Lifekind Contest: Organic Baby Basket Giveaway

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Our new baby gift baskets fall right in line with other healthy Lifekind baby products, like our certified organic crib mattresses. Conventional cotton contains loads of chemicals such as ammonia, formaldehyde, and heavy metals, just to name a few. Not what we want to wrap babies up in!

This month we are offering a free Swaddler Set, which includes a cute one-piece, washable teething doll, elephant-print romper, and muslin Organic Baby Swaddle Blanket, all made of super-soft Global Organic Textile Standard-certified organic Egyptian cotton. Enter to win below.

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Terms and Conditions: Giveaway ends August 26, 2015 at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Time. Open to residents of the U.S. only, age 18+.  Products offered for the giveaway are free of charge; no purchase is necessary to enter or win. Odds of winning are based on the number of entries received. The winner will be selected at random (by Random.org) and will be notified by email. The winner has 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Google+. Lifekind will use the information provided in this form only for the purpose of contacting the winner.

5 Must-Have Organic Items for Baby

As both a mother of two perfect little angels and a Product Specialist, I have the unique opportunity of thinking about babies of all ages, everyday. Life with a newborn can be overwhelming, and every parent wants only the best for their new arrival. With that in mind, here is a simple guide to the basics of the best investments you will ever use over and over again.

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1. Organic Crib Mattress – Natural Rubber: Both our natural rubber and innerspring crib mattresses are the purest thing to put your little love on for a nap, or hopefully a full night of rest, but I have some reasons near and dear to heart for recommending the natural rubber first. The properties of natural rubber make it mold-, mildew-, and dust-mite-resistant without the extra layer of a barrier cover retro jordans for sale
. Some other benefits are the even feel, minimal body impressions over time (or through multiple children), and, when baby becomes a toddler jumping, bumping, thumping, and trying to escape, there are no innersprings to damage. If you consider how many children will begin life on that same mattress, the investment pays for itself as a future toddler bed or a crib for siblings yet to come.

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2. Essential Bedding: Everyone who has experience with babies knows they are messy! So this “must have” is a two-parter, because both are equally essential through toddlerhood and beyond the potty-training years. First up is the non-negotiable Naturally Safer Pure Wool Moisture Protector Pad. This is a liquid-resistance barrier layer to keep any mess off your beautiful organic mattress. This low-maintenance layer requires only a warm-water rinse as needed (which can easily be done in a bathtub) and fresh air to dry. The next essential is the Certified Organic Flannel Mattress Pad to layer on top of the Wool Moisture Protector real cheap shoes
. This organic cotton flannel layer is a soft, absorbent layer to catch the bulk of the mess and prevent shifting liquids from wiggling, like your little one, on top of the wool pad. This more practical of the two layers is machine washable and dryable, so it can be cleaned during play time and be ready when baby is ready for nap or bedtime.

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3. Organic Cotton Travel Changing Pad: Not just for frequent changing; this genius pad will be used a million times over to create a soft, organic surface anywhere. This can be for tummy time on the floor, or in grocery carts when baby is old enough to sit unassisted cheap ladies air max
. These durable changing pads wash up beautifully and are available in tan or sage colorgrown organic cotton.

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4. Stain & Odor Eliminator: Babies, and kids of all ages, are natural born stain and odor experts. Diapers, spit-up, food, mud, finger paints — children don’t discriminate, and make endless messes effortlessly with an arsenal of everyday items. This is why every new parent I know gets a bottle of this miracle cleaner! The natural enzymes can tackle just about every surface in every room of the house, including carpet, upholstery, and laundry, with the added bonus of taking care of pet messes also. There aren’t enough good things to say about it, and I have never spoken with a disappointed user new balance toddler shoes sale
. Most of the time people are eager to tell me about the challenges it has conquered.

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5. Certified Organic Cotton Stuffed Bunny: This adorable bunny is sturdy enough to be chewed on through the newborn times, and large enough to be a play companion in the the toddler years and beyond. Another huge benefit to the size of this sweet bunny is that even a new parent can easily spot clean this guy using some Stain & Odor Eliminator on a damp washcloth and giving him a brisk rub down. The perfect organic gift for those parents who want a surprise instead of an ultrasound for either a boy or a girl.

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I hope this helps narrow the choices and support the new little one in your life for sleeping, playing, and living safely for many years ahead!

