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.
The earth’s problems won’t be solved in a week, a month, a year, a decade, or even a generation. Yet together, we have started the long journey towards saving our planet.
Even the smallest individual effort can have a positive effect. You just need to start. Here are three things you can do to make a difference (besides shopping with Under the Nile, of course).
Have you ever wondered why "pink is for girls" and "blue is for boys?" Who makes up these rules, anyway? What were baby clothes like 100 years ago? What will they be like in 100 years from now? We decided to dig into history and share this fascinating history with you!
One of the most important (and fun) things to do in preparation for a new baby is shop for your newborn’s layette, which is basically your baby’s first wardrobe collection and associated items.
If you’re going to be a new mom, you may not be aware of all the things you’ll need to keep your little bundle of joy warm and comfy. No worries! Use our suggestions below as sort of a layette checklist, to help you prepare for your baby’s arrival.