Ok, so I did a ton of research on baby products when I got pregnant. Actually, scratch that, before I did research on baby products, I did research on products that I used on my body that could possibly come in contact with the baby – things like my face wash, body lotion, shampoo and conditioner…I evaluated it all. I became obsessed. I spent hours pouring over products on the EWG skin deep consumer guide. Carcinogens, phthalates, artificial coloring…anything that kept the EWG rating over a 1 was scrutinized until I found natural products that would keep my growing baby safe.
I still remember the day when I was around 8 months preggo, after all my research, I was at the store buying another bottle of my facial moisturizer that I thought for sure was safe from salicylic acid (an aspirin derivative that should probably be avoided in large amounts) when I looked at the packaging and freaked out – there is was in the ingredient list – salicylic acid! It wasn’t on the bottle I’d had at home, so I somehow missed it on the paper packaging. I just about died. I’d been using this product for months.
After I calmed down from my panic (and texted my best friend and mother of 3 who assured me the tiny amount I put on my face every night would not harm my baby) I became even more diligent with my research. My poor husband was a saint for putting up with me and my never ending articles and stats about the safest baby products. I did extensive research on everything I bought from glass bottles, to organic baby carriers to silicon teethers, but the baby product I spent the most time researching was her crib mattress. I had friends who told me to just get the $100 one at Babie’s R Us, that it was fine. But after doing my own research I knew that I was not going to put my daughter to sleep on something that was doused in fire retarded chemicals, carcinogens and polyurethane foam which has known side effects including cardiac arrhythmias, breathlessness, chest discomfort, irritation of mucous membranes, headache, coughing, asthma-like allergic reaction, dizziness, weakness, fatigue, nausea, blurred vision, and reduced pulmonary function.
We ended up purchasing the Naturopediec 150 organic cotton seamless mattress and I have loved every second of it. Naturepedic is the only company that uses low density, food-grade polyethylene, which meet the FDA standard for food contact, for the purpose of waterproofing and dust mite proofing. Strict independent testing confirms there are no phthalates or any toxic chemicals in this polyethylene. So every night when I put my daughter down for bed, I can rest assured that she is laying her precious head on the safest mattress out there.
But I’ve completely digressed from the main topic of this post…the real thing I wanted to talk about is that there is a woman equally as passionate about her children’s safety as I am and she actually wrote a book about it! I love the story behind it – she started out writing notes to her kiddos about advice for when they’d have babies and thanks to the help of a few awesome companies, those notes turned into an eBook.
You can read the book here and get more info on all sorts of safe products and practices to stick to when you’re preggo and after you have the baby. Rachel (of Mommy Greenest Fame and former CEO of Healthy Child Healthy World), does such a great job of breaking everything you need to know into easy to understand paragraphs and while the world of toxic chemicals can get a little confusing, you can easily make it through this book without a science degree
I definitely encourage any preggos, soon-to-be preggos and mamas out there to check out this book. Our children came into this world pure and unaware and it’s our job as parents to keep them safe and healthy and while we can’t protect them from every bump and bruise or sugar filled treat out there, we can do our part to help reduce the toxic chemicals in their environment.