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Introducing Solgar U-Cubes

Filed Under: Announcements & News,Baby and Child Health,Vitamins and Minerals at 4:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
U-CubesSolgar has taken the world of children’s multivitamins and minerals gummies to a whole new level and Lucky Vitamin has these fantastic products for you. We are happy to introduce Solgar U-Cubes, a new line of children’s nutritional supplements.

Solgar U-Cubes Children’s are available in two top-quality products: multi-vitamin and mineral gummies and calcium with vitamin D3 gummies.

Solgar U-Cubes Children’s Multi-Vitamin and Mineral Gummies is a unique product developed with all the science and knowledge behind Solgar’s name. These tapioca and pectin-based gummies provide 100% DV (400 IU) of vitamin D3 for children 4 years and older, and 50% DV (200 IU) for children 2 and 3 years of age. Best of all, U-Cubes are 100% natural, non-GMO, contain no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives, and are manufactured in small batches ensuring the highest quality product.  Every single product is gluten, wheat, yeast, and dairy free, and rigorously tested for safety and potency, but never animal tested. A delicious way to give your children the nutrients they need for proper development, Solgar U-Cubes are available in three great flavors: grape, orange, and cherry, and two sizes: 60 and 120 gummies. A great tasting multivitamin that U can be sure is great for your children.

Additionally, Solgar is introducing the new U-Cubes Children’s Calcium with D3. These beneficial gummies can be taken alone or in combination with the multivitamin gummies. Each serving of tapioca-based U-Cubes Calcium with D3 provides the pediatrician-recommended dosage of Vitamin D3, 600 IU (per 4 gummies), offers 150% DV of Vitamin D3 for children 4 years and up, and 75% DV (300 IU, per 2 gummies) for children 2 and 3 years of age. Vitamin D3 assists in the absorption of calcium to promote healthy bones and teeth, and supports immune-system health.

Click here to shop Solgar U-Cubes Children’s at


Kids: Turn Off the TV

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,Health Foods at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
TVA new report says kids are seeing more “unhealthy snack ads” on television. The research from the University of Connecticut Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity ranked how often children ages 6 to 11 saw snack ads in 2014 based on Nielsen syndicated data, and the results are hardly surprising.

The products children saw advertised most often were chips, fruit snacks, cookies, and other junk foods, with the data collected showing that kids saw these ads an average of 97.1 times in 2014. Additionally, the reports states that about 40% of all the food and beverage ads young people see on TV are for snacks. The author and the researchers of the study hope these results will bring awareness and hope parents will start protesting advertising practices.

Food companies have been increasing their advertising to children for junk food and sometimes even marketing it as healthy snacks. Plus, there’s a growing amount of snack advertising on social media and mobile phone apps. Although snacks ads online were much less prevalent than on TV, big food companies placed millions of ads on Facebook and YouTube in 2014.

Presented at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association, the particular report compared how many snack ads young people typically saw in 2010 and 2014, and how many promoted products such as chips or healthier options, such as yogurt, fruit and nuts. Preschoolers ages 2 to 5 saw an average of 582 snack ads on TV in 2014, an increase of 18% since 2010. Children ages 6 to 11 saw 629 snack ads, an increase of 10%, and teen’s ages 12 to 17 saw 635 snack ads, an increase of 29%.

Perhaps a better solution to this problem is just turn off the TV and find another activity for your kids.  Playing sports, playground, roller skating, dancing are just a few examples of fun activities away from TV and their unhealthy snacks ads.


A Peek Inside the Natural Mom’s Hospital Bag

Filed Under: Aromatherapy,Baby and Child Health,Green Living,Women's Health at 6:33 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
leafmamaCalling all mamas to be! Does it seem like you’re spending as much time figuring out what to pack in your overnight hospital bag as you have been researching pediatricians and creating elaborate stroller comparison spreadsheets? There’s a lot of information out there and everybody seems to have an opinion on what classifies as “must brings”.

Besides the obvious staples like toiletries, comfy clothes and an outfit for your little one, if you’re like me and planning a natural birth, there’s a whole lot more to think about. After attending hours of workshop and seminars from doulas and midwives, here a list of must-haves to help you on your labor journey.

