Ahh, summer. The season of staying up late and sleeping in, of all-night movie marathons and all-day adventures. With so much fun to be had, it's hard to get your kids to stick to a consistent sleep schedule. However, good sleep is essential for growing children; sleep not only impacts child...
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Summer vacation is a great time to create new healthy habits as a family. With many municipalities reducing waste pickup to once every two weeks and each Canadian family producing 720 kg (1,587 lbs) of trash per year, the timing has never been better to find ways to maximize the three R's (Reuse,...
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It's the time of year when every parent is scrambling to get sunscreen. Unfortunately, trying to choose a healthy one may not be so straightforward. We did a little research and put together some guidelines for buying sunscreen. With the help of EWG, we also put together a comparison list of...
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Money is often in short supply for single parents. Trying to make ends meet and maintain a happy, healthy home on a single income is a challenge that keeps many single parents up at night. It’s hard for any parent to see the look of disappointment on a child’s face when he learns you ...
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Seeing a child suffer with severe eczema can leave parents feeling helpless and emotionally distraught. Having to hold down or double swaddle a child so that they do not scratch their skin raw is one of the worst feelings in the world. After testing every eczema cream ingredient on the market, on...
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This guide is perfect for parents interested in cloth diapering, with children currently in disposables, who are curious about switching but don't know where to begin. We have chosen three great cloth diapers that are rated extremely high by review sites, as well as by parents, and are very simp...
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Whether you're trying to minimize your carbon footprint or are concerned about the effects harsh chemicals may have on your family's health, switching to natural bathroom cleaners is a great choice. Although there are tons of "green" cleaning products available in stores, in most cases, it's chea...
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As we continue to experience record-breaking cold temperatures across much of the country, there’s a good chance your kids are stuck at home. If you have access to the internet and a few teaching tools, you can take some of the boredom out of winter and sneak in a little education to boot. ...
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More and more women are waiting until their mid to late thirties to have children. For some, everything will go exactly as planned but, for others, they find themselves down the dark tunnel that is infertility. Not having known that it would be so difficult to conceive, many women regret not star...
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Eggs are a baby superfood that we recommend to both babies and pregnant or breastfeeding moms. They contain some key nutrients for a baby's development that are so beneficial that they should definitely be introduced during the first month of solids. We are going to go into some reasons why. ...
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There is a lot of contradictory information available about coloring one's hair while pregnant. Some research states that it's not an issue if you stay away from the roots while other research says to avoid it completely during the first trimester and, finally, some research says that you should ...
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Pregnancy can lead to a whole slew of very painful joint issues some of which include carpel tunnel syndrome, symphysis pubic dysfunction and sciatica. The main cause is the hormone relaxin which makes the whole body more flexible to allow for the pelvis to separate during delivery. Those who are...
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Children will chew absolutely anything when they are teething. What makes cribs so enticing is that they are the perfect height for a child to chew when they pull themselves to a standing position. Although most cribs are now made of non-lead paint, you may still not want them ingesting the other...
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Dry air can lead to stubborn painful eczema, especially on the delicate skin of a child. As a parent, you may want to work your way up beginning with the healthiest creams before resorting to something stronger possibly requiring a prescription. For this reason, with the help of EWG, we have put ...
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Essential oils are extremely powerful natural compounds that, like any health product, must be used in a safe manner. The Essential Oil Safety book by Robert Tisserand and Robert Young is a fantastic book that is based solely on scientific test results. We love this book because it filters out in...
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Bananas are a baby superfood that should be introduced as early as possible. Not only are they packed with nutrients like vitamin B6, potassium and fiber but they are key to your baby's digestion especially if you are going to be introducing cereal early on. We are going to go into some details w...
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Most people don't realize the detrimental effects that unhealthy makeup and self-tanners can have. Many endocrine disruptor ingredients have been linked to different cancers and early onset puberty (girls menstruating at 7). Other ingredients have showed long term toxicity to ...
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Introducing solids to a new baby is a very exciting time. Each new food is a new sensation that a parent gets to re-experience through their child's eyes. Iron rich and healthy fat foods like meat and fish are essential to a baby's brain development and, for safety reasons, must always be we...
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Winter for a parent with a young baby can be quite challenging. Being cooped up inside along with minimal adult interaction strongly adds to the risk of a postpartum depression episode. Many parents are not even aware that baby gyms exist and how life changing they can be. For this reason, we hav...
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Ever wonder how healthy your baby wipes actually are? With the help of EWG, we took the healthiest wipes of each of the most popular companies and put together a comparison analysis. Healthiest Wipes Following is a list of the healthiest wipes of each of the most popular companies, in alphabeti...
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As seasonal illnesses spread, parents are left scrambling for natural tools that are safe for even the youngest of infants. At Eco-Friendly Parents, we have seen the positive effects that doTERRA's On Guard protective blend has had on families and decided to share some of the science behind the e...
