You’d think that when you buy any “Baby” product that it’s not laced with chemicals…Unfortunately It’s not always the case ! Here, I share what I found to help our precious newborns stay away from the nasty stuff.
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( Updated Feb 21)
All you really want for your children is to be safe and happy, quite simple really.
I truly hope, that some of the things I have found, may start you off on making a better future without harmful chemicals, for you and your families.
I think after starting this journey, being aware of what is out there, in our products and foods that we eat, has really changed the way in how we shop, and prepare our foods.
Most of the blogs that are on this site, cover things which effect not only ourselves, but our children too, such as what you are washing your clothing with, and the personal care products that we all use.
With the children going back to school, one priority is to keep them safe and inturn ourselves. Our daughter is of an age that all the students are wearing masks from the time they walk into the school yard, and now around the exterior of the school.
I wanted to list some places that you could find some Organic Masks, washable ones that a child would wear because it was a bit different, maybe gave them another reason to put one on without complaining.
DISNEY– They are making masks to fit both children and adults. I do love the idea that they are donating 1million masks. They also have a guide for your face size to fit the mask correctly. I have bought a few different types now and I have had problems with them slipping down my face. Its even harder for children.
Amazon have a load of Organic masks. Of course there are many different types, including some that contain copper. I have seen differing ideas on whether this gives more protection or not.
NATURAL BABY MAMA has a list of 30 places to buy not only Organic masks for Children, babies and adults. Great explication on whether they have a pocket for an extra filter too.
BAMBOEZOR Have a reusable Organic 4 ply mask from sustainable material with filter for both children and Adults- UK Based.
This company offers other baby products such as towels
THE NATURAL BABY.CO Have organic masks for 2-4 year olds made in USA and many other products for babies, such as cloth diapers.
WOOLY ORGANIC – Have masks from 3 years old to adult size, some beautiful soft looking colors too – made in Latvia
PINKSTIX Organic Masks but with added copper and silver– 3 layers
This article on the NY TIMES has a more cautious opinion on using metals in masks.
LIST OF TOXIC PRODUCTS TO AVOID FOR YOUR BABY
I found it quite daunting, where to start looking into what was safe and natural. I found a few places to start the journey.
LESS TOXIC GUIDE have a truly huge list of toxic products that need to be avoided with your baby . Often we are so unaware of what we are using. Thinking it must be safe as it has been produced for our little ones.
They go into simple ideas such as using glass containers to store milk and foods ( below is more information on plastic bottles)
Using products like anti-bacterial, “reasons why experts recommend not using anti-bacterial.”( triclosan and chloroxylenol (or PCMX).” derivative of the herbicide 2,4-D.” Harmful ingredients in mattresses ( again info below) They explain what to avoid in clothing, bedding and how to soak some of these to get rid of some of the chemicals in a mixture of vinegar, baking soda and pickling salt.- (recipe on the link. )
Also the dangers of decorating with certain paints. More information on Non-Toxic Paints Here There are some ideas on painted toys below.
MADE SAFE.ORG ( USA) have a whole article on what products are really best to avoid ,or be aware of what they can contain. Some of the regulations are in their words “scant.” Babies are not just little adults, these toxins can really cause huge problems for their health and development. They offer fantastic advice on avoiding the following-
Phthalates(an Endocrine disruptor found in many cleaning products etc.)
Flame Retardants– endocrine disruption- leading to many health problems ( found in soft fabrics, mattresses , car seats, changing mats etc.
High Risk Pesticides– found a whole host of products hand soaps, disinfectants etc.
BPA – again Endocrine disruptor- Plastics, canned food liners. Even though it was banned in some products, They believe that even the substitutes could be as dangerous ( BPS, BPE, BPF ). Avoid putting plastic in the microwave or dishwasher, as it can allow the toxic plastic to leech into foods and liquids.
Formaldehyde– can cause cancer – found in some soaps, shampoos. Personal care items too ( worrying if you are pregnant)
This is a well informed and very clear article ,on just what these chemicals can do to your baby or child’s body ,which are so much more vulnerable to the toxins invading them. They go into depth on where to find the above chemicals and how to avoid them, and what to look for.
