Safety at home: a few simple precautions

child safetySafety at home: a few simple precautions

Children are fragile. They’re susceptible to a lot more illnesses than adults, tend to react more severely when they do catch something, and are easily affected by household dangers. Not to worry though, children are also resilient. A little precaution goes a long way. Here’s how to be aware of the most common household hazards and how to prevent them to create a safe, less accident-prone environment for your family.

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Baby Care: Disney Daily Renewal “Naturals” Contain Synthetic Ingredients

disney not naturalThe world of “natural” skin care is difficult to navigate.  I have reviewed hundreds of products, and yet I still become befuddled by ingredients and marketing terms like “naturals”.

We were recently sent some products I viewed with trepidation, as they bear the Disney label, one of my least favorite companies.  True Disney brought magic to my own childhood and continues to do so for children today, but the marketing of products today goes beyond the magic of Walt envisioned.

We were sent some baby products from Disney’s Daily Renewal Naturals line.

These products, although marketed as “natural”, contain synthetic ingredients.

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Natural Toddler Feeding Made Easy: Happy Family Gluten-Free Organic Superfoods


Screen shot 2013-01-30 at 11.49.44 AMHomemade meals and snacks from whole foods is always best, but it is not always possible or convenient. Fortunately, parents have many choices for feeding their infants and toddlers nutritious, organic food.

One such brand keeping it simple and organic for busy families is Happy Family. From Happy Baby to Happy Tots, all stages of eating and development are covered by this brand of convenience.  Just remember convenience often comes at a cost to the environment and health.

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The Friendliest Materials for Baby’s Bedrooms

Babys RoomThe Friendliest Materials for Baby’s Bedrooms

Did you know that children, especially newborns and infants, are more susceptible to environmental hazards than adults? Did you also know that many of the items harmful to your baby can be found in your baby’s room? More and more studies are being conducted that show everything from the paint on the walls to the crib, mattress and even the supplies used to clean can be hazardous to a baby’s health. Chemicals used in the composition of rugs and common household cleaners have been linked to serious childhood health disorders ranging from asthma to cancer. Certain paints can lead to lead poisoning while the fibres in some mattresses can cause serious skin reactions. With careful attention to the design, materials and maintenance in your baby’s room, you can reduce these risks and provide a healthier, safer environment for your baby to grow in.

Paint

Many paints contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that give off harmful gases. These gases can remain in the air long after the paint dries. They can also contaminate surrounding items such as furniture and flooring. VOCs produce a number of symptoms in infants and children that range from itchy eyes and runny noses to liver and nervous system damage. Several types of VOCs found in paint have been identified as carcinogens and can lead to cancer in both children and adults. When choosing paint, it is important to avoid paints that list “biocides” or “ethylene glycol ethers” an ingredients. These are toxic solvents that can be especially harmful in pregnant women and young children.
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2 Red Hens Toy Nanny: Is it a blanket? Is it a toy tote? It’s BOTH!

It can be challenging going from play dates to visiting relatives to home with a baby.  When my kids were little, I would stuff a backpack with toys and a blanket, as you never knew what you would need when you are a busy mom with a little one on the go.  A clean blanket is essential, as you want to protect your child from dirty floors or pet hair or a lawn outside.  Toys, of course, are necessary for play so mom can enjoy a cup of coffee or tea while visiting.

2 Red Hens Studio Toy Nanny is a unique item that doubles as both a play mat and a fashionable toy tote:

  • The most ingenious thing to hit the baby market since disposable diapers!
  • This floor blanket quickly cinches up into a toy tote
  • 8 mesh pockets to keep small pieces in place
  • Soft velour interior and water resistant back
  • Hauling toys from Grandmas, to play dates, to the back yard has never been easier

Well, I don’t find disposable diapers ingenious, and I actually take offense at that part of the product description.  I also wish the fabrics were more eco-friendly.

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U.S. PIRG Trouble in Toyland 2012: Don’t give dangerous toys this holiday season

As consumers, we assume that the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is doing their job testing products and ensuring our children’s safety.  Unfortunately, the task is larger than the organization can handle, and toxic, dangerous toys, mostly manufactured cheaply in foreign countries, riddle the store shelves.  As parents and grandparents hunt for bargains, unbeknownst to them they are exposing their children to toxic heavy metals like lead and cadmium, choking hazards, such as magnets, and toxic plastic chemicals like phthalates.

For the 27th year, U.S. PIRG has released Trouble in Toyland.

Key findings from the report include:

  • Toys with high levels of toxic substances are still on store shelves. We found toys which contained phthalates, as well as toys with lead content above the 100 parts per million limit.
  • Despite a ban on small parts in toys for children under three, we found toys available in stores that still pose choking hazards.
  • We also found toys that are potentially harmful to children’s ears and exceed the noise standards recommended by the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.
  • We discovered small powerful magnets that pose a dangerous threat to children if swallowed.

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Pet and Child Proofing Your Home: DreamBaby Security Gate

I am not a proponent of play pens or cribs, but sometimes there is need for a safety gate.  When my kids were toddlers, we had one at the top and bottom of our stairs, but that was many years ago.  Now that we have a puppy, we needed a gate to keep the puppy out of part of the house and protect our floors and rugs.  Thankfully, DreamBaby came through.

We were sent a Dreambaby Swing Closed Security Gate.

