During pregnancy, many parents rededicate themselves to living in a healthful and peaceful manner. In order to be healthy, pregnant women should choose cleaners and paints that are nontoxic. Limit exposure to anything like pesticides or poisons. When in doubt, do not use a product that is not labeled as being safe for humans or that is plant-based. Many parents choose to begin eating organic foods. If you do not want to fully embrace organic products, buy produce that is organic if it has thin-skins, such as peaches and strawberries. You may also want to look at the ingredients in your cosmetics.
Household items can contain compounds that are considered dangerous. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are chemicals that can be dangerous at high levels, causing nausea, organ damage and headaches if there is prolonged exposure. Since VOCs are usually found inside the house more than outside, it is good to start looking for furniture that is made from solid materials, rather than composites with fancy finishes. Also be aware of ventilation, keeping the area well ventilated with fresh air. Since humidity can encourage the release of more VOCs, use dehumidifiers if necessary.
Although disposable diapers are not as friendly to the earth, using cloth diapers is not for everyone. They also have their own con list, since the constant washing of cloth diapers require additional water and energy. To mitigate the impact of frequent washing, make sure your washer is high-efficiency. Also be aware of disposables that are made from materials that re compostable or flushable.
Breastfeeding is more earth-friendly than bottle-feeding, however some women cannot breast feed for various reasons. For those who can breastfeed, it is recommended since there is no packaging associated with feeding naturally. Make sure you limit your intake of alcohol and other substances that can be transmitted to the child through breast milk.
With the recent drought conditions, it is important to look for ways to conserve water. Babies only need bathed a few times a week. If you over-bathe your baby, you risk exposure to chemicals from VOCs. Avoid PVC shower curtains, which may contain VOCs. Always choose baby-safe products. These are specifically made for babies. Choose products that do not have phthalates and added fragrances.
There are more green cleaning products than ever before. Household cleaning products often contain the worst chemicals for children. Nontoxic and natural cleaners usually include baking soda, vinegar, lemons or even baking soda. Brands like Method are made specifically for safety and pro-environmental reasons.
Recycling and Reusing
Get in the habit of recycling and reusing. This means being aware that since children grow so fast, it’s often more economical (and more eco-conscious) to use second-hand clothing, toys and books.
The big question for parents is whether they need to avoid plastic toys. There are chemicals in plastics, but some experts say they are at safe levels. The consensus is to avoid BPA, however, some products do not mark themselves very well. Simply choose to avoid products without labels and choose the ones marked BPA-safe or with numbers 1, 2, 4 or 5. Glass containers are still your best bet, and wood or fabric toys could be the best option for toys.
Originally posted 2016-08-19 22:37:41. Republished by Blog Post Promoter