One of the most disturbing thing for me, is that these chemicals are not needed, why are they allowed to add them to the products we use for our little ones?
It is hard enough as a mum and dad, juggling daily life, lack of sleep and caring for your family, without worrying about what a product has in it!
I wanted to cover products that we use on our little ones such as –
Protecting your baby or child from the sun.
I don’t know about you, but we searched in Organic shops and online for products that didn’t have the nasty chemicals we were trying to avoid.
It really wasn’t an easy search, the list of chemicals on the back of bottles were confusing . All we wanted was a safe products that protected our child’s skin, without harm.
At one point we found a Sun Cream made with Organic Hemp in a local organic shop, that gave us a 50 Sun Factor, then it went out of production!
If you would like to see what products I have found and what to avoid – I have a separate blog on Sun Protection here.
As a mum, one of the most wonderful feelings is the first time your newborn baby is put in your arms. That wonderful first cuddle and baby scent. The way they seem to curl up into your neck.
Even though my daughters are much older now ( some of them have left home some time ago). That first cuddle will always be a special memory.
We started looking into what went near their soft delicate skin. Lotions, creams ,nappies and what they are sleeping on.
One of the first things we can change is the type of bedding and clothing we buy. There are many companies offering Organic fabrics such as Organic cotton.
I have seen more and more household names offering these at a more reasonable cost. The cost of some of these organic products can be expensive though some supermarkets, clothing stores such as H&M and M&S. are much more affordable.
GREENOPEDIA is an interesting site that gives you the chemicals used when clothing is being produced . It is something that I hadn’t really given any thought to previously.
Also how to rid your clothing from these chemicals, I never realized there were ways of achieving this. Though obviously if you can avoid the chemicals in the first place it is better.
There are some Organic products here on Amazon , such as bibs, towels and muslin squares ( I could not live without these, when we had our daughter, so many uses when you have a baby)
I first came across these while living in the States. They were a novelty at the time, now they are everywhere. A great addition to caring for your baby.
Finding a cot mattress for babies and toddlers that are non- toxic and without harmful chemicals is really important .
I came across this company today called , AVOCADO GREEN MATTRESS through at first, When I saw their products it was for normal adult sized beds.
Then I noticed they also do a mattress for little ones.
This comes with a 100 night trial and 25 year guarantee. Handmade in L.A. WOW!
They offer two types, a Green and a Luxe model.
They also offer an organic crib protector
I am so impressed with the credentials to this company. I wish that it was possible to purchase items like these when my daughters were little.
Everything they use is Organic, they even use wool from their own sheep!
They are based in USA. and own the complete supply chain, so they know exactly the quality of their products and the animal care of their sheep.
THE LITTLE GREEN SHEEP.CO.UK – also offer Organic natural mattresses for different size cots , even covering Ikea beds and cribs.
As they say on their website, newborns spend 14 hours a day sleeping, so the mattress should come first. They have been producing mattresses for 13 years now. They also sell all the organic cotton bedding.
(from their website- A Woolly Wonder–
“At the heart of all our mattresses, aside from springy coconut coir and super soft cotton, is our (not so!) secret ingredient; Wool. Breathable and anti-allergenic, it’s the perfect ingredient for cot mattresses.”
“It’s also a little known fact that Wool is naturally fireproof, meaning every Little Green Sheep mattress passes UK and European fire regulations without the use of any chemicals!)“
This explains how they can get away from using fire -retardant chemicals.
AMAZON.UK. Have a selection here too, of organic mattresses
SUPER COMFY SLEEP.COM– HAS Top 15 Best Organic Crib Mattresses in 2020 .
One very important reason they write, for buying an organic mattress is that it could lower the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. That alone has to be worth taking care in what you buy.
They go into great detail about the chemicals and the very real concerns for the health of babies and toddlers.
A fantastic read and I found it quite shocking on just how many toxic ingredients can be in normal baby products.
Cot sheets are another way to use organic products near your baby, as babies do not sleep on a pillow, their faces are in constant contact with the sheet.
