Vitamin D in a Day
Vitamin D is necessary for its immune-boosting health, specifically bone growth after 6 months of age and thereafter; it helps with calcium and phosphorus absorption. Food alone cannot provide the source of Vitamin D that the body can use. This is why it is important to allow the skin to absorb sunlight.
The best times to enjoy the sun safely is before 10am or after 3-4pm. Ultraviolet rays are not at their peak during these times so getting some sunshine on a 20-minute walk at least twice a week is a good thing.
Walking around with a two-year old who loves to explore can be more easier with a kid leash. Brica By-My-Side Safety Harness Backpack was the only one I could find that was small and light enough for Josiah’s age. The leash is worn on a child’s back and attached to a parent’s wrist. There are several features which make this product unique for comfort and safety: there is a reflective safety strip on the backpack which keeps your child within view even at night; the tether is removable, so it can be worn as only a backpack later; the tether is shock-absorbent reducing strain from sudden tugs; and, a lot of storage space with a zippered main compartment.
Moisturizing Body Lotion for Babies With Eczema
The dry, itchy skin related to eczema is a common concern for many moms. When my son, Josiah was born, his pediatrician noted that the red crusty bumps on my son’s body may worsen, scar and flare up for the rest of his life. He recommended a few products like Aveeno, Cetaphil, Aquaphor, or Eucerin. I didn’t want to use harsh chemicals and sought the natural route that could end this skin condition once and for all.
My cousin, Shalini, recommended Babo Botanicals Oatmilk Calendula Moisturizing Baby Lotion and it worked like a charm! I use this moisturizing baby lotion whenever I take him out.
My mom also researched and found out some ingredients that could heal this skin condition for newborn babies. She made a moisturizing lotion using organic chamomile flowers, organic calendula flowers, organic coconut oil, organic vitamin E oil and organic shea butter. I use this homemade body lotion for Josiah as a massage oil and also apply at least 3 times daily. The eczema, redness and dry skin diminished immediately and hasn’t shown up since. Praying specifically for Josiah’s eczema was also helpful. I will share those prayers and post how to make the homemade moisturizing lotion in an upcoming blogpost.