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5 Tips for Choosing the Best Organic Baby Formula for Your Baby

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As a parent, we know that you only want to give your child the best of everything that you can. 

It’s why you did so much research on cribs, why you read countless parenting books while expecting, and of course, why you want to ensure that you’re giving baby the most nutritious — and the safest — formula possible. 

You know that organic baby formula, especially those from Europe, are packed with probiotics to aid digestion, free from GMOs, and have a much lower sugar content than many American-made formulas. 

Still, before you make a decision about which organic formula is right for your baby, you’d like to learn a bit more about what you should look for first. 

Consider this your quick and easy guide to choosing the healthiest baby formula for your little one. 

1. Consider Goat’s Milk

One of the best things about organic baby formula, especially if it’s made in Europe, is that it often made from goat’s milk. 

If your child has an allergy to cow’s milk, or if it always seems to give them digestive issues, consider making the switch to goat milk.

Goat milk is packed with fatty acids that make it easy for babies to digest, and it contains much higher levels of calcium than cow’s milk.

Plus, the much-needed nutrients in goat’s milk absorb into your baby’s system faster than the nutrients from cow’s milk.

2. Investigate Farming Practices 

Make sure that you do the proper research on the farming practices of the formula companies you’re considering buying products from. 

Organic formulas have much stricter regulations about how the animals that provide the milk can be farmed — and what they’re fed. Often, these formulas are required to have no detectable level of pesticides and other chemicals before they can hit the shelves. 

Additionally, organic formula, especially if it’s from Europe, comes from animals on a biodynamic farm. 

This means they eat only grass, and that farmers use sustainable farming methods and stay away from synthetic fertilizers, GMOs, and pesticides. 

3. Choose the Right Stage

As your baby continues to grow, their nutritional needs will shift along with their development. 

Usually, you’d have to feed your baby the same kind of formula from birth to one year of age. But if you go with organic baby formula, you’ll actually be able to choose formula options specifically designed to match and benefit your baby’s current stage of growth. 

Some organic brands may offer two different stages, while others can offer as many as four.

For example, stage one formulas often contain high amounts of prebiotics and probiotics, which are designed to help your baby develop a healthy immune system. 

Stage four formulas can be given to your child once they turn two years old. It contains higher levels of Vitamin D and iron to boost cognitive development and growth. 

4. Know the Ingredients to Avoid

Your little one deserves the safest baby formula possible — and you’ve likely already done some research regarding questionable ingredients in baby formula today. 

We’ve already discussed how important it is to avoid formulas that contain excessive sugar, but you should also be on the lookout for things like sucrose and lactose. 

These artificial sweeteners may cause dental problems, could cause your baby to develop a metabolic disorder, and, more than anything else, makes them crave sugar. Especially since obesity rates in the United States and elsewhere continue to climb, this early addiction to sugar could quickly set the stage for a life of weight gain and resulting health problems. 

While common ingredients in many American formulas, European formula brands are banned from including sugar additives into infant formula. 

But sugar is far from the only thing you need to avoid when shopping for organic baby formula. Also stay away from formula containing synthetic preservatives and nutrients, palm oil, carrageenan, and maltodextrin. Again, most of these dangerous ingredients are banned from EU-made formulas, but it’s always good to check — especially if you’re buying formula made in the United States.

5. Look into the Nutrients the Formula Contains

When you’re trying to decide on the best organic infant formula, take a hard look at the nutrients that it offers your baby.

European companies like HiPP provide organic formula that is filled with Vitamin E, antioxidants, and Lutein to help ensure healthy brain development in babies. 

Also, be on the lookout for organic formulas that contain valuable nutrients like fatty acids, L-Carnitine, and amino acids such as tyrosine and phenylalanine. Organic formulas will also contain valuable probiotics, which can help to reduce diarrhea and make sure that your baby is getting enough healthy bacteria.  

These nutrients usually aren’t required in formulas made in the United States, but can easily be found in organic European formulas.

Only Buy Organic Baby Formula from a Reliable Source

Above all, ensure that you buy organic baby formula only from a trusted, reliable source.

You may not be able to get the formula you need for your baby in the United States, and will, therefore, need to buy it online. 

