I know, I know, the title is a bit dramatic.
I did struggle with it. Here’s the thing, I could sugar coat it or use some cute euphemism that’s less scary, but that won’t change that we are talking about toxins and carcinogens.
Basically we are talking about poisons and if you think the title is scary just imagine what a steady dose of the harmful substances will do to your little one.
You see being a baby in today’s world is just plain dangerous.
Toxins are lurking in almost everything, and toxic baby products are EVERYWHERE.
Although (it can be argued) many of these chemicals aren’t all THAT bad by themselves and in tiny doses, when you start to add up all the exposures on a moment to moment basis you realize this kid is getting pelted with dangerous substances every day.
Toxic baby products everywhere
Some of these toxins we simply can’t get around, but others are entirely avoidable (like toxic baby products). I’m here to chat about those avoidable toxins. The stuff you don’t HAVE to expose your precious baby to.
As parents we have a tremendous responsibility to do the best for our kids, and to me that means educating ourselves about what’s in the products we use on our children.
There’s no reason good enough to justify wrapping, bathing, or feeding our kids poison.
So if you want to avoid some of the most prevalent toxins here’s is your essential reading list to avoid poisoning your newborn.
I made something for you (and your baby)!
If you pump or formula feed, you’ll need a bottle to feed your little one. But do you know baby bottles are leaching harmful chemicals? And if you think your prominent BPA-free label is offering you any protection think again.
If you don’t breastfeed, you may think baby formula is a safe alternative, I mean it’s made for babies right? How toxic can baby formula be, right? Ughhh it can be pretty horrible. GMO ingredients, pesticides, BPA-laden cans are just the start…and let’s not even get started on the false promise of soy formulas.
So what’s a mom to do? Do a TON of research and then choose the least bad option (sounds reassuring right). At minimum a thoroughly researched organic formula should be used, but many moms choose to make their own baby formula.
Considering making your own? Read this post for DIY formula options.
Diapers & Wipes
Diapers represent another source of toxins; I’ve known a baby who broke out in THE worst rash from a popular mainstream brand. It was horrifying.
My daughter also broke out in a rash the one time I was stuck without her toxin-free brand and had to use a conventional diaper.
If you want to skip the chemicals and go for something safer, try one of the many green alternatives or even cloth diapers. I personally used Seventh Generation on my little one.
Here is a list comparing the various conventional diapers.
The same goes for wipes. I don’t know about you but I don’t want alcohol, parabens, and synthetic fragrance (among other chemicals) on my kiddo’s tush.
Although homemade wipes aren’t pretty, they do get the job done. Check out this post for DIY baby wipes.
Baby wash & lotions
It is soooo cheap and easy to use safer alternatives for baby wash, shampoo, and moisturizer and yet I still see poor babies being bathed in carcinogens and slathered in chemicals like parabens, propylene glycol, triclosan, and the ever popular “fragrance”. Ughhh it really drives me crazy.
Foam filled furniture, car-seats, playpens…
Most parents don’t realize that many baby products contain dangerous and toxic flame-retardants.
Carcinogenic chemicals are added to the foam in couches, mattresses, car seats, play pens, bouncers and more. These toxins have been classified as carcinogenic and shown to be hormone disrupting (source).
According to the Natural Resources Defense Council
“Exposure to toxic flame retardants has been linked to real and measurable health impacts. Women with higher levels of flame retardants in their blood take longer to get pregnant and have smaller babies. Children exposed in the womb have lower IQs and attention problems. Other studies have linked flame retardants to cancer, male infertility, male birth defects, and early puberty in girls. Recent studies in animals linked toxic flame retardants to autism and obesity.”
Flame retardants are tough to avoid but you can start by buying products listed as free of flame retardants. The Center for Environmental Health gives a list of baby product companies that do not use carcinogenic flame retardants. To view the the results for car seats and find better options visit healthystuff.org
I’ve left the most contentious for last.
Those wireless baby monitors may not be as harmless as we’ve been led to believe.
The irony is we buy baby monitors to keep out kids safe, but most parents don’t know that these gadgets can potentially harm our little ones.
I emphasize the word potentially here because the data isn’t as clear as it is on some other issues. But I think the potential harm at minimum warrants extra research before you use one of these devices.
And it’s not just baby monitors, cell phones, tablets, computers, routers, cell towers, and all that Wi-Fi electromagnetic radiation (EMF) is potentially harmful to a young brain. According to Dr. Mercola…
“The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a committee of 27 scientists from 14 different countries working on behalf of the World Health Organization (WHO), concluded that exposure to cell phone radiation is a “possible carcinogen” and classified it into the 2B category — the same category as the pesticide DDT, lead, gasoline engine exhaust, burning coal and dry cleaning chemicals, just to name a few. The children’s health expert panel explained that, as of 2013, there are nine types of cancer linked to cell phone use”
Although many will argue that “more research is needed” as a mom I’m also taking a proactive approach and doing my best to protect my child against the potential dangers.
For more on the concerns about Wi-Fi and kiddos read this post by Dr. Mercola.
Here’s another interesting post about the potential dangers of baby monitors.
For more on detoxing your home download the FREE Detox Your Home Checklist
This short list isn’t meant to freak anyone out, nor is it intended to shame, it’s about educating parents that may simply not understand what’s really in their products.
Most importantly this about keeping kids healthy. If we as parents do our part from the start, we can give our children a better shot and hopefully avoid health issues and tragedy down the road.
For tips on how to detoxify your kitchen when little starts eating solids check out, 5 Kitchen Swaps to Keep Your Home Toxin-Free.
If you need help moving to a better way of eating, read my Beginners Guide to Clean Eating here.
You might also want to check out the baby section of the Filtered Living Shop, full of safe recommendations for you and your baby.
Are you using any of the products listed above? Have you switched from toxic baby products to natural baby products? Share your comments below.
Until next time beautiful families!
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