Natural Solutions for Dealing with Infant Gas

baby-burpingOne of the most common issues infants encounter is gas discomfort.  When babies are young, they often experience a great amount of gas for two main reasons.  First, their digestive systems are still getting the hang of functioning properly, and second, they take in large amounts of air when crying and nursing.  Combined together, these activities lead to large amounts of gas, and unfortunately, sometimes your baby will have a hard time releasing the gas on his or her own.  Here are several ways to help you alleviate your baby's gas, leading to a happier baby—and a happier mama!

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Embracing the Simple Chef: Making Your Own Baby Food

making baby foodOne of the most rewarding aspects of being a parent is the opportunity to introduce the world to your little one.  Once you're ready to start introducing solid foods, a brand new world of tastes and textures awaits your baby.  Making your own baby food is a simple process that will create an amazing experience for your baby.

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6 Toy Lines that Every Mama Should Know About

6 Great Toy LinesPurchasing organic toys is just as important as eating organic foods. Babies (and even some toddlers) put toys in their mouth to explore different textures, to sooth sore gums, or to simply make you run across the room to remove something that shouldn’t be in their mouths. Here are the top six organic toy lines that every health-conscious parent should know about.

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6 Great First Foods for Baby

6 Great First Foods For BabyCongratulations Mama! You’ve made it to an exciting milestone. Whenever you decide to introduce foods to your little one will be a thrilling experience for your baby. A brand new world of tastes and textures is sure to make meals a time of sensory learning and enjoyment. If you’re ready to begin introducing foods beyond breast milk, then consider trying one (or more) of these six great first foods for babies.

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How to Pump at Work in 15 minutes or Less

Medela PumpWe all know pumping is something we have to do if we working (and nursing) mothers; it’s like going to the bathroom—NOT negotiable. But pumping three times per day can really add up! How can a nursing mom minimize her time away from her desk but still pump enough milk for her baby?

Below, we show you how to use breast milk’s long shelf life to streamline your pumping protocol and get your pumping done in 15 minutes or less. This means getting pumping and getting back to work in the time it takes someone else to have a smoke break.

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7 Great Organic Baby Clothing Lines

Organic ClothesOrganic clothing for your baby isn’t just a great choice for the environment; it’s also great for your baby. Organic fibers are cultivated without the use of harmful pesticides and dangerous chemicals that remain in the fabric after it becomes clothing. Most organic clothing lines also use low-impact dyes which are better for the environment as well as baby’s sensitive skin. Here are seven great organic clothing lines to keep your baby in style.

 

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What is Wool Diapering?

Wool DiapersWhat is so magical about wool? Why does my daughter wake up with dry pajamas and sheets only when she wears a wool diaper cover to bed? Because wool is a wonder fabric!  It is water resistant, repelling water naturally and keeping moisture in.  Wool is also breathable, preventing skin irritations like diaper rashes, especially in baby's with sensitive skin. How does it do all that?  Read more below about the wonders of wool.

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How to Troubleshoot Your Cloth Diaper Dilemmas

TroubleshootingMost moms have very few issues with their diapers, but every once in a while you may encounter a problem that requires you to tweak your routine. It is almost impossible to ruin a good quality cloth diaper and almost every problem can be easily fixed. Below are some common issues and the best way to solve them.

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5 Reasons You Should Make Your Own Baby Food

5 ReasonsYou’ve probably experienced this scenario: standing in the baby food aisle, staring at the endless choices of baby food products, and wondering which meals are best for your baby. As a result, an increasing number of mothers are starting to make their own baby food, a relatively easy process that provides many health benefits for your baby. Here are the top five reasons you should make your own baby food.

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Five Natural Lactation Enhancers

Lactation EnhancersLabor, delivery, and recovery can be a stressful time in any woman’s life, and this stress may impact your milk supply. If you’ve tried nursing your baby more often and that doesn’t seem to be increasing your supply, it may be time to investigate other avenues.  Several natural options exist to help you increase the quality and quantity of your milk.   Here are five natural lactation enhancers to help you create the best possible breastfeeding experience for you and your baby.

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How to Wear Your Baby With Style

Baby HawkIf you find yourself convinced of the benefits of babywearing, but aren’t quite sure which type of carrier is best for you or your child, you’re not alone. Many mamas feel--or felt at some time--just as you do now; a bit unsure about which carrier or method is right for them. Remember that no two carriers are created equally. Most all provide some benefit, but certain ones may work better depending on your lifestyle, your body type and your child’s size.

