By Allen Brown
You're about to become a parent, and you're probably feeling overwhelmed. There are so many different items available for your baby, it's hard to know what is safe and what isn't. This article will give you some tips on how to navigate the world of baby products and avoid buying toxic materials that could harm your newborn - because, let's face it, nobody wants their children to get sick or injured!
Avoid purchasing plastic bottles with bisphenol-A or BPA. This is a compound that, in the long term, can lead to obesity and diabetes. It's also considered an endocrine disruptor which means it affects how our bodies produce hormones. BPA has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease and reproductive defects when passed through breast milk or contact with skin.
Of course, the best way to avoid BPA is not to purchase anything made from plastic at all. However, for the items you need that are made from plastics, make sure they're labeled "BPA-Free" before making your selection.
Your baby's sleep area is a place where s/he spends the majority of their time. As a parent, you want to make sure the place you've chosen for your growing baby to rest is as safe and comfortable as possible.
Avoid using synthetic materials like polyester or nylon sheets which are often treated with flame-retardant chemicals. If you're looking for something to line the crib mattress, opt for organic bassinets. These sustainable, chemical-free products are made from natural materials like wool and cotton to keep your baby warm at night without using any harmful chemicals found in synthetic bedding.
Avoid buying items with a high VOC content because these are more likely to have chemicals that can be toxic for your baby's health, as well as the environment at large. It is easy nowadays to find out which products to avoid since most companies label their product in one way or another.
However, be careful of products with even low VOC content because these can still emit chemicals into the environment and your baby's lungs due to manufacturing processes or from being used in other ways (i.e., as packaging).
Air fresheners contain some of the most toxic ingredients.
Paint and stain removers are created with strong chemicals that can be hazardous to your child's health. Toxic vapors may cause irreversible damage in a newborn baby.
Pesticides have been linked to autism, ADHD, asthma, allergies, and other severe conditions, which is something every parent wants their child to avoid.
Strong chemicals can also cross the placenta during pregnancy and lead to congenital disabilities in your newborn baby, so be careful!
Don't let this happen to you, and be aware of these dangerous items when buying for newborns today.
When shopping for a baby's clothing, make sure to read the label. Clothing labeled "allergy-free" on the outside is created without dyes, formaldehyde resins, and other chemicals that can cause allergic reactions in babies.
Some clothes may say they're "hypoallergenic," which means they don't contain anything known to be a significant allergen. But if the label doesn't say "allergy-free," it may be treated with formaldehyde, which is dangerous for babies.
The last thing you want to do is purchase clothing made of polyester and other synthetic materials since they're often made from chemicals like Teflon or plasticizers. These can cause respiratory problems and skin irritation in children.
It's also a good idea to pay attention to the labels on toys your baby will be playing with. Toys that are labeled "non-toxic" or "natural" should have no harmful substances such as formaldehyde, heavy metals, lead paint, or bisphenol A (BPA).
Polyester and other synthetic materials - such as Teflon or plasticizers, can cause respiratory problems and skin irritation in children.
These are only a few of the many precautions you can take to help ensure your newborn is healthy and without any long-term health complications, as far as it is in your control. It's so important for parents to be aware of these hazards, as well as how they might protect their children from them. Hopefully this post has been helpful, and that you have been able to learn about a few ways in which plastics can pose dangers for infants and young children.
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