Benefits and Risks of Using Pacifiers

pacifier benefits and risksIt seems like a simple question, but many parents are confused about whether their child should use a pacifier. Generally, it’s best to avoid introducing a pacifier during the first month until breastfeeding is well established. Doing so may cause nipple confusion. This was one of the reasons I was concerned when the NICU nurse offered a pacifier to my newborn son, who required incubation because of his jaundice. She told me not to worry, if I was persistent with breastfeeding, there shouldn’t be a problem. In my case, she was right. The pacifier helped my little guy soothe himself when I couldn’t hold him. The pacifier also wasn’t something that my son had great difficulty parting with either, although I do understand that other children may develop a strong attachment to it.

All over the world, there is a lot of variation in the amount pacifiers are used. There certainly are benefits, but there are risks too. However, while some parents are aware of the health risks associated with pacifier use, we often hear most parents voicing their concern about long term dependency on pacifiers and this being the main issue affecting their decision on whether or not to introduce one. An excellent recent literature review in the Journal of Pediatric Nursing, describes the benefits and risks of pacifier usage. Many other sites will also give reasons for the pros and cons of pacifier usage.

So what are the benefits?

Self Soothing

  • Sucking is widely acknowledged to be a healthy reflexive means for an infant to self soothe, calm, reorganize, and deal with stress.
  • Pacifiers may serve as a transitional object to decrease separation anxiety for toddlers.

Reduces the risk of SIDS

  • A number of studies have been conducted and consistently show that there is a reduction in the risk of SIDS associated with pacifier usage, especially if used when putting an infant to sleep.
  • Theories for why there is a “protective effect” are that there may be increased arousal responsiveness in frequent pacifier users, the position of the tongue when using a pacifier reduces the risk of oropharyngeal obstruction, and it may encourage mouth breathing if nasal obstruction should occur during sleep.
  • Although it is not clearly understood how pacifiers may provide a “protective effect,” the American Academy of Pediatrics does recommend pacifier usage in infants during sleep in the first year of life.

Pain Relief?

  • Sucrose has been documented to relieve pain in neonates undergoing painful procedures, and the use of a pacifier along with sucrose appeared to have a synergistic effect — although of course, Health Canada doesn’t really recommend you put anything sweet on a pacifier, especially NOT HONEY!
  • Another meta-analysis suggested that either sucrose or breast milk, with or without non-nutritive sucking appears to be safe and effective in relieving procedural pain.

What are the Risks?

Oral health — malformation of the teeth.

This is a major concern for a lot of parents, but as Nelson’s review indicates, a recent meta-analysis shows that pacifier usage doesn’t significantly impact the teeth if discontinued by age 2-3 years.

Negative impact on breastfeeding

  • As you’re probably well aware, the World Health Organization recommends that babies be exclusively breastfed for the first 6 months of life.
  • There are worries about nipple confusion as some studies indicate an association between the usage of pacifiers and poor breastfeeding outcomes (all cited in Nelson’s review).
  • In regions where breastfeeding rates are low, pacifier usage may be discouraged before breastfeeding is well established.

Otitis Media — Ear Infections

  • While no meta-analysis conducted to date, still accumulating data
  • There are some convincing studies that there is a causal relationship between pacifier usage and acute otitis media (AOM).
  • One study followed infants for 5 year and found that pacifier usage was associated with a 1.8 times great risk of AOM.
  • The AAP also has a subcommittee on the management of AOM and they recommend that parents reduce or eliminate pacifier usage in the second 6 months of life.  However, it hasn’t been reaffirmed due to the more recent recommendation to use pacifiers as a means to reduce the risk of SIDS.

Latex Allergy

Parents are much more cautious of materials in baby products these days.  There have been findings of latex allergy.  Thankfully there are options in terms of materials to choose from.

Introduction of Infection

  • The aseptic nature of pacifiers has recently been called into question — Silicone is slightly more resistant to fungal colonization than latex, but not significantly different & pacifiers may act as passive vectors of disease.
  • Dentists would also discourage parents with active dental caries from “cleaning” soothers that have fallen on the ground and giving it to their children for risk of passing caries onto their children’s developing teeth.

