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Let’s talk about: vaccinations

No doubt, I would jump in front of a bus for this kid.

There are a lot of important decisions you have to make as a new parent—and even before you’re “officially” a parent, whether you go the traditional preggo route or adopt. Here’s a sampling: Will you breastfeed, if you can? What kind of diapers will you use? What kind of mattress will you buy for your crib? (This was a biggie for me, since I’m such a big fan of my natural latex mattress.) Where will the baby sleep for her first few months? What detergent will you use to wash his clothes and sheets and towels? If you formula feed, what brand will you use, and which bottles? What products will you use on Baby’s delicate skin?

Then your baby arrives and you realize that you’re more deeply in love than you could have ever thought possible, and the decisions keep coming. Like…vaccinating your child.

Let me take a moment, before I dive into this topic, to make it abundantly clear that these are my personal thoughts and opinions. I am not a doctor. I am choosing to share the decision I have made for my child, and I know this is a touchy subject (especially with the green/organic/sustainable living crowd!), so I am going to just say right now that I will not tolerate hateful or inflammatory comments on this site. If you post something that I deem offensive, hateful, or inflammatory, your comment will be deleted. Period. 

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Baby Love: 3Girls Holistic

Deborah Triplett Photography

Well. I certainly didn’t intend to take such a long break from Indigo+Canary, but I had a very good reason for my absence! The last several weeks of my pregnancy were a flurry of working, last minute baby shopping, and getting prepared (as prepared as possible, I suppose!) to welcome our little bundle to the world. And also a lot of complaining about how uncomfortable I was/fretting over feeling as if I’d be pregnant forever.

Our little miss arrived fashionably late, nearly a week past her due date! But I’m thrilled to introduce you all to Claudia Jeanne.

Now that she’s nearly a month old, I’ve had some time to spend with the baby products I’d received during my pregnancy, and I’m launching a new feature: Baby Love. They’ll be my reviews of baby products so that they’re easily searchable and won’t get lost amidst my Beauty Obsession posts. (And don’t worry; I have plenty of those on the way as well!)

First up: a trio of products from 3Girls Holistic*. Read on for my review (and be warned: if you’re squeamish about new mama topics—like breastfeeding!—you may want to skip this one).

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Happy News!

Family heirlooms: my grandfather's silver baby rattle and chessboard.

I’ve got a bit of a navel-gazing update to share: my husband and I are getting the best Christmas gift ever this year! We’ll finally get to meet our baby girl this  December. Sometimes nine months feels like such a long time to wait (and other times, like when I’m looking at my to-do list, it feels way too short).

But don’t worry, I have no plans to turn Indigo+Canary into a mommyblog! I do, however, plan to post about some of the natural and organic products that have helped me survive pregnancy so far, and moms, I’d love your input, too! Feel free to weigh in on everything from the products you’ve used and loved to baby girl names…

Thanks for indulging my little personal announcement. We’re excited! —Aleigh

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8 natural essentials for baby

This week is all about babies! Last Friday, a dear college friend had a bouncing baby boy (squee!), and I’m not-so-patiently awaiting the arrival of a new niece, who should make her debut hopefully today. So of course I had to put together a roundup of natural baby essentials…

Zoe Organics Gentle Hair & Body Wash, $14

It’s so important to use gentle products on baby’s delicate skin—and this foamy wash fits the bill, with soothing rosemary and lavender. It’s not a “no tears” formula, though (thank goodness!), so be careful not to get it into baby’s eyes.

Trilogy Everything Balm, $21

This is one that you can share with baby. Trilogy’s aptly-named Everything Balm is great for chapped lips, healing scrapes and wounds, soothing diaper rash and dry skin, and more. You’ll keep coming up with uses for this multi-tasker.

Weleda Calendula Diaper Care, $13.50

Zinc oxide in this diaper rash cream speeds healing, and calendula soothes irritated skin. Weleda grows many of its own ingredients in its own biodynamic gardens and specializes in homeopathic skin remedies.

Spit That Out! by Paige Wolf, $13.95

OK, so you’re not going to actually use this on the baby…but Paige‘s guide to raising children in a natural, eco-friendly way offers lots of great tips and advice. A great go-to resource.




Widu Natural Bristle Baby Brush, $30

If your baby wasn’t born with hair, you might not need this one right away—but someday you’re going to need a soft brush to untangle those baby-fine curls! This one is made with soft boar bristles in sustainable ash wood and uses no toxic chemicals or lacquers.

Sniffles Baby Chest Balm, $14

There are no petroleum-based ingredients in this balm—instead, eucalyptus, cypress, and helichrysum essential oils mix with calming calendula, lavender, and chamomile to soothe and  heal the sniffles.


Vive Sana Solar to Polar Baby, $32

Protect baby’s delicate skin from the sun with this SPF 42 sunscreen. Baby’s skin tends to be drier and more sensitive than grown-up skin; this stuff protects and moisturizes at once.

Intelligent Nutrients Certified Organic Hand Sanitizer, $12

I’ve never met a mom who didn’t carry around hand sanitizer. I avoid the stuff, since I don’t think all germs are bad (and I don’t like the harsh alcohol in most sanitizers)…but this sanitizer from Intelligent Nutrients just might make me change my tune. It won’t leave your hands dried out and scratchy, and it leaves out the icky synthetics I wouldn’t recommend ever putting on kids’ skin.

What are your go-to natural baby products? —Aleigh

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