I can never understand why companies are allowed to use chemicals on products near our most vulnerable and precious little ones.
The bedding such as blankets and covers would be better in organic materials too.
( If you are lucky! our daughter never slept longer than 20 minutes until she was two and a half! total sleep deprivation.) It was a total shock when she first slept through the night.
Natural Mat- Based in the UK have Organic and sustainable cotton bedding for babies. “unbleached, undyed and completely chemical free” They make organic wool duvets and sell cots and mattresses .
Babipur Based in UK – Organic bedding with some colorful Scandi prints.
BURTS BEES BABY -USA – have a range of organic baby bedding. Pj’s and bath products.
The Ultimate Green Store– USA ,Organic bedding. Even Organic bedding for teens.
After going through a bunch of the environmental issues with these, I had heard they took ages to decompose , but to find it could be hundreds of years, well that was an eye opener for me. I felt really guilty if we had had to use a disposable when travelling when our daughter was small.
Through the nappy stage of your baby , I read on the website BABY LOVE TO KNOW.COM that in the first year they can go through 2,500 nappies, that is just the first year! Multiply that to the amount of babies in one year the amount of nappies must be staggering.
Then as they are soiled, it must add to the problems in the landfills.
I came across another company with a caring approach to mums and babies that are based in the UK.
Mum and You.com – Offering many Baby & Mum products, Vegan & Cruelty Free & Midwife approved.
They offer a great solution to Disposable Nappies, that are made from Wood Pulp from sustainable forestry. They are” free from added chemicals ( fantastic!)No Perfume ,Latex & Lotion ,NEW 100% recyclable packaging with 30% recycled content“. These great sounding nappies are available to buy or on a subscription . They offer bundles of products with a discount available. ( great for a Baby Shower Gift)
That is a great idea, as a mum, there are so many other things that take up your time. If like me you have ever tried to carry nappies on your pushchair, you know how bulky it can be. I love the idea that they come in the post, making life easier.
To go with the Nappies they also offer BABY WIPES ( From link to the Website)
“NEW 100% recyclable packaging with 30% recycled content” “Plant based, plastic free wipes contain 99.4% water for ultimate kindness to babies’ skin”
How great to be able to use baby wipes with a clear conscience on the environmental impact.
There is more information on normal Baby wipes and the effect on the environment below.
They offer Products For Your Pregnancy– From creams for Stretch Marks, Firming Gel , water retention in your legs( If you have suffered this, you know how uncomfortable this can be)
Also a Soothing Nipple product that can be sprayed on ( I wish they had this too, when I was pregnant and nursing. You can barely touch your nipples, I still have the memory of that first latch on with sore nipples! )
For us it was a conscious decision to use a non- disposable nappy. Like these. Getting used to soaking the internal part of the nappy. Then washing them in the machine. The covers were so pretty too. I didn’t find it a hardship, but you do have to be more organized . Going out for the day is a little more difficult as you need bags to carry any soiled nappies home. Going on holiday was more difficult, unless you were staying with family or friends.
I admit that when we had to travel, with no way of dealing with the washing, we had to use disposables.
The only thing we found was that some clothing really didn’t have enough room to fit a bulkier nappy into. It was OK with dresses, but still some of those came with the matching panties to cover the nappy.
It would have been helpful to find clothing companies to offer different clothing especially trousers and shorts. BUBBLEBUBS have some solution for this very problem. This is an Australian company, who offer cloth nappies.
Mumsnet.com have a discussion on what they have found works too. For us, I used to buy a size up, to fit over the nappy. Some makes that have been suggested in being a little roomier are H&M . We found some of the supermarkets own brands not bad either, such as Sainsburys.
Now that they have developed a more eco type nappy, it seems as though the recycle part needs to be separate from the normal rubbish bin collection ,for those type of nappies, to allow them to compost correctly. I do wonder who is offering that at a street level.
I have never seen a refuse truck with that option.
Here in France ,they just have the large bins at the corner of a street so you would have no choice in disposing of the nappy any other way. The rest of recycling is in a different section.