So as you can see, the debate on pacifier usage is still on going. In the end, my personal opinion is that pacifiers are an excellent tool to help young babies self soothe before it is age appropriate to use a transitional object or lovey at night or nap time. Parents will have to make their own personal decision based on the available information on benefits and risks associated with pacifier use. Most of the risks can be avoided with ensuring that there is no nipple confusion early on, using materials that are hypo-allergenic, and using proper sanitation to avoid possible transmission of infection. As far as sleep goes, pacifiers are not a problem, unless you have to go in all night and replace them when you child is perfectly capable of doing this for him/herself.

child sleep consultant nova scotia canadaGuest blog written by Luanne Bruneau of Baby Sleep Right

Luanne Bruneau, M.Sc is a graduate of the Family Sleep Institute, a top child sleep consultant certification program, and founder of Baby Sleep Right, a child sleep company in Nova Scotia, Canada. She believes that because her family was able to find a sleep solution, there are solutions for other families too. That’s why she decided to take the certification course offered at the Family Sleep Institute, which is recognized by the International Association of Child Sleep Consultants, to educate herself on the elements that affect healthy sleep habits. Luanne has got a passion now for teaching and helping other families find sleep solutions that work, and she can help yours too.

Visit www.babysleepright.com for more information.

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6 Tips to Help Your Child Self-Dress

help your child self dressDressing oneself is an important psychological and emotional milestone. It can be particularly challenging for a little kid because it involves so many different skills. Children need opportunities to feel independent and parents need every break they can get! By letting your child dress himself/herself, you’ll instill confidence and self-esteem, and create a platform of learning for more complex tasks. Use these six tips to help your child self-dress.

1. Praise the little victories.

As we know, children respond better to positive encouragement than admonishment and punishment. If your child managed to fit into a shirt, explain how proud you are, even if the shirt is on backwards. Kindly suggest it be turned around, but if your child protests, leave it be. Allow the emotional victory and work on the mechanics next time.

2. Give some space.

Your son or daughter will never learn how to work a zipper, button, or belt if you operate it for him. Ask yourself if you’re pitching in too much. Stand back, observe his/her efforts, offer advice and encouragement, but let your child do the work.

3. Pick up a small stool.

Kids often have a hard time balancing themselves well enough to step into pants or shorts while sanding, and beds and chairs are usually too high for them to sit down. Pick up a small wooden stool for your child to use while getting dressed. You’ll probably find other handy purposes for it, too.

4. Opt for loose clothes.

If it’s only important that you child is covered, choose looser clothing whenever possible. Some children can become frustrated trying to squeeze their heads through fitted shirts or turtlenecks and give up quickly. Pick out tops with plenty of room in the head and arms, and pants with elastic waists so they master the easy parts of dressing right away.

5. Break down the process into steps.

If you ask your child to “please get dressed,” you might receive a blank stare. Complex tasks with multiple steps can be confusing to little minds. Try breaking up your request into smaller, more manageable steps. Ask your child to put on his underwear, then his t-shirt, then his socks, etc.

If your child is really young, you can break the steps down even further. For example, hold his shorts out in front, let him step in, and then ask him to pull them up himself. Next time, give him one more step in the chain.

6. Practice when you are not in a rush.

It’s excellent that you want to give your child new experiences and let him/her learn by doing, but maybe “leave-right-now-or-you’re-late-for-work” isn’t the right time. Let your child practice when there’s plenty of time to spare. If you don’t have any plans on a particular day, find reasons to undress so you can have him/her get dressed again.

organic baby toddler clothingWritten by Holly MacLean from Wee Urban

As a new mom, Holly was driven to start Wee Urban™ to offer the modern family a unique and fresh collection of eco-friendly baby gear and accessories that goes beyond the conventional and explores the exceptional! Tired of traditional pinks and blues and cute motifs, we offer sophisticated designs, “conscious” organic alternatives, practical functionality and superior quality. Using our custom certified organic cotton blends, low-impact dyes, and other trendsetting fabrics, we hope to inspire families to be make better choices and of course- do it all in urban style!

