One thing most parents go through is teething. The dreaded, makes you cringe with lack of sleep, time when you feel like the world is ending. Up all night with an inconsolable babe who is in pain. Up all day with the same situation. Sleep has become a luxury. A happy babe has become a luxury. Cold coffee becomes the norm. Meals may or may not be eaten while trying to take care of the small teething babe. Not to mention, if you are breastfeeding, cringing with every suck, worried about the little daggers finding their way to your nipple. What options are there do help? You're in luck, there are quite a few.
1. Camilia by Borion* - I was hesitant to use this at first as it's a homeopathic medicine. I had heard some pretty negative things about Hylands teething tabs and that caused me to question whether or not to buy Camilia. I'm glad I did. It was our main go to. Bee loved it. She knew exactly what it was and even opened her mouth with excitement when I got the little packs out. I always made sure I had an extra box on hand as it really did seem to help Bee. I put some in the diaper bag, left some in the car, put a few in my coat, I didn't go anywhere without the Camilia.
2. Amber Necklace** - Bee has worn her necklace as a bracelet around her ankle for quite sometime. I truly think it helped. She barely drooled and was always in a semi-good mood. She didn't seem to be in a lot of pain most of the time. I wanted to see how well it worked so I purchased one for myself. I have noticed a decrease in pain myself so I can only imagine how much it helped her. I didn't feel comfortable with it being around her neck so it stayed on her ankle.
3. Rash Treatments - One of the main indications that Bee was actively teething was a rash. We never had problems with rashes until she cut her first tooth. They were pretty relentless but we had a routine that seemed to keep the rash down. We ran daily baking soda baths, we switched to disposable diapers (eco-friendly chlorine free, no dyes , perfumes) we alternated between coconut oil (our usual bum change lubricant) and Weleda Calendula diaper cream and if you don't mind the mess, lots of naked bum time.
4. Frozen breast milk - I froze breast milk in ice cube trays and popped it into one of those mesh feeders. I'm sure any frozen item (berries, veggies etc) would work with this as well.
5. Wet Face Cloth - I have a cloth teething toys. You dip the ends in cool boiled water and freeze. The baby sucks on the ends for relief. A cold wet face cloth would do the same, the only difference is, with certain cloth toys or other teething toys, not all of the item is frozen so it isn't too cold for baby to hold in hands.
6. Teething Toys - There are so many teething toys on the market, you have a great choice. Hevea, Natursutten, Ringley, Begin Again Toys, Loulou Lollipop and Caaocho are just a few that come to mind. If you love farm animals like we do, Caaocho has a goat teether. If you love food like we do, Loulou Lollipop has a burger and fries teether. The possibility of teething toys are endless these days. So many adorable options that can help soothe those sore gums!
7. Teething Teas - I discovered these after Bee was done teething so I have yet to try them. However, I do hear good thing about them from those who have used it. Check with your local holistic businesses or even look online for recipes about how to make your own.
Truthfully, teething didn't seem to bother Bee as much as it did her friends. Perhaps it was because of the amber necklace or perhaps she just that she handled it well. It didn't seem to affect her mood or sleep nor had she ever had a fever while teething. She did pull at her ears though, which is one indication that a tooth is about to pop through, and I tried to find the cues she was giving me so I could start our teething remedies before the pain got too bad.
*Please check with your doctor before using.
**Always use caution with anything around a baby's neck.
***These are just my opinions, not to be replaced from professional advice
Our playtime must haves is back for another edition. This time we are introducing wooden toy companies. Since it is inevitable that your little one will put their toys in their mouth, make sure they are at least safe. When considering toy options for you littles, I highly recommend wood toys. Though, not all wood toys are created equal. You will want to be aware of what type of paint is used as some paint can be toxic. A lot of main stream toy companies still use plastic which contains bpa, phthalates, pvc and in some recent cases even lead. Add on the paint they use to paint those toys, it's better to avoid them if possible. I will admit, we do own a few plastic toys. I cringe every time my daughter plays with them but there are only a few and she is old enough to know not to put things in her mouth. The majority of our toys are wooden or safe plastic (think Green Toys or Plan Toys).
1. Little Peg People - Local to us, Brianne makes the most adorable little peg people. In addition to peg people she also makes a few other wooden toys (cameras, cars, horses). Little Peg People also offers the option to skip the paint and have an image burned with no sealer, making it safe for the smaller babes who put everything in their mouths. Though all the paint they use is non-toxic, sometimes its nice to have the option of burning an image, it gives a very natural look.
2. Hape - I would have to say 1/2 of our toy collection is from Hape. We love Hape and all their toys. Our toys range from their small kitchen to the coffee maker, mixer, cake set, food set, string blocks, pull toys, actually it would be better if I named the things we didn't have. Hape toys are made from sustainable materials and non-toxic ink. They offer such a large variety of toys it would take all day to list them. The best part about Hape, they are often featured on Zulily, a great place to stock up on some safe wooden toys.
3. Haba - A smaller portion of our toys are from Haba. Haba is also made from sustainable materials and painted with non-toxic ink. Haba's plastic toys are pvc, phthalate, lead and bpa free. The list of toys offered is also quite extensive (but that's not a bad thing) and includes our favourite, the french fries. Yes, simple french fries are what my daughter loves. Oh and don't forget the bottle of ketchup to go with the french fries.
