What New Research Reveals About Crafting A Non-Toxic Home For Kids
These days, limiting kid’s chemical exposures can seem next to impossible.
“Parents are already busy enough without having to research what harmful chemicals might be lurking in their child’s bottle, mattress, or baby wash. With scant regulation of harmful chemicals, confusing labeling, and rampant greenwashing, parents are left to navigate a health minefield with little help.”
Developed last year, this relatively new certification for nonfood items like household products, skin care, cleaners, etc., names a product safe when third-party scientists find that it’s free of chemicals thought to harm human health .
The FDA banned BPA – a chemical shown to cause reproductive problems – in baby bottles and children’s sippy cups in 2012. 1 . First and foremost , look for BPA-free plastics .
Made Safe recommends making this one of the first class of chemicals you look to phase out at home, especially if you have kids.
For when you can’t avoid plastic, like with pacifiers, look for ones made with 100 percent hospital-grade silicone, like those from Life Factory.
Once you’ve started to phase out plastic toys, move on to single-use plastic products for the sake of the environment. 2 . Avoid single-use baby and personal care products when possible .
“Whenever you can, avoid things that get used once and disposed of. Think plastic baggies, disposable plastic bags, straws, etc. With baby products, think less is more and try to simplify the number of products in your home,” advises Randall.
When you do need to use wipes, go for ones that are made from compostable materials and don’t use fragrance, like Bloom Centric’s.
If you’re someone who constantly worries about your child’s health at home, Randall gives you permission to stop panicking. 3 . Remember that little changes go a long way .
“While it can seem overwhelming to try to protect your child from all the chemicals lurking, studies show that even small steps to reduce exposure can tip the scales toward better health,” she says.
“For example, replacing a plastic baby bottle or sippy cup with a stainless-steel option can lower the levels of BPA and other bisphenols in their bodies, which are hormone disrupters linked to cancer, infertility, heart disease, and other health problems. So pick one room or product to start with, celebrate your efforts, and keep moving from there. Every little thing you do to protect your children from toxics truly matters.”