Textile Truth: A Parent’s Guide

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We are an organic company, so using organic products is a no-brainer for us.  But we have to remember that not everyone has the same immersion into the world of organics, and new parents need to know when it is essential to choose organic products.

This great info-graphic,  put together by our friends at Harmony Art, is a great visual aid for new parents, and puts the “how” and “why” of buying organic for your baby into an easy-to-digest graphic that takes away the guessing game:

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To read about how this piece came together, be sure to check out Harmony Art’s blog.

Fear Not!

I am committed to experiencing pregnancy and delivery in the most natural way possible. In this day and age of modern conveniences and pain-relieving pharmaceuticals, it is easy to give in to the fear of pain and ask for them. I ask myself, “Will I be able to handle it?”  Modern medicine has become such big business; I personally cringe at the thought of delivering a baby at a hospital.

I was reading about the body’s natural way of releasing chemicals and endorphins to help labor progress and diminish pain, which pharmaceuticals completely negate, making the whole experience numb and dulled. Though birth, with or without pharmaceuticals, is still a miraculous, joyous experience for any mother, the physical body may not have the additional bonus of the natural “high” from the strenuous experience. Plus, pharmaceuticals, no matter how minute, do get into the baby’s system too.

Research shows that pain in labor is a result of fear and tension. As I prepare for the big “D-day,” I remember to let go of any expectations and surrender to the pain, as it is a natural process. As I have learned from yoga, breathing can really help one gain control of any situation, no matter how intense it is.  Luckily, the rushes of contractions are rhythmic and only happen one at a time with breaks in between!

-Rowena, Product Specialist

A New Life

I just found out in June that I am pregnant. It is my first, and I am overjoyed! Dredging through the trenches of 24/7 queasiness, heartburn, and frequent headaches, knowing that there is a big prize at the end makes it all worthwhile!

I am thankful to have gained the knowledge of the importance of living an all organic lifestyle 11 years ago, as I feel it has really helped me coast through the past two months with more ease than those who eat poor diets. (Honesty, I can’t imagine living any other way!) My occasional slip-ups on my diet due to comfort food cravings are a reassurance to me that I should not eat processed foods filled with flavor enhancers, dyes, sugars, and preservatives. When I do, nausea usually gets worse than before and I just feel outright crummy as a result!

With another human being growing inside of my body, I become more sensitive to the outside world. As we all know, the media does a great job at pumping fear into most Americans. As with any mother, I feel extra responsible and concerned with this new life I will soon be watching over. Constant bombardment of news regarding wars, disease, pollution, and GM (genetically modified) farming can really wear on an individual’s psyche. But there still remains the glimmer of hope thanks to supportive community grassroots movements toward real democracy to protect our remaining freedoms, and education about the truth that much of the media tries to hide.

-Rowena, Product Specialist

What happens when babies are exposed to mainstream mattresses?

There is nothing more precious than an infant. So innocent and delicate, these tiny blessings should have the purest food, bedding, and care, and most parents are more than happy to spend a bit more for the best. Yet it is concerning that most baby products found in department stores contain chemicals, hormone disruptors, and flame retardants that are toxic to adults, let alone children. In fact, children are susceptible to absorbing toxins at a faster rate than adults because 1) children breathe faster, and 2) the skin of a child is thinner, so they can absorb chemicals more quickly.

Most people think that there are regulations in place to protect the safety of what we buy. We learned during Christmas ’08, however, that there were no regulations for toys that contained dangerous amounts of lead. The sad truth is that there are approximately 75,000 chemicals used in commercial products and applications in the US. Of those, approximately 3% have been evaluated for human toxicology!

Flame retardants in mattresses are among the most dangerous culprits, considering the fact that babies can sleep up to 16 hours a day. Studies have shown that antimony, a common flame retardant used in crib mattresses, may contribute to SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) risk. Other flame retardants such as PBDEs can affect the physical and intellectual development of a baby.

Most conventional crib mattresses are made with synthetic foams and fibers. These materials contain toluene and other petrochemicals that offgas VOCs (volatile organic compounds). To top it off, they are often coated with PVC vinyl to make them waterproof. Not just chemical hazards to a baby, these types of mattresses do not “breathe,” causing children to overheat and sleep overly warm and “clammy.”

Why expose your child to these dangers when a pure alternative is available through Lifekind®?

Rowena, Product Specialist