Magnesium Oil – Makes a great labor aid by relaxing the muscles. This stuff will definitely come in handy during contractions. Have your doula or birth partner gently massage some magnesium oil into your skin during labor.

Honey Sticks – Labor has been compared to running a marathon, so you need to maintain your stamina for the long haul. The sweet honey stick helps by giving you a sugary burst of energy to power you through the valleys of a natural birth. If you’re delivering at a hospital with strict restrictions around food and drink, honey sticks are even more crucial since they’re considered a liquid!

Lavender Essential Oil – Not only does this essential oil smell great but its therapeutic benefits will help you relax, too, which is vital during labor. Lavender has also been found to reduce headaches and backaches too!

Coconut Water – You wouldn’t run a marathon without downing plenty of water on the way, would you? In labor, hydration is key! Coconut water is a natural isotonic – simply put, it helps quickly replace lost fluids — loaded with electrolytes.

Protein Bar – After your baby is born, chances are that you’ll be very hungry. Ravenous, even. If you deliver during the middle of the night, the hospital cafeteria will likely be closed, so plan ahead and bring a couple of protein bars along with you. Your body will need to replenish itself after all the hard work.

Ginger – No one wants to be nauseous or vomiting during labor, but it happens. Be prepared with some of ginger candies. Ginger has been shown to be effective in preventing and easing nausea. Plus, the sugar will give you some added energy when you’re feeling down.

Birth Ball – There’s a ton of pain management techniques for labor but a birth ball is a definite. It’s versatile and can be used in different positions to help turn and move your baby down the birth canal. During early labor, rocking and bouncing can decrease back pain.

Good luck with your natural birth. If you have an amazing birth story we’d love to hear from you!


Fluoride or Not to Fluoride

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,Personal Care at 8:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
FluorideOne of the most intriguing questions about oral health is regarding the use of fluoride.

Fluorides are compounds that combine the element fluorine with another substance. Some fluorides occur naturally in soil, air, or water, although the levels of fluoride can vary widely. Just about all water has some fluoride and, once ingested, fluorides are absorbed into the blood through the digestive tract. They travel through blood and tend to collect in areas high in calcium, such as the bones and teeth.

For decades, fluoride has been used to improve dental health based on evidence that toothpastes which contain fluoride can reduce cavities up to 30%. Additionally, after scientists noted that people living in areas with higher water fluoride levels had fewer cavities, water fluoridation began in the United States in 1945. By 1962, the United States Public Health Service (PHS) recommended that public water supplies contain fluoride to help prevent tooth decay.

However, possible health effects of drinking water with fluoride has been a cause for concern, particularly the possible link between water fluoridation and cancer. Most of the concern about cancer seems to be around osteosarcoma as fluoride tends to collect in parts of bones where they are growing, causing the cells in the growth plate to grow faster, which might make them more likely to eventually become cancerous. In addition, studies have found that fluoride ingestion harmed children’s cognitive abilities and development as well as may interfere with the functions of the brain and the body.

The major sources of fluoride for most people are water and fluoride-containing dental products such as toothpastes and mouth rinses. These dental products are generally not swallowed which may cause less concern for possible health issues but children might be at risk since they may ingest a significant amount. Fluoride-free toothpaste for children is the best way to prevent any issues.


Amazing Health Benefits from Colostrum

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,Supplements at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
coloColostrum supplements can really make a difference for newborns. Many people are not familiar with the potential health benefits from colostrum but a quick look into this amazing product might be important for the health of your little one.

Colostrum is the very first milk a mother provides for newborns. This unique type of milk is produced by the mammary glands in late pregnancy and for a few days after giving birth. On the other hand, colostrum supplements are made from milk collected from cows that have been vaccinated to produce antibodies in order to fight the bacteria that cause diarrheal disease.

The importance of colostrum for newborns is vital for the development of a strong immune system. Also known as first milk or immune milk, colostrum is rich in nutritious substances and compounds that aid in the building of the newborn’s immune system, protecting the body from a multitudes of unwanted infectious diseases. Colostrum is high in carbohydrates, protein, vitamins, minerals, and low in fat. Newborns and babies have very small digestive systems and colostrum delivers its nutrients in a very concentrated low-volume form.

