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What is the NumNum® GOOtensil™

Posted on January 20, 2015 by Shanit Khachi | 0 Comments

Why is the NumNum GOOtensil great for self-feeding you ask? It's b/c there is no right direction to scoop and feed. They just dip and put it in their mouth. It's that easy. And the NumNum Dips are made out of silicon which are soft enough for teething babies to chew down on. A must have for all parents!

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How to Burp Baby

Posted on August 18, 2014 by Shani Schumacher | 0 Comments

Whether nursing or taking a bottle, babies tend to suck in air as they eat. Burping helps them get the bubbles out—and heads off little tummy aches at the pass.


Step 1: Know when to burp Know when to burp your baby. If you're nursing, burp her when you switch from one breast to the other. If you're bottle-feeding, burp her every time she downs an ounce or two. In both cases, you should also burp her at the end of the meal.
• Tip A baby may also need to be burped between feedings. If she seems uncomfortable or is crying and you can't figure out why, try burping her—it may be random gas.

Step 2: Lap position Sit your baby upright on your lap, facing you but angled slightly to one side and leaning slightly forward with her chest against your hand. Cup her chin with the thumb and index finger of that hand. With your other hand, firmly pat or rub your palm/fingertips in circles in the middle of her back, using gentle pressure to help push out the air.
• Tip When using this position, you may want to put a bib on the baby to protect her clothes—and your hand—if she spits up.

Step 3: Thigh position If that's not working, place a burp cloth on your thigh and lay the baby across your lap. Let her tummy rest on your other thigh—this will put gentle pressure on her belly and help push out the gas as you rub or pat her.

Step 4: Shoulder position If this doesn't work either, drape the burp cloth over your shoulder and hold the baby against it, being sure to support her head and neck with one hand. With the other, rub or pat her back firmly.

Step 5: Baby should burp Any of these methods should bring results—a nice resounding belch—within a minute or two. If she doesn't burp, that's okay too. Sometimes these things have a way of working themselves out.

• Did You Know? Feeding babies sometimes spit up what looks like an entire meal's worth of milk—but usually it's just a teaspoonful.

 

Source: Howcast

 

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Parabens 101

Posted on May 01, 2014 by Shani Schumacher | 0 Comments

 


What are Parabens?

Parabens are a chemical compound of para-hydroxybenzoic acid and are commonly used as a preservative to fight bacteria and fungus. Nearly all parabens used are man-made and not naturally occurring. Parabens can be found in shampoos, commercial moisturizers, deodorants, shaving gels, tanning lotions, sunscreen, cleansing gels, personal lubricants, topical pharmaceuticals and toothpaste, while they are also used as food additives in salad dressings, mayonnaise and processed meats such as sausage.

 

Why are they so harmful?
In 2004 British researcher Dr Philippa Darbre and colleagues at the University of Reading carried out tests on samples of 20 different human breast tumors and found traces of parabens in 18 samples. This research has fueled a popular belief that the parabens in underarm deodorants and other cosmetics can migrate into breast tissue and contribute to the development of tumors. It is also said that they may have hormone-disrupting qualities which mimic estrogen and interfere with the body’s endocrine system.

Methylparaben: is one of the most common parabens used in cosmetics. It has been linked with low sperm count, ocular/eye damage, skin damage and breast cancer.
Methyl, Propyl, Butyl and Ethyl Parebens: found in up to 90% of cosmetic products have many potentially harmful side effects, including cancer.

 

As well as checking that the products which you use are paraben free there are also other ingredients to watch out for which may also be harmful. These include:

Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS):
is an additive that allows cleansing products to foam that has been linked to cancer, neurotoxicity, organ toxicity, skin irritation and endocrine disruption.
Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES): is a widely used detergent present in many shampoos and personal care items. This compound produces 1,4 dioxane contamination causing headache, vertigo and irritation to the eyes, nose, throat and lungs.
Triethanolamine (TEA): is another detergent, surfactant and foam-boosting chemical producing carcinogenic chemical byproducts called nitrosamines. Determined dangerous by the FDA as early as 1977, nitrosamines penetrate skin and cause damage to skin cells.
Phthalates (DEP, DBP): used in nail polishes, perfumes, hair products and deodorants. They are suspected to cause reproductive issues in both men and women. Phthalates may also damage the kidneys, lungs and liver.

 

For Baby: Always choose bath and skin products that are free of these ingredients. Because of baby’s weight and size; they are more susceptible to the dangerous effects of parabens. This is why Puremade Baby strives to supply parents and babies with the finest and safest products available. We carry a wide variety of bath, skincare, healing ointments, diapering creams and outdoor products tailor made for your little one's safety in mind.

For Prenatal and Lactating Women: Our skin is the body's largest organ, and approximately 60% of substances applied to our skin are absorbed in to it. It takes just five seconds for these chemicals to be absorbed through the skin, and into our bloodstream, completely bypassing the liver and causing numerous harmful effects on our bodies. Anything absorbed through the skin, may be as much as ten times the concentration of an equivalent oral dose. Use an all natural stretch mark oil and paraben free products for bath and skin during pregnancy and breast feeding. Parabens will also transfers through your breast milk.

