Homemade Gripe Water (for MOM too!)

By Blog Admin
on September 09, 2014

I've been asked about gripe water in the past, and while we don't specifically offer a version that we've made, it is certainly something you could save money making yourself! The best part is, you can even use it if you are exclusively breastfeeding and don't offer bottles--just drink it yourself as a tea ;-)

 

Ingredients:

2 cups water

1 small piece of ginger root (about thumb sized), cut into chunks

1 Tbsp Organic Fennel seeds

1 Tbsp Organic Chamomile flowers

 

Bring all ingredients to a simmer until golden in color. Remove from heat and cover; steep for 15-20 minutes.

 

Strain and store in a glass container for addition to breastmilk or formula during colic as directed by your pediatrician, or drink it yourself before your nightly nursing session. (Bonus: it contains fennel which is good for milk supply!)

 

 

 

Organic Teething Rings Giveaway!

By Blog Admin
on July 26, 2014
1 comment

Our next giveaway is here! We are giving away a set of organic teething rings. Our teething rings are natural maple hardwood brushed with beeswax and olive oil. These are our most popular teething rings, 2.5 inches in diameter and fully compliant with CPSC and CPSIA standards. Give your baby something personalized AND healthy! 

Winner will be contacted via email at the end of the giveaway for their personalization request and shipping information (these requests may come in 2 separate emails)

GOOD LUCK!!!

 

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Can Coconut Oil Be Used as a Natural Sunscreen?

By R D
on July 03, 2014

We love coconut oil and use it in a lot of our natural baby product recipes. If you're reading this post, you are probably already aware of the many benefits that coconut oil provides! However, can it be used as an effective sunscreen for families trying to replace common chemical-laden sunscreens that are available on the market?

I decided not only to research this for our customers' sake but also for my own interest, as I have children of my own and I do not buy most commercial sunscreens. It's important to keep in mind that your child's skin is their largest organ, and it will absorb lotions and creams that you apply. The chemicals in these products may be considered "harmless" by the FDA is small amounts, but can you really know what that chemical concentration is in your own child? Have they really thoroughly studied the effects of this chemical buildup over the long term?

[Side note] The FDA has launched an investigation into the dangers of spray sunscreen: http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2011/07/don-t-spray-sunscreens-on-kids-at-least-for-now/index.htm

In researching this coconut oil sunscreen idea, I found a few interesting things. First of all, it does provide a sun protection factor. The SPF it provides is 8 when used as in ingredient in sunscreen formulations. SPF 8 is not anywhere near the suggestion for children, and used alone (not as a sunscreen ingredient) the SPF may be even lower. However, it all depends on your situation, location, how long they will be in the sun, if they will be mostly shaded or covered by appropriate clothing, etc.

I personally decided that coconut oil is not a sufficient sunscreen for children when used by itself for extended exposure.

The source I obtained the SPF study information from is a Pharmacognosy Research publication: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3140123/#!po=62.5000 (note that it does mention at the end of the study that the SPF quotes may not be accurate when taken out of the context of the experiment.)

How you decide to use coconut oil in your sunscreen regimen is ultimately your decision. You may choose to use it in addition to shade/clothing, all on its own, or in a recipe. I personally use coconut oil on our skin anyhow, it makes a great natural lotion that doesn't get greasy and oily, so when the kids will be outside for an extended period of time I choose to use sunscreens that are mostly zinc oxide based to avoid many of the chemicals in other brands.

DIY Homemade Natural Antibacterial Hand Soap

By R D
on April 03, 2013

 THIS IS SERIOUSLY SO EASY.

No kidding, it really is. But even if it was hard it would be worth it. Have you read articles on triclosan, the most overused ingredient in soaps and other bath and body products? That stuff is toxic...it's even detectable in human milk! (Yes, in HUMAN MILK. That was the last straw for me, I'd rather my baby NOT drink chemicals please!)

But anyway, here is what you'll need:

*Half a bar of glycerin soap

*5-6 cups water (start with 5, it all depends on your bar)

*10 or so drops Tea Tree or Peppermint Oil

Directions:

1. Grate half a bar of natural glycerin soap (this can be tweaked if you have other bar soaps you'd like to get rid of. Pretty much anything is better than the commercial antibacterial soaps...)

 

2. Heat 5 cups water over medium heat, as it is heating add your grated bar soap

3. Stir until soap is melted.

4. Remove from heat, stir in oil of your choice in the amount you choose. Tea tree and peppermint have natural antibacterial properties. The more there is the more effect it will have--but there is a thing as too much of an oil. Just be careful not to overdo it.

5. Allow to cool. It will thicken as it cools. If it gets too thick for your preference, gently reheat and add more water.

6. Add to your favorite soap dispenser! We reused one.

 

 

DIY Homemade Natural Baby Wipe Solution

By R D
on April 03, 2013
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If you are using Huggies or Pampers baby wipes on your baby, and have just looked at the ingredients list in horror, I have great news for you! It’s actually simple to make an all natural (or even with all organic ingredients if you prefer!) version of baby wipes that work just as well.

Homemade Natural Baby Wipe Solution:

4 Cups Water
2 Tablespoons Oil (Coconut, Olive, or Almond)
1 Tablespoon Castile Soap
Optional: 1 Tablespoon Aloe Vera Gel (soothing)

Mix all ingredients, melting coconut oil first if that was your choice oil. Store in any container you choose, but the easiest would be something that squirts or sprays. Apply to paper towels or cloths as needed.

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