Supplementation of colostrum is recommended for children who have not received the mother’s breast milk. Children with flu, colds, bacterial and viral infections, or any other immune system related issues may take colostrum on a regular basis fortifying the body’s natural defenses.

In addition, adults may also take advantage of this incredible product as colostrum supplements as a medical food raise both general immunity and physical strength, providing the energy boost you may be looking for. Studies have showed that human consumption of bovine colostrum is beneficial to general health.


Hosting a Nut-free Playdate

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,Health Concerns & Ailments,Nutrition at 8:19 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
nutsRecent years have seen a significant spike in the number of kids who suffer from food allergies, especially peanut and tree nut allergies. These tips should help keep your next party or playdate fun, healthy and safe.

The most common childhood food allergies are to milk, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, eggs and soy. However, it’s nut allergies that are really on the rise. According to a FARE-funded study, the number of children in the U.S. with peanut allergies more than tripled between 1997 and 2008.

When someone has a nut allergy their body produces antibodies in an attempt to protect itself. The antibodies release chemicals like histamine when “invaders” enter the body and cause the allergy symptoms to appear in the form of coughing, wheezing, congestion, stomachache, vomiting and itchy hives.

So, what do you do if your child has a bestie with a peanut or tree nut allergy? Before they come over, you’ll want to confirm with their parents WHAT nut they are allergic to and ensure that they bring whatever medication they might need with them. Not all nut allergies are created equal. For example, a peanut is a legume, but a tree nut allergy would include almonds, walnuts, pecans, cashews, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts, and pistachios. If you’re planning on serving a store bought snack, carefully read the label and make sure it reads, “Produced in a nut-free facility.” The morning before the playdate make sure that you have a nut-free breakfast. The last thing you want is a nut crumb lurking around on the counter. Lastly, put away the dog food. Many of our furry friends’ food is produced in a facility that contains nuts.

Try whipping up these amazing muffins when hosting your nut-free playdate. With fall and back to school right around the corner, go apple picking at your favorite local orchard and make these yummy treats that the kids are guaranteed to love!


  • 1 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup applesauce
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1 T chopped crystallized ginger
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup chopped apple (skin on)
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 cup flour


  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Cream butter and sugar
  3. Add eggs and remaining ingredients minus the flour and baking powder
  4. Fold in flour and baking powder, mix to combine
  5. Add mixture to a lined cupcake pan and bake for 15-20 minutes


Back to School: Boost Memory with Omega 3’s

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,Supplements at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
MemoSchool is back! For many students, it’s that time of the year to go back to classes and start learning and studying new things. It’s also time students really need to exercise their memory and need to work on focus and attention in order to do well in school. So, we bring the good news. Two recent studies have confirmed what past studies have already shown: omega-3 (DHA) can help boost memory and cognition.

In the first study from the University of Pittsburgh and published in PLOS One, healthy young adults improved their working memory by increasing their Omega-3 fatty acids intake.

Omega-3 essential fatty acids are critical for the human body to function but this new research specifically shows the impact on the working memory of healthy young adults. In this study, the first of its kind, experts examined healthy young males and females ages 18 to 25 who heightened their omega-3 intake with supplements for 6 months. A working memory test, known as “n-back test”, was then given to the participants. The subjects completed the same series of outpatient procedures after they finished taking an omega-3 supplement approved by the Food and Drug Administration, for six months. Results of this last stage, from the working memory test and blood samples, showed an improvement in working memory.

These encouraging findings come out just a few months after a British study concluded that fish oil supplements can help boost memory after just five months. Researchers concluded that omega-3 fatty acid helps nerve cells communicate with each other consequently boosting brainpower. The supplements used in this study were rich in DHA from fish oils as the richest source of the nutrient is fish such as herring and mackerel. In addition, this new overview says the omega-3 fatty acid DHA has most benefit for people with existing memory problems, particularly when they are coping with physical or mental stress, something quite common during the school year.


You Can Get More Fresh Fruits & Veggies into Schools Nationwide Just by Drinking Healthy Skoop!