Using the cloth type of nappy, it gave us more control on what we were putting near our babies skin.
Also knowing that there were no chemicals involved in the fabric and washing of these, was great. Also the covers were really cute.
When I was visiting a friend in the States, she had a service that came and collected the diapers to wash them, then return them clean. Great if you just don’t have the time. Though I am not sure what they were washing them in!
As ever, I am totally impressed with the EWG Data base on safer products and their rating system. the link above goes to their search on baby lotions. I wish I had this available when my girls were small, although it is based in USA, there are some universal brands that you can find, even if you are in the UK.
This link on Amazon goes to safer products for babies, although I still think you need to check out each of the ingredients, on the product you are looking for.
What I am often surprised at, is that some products still have almond oil in them. I understand the quality of this oil, but if you have a child who allergic to nuts it is a huge problem. (My daughter was and still is allergic to nuts )
We found that we were constantly looking at the small print on the labels, not always easy! We even found a peanut oil in a child’s vitamin, so dangerous.
As I have mentioned before, not all of the Organic products are 100% free from non- Organic ingredients. You really need to read the small print. As I have found out.
BABY WIPES/ COTTON WOOL
I couldn’t believe just what was in a baby wipe. They are so convenient but when you look at the chemicals in them and the environmental side, it makes you think.
Though you also hear of these being chucked down the loo, along with cotton wool and ladies products, they are a nightmare to clean up and end up blocking everything.
FRIENDS OF THE EARTH have an informed article on this.There is just too much plastic in these products, it is of course going to end up in the sewerage and oceans.
I READ LABELS FOR YOU has a comprehensive article on just what is hidden in baby wipes, from plastic to chemicals.
I love the sound of these baby wipes, totally Biodegradable and without harmful chemicals, different products and ingredient list on this link for JACKSON REECE .
As mentioned above – Mum and You– have eco baby wipes too, 100% Biodegradable. They are made with 99.4% water. They make a wipes, for hands ( 0% Alcohol) and surfaces ( gets to work in 30 secs), which kills 99.9% of germs and bacteria.
Here is another list of other companies offering Baby Wipes which are organic and also Biodegradable.
This video below, gives you ideas of making your own wipes. Though care has to be taken. As they do not have a preservative in them.
Cotton wool, looks and feels great, safe right?
The problem with cotton is the amount of pesticides used on the plants. It could also have been bleached or dyed. PRAVRA.CO.UK have a selection of organic products without the chemicals. They also offer Ladies Hygiene products too.
CREAMS, LOTIONS AND TALC
When we had our daughter, you seem to be either cleaning bottoms, bathing or washing their clothes on a constant basis.
You really have to look closely on some of the creams on the market. As I mentioned in another blog, I purchased some baby lotion, organic, in our local supermarket. I admit to picking it up in a rush. But when I read the ingredient list, not all items were marked organic. It also had the word fragrance on it which of course can cover a multitude of chemicals.
I came across a lovely company today called Earthley, I absolutely love the way that they approach their products. It all stems from Kate looking for natural products that she could use with her baby.
They offer products for babies such as a Teething Balm, Herbal Salve, Infant Tummy relief and a Herbal Talc containing -Organic Calendula Powder, Organic Lavender Powder and Organic Rosemary Powder. Concerning all the issues with Asbestos being found in Talc products, this is a fantastic alternative. The only comments against this powder seems to be the texture, which could be from the herbs used.
Many years ago when I was nursing , Talc was given as a suggestion to people having Radiotherapy ,we had no idea that it could contain Asbestos then.
Earthly also have deodorants, toothpowder and many creams such as Magnesium .
On their website they have a natural insect repellent, I am always looking for these in a natural format! You can find some of their products here also on Amazon
Though still look at the labels for anything that you are not happy with. I always had to be careful with any nut oils on one of my daughters, be aware of any allergies. I have seen Almond oil in some of the lotions online.
BABY BATHS AND BUBBLES
A friend of ours said “bathing with some products , is like sitting in a chemical soup”. That has really stuck in my mind ,when you look into what is in some of these bubble baths.