Beyond our organic cotton and azo-free dyes, Wee Urban uses 100% post-consumer packaging and tags for our Wee Dreams™ Sleep Bags. Our distinctive screen-printing is done with 100% eco-inks and are all phthalate free.

We also recycle our remnants and donate as much as possible to local elementary schools to help with arts and crafts programs.

For more information, visit wwww.weeurban.com

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Top 5 Organic Baby Gifts for New Parents

New parents need a lot of new stuff. There are a hundred products and various supplies you need to properly care for a baby. But it’s also important to keep safety in mind, and that means using healthy products for the new baby and mom. If you’re buying a gift, be sure you’ve done your research and made sure your gift is completely safe. Check out our top five organic baby gifts for new moms.

1. Organic San Diego Bebe Eco-Nursing Pillow ($69.99)

This nursing pillow is designed for a new generation of eco-minded mothers. It’s made from organic materials, is non-toxic, eco-friendly, and free of glue, foam, and Phthalates. It’s extremely comfortable for both mom and baby, and comes with a convenient privacy curtain so moms can nurse wherever they please. It has several pockets to keep all your things together and its angled surface helps you position your baby properly. This eco-friendly nursing pillow is available in a variety of chic colors.

organic gifts for moms

2. Rockin’ Green Eco-Friendly Laundry Detergent ($14.95)

You might think it’s usual to give laundry detergent as a gift, but new moms find themselves doing a lot of laundry. Help them transition to organic products by using an organic laundry soap that contains no enzymes, phosphates, or optical brighteners. It’s vegan and gluten-free, too. All of their scents are perfect for sensitive baby skin. One bag can wash up to ninety loads, so it’s a great savings for expanding families.

organic gifts for moms

3. Wee Urban Organic Cotton Blankets ($35.00)

New moms will quickly find endless uses for a quality blanket. Baby blankets are perfect as stroller covers, window covers, swaddling, quick diaper change stations, and good old fashioned cuddling. Wee Urban blankets (and their line of organic baby and kids clothing) is 100% certified organic cotton, phthalate-free, super soft against tender baby skin. The blankets are reversible and come in a variety of styles and colors.

organic gifts for moms

4. Chewbeads Teething Bracelet ($15.00)

When your child starts teething, he will start trying to chew on anything he can to get some relief. But you don’t want your kid putting just anything in his mouth. These teething bracelets are inspired by babies, but they’re worn by moms. Mom wears the bracelet (or their other jewelry products) so she can offer it to her baby whenever he needs it. They’re BPA free and contain no phthalates, cadmium, lead, or metals. They’re 100% silicone and soft on baby gums and teeth.

organic gifts for moms

5. Earth Mama Angel Baby Gift Set ($44.00)

Make a new mom feel special by giving her a gift set with all types of products she wants and love. Earth Mama Angel Baby gift sets are filled with natural and organic products that never contain toxins, artificial fragrances, preservatives, colors, formaldehyde, or phthalates. They even come in a 100% organic cotton tote. These gift sets are perfect baby shower gifts that will stand out from the crowd.

organic gifts for moms

 

organic baby toddler clothingWritten by Holly MacLean from Wee Urban

As a new mom, Holly was driven to start Wee Urban™ to offer the modern family a unique and fresh collection of eco-friendly baby gear and accessories that goes beyond the conventional and explores the exceptional! Tired of traditional pinks and blues and cute motifs, we offer sophisticated designs, “conscious” organic alternatives, practical functionality and superior quality. Using our custom certified organic cotton blends, low-impact dyes, and other trendsetting fabrics, we hope to inspire families to be make better choices and of course- do it all in urban style!

Beyond our organic cotton and azo-free dyes, Wee Urban uses 100% post-consumer packaging and tags for our Wee Dreams™ Sleep Bags. Our distinctive screen-printing is done with 100% eco-inks and are all phthalate free.

We also recycle our remnants and donate as much as possible to local elementary schools to help with arts and crafts programs.