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The Five W's of Baby Wearing

Baby In MobyNot just a fashion statement, babywearing is considered a parenting skill by many. That’s a very accurate description for what is now a popular trend for moms and dads alike. Whether you’re a seasoned wearer, new to this special ability, or just wondering what it’s all about, we’ve got you covered. Part one of a two-part series, the five Ws below seek to answer your questions regarding the basics of babywearing.

What is it? Just as it sounds, babywearing refers to the technique of wearing your baby, just not quite like you would a new scarf or a pair of earrings. Instead, this technique allows you to keep your baby near to you while providing close contact that offers a multitude of benefits. Using one of many types of carriers, slings, and wraps, your baby remains safe and secure against your body.

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How to Launder Cloth Diapers

Rockin GreenBuying the diapers is the fun part. Now what? Laundering them is the nitty gritty of cloth diapering, but that doesn’t mean you need to be a slave to your washing routine.  Depending on your diapers, your water or your washing machine, you may need to switch detergents, turn up your hot water heater, or change your washer settings.  Here is the basic formula for getting clean diapers every time.

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How to Start Your Cloth Diaper Stash

Diaper StackNow that you have a grasp on the nuts and bolts of diapering, it’s time to start investing in your stash. You can start cloth diapers at any time but be aware that what a newborn needs will be a bit different than what an older baby needs in terms of size and number of diapers. Here are a few ideas to help you start simple and smart:

Don’t Put All Your Eggs into One Basket-

Test the waters before you jump in. I always recommend trying several different diapers before committing because imagining what a diaper will be like to use is often very different from reality. I know many moms who were convinced that one particular type or brand of diaper would be perfect for them, only to find out that they couldn’t stand it. The fact is, all diapers are a bit different whether it’s fit, fabric, absorbency, or style. All babies are different too, and they have different potty habits. You should try at least a couple types or brands before you buy two dozen of any particular diaper. Buy a few and start slowly. You want to LOVE the diapers you choose and you can build your stash over time.

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5 Must-Haves for Every New Mama

5 Great ProductsWith so many products available on the market today, deciding which products are best for your baby can be overwhelming. Don’t fret! We’ve compiled a list of the top 5 items a natural-minded mama should have at hand to help her little one. These items are great for any new mother—they aim to provide better bonding experiences as well as provide more comfort to your little one, especially when he or she isn’t feeling well.

 

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Important Cloth Diapering Tools & Accessories

orange Diaper When I first started cloth diapering I had no idea what I was doing, made some rookie mistakes and gave up for a while. After I got educated, the process of switching to cloth again was an absolute breeze. What made the biggest difference to me was talking to an experienced mom about my concerns and challenges. So today, I’m your experienced mama friend with information on cloth diapering and accessories.

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What are the types of Cloth Diapers?

suprised baby istockIf you've done even one internet search for cloth diapers, you were probably overwhelmed by the avalanche of information. Below, we demystify the various types of cloth diapers and give you the pros and cons of each.

Flats: A flat is a square piece of fabric that serves as the absorbent portion of your diaper. Flats need to be folded and fastened with a diaper pin, Snappi, or Boingo, then covered with a diaper cover made of PUL (Polyurethane laminte), Vinyl, Fleece, or Wool. This system allows you to replace the soiled flat and reuse the cover without washing.

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Top 5 Reasons To Use Cloth Diapers

AlbertI can’t tell you how many times people have shaken their heads and smiled strangely at me when I said I use cloth diapers. This usually means one of two things: “Just wait until you get tired of them and switch back to disposable” or “You are insane.” Shockingly, I am not insane and am anything but tired of my cloth diapers. I actually love them. One of my passions is teaching moms and dads about modern cloth diapers. If you have been kicking around the idea of trying cloth, here are the top five reasons to ditch disposables:

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Tips for Breastfeeding Successfully

Toddler Nursing OutsideMy son turns one this month and we’re still breastfeeding. I also work 45-50 hours per week. While he does eat solids like a champ, formula has never touched his lips.  I am very proud of that and for good reason.  It wasn’t easy and I put a lot of work into making our breastfeeding relationship work.  But please don’t interpret this as bragging. I’m not.

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The Ultimate Lactation Cookie

Lactation CookiesA decadent, savory cookie that will make you want to eat the whole batch in one sitting, this "lactation" cookie is perfectly safe for anyone to eat.  The "lacatation" part comes from the spices and herbs that are included in the recipe, all of which are supposed to improve the milk production capabilities of lactating moms but will not induce a non-lactating woman to produce milk, or any other such similar concern.

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