Monthly Archives: June 2010

Natural Baby Powder You Can Make Yourself

Baby’s need very few products and they should be as simple as possible. And you don’t have to be a chemist to create luxurious, natural baby care products that are natural & safe.

ClayKaolinWhiteI am going to walk you through this easy alternative to the Baby Powder products that are found on the grocery store shelves. Many of those powders contain TALC (talcum powder) which you may already have heard bad things about. For the last 30 years, scientists have closely scrutinized talc particles and found dangerous similarities to asbestos.

Since I want this to be a fun upbeat recipe, I won’t dwell on the facts about Talc here. For those who want to read more about this harmful mineral and the products that contain talc, I have included a helpful link http://www.preventcancer.com/consumers/cosmetics/talc.htm

What you will need :

* 1/2 cup arrowroot powder
* 8 drops of organic lavender oil ( if you purchase a 5 ml bottle it will contain approx 100 drops )
* Optional : White Clay , sometimes called Kaolin Clay or White Cosmetic Clay
* A Container (an old spice container with holes on the top for “shaking out the powder” or a wide mouth jar with a powder puff for dabbing the powder onto your baby’s bottom)

About the Ingredients :

You may notice that I did not include Cornstarch. If you look at the ingredients in the Natural Baby Powders in your health food store, you would notice that they all contain Cornstarch as their main ingredient. While this is much preferred over Talc, it can aggravate a diaper rash (cornstarch “feeds” yeast rashes). If you can’t find arrowroot powder in your store, then substitute Cornstarch but discontinue use if your baby develops a yeast rash.
White clay is very fine and light and is wonderful to include. If you do add it in then use 1/4 cup and reduce the arrowroot powder to 1/4 cup. If you don’t know where to find a good quality White Clay then email me or leave a comment on our Facebook page.

Recipe for Baby Powder :

* Measure the 1/2 cup powder (arrowroot and/or white clay) into a bowl
* Sprinkle 8 Lavender drops over the mixture of the ‘powders’ and blend in with your finger tips or mix well with a fork
* Sift together and then pour into your container.

How To Use

Herbal baby powder can absorb excess moisture and help to prevent diaper rash. Powder lightly at every diaper change, paying special attention to the creases in those cute chubby thighs. I do not recommend using any powder for babies under 3 months, because they could breath in powder particles. Even though it’s all natural, you still want to be careful with newborns.

Added Tip : Children who wear disposable diapers are more likely than children who wear cloth diapers to suffer diaper rash. Diaper wipes can also cause skin irritation.

Stress Free Shopping with Babies and Children? Tips to Make Shopping Easier

ShoppingAsk any parent of a baby or a young child; and it is likely they have had at least one bad experience taking their child on a simple shopping errand.   How many times have you been in a store and observed a frazzled parent trying to get a handle on a temper tantrum from an overtired and overstimulated baby or child?

We live in a world that tends to rush and operate at a hurried pace; and that presents big challenges to new parents.  What if  a simple shopping excursion can be turned into an opportunity to teach your child about the world outside our home?  I came across this article by Jan Hunt, founder of the popular parenting site: Natural Child- and felt this is something parents everywhere will appreciate.

Though it is 20 years old, this article gives very practical and sage advice for any parent of families of all sizes and ages.  It is very much in line with Rachael and Abraham’s approach to patient parenting.  Enjoy!

Ten Tips for Shopping with Children by Jan Hunt www.naturalchild.org

1. Remember that children have limits. If you are shopping with children, be alert to their needs: are they tired, hungry, overexcited by the noise and confusion, or simply in need of fresh air and exercise, or a reassuring hug?

2. Remember that children are naturally curious. Children are naturally curious; this is how they learn about the world around them. If they want to examine an attractive item, please don’t scold them. Instead, help them to hold the item safely, or let them know that it can be viewed but not touched. You might say “This is breakable, so let’s just look at it together.” Even if an item cannot be purchased, it can be helpful to share the child’s enthusiasm and interest in it.

3. Shopping with infants…Shopping with an infant will be far easier if the trip is made after they are rested and have been fed. Babies and small children can become dehydrated in the dry air of shopping malls, so be sure to take frequent nursing or juice breaks.

Babies are almost always happier when carried. A sling or carrier worn by the parent provides far more comfort and emotional security than a stroller or grocery cart. A small child-proof toy can help a baby to cope with the inevitably lessened attention from the parent, but remember to stop as often as possible and take a moment for gentle words, eye contact, and hugs.

4. Shopping with toddlers…Toddlers can begin to be included in shopping decisions. Involving the child with questions such as “which of these peaches looks better to you?” can turn a boring, frustrating experience into a more pleasurable one, for both parent and child. Children of all ages enjoy and appreciate being able to make some of the product choices themselves. Bringing along juice, a favorite snack, and a well-loved picture book, or a newly-borrowed one from the library, can also be very helpful.

Being surrounded by a crowd of adults can be intimidating to small children, especially when stores are busy. Using a backpack can be one way of bringing toddlers up to a height where they are more contented. It can also prevent the common, frightening experience of losing a toddler in a crowd.

5. Shopping with older children…An older child can be a great help in shopping, if approached in a spirit of fun and appreciation. If the parent brings along clipped-out pictures of food from the newspaper grocery ads, the child can help to locate the item. Children mature enough to shop by themselves can help shorten the trip by finding items alone, returning periodically to put items into the cart.