For more information, visit wwww.weeurban.com

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Fun Ways To Get Baby Used to Tummy Time

tummy time tipsAmerican Academy of Pediatrics recommends  your baby spend time on his tummy to promote growth and development, and prevent flat spots from forming on the back of his head. Use this time to play and engage with your baby and let him explore. Some babies fuss because it’s uncomfortable, so you’ll have to find ways to make it enjoyable. Here are my seven tummy time tips to help advance your baby’s development.

2. Face-to-Face: Lie down on your stomach opposite from your baby and look at him face-to-face and start making silly faces and funny noises to keep baby distracted.

1. Use a toy: Find a toy your baby loves and dangle it in front of baby while he is lying on the mat to encourage him to hold his head up.

3. Give him a kiss: Lie back with your knees bent and place baby on your shins and while you hold his hands, gently move him up and down. Bring your knees and your head forward and give baby a kiss!

5. Carry him: Place your arm between baby’s legs and keep your hand under baby’s tummy as you carry him tummy down.

4. Use a towel: Place a rolled-up towel under baby’s arms or chest while he is lying tummy down to prop him up and then place a mirror in front of him to get him to interact.

7. Use a play mat: Place baby on him tummy on a soft blanket or play mat. Then take two corners of the blanket or play mat and slowly pull baby around the room. You can make choo-choo noises or car noises to further entertain baby.

6. Use his feet: Put a noisy toy at baby’s feet while he is lying on his stomach. Encourage him to kick his feet to have the toy make noise.

The sooner your start laying your baby down for tummy time, the easier the whole process will be. If your child can only stand it for a few minutes, that’s perfectly alright. Gradually increase the amount of time each session until it doesn’t bother your baby any more. Try a few short sessions each day as opposed to one long one. Remember: Never leave your baby unattended during tummy time.

baby play matGuest blog by Jennifer Jacobellis, founder of Baby J

Jennifer Jacobellis started Baby J when her son was just a few months old. She ventured out to mommy and me classes and play groups, armed with just a blanket for him to lie on. After class, she would fold up her blanket and stick it in the diaper bag, knowing that when she got home it would have to go straight into the laundry basket. There had to be a better way!

One day she decided it was time to solve this problem. She ran to the fabric store and began tinkering. She designed this baby play mat with her germ-a-phobe tendencies in mind, as well as being soft, baby friendly, and chic. The Baby J play mat was born!

For more information, visit www.babyj.com

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Make the Crib Transition With No Fuss in 3 Easy Ways

transition from crib to bedSome toddlers can’t wait to get out of their crib. Yours may have started climbing out on their own. For eager little ones, it’s best to move them to a bed sooner for their own safety. But other toddlers can be very attached to the security of their cribs and unwilling to make the change to a big bed. Here are three tips for parents trying to transition their child from a crib to a bed.

1. Make sure your child is comfortable in his new bed.

This is a big change in your child’s life and if he is a little hesitant about it, you can make the transition easier by keeping him comfortable. Place his favorite baby blanket and stuffed toys in the bed with him to soothe him to sleep. Also dress him in a cozy and warm sleep garment, like the Zipadee-Zip. The Zipadee-Zip provides babies with the snug feeling of security while allowing for the freedom of pajamas. With Zipadee-Zip, babies are free to stand up, crawl, roll and move around safely. The versatile sleep garment works like magic to help babies fall asleep and stay asleep.

2. Have your child help pick out his bed.

If you take your toddler to the store with you to pick out his big-kid bed, chances are that he will be more excited about using it. You should also let him pick out some fun bedsheets with cartoon characters that he loves. Picking out a toddler bed with built-in guardrails can make your child feel more comfortable and safe and you can encourage him to show off his brand new bed to friends and family who visit.

3. Stick to your regular sleep routine.

If your child has a regular nightly routine to get ready for bed, make sure you stick to it closely. If he always gets a bath before bedtime to calm him down, continue with the nightly baths. Read him a bedtime story and tuck him in with his favorite stuffed toys or have him put his toys to bed too. Try not to stay with him for longer than normal because your child needs to be able to fall asleep on his own.

transition baby from swaddleGuest blog by Stephanie Parker from Sleepingbaby.com, inventors of the Zipadee-Zip

The motto for Sleeping Baby, makers of the Zipadee-Zip, is: “Inspiring Dreams One Night at A time,” and that, in a nutshell, is how it all started…with one little dream that has since become the Parker family’s reality. When Brett and Stephanie Parker’s daughter, Charlotte, was born, the feeling that welled up inside of them was indescribable; they never realized until first looking into those baby blues of hers that they were even capable of that kind of love.