4. Elves and Angels - If you are looking for larger wooden toys, Elves and Angels is the place to go. Their dollhouses, kitchens and play stands are made of dreams. Beautiful, handcrafted, made in the USA, finished with a natural beeswax oil, no formaldehyde glue and pieces that are made to last generations. They also offer smaller toys and accessories for their larger items.
5. Bannor Toys - I must admit, our collection does not include any Bannor Toys....yet. I often see pictures posted on Instagram and swoon over their gorgeous wood toys. Their wood toys are made from organic wood, paint and finish. I love everything about the company, small, USA based and made, family oriented and of course, organic focused.
There are plenty of options when it comes to toys. In my opinion, wooden toys are the best option and the safest. I find a lot of wood toy companies are usually local based, so check out your local markets this summer and see what you can find. Make sure to ask what the toys are painted and finished with, as that is as important as the wood aspect. We are now off to "eat" french fries with some ketchup, I may even have some tea made for me. The possibilities are endless.
Playtime has to be one of my favourite times of day. By time of day I mean as an adult because I have other responsibilities I also have to take care of, unlike my child who gets to play all day. When I do find moments to play with her, I love exploring all her toys and games. Sometimes just sitting and watching how she uses her toys or what she comes up with is fascinating. There are some amazing toy companies out there who are organic and natural based. I wanted to highlight a few of the stuffie companies but you can find our full list here.
1. Ever Wild Designs - 100% organic cotton from head to toe! GOTS certified cotton knit with a cotton fleece backing, printed using water based inks, stuffed with anti-bacterial eucalyptus filling. Tags are also organic cotton and maple wood teething rings (removable) are sealed with organic coconut oil. Fall in love with your next Fernwie (pictured above) and snuggle up to coziness. Wash machine safe.
2. Finn + Emma - 100% GOTS certified organic cotton stuffed with sheep's wool and printed with Eco-friendly inks and dyes. Finn and Emma offer a variety of stuffies, from their do-goodies to their rattle buddies, mini rattle buddies and rattle lovies. Produced in fair trade settings. Hand wash and air dry for knit toys.
3. Under The Nile - 100% GOTS certified made with the leftovers from Under The Nile's clothing production. Made in a fair trade setting and contain no Azo colorants, BPA, flame retardants, formaldehyde, fragrance, PVC or lead. They offer lovies to rattles to many different stuffie characters. Wash machine safe.
4. Cate & Levi - 100% USA Polar fleece made from recycled plastic water bottles. Also carry a wool line of stuffies made with reclaimed wool. They even offer a DIY kit to make your own wool stuffie. Wash machine safe.
5. Kippins - 100% organic cotton, stuffed with organic cotton. Kippins come in a variety of adorable animals from wolfs to zebras to flamingos. They also offer stuffed rattles with a detachable teething ring. Wash machine safe.
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If there were ever a day to describe what we do here at Baby's Nest, it would be Earth Day. Our mission at Baby's Nest is to provide information to those seeking a more organic, natural and Eco-friendly lifestyle. We review companies not only based on the health aspect for kids but for the environment as well. We care deeply about the environment and are making it our goal to leave less of a footprint. We are passionate about living green.
We have not always led the most organic life and I admit, there are a few areas left we need to "green". The important thing is that we are moving forward. Even if we are moving slowly, we are still moving. In doing so, we also found that making the switch to organic caused us to become more focused on quality rather than quantity and we've since led a much more minimalist lifestyle. Making the switch to an organic life can seem overwhelming. When you think about it, there is so much to learn and so much to change where do you begin? That was the question we asked ourselves many years ago. Here are some tips for making the change and going green.
1. Do Your Research - Our first step was to pop online and google everything related to organic, natural and Eco-friendly living. At the time there wasn't a ton of information as we jumped on board at the start of this movement. But with perseverance we found some great sites with lots of knowledge. Learn what areas of life will make the most impact right away. Learn what it means to live green. Learn about the resources available to you. Find the guides that will help you through the transition.
2. Start Small - The best place to start is small. Pick one thing to change today, whether it be your shampoo/conditioner, toothpaste, bowls, plates, underwear etc, pick one small thing and make the change. It may seem insignificant to change one small thing, but it is a step in the right direction.
3. Look Locally - Look to your local community for support, there are many Facebook pages and groups within cities that live a green life and are more than willing to help new people on the journey. There are also a lot of small local businesses that are focusing on more of an organic lifestyle, seek them out.
4. Take Time - Understand that it will take time. Making the switch doesn't have to come over night. Figure out your budget and set a plan from there, change one thing a week, or month. Depending on the cost to switch, make one big change per year.
5. Look for deals - Use our resource list to find some businesses and follow them. Many offer sales throughout the year as well as giveaways on their social media accounts. Make sure to also sign up for e-mails as many companies send e-mail subscribers special deals every now and then.
6. Stay Tuned - Make sure to follow us on all of our accounts, we will be posting reviews along with hosting giveaways. It's a great way to start making those small changes.