Ecocentric Mom

Treating Stretch Marks with Neroli Oil — Does it Work?

Treating Stretch Marks with Neroli Oil — Does it Work?
When I became pregnant with my first child, I remember becoming mildly obsessed with trying to anticipate all the changes that would be happening to my body. Everyone around me had advice or a sure-proof way to prevent stretch marks — body oil, lotions, and plenty of old wives’ tales. As an esthetician student at […]

Benefits of an Organic Mattress

Benefits of an Organic Mattress
The average person spends 1/3 of their life sleeping. Assuming you live to 90, that means you spend 30 years asleep! While the benefits of sleep are well known, have you given any thought to how the materials in your bed can affect your health? Some moms often ask, “Do I need an organic mattress?” Organic […]

Creative Photo Ideas for Baby's First Year

Creative Photo Ideas for Baby's First Year
Do you want to document your baby’s growth but find baby books boring? That’s okay. Many parents are opting to create a photo collage of their baby’s first year to help them remember every stage. Don’t worry – incredible photography skills like Anne Geddes are not required. All you need is an idea, a prop […]

10 Items for Creating the Green Nursery of Your Dreams

10 Items for Creating the Green Nursery of Your Dreams
It is physically impossible for us as parents to protect our young ones from every chemical out there in the world. Still, we can create a sanctuary for our babies with the eco-friendly nursery of our dreams. As with every passion project, you need to invest some time and conduct proper research to create a nursery […]

8 Ways to Beat the Baby Blues

8 Ways to Beat the Baby Blues
A mother’s life and body drastically change after giving birth. These dramatic changes can cause many women to experience the baby blues or even postpartum depression. The main reason for this emotional downward spiral is due to a sudden change of hormones after the birth. Adjusting to parenthood and a lack of sleep can also play […]

5 Tips & Essentials for Safely Bathing Your Newborn

5 Tips & Essentials for Safely Bathing Your Newborn
When it comes to bathing babies, new moms are full of questions such as – “How did the midwife say to wash my baby?” “Exactly how much shampoo do I need to use?” “How can I get my baby to stop crying in the bath?” Bathing your new can certainly be intimidating. Babies are wiggly and […]

Are These Harmful Baby Items Lurking in Your Diaper Bag?

Are These Harmful Baby Items Lurking in Your Diaper Bag?
It’s no secret that we always want to do what’s best for our babies. After all, it’s second nature to keep our children healthy and happy. As a parent, you’re probably aware of the large selection of new products claiming to be just what your baby needs — but how much do you really know […]

It's All Black and White — At Least to Your Baby!

It's All Black and White — At Least to Your Baby!
The first time you see your baby after he or she is born is nothing short of magical. Did you know, though, that your new baby’s vision is only in black, white, and gray tones? At birth, your child’s eyesight is not fully developed. Read on to learn about your baby’s vision in their first six […]

Natural Support for Healing After A C-Section

Healing After C Section
Natural healing after a c-section is possible. Whether your c-section was elective or a necessary result of an emergency, recovery can be difficult. Most c-sections take two full weeks to heal, and sometimes longer depending on several factors related to the mother’s health and any complications. Thankfully, there is natural support for healing after a cesarean that can […]

Safe Pain Relief Options for Pregnancy & Breastfeeding

safe pain relief during pregnancy
Remember the first OB visit when you initially found out you were pregnant? You likely faced an information overload from your clinician that was impossible to retain. The doctor often rattles off a long list of medications to avoid now that you’re expecting, which may have resembled a frazzled waitress listing off 15 different salad dressings.

5 Eco-Friendly Must Haves for a Natural Labor

Natural Labor Must Haves
Childbirth is such an incredible experience, yet there is much controversy surrounding labor and delivery options for expecting moms. Should a pregnant woman choose an OB/GYN or a midwife? What about delivering at a hospital or even having a home birth? Although medicine saves many lives, many feel that medical interventions have become too mainstream, thereby […]

Vitamins & Supplements – What Does My Baby Really Need?

Vitamins & Supplements – What Does My Baby Really Need?
It’s no secret that proper nutrition, especially key vitamins and minerals, is crucial to anyone’s health. Your new baby has even more needs for all the elements that develop bone, brain, and organ health. By the time your baby is 6 months old, though, the pediatrician has likely suggested that you give your baby three supplements […]