Tracy, I'll be thinking of you and wishing you strong happy birthing
Wow, O. is writing! That's amazing.
I haven't found the twos to be terrible either (sorry, Tracy), but then I have always thought this was my favorite age from all the nannying/babysitting I used to do. Still little enough to be a baby but big enough to have their own unique perspectives and curiosities and talents.
About brushing -- we (okay, DH does it) brush Henry's teeth once a day. First DH flosses him and then he brushes using some Weleda kids' toothpaste. Generally Henry will let him do it, but it's still a struggle to get him to keep his mouth open so DH can see what he's doing. And other times Henry is not at all cooperative, and he just wants to do it himself (which means he chews on it for about 30 seconds and then says he's done).
I'm not that worried about his teeth (though maybe I should be!) after doing some reading on Weston Price's work with native peoples, who never cleaned their teeth but ate nutrient-dense foods and had fabulous teeth. So far Henry's teeth look fine, though I haven't had a dentist check him out yet.
Originally Posted by ktmama
Toothbrushing - well, I found this super article on a blog called New Mama Musings
, and it helped me learn so much. Lily and me are now using the hemp/peppermint tooth soap with a good scrub of baking soda every two weeks or so to polish. I really love it. A brushes her teeth twice a day, but with water only since we have fluoride in our water. She's not keen on the taste of the toothsoap, but I offer some every once in a while. Thanks, NM, for the super info on your blog.
Originally Posted by ktmama
This brings me to another discussion. In 2007 I made great strides in cleaning up my life so to speak. In addition to using baking soda (b/s) and vinegar for most of my household cleaning (with the exception of the dishes), I began using it in the laundry too. Amazing. We also switched to cloth wipes in the bathroom. Oh, and I just used my last paper towel too. Now I've shifted my attention to making our personal care more natural, but the products that are made are really *expensive*. I'm looking for inexpensive, natural solutions for lotion, face washing, hair conditioning (we don't use shampoo here), shaving and moisturizer. NM, I know you use raw honey on your face. Where do you get it?
I'm so happy to "know" yet one more person who using cloth wipes. It's become so normal to me, yet I know most people probably think I'm a total freak.
I have been getting Really Raw Honey at our local natural foods co-op, but I was just about to order a case through my natural foods buying club (United Natural Foods). You might be able to find a local product more cheaply. I would definitely get the raw kind, though.
For lotion I use coconut oil as an all-over body moisturizer after a bath or shower. For hand lotion we use Avalon Organics Lotion
. We also use their shampoo and conditioner
a lot more expensive than non-natural stuff. I try to order from the Frontier buying club, or from www.luckyvitamin.com
I tried no-pooing many times in many different ways, and it just doesn't seem to work for me. Tell me about your not using shampoo! I'm always open to trying something else. I think my hair is just too thin and fine, though.