- Lavender and Chamomile are common herbs that help soothe baby to sleep
- Mandarin uplifts baby’s spirits and promotes a calming of the mind
- Spearmint calms, centers and settles the active mind of kiddos
- Sandalwood evokes a feeling of comfort and reverence with the sleeping world.
Use Them to Clean Your…Combs and brushes: Fill a container with 1½ cups water, ½ cup distilled white vinegar, and 20 drops tea-tree, lavender, or eucalyptus oil. Soak combs and brushes for 20 minutes. Rinse and air-dry.Scuffed floors: Apply two to four drops of tea-tree oil to the spots. Wipe excess oil with a cloth and rub in distilled white vinegar.Gum-encrusted items: Orange oil is great at removing this sticky offender from various materials. (Don’t worry: It shouldn’t stain fabrics. But do launder immediately.) Apply with a cotton ball.Shower doors: Wipe scum-covered glass doors with a few drops of lemon oil twice a month. It will protect them from grime buildup.Toilets: Add 2 teaspoons tea-tree oil and 2 cups water to a spray bottle. Shake, then spritz along the toilet’s inside rim. Let sit for 30 minutes; scrub. You can also place a few drops of your favorite oil on the inside of the toilet-paper tube. “Every time the paper is used, the scent will be released,” says Siegel-Maier.Windows: Mix 2 ounces water and 10 drops lavender or lemongrass oil to wipe grime off windows. Bonus: These oils may repel flies.
One tree can yield 942 100 page books, or 94,200 pages. The Harry Potter series has 3407 pages. 450 million books have been sold from the series, and there are seven books. Assuming that each book of the series has the exact same number of purchases, that's 450 million books that are 487 pages long. 450 million x 487 is 219,150,000,000 pages total. Divide that by 94,200, and you'd get 2,326,433.12102 as your answer. Round that up to get a full tree, and the number of trees killed to make the Harry Potter series is 2,324,634.
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From the very moment you tell people you’re expecting, you get flooded with suggestions on what you need to when your new little one arrives. From friends and family, to strangers, everyone (and their mother) will share their two cents.
And, so it goes, you start making a list and checking it off…
You think you’ve got it all taken care of, right? Nope! Turns out there quite a few essentials no one thinks to bring to the shower.
Everything in your house for the foreseeable future will require a portable power supply. From white noise emitting animals that lull babe to sleep to vibrating bouncy seats, almost everything in your house for the foreseeable future will require a portable power supply. And, who keeps C and D laying around? Stay eco-friendly with rechargeable batteries and have them delivered to your doorstep!
Everyone says you need nail clippers, and while it is true, what you really need are mittens. It is crazy how quickly those nails grow and with everything the new mom has to do, the last thing she will think of is to give baby a manicure.
You can never have enough. Simple and effective, Under the Nile customers love how gentle and soft they are on baby’s skin.
Another item for baby that you just can’t get enough of. Pick up some Natural Diaper Cream to help prevent and sooth diaper rash. This cream is hypoallergenic and safe for the most sensitive skin. Under the Nile has an entire collection of Badger Skin Care that we know you will love because we use it ourselves.
And last but not least, not everything is for baby. New moms need to make sure they take good care of themselves, too!
Postpartum Care Kit
Who would have thought that the most unglamorous gift would be quite possibly the best gift ever? Not nearly as fun as a giving a diaper bag, no one really thinks of the few days following your baby’s birthday. So, make sure you stock up on some of these new mother essentials:
- Lidocaine Spray and Witch-Hazel pads: These over the counter options can provide relief for many first-time moms who tear their perineum or develop hemorrhoids.
- Hot/Cold packs: Helpful for reducing pain and swelling.
- Stool softener: Yes, prepare yourself.
- Nighttime pads: The name might be a bit misleading, since you will likely need them 24/7 for a few days.
- Night lights – New moms will be up at all hours and the last thing you need to worry about is jamming your toe!
We would love to hear from you - What do you wish you had when you brought baby home from the hospital?
In our last post, Organic Baby Food Made Simple - Part 1, we provided 6 Simple Reasons to Make Your Own Baby Food. And for Part 2, we’ve scoured the internet and found the best recipes and tools out there, guaranteed to make homemade baby food as simple and stress-free as can be.
