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Making the Holidays Less Stressful With Little Ones

As a parent, you love watching your children experience the holidays. Nothing is more priceless than watching their faces light up as they see their first snow, open their presents and experience all of the sights and sounds of the season. However, no one can deny that having kids can just add another level of stress to the holidays.

The good news, it IS possible to eliminate some holiday stress, even when you have kids!

You Don’t Have to Attend EVERY Event

When you have children, you are no longer just attending family and work parties. You now have to work around school and friend events as well. And as a parent, you more than anyone know that children are not always the most well-behaved when party-hopping. When navigating the holidays as a parent, remember it’s ok to say no to some of these events, even if it is because you need the time to shop, prepare for your own party or just spend a moment with your kids.

You Don’t Have to be a Super-Parent

Your children will hear about a variety of holiday traditions and the most lavish toys of the year from their friends and classmates. As a parent, you may not be able to arrange all of the experiences your children want to have this year. And getting your kids every gift they ask for is usually pretty impossible (the pony and spaceship probably won’t be happening). Instead of spending the next few weeks feeling as if you are “disappointing” your children because you cannot do everything, manage their expectations from the beginning. Explain what is, and isn’t, possible to keep you and your kiddos happy.

Specifically, a great tactic to avoid getting out of control with holiday shopping for your kids is the “want-need-wear-read” technique. Basically, choose something your children want, something they need, something they will wear and something they will read. This will not only simplify your shopping experience, it will also help you pick out truly meaningful gifts for your kids.


Utilize “Family Time” Thoughtfully

One of the most special aspects of the holidays is family time. Especially if you have out-of-town relatives, this will be one of the few times of the year they get to see you and your kids. Let them bond with the children and use this as a moment to finish your shopping and party preparation. Your family gets their own time with the kids, and you get some alone time to fully focus on your holiday tasks.

Children bring an extra element of spirit and joy to the holiday season. That’s not to say they do not sometimes make the holidays just a tad more stressful as well. Remember how fun it is to have your children around for this special time, and you will be able to navigate this season happily and stress-free.

Share your tips for keeping the holidays less stressful with little ones below! 

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Snow Day Activities For Kids

Snow Day Activities for Kids

The school announces a snow day, and your children could not be more excited. You, on the other hand, are scrambling to think of activities to prevent you and your children from going stir crazy.

Keep some of the ideas we suggest for snow day activities on deck next time your children have an unexpected snow day. Your day will be both fun and productive!


1. Bake

This is a go-to snow day activity because it keeps the kiddos hands busy, and who doesn’t want delicious baked goods on a cold day? Find a couple of recipes that are easy enough for any child to assist with and have them on-the-ready for a snow day. Happy baking!

One specific thing you can making is some healthy muffins. Take it to the next level by making them into some cute animals by decorating them with fruits, chocolate chips or other alternatives. Your kids will get a cute and delicious treat at the end of all of their hard work.


2. Story Time

When the snow is falling and the temperature is too cold to play outside, nothing sounds better than curling up on the couch. Instead of turning on the TV or a Netflix marathon, try bringing out some books and having story time. It will still keep them engaged while also allowing you to cut down on screen time.


3. Homemade Play Doh

This is an activity many parents probably did themselves as children. Homemade play doh includes many ingredients you most likely have at home, and it’s a recipe that is simple enough for kids to actually follow along. Here’s a quick, non-toxic recipe to try on their next snow day.


4. Snow Art

Take advantage of the snow and use it as a canvas! Making snow art is very simple and cheap. Just fill spray bottles with water and non-toxic food coloring, and let your children make their masterpieces. This activity gets the kids outside, allows them to be creative and requires very little preparation.


5. Science Fun

This is an interesting departure from arts and crafts and is a great option for your science-minded kiddos. Try something like this non-toxic slime which is only two ingredients and is edible! Your kids will get to feel like scientists, use their minds on their day off and have a fun toy to play with at the end.


What are your go-to snow day activities? Let us know!

Why A Morning Routine Is Important For Parents

Why A Morning Routine Is Important For Parents

You ask your children to keep up with cleaning and chores every day. Then they go to school where their teachers maintain a pretty tight agenda. You and your children’s teacher have the same goal -- to reinforce the importance of keeping a schedule. But what about you as a parent? Kids can disrupt even the best-laid plans, but still try to arrange a semblance of a routine for yourself.

We give you some reasons for making a conscious effort to keep up a morning routine as a parent.


Give Yourself Control Over One Thing

Having children means a lot of surprises. You never know when they will be sick, have an accident or get upset. Your life is a constant waiting game for the next unexpected twist. Keeping a morning routine will give you a little relief and structure in an otherwise chaotic day. Even if it’s just the first hour when you have a solid routine, it will have a positive effect on the rest of the day.


