to a gentle form of Yoga instead. If you follow this up with ten minutes of meditation, you will find it even easier to fall asleep. Those who haven’t tried meditation before should start with mindfulness thought and breathing techniques.

Green Tea

Green tea contains L-theanine. This is an amino acid which helps our body calm down and also encourages a deeper sleep throughout the night. You can buy special brands of green tea that have been fortified with extra L-theanine to help those who suffer from insomnia.

One of the best ways to improve your sleep is to unwind thoroughly before you go to bed. Combine this with one of the above tips, and you will find that you sleep a lot better than you used to!

 

 

 

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Peeled Snacks Organic Snacks Review

Peeled Snacks Organic Snacks Review

You may have already seen Peeled Snacks at your grocer and thought about trying them out. Before I tried them I seen them at my local market and wasn’t sure how my husband and kids would like them.  You can tell by the packaging they are not bad for you and actually might be pretty heathy. I’m not a big chip and snack eater but my husband and kids are.  When I was sent a different assortment of Peeled Snacks to try out I let them try them out first.My husband who is pretty picky about snacks really liked the Peas Please snack.The Peas Please is a crunchy snack that has 3.5 servings of veggies in each bag! There are 4 different floors to choose from in the Peas Please, Sea Salt, Southwest Spice, White Cheddar and Garden Herb.  All the snacks are organic, non GMO and Gluten Free. These are perfect for back to school.

I was also sent their dried fruit snacks.  The flavors are Apple, mango, Paradise found and Banana.  My daughter loved the fruit snacks the best. She always has a sweet tooth and these hit the spot. She wanted to take them everywhere and would bring them in the car with her. They are dried fruit that is also organic, non GMO and gluten free. These snacks are perfect to keep around because they are pretty guiltless. There are a lot of snacks at the store that might be organic but they have ingredients that are not so great but these are great.  You can check out their website at Peeledsnacks.com to get more information. I have seen them sold at Target and local grocery stores. On their website you can find a list of local stores to purchase them at.  They can also be found on Amazon.

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