At Formulaland, we’re committed to bringing you the highest quality of organic and European baby formula and other baby care products. We offer fast shipping, reasonable prices, and a wide variety of trusted brands, from HiPP and Holle to Lebenswert and Bambinchen. 

You can even read customer reviews about many of these products from other parents who have tried them out. 

Shop for whatever your baby needs with us, and breathe easy knowing that they’ll be getting only the best. 

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Everything You Need to Know About Baby Skin Care

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Whether you’re just starting to think about getting pregnant or if you’re currently expecting your third child, you want to do everything in your power to keep your baby safe and happy. 

You’ve read every parenting book on the shelf, you’ve combed through a few mommy blogs you ultimately wish you hadn’t, and you’ve been completely convinced that using natural, organic products whenever possible is the best way to go. 

You know that baby skin care is an incredibly important part of the first few months of your infant’s life. 

But, as a new parent or an experienced one, how can you make sure you’re doing it right? And what products are both safe and effective when it comes to newborn skin care? 

We’re here to help you figure it all out. 

Read on to learn about why organic skin care matters, to understand about the products you can trust, and to master how to take care of your baby’s skin the right way. 

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Helpful Things for New Parents

Before having a baby you’re going through the rollercoaster ride of emotions, excitement, apprehension and pride for yourself, each other and the baby. But, once you have a baby, you also understand that you are now in charge of raising a tiny human. And along with all the butterflies in your stomach, you bring your little angel back home from the hospital, his tiny hand wrapped around your finger.

This article is here to help prepare you for the future. It contains a list of things to buy that will be the most helpful to you and your baby in future.

So let’s get going!

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Melatonin for Babies: Everything You Need to Know

Melatonin for Babies

You’re woken up in the middle night by the screaming cry of your child. Again.

It’s a situation almost any new parent has found themselves in. Early on in a child’s life, minor sleep issues and disruptions are a normal part of the nightly routine.

Some children, though, can experience sleep problems that are much more severe. These issues can cause unnatural sleep disruptions and leave the child feeling tired. It can even cause them to suffer from physical, mental and emotional side effects.

Melatonin is a popular sleep aid for adults, and many seem to advocate for its use with children. With a little melatonin supplement, your child may be able to sleep fully through the night and feel all the healthier for it– and you could say the same for yourself.

But is melatonin for babies safe? And how is it administered? Read on and we’ll tell you everything you need to know before administering melatonin to children.

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All Through The Night: How to Make Your Baby Sleep

How to Make Your Baby Sleep

If your baby is not sleeping through the night, you might be feeling the lack of sleep in your daily life.

After all, you want for you and your baby to enjoy a good night sleep. As hard as it may seem, there are things you can do to help your baby sleep through the night.

Ready to get some well-deserved Zzzs? Let’s get started.

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Why Is Your Baby Vomiting and How to Provide Relief?

Baby Vomiting and How to Provide Relief

When your baby starts to vomit, it can be quite scary.

This is especially true for first-time mothers.

Your baby may be vomiting due to several different reasons. However, certain specific conditions may trigger baby vomiting.

Once you know what they are and how you can help to make your baby comfortable, you will have greater peace of mind.

Here is a guide to help you identify why your baby is vomiting and how to help them when it happens.

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7 Safe, Natural Ways to Relieve Baby Constipation

7 Safe, Natural Ways to Relieve Baby Constipation

Looking for natural remedies to cure baby constipation? You have come to the right place.

Constipation in children is a common problem and is most frequently the result of dietary changes as your child grows. In fact, it accounts for 3-5% of all visits to pediatric outpatient clinics and over 30% of all visits to pediatric gastroenterologists.

Alarming right? But that doesn’t mean you’ve to rush to a doctor every time your child shows signs of constipation.

There are many natural home remedies you can use that have been tested and proven to work great at relieving infant constipation. In this post, we’re going to introduce you to the 7 safe, and natural ways to relieve baby constipation.

But first, a primer on infant constipation.

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5 Signs You’re Dealing with a Gassy Baby and What to Do about It

5 Signs You're Dealing with a Gassy Baby and What to Do about It

Is your baby crying uncontrollably because of gassy pain? Are you worried if your baby has colic?

You are not alone. In fact, experts say that colic happens in all babies. But, the only difference is that some babies are diagnosed with “colic” based on to which degree they cry.

About 20% to 25% of babies meet the criteria to be dubbed as colic or gassy newborn.

