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49 health article submissions by the Mothering community.

5 Reasons to Consider an Organic Mattress for Your Baby

brought to us by Ecobaby Organics   Whether you are co-sleeping (with a co-sleeper or a family bed), or using a crib, one has to consider what type of mattress is best to be used for their baby. This decision can be confusing and time consuming. Hopefully, here, you will find helpful information as to why, when making this important decision, you should consider an organic mattress for your baby!   Reason 1: No Plastic That’s right, no plastic!  Polyurethane/Polyethylene Foam and Polyester are the main ingredients in most conventional baby mattresses and is... read more

Pushing Through

               So I was thinking about the triple jump the other morning, awakened extra early by my 21-month-old (again) after a not-very-restful night (again). I realized, with a bit of a shock, that I was feeling pretty blasé about the sleep deprivation, about starting another day of tending to my two boys headache-y tired. I used to get so distraught when the dawn's light began to seep out from behind the blackout curtains in my littlest's bedroom after a long night of interrupted sleep. I'd stumble out to the kitchen and blearily begin the coffee-making process,... read more

One, Two, Three...Sing and Do Yoga With Me!

                   Use classic children's songs to share yoga with your infant, toddler, or preschooler...and get your asana on as well!   As a Postpartum Mommy/Baby and Family Yoga teacher, I have the privilege of witnessing parents restore their energy and calm their nervous system while interacting with their children through yoga. I also witness children's instinctual yogini self as they progress through cobra, cat/cow, and down dog pose naturally while learning to walk. By the time they are two, they are watching and imitating poses that their parents... read more

Raising a Non-Vegan in a Vegan Household

Should I decide what's best or let him make his own choice?   By V.K. Harber                  Very often, when people learn that my partner and I are vegan, we are asked the same two questions:  “What do you eat?" and “What do you feed your toddler?”   The answer to the first question is: everything on planet earth that is not animal-derived, which is a lot, though I understand that for people who have been raised in an environment where meat is the centerpiece of most meals, that can be hard to imagine.   The answer to the second question... read more

Hellos and Goodbyes

           The real work of parenting.   By V.K. Harber   I recently read a post on the Well blog of the New York Times that was published a few months ago, A Firm Grasp  on Comfort, about transitional objects; the blankies, lovies, babies, and bears that our little ones cling to for comfort.   My son, up to this point, has not had an exclusive transitional object, which I’ve always been a bit curious about and is probably why the article caught my attention in the first place. But it was the very last sentence in the post that really resonated with... read more

My Six-Year-Old Isn't Quite Potty Trained!

Because there is no "Operator's Manual" for raising your individual child, sometimes a parent has to do some detective work.     This is a difficult post to write, not only because my first draft had me reliving all of the challenging events that might have delayed potty training for my daughter.  Ultimately, I don't really like to share my daughter's personal information with the world.  In fact, I don't even use her real name when I talk of her anywhere online, whether it is Facebook or my blog.  Still, if there is a chance that my experience will help other... read more

Everybody Poops: A Mom's Top 10 Reasons for Squatting and Why You Should Try It

    Sponsored post brought to us by Squatty Potty   Special thanks to guest blogger Jennifer of Hybrid Rasta Mama for contributing this blog post.   Everybody poops. Or at least they should poop. In fact, every living thing should poop on a daily basis.   You might remember your parents reading you the book Everybody Poops when you were young. You quite possibly have read it to your children in an effort to get them a little more comfortable with the idea of pooping in a toilet. I know I did.   Something occurred to me one day as I was reading... read more

8 Safe Sunscreens for Summer Fun

  Summer is here and many of us are thinking about how we can keep our kids safe in the sun.    The first line of defense for most parents is to grab the sunscreen and make sure the kids are properly covered. But who wants to slather on a cream that contains potentially dangerous chemicals?   That's where natural sunscreens come into play. Using safe ingredients, many lotions, creams and sticks provide excellent UV protection while minimizing chemical exposure.   Below is a list of just some of the great, natural sunscreens that... read more

My Vaccine Info

    Vaccination. The topic is enough to make my stomach churn, because of the ugliness that so often follows.  I’ve read a million debates about breastfeeding and formula, circumcision, cry-it-out, carseats, and more.  Yet nothing gets so viciously attacked as the choice to refuse or even question vaccines.   Some people say it’s because non-vaccinators are putting others at risk, but since vaccinated people also contract and spread diseases, that can’t be accurate.  What I have found is that most people who get really heated over the topic haven’t... read more

Understanding Your Child’s Tooth Decay: Where Modern Dentistry Goes Wrong

By Ramiel Nagel    Author of Cure Tooth Decay: Remineralize Your Teeth & Repair your Teeth Naturally with Good Food   This article is also excerpted in Mothering's recent guide Healing Teeth Naturally. Check it out for a wealth of information.      My Daughter Had Severe Tooth Decay   At a little over one year old, my breastfed daughter developed a small white spot on her tooth. The spot later turned brown and then, at around the age of a year and a half, the tooth crumbled apart. Her mouth became riddled with cavities. We ate organic food and did... read more

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