Natural Parenting from A to Z

Natural Parenting Basics |

Are you a natural parent? What does that even mean? Natural parenting is generally defined as “a desire to live and parent responsively and consciously.” Within that definition there are some basic principles and a variety of lifestyle choices. Don’t worry; to be a natural parent, you don’t have to follow every single one of them! Some choices will speak to you, others will not. For instance, I am a strong proponent of breastfeeding, babywearing, nurturing touch and nature. I also had an induced labor, a fully vaccinated daughter and never made my own baby food. Yet I still consider myself a natural and responsive parent who makes conscious choices every day. If you’re new to parenting, you can peruse this list to see what aspects of the natural lifestyle may work for you and your partner. Which ones jive with your personality? Start here, then do further research on your … Continue reading

Natural Parenting Convention: #MommyCon2015

MommyCon 2015 |

I sure wish there was an event like this when I was pregnant nine years ago! It would have been amazingly helpful to have so much natural parenting information and products gathered in one location — with experts on hand to answer my every question and like-minded moms to befriend. What is MommyCon? Back for its third consecutive year, MommyCon is a boutique-style convention focused on natural and organic parenting methods. The daylong event features speakers and workshops that provide an education about parenting choices. And you don’t have to be an über-crunchy mom to attend…the organization prides themselves on being a judgment-free environment open to all parents or parents-to-be and a variety of perspectives. All you really need is to be passionate about parenting. 2015 events are being held in eight cities across the U.S. While each city’s specific program differs, topics generally include: birth, breastfeeding, natural health and … Continue reading

Tips for Breastfeeding Beginners

Tips for Breastfeeding Beginners |

With so many benefits to breastfeeding your baby, getting off to a good start can make all the difference. Here are some tips to help you on your path. Have your baby skin-to-skin as soon as possible after birth to encourage initial breastfeeding. In addition to establishing a bond, the touch of your skin stabilizes Baby’s heart rate and temperature and stimulates milk production. Ask, ask, ask for help. A proper (and non-painful latch) is key to breastfeeding comfort, so get help early with any latching problems. Seek advice from hospital nurses, midwives or doulas. A visit from a certified lactation consultant can help guide you through the latching-on process and smooth out any challenges you have. Relax. Easier said than done, perhaps, but essential for anxious moms new to breastfeeding. Milk comes in quicker via a relaxed body. Holding your baby skin to skin while nursing, gazing into his … Continue reading

7 Eco-Friendly, DIY Baby Shower Gifts

DIY Eco Baby Shower Gifts |

This is a guest post by Ali Lawrence. As enjoyable as it is to select the right color or style gift for a baby and mom-to-be, it’s equally important to present a gift that is safe for mother, baby and Mother Earth. Baby showers are a great opportunity to get creative and stretch your crafting muscles. Need inspiration? Try your hand at one of the seven eco-friendly options on this list. Knit Blankets Baby knitwear is a no-brainer for DIY shower gifts. Mothers will certainly appreciate having an extra blanket to tuck around Junior at home, in the car or at Grandma’s.When looking for earth-friendly yarn options, organic is a good place to start. Organic yarns are durable and chemical-free, plus they actually become softer over time. There are other renewable materials available like soysilk (from soy proteins), seasilk (from seaweed), bamboo and hemp. Burp Cloths Baby spit-up is a … Continue reading

Infographic: Health Benefits of Breastfeeding

Health Benefits of Breastfeeding |

I made this graphic in honor of World Breastfeeding Week, August 1-7, 2014. Take part in one of the events worldwide including the Global Latch On being held August 2 at 10:30 a.m. local time. Promote and support breastfeeding — share this image!     This post is shared at Healthy, Happy, Green and Natural Blog Hop, Natural Family Friday and Natural Living Monday.  

Natural Parenting Convention: #MommyCon2014

MommyCon 2014 |

About MommyCon MommyCon is back for its second consecutive year! If you’ve never heard of MommyCon, it is a boutique-style convention focused on natural and organic parenting methods. But you don’t have to be an über-crunchy mom to attend… The organization prides themselves on being a judgment-free environment open to all parents or parents-to-be and a variety of perspectives. All you really need is to be passionate about parenting. 2014 events are being held in several cities across the U.S. Upcoming ones include Boston (Aug 2), Memphis (Aug 23), Philadelphia (Oct 5) and Newport Beach (Nov 1). While each city’s program differs, this year’s seminars and workshops generally cover the topics of breastfeeding, babywearing, car seat safety, cloth diapering, green-proofing and natural medicine. Discounted Tickets Click here to check out each city’s schedule and to purchase tickets. **Use the promo code: ECOMOTHERING at checkout for 10% off your ticket price — … Continue reading

Top 5 Reasons to Download the (Free) 2014 Baby Non-Toxic Shopping Guide

See what childhood and environmental safety experts list as their picks for the best baby products from feeding and personal care to car seat and mattresses. (Experts include the CEO of Healthy Child, Healthy World; the creator of the Clean Birth Initiative and the author of Smart Mama’s Green Guide: Simple Steps to Reducing Your Child’s Toxic Exposure.) Because harmful toxins are lurking in so much baby stuff these days that you need a trusted source as a shopping guide. It includes a link to a fact sheet on what toxic chemicals to avoid before, during and after pregnancy to ensure a safe birth and healthy baby. See little ol’ me cited as part of the Green Sisterhood of earth-conscious bloggers (we give our recommendations on strollers and baby carriers). To support Women’s Voices for the Earth (WVE), an organization that works to eliminate toxins from our homes and communities. … Continue reading