They can contain such chemicals as Formaldehyde, artificial fragrance, which as we have found can contain a multitude of chemicals, also certain preservatives to give it a longer shelf life.
Puracy.com are one company offering a natural solution, giving a link to a list of all their ingredients to help you make an informed decision. They also give an in depth look at just what chemicals can be found in baby bubbles.
EWG have a list of safe baby bubbles , their list includes a rating coloured coded and numbered for safer products.
Sooo Cute ! those days are long gone!
WASHING CLOTHING AND BEDDING For Babies and Children.
It is great to use Organic cottons and fabrics against the skin of your Children, but what about when you wash their bedding and clothing in washing liquid or fabric softener. Adding the chemicals to their lives through that method.
We all want the fabrics to be soft when touching their delicate skin, but they will be sleeping on and wearing these chemicals all the time.
There is a lovely sounding baby washing powder by FYSIO which is from 100% grated virgin olive oil soap without ( Chemical Free, Sulfates Free, Phosphates Free, Phthalates Free, Enzymes Free, Dyes Free, SLS Free, SLES Free, Parabens Free, PEG Free, colors & perfumes Free) taken from the link
Some of the washing powders or liquids , even though they are Organic still have the Fragrance or perfume listing with no idea what that actually entails.
I used to be able to find a pure soap flake product which was great for hand washing some of the clothing. It was getting harder to find, everything seems to have added perfumes.
This one by Almawin is only fragranced with an organic Lavender essential oil. We haven’t tried this ,but it looks worth a look. I do have one daughter who has issues with Lavender oil, though personally I love the soft fragrance.
GREAT IDEAS FOR CARRYING AROUND YOUR LITTLE ONE
I wanted to share this video which I thought was helpful if you have never used one of these before, we were a bit clueless when we first purchased one. It was a life safer for me. It allowed me to do some small jobs at the same time.
This one is a fantastic shirt for dad or mum to carry your baby around with you ,I did feel rather shocked when I saw the price, but it is possibly because it is an American product, it is by a company called LALABU.COM
We used something similar when our daughter was a baby, she hated being apart from us, and she constantly needed to be carried around.
She was no light weight! We had a sling type method which was a godsend ! She lived in there for about a year, some of them you can put on your back as your little one grows heavier.
I remember we were travelling in Italy in the summer. Totally beautiful, but I ended up carrying a heavy six month old in a sling everywhere!
You do need to be careful that they are not overheating. I think that I did everything with her attached to me. Even the cleaning! The sling we bought was so helpful, even to breast feed privately whilst we were out and about.
FOOD ,WHAT IS BETTER? HOW TO BE AWARE OF WHAT YOU ARE BUYING
We all want to give our babies and children the best of everything.
I know it can be hard to make things from fresh all the time, as everyone has busy lives, maybe you have to work, and just don’t have the time.
But after seeing this article yesterday, it really has shocked me. It popped up on a news feed that I have, based in the USA.
And 73% contain ARSENIC !
How on earth can that happen? They do give a list of alternatives to help reduce the risks. I had read before about RICE products that naturally have Arsenic in them , even Organic grains. That has led to us only using rice on a more restricted basis, but there is a lot of baby food products that contain rice as a starter food.
After being truly shocked about the ingredients in baby food, again a couple of days ago, there was an article on both CNN ( “ Leading baby food manufacturers knowingly sold products with high levels of toxic metals, a congressional investigation found”)and NBC-2 ( Leading baby food brands knowingly sold products with high levels of toxic metals , investigation finds) From link – ” toxic metals like arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury exist in baby foods at levels that exceed what experts and governing bodies say are permissible”
“Some baby food products had up to 91 times the inorganic arsenic level, up to 177 times the lead level, up to 69 times the cadmium level and up to five times the mercury allowed in bottled water, the report said”
I really don’t know how those companies can sleep at night, knowing what these toxic metals can do to a baby or child.
This link to the FOOD REVOLUTION will give you some more information, on rice and Arsenic. With ways to reduce the amount of arsenic which is natural in rice.
