How to Make Your Home Eco-Friendly for the Entire Family

Posted by Susan Brown on September 21, 2018 0 Comments

Every year, 120,000 babies in America are affected by birth defects. Among the main causes are environmental factors such as chemicals and contaminants. In fact, chemicals in home cleaning and hygiene products are responsible for 10% of birth defects. On top of that, there are over 4 million chemicals found in work and home environments. So, what are the most common, yet harmful toxins in our environment?

You can find them being used during your daily routine, such as:

  • Arsenic and Cadmium: often found in agricultural areas with arsenic-containing fertilizers. Such toxin may cause a greater risk for stillbirth and miscarriage
  • Lead: resulting in skin tags, low birth weight, undescended testicles, shorted gestation, and developmental delays
  • Mercury: mercury found in fish and seafood may lead to adverse effects on the nervous system development
  • Pesticides: toxins found in pesticides are the most common as families may gain exposure to insect repellent, herbicides, and more. This may disrupt the endocrine system and increase the risk of health issues.

As a result, while most of these chemicals are not considered harmful, they may pose a threat to not only our lives but your children as well. Here’s how you can make your home eco-friendly for the entire family.

 

Create a Toxin-Free home

Whether we know it or not, toxins are everywhere in the home. They can be from the polyurethane to clean our foods to the sealant paint on our walls. Toxins can also be found in the products we use to clean our homes, feed our children, and for bathing. Thus, it is important to make the switch and choose non-toxic products that are fragrance-free and chlorine-free with natural properties.

 

Buy furniture that doesn’t contain formaldehyde

Unfortunately, pressed wood, fiberboard, and plywood are widely used in furniture today. However, they are also treated with formaldehyde. Not only is this harmful toxin a suspected carcinogen, it can release fumes for up to five years. Avoid mattresses that are made of polyurethane as well as any fabrics with polyvinyl chloride, polyester, and acrylic – all of which are toxic to the respiratory system.

Instead, aim to purchase wool or cotton fabrics rather than synthetic cushions. You can still use furniture that is eco-friendly without having to buy brand new. In fact, your local auction sites may even provide a better selection of eco-home living than the average department store.

 

Get rid of flame-retardant fabrics

Do you have a favorite baby carrier, or your child have a favorite pajama with a cool design or glow-in-the-dark features? For some families, flame-retardant clothing may cause allergies. Instead, know what to look for when choosing the right eco-friendly clothing. Avoid pajamas made of fabrics other than polyester or tight-fitted cotton.

 

Have a healthy perspective

As parents, the efforts to keep our homes free of toxins will come to no use if we do not encourage our children to become aware of their surrounds. While we will also be faced with choices on what to keep in our homes, we can keep our family and ourselves informed. Thus, this will lead to making healthier choices – creating homes that are less toxin and better of your family’s health in mind. 

 

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How Baby Carriers Can Reduce Crying In Babies

Posted by Susan Brown on July 20, 2018 0 Comments

Thirteen percent of mothers admit that they find it difficult soothing their crying baby, according to a study carried out by Mohebati. If you’re one of these moms, you’ll be pleased to know that baby carriers are making a comeback. Business Wire reports that the global baby carrier market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.49% over the next four years. What’s even better is that placing your baby in a carrier gives you the opportunity to care for your skin after pregnancy without hindering the bond between you and your baby.

 

 Constant comfort

  One pediatrician-led Montreal study found that over the course of a six week period the babies of parents who carried their babies in a carrier for at least three hours a day and were encouraged to use the carrier cried 43% less than babies who were infrequently carried. While many babies cry because they want something, such as food or a clean nappy, there are times when they’ll get upset due to feeling insecure. Having spent nine months nestled in your womb, listening to your heartbeat, the sound of your voice and getting used to your smell, to suddenly be left alone in a Moses basket can be daunting. However, the comfort of a sling ensures these sounds and smells are available to your baby at all times and will ensure he or she is content.

 Learning rather than crying

  When a baby cries their full attention is on being comforted. But, when a baby is happy, they’re learning. Researchers have found that babies who are carried have increased visual and auditory alertness, due to them being content and in a calm atmosphere, known as ‘quiet alertness’. When a baby is in this state they are taking in everything that’s going on in the world around them and are learning all the time. Your Amazing Newborn explains that during the ‘quiet alert’ state babies "can follow a red ball, gaze at a face, turn to a voice.” Therefore, when you’re looking for ways to comfort your baby and boost his or her development, opt for a high-quality sling which keeps them close at all times.

