Natural Baby Products Blog

Want to use only the best on your baby's delicate skin? Avoid potentially irritating ingredients and chemicals by making your own products at home. Here you will find recipes and tips from moms who, like you, care to use only the purest of ingredients on their baby! Have a natural baby food recipe? E-mail it to me and I will post it up with your credit! contactme@jenniferacasey.ca

6.17.2006

Natural Pain Relief Tips for Your Natural Childbirth

Natural Pain Relief Tips for Your Natural ChildbNatural Pain Relief Tips for Your Natural Childbirth

By Kristen Hart

You know that natural birth is best for your baby -- and best for you. But how will you deal with the pain of labor and birth? The truth is you can have a natural birth, and in this article I'll give you some practical tips for pain relief.

Stay Home
: Stay home as long as possible. If you are giving birth at a hospital or birth center, one of the best things that you can do to keep your pain low is to stay home. At home you are more comfortable and relaxed. You are able to eat and drink if you want to, and you can move how you want to.

Go to the hospital or birth center when your contractions are 2-3 minutes apart and lasting at least 60 seconds for your first baby -- at around 4 minutes apart and at least 60 seconds long for subsequent babies.

Move: You need freedom of movement. If you can, get up and walk. Sway. Bring a birthball and bounce on it. Some women like to rock back and forth on all fours. If you must stay in bed, labor on your side or in a supported squat. Don't get stuck on your back. Being forced to labor on your back causes pain for you, it slows labor, and it decreases blood flow to your baby.

Make Noise: If you want to make noise go ahead and make noise! However, you should remember that high-pitched screaming will probably only make your pain worse and cause your body to tighten up. You want to let out low moans with your mouth open. This helps you move through pain and a relaxed mouth means a relaxed bottom.

Breathe: Take deep breaths as you labor. Consciously slowing your breathing and working hard to take in a lot of air will help you calm down. Breathe through, up, and over each contraction. Just take them one breath at a time. Once each one is over, it's over forever.

Relax: This goes along with breathing. As you breathe, make an effort to relax all your muscles. Your uterus will be working hard, but the rest of you should be as relaxed as possible. Have your partner or doula support you if you need support -- so that you can relax. This will be easiest if you have practiced relaxation during pregnancy. Get a good guided relaxation tape or CD and use it often.

Have a Partner That You Trust: Choose your birth partner wisely. It doesn't matter if this is your husband, boyfriend, mother, sister, or best friend. It can be a combination of people. Just make sure that you trust them and they trust you.

One of the best choices you can make is to have a professional doula at your side along with your partner. Having a doula has been scientifically proven to lead to better birth outcomes for mother and baby.

Trust Yourself: Trust yourself. You are a woman and you were made to birth your baby. You can do this. You can give birth to your baby naturally.

Kristen Hart is the owner of Natural Birth and Baby Care.com, a website devoted to healthy pregnancy, natural birth, and the best baby care. You can learn more about natural pain relief at http://www.naturalbirthandbabycare.com/natural-pain-relief-articles.html

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6.04.2006

Join the new forum

There is a brand new forum up and you are invited to join! The 'Make Your Own Baby Products Forum' is a community for parents to share their tips and recipes for making baby products.
Feel free to list your business in the directory, too.

Hope to see you there!

5.23.2006

Baby Product Workshops

Finally! A workshop geared toward NATURAL BABY PRODUCTS!
  • Sit in on a hands-on workshop
  • Discuss chemicals to avoid in baby products
  • Make 3 products in class and take home samples of each
  • Take home a copy of the recipe book 'Homemade Baby'
~Check the workshop schedule for a day that works for you (Vancouver, B.C. area)

5.20.2006

Never Ending Supply Of Wipes

Sure, you do your part-you make your own baby wipes. You cut down on waste, you eliminate chemicals from your baby's precious skin. The only down side-you have to make them every other day! Well, most of us who have the poopiest kids do!
Do yourself a favor and make a double or triple batch of your favorite natural wipes recipe and freeze it in ice cube trays! Every few days you can take out enough cubes and defrost them into your wipes box. Voila! Instant wipes so you have more time to do other things.

5.10.2006

Lavender Dryer Sachet

Lavender Dryer Sachet

Babies, and even adults, are sensitive to synthetic perfumes and dyes By laundering baby’s clothing and bedding with Lavender Dryer Sachets, you will be sure that you are only surrounding them with the natural relaxing properties of this soothing flower.
100% natural recipe for Lavender Dryer Sachets:
· Scoop dried Lavender petals into a stainless steel or glass bowl. Add 3 drops of Lavender essential oil to every cup of dried flower petals. Mix well.
· Spoon mixture into drawstring muslin ‘Tea Bags’ and stuff top with cotton balls. Tie very tightly.
Or: Make your own ‘Tea Bags’ using square pieces of cotton muslin or cheesecloth. Sew around edges, leaving an opening at one end to spoon Lavender mixture into middle. Sew up the opening.
· Each Lavender Dryer Sachet is useful for 4-5 dryer cycles.
Optional: Use Rose petals instead of, or with, Lavender petals.

