Hello Mama! I’m so glad you found me. If you have an interest in making more natural choices for your baby and yourself you are in the right place. I created this page so you’d know more about my approach to organic baby care, and the best way to use this website. In other words, which posts to read first.
At Organic Baby Resource, organic baby care simply means choosing the most natural methods and products to care for your baby. If you’d like to know more about what it means for a product to be certified organic, start here.
Through the years I’ve written lots of articles and tried a LOT of products. I’ve realized there is so much information available for a mom who is new at this. One could easily be overwhelmed and decide:
“Organic is not for me,”
“I have other things to spend my dollars on than this” or “
“Ain’t nobody got time for that!”
To remedy the feelings of needing to do everything organic at once, I’ve done my best to simplify the process of incorporating organic products into your home. I’ve created the Ten Building Blocks of Organic Baby Care approach. Just as you stack building building blocks one at a time, I believe you should also introduce more natural baby care practices, one building block at a time.
You see, I’ve assigned a significant aspect of organic baby care to each one of the Ten Building Blocks. I believe it is best to address the aspects of babycare in this order, one step at a time. Even if you only make one change in a building block before moving on to the next, you are able to do so in an orderly fashion without overwhelming yourself, your budget or your baby. You are holistically making changes at a pace that brings progress and peace.
Here’s a brief explanation of what’s addressed in each building block:
Building Block #1: Baby’s Mama
You may wonder, why I start with Baby’s Mama as the first building block. It’s because self care is an important part of being a good mother (before, during and long after pregnancy). If you haven’t experienced a downward spiral after a period of neglecting your need for sleep, healthy foods, exercise or adult conversation, then I say to you, “Keep on Living, Honey.” It’s not good for you or baby to treat yourself this way. That’s why its Building Block Numero Uno.
As for the rest of the Building Blocks, they start with what goes in your baby’s body and work their way out to what comes in contact with his skin and beyond.
Building Block #2: Baby’s Milk.
Building Block #3: Baby’s Food.
We talk about strategies for starting solids with whole organic foods, the pros and cons of various packaged foods, making baby’s meals and the safety of various feeding accessories.
Note: if your baby is exclusively eating milk for his meals you can choose to skip the 3rd Building Block temporarily and come back to it or start reading up on it so you can get prepared early. It’s up to you.
Once we have your baby’s nourishment on track, you can begin to work on what comes in contact with his skin.
Building Block #4: Baby’s Skin Care.
Here we focus more on reading the labels on personal care products. Don’t worry you won’t need a chemistry degree. I’ll also share some DIY skin care recipes you can make at home.
Building Block #5: Baby’s Diapers.
Building Block #6: Clothing and Apparel.
Pesticides, flame retardants and chemical finishes are components of most of the fabric and apparel we purchase for our babies. In this building block you’ll discover healthier options that combine function and fashion for your baby.
After first concentrating on nutrition and apparel, you can venture into blocks that focus on the environment.
Building Block #7: Baby Wellness.
Pacifiers, teethers and toys end up in a baby’s mouth quite a bit, consider the benefits of choosing natural materials for soothing your baby. Also learn more about using natural remedies for common ailments.
Building Block #8: Baby’s Sleep.
The crib mattress, bedding, nursery paint and furniture can all be sources of toxic gases for a new baby. In this building block you’ll learn about healthier alternatives as well as ways to remedy projects and purchases that have already been completed.
Building Block #9: Baby’s Travel.
You don’t have to be going to St. Tropez to need this building block. In this building block we’ll talk about how to choose the safest and least toxic car seats, strollers and travel cribs. I’ll also share the benefits of babywearing and how to choose the right baby carrier. Just in case you are taking that St. Tropez trip, I’ll share tips on how to minimize stress while traveling with a small child.
Building Block #10: Baby’s Home.
Once your baby is on the move there are new concerns to consider such as what you are cleaning your floors, counters and tubs with. You’ll discover ways to minimize the amounts of chemicals you bring into your home from the grocery store each week. I also share a few recipes for natural cleaning.
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