Recently at a doctors appointment for my daughter I was told that now would be a good time to start giving her sips of water because the fluoride would be good for her when her teeth start coming in. I honestly didn’t know much about fluoride (except that it must not be great since most toothpastes these days advertise their fluoride free lines) but I did a little bit of research on my own and was absolutely shocked that a doctor would recommend such a thing. Not only is fluoride not good for us, it’s actually toxic. The original reason fluoridation to our water was implemented was to reduce tooth decay. However, today there is no proof that this is necessary or even works. From Fluoride Action Network : “Of all age groups, infants are the most vulnerable to fluoride toxicity. Due to their small size, infants receive up to 400% more fluoride (per pound of body weight) than adults consuming the same level of fluoride in water. Not only do infants receive a larger dose, they have an impaired ability to excrete fluoride through their kidneys. Healthy adults can excrete more than 50% of an ingested fluoride dose; infants, by contrast, can only excrete 15 to 20%. This leads to a greater build-up of fluoride in the body, and may help explain why infants fed formula made with fluoridated water suffer higher rates of dental fluorosis, a discoloration of the teeth caused by excessive fluoride ingestion during childhood.”
There are many, many issues with the fluoridation of our water which you can read about HERE. I also just came across this article which I found very interesting called “Harvard Study Confirms Fluoride Reduces Children’s IQ.”
If nothing else, I hope this post informs you and gives you the motivation you need to do a little more research about the dangers of fluoride.
Around our house finding safe, natural products for our baby was super important to us. We ourselves do our best to stay away from those yucky chemicals and parabens found in most products so why would we not for our daughter too? And as someone who has extremely sensitive skin myself I am always on the lookout for the most hypo allergenic body products I can find. These four things are by far the most used and my most favorite natural body products for baby. (I actually use the California Baby myself!) What are some of your favorites?
1. California baby shampoo and body wash
2. Seventh Generation Disposable Diapers (when we aren’t using our bum genius cloth)
3. Seventh Generation clean and clear wipes
4. Badger Baby Balm (Clears up skin irritations, diaper rash, etc.)
It can be such a challenge coming up with the perfect room for your new baby. When we found out I was expecting, planning the nursery was one of the first things I thought about and couldn’t wait to get started. I knew I wanted to use neutral colors and create a fun yet calming space for our little one. Here are a few steps we took in planning our baby girl’s nursery.
1. Choose your wall color and work accents and window treatments around it.
2. To create a beautiful, simple space find a mobile, and little toys to display made of natural wood.
3. Keep the furniture simple. Your baby honestly does not need that much. In our nursery we have her crib, a rocker, a dresser and a book shelf. It works because they are all similar in style and it keeps the simplistic feel we were going for in line.
4. Let your own personal style reflect your baby’s space. Their room is still a part of your home so don’t feel like you have to transform it into a cartoony, over the top baby town. (unless of course that’s what you’re going for)
5. Don’t forget the artwork. I think the artwork you choose for your baby’s room can make or break the space. If you are going for a nice, clean, simple space choose artwork that reflects that. If you want to go with a theme, find pieces that coordinate with it.
Have you guys used the Good Guide? I recently came across it as I was looking up the ingredients in some of my baby’s bath products. The Good Guide is this great online resource that rates the best products for baby, home, pets, food, apparel, electronics, appliances and cars based on the health, environmental and social footprint they leave. It’s been so helpful for us in choosing products for our baby and home.
A clean kitchen: The kitchen, the heart of the house. It seems like it’s always dirty, right? Just as the dishes are cleaned and put away the sink is somehow full again. Clean the kitchen for that special mama in your life.
Pick some wildflowers: Nothing says you’re appreciated and loved more than a fresh bouquet of flowers. Walk your neighborhood and you’re bound to come across some flowers that would be perfect in that mason jar you have laying around the house.
Get her morning started off right: I know if I can smell the coffee brewing before Im out of bed, the smile is hard to wipe off my face. There’s just something about the thoughtfulness of your first cup of coffee waiting for you.
Homemade cards: Is there anything better than a home made card from your little ones? It really is true- something made from the heart always trumps a store bought gift.
This pretty much sounds like the perfect day to me! (hint hint, husband ) Here’s to hoping all the mama’s out there have an amazing mother’s day coming up!
During my pregnancy I had the hardest time coming to terms with the fact that most baby items are way too colorful, way too plastic, and not at all gender neutral. It really was hard to create our baby girls gender neutral nursery (we did it, but we sure did have to hunt around for earth tone baby pieces.) Unfortunately for her bassinet we settled on something we found at our local chain baby store. It works well and she seems to really like it, which of course is what is most important but I sure do wish we would have come across some of these bassinets when we were in the market. If you are interested in beautifully crafted / eco home and baby products, these are for you!
With Mother’s Day just around the corner we wanted to take the opportunity to talk a little bit about maternal health and this beautiful print you can purchase to help the women of the Edna Adan University Hospital in Somaliland, Africa. We so often take for granted how lucky we are to have a wonderful maternal healthcare system available to us when most women around the world do not. Here’s a little blurb from the hospitals website: ”The health of the people of Somaliland is among the worst in Africa, with one of the highest Maternal and Infant Mortality rates in the world. Every year, one baby in eight dies in infancy while nearly 4000 Somali women die in childbirth. This tragedy can be attributed in large part to the long civil war which brought about the death or departure of nearly all of the country’s trained health care professionals.”
You can help by purchasing this print, (great mothers day gift! spreading the word on your own social networks or by donating money directly to Edna Adan. Every woman deserves proper maternal healthcare so lets do our part.
Happy Friday, friends! Just a little cheer for you to enjoy while you kick your weekend off. Don’t you love this- exploded flowers from 1 design per day. Take a look at the rest- such a beautiful way to see the delicateness of a flower. (I actually love this idea for my kids) Even if just with the photos, I think these could be a great way to show parts of the flower for a fun little science and botany lesson. Anyways, have a great weekend!
This past Christmas my husband gifted me with a gift certificate to a local yoga studio for mama and baby yoga classes. I was still pregnant at the time and the idea of a healthy physical activity to do with my baby girl seemed so awesome. My daughter is just now 4 weeks old and I can’t wait until she’s just a bit older so we can enjoy something so wonderful together. If you’re curious as to what the benefits for your baby might be in doing yoga I came across these and wanted to share.
- Deepen the parent/child bond
- Help baby sleep longer and better
- Improve baby’s digestion and ease tummy troubles
- Relieve fussiness and colic
- Discover ways to enhance your baby’s motor development
- Strengthen the immune system
- Encourage neuromuscular development
If you’re new to yoga or aren’t quiet sure if it’s “you” I say give it a try! There’s nothing quiet better than instilling a positive idea of health and fitness in your children plus you get to do it together! Has anyone done mama and baby yoga classes and what was your experience like?
Just the other day I took my daughter out for her first walk and instead of dealing with a clunky stroller, I wore her with the Moby Wrap. I always thought I would love wearing my baby and boy was I right. Her snug little body, safe and warm pressed up against my own was the perfect first walk experience. I’m excited to try our Moby in different ways and I’m also excited to use my Ergobaby Carrier once she’s a little bit bigger. I highly recommend wearing your baby if you have not tried it yet. It’s easy, warm, safe and just plain fun. Aside from the Moby and Ergobaby I’ve heard great things about the Sakura bloom sling and the Maya Wrap. Is there a brand I’m missing that I should definitely be checking out?