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,Health Foods,Sports Nutrition at 9:00 am | By: Guest Blogger
We might not look it, but as a nation, we’re starving. We’ve got plenty of food. Or at least we’ve got plenty of stuff that passes for it. But when it comes to nutrition, we’re all hungry for a solution. We created Healthy Skoop to be part of the solution. We’re on a mission to bring plant-based nutrition to every American, and our superfood blends and protein powders are a convenient way to make sure you are giving your body what it needs every day.

But perhaps the coolest part about getting your Skoop on is that you’re not just doing a good thing for yourself–you’re doing a good thing for the future health of the country. That’s right. Positive change is baked into each and every batch of Skoop. Allow us to explain…

HealthySkoop_ProjectProduce_Icons (1)Our school lunch programs are struggling–there are too many schools out there that have to count french fries and ketchup as vegetables in order to meet FDA requirements. There are kids out there that think leafy greens are just for feeding their pet rabbits. This generation of kids is the first generation in the history of America that may have a shorter average lifespan than the one preceding it–and that is seriously not okay.

That’s why we partnered with the Chef Ann Foundation to create Project Produce. The Chef Ann Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to providing tools to enable schools to progress from serving highly processed, unhealthy food to serving fresh scratch-cooked food. Project Produce is a joint effort between Healthy Skoop and Chef Ann Foundation to provide grants for fresh fruits and veggies to schools across the country.

HealthySkoop_ProjectProduce_Collage (1)Schools who qualify for the grants use the money to purchase fresh fruits and veggies for the kids to sample and educate the kids about healthy eating in fun, creative ways. Seriously–these veggie parties are fun-Think veggie costume contests, smoothie bar mob scenes, and highly-vegucated 6th graders teaching the younger kids what’s what. We know because we go to many and enjoy interacting with the kids, sampling veggies, and talking about nutrition.

We’ve pledged to give 3% of our total revenue to Project Produce. So far, in 2015 alone, we’ve already been able to help out over 20 schools across the country. That’s over 8700 kids who were given the chance to learn about healthy eating habits that will impact the rest of their lives. #SkoopOn!

To learn more about Project Produce, please visit To support Project Produce by buying Healthy Skoop, check out Lucky Vitamin’s selection of our products here:

If you’re an educator and/or involved in school food service and would like to apply for a grant, please visit


4 Healthy Choices for Your Kids

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,Health Foods,Personal Care,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
KidzIf you are looking to ensure your kids have a healthier, greener life, it is a good idea to check out a few products that can really make a difference for your little ones. Some parents may be looking for a few specific products to improve their children wellness, so we present you a great way to start this with 4 healthy choices for your kids.

1. Probiotics

Adding probiotics to children’s diets may have be helpful in treating viral diarrhea and preventing antibiotic-associated diarrhea. Probiotics supplements contain living microorganisms, such as yogurt with lactobacillus, that change the bacterial balance in the human body. Taking probiotics boosts the kind of helpful, good bacteria in the body that can destroy harmful bacteria and reduce infection.

2. Fish oils

Research suggests that children with ADHD are more likely to show symptoms of low omega-3 levels and have lower levels of omega-3 in their blood than children without ADHD. There is some evidence that increasing omega-3 levels reduces the severity of ADHD-type behaviour, such as inattention, in some children.

3. Organic Foods

No-brainer here. Organic foods should be a priority not only for your little ones but for your whole family. Organic foods are grown without chemicals and pesticides and are definitely the better choice for a healthy, well-balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, lean meats, whole grains and low-fat or fat-free dairy products. Organic foods do have lower levels of pesticides and drug-resistant bacteria and that is extremely important for kids because young children are more vulnerable to chemicals.

4. Organic Baby Wipes

The soft baby skin is very sensitive and can easily be affected by chemicals. It is extremely important to make sure that your baby can use certified organic baby wipes, made with plant ingredients and known to be grown without the use of chemical fertilizers or pesticides. These baby wipes are the purest and safest product for your baby.


Go Green Baby!

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,Green Living at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
greenbabyWhether you’re a new mom – or you’re about to be (hey, congrats!) — here are a few baby steps to start a healthy foundation with your little one.