Though having a gassy baby is common, the exact cause of colic is still unknown. Gas buildup in babies can be annoying, uncomfortable, and painful. Sometimes, it may cause sleepless nights and disrupted feeding schedules.

It is then important to know how to spot a colic baby.

Everyone has experienced having tummy gas and, you know it’s infuriating and irritable. Can you imagine how it feels for babies? Well, here are the signs of a gassy infant and how to provide comfort.

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A Guide on Acid Reflux in Infants

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Does your baby throw up all the time? Is he choking or gagging during meals? These problems might be a sign of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

Commonly referred to as acid reflux, this condition affects children and grownups alike. More than 20 percent of Americans are struggling with it.

The primary symptom of acid reflux in infants is throwing up or spitting up more often than usual. Babies may also experience nausea, vomiting, and colic.

Even though GERD isn’t a life-threatening disorder, it may cause discomfort and affect your baby’s health. Luckily, there are ways to manage its symptoms naturally through diet and simple lifestyle changes.

First, let’s see what causes GERD in infants and how to identify its symptoms.

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Taking Care of a Coughing Baby

Taking Care of a Coughing Baby

There’s nothing worse than hearing your little one struggle with a cough all night. But as a parent, this is something you’ll likely encounter many times, since the

But as a parent, this is something you’ll likely encounter many times, since the common cold is one of the most communicable illnesses in babies and young children.

Interested in learning how to care for your coughing baby? Then read on as we explore some of the best ways so both you and your baby can get some rest.

Best Ways to Care For a Coughing Baby

Rest

Being sick can take quite a toll on your baby, especially since their immune systems are still developing at this time. One of the best ways to treat a coughing baby is rest.

It sounds simple, but a well-rested baby will be better equipped to fight off a cold. Feel free to put on their favorite movie or show, or spend some time reading to your child.

By avoiding allergens from outside, your baby’s immune system can focus on healing.

Humidifier

The next time your baby’s cough flares up, use a humidifier or cold mist vaporizer in their bedroom.

By adding moisture to the air, these devices help to soothe coughing and ease congestion. This is especially helpful if you happen to live in a dry climate.

For safety purposes, it’s recommended that you use a cool-mist humidifier for babies and young children. But according to medical experts, both cool-mist and warm-mist humidifiers are equally effective.

To keep your humidifier clean and safe for use, be sure to clean and empty the tank daily so that bacteria can’t build up. And it’s always a safe bet to use distilled or purified water instead of regular tap water.

Hydration

Regular hydration is crucial when caring for your coughing baby. Make sure you’re giving your baby fluids every hour in order to help loosen mucus.

For babies who are six months or younger, it’s best to stick with breast milk or baby formula.

Vapor Rub

When you were a child you probably remember being slathered with this fragrant cream whenever you had a cold, but this classic method actually does work.

In fact, in a recent medical study, vapor rub was shown to improve children’s cough, congestion, and sleep difficulty. The blend of camphor and eucalyptus helps open airway passages, allowing your baby to breathe easier.

Make sure you’re using a vapor rub formula that’s safe for babies, and it should only be used on babies over two years old.

Elevate With Pillows

One of the main causes of a constant, tickling cough is from mucus irritating the throat. To help your coughing baby, you can elevate their mattress by stacking a few pillows under one end of their mattress.

You can also build a wedge by stacking several pillows under your baby’s head so that he or she can sleep at an angle. This will ensure your baby lays upright, preventing mucus from dripping into their throat.

Bath Time

Just like with air humidifiers, the warm, steamy air from a bath can help soothe your coughing baby. To begin, let the shower run for a few minutes with the door closed, letting the room get moist and warm.

Afterwards, give your baby a short bath. This will not only allow your baby to play and relax, but the warm steam in the room can help loosen mucus and ease congestion.

Percussion Technique

Lightly patting your baby on the back, also known as the “percussion technique,” can help dislodge stubborn mucus. Most babies have difficulty coughing up mucus on their own, so this method will give them a little boost.

To do this, use a cupped hand with your thumb remaining straight and first practice by tapping your own skin. It should produce a hollow sound, rather than a slapping sound.

Once you have the technique down, lightly pat your baby’s clothed back, not on their bare skin.

