Category Archives for "Natural Baby"

August 26, 2010

Home Remedies for Diaper Rash

Diaper rash can make a baby miserable. And when your baby is miserable, so are you! Many diaper rash remedies are available on the market, but many of them quite expensive. In addition, some of them are ineffective, harsh, or may have long-term side effects.

You can find home remedies for diaper rash. Try these:

1. Air Time

Lack of circulation is a major contributor to diaper rash. After the morning diaper change, wash baby’s bottom with lukewarm water and pat dry with a very soft towel. Then, let baby be diaper-free for as long as possible. For young infants who can’t move around, lay them on an absorbent towel or hospital-style “chuck” (absorbent pads with plastic backing).

If baby is mobile, let him run around outside if weather permits. If weather does not permit, try some diaper-free time on a tile floor (watching carefully for falls!). Or you can give your mobile baby short, frequent air-out times throughout the day, always right after changing.

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August 25, 2010

Self-Feeding: An Important Stage In Your Toddler’s Development

When children are born they are completely dependent upon their parents to supply all of their needs. As they grow they slowly become more independent. Self-feeding is an important stage of your toddler’s development.

By learning to self-feed, your toddler is learning to care for themselves. They have developed perception in being able to pick up a piece of cereal, they are able to put food into their mouth, and they’re beginning to learn to hold implements such as spoons. These are all important milestones because it proves your child is developing properly and will be able to learn to care for themselves as they continue to grow.

It is important to realize not all babies develop at the same rate. Some babies will be eager to do things for themselves while others will be content to let others to things for them. How do you determine whether your child is ready for self-feeding or not?

The following are some signs that your baby is ready to begin self-feeding:

Sunscreen Danger: What’s In Your Sunscreen

You put on sunscreen because it is important for your skin’s health, right? In this day and age of skin cancer, most of us have been taught to wear sunscreen daily, especially on our faces, in all weather and all seasons.

Lately, however, some concerns have been raised regarding the safety of the sunscreen itself. Just what’s in that sunscreen, and is it safe?

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March 18, 2010

BPA and Pacifiers

Bisphenol A, or BPA, was first synthesized in 1900, but it was not until the 1950s that scientists learned it could be “polymerized” into plastic. It is used in the manufacture of polycarbonate plastic. Polycarbonate plastic is used to make pacifier shields, which has many people concerned. There are health concerns associated with BPA, particularly with regard to the developing bodies of babies.

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BPA leaches out of polycarbonate plastics when the plastic is heated or damaged. Washing pacifiers in the dishwasher or sterilizing them with hot water could cause BPA to leach out. Damage can certainly occur in a pacifier; small children are rough on such items, and chewing can, according to a leading manufacturer of pacifiers, cause the BPA to leach out. It can then potentially be absorbed by ingestion or through the skin and/or mucus membranes.

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