Your baby is beginning to teethe. It’s painful for them, and as a parent it’s difficult for you to watch them suffer. While you want to solve their teething issues, you also don’t want to use toxic methods to do so. Especially when it comes to sleep, teething pains can really cause a struggle for both baby and parent. We suggest five non-toxic teething remedies that will put both you and your baby at ease.
You hear cries or whimpers coming from your child’s room in the middle of the night. Worse yet, they run into your room scared. Your child is experiencing a nightmare.
To a child, a nightmare is very real and very terrifying. As a parent, you want to do everything in your power to alleviate this fear. It can be difficult to explain a bad dream to your child, so you have to help them understand it in inventive ways so they can go back to sleep.
1.) Teach lessons of facing fears
When your child is frightened, you want to comfort them. That’s okay, but encouraging them to always run to you when they experience a nightmare is bad for their sleep and won’t help them handle scary dreams in the long-run. Talk to your child about the importance of facing their fears and read them books that enforce the same message. You can sit with them in their room every once in a while after a bad dream, just try not to do it too frequently.
2.) Get them used to the dark
As a toddler, it’s not only scary being in a room alone, it’s even more scary to do it in the dark. For many of them darkness equates to danger, inspiring nightmares. Try playing games in the dark, like flashlight tag. This will help acclimate your child to become less afraid of the dark. If that still doesn’t work, try dim nightlights (not too bright as it will disrupt sleep). It may not work for all children, but it could be an effective tool for some.
3.) Find them a friend
Once your child is a toddler and can start safely having toys in the bed with them, try seeing if a stuffed best friend will help them sleep. Having a friend in bed will make them feel safe and secure, either reducing nightmares or making them feel more secure when they do still happen. Some children go as far as feeling protective over their stuffed animal, making them braver.
4.) Practice relaxation with them
One of the best ways to get your children to stop running to you after a nightmare is to teach them some relaxation techniques to deter nightmares. The simple task of focusing on breathing in and out can help them fall back to sleep peacefully and recover from a nightmare.
5.) Help them feel safe in their room help
One of the simplest things you can do for your child is make sure they feel secure at home. To avoid your child getting scared, try to create a calming environment that will lull them back to sleep. Their sleep is important to their development, so the best thing you can do is to make their room feel like a safe haven. Incorporate decor centered around things they like, that way they will feel comfortable alone and less likely to have nightmares.
Here’s to only sweet dreams for you and your little ones!
It’s officially spooky season, ladies. It’s time to bust out your favorite scary movies, grab some candy, and pick out the perfect costume. Halloween is even more fun if you get to share it with someone special. No, we’re not talking about a significant other—we’re talking about your baby bump.
Are you dressing for two this year? Because we’ve got 10 spooktacular baby bump costume ideas for you!
Sunny Side Up Egg – You and your little one will look egg-cellent. It’s cute, it’s comical, and it’s easy to make—perfect for expectant moms who want something simple. (You can also make this idea into a family affair)
Bun in the Oven – A great costume idea for parties, the Bun in the Oven is sure to crack a smile on everyone’s face. (And it’s ready for purchase right now, click the link!)
The Gum Ball Machine – If you have a white top, a red skirt, you’re already almost done with the costume! Stick some colorful pom-poms on the t-shirt and it’s complete. It’s adorable and easy to make.
The Basketball Couple – Feeling sporty? You and your partner can dress up as a basketball player and a ball—the baby being the ball, of course. Check out the link to purchase non-toxic paint for your belly.
Bowling Pin and Bowler – Following the couple’s costume theme, check out this cute idea!
Winnie the Pooh – With or without a Christopher Robin, the Pooh idea is perfect.
Prego – This hilarious costume idea is easy to make and doesn’t cost much.
The Mummy – While this one may take a little time to make, it’s punny and fierce!
Mother Nature – This costume is more intricate, but it will be worth the effort.
The Great Pumpkin – Sometimes painting your baby bump is the best way to go, and you can never have too many pumpkins this time of year.
We hope you and your baby bump have a Happy Halloween!
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Preparing your child’s nursery can be overwhelming, especially when it comes to equipping their crib. When researching, you see companies offering not just mattresses, but toppers, waterproof pads, changing pads, etc. Especially if you are purchasing a waterproof mattress, things can get confusing when figuring out what you actually need and what is just a nice addition.
The biggest question we see when it comes to accessories for a waterproof crib mattress is, “Should I also purchase a waterproof protector pad?”
While it is not required for you to add a waterproof protector pad, we certainly recommend it. In fact, we recommend buying two! But why?
1.) Prevents Bacteria
Adding a waterproof pad on top of the mattress is one of best ways to prevent bacteria from getting on the mattress. Without the topper, “occurrences” such as urine, drool, etc. will cause the sheet that is directly on the mattress to get damp and possibly cause bacteria. A waterproof protector pad is a smart extra barrier for messy babies.