When it was time to transition baby from swaddling, the Parkers tried every sleep sack on the market and every swaddle weaning trick they could find for nearly two weeks and nothing worked to get baby Charlotte to fall and stay asleep.

Stephanie became determined to restore sleep and sanity to their household and set out to find a solution that would soothe Charlotte’s startle reflex and provide her the cozy womb-like environment she loved so much but still give her the freedom to roll over and wiggle around in her crib safely. Out of sheer desperation and exhaustion, the Zipadee-Zip was born. The first Zipadee-Zip(R) Stephanie put together on her little sewing machine worked like magic!

To date tens of thousands of Zipadee-Zips have been sold and all from word-of-mouth marketing. It is so rewarding for the Parkers to see other parents and babies getting the sleep they both need and deserve!

For more information, visit sleepingbaby.com.

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Valentine’s Day Presents to Pamper Mom

pamper momWe all know how much work our mothers do for their families every day There’s no one who deserves a holiday break as much as a mom. They cook, clean, manage their kids, run errands, all while holding full time jobs. With Valentine’s Day coming up, a nice gift to show mom how much she is appreciated is a gift that gives her a break from her regular schedule. Having some extra “me” time or time to spend with the family and not having to cook, clean, do errands, etc. goes a long way for mom. Here are five ways — from simple to extravagant — to give mom a break this Valentine’s Day.

1. Spa day

Mom will feel like a queen when you treat her to a relaxing day at the spa! You can buy her a gift certificate to spend a day at the spa getting a facial, massage, manicure/pedicure, etc. Mom deserves to be pampered and a spa day is the best way for her to relax away from home. Another creative spin on this is to consider buying a few goodies like bath salts, scented candles, and massage oils and treat mom to a spa day at home. Mom will appreciate the extra effort you put into creating an indulgent spa experience at in the comfort of her own home.

2. Personal chef service

When you want to give mom a delicious and elegant homemade meal while she gets a break from having to cook dinner, call up a personal chef to cook a meal right in your own kitchen or have a fresh meal delivered to your home. Personal chefs will do all of the planning, shopping, prepping, cooking and even cleaning! And the customized menu is created according to mom’s preferences. Mom is then left with a refrigerator full of prepared dishes that are healthy and savory to last the whole week. A break from cooking dinner for the entire week while still having a healthy, delicious meal on the table is a gift mom will never forget!

3. Handmade coupons

Handmade coupons are a simple and sweet gift that kids can make for mom to give her much needed breaks here and there when mom needs it most. Mom can redeem the coupons whenever she feels she needs some extra help or a break from housework. Such a simple gift, yet it makes a huge impact. On the days where mom feels frazzled or is being pulled in so many directions at once, redeeming a coupon is the perfect remedy to avoid being overstressed and overworked. Kids can get really creative with these coupons and make one for cooking dinner, doing dishes, doing laundry, washing the car, breakfast in bed, watching younger siblings while mom and dad enjoy a date night, etc. They can even give mom a coupon for one free hug! This gift is a great idea for those on a budget and mom will surely love it.

4. Hire a housekeeper

Call up a housekeeping service and hire someone for a weekend to tidy up your home from top to bottom. Mom won’t have to worry about sweeping, dusting or vacuuming for the week which frees up her time so she can sleep in, go shopping or just spend some relaxing time with the family. Of course another alternative is to gather up the troops (the kids!) and divide cleaning tasks among them so everyone does their part to keep the house clean for mom.