The other area where we are always careful, is the container the food comes in, plastic? glass or tin? Some are in foil sachets too. Just to be aware of what can leach into the food you are serving. We normally stick to glass containers where we can to minimize any risk. Saving milk or food in glass containers.
Some ideas that I used when our daughter was small.
When our daughter was a baby, she would eat anything I made. She loved Broccoli and would cheerfully eat all of the meal I gave her.
As she grew we had more challenges with her eating. I wanted to give you a couple of tricks that I used to get her to eat a healthier diet. I have to admit I still use some of these methods if she is refusing certain vegetables. It still works!!
I have often seen articles about hiding vegetables in a tomato sauce or a blended soup.
We are vegetarian as well, so I wanted her to eat lentils as well for a balanced diet.
A favourite then and now is Pizza.
Yes I do add vegetables to the sauce, I find it much easier to pre-cook the vegetables so that they are very soft, and can be blended and the sauce remains smooth.
She is tricky! she would see even the smallest lump! I don’t know if you have a child like that. You have to hide everything, or there could be a possible battle on your hands.
I make our own pizzas, so when making the dough, I would cook red lentils until they were very soft. Then I would use these as part of the liquid to make the dough.
Once cooked they go to a pale yellowy colour and can be hidden.
That was very satisfying to see our daughter eat and enjoy a pizza but with the added benefits of being healthy.
Being a Vegetarian, we are trying to cut out the cheese , I can not believe it has taken us this long to find this product called Nooch or Nutritional Yeast for its longer name, this product is great for a veggie.
You can purchase it with the vitamin B12 which is one of the things that can be lacking in a Veggie diet. I am not sure what age you can use this product from. Solid Starts has some insight into this.
If our daughter had her way, she would add it to everything! She even eats it on its own ( she is 16 yrs old now). It has a” nutty flavour “. It can also be used as a pizza topping , but it doesn’t look the same as cheese when melted. Or it can be used in a sauce.
OTHER WAYS TO HIDE FRUIT AND VEGETABLES
Making Ice lolly’s works really well , using fresh fruit, pureed too. If it even resembles a fruit it can be hard sometimes to get them to try it.
Of course smoothies are also a great way to hide fruit or vegetables.
FOODS TO BUY
There seems to be a huge amount of companies out there vying for your business, baby food is big business.
I was lucky to be able to make most of my children’s food . One book that I found really helpful was VEGETARIAN FOOD FOR HEALTHY KIDS by NICOLA GRIMES it gave me some different ideas , which was great even if you are not a vegetarian. There are some really great ideas out there.( I loved this book, until our Labrador puppy ate it! )
If you are going to refrigerate some of the portions ( they are so tiny at first) then ,here are some ideas so that you are not going to get any chemicals leeching into your baby or toddlers food. The glass ones are the best material to avoid chemicals.
Wean Green have a whole selection of glass storage containers.
There is a great article on one of my favourite websites called Food Revolution Network , called 7 useful Ideas You can Use to Help Kids Eat More Plants. Even if this is just part of what they eat.
BOTTLES FOR BABIES
I was lucky in that all my babies took to breast feeding, which I really enjoyed too, it was so convenient and I love that special bonding time you have . Though breast feeding doesn’t always work out for every mum, maybe you are going back to work, or you don’t seem to be producing enough milk. The only time I had to use a bottle was when I had problems with cracked nipples or inflamed breasts.
The one thing even back then, was the concern on what the bottle and teat had been made from.
The chemicals in some plastics can first effect your baby in the womb, THE TELEGRAPH NEWSPAPER this year followed a study done in Barcelona Spain, where they tested pregnant women’s urine samples.
The scary thing was that 4 out of 5 women had BPA and other Phenols in their urine. This can come from a multitude of sources, internal and external. They believe these chemicals may effect your babies breathing.
This reminded me of a TV program I saw on finding the chemicals from dry cleaning in your breast milk.
It is incredible that these everyday things can effect us and our children so much. We haven’t used the dry cleaners for years since we saw that program. I just buy fabrics that can be washed now. Even curtains.