6. Avoid the crowds. Shopping just before dinner, when stores are crowded, and parents and children are tired and hungry, can be very stressful. Try shopping in the morning or early afternoon on weekdays, or move dinner up and shop during the quiet early-evening time between 6 and 7 PM. When we can avoid the stress of crowded stores and long check-out lines, we can have more energy and creativity for responding to our child’s needs.

7. The check-out lane can be a challenge…Check-out lanes which have colorful, enticing gum and candy packages can be a real challenge, especially as they are encountered at the end of shopping, when both parent and child are most fatigued and hungry. Bringing a favorite healthful snack from home can allow an easy alternative: “That package looks pretty, but candy isn’t very nutritious. Here’s the oatmeal cookie and juice we brought.” Shopping at stores which have “child-proof” check-outs without candy can be well worth a longer drive. If there is no local store with such a check-out, you might suggest this feature to a store manager, promising to shop regularly if this option is made available.

8. When you need to say “no”…The most important part of saying “no” is conveying to the child that we are on his or her side, even if we can’t satisfy all desires immediately. It might help to say, “That is nice, isn’t it? Take a good look and when we get home, we’ll add it to your wish list.” As the educator John Holt once said, “There is no reason why we cannot say ‘No’ to children in just as kind a way as we say ‘Yes’.” And remember that smiles, hugs, and cuddles are all free!

9. If you reach your limit…If you reach the limit of your patience and energy, try to show by example positive ways of handling anger and fatigue. You might try saying, “I’m starting to lose my patience. I think I need a break from shopping for a bit. Let’s go outside for a few minutes so we can both get refreshed.” Even a few moments of fresh air away from the crowds can make a big difference for both parent and child.

10. If your children reach their limit…If, after trying some of the above suggestions, your children have simply reached the end of their ability to handle any more errands, please respect that. Shopping can wait; an exhausted, hungry, or overly-excited child cannot

Remember that all children behave as well as they are treated. A child who is regularly given our time, undivided attention, patience, and understanding will have more tolerance for a shopping trip – and any other challenging situation – than the child who must face stressful situations without this emotional support.

Copyright © Jan Hunt, M.Sc.,1989.

Photo Credit: http://health.slides.kaboose.com/156-feel-good-foods-organic-choices


Sage Diaper, Our Newest Member of the Baby’s Organic Nursery Family Coming Soon

After more than 25 years in the cloth diapering business, we are going to be bringing something new and exciting to the Baby’s Organic Nursery Family. This summer, we will be launching several new products under the name: Sage Diaper. We believe it will offer the wisest way to cover your baby’s bottom.

We pride ourselves on offering knowledge and experience that will be helpful to new parents as they make their choices and work their way into parenthood. And, even though there is an overtone of seriousness involved, it is also possible to have some fun with this approach and avoid being too serious or pompous in our “Sageness”.

Cloth diapers have come a long ways since Rachael introduced her patented pinless cloth diapering system (Diaperaps) to American families more than 25 years ago. Our new products are the fruits of a year of intensive research, labor and testing in fabrication and design.

Rachael’s goal in developing this line was Simplicity, Flexibility and Reliability

We’ll be launching our Sage Diaper line soon and will offer all our Blog Readers a special one week only 10% discount.  So check back soon for details!

Win an Organic Poetry Receiving Blanket

Share your favorite Poem or Lullaby on our Facebook Page Before June 30 & You Might Win an Organic Poetry Receiving Blanket

Organic Poetry Receiving Blanket

A new baby . WOW. I can remember those first weeks as though they were yesterday instead of years ago. You think you are prepared but you’re not. That’s the beauty of it , you really learn to live in the moment. This is not to discourage preparing (which is my nature ) but to encourage acceptance and going with the flow.

One gentle and simple activity which anyone can do, is singing a lullaby to your newborn. I remember rocking away with babe in arms and the lights turned off, and only a little candle burning softly on a nearby table. As I looked upon her sleeping and glowing little face, suddenly a song that I had just made up, came rolling out of me. I am many things, but definitely not a singer. It didn’t matter.

I can still remember the words and the simple little tune. And I swear she smiled as I sang. The softly spoken words of a poem or the made up songs we call lullabies… when infused with your warmth of love, forms a beautiful canopy around this gentle little soul.

So in honor of the simple beauty of a poem , we will be giving away an Organic Poetry Receiving Blanket this month.

We will randomly select someone who posts the name ( and/or words ) to a favorite Poem or Lullaby before June 30 on our Facebook Page and send them a Organic Poetry Receiving Blanket. This is really no ordinary receiving blanket- and is made from softest organic terry velour.

All you have to do:

1.  Become a Fan of Baby’s Organic Nursery on Facebook

2. Post the name and/or words of a favorite Poem or Lullaby on our Facebook Wall before June 30!

3.  Check back to see if you are the winner on July 1.  We will announce it on Facebook and in this blog.

4.  Live in the Continental US and be 18 years or older.

Rachael Flug, co-owner of Baby’s Organic Nursery,  has dedicated her life’s work to raising her 3 children (now grown), educating other parents on making healthy choices for babies and our environment and participating on the Boards of non profit organizations dedicated to helping people and our planet.

on the softest organic terry velour.
Natural color blanket and the poem is silk screened from vegetable dy