2.) Makes Clean-Up Easier
Without the pad, if an accident happens, you will need to wipe down the mattress with antibacterial soap and water after every occurrence to keep your child’s sleeping surface healthy and to avoid set-in stains. Imagine waking up to a fussing baby to have to clean...it’s never fun. And clearly, it isn’t the most effective use of precious time you could be sleeping. If you choose to use a Breeze waterproof pad as well, after a nighttime accident you can simply throw the pad in the wash and head back to bed!
3.) Two Pads Keep Accidents At Bay
When it comes to adult sheets, many of us keep a spare set in case we spill and need to wash the first set. With the same logic, if you buy two pads, you won’t have to worry about bacteria on the mattress if your child happens to have another accident while you are washing the first pad. It’s a great, affordable investment.
Have more questions about our waterproof crib mattress or waterproof pad? Ask us in the comments!
For more and more working parents, work-life balance is becoming even more desirable. You don’t want meetings to take precedence over soccer games and you don’t want to pause playtime to answer an email. In the same accord, you don’t want your work to suffer either.
It is possible to not only work and parent, but also succeed at both! We spoke to three of our very own working parents to see how they manage maintaining success in their career and still enjoy quality time with their children.
You don’t have to be at every event...just the big ones
You are a parent. Your kids are the most important thing to you. So even as a working parent, you want to be there for every practice and event. Don’t hold yourself to that standard because not even stay-at-home parents do. To lessen the load, don’t be afraid to be picky about what you attend.
If you follow this advice, you won’t have to constantly worry about leaving work on time, and you will still be there for the occasions that count.
Multitask your preparations
Since mornings are no doubt chaotic and daytime is out of the question since you are working, after work is your best bet for getting your kids bags all assembled and their lunches packed. As a working parent, this may be your time to focus on the kids, but don’t forget to prepare yourself as well so you aren’t scrambling at work the next day.
“Pack your own lunch the night before, too! I can get focused on making sure the kids needs are taken care of that I neglect myself. When you’re packing kids lunches, don’t forget yours as well,” Hilary T. says.
When you have time for outings, make them as stress-free as possible
No matter where you work, it’s bound to be stressful at points. That’s why when you have time with your kids, you don’t want that to carry on during these moments. When you find time outside of work to enjoy the zoo with your kids or take them shopping, try to set aside just a few minutes beforehand to pack a bag.
“Pre-planning is important. Have food and things ready for kids anywhere you are going to go,” Arin S. says.
This way, the time you get with your kids is fun and relaxed versus stressed and chaotic.
Embrace the little moments
As a working parent, time with your little ones is precious. Even when with them, however, it’s normal to get stressed about work. To truly balance parenthood and career, you need to take active steps to be fully in the moment for both.
“I don’t use my phone while I’m playing with them unless it’s to take a cute picture. We also have dinner together every night,” Jaime R. says.
And as Jaime went on to explain, sometimes these little moments are worth a change in schedule...even if it means going in to work a little later than you had hoped.
How do you balance family life and being a working parent? Let us know in the comments!
There is absolutely nothing more important than the wellbeing of your baby. Because of this you have a lot of companies promising you the best in health, the best in non-toxic, the best in safety. But how do you know what products are truly designed to protect your child and what companies are just trying to upsell you with exaggerated claims?
Looking for certifications is your best bet for finding out if a company is actually producing organic or non-toxic products. At Lullaby Earth we make sure unbiased, credible organizations certify our product to the most stringent non-toxic standards, including MADE SAFE.
MADE SAFE is...
America’s first nontoxic seal for everyday products. MADE SAFE began when the founders realized that the products their families use day in and day out are often made with unsafe ingredients for both parents and children. Because of this, MADE SAFE only certifies products that are made without ingredients or materials that cause human health harm and do not release harmful vapors, gases or by-products.
Specifically, any product that is MADE SAFE certified protects us from the following:
See our Made Safe Certification.
A non-profit organization that provides America’s first comprehensive health-focused certification, MADE SAFE does more than just certify, however. They also take extra steps to help individuals and companies make better choices. Such as:
1. Make it easy to find and buy non-toxic products
2. Give companies a roadmap for making safe products
3. Help retailers select non-harmful products.
Have more questions about MADE SAFE? Ask us in the comments!
Summer has ended and school is back in session.
Soon your schedules will be filled with drop-offs, pick-ups, after school clubs, homework, and more. While this time of year can be stressful, it can also be the perfect time to try new things. Since your child is already preparing for new challenges, new friends, and new classes, why not add new foods to the list? And while we’re at it, let’s make it new healthier foods! We’ve created a list of our 15 favorite healthier snack foods.
- Roasted chickpeas
- Strawberry yogurt popsicles
- String cheese
- Rainbow fruit cup
- Rice cakes with peanut butter
- Roasted pumpkin seeds
- Chopped raw vegetables with hummus
- Peanut butter and pretzel energy balls
- Homemade granola bars
- Homemade trail mix
- Homemade applesauce
- Dark chocolate frozen banana pops
- Avocado toast
Ready, set, snack!