Fights boredom

Babies can get bored, according to child psychologist Penelope Leach who states that parents who fail to interact with their newborn may have a restless baby on their hands. Bath time is a great way to combat boredom as your child will love the feel of the bubbly water and a massage with some nourishing baby lotion afterward will provide a sense of calm. However, it may not be long before boredom sets in. Placing your newborn in a carrier during this time should provide amusement as your little one will have countless things to see and do which will trigger his or her interest as you go about your day to day skincare routine and clean the house. It might seem dull to you, but watching your facial movements as you clean the dishes or hang out the washing will keep your child entertained for hours and there’ll be no tears to contend with.

There is strong evidence to support the theory that carried babies cry significantly less than non-carried babies. No mom wants to see or hear their little one crying for hours on end, so be sure to cradle your newborn to prevent boredom from setting in, for comfort and to enhance his or her development.

 

 

 

 

 

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Summer Skin Care For Mom And Baby

Posted by Susan Brown on April 25, 2018 0 Comments

With summer just around the corner, you’re probably wondering how best to protect you and your baby’s skin during the scorching months. Shockingly, just 29.9% of women regularly protect their skin from UV rays by using sunscreen on a regular basis, according to a research conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The skin is your body's largest organ and it deserves to be treated with care to prevent dryness and redness from the harmful rays of the sun. Here's how you can take care of you and your little one's skin this summer. 

Stay out of the sun

On hot, sunny days, it’s vital you do all you can to keep your baby out of the sun. That’s not to say you can’t enjoy the lovely weather, though. When outdoors, stay in cool, shady areas whenever possible and dress your youngster in loose, lightweight clothing. Remember to use a sunshade in the garden and on the side of your stroller. The US Food and Drug Administration and The Skin Cancer Foundation advise against putting sunscreen on babies under the age of six months. However, moms should always liberally apply sunscreen before heading out into the sun. If you are taking a medication you should check with your doctor to see if it makes you more sensitive to the sun. 

Eat and drink well

When it’s hot, it’s easy to become dehydrated. Therefore, it’s essential to eat foods to keep your skin healthy and nourished. Some foods, such as those high in sugar and salt, can be dehydrating and make the skin appear lackluster, so you'll want to avoid these whenever possible. Ensure you drink plenty of water to keep your skin looking and feeling its best, too. A young baby won’t necessarily be able to communicate with you that they’re thirsty, so, you need to keep a close eye on them and ensure that breast milk or formula is readily available. As per the American Academy of Pediatrics, babies under six months of age should not be given supplements, including water, unless instructed by a physician.

Enjoy a bath

 At the end of a joyous day in the sunshine, be sure to take some time to care for your skin. Before you and your bundle of joy head to bed, both of you should have a bath and use a gentle shampoo and body wash to wash off any sunscreen, dirt, and sweat accumulated in the hair and on the body over the course of the day. Remember to apply a natural and soothing body lotion to both of your bodies too to restore moisture and to leave your skin feeling great.

Summer is a time for both mom and baby to get out and about and enjoy the good weather. To keep you and your baby’s skin protected and looking healthy, make sure you stay out of the sun as much as possible, eat well and stay hydrated, and enjoy a soak in the bath to restore you as you prepare to spend the rest of the summer with your little one.

 

 

 

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Taking Care of Yourself in the 4th Trimester and Makeup Hacks for New Moms

Posted by Susan Brown on February 12, 2018 0 Comments

Since new moms go through so many different life changes after having a baby, it can be challenging to keep up with appearances—especially in terms of makeup. For new moms, putting on makeup every day when your little one is crying for breakfast or needing to be changed can easily become the last resort on your to-do list. But still, there are many simple hair care and other hygiene tips for new moms that can make personal care routines seem like less of a strain.

By taking just five minutes, new moms can develop a quick makeup routine that can be done without much effort each day. Wearing healthy, natural makeup can help you feel polished, refreshed and ready to take on the day. Implementing these simple makeup hacks to your daily routine will make you feel youthful and put-together; after all, moms deserve to be pampered, too. 

Make Your Skin Glow

Most new moms have probably experienced changes in their skin after having a baby. People always talk about the pregnancy glow, but what about the new-mom glow? Fortunately, by prepping your skin and taking care of it properly, both in the morning and at night, new moms can make their skin glow and look refreshed.

