Tips On Going Green
Lets talk going green and what parents should invest in. It’s a huge topic and it can be really an overwhelming to parents who already have so much on their plate. There is so much information and research to be done that it can make your head spin. It’s almost like one more homework assignment, but it’s really important. As you probably already know, new information is coming out all the time, and that’s really part of the challenge. So if you can find some key resources that you trust, that you know you can keep coming back to gather more information, stay current, that would be hugely helpful as a good starting point.
You really have to think about everything that you and your baby touch or inhale. There are a lot of potentially harmful chemicals that you can absorb into your bloodstream. It is important to consider anything that the baby touches, teethes on, breaths in as they are the things that have the potential to contain toxic chemicals. Not to cause alarm, but these are of concern because they can cause longstanding health problems over time. Chemicals can cause common ailments like asthma, allergies, or it can unfortunately cause greater issues like cancers or developmental disabilities. There’s still research going on all the time, which is why you need your key resources. In the effort to be safer than sorry, you want to think about different things that can affect you and your baby.
First and foremost, make sure you look at your crib mattress. Your baby is going to spend a ton of time in their first couple years and this item is something important to consider. Make sure the mattress isn’t made with any hazardous chemicals or substances. You should also take a look at the paint in your nursery and make sure you get non-VOC paint. Also not to be ruled out are home cleaning products of which many are toxic and are easily inhaled when using around the house. Lastly of course, we cannot forget the feeding products, teether toys and spoons that are in and out of their mouths.
So there are lots to consider, but there are lots of great products out there, so you shouldn’t be too overwhelmed if you kind of keep your head on your shoulders, do your research, become a savvy consumer, and really learn about how to read labels.