Caution: Rose petals may discolor white clothing during dryer cycle.

Copyright 2006, Jennifer A. Casey
An excerpt from Homemade Baby *the guide to making your own baby care essentials. The Natural Way!

5.02.2006

Air Fresheners, Or Are They?

Air Fresheners, Or Are TheyAir Fresheners, Or Are They?

By Kim Bloomer

For years I’ve prided myself on believing that I take a very natural approach to the wellness of me and my family. However, I recently ventured into the aromatherapy market and found out, much to my dismay, that I was wrong. One of the primary “no nos” was air fresheners. Let’s not even get started with all the petrochemicals and other chemicals that are in our other products like lotion, shampoo, conditioners, household cleaners, laundry detergents, and well you get the picture.

However, I thought that air freshener weren’t TOO bad, were they? Oh I was so wrong! I read an article recently by Lesley Grimwood, a registered aromatherapist and member of the Aromatherapy and Allied Practitioners Association. What I read convinced me further that aromatherapy is not just something to be taken lightly and sniffed at! I recommend you find her article and read it thoroughly. (Air Fresheners – Not To Be Sniffed At).

Unfortunately, now the word “aromatherapy” is being applied so loosely in our sales and marketing that “true” aromatherapy may have noses turned up at it because using quality essential oils cost quite a bit more. In fact, if you’ll notice the word aromatherapy is being applied to so many things including, yes, air fresheners.

What I found out from Lesley Grimwood’s article was that these so-called air fresheners are really just odor “disguisers” full of chemicals that are causing some maladies to occur in us. Since reading her article I really went proactive and decided that we would be ridding our home of all of these chemical-laden products. We did so in our yards, laundry products, cleaning, and now personal products. Every single one of the chemicals in these products, especially all the petrochemicals, invades our bodies and they don’t leave unless we do a thorough detoxification! Our poor pets suffer even more because they can get the chemicals we use on our floors into their bodies through their feet!

Here’s what was found in the Bristol University study on 14,000 pregnant women mentioned in Leslie Grimwood’s article: those who used air fresheners daily suffered 25 percent more headaches than those who only used them once per week. It also reported a 19% increase in post-natal depression, and the babies suffered too. Those under 6 months who were exposed daily to the air fresheners suffered 30% more ear infections and 20 percent were more likely to suffer from diarrhea.

Further findings how found how these air fresheners that are supposed to make our homes smell better and in the commercials give us the impression that we will FEEL better, do almost the opposite actually. The findings showed that there was increased anxiety, tension, headaches, depression, insomnia, diarrhea, etc. THAT is supposed to make us feel better?

Well, I have found the better alternative to these horrible air fresheners – essential oils diffused through a cold-air diffuser or mixed with spring water in an amber glass spray bottle. The incredibly great thing is that when essential oils are diffused into the air they don’t just make the air seem fresher, the air IS fresher. Different ones do different things but they do affect every facet of your body in a positive, healing way. The oils when diffused can be into every cell of your body within seconds.

The essential oils have adaptagenic qualities so that they seek out where they are needed in the body. An essential oil is the lifeforce of the plant similar to our blood and immune system so they adapt very well in our bodies. They don’t harm our bodies like the chemicals in these air fresheners are doing. Rather, they are helping our bodies while cleaning the air. Yes, I say CLEANING. The air really IS fresh after a diffusing of your favorite essential oils into the air.

Essential oils oxygenate and detoxify the blood in our bodies simultaneously. They create an environment where pathogenic organisms cannot live! With all the chemicals we’re getting into our bodies through all the products we have in our homes, in our yards, in our air, in our foods, our bodies are degenerating because they cannot get rid of these toxins without help. This then can lead to disease.

However, when we inhale the essential oils either through a diffuser or directly or even by applying them to our bodies (I even ingest orally some of the ones I use as does my husband and our dog) the oils cross the blood-brain barrier and clean out the petrochemicals!! They’re the only known substances that are able to do this!! And you just thought they smelled good!

So the next time you want to freshen things up in your home, try an essential oil instead and have true clean air!

DISCLAIMER: The only oils we use and refer to in ALL our articles are Young Living Essential Oils. We DO NOT use any others and do not state what we do about using essential oils in our articles about any other brands

About the Author:
Kim Bloomer is a natural pet care educator helping pet owners learn alternative and natural ways to care for their pets. To learn more about the essential oils visit her pet care & supply website at Aspenbloom Pet Care Visit her dog's blog to learn more about caring for pets naturally from a canine perspective at A Dog's View
Kim is now a USA Representative for the Bella Moss Foundation.



Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Kim_Bloomer

5.01.2006

Your Baby's Skin Will Thank You!

The new recipe book that every natural parent must have is here. Homemade Baby *the guide to making your own baby care essentials. The Natural Way! is an easy-to-follow recipe guide for baby's daily essentials. It is as easy as grabbing a few extra ingredients while you are at the grocer.
Learn how to make 100% natural
*diaper wipes solution
*talc-free powder
*baby lotion
*cocoabutter bath melts
*natural laundry products
and more!
Preview the book at Lulu.com
Your baby's skin will thank you!