This post about making home safe for baby is brought to you through my affiliation with The Motherhood. About 4 years ago I hosted a Healthy Baby Home Party here with some MOMS Club friends. Last week, I attended another- virtual- Healthy Baby Home Party with Seventh Generation, Stonyfield and Healthy Child Healthy World, along with several other bloggers. I can’t say that everything I learned was fully new to me, but it was something I needed to hear. We all need to hear it. Do you know that there are over 80,000 chemicals registered for use in the US? Do you know how many laws there are in the US that require these chemicals have pre-market safety testing? NONE.
There are over 1300 chemicals banned in Europe for personal products. In the US? 11. Not 1100. ELEVEN. There is a huge discord there. Science is showing almost daily what kind of effect these chemicals are having on our bodies- on our children’s bodies. This is not ok. We have to start educating ourselves and taking steps to get these chemicals OUT of our daily lives and away from our children. Whether you have children or not, you can’t argue that their smaller bodies and less developed systems are more susceptible to these chemicals and effects from exposure. They didn’t choose to allow those chemicals, and until they are old enough to learn about and speak for themselves, we have to be their voice and protect them.
Perhaps some of you are thinking, but what can I do? Our budget won’t allow for all organic foods and cleaners. It’s hard enough to parent without the guilt of the chemicals on my shoulders.
Healthy Child, Healthy World offers five simple, affordable actions families can take daily at home to decrease chemical exposure:
Take off your shoes at the door: 85 percent of the dirt in our homes is tracked inside on the bottom of our shoes. It’s not just dirt, but toxics like lead, pesticides, gasoline residue and more. Keep your home safer by taking off your shoes. It’s the public health equivalent of washing your hands. (This one is FREE to do and the results are HUGE)
2. Buy safer body care: Children are exposed to an average of 27 care product ingredients on a daily basis that have not been found safe for developing bodies. Protect your family’s health by avoiding products with ingredients like parabens, synthetic fragrances & triclosan. For a list of most-toxic offenders, download our free eBook, “Easy Steps to a Healthy & Safe Nursery.”
3. Open a window: People spend about 90 percent of their time inside, but indoor air is typically far more polluted than outside. So, open those windows! Even a few minutes a day can improve indoor air quality.
4. Eat more whole foods: Processed foods may be convenient, but they’re also loaded with sweeteners, artificial flavors and colorings, and synthetic preservatives. These lack nutrients and many are also linked to health issues like ADHD and even cancer.
Research from the University of Washington suggests you can immediately and dramatically reduce the pesticide content in a child’s body by switching to organic foods.
Stonyfield Organic offers an arrangement of foods for babies, kids and adults; pure, delicious organic yogurts, smoothies, soy yogurts, ice cream and milk.
They are all made without:
Toxic Persistent Pesticides
5. Ban the can: Bisphenol-A (BPA), a hormone disruptor that has been linked to everything from obesity to cancer, is in the plastic resin that lines most canned goods—from soups to sodas. Look for foods packaged in glass or eat fresh, dried, and frozen options.
There ARE things we can do, no matter what our budgets. We don’t have the budget in my home to eat all organic and only purchase greener cleaning products. I watch for sales and combine coupons whenever possible. I also try to freeze what I can when it’s in season (or can some things, but I’m pretty new to the canning game) because that’s when things are the least expensive to buy, when they are in season. We grow what we can here at home, and we use nothing but our family compost to amend our soil. We have large blueberry bushes- so I take time each summer to wash, dry and freeze bag upon bag of blueberries. The result? My family eats 100% organic blueberries that haven’t ever left my property.
I realize this isn’t possible for everyone, but even in urban settings there are ways to try to garden. Many communities have CSA or community gardens- look around your area and see if there are any near to you. Feel strongly? Start one of your own. Invite neighbors, and local businesses. It doesn’t have to be huge and it doesn’t have to be fancy. You can even just plant your own carrots in a 2 liter empty soda bottle on a windowsill and see where that brings you.
Also there are probably 3902342 uses for cleaning with 2 simple and inexpensive ingredients: vinegar and baking soda. I buy both in bulk at BJ’s Warehouse. You can find at almost any grocery store. Quick internet searches will give you dozens and dozens of suggestions to clean almost any surface in your house, your yard, your car. There are a lot of surprising ways to make a big impact on the level of chemicals in your home without spending much at all!
Join us today, June 25, 2013 from 1-2 pm EST as we talk about ways to keep our homes safe- and healthy- not just for baby but for ALL!! We hope you’ll join us- just remember to leave your shoes at the door 🙂
We’ll be tweeting with the #HealthyBaby hashtag
— Brett Martin (@brettbmartin) June 25, 2013
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