Set An Example For Your Kids

Are your children constantly fighting you when you ask them to make their beds or put away their toys? Do they see you rushing around in the mornings with no clear agenda? Show your children that routine activities are an important part of their day by putting some structure and continuity into your life right when your family wakes up.


Make One Less Decision In Your Day

When you have children, you no longer just make decisions for yourself throughout the day, you are also doing that for your kids. Making these choices slowly drains away your energy, whether you realize it or not. The less variation in your morning, the better. Save that energy for later in the day when you are making decision after decision for you and your family. A morning routine is one of the keys to managing daily mental fatigue right off the bat.

Parents, why do you keep up a morning routine? Let us know!

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Sleep and Your Baby’s Immune System

Sleep and Baby's Immune System

By: Jenni June, Certified Child and Family Sleep Consultant, CLC and Mom of 4!

There are few things worse than seeing your baby or child suffer through the symptoms of a cold or flu. As parents we do everything we can to keep them as healthy and safe as possible. One powerful preventative measure we parents can take is to teach and provide quality sleep, a necessity for maintaining the health of our child’s immune system. Here’s why:

Our bodies have a natural circadian rhythm that is dictated by the earth’s rotation and the rising and setting of the sun. When we are sleeping within these natural biological rhythms, we get optimum, quality sleep. Sleep cycles are whole and healthy and most importantly, we get what’s called slow-wave sleep. This component of a sleep cycle helps clear waste, toxins, and stress that build up on the brain each day. It has incredible protective and restorative benefits. But if we are not sleeping within our natural biological rhythms, sleep is fragmented multiple times during the night and we prevent this slow-wave sleep from taking place.

Another important key to a healthy immune system is our microbiome, the healthy bacteria living in our bodies, which is affected by our circadian rhythms as well. If our babies are sleeping poorly, the essential bacteria in their gut and colon have trouble digesting fiber and other vitamins and nutrients from their food. These same gut microbes also help manufacture serotonin, which is a building block to melatonin production. What this means is that all in all, poor gut health negatively impacts sleep.

One way to improve your baby’s sleep health is to work to consolidate sleep with as few wakings and fragmentation as possible throughout the night (once the child is old enough to consolidate calories during the day, meaning they don’t need to be fed every few hours). This process may begin as early as between four and six months, depending on your child’s health and development, as well as your pediatrician’s recommendations.

Napping well during the day and going to bed early at night can help with this. The timing of sleep really impacts how healthy the sleep cycles will be. Poor sleep-timing results in incomplete sleep cycles and fragmentation, no matter how many hours of sleep your child gets.

Lastly, it is always important to consider your child’s chemical exposure. While we can’t control it completely, we can make a significant impact in one area that really counts: the mattress they sleep on. Make sure their mattress is free of dangerous chemicals that are known to cause significant health problems, such as fire retardants, phthalates and formaldehyde. A waterproof mattress with a removable machine washable cover helps prevent unhealthy bacteria growth, as a mattress can be a breeding ground for all kinds of things with the accumulation of spit up, vomit, sweat and leaky diapers! My go-to recommendation is the Lullaby Earth Breathable Breeze Crib Mattress. It’s an amazing, non-toxic and hygienic option that fits the bill nicely, and without breaking the bank. Free from all of those dangerous chemicals found in standard crib mattresses, your baby will be able to safely sleep and truly restore as you work to improve and restore their immune system.

Sleep well and stay well!

About Jenni June:

jenni june Jennifer Metter, founder of Jenni June™ LLC, is a Certified Child and Family Sleep Consultant, specializing in pediatric and adult sleep hygiene; A Certified Lactation Counselor, Host, Nationalspeaker, and Mom of 4!

With thousands of successful sleep cases under her belt since 2011, she is a valuable resource for everyday and celebrity parents all over the country, including Guiliana and Bill Rancic for the Style Network! And, she is the sleep training expert on The Doctors TV show! She is a practitioner member of the National Sleep Foundation and collaborative health care provider as a certified sleep coach for infants, children and adults for the Breathe Institute, and the go-to sleep trainer for LA’s top pediatricians!

Jenni is also a popular national speaker and guest on CBS, FOX, NBC news and the host of series, “Baby Care with Jenni June” and the resident sleep expert for the BabyLeague and FamiLeague Networks.

If you were to ask Jenni why she has joyfully dedicated her entire life to building up and equipping families (including her own, who are now all grown!), she will tell you, “Because the hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world.” She is gifted in encouraging new parents to raise the standard of their significance. 

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Five Holiday Gifts for New Moms

5 Holiday Gifts for New Moms

After your friend, family member, or coworker has her first baby during the holiday season, your mind probably drifts to what to get for the new child. However, don’t forget about spoiling the new mom too!

To help with your search, we have compiled some options that would be great gifts for the new mom in your life. 


1. Organic Food Delivery Service

A new mom will be dealing with a lot of firsts while also juggling a very different lifestyle, so often the last things on her mind are grocery shopping and cooking for herself. Not to mention she may not even have the time for these activities. That’s why a membership for an organic meal delivery service is a great gift idea.