5. Weekend getaway

For an extravagant Valentine’s Day gift for mom, plan a nice weekend getaway at a cozy bed and breakfast or a big city destination mom’s been wanting to visit. Plan the weekend retreat around restaurants, shops, museums, or other places you know mom will want to explore. A luxury beach vacation is another great idea as mom will love lounging on the beach and enjoying the warm, sunny weather. This is sure to relax mom!

personal chef Greenwich CTGuest blog by Joanna Wallis of The Cooking Fairy

Too busy to get dinner on the table some nights?  Would a couple extra hours a day from not having to plan, shop, cook, and clean help your busy schedule? The Cooking Fairy in is the answer!  Joanna Wallis is a busy mom of 3 who started cooking over 20 years ago. Her culinary knowledge is self-taught and spans a variety of different cuisines and styles. Her love of food was the inspiration for The Cooking Fairy which started out as a glimmer of shiny magic over three years ago. Joanna works as a personal chef in Greenwich, CT for a wide range of clientele and she loves bringing families together with healthy, delicious, and fresh meals prepared just for them.

Visit www.thefairycook.com for more information.

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6 Tips to Teach Your Toddler Good Manners

teach mannersUnfortunately, no one is born polite. We have all had to learn the best way to behave at some point. It doesn’t happen at the same rate for every child. As a parent it’s our duty to instill proper manners so our children are accepted by the rest of society. Even though your toddler may be grunting to communicate and making a mess of his dinner, he’s constantly absorbing new information and learning from us.

To teach proper manners you have to be patient and consistent. Respond often. The sooner you start working on your child’s manners, the sooner he’ll get the hang of it. Once you’ve conquered the simple rules, you’ll be able to move on to the more specific matters of etiquette that require you to build on previous lessons.

Use these six tips to help you instill proper manners in your child.

1. Be a good role model.

Before you can teach your child how to be well mannered you have to show them what good manners looks like. This may sound simple, but you’ll notice how often you don’t follow proper etiquette of politeness. If you create an environment where everyone behaves properly, your child will naturally attempt to emulate you.

Say “please,” “thank you,” and “excuse me” as often as you can, even when you normally wouldn’t. Your child can learn nuance and when these things don’t need to be said later. At first, you have to create the habit of using them more than necessary. Acknowledge your child positively when they use them.

2. Set incremental goals.

Insisting your child remain seated properly in a chair for ten minutes is a tall order. You have to work your way up to the big leagues. Start with smaller goals and praise your child for achieving them, but not too much. You don’t want him to think he has exceeded the goals. Show him you appreciate proper, everyday behavior. Slowly add more sitting still time. Set similar ascending goals with his other lessons.

3. Prepare them for situations.

It can be difficult for a child to go through the motions of proper behavior, even when they know what they should be doing. Some new situations can be overwhelming and make it tough for their brains to make a decision. If you’ve ever seen a usually cheerful child turn into a little ball of shyness when they meet a new person, you know exactly what I mean.

Prepare them for a new situation beforehand. If they’re going to meet someone new, let them know so in the car on the way. Tell them who the person is and why they’ll be meeting. Offer advice so they don’t have to wrack their brains for the proper etiquette. “Be sure to say hello when you meet Mr. Anderson,” or “Play nice with Benjamin when you see him.”

4. Lay down clear and simple rules.

When your child is older you’ll be able to set rules with conditions and variables that he’ll understand and act on, but a little one needs clear, simple rules that don’t involve nuance. Hitting is never acceptable. When it happens, you need to address it immediately (so they understand which behavior is the target) and respond in whichever way you feel is appropriate.

5. Praise the behavior.

When your child does something especially well-mannered, it’s great to mention it aloud. Say something like, “It was kind of you to share your toy.” Don’t compliment your child without including the behavior. They have to understand that you expect that type of behavior in the future.

6. You don’t have to be harsh.

Positive reinforcement is considerably more effective than negative reinforcement. It’s not necessary to be cruel, authoritative, or yell in order to get your message across. Don’t respond to bad behavior by scolding. If your child demands something impolitely, remind him that isn’t how we ask for things, and let him try again. When he requests it properly, respond in a polite manner, and meet his request (if it’s reasonable, don’t be a pushover). By refusing to meet his impoliteness and acquiescing to his politeness, he’s learned.

organic baby toddler clothingWritten by Holly MacLean from Wee Urban

As a new mom, Holly was driven to start Wee Urban™ to offer the modern family a unique and fresh collection of eco-friendly baby gear and accessories that goes beyond the conventional and explores the exceptional! Tired of traditional pinks and blues and cute motifs, we offer sophisticated designs, “conscious” organic alternatives, practical functionality and superior quality. Using our custom certified organic cotton blends, low-impact dyes, and other trendsetting fabrics, we hope to inspire families to be make better choices and of course- do it all in urban style!