Infographic via Pangea Organics, produced by Elizabeth Nolen Brown.

 

Posted in baby, blueberry, body lotion and oil, diaper cream, ointment and healing cream, outdoor protection, shampoo and body wash

Kale! A superfood among the Cruciferous clan!

Posted on April 07, 2014 by Shani Schumacher | 0 Comments

 

Kale is a nutritional Superstar with these three major components: antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients, much needed micro nutrients and cancer-preventive nutrients.

Antioxidant and Anti-inflammatory Nutrients
In addition to conventional antioxidants like vitamin C, beta-carotene, and manganese, kale also provides us with at least 45 different flavonoids, including kaempferol and quercetin. Many of the flavonoids in kale are known to function as antioxidants and as anti-inflammatory compounds.

Fiber and Anti-Inflammatory Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Fiber and omega-3s are two macronutrients provided by kale in impressive amounts. It only takes 200 calories worth of kale to provide 14 grams of fiber. From less than 100 calories worth of kale, we can get over 350 milligrams of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), the basic building block for all omega-3 fats.

Cancer-Preventing Phytonutrients
Kale is an especially rich source of glucosinolates, and once kale is eaten and digested, these glucosinolates can be converted by the body into cancer preventive compounds.

Also worth noting kale contains nearly twice the amount of vitamin K as most of its fellow cruciferous vegetables.

In addition, kale is an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, copper, and manganese. Also being a good source of vitamin B6, dietary fiber, calcium, potassium, vitamin E, vitamin B2, iron, magnesium, vitamin B1, omega-3 fatty acids, phosphorus, protein, folate, and niacin.

For Babies: Steam and puree kale, we suggest you use a baby food mill. Freeze in 2-4 oz. baby freezing trays (made specifically for baby food that is safe for freezing and heating for sterilization). Combine with organic infant multigrain cereal.

When you are just plain tuckered out or for when you are planing for a long day you can also use the popular Sili Squeeze and pair it with organic Green Puffs for a wholesome snack. Other combinations suggested include: broccoli, blueberries, bananas, peaches. Suit to your babies liking.

Prenatal and Lactating Women: We recommend steaming kale for five minutes. Enjoy kale and other vegetables from the cruciferous vegetable group 4-5 times a week, serving size two cups.

If kale just so happens to be unappealing to you during your pregnancy you can always choose to receive the benefits of kale with food based multivitamins such as Prenatal Multivitamins and Embrace Prenatal 35+, both by Rainbow Light and Certified Organic.

Posted in baby, baby feeding, baby food, bottles, feeding, food prep & storage, freezing, Kale, organic, organic baby food, organic cereal, organic snacks, prenatal multivitamins, prenatal suppliments

The Bottom Line On Cloth Diapers

Posted on January 27, 2014 by Shani Schumacher | 1 Comment

Cloth diapers are back and they are back big. New and improved with no more pricky pins! Now with pain free snaps or velcro/Aplix. They have the cutest and most fashionable styles too. 

5 Reason To Use Cloth Diapers

Choice: There are a few different styles to choose from such as the All-In-One or the Pocket style. Both are very easy to use with, the AIO being the most comparable to disposables. The pocket diaper on the other hand will give you the option of adjusting the absorbency. You also have the option of purchasing flushable liners. Additional accessories include luxurious velour wipes and a myriad of wet diaper bags and cleaning systems. Wow! Talk about spoiling. No pun intended.

Organic: You have an option to buy organic or non organic. Either way, both contain no harsh chemicals or toxins (which are the cause of nearly 75% of non cloth diapering diaper rashes), this makes them safe for baby and the environment.

Cost Effective: Over a three year span of diaper use you can save nearly 50% on using cloth diapers if laundering at home. If the other reasons don't spike an interest this surely will!

Softer and More Breathable: These Modern day diapers are made with cotton/*bamboo/rayon blends of your choice that wick away wetness from babies precious bottoms. Waterproof outer PUL fabric is stain and odor resistant, breathable and hypoallergenic.

Go Green: Cloth diapers are environmentally friendly. A cloth diapering family with only one child will reduce their household waste by 50% compared to a disposable diapering family.

*100% bamboo is so eco-friendly — bamboo is a renewable resource with a very short growth cycle and it is grown without fertilizers or pesticides. Plus, it’s breathable, cool, and absorbs 60% more than cotton. 

Suggestions: Cloth diapering companies suggest the use of zinc diaper creams when needed for extra protection or healing.

Tips: When your little ones have graduated from diapering keep in mind you may either sell your left over cloths liners and velour wipes or if you are like me you'll keep them and use them as the best household cleaning/dusting cloths ever! Your housekeeper will love you.

 

Posted in baby, cloth diapers, cloth liners, diaper cream, diapers, organic, wipes

 

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