Homemade Organic Baby Food for little ones 4-6 months
In the first few months of making your own baby food, stick to simple, single ingredients, and many allergists recommend introducing new foods by spacing them at least 4 days apart. The top 3 easily digestible foods for their tiny little tummies are sweet potatoes, squash and carrots.
According to Wholesome BabyFood, the best solid food options being introduced to baby are called Stage 1.
Stage 1 Foods for Baby
Apples | Avocados | Apricots | Bananas | Mango | Nectarines & Peaches | Papaya | Pears | Plums & Prunes | Pumpkin
Beans (Green) | Carrots | Peas | Sweet Potato | Squash
Rice | Oatmeal | Barley
DIY Cereal Recipe
- 1/4 c. rice powder (brown rice ground in blender or food processor), ground oats (do NOT use instant or Quick Cook) or ground barley (barley ground in blender or food processor)
- 1 cup water
Step 1: Bring liquid to boil in saucepan. Add the rice powder while stirring constantly.
Step 2: Simmer for 10 minutes, whisking constantly, mix in formula or breast milk and fruits if desired
Step 3: Serve warm.
Step 1: Peel ripe banana – do not cook
Step 2: Place banana in a food processor/food mill or blender and puree
Step 3: You can also mash the banana in a bowl using a regular fork – heat in microwave for 25 seconds prior to mashing for extra softness
Step 4: Add formula/breast milk or water to thin or add cereal (if desired) to thicken up.
Step 1: Peel carrots and cut into small chunks
Step 2: Place chunks into a steamer pan with just enough water visible through the steamer basket
Step 3: Steam until tender
Step 4: Do not reserve any left-over water to use for thinning out the carrots if baby is under 8 months old as Nitrates may seep into the cooking water
Step 5: Place into your choice of appliance for pureeing and begin pureeing
Step 6: Add water as necessary to achieve a smooth, thin consistency
Plus, 3 Essential Gadgets and Gizmos for DIY Organic Baby Food
At 4.5 stars on Amazon, the Baby Brezza One Step Baby Food Maker brings healthy, homemade organic baby food for your little one. Eliminating the need to pre-cook food before adding them to your food processor, this really is a set it and forget it kitchen for DIY baby food. With the Baby Brezza, just add food and water and get back to your day. The bowl has a 3-cup capacity and is great for cooking several batches at one time.
Amazon: $103.99 - Prime Eligible
Another Amazon Best Seller, the Infantino Squeeze Station is the simplest way we have found to store and serve organic baby food, made from scratch from the comfort of your own kitchen. Perfect for the on-the-go family, it comes with refillable, reusable silicone pouches making it perfect for babies, toddlers and even preschoolers. Plus, the Squeeze Station is dishwasher safe and nests together for easy storage when not in use.
Amazon: $15.99 - Prime Eligible
For parents who juggle parenthood and work, the Mumi & Bubi Solid Starter Kit is a must-have! This starter kit makes freezing and storing big batches of homemade organic food for your little one a snap. It comes with 2 freezer trays, with 21 cubes each, for a total of 42 1-ounce servings. This comes in super handy if you have caregivers! And in eco-friendly fashion, these are certified free of phthalates, BPA, and PVC.
Amazon: $25.49 - Prime Eligible
Do you have one of our 3 tools to simplify DIY baby food or do you have a homemade baby food tip you would like to share with the Under the Nile community? Let us know in the comments below!
6 Simple Reasons to Make Your Own Baby Food
Nothing beats homemade food. But, with everything the busy new mom does, adding yet another line item to her ever-growing to-do list might seem simply exhausting. However, making your own organic baby food has never been easier, more economical or better for baby.
It is Simple & Easy
Baby food is essentially steamed, baked, cooked or blended foods - That’s it! The key to making the process quick and painless is batching the food prep rather than making it every. single. time. Pick one day a week to devote one hour or less to cooking his/her favorite foods for the upcoming week.
Start by softening the vegetable by steaming, baking or boiling. We recommend steaming to increase the amount of nutrients in the final product. Baking or boiling for longer periods of time tend to dissolve the foods essential nutrients.
