Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Egg yolks increase brain development

Many cultures encourage pregnant and nursing moms to eat as many eggs as possible because they are considered brain food.  Studies show that eggs richer in certain special long chain fatty acids (found in hens that are allowed to eat bugs and graze on green pastures) are needed for optimal mental development of infant's brain, nervous systems, and visual activity. The fatty acids that they are talking about are arachidonic acid (AA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).

Researchers have warned that adequate EPS and DHA in the diet of infants is needed to prevent learning disabilities and defects in visual function. Its recommended that an egg yolk per day be given starting at four month.  Egg yolk also supplies the cholesterol needed for mental development as well as important sulphur-containing amino acids.

Its important to know that its not recommended to give the egg whites to infants.  Egg whites contain difficult to digest proteins and can be hard on the immature digestion system.  After a year of age you can add in the egg white if you like.  Small amounts of grated raw organic liver can be added after six months. Liver is rich in iron, the one mineral that tends to be low in mom's milk

Also, a pinch of salt should be added to the yolk. This will facilitate brain development as well.  Salt is necessary to activate the formation of glial cells in the brain. These cells make connections and help us think faster. Salt should be unrefined sea salt.

Here is the the recipe:

1 organic high-omega-3 egg
pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon grated raw organic liver, frozen for 14 days(optional)

Boil egg for 3 1/2 minutes. Place in a bowl and peel off shell. remove egg white and discard. Yolk should be soft and warm, not hot, with its enzyme content intact. Sprinkle with a pinch of salf

If you wish to add liver, grate on the small holes of the grater while frozen. Allow to warm up and stir into the egg yolk.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Best Bottom Diaper Video and Review

I've been using the Best Bottom diapering system for two months now and love them! During these two months, I haven't experienced many leaks. The only time we leaked was when my little guy was between sizes. I was trying to prolong the use of his size smalls. 

These diapers are overall great! They travel and wash very well and are super cute! My husband likes them and favors the Orange Sherbet and Moo-licious covers. We prefer the Hemp insert as it holds more and is breathable. I have used the Micofiber Stay Dry insert and liked it but prefer natural fibers. I have not used the Hook and Loop covers because we prefer snaps, we feel they last longer. I recommend these diapers to anyone who is or wants to cloth diaper. Check out how they work in this video:

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

what baby cries mean

If you haven't heard, you can interpret your baby's cry and know exactly what they want. A girlfriend and I were talking about it and both of us think its pretty awesome! Interpretation works best with babies between birth and three months, after that it get a little harder as their reflexes change, but can still be done. Check it out and try it yourself!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Treating Congestion in Babies Naturally

It's hard to see your little one struggling to breathe. The best way you can help your little one is in the bathroom. Heres what you can do:

Dress your baby in light clothing to prevent overheating. Turn the shower on Hot and let the steam accumulate in the bathroom.  Sit in the steam filled bathroom with your baby for about 10 minutes (if your baby is still congested stay a little bit longer). You may want to cuddle your baby to help them be more comfortable. Some say to use saline nasal spray, then suction out the excess saline nasal spray (after 10 minutes)  with a bulb syringe after your steaming session.  I personally have not used saline, but I do suction out my little guy's nose after we are done in the steamy bathroom.  

Another thing that works REALLY well are Essential Oils! You can use them while in the steamy bathroom and during nap time or at night.  Take a few drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil with some olive oil or coconut oil (I prefer coconut oil) and rub it on your little one's chest. You can put some under their nose too.  It also helps to have your baby sitting up or at an upright angle so everything can drain out. You can put a few pillows under their mattress or sit them in a boppy.  Also, make sure their chest is bare where you rub the oils in.  This will clear up your little one in no time! 

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Grandma El's Diaper Rash Remedy & Prevention Product Review

There are so many mixed thoughts about Grandma El's some people love it and some people hate it. People claim it stains their cloth diapers, doesn't work, and causes build up in their cloth diapers.  Other claim it works miracles on rashes and they have no cloth diaper problems. Due to all of the mix claims about this Diaper Ointment I had to try it out myself.

I have to say I am overall pleased with Grandma El's.  It gets rid of any redness or irritation very quickly.  Within a few diaper changes my little man's bum was red free! Now Grandma El's claims to be fragrant free but there is some type of odor to it.  It's not horrible but its defiantly there.  Some people can't stand it but I personal didn't mind it.  

While testing the ointment, I visited their website and checked out the ingredients.  The main active ingredients are for the most part great. It contains vitamin E, Balsam of Peru (healing agent), Salicylic Acid (Willow bark and Wintergreen and encourages new skin growth), Yellow Petrolatum and Insecticide -free Anhydrous Lanolin (healing agent). 

I would recommend this product but if you are a cloth diaper user you may want to use a liner.  Grandma El's does claim to be cloth diaper safe but it does contain Yellow Petrolatum and Insecticide-free Anhydrous Lanolin. These ingredients repel liquid, creating a barrier from wetness (Great for baby's booty!). They can build up in cloth diapers and create absorptancy issues with your diapers. Many people use Grandma El's with no problems but I just wanted to put a fair warning for all you cloth diaper users. If you use disposables you don't have to worry about this and I think you will love this product.

If you have tried Grandma El's Diaper Rash Remedy & Prevention ointment let me know what you think. You can contact me via Facebook or Twitter or leave your comments below.
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