Did you know that babies need supplements, too? A few must-haves to include in their regimen are Vitamin D, DHA and a probiotic. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that infants, beginning a few days after birth, get a daily 400 IU dose of Vitamin D3. With decreased light exporsure and lack of vitamin D in breast milk, you need to give this to your baby daily. Put a drop of this on your nipple to ensure that your little one is getting the proper amount. DHA, another essential, supports the proper development of the brain, eyes, and nervous and immune systems in babies 5–35 lbs. Finally, a happy baby has a happy gut. This unique probiotic formula is designed to stimulate healthy infant microflora.


By now most moms and moms-to-be know that breast feeding is the best way to give your baby the healthiest and most nutrient dense-food. But let’s face it, it hurts! Thankfully Earth Mama Angel Baby makes nipple butter to soothe and help improve the experience. Also, keep your milk supply going with herbal tea. If you decide that you’re going to use formula, it’s nice to know that there are plenty oforganic options out there, too. Once your babe is ready for solids, make your own baby food. These silicone freezers trays make portioning a breeze!


Protect your child from the toxic chemicals lurking in plastic. Choose their toys carefully and pay attention to the label. Most toys are manufactured with flame retardants and polycarbonates, which can degrade your infant’s development and can lead to kidney damage, learning and growth delays, or worse. Green Toys are eco-friendly and made with 100% recycled plastic, making them a safer, greener alternative for your little guy or gal.

Bath & Diapering

Cloth diapering is not only greener but can save you some serious green. We’re talking $1,000 a year! Of course, choosing the cloth is hard work and a big time commitment, especially when time — for things like eating, and especially, sleeping — is really of the essence.  If you can’t go all-in on the cloth, you can still protect your babe’s bum with non-chlorinated diapers, free of fragrances, latex and petroleum-based lotions. The same goes for wipes too. Look for either organic or hypoallergenic.



Children’s Food: 5 Ingredients to Avoid

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,Health Aids at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Checking the labels in children’s food products has become an essential task for every parent. The alarming number of potentially harmful ingredients used in kids’ products is a strong reason for parents to stay alert and prevent their little ones from ingesting and suffering side effects from these ingredients. Here is a quick view of 5 ingredients to avoid in children’s food products.

1. Food Coloring/Dyes

Leading off the list is food coloring added to children’s foods and drinks. Manufacturers usually use dyes to add and enhance color to colorless foods but these ingredients are also known to cause a variety of behavior effects such as hyperactivity and even ADHD. It is believed that the consumption of foods containing dyes may increase hyperactive behavior in children. Warning labels for synthetic food dyes are required in Europe and some countries have banned their use. However, a good number of products containing dyes are still sold in the American-market.

2. High-Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)

HFCS is a cheap substitute for sugar used primarily to sweeten beverages such as sodas and juices. HFCS has been shown to promote increased belly fat and insulin resistance as well as causing chronic diseases. The fructose in HFCS goes directly to the liver, where it converts to fat and can ultimately lead to heart disease. Additionally, sugars are known to cause a variety of health problems but high-fructose corn syrup is the worst in terms of cancer risk.

3. Gluten

Celiac disease and gluten intolerance have become increasingly common with nearly 8% of all individuals experience gluten intolerance. Children and adults with undiagnosed celiac disease have a much higher risk of ADHD than the general population. A gluten-free diet is the best way for kids to avoid these issues and improve behavior and functioning.

4. Aspartame

Aspartame has been linked to numerous adverse effects and behavioral disorders as well as headaches, anxiety, dizziness, convulsions and memory loss. High levels of aspartame can alter serotonin levels, which can lead to behavioral problems and other emotional disorders. In some studies, side effects were so severe that doctors were forced to prematurely end the studies.

5. Trans Fats

Vegetable oils are hydrogenated to transform them from a liquid to a solid fat, creating a desired consistency and increasing shelf life of foods. Trans fats raise your triglyceride and low density lipoprotein (LDL, the bad cholesterol) levels, and can lead to obesity even for kids as well as diseases such as diabetes and cancer.


What’s New? Baby Booster

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,Supplements,Women's Health at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
15. BabyBoosterLucky Vitamin is happy to present a premium brand of natural supplements to our customers: Baby Booster.

