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Finding Safer Children’s Products

November 20th, 2008 by mindfulmomma

Most Moms I meet tell me the issue of toxicity in everyday products didn’t really surface for them until they had a child.  With all the bad press about BPA and other dangerous chemicals in our environment these days, it’s easy to get scared about trying to raise a child in this toxic world.  Sometimes you need a little more information to help you feel grounded and to come up with an action plan.

Healthy legacy That’s why I was so please to come across the new-to-me brochure from Healthy (with help from the IATP) that gives you the ‘readers digest’ version of toxicity issues and explains why children are even more vulnerable than adults.  The Guide To Safer Children’s Products also includes a copy-and-clip guide to safer plastics and a well-compiled list of safer products for kids including baby bottles and sippy cups, utensils and dishes, pacifiers and teethers, food and breastmilk containers & formula and food products.

If you’re itching to do a little more reading or to get the cutting edge scoop on toxicity research and product news, check out these other fabulous resources:

  • HCHW book Healthy Child Healthy World - A non-profit eductation and advocacy group dedicated to protecting the health and well-being of children from environmental exposures.  They have a fabulous blog that will keep you up to date on the latest news and a book that should be on every parent’s bookshelf. 
  • The Zrecs Guide to Safer Children’s Products - A well-researched, searchable guide to children’s products that focuses on keeping toxic chemicals out of our kids and is updated frequently.
  • The Smart Mama - This blog about taking “Simple Steps to Non-Toxic Kids” is written by one very smart mama!  She is right on top of the latest news and information on environmental health and has a book on the topic coming out next summer.

Keeping informed about environmental toxins is one of the best things we can do for our kids!