One organic delivery option is Thrive Market. Thrive Market offers a number of delivery options, including snacks, healthy meal ingredients, non-toxic cleaners, and much more. It’s a one-stop, non-toxic shop.


2. Baby Carrier

A baby carrier is a practical gift option to consider buying for a new mom, and there are now a few organic carrier options on the market. Ergobaby Baby Wrap is ergonomic, comfortable, and easy to take on-the-go for the traveling new mom. If you are looking to keep mom and baby connected and healthy, a baby carrier like ergobaby Wrap is the way to go.


4. Earth Mama New Mom Organic Gift Box Set

Just because a new mom is excited about her baby doesn’t mean she doesn’t need some TLC like everyone else. In fact, she probably needs it more than others due to the changes in her body and life. The Earth Mama New Mom Organic Gift Box Set is a convenient package of organic essentials to comfort mom and help her get the relaxation she deserves.


5. Diaper Bag

For many new moms, they often replace designer handbags with the most durable and attractive diaper bags on the market. A good diaper bag is essential to any new mother. The Lassig Green Label Neckline diaper bag not only has removable compartments and fun designs, it’s made of recycled plastic bottles, making it eco-friendly!


6. ZizzyBee Bags

Almost no one is more busy than a new mother. Anything to help mom keep her life streamlined is a smart gift idea. ZizzyBee bags are eco-friendly and reusable, all while making organization easy! These cute bags are great for that new mom who always has to have diapers, snacks, or toys on hand and doesn’t want to waste time digging through a cluttered bag to find them. Share Your Gift Ideas We’d love to hear what you got the new mom in your life for the holidays! Share in the comments below.


Share Your Gift Ideas

We’d love to hear what you got the new mom in your life for the holidays! Share in the comments below.
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Meet the Wisp Air Breathable Crib Mattress

Meet the Wisp Air Breathable Crib Mattress

We’re pleased to announce our newest arrival to the Lullaby Earth lineup, the Wisp Air Breathable Crib Mattress. It combines a flat, firm crib mattress (featuring our patented waterproofing and lightweight design) with a washable breathable pad to allow airflow between your baby and their mattress. This means a cooler, more comfortable sleep without overheating, plus easy cleanup. It’s another way we provide Breathability Done Right.


Why Breathable?

Many parents want a breathable mattress for safety reasons, because they’re worried about baby rolling onto their tummy during sleep. However, the most important safety consideration for your crib mattress should be firm, flat support. A breathable surface doesn’t mean much if you have a soft mattress or bedding in the crib, both of which pose a suffocation risk. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, babies should be placed to sleep on their backs, on a firm, flat crib mattress, with no soft bedding or toys in the crib. So if breathability isn’t crucial to your baby’s safety, why get a breathable mattress at all? While a breathable surface may offer some safety benefits if baby lays face-down, the primary benefits of a breathable mattress are comfort and a cooler sleep. When air can flow freely underneath your baby, they’re less likely to overheat and wake up sweaty and warm. Read more about the benefits of Breathability Done Right.


Why the Wisp Air?

We developed the Wisp Air at a happier price for families after feedback that our Breathable 2-Stage Mattress, the Breeze, was a little out of some people’s budgets. The Wisp Air offers the same benefits of breathability and easy cleanup at a more affordable price. Meet the Wisp Air Breathable Crib MattressBy combining a breathable pad with a waterproof crib mattress, you can remove the mess and easily keep the mattress clean. The Wisp Air Pad is machine washable, so you get all the benefits of breathability without the drawbacks of a hard-to-clean breathable mattress. Breathability Done Right means a safer breathable sleep for baby and peace of mind for parents. The Wisp Air Breathable Crib Mattress Pad is also available separately so you can have a backup pad or convert your existing Lullaby Earth Crib Mattress into a breathable mattress.


What’s The Difference Between The Wisp Air and Breeze?

The main difference between our two breathable crib mattresses is that the Breeze has a 2-Stage firmness design, flipping from firm for infants to a cushion firm toddler side. The Wisp Air has the same firmness on both sides, suitable for infants and toddlers alike! So you’ll never have to worry about having the right side up in your baby’s crib, because both sides offer unbeatable firm support ideal for your growing baby. Another minor difference is color and material. The Wisp Air pad is white and is 100% polyester, made with a breathable mesh fabric. The Breeze is available in five colors and has a waterproof backing for double protection. Don’t worry about cleanup though -- as long as you’re using the Wisp Air as intended with a waterproof crib mattress, you can still enjoy easy cleanup and bedding changes. Put the pad in the wash and wipe the mattress clean with a damp cloth.


Get Some Air Time

We hope you’re as excited about the Wisp Air Breathable Crib Mattress as we are! Let us know your thoughts as we continue to develop new products to meet your needs for a safer nursery.