Take the cooked vegetables or fresh fruit and add them to your food processor. You can even make do with a simple Magic Bullet Blender!
Pro tip: Instead of throwing out any liquid used to steam the food, set it aside and add it as necessary to get the consistency just right. Not only will it help the texture, but it will also supply nutrients back into the food that may have been otherwise lost in the cooking process.
Let’s do a quick cost comparison…
A 4-ounce jar of Gerber organic sweet potato baby food is about $1.39 at your local grocer. If you get two meals per jar, the cost per meal is .69. One organic sweet potato at Whole Foods is about $1.50 and can make anywhere from 6 to 8 servings. That is a per serving cost of only .18 - .25 cents. At 3 servings a day, 365 days a year, that is a savings of more than $550!
Peace of Mind
There is nothing quite like knowing exactly what is going into your little one’s belly. And providing them with an abundance of fresh, antibiotic and chemical-free, organic food will supply a continuous stream of fuel for their all of their adorable growing parts from their brain to their tiny little toes. Making your own baby food ensures you know every single ingredient that goes into baby’s belly and gives you one less thing to worry about!
Store bought baby food alternatives often have additives and extras to extend their shelf life. Opting for made at home organic baby food ensures finger-licking goodness powered by mother nature.
Making your own food at home sets the standard for not only baby, but everyone in your home. When people in your family see you going the extra mile to provide fresh and healthy nutritious options for baby, it will reaffirm a sense of responsibility to take care of themselves. With staggering obesity rates due to the abundance of quick, simple meal solutions on every corner, this could make all the difference.
Out of sight out of mind, but everything we throw away must go somewhere. Cutting down on disposable packaging is essential for saving our environment. DIY organic baby food is up there on the list of powerful little things we can do to help ensure a better future for the next generation.
Not only have we put together 6 simple reasons to make your own organic baby food, but check back next week for Part 2 in our Baby Food Series as we unveil 3 powerful tools for making homemade baby food a cinch and our favorite organic baby food recipes little Jack or Jill will LOVE!
Get your newest family addition snuggly in no time with our all new Under the Nile Gift Registry feature!
Now friends and family can pamper your new baby or birthday babe in our premium quality, organic Egyptian cotton clothing and accessories.
Effortlessly shop and share your Under the Nile gift registry with friends and family via email or social media all in one place with safe storage to come back to later at any time!
Simply create an account by navigating to Gift Registry from any page on UndertheNile.com. From the drop-down menu, select Create.
To begin creating your registry, simply follow the on-screen instructions and fill out all of your registry information including your ship to address.
** Your shipping address is completely confidential and people viewing your registry will only be able to view your registry name, your name, event date and co-registrant's name.
In addition to creating a customization area for you to complete a personalized message to send along with your gift list to friends and family, we also added a fun feature to allow you to upload a sonogram or a photo of your little one!
Once you’ve completed your registration, you can browse our website and shop just as you normally would. Instead of selecting “Buy now,” simply select “Add to Registry” and all your favorite Under the Nile essentials will be added to your customized registry list. After you have selected all of your must-have organic Egyptian cotton bodysuits, rompers and lovies, hover over Gift Registry from any page on UndertheNile.com and select manage.
From there, you can edit the amount of each item in your Gift Registry basket or share your registry by email after customizing a note to family and friends. You can use our simple email application and share your registry with up to 50 emails.
Or, if you prefer, you can share your registry on Facebook in an event group, private message or on your own timeline.
You can also copy and paste your customized registry url anywhere you like for later use.
Once shared, your friends will get a quick and easy link sent right to their inbox to shop complete with your custom note! Our easy to use gift registry,
Our easy to use gift registry makes it simple for your loved ones to shower you and baby with environmentally friendly gifts in a variety of fresh colors and adorable prints. From a baby shower to baby’s first birthday, our new gift registry feature allows you to help every purchase made for your little one contribute to a better world for people, the planet, and most importantly - your baby.
Tell us what you think about the gift registry below!
Getting all the members in your family to agree on something can be challenging. Everyone has their own ideas, preferences, and habits. With something as important to you as sustainable living, you just may have an opportunity to get everyone on board, as long as you keep it simple, and play to your audience. Here are some ideas to help each member of your family cooperate and get involved with being sustainable.