This technique is often used by parents of children who have cystic fibrosis, and it’s a great way to clear the lungs of mucus. Be sure to consult with your doctor so you’re using the correct method.

Saline Solution

Babies can’t blow their noses on their own, but you can help your little one out with a bulb syringe to remove excess mucus. When used with a saline solution, this is even more effective.

To create your own saline solution, mix about one-quarter teaspoon of salt into one cup of distilled water. Insert a few drops of the solution into your baby’s nostrils, and let it sit for about a minute.

Afterward, use the bulb syringe to suck out the solution and mucus. Removing excess mucus allows your baby to breathe better, and prevents more mucus from pooling in the throat, which can lead to more coughing.

Warm Liquids

Chicken soup is a timeless method of battling the common cold, but it’s not just a comfort food. Warm liquids are a proven way of relieving congestion for your coughing baby.

The use of warm liquids when dealing with symptoms related to colds is even backed by science. In a medical study, sipping hot water and hot chicken soup increased nasal mucus velocity when compared to cold liquids.

This is especially helpful if your baby is having difficulty breathing because of nasal congestion. For babies who are six months or older, feel free to use warm water, natural chamomile tea, or apple juice.

If your baby is still getting accustomed to solid foods, warm broth is a good alternative instead of soup.

Honey

Honey has been used since ancient times for its multitude of health benefits, one of which is its ability to soothe the throat. While young babies should never be given honey, babies who are 12 months or older will enjoy this natural treatment option.

To prepare a honey treatment for your coughing baby, spoon out some honey into a microwave-safe container, and briefly microwave it so the honey softens. You can also put the container of honey in hot water for about 10 minutes.

Then, administer about one teaspoon of honey to your baby. For an added boost of vitamin C, add in a squirt of lemon. This can also help your baby’s immune system.

Ginger

In addition to honey, ginger is an effective way to naturally treat a coughing baby. Because of its strong taste, the addition of honey will make this treatment option more palatable for your baby.

To prepare a ginger treatment, mix one-fourth teaspoon of crushed or grated ginger with a tablespoon of honey. Add in about two tablespoons of water until you achieve a syrupy consistency.

Administer two tablespoons to your coughing baby for best results. Natural treatments like these are recommended for babies who are at least 12 months old.

Milk and Turmeric

For symptoms associated with the common cold, turmeric and milk are another natural treatment option, especially for whooping cough.

Likewise, turmeric’s antiseptic qualities have been shown to be helpful in treating viral infections.

To whip up a milk-and-turmeric concoction, simply add turmeric powder to a glass of warm milk. This treatment option is best for babies who are two years or older.

Check for Acid Reflux

Adults aren’t the only ones who suffer from acid reflux. If your baby doesn’t have a cold or illness, but is still coughing, it might be a sign of acid reflux.

This can have several causes, but in general, it is due to stomach contents backing up into the throat.

Besides coughing, symptoms associated with acid reflux in infants and babies include the following: wheezing after feeding, irritability, feeding difficulties, and trouble gaining weight.

The treatment options vary based on the specific cause of the type of acid reflux your baby is suffering from. To find the best treatment option for your coughing baby, it’s always best to consult with your doctor.

Lactose-Free Formula

Lactose has been known to cause coughing and phlegm in people suffering from lactose intolerance. If your coughing baby doesn’t have a cold or illness, you might want to consider the coughing is a sign of lactose intolerance.

Baby care isn’t always a one-size-fits-all approach, so sometimes you have to explore your options to see what’s best for your child’s unique needs. Luckily, there are many high-quality, lactose-free baby formula options for mothers who don’t breastfeed.

Call a Doctor

Sometimes, at-home treatments just don’t cut it. But how do you know when to call the doctor? Listen carefully to how your baby is coughing, and observe how he or she is acting.

If your coughing baby is very sleepy or listless, that should be an alarm sign. Generally, babies and young children can be sleepy or irritable when sick, but if your baby is exhibiting signs of extreme fatigue, then a call to the doctor might be necessary.

Likewise, if this is accompanied by a wet and phlegmy cough with green or yellow sputum, this can be a sign of pneumonia, or a viral or bacterial infection.

Dealing with a coughing baby is difficult for any parent, but with these home-treatment options, your little one can get the rest and comfort they need. What’s your favorite method of treating a coughing baby?