Years ago I questioned a friend before bringing my newborn home: How do I create the healthiest environment?
Her response was simple: Use common sense.
A bit overly simplified, I thought, but true. Do I want my baby happy and healthy? Absolutely. So I set about looking for ways to achieve just that.
Following are some tips for new moms, or reminders for those who have been around the baby block.
In the Laundry Room: Laundry cleaners containing dyes and perfumes (and most of them do!) can be more harmful than healthy. There’s plenty of options out there; choose one that’s labeled “free and clear” and your whole family will benefit. It’s also important to note that fabric softeners are considered quite toxic. Be gentle on baby and the environment and get the same benefits with earth-friendly LooHoo Wool Dryer Balls.
In the Kitchen: When choosing a plastic baby bottle, you’ll want to stay away from any containing BPA—bisphenol A. Look for the symbol #7 or PC on the label and move on. Bottles with numbers 1, 2, 4 or 5 are considered safe. Also, as your baby grows, remember that the first couple of years is the ideal time to introduce healthy eating. If a baby is hungry, he will eat. Puree fresh vegetables and fruit and continue to introduce new healthy items. If you don’t stock chips and cookies, they won’t be there for your child to eat.
In the Bedroom: Every child gets them, but not every one is ideal for a baby. Stuffed animals can pose a threat if there’s too many in the crib (experts say wait a year before putting anything in a crib), the toy has loose parts that can be swallowed or it has potentially harmful dyes. The last on this list is a tough one since it can be difficult to identify “harmful.” When in doubt, go organic.
What are your tips for creating a healthy environment for your baby? Share with us below.