It just isn’t worth the risk to your health. I have a few more ideas here, on how to “dry clean” at home , without the chemicals. Dry Cleaning isn’t even dry, perhaps they should call it chemical cleaning?
WAYS TO RELAX YOUR BABY NATURALLY
I wanted to give some ideas on relaxing your baby, one through touch and massage , being able to get your baby to sleep, then in turn, catching up on sleep that you need.
Massaging your baby very gently, they really respond to touch, making them much more relaxed.
When I was working for a few weeks in the Obstetrics ward ( a long time ago now!) Some of the mums were Indian, they used to cover their babies in oil to help keep their skin moisturized . While adding that loving touch to their babies skin. Relaxing gentle strokes, certainly calmed down their babies.
Finding gentle lotions that you can use to help your baby relax and connect with you. I have listed some natural products below.
Something like this BURTS BEES Nourishing baby oil 100% natural . It is so therapeutic especially if your little one is like our daughter and won’t sleep.
Be Green – Bath and Body products– Non-toxic natural and organic baby products. Made with natural and organic plant oils, butters, herbs.
I just wanted to add some ideas on allowing your little one to relax and sleep better. I guess we all have had sleepless nights, from babies to toddlers. Web Md have some great tips on how to get your little ones to get into a healthy sleep routine.
WHAT PROBLEMS CAN BE FOUND WITH BOTH SOFT AND HARD TOYS?
As with a lot of plastics, they can have additives such as the chemical BPA( MAYO CLINIC) what are they doing to us?
I am sure you have seen as I have the BPA- FREE signs on some plastic items.
Are plastic toys safe for a child?
What happens when they chew a chunk off? Green child magazine has some answers on what are in these products. Explaining the problems that most toys have PVC, which can leach out when they are sucked or chewed.
The huge worry with this is that its not just toys but teething rings, teats on bottles that could have these chemicals in them.
Can you believe some plastic toys can also contain Lead! This is to allow the plastic to last longer.
They suggest the safest plastic for toys is –
What about the paints on some wooden toys, or the fabrics used for plush toys such as teddies.
Whattoexpect.com have a list of safe toys and products for babies and children, giving clear examples of what to to look for in a toy.
Give me the good stuff. also cover how to buy safe toys. Non toxic Toys.
There are some great companies out there if you want to paint your children’s toys safely such as Milk Paint, they cover oils as well.
ECOS PAINTS.net also have tips on how to prepare old wooden toys and what paints are safe to use.
Wooden toys always look great, they look natural and safe, but as with everything, look closely to see where they have been made, this will ensure that the paints are safe to give to your little one.
I prefer the natural products without the paint, remembering to look at any oils or vanishes used as well.
The Tot.com cover some of the toxic paint that can be on wooden toys, they give good advice on buying outdoor toys, even tents and play equipment.
Some books made of plastic for use in the bath, might seem a good idea but can be filled with toxic material. They again cover all the problems covering plastic toys and what can be found in them.
Small footprint family explain the problems that can also occur with soft toys such as teddies, dolls and rubber toys.
Some of the soft toys containing chemicals for fire retardants. That is always a balance of not having something flammable to having those chemicals basically going to bed with our children.
Of course with toys or teddies it is the small items that can be part of the toy that can also be a serious problem if the toys haven’t been made correctly and checked.
Healthy Child .com have some ways of finding safe soft toys without the chemicals.
The HUFFPOST have a list of 22 non- toxic toys that can be found on Amazon.
Bellalunatoys have a range of Non- toxic and Natural toys.
What is great is that you can also look in the age range you want.
There are safety standards, listed here for the UK – Toy Shop UK What to look for if you are buying a toy.
Finally, I have rabbited on for so long!, I will have to split up this blog to maybe two or three smaller blogs. I am also in the process of writing one for pregnancy.
Some of the main thoughts that I have come away with are, that there are some really fantastic companies out there .
Who really care about their products, who they are made for, while keeping the Eco/ recycling aspect side in mind too.
But unfortunately there are other companies who are not as caring. Companies, who we still need to read every ingredient on the bottle. Even Organic products ( sometimes, only some of the ingredients are not organic). I will continue to add and update this post.
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