Regular Bedtime = Well-Behaved Child

We’ve all been there when a child of ours has a meltdown. Whether it is from frustration at a school assignment, or not doing their chores or even while out running errands with you before getting home there is something in common that brings out this bad behavior in children. Most likely it is a lack of sleep.

How can such a simple solution be the answer to such a varied problem? Researchers have shown through studies and surveys that when children have a regular and calming bedtime routine not only do they perform better in school but behavioral problems seem to disappear. Let’s face it; don’t we all get a little cranky when we don’t get enough sleep? Why should our children be any different? In order to encourage the best behavior in kids we need to encourage some good habits.

Try to establish a standard bedtime routine with your children starting at an early age. This should include such things as bath time, reading and snuggling, homework checking, brushing of the teeth and any other toiletry routines, plus any other habits that are standard to your family. In all cases, try to avoid keeping your kids out of the house running errands with you until the last possible minute before bedtime. By doing that, you only wind them up more and keep them hyped up with an on the go mentality. It takes time to relax into a state ready for sleep; give your kids the opportunity to do so. Also, it has been shown that by disconnecting from video games and television at least an hour before bedtime gives kids a chance to let their eyes adjust away from the flickering and stimulating light.

Use the time with your kids to your advantage as well. Prepare lunches for the next day, ready things so your exit in the morning is more stress free. When you get into a regular routine of going to bed at a certain time each day your body naturally adjusts and lets you fall into a deeper sleep that goes through all the stages of the sleep cycle. By doing these simple things and establishing a standard routine you will encourage good behavior in your kids in a natural and healthy way.

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Why Choose Natural and Organic Toys?

As each of us strives to live more eco-friendly lives, we find more and more areas in our daily life to make some of those changes. Raising kids is a big responsibility, and one challenge is teaching our children how to live in a way that they impact our planet in a positive way. Organic living is just one way to help save the environment while protecting the health and welfare of our family. This all begins with the choices we make during our kids childhood years – including letting them play with organic toys, natural toys, wooden toys and open ended toys. Giving our kids toys that are organic is a proven and safer step to a greener lifestyle.

The toys made from organic products are simpler toys. They don’t have all the bells and whistles that their factory-made plastic counterparts have, but the simplicity of the toys encourages children to engage in creative playtime and use their imagination. The colors might not be as flashy and bright, but they are sturdier toys and more pleasing to the child’s touch.

Some of the beloved toys you can find are the soft animals children enjoy sleeping with at night. Organic dolls and cloth animals are made from organic cotton as well as other natural fibers. A major benefit of toys with natural fibers is that they are easily washed in a washing machine.
Some of the first toys parents can find for their baby are organic rattles, teething rings and blocks. These toys are made of wood and left in their natural state or stained with an organic paint. There is no need to worry about kids chewing on them because they have no lead or chemicals. With recent scares with the toys imported from China that contained lead paint and harmful substances, more parents are looking for organic and natural types of toys so they feel sure their children are protected.

Visit us at www.earthkidsplace.com to find the safest toys for your children to enjoy.

By Simone for Earth Kids Place

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Intro to cloth diapers

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Although cloth diapers may not be the most convenient option, they are more economical and green than using disposable diapers. Plastic pants over droopy folds of cotton fabric and safety pins have given way to snug, breathable diaper covers with washable fabric liners. Saving money and doing what is best for your baby and the environment make cloth diapers the best choice.
There are many styles of cloth diapers, most have Velcro fastening covers of wicking fabric with removable washable liners. There are also Velcro fastening polyester covers made to be worn over prefolded cotton diapers. Some natural diapers are made of hemp or bamboo, some liners snap in and some tuck into a pocket in the diaper cover. Earth Kids Place has a great selection of cute diapers and can help you find the best diapers for you. You will love having control over what touches your baby’s skin.

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Cloth diapers must be changed when baby wets, usually every 2 to 3 hours and always whenever there is a bowel movement. Moisture irritates sensitive skin and can cause diaper rash and discomfort. Tender infant skin must be kept clean and dry to prevent skin breakdown.
To start, you will need two dozen diapers or liners, plus 3-6 covers. These numbers will vary based on how often you wash them. Liners and diapers will need the bulk of BM removed, usually by dropping the BM into the toilet or by swishing the diaper in the toilet bowl to remove most of the soil. A pair of long tongs can be used if this makes you squeamish. A covered plastic trash can is needed for soiled diapers until laundering and baking soda can be sprinkled in to help contain odors. The liners, diapers and covers must be washed in hot water and detergent. Soaps and fabric softeners interfere with absorption and should not be used. Most diaper covers must be air, not machine, dried.
Cloth diapers or liners and covers make great baby shower gifts. Let friends and family know your plans so they can help you, baby, and the planet.

by Simone for Earth Kids Place

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