Whether 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.