First, use a foundation to even out skin  as it will disguise any spots or blemishes. Using the foundation with a light moisturizer is important to keep the skin looking young and to make sure your overall complexion doesn’t suffer dryness throughout the day. Plus, it will help your skin glow and have an overall fresh look, even if you are tired from taking care of the baby.

Perk Up Your Tired Eyes

If you haven’t gotten much sleep lately, you may not know what types of makeup to use to perk up your tired eyes. However, using moisturizing eye drops in the morning will instantly brighten up your eyes—and it may even help to wake you up! By then adding a little under-eye concealer, you can reduce dark circles underneath the eyes.

It also helps to get your eyebrows shaped or waxed, as this will better define your eyes and make your face generally look more polished. If you have the time, you can sweep a brown powder along your upper lash line to further enhance the definition but still looks soft. And as always, a little mascara goes a long way in diminishing over-tiredness.

If you are a new mom looking for some makeup tips, try moisturizing or using foundation to make your skin glow and focus on brightening up your eyes as part of the easiest five-minute morning routine.

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The 4th Trimester Arizona connects a village of new families by providing resources, support and nurturing through conferences and community events.

The vulnerability of women and families during the postpartum period is often overlooked in the U.S. Women may feel pressure to clean, make dinner, lose baby weight, and possibly to return to work, all while healing from birth and learning how to care for a newborn’s every need, often in isolation. Many face sleepless nights, pain, hormonal changes, physical exhaustion, money concerns, and more. Because social mores dictate that women feel only joy and fulfillment during this time, many mothers feel shame and guilt at their own disappointment and feelings of overwhelm. Fathers, partners and other family members often feel helpless as well, as they may need to return to work full time, may themselves be sleep deprived, and may be without resources or tools to offer the mother.

 

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Look Good And Get Your Glow Back: Easy Skincare And Haircare Tips After Pregnancy

Posted by Susan Brown on February 02, 2018 0 Comments

Pregnancy and giving birth can change a woman in so many ways. Not only do you experience the joy of being a mother, but you also get to have instant camaraderie with other women who’ve had the same experience. If you’ve ever talked to another mom who just gave birth, one topic of conversation that is sure to come up is how one’s body and skin changes after giving birth. You may have experienced having that great pregnancy glow the whole nine months while carrying your baby, but after giving birth, you find yourself dealing with certain skin problems. And of course, there’s the loose skin around your belly to deal with, stretch marks on your tummy, and the fact that you seem to be shedding more hair than usual. Don’t fret—all of these are normal post-pregnancy conditions, and there are several ways to deal with these problems without spending a fortune. Look good and get your glow back by following these easy skincare and haircare tips after pregnancy.

 

 

For postpartum acne

 

 

It’s not uncommon for new moms to deal with postpartum acne as giving birth can trigger acne eruptions. To deal with acne, consider going natural first as taking antibiotics or other medication for acne may be harmful to your baby’s health if you’re breastfeeding. Eat a balanced diet and increase your consumption of anti-acne and skin-friendly foods such as whole grains, dark and leafy vegetables, fatty fish, fruits, and foods rich in Vitamins A and E. To get rid of blackheads, use a blackhead extraction tool such as a suction remover or a loop extractor to decongest your pores. Go easy on your acne, avoid excessive exfoliation, and ask your dermatologist to recommend a spot treatment gel that’s safe to use while breastfeeding.

 

 

For loose skin and stretch marks

 

 

It’s normal to still have loose skin and belly flab weeks after having your baby. To make your belly firmer, you’ll need to lose weight slowly as losing weight at a fast rate may result to even more loose skin on your tummy. Pay attention to food portions and do some aerobic exercises at least three times a week. To target flab, do planks and strength-training exercises. In time, your tummy will get firmer and the loose skin will be less noticeable. For stretch marks, apply a stretch mark therapy cream liberally, making sure to massage the cream into the skin. Do this daily after a shower or a bath to lock in moisture and to make stretch marks fade away.

 

 

For falling hair

 

 

Treat your hair gently if you’re experiencing excessive hair fall. Don’t wear your hair in a tight ponytail or bun as this can aggravate hair fall. Use a volumizing shampoo and wait a few months before coloring, straightening, or perming your hair. Apply a lightweight conditioner only to the ends of your hair to avoid weighing your hair down. You may also want to try a shorter hairstyle as it can make your hair appear fuller than it is.

 

 

Restore your glow by following these tips to look great after giving birth. Remember to treat your skin and hair gently and to consult your doctor before using new products to make sure that it’s safe for you and your baby.

 

 

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