Yoga is a holistic exercise that 36.7 million Americans practiced in 2016. It not only strengthens and tones the body, but fosters mental and spiritual awareness and centeredness.
Daily yoga sessions with your infant will help them sleep better, increase brain, digestive, and nervous system development, stimulate awareness and use of their core, and strengthen their bond with you through synesthesia.
As your child grows, yoga can continue to help by: increasing the control baby has over their body, build their strength, and help develop motor skills.
The Early Stages
After being curled up in the womb for 3/4 of a year, gentle stretches will help infants navigate the space around them, while discovering their own body-movement connection.
A great time to help baby be aware of their body is when they wake up in the morning, after you have changed them.
Lie baby on her back and gently extend her arms over her head while at the same time stretching her legs straight. After holding for a second or two gently release the pose and allow her to move her arms and legs on her own.
Another great stretch while she’s on her back is to softly bend her knees by pressing lightly on the bottoms of her feet and guiding her knees towards her chest. Hold for a moment or two, and then release. This exercise can also be done one leg at a time, waiting a second or two before switching legs to help baby become fully aware of which leg is moving.
As your child develops physically and is able to roll over and hold up her head (generally around 5 months) you can begin to introduce the Bridge posture. Laying on her back, gently bend her knees in (with her feet on floor), then gently guide the hips up to create a straight “bridge” extending from the shoulders to hips.
Once your baby starts to crawl, she may be ready to try Downward-Facing Dog. Place her gently on her tummy and gently try to get her to get on all fours. Do it yourself beside her so she is encouraged to copy your movements. Show her how to lift the buttocks up while pressing down on hands and feet. Give her lots of encouragement while she tries to mimic your posture.
Keep It Fun And Easy
With gentle guidance, your child will also experiment with postures that are natural for her body. Never force your child into a stretch she is uncomfortable with, and above all, be patient and loving as she explores the wonderful miracle that is her body.
Keep baby flexible and comfy in these adorable animal-print yoga pants, made with 100% organic, Egyptian cotton.
Gardening is a great activity for children. In fact, the National Gardening Institute suggests it may soon be taught in schools, with approximately 55% of Americans supporting its inclusion in school programs.
Growing vegetables is especially beneficial in teaching your toddler about responsibility, science, and nutrition, while having fun and being active.
Here are a few ideas about how you can get your little one engaged in growing, and enjoying vegetables.
Plan – Grow – Enjoy
Get your toddler enthused about gardening with a trip to a community garden, or a u-pick farm to get them excited about starting their own garden.
Make an adventure out of going to the garden shop for supplies and seedlings. Choose vegetables that are low-maintenance and fast-growing such as beets, corn, lettuce, cucumber, broccoli, tomatoes and potatoes.
If you already have a garden, section off a small area just for them, or do a container garden. Teach your child how to dig, plant, water, weed, and prune their vegetable patch.
After your child harvests their crop, let them clean the vegetables and help you prepare a special meal to celebrate their hard work. You won’t have to nag them about finishing their vegetables!
Create A Worm Composting Bin
Worm composting turns food waste into garden fertilizer rich in nutrients. It’s also a great way to teach kids about recycling and science. They’ll love seeing those creepy crawlers in action too.
Follow these steps to create a self-contained, worm composting bin to delight your toddler and help their garden grow.
Cultivate Their Passion
Feed your child’s interest in their garden even when they’re not working on it. Encourage them to draw pictures of their garden, or make pinwheels, mobiles and signs to decorate it. Help them make simple gift baskets or decorated bags of vegetables that they can give to family and friends.
Your little farmer will love one of these adorable little veggie plush toys made from scraps of organic cotton to share their gardening adventures with.
Helping Your Child Grow
80% of people who garden are satisfied in life, according to a recent study. Growing their own vegetables will not only give your child a lifelong appreciation of nature, accountability and healthy eating, it will help them to be more content adults.
Learn more about the importance of organic farming practices with your toddler here.
Technology is now, and will forever be, a large part of human existence. For instance, over 65% of the jobs children entering school now will hold as adults don’t even exist yet! So it just makes sense to take a proactive approach integrating technology carefully and wisely into your family’s life. Here's a few tips how to make technology work for your family.