Baby Booster offers all-natural supplements with a blend of nutrients that are essential to a healthy conception and pregnancy. The company has developed special formulas which contain not only micronutrients commonly found in every prenatal supplement, but also important macronutrients.

Baby Booster ensures these products contain ingredients that are often lacking in a woman’s diet and is the perfect supplement for those gaps in the diet that many of pregnant women are trying to fill. Baby Booster is a good start to the day but it also provides a great protein supplement between meals to help ward off the afternoon “crash”, the hunger associated with low nutrition. This unique product contains DHA, folic acid, and other nutritional supplements that are so important for mothers as well as developing babies. The combination of high-protein to low carbohydrate provides an excellent nutritional source without the excess calories.

One of the company’s primary focus is ingredient quality. Baby Booster spent over a year researching the market for the best ingredient sources and consulting with medical and nutritional professionals. The company uses the same source of vegetarian DHA as over 99% of FDA-approved infant formulas, while other companies use fish oil that can contain toxic heavy metals that are especially dangerous to babies and pregnant women.

Additionally, you can save even more when you shop Baby Booster supplements at Just enter the promo code APRIL15NEW15 for an additional 15% off all products of this new brand.


What’s New? Green Herb

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,Supplements at 7:30 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
GreenHerbLucky Vitamin is happy to introduce another premium brand of supplements to our customers: Green Herb.

Green Herbs provides the highest-quality health supplements, made only from the finest, 100% natural ingredients, and produced in a manner consistent with what nature intended.

Green Herbs offers the combined benefits of an unmatched dietary supplement based on natural whole-food grains and herbs with powerful probiotics. The company was started to give a chance to consumers to treat themselves to a fresh start.

Green Herbs has created a superior line of the finest products available in the health food market. The company searches the health universe to bring you only the most wholesome and natural dietary supplements. Green Herb has revolutionized the world of health, not only by the use of only natural components but also ensuring that these ingredients must be produced using natural processes. The result is a premium selection of quality supplements that afford maximum bio-absorption, assimilation and benefit.

Green Herb products have been developed by leading European master herbalists and dietary specialists. All products undergo extensive lab testing to ensure that the delivery system endows you with the utmost advantage. What you see in the bottle is the culmination of years of research, development, testing and more testing.

You can save even more when you shop Green Herb supplements at Just enter promo code MAR15NEW15 at checkout for an additional 15% off on all items of this new brand.


Pregnant + New Mama’s Guide to Self Care

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,Women's Health at 8:00 am | By: Guest Blogger
mama_selfcare_guideWhile you’re nourishing and growing your baby, first in your womb, and then in your arms, you have to take care of your self. Your body is creating this miracle, and you want to provide the optimal start in life to your munchkin. Growing a human being, recovering from childbirth, and taking care of a newborn is not easy. It takes all of you- mind, body, and soul.

I only use natural and organic beauty and health products- if you haven’t made the switch yet, now is the time to protect yourself and your baby from harmful toxic chemicals. I’ve found LuckyVitamin to be the most cost effective place to buy natural and organic beauty and health products. These are some of my favorites:

Rainbow Light Complete Prenatal System– I took these once I found out I was pregnant. These are the best, most comprehensive prenatals out there. It’s 6 a day, so if that’s too much, try the Rainbow Light Prenatal One– I was taking these while I was TTC, and switched back to these once the baby was born. I’m still taking them now because i’m still nursing her at 13 months.

NOW Foods Highest Potency DHA-500– You need to supplement your prenatals with DHA, and EPA. This has both. It’s critical for baby’s development, your heart health, and helps prevent postpartum depression.

Ddrops Liquid Vitamin D3 Drops for Infants 400IU– If you’re able to nurse, start giving baby Vitamin D. It’s a critical nutrient they need for their development, and the only one they don’t get enough of from breastmilk. These one drop bottles are the easiest- you drop one drop on your nipple, or on the baby’s pacifier.

Bentley’s Organic Baby Oil– This is what I use for baby after bathing, and for myself after showering instead of body lotion. It’s safe, organic, absorbs quickly, has a mix of nourishing oils, and a relaxing soothing all natural scent. I try to simplify my life by using products that work double duty.