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In many countries around the world, bone broths are used to ease babies into their first solid foods. They are also the ideal food to serve when any family member is sick. We are going to go into some details why. A bone broth is basically slow cooking water with some beef or chicken bones, vine...
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Postpartum depression is a serious illness that can be debilitating and even life threatening. Most women and men are completely in the dark about how it happens and how to prevent such an episode. We are going to go into some detail about postpartum depression and steps that the whole family can...
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Shopping for gifts for toddlers is always a challenge. Most families don't have the space for yet another stuffed animal or toy. For this reason, we researched and found that the Usborne product line is the perfect solution. It is fun but educational, affortable, doesn't take up a lot of space an...
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SIDS is every parent's worst nightmare. You're told to avoid any loose bedding but at the same time to keep your baby in an 18-22ºC temperature room; a temperature that can be quite chilly for a newborn. Swaddling can shift and move dangerously over your baby's mouth, and can also put unheal...
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Have you been told to choose products that are BPA-free and Phthalate-free but don't quite understand why? We are going to go over some basics about endocrine disruptors and why you want to avoid them as much as possible. Definitions The endocrine system is made up of the following glands which...
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When your little one starts showing signs of a respiratory virus (e.g. a runny nose or squeaky voice), it is time to hit your child with specific essential oils. We've put together some instructions that we've tested and are great to use as soon as your child starts showing symptoms. Safety Bef...
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Natural solutions like essentials oils are a great way to support your child's health without the added chemicals in products like Vicks BabyRub but there is a balance. Understanding when to go to the doctor is vital and can be lifesaving. At your child's regular checkups, we recommend aski...
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The current recommendations are to introduce every type of food with the exception of honey, salt and sugar at 6 months. This is especially important for foods that can lead to severe and even deadly allergic reactions like peanuts and tree nuts. Studies have shown that introducing these foods at...
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Simply like our page or like a post on our page. We will add your name to a list and on September 30th we will choose a random winner. We will then contact this person for delivery information. Our Healthy Prize Basket for the month of September, valued at $35, consists of the followin...
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This summer thousands of Montrealers received letters warning them about lead leaking into their drinking water through the pipes in their homes. Global News CBC News Many cannot afford the excavation costs and/or cannot afford to wait for the work to be done (e.g. the pregnant or tho...
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We've put together a list of healthy cleaners for the kitchen that are safe for the whole familly. All the products we are recommending have an EWG Hazard Score of A. For more information about the EWG Hazard Score rating, refer to our EWG Cleaners Tutorial. It should be noted that not all p...
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This tutorial covers how to verify the health and safety of any cleaning product using EWG's Guide to Healthy Cleaning search engine. It differs from the Skin Deep search engine (used for skincare products) in terms of the Hazard Score Rating.  Step 1 Click on the following link:...
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Since the crib is the safest place in the house for a baby, choosing the right mobile can be a lifesaver. We have put together some guidelines. Goal Entertain your baby A mobile that entertains well can keep your baby so preoccupied they won't even notice you've left to take your morning showe...
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Looking to save a couple thousand dollars per child? With each child going through anywhere from 6000 to 9000 disposable diapers, it's no wonder many parents are switching to cloth diapering. Here are some reasons why: Save Money For cheap brands that are sold at $0.24 a diaper, that translat...
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In time for camping season and the Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics, we have chosen an all natural bug repellent as our featured product for August 2016. EWG Hazard Rating: 1* *Ingredients were checked individually Eco-Friendly Parents: We love that all the ingredients are completely ...
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As your baby approaches the 6-month mark, his or her iron reserve will have depleted and, to top it off you no longer produce adequate amounts of iron in your breast milk. So what do you do? We have made a list of iron rich foods that you can incorporate into your baby’s diet. Types of Iro...
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EWG Hazard Rating: 1 Eco-Friendly Parents: We like that these wipes are made of all natural ingredients and that, no matter how hard you try, they cannot be torn.  Features: Cheek to Cheek? from sensitive, wet bottoms and messy fingers, to sticky countertops, pacifiers, and gun...
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We have chosen three easy to use highly-rated cloth diapers to get you started. If you're really intimidated by the idea of cloth diapering, we recommend you start with Diaper #1. See our Quickstart Guide to Cloth Diapering for instructions on everything you need to get started. We re...
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This homemade infant cream works great for eczema and diaper rash. It's simple to prepare, it's natural and it has antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties. Ingredients Note: Following the recipe is a list of where to buy the ingredients.             ...
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How to verify the health and safety of any product using the EWG Skin Deep search engine. About EWG The Environmental Working Group or EWG is a non-profit, non-partisan organization started by a father, Ken Cook, who felt he wanted to be in control of the chemicals his son was being exposed to ...
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