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THE DANGERS OF FLUORIDE

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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.

ECO-KIDS

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We love coming across (and trying out) eco products for kids! A few months back we came across these eco, naturally shaped crayons and immediately fell in love with this company! Everything from molding dough, to crayons to finger paints, this is a kids company you can feel really good about supporting. Have any of you used these products? What did you think? We love them!

TOP PICKS FOR THE EVERYDAY NATURAL BABY

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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.)

A BREATH OF FRESH AIR

 

Screen Shot 2013-06-05 at 1.18.56 PMThis morning a few friends and I loaded up the strollers and took our 6 kids up to the park for some fresh air, a chance to watch the ducks, and some playground time for the older ones. Sometimes you just need that ya know? It got me thinking. Having friends you totally relate to and genuinely enjoy spending time with are so, so important. Thankfully, I live in the same city as most of my family so I have them as built in support and help with our daughter but these friends I have, we just got lucky.

We at B Nature would love to know what kind of support system you have? Do you have family nearby? Friends who act as family? We know how hard it can be to raise kids and we’d love to hear who it is that helps you through it all!

THINGS WE LOVE

Now that we’re finally in the swing of the new season we’ve been spending more time outside than in. It’s been so fun exploring new parks, taking nature walks and hikes through the woods with the kids. When we stumbled across this animal alphabet chart from rifle paper co. we knew we had to snag one for our nature loving kids. Isn’t it just great?!

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FIGURING OUT BABY’S ROOM

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.
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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.

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THE GOOD GUIDE

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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 FREE mother’s day gift guide

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!