Little Twig Organic Bubble Bath Calming Lavender– Take luxurious, warm (not hot) bubble baths while you’re pregnant, because you will barely have time to shower once the baby is born. Little Twig also has an organic Baby Wash in Lavender that is my fave for bathing baby.

Weleda Wild Rose Creamy Body Wash– Treat yourself to the divine natural chemical-free fragrance of wild roses with this luxurious shower gel. Once you have a baby, the days of long showers are gone, so make your five minute escape count. This tube lasts me a long time! It’s a wonderful gift as well.

Mychelle Dermaceuticals SunShield SPF28 Coconut– This is a great transparent every day sunscreen for your face, because you should wear SPF even if you’re indoors most of the time, and you want to make sure yours doesn’t have harmful ingredients like oxybenzone etc.

Tom’s of Maine Natural Long Lasting Deodorant Honeysuckle Rose– Antiperspirants and conventional deodorants have lots of toxic ingredients in them, such as aluminium etc. My fave natural one is Tom’s- it doesn’t leave white marks on your clothes, smells delicious, and works.

For more pregnancy and new mom tips, registry advice, and healthy comfort food recipes, check out my blog LivLuna. For example if you want to know how much caffeine is safe, read my post ‘TTC, pregnant or nursing + love coffee, here’s what you need to know’.

Maria Olson Goins is a mommy lifestyle blogger, mama to a baby girl, and the founder of LivLuna.


Teething Troubles

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor


It is one of the most dreaded times for parents; the moment when their baby turns 4 months old and he or she starts to put everything in its mouth. Pretty soon they know their child is going to get its first tooth which means their precious little angel can turn from a happy go lucky infant into a cranky screaming nightmare. Once this happens the long process of teething has officially started and it can take up to 3 years for children to get a full set of 20 teeth. You may notice all or a few of the following symptoms associated with the teething process; drooling which can lead to a rash, swelling/bulging of the gums, irritability or fussiness, biting behaviors, low grade fevers, refusal of food and sleep problems. Although this sounds bad there are a lot helpful tips that can get you through the teething process.

First off remember cold is your friend. Cold applications will help to reduce inflammation of the gums and can also provide a numbing affect that will soothe the pain.  You can use multiple products like a cold washcloth and apply that to the cheek of the baby or the inside of its mouth.  You can also rub an ice cube along the gum line to help. Products like teething keys, teething massager, and other frozen cold pack toys are great products for kids to chew on that assist in massaging and soothing the sore gums.

Cold isn’t the only thing that works to soothe those painful gums.  Homeopathic remedies can also assist you throughout the teething process. Below are some common Homeopathic remedies for teething which include:

1)     Chamomilla – The most common teething remedy used by parents and practitioners and is the first medicine to consider unless there is a more obvious remedy. The chamomilla baby is extremely irritable and impatient. They tend to be in great pain and aggravated by being touched and nothing seems to give them relief except for rocking and being carried (although this may only provide temporarily relief).  The child may ask for something and then refuse it when it is offered. One cheek is often hot and red. They have difficulty sleeping and will usually keep the parents up at night too. Chamomilla babies often have green stools that smell like rotten eggs. If this remedy does not work consider belladonna.

2)     Belladonna – The belladonna baby experiences great pain that makes them restless and may lead to them kicking, screaming or biting. They tend to have very red gums and lips and may even twitch. These babies can also have a fever and cheeks that are both red.

3)     Calcarea Carb: This infant begins teething late (after 12 months). The head usually perspires so much that it soaks the pillow sheet at night and the child may also grind its teeth. Sweat, stools and vomit will also have a sour smell.  This child may also have cold damp feet and crave eggs.

4)     Pulsatilla – The pulsatilla child is sweet, clingy, cuddly and demanding of attention.  When the pulsatilla child begins teething they tend to be very clingy, whiny, weepy and will want to be carried. Pulsatilla is better in open air and better from cold applications.

5)     Calcarea phos. – Is another remedy to consider if the teething process is delayed.  The calc. phos. child is usually thin, and much about this remedy is delayed. The child may be delayed in learning to walk and talk and the fontanels may even be delayed in closing. They are prone to diarrhea with much gas during the teething.

LuckyVitamin Also carries other teething formulas that can be useful to get you through this difficult time.