Beyond our organic cotton and azo-free dyes, Wee Urban uses 100% post-consumer packaging and tags for our Wee Dreams™ Sleep Bags. Our distinctive screen-printing is done with 100% eco-inks and are all phthalate free.

We also recycle our remnants and donate as much as possible to local elementary schools to help with arts and crafts programs.

For more information, visit wwww.weeurban.com

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5 Ways to be Greener at Home

be greener at homeIn our quest to be greener citizens of the world, we have to start somewhere. We have to pick a spot to begin changing our lives and making a positive impact on the environment. The best place to start is in the home. Our homes are the spaces of our lives that we have the most control over. We might not be able to make changes to our work places and schools, but in house and on our property, we make the rules. Here are five easy changes you can make in your home to be greener.

1. Give up bottled water.

It’s hard to avoid something that’s so convenient, but those plastic bottles build up over time in landfills by the millions, and it will be a long time before they ever break down. It’s understandable that you don’t want to drink tap water; it’s not that healthy in some parts of the world. Install a filter under your sink and insist one be installed at work. Buy yourself a safe, reusable plastic bottle (just the one!) and fill it up often. If you can’t avoid plastic water bottles entirely, limit yourself to only using them outside the house and drink from the tap inside.

2. No more paper towels.

Paper towels are tempting because they’re convenient and the next one is always clean. Since we don’t want to wipe our counters with dirty towels, we end up going through rolls of them. Limit the number of paper towels you use by buying a large package of industrial (or restaurant/bar-quality) rags. To be really green you could cut up old cloths or bath towels for the messiest, dirtiest spills. Since you wouldn’t be concerned about their appearance you could wash them in a good amount of hydrogen peroxide-based bleach.

3. Dress more appropriately, even when you’re inside.

It’s tempting to dress as we wish and adjust our thermostat to whatever makes us comfortable. This is especially true in the winter when we prefer to lounge in T-shirts with the heat cranked up. Lower the temperature to save energy and save money. Wear a sweater, long pants and slippers to let your body heat do the work.

4. Use a reusable shopping tote.

It’s very likely that somewhere in a closet you have a plastic bag filled with other plastic bags; remnants from past shopping trips that you save in case you need one later. Notice how they build up faster than you can discard them? That’s because they aren’t necessary. Pick up a few reusable, sturdy totes (they’re usually 99 cents at the supermarket) for your shopping. Throw them in your trunk so they’re always with you. Some are even designed to fold up inside a lady’s handbag.

5. Switch to non-toxic, organic cleaners.

The “clean smell” we’re all used to is actually the scent of ammonia and other toxic chemicals. One-by-one start switching out your household cleaners for safe cleaners; they’re just as effective, if not more so. These days there are a lot of good choices available that use natural ingredients like vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, and baking soda.

organic baby toddler clothingWritten by Holly MacLean from Wee Urban

As a new mom, Holly was driven to start Wee Urban™ to offer the modern family a unique and fresh collection of eco-friendly baby gear and accessories that goes beyond the conventional and explores the exceptional! Tired of traditional pinks and blues and cute motifs, we offer sophisticated designs, “conscious” organic alternatives, practical functionality and superior quality. Using our custom certified organic cotton blends, low-impact dyes, and other trendsetting fabrics, we hope to inspire families to be make better choices and of course- do it all in urban style!

Beyond our organic cotton and azo-free dyes, Wee Urban uses 100% post-consumer packaging and tags for our Wee Dreams™ Sleep Bags. Our distinctive screen-printing is done with 100% eco-inks and are all phthalate free.

We also recycle our remnants and donate as much as possible to local elementary schools to help with arts and crafts programs.

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