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Simple ways to create a healthy home for baby

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I can’t protect them from everything. Not even when they grew tiny toes inside my own body… not when their soft skin emerged into this world… certainly, not now when their tiny hands explore every nook and cranny at home and abroad.

No. We can’t protect our babies from everything. And that sometimes scares me.

I watch my children’s small bodies growing and know they are more vulnerable than I am to chemical and environmental exposure.

Chemicals are found in umbilical cord blood. Lead has been found in many children’s face paints.

But how can we protect them from everything? We likely can’t. But there’s tons of simple steps we can take to minimize exposure for our children. After sitting in on a virtual chat sponsored by Seventh Generation, Healthy Child, Healthy World, and Stonyfield Farms, I came away with fresh ideas for removing more chemical and environmental risks for our family.

Take off shoes in the house – we do this… when we remember. I’m going to set up a better shoe-take-off area to improve our habits

Use safer body care products - avoid products with ingredients like parabens, synthetic fragrances & triclosan. I am pretty good about this with the kids but I still sometimes buy products for myself that aren’t the best.

Eat whole foods – we are making good strides in this area, but could do more especially when eating out of the house. We know that processed foods are loaded with sweeteners, artificial flavors and colorings, and synthetic preservatives. These foods lack nutrients and many are linked to health issues like ADHD and cancer.

Open the windows – indoor air is actually more polluted than outdoor air. Unbelievable! We run air purifiers and also try to open the windows a few minutes to a couple hours every day.

Avoid canned goods – ugh. As I like to plan ahead for meals, this is hard for me, because you can get great deals on canned foods. However, most cans have BPA in the plastic resin lining. So it’s best to buy packaged foods in glass jars or frozen.

Avoid register receipts – Did you know most register receipts also contain BPA? It can rub off on your hands and if you recycle it, the BPA can contaminate the whole batch of recyling! Ask for e-receipts or decline receipts where possible.

Check sunscreen has non-nano particles – I’m especially concerned about sunscreens for my babies because those go on the whole body repeatedly in the summer. Seventh Generation has a nice Wee Generation sunscreen with a low rating (that’s good) on the EWG Guide to Sunscreens

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You know what else we can do as parents? Seventh Generation suggests:

1. Urge Senators to strengthen and pass the Chemical Safety Improvement Act (CSIA). Click here to find and message your senator.

2. Host your own Healthy Baby Home Party! Raise awareness of the dangers of chemicals among moms and caregivers. You’ll get a whole package of samples and information to share with everyone!

3. Save $1! Find information, tips and a $1 E-coupon from the Healthy Baby Home Party website.

Every day, I watch my children grow and play. And I try to think of one more small way to keep them safe from hidden dangers in their world. I also talk to my toddler about good hygiene and healthy eating so my kids will form good habits for a healthy lifestyle from the start.

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What are some simple ways you’ve minimized chemical and environmental dangers in your home? I’m always looking for more ways to “clean house”!

This is a sponsored post for Seventh Generation and TheMotherhood. All opinions are 100% my own.

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Melissa H.July 2, 2013 - 11:00 am

I’m always worried about protecting my little one where I can! I need some house plants… and we try to get outside into the fresh air and in the garden everyday.

Cynthia RJune 27, 2013 - 9:16 pm

i usually just clean with water/baking soda/vinegar/lemon mixtures. If I do buy any cleaning products its natural products with no scent such as 7th generation

Katie LJune 26, 2013 - 1:36 pm

I started to make my own cleaners or use green products for cleaning

Vicki WurglerJune 26, 2013 - 10:29 am

I pick pump sprays over aerosols, use baking soda and vinegar to clean, I also like to buy organic fruits and veggies-less pesticide residue

ThereseJune 26, 2013 - 6:17 am

We clean everything with Vinegar and water and have removed most processed foods and beverages so none of us are tempted to set a bad example!

KrystalJune 26, 2013 - 5:37 am

I try to use vinegar to clean as much as I can.

Sarah ReidJune 25, 2013 - 10:49 pm

We have several plants around the house to help filter the air. We also have an air purifying fan. We buy environmentally safe cleaning products and sometimes even make our own. I really need to start enforcing the shoe rule…we end up with leaves and dirt dragged throughout the house all the time. Ick!

LaikenJune 25, 2013 - 10:21 pm

We open the windows most days to get the sunlight and fresh air. Love when we have cool fresh air circulating.

Joy NJune 25, 2013 - 5:29 pm

Register receipts??! For real?! gah i feel like there is always something new.. will never come out ahead

Tamara SzJune 25, 2013 - 11:10 am

One thing we’ve done is to make our own liquid hand soap from bar soap!

JenniferJune 25, 2013 - 10:34 am

We removed chemical based cleaners and we make our own laundry detergent and use wool dryer balls. We’re working on removing plastics all together but thats a slow process and I honestly dont think it will ever all be removed. (oh and cloth diapering… and working on family cloth… there are still a few family members needing convincing!) :)

Natalie SJune 25, 2013 - 10:03 am

I like to make some of my own cleaning solutions using vinegar, baking soda and such. It’s cheap and completely safe for the kiddos. We also don’t wear shoes in the house. I try to buy all things BPA free and organic foods when possible.

Andrea HJune 25, 2013 - 9:58 am

I did not know about register receipts – very interesting! We like to purchase locally grown & organic foods when possible – that eliminates packaging, especially canned goods. We also don’t use air fresheners (febreeze, etc) & try to use alternatives (vinegar, baking soda, lemon) instead of commercial cleaners.

ChellyJune 25, 2013 - 9:04 am

Clean mostly with vinegar and baking soda, natural body products…. a lot of coconut oil! Cloth diapers and cloth wipes *most* of the time. When I do use sposies, 7th Gen is the brand I reach for. I keep some in the vehicle should we break down or stay away from home longer than expected, there’s extra diapers. Trips and when I’m sick, sposies are a big help.

When carpets get cleaned, we make sure to find a company that uses a safe solution.

Ginger G.June 25, 2013 - 8:12 am

We do several of the things you mentioned, like using an air purifier, natural body products, some natural cleaning products (I could do a little better with this!). I would also like to get some indoor plants to clean the air : )

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