Product Description

Dreambaby Swing Closed Security GateDreambaby Swing Closed Security Gate keeps kids away from prohibited zones of the home. These steel gates come with the required hardware and take only minutes to install. They are ideal for doorways, hallways or stairs.

Features

  • Prevents injuries in the home by blocking unsafe places from kids
  • Rounded top makes it attractive
  • Ideal for hallways, doorways or stairs and fits 28″ to 32″
  • Easy to operate, requires only one hand
  • Automatically shuts after closing
  • Opens in either directions
  • Easy to install; comes with hardware
  • 29″ tall
  • Made of steel

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Handmade Organic Zubels Hats for Toddlers

Today is crazy hat day at my children’s school as part of Red Ribbon Week. Although I don’t quite understand what wearing crazy hats has to do with drug abuse education, it makes me nostalgic for a time when I could dress my babies and toddlers in crazy, cute hats.

Zubels makes cute organic hand-knit dolls; they also make cute hats!  We were sent two Zubels hats:  dog and calico hat.  These hats are super soft and adorable. They say they are for toddlers ages two to three, but my babies always had big heads and would certainly have fit into these hats.

What do you mean by Organics?

Our Organics collection uses 100% certified organic Cotton yarns.  Organic cotton is grown without the use of harmful pesticides and is better for the environment.   Zubels organic cotton is certified organic by the Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS) organization…

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Baby Essentials That Aren’t, Part 9: Changing Tables

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The list.  You’ve seen it, or maybe you have gotten one when invited to a baby shower. The quintessential baby items.  Google “Baby Essentials”, and you will be bombarded with the expense of that new little one.  From necessity or experience, our writers have told you about many of these Baby Essentials That Aren’t.

When viewing WebMd’s baby essentials list, a changing area is mentioned.

  • Changing area: This can be on top of a dresser or a separate changing table. It is a good idea to purchase a pad to lay baby on top of when changing. You’ll be changing a lot of diapers, so it’s a good idea to have a comfortable surface at a good height that won’t hurt your back. Never take your hand or eyes off baby when changing him or her, especially if your changing area is off the ground; babies can roll off the table at the blink of an eye.

Although not saying a changing table is an absolute necessity, even implying one has dresser that is clear on top for changing diapers is quite an assumption, at least it was for me.

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Baby Soaps Give False Positive Results for Marijuana THC; Dr. Bronner’s Arrested for Industrial Hemp Protest

3D rendering of the THC molecule

3D rendering of the THC molecule (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Soap and hemp have been in the news lately.  In two, semi-related stories, researchers have found that certain baby soaps produce false positive drug tests, and Dr. Bronner’s CEO has been arrested for protesting US regulations on industrial hemp.

Surprisingly, many common commercial brands of baby soaps are causing children to have false positive tests for THC.  Brands like Aveeno, Johnson & Johnson, and CVS are confusing researchers, doctors, nurses, and parents, especially since these brands don’t even contain hemp.

MSNBC reports:

Certain soaps used to wash babies shortly after birth may cause the baby to test positive for marijuana on some newborn screening tests, a new study suggests.

In the study, urine samples that contained minute amounts of any of five baby soaps — Johnson & Johnson’s Head-to-Toe Baby Wash, J&J Bedtime Bath, CVS Night-Time Baby Bath, Aveeno Soothing Relief Creamy Wash and Aveeno Wash Shampoo — gave a positive result on a drug screening test for tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active ingredient in marijuana.

The researchers began their investigation after nurses at a North Carolina hospital reported an increase in the number of newborns testing positive for marijuana.

The amount of soap in the urine needed to produce a positive test result was tiny, less than 0.1 milliliters, the researchers said.

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FDA Agrees with Rep. Markey to Ban BPA in Infant Formula

A baby having milk from a bottle.

When the news of toxic BPA leaching into our bodies from plastic first broke over five years ago, the biggest shock was that our babies were being exposed to this hormone-disruptor via baby bottles.  It turns out, baby bottles were not the biggest contributors to BPA exposure in infants, but the true culprit was the containers for infant formula.

Congressman Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) has been working tirelessly to remove BPA from all food and beverage containers.  The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is finally responding, at least in regards to infant formula.

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Is Your Water Bottle Giving You Cancer? New Study Reveals Shocking BPA Dangers.

BPA water bottle

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by Farron Cousins
Originally posted on Desmogblog.com

Bisphenol A, or BPA for short, has been in the spotlight for decades, with both the chemical industry and occasionally the federal government touting its safety, while independent, non-industry funded scientific studies show us how dangerous the chemical truly is. The latest news regarding BPA is no different, with new independent studies showing that the common chemical has the potential to increase the risk of breast cancer when exposure occurs in the womb.

BPA is a common chemical used primarily in the production of plastics, such as baby bottles, canned goods (lining the inside of cans), soda bottles, and other common plastic goods that typically hold food or beverages (although it is found in countless other polycarbonate plastic products, including medical devices). It helps preserve the life of perishable goods, but comes at a dangerous cost to human health.

The chemical easily leaches out of plastic, and is either consumed by humans, or it can be absorbed through the skin. Estimates show that in the U.S., humans consume about 50 micrograms per kilogram of body weight everyday. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that, at any given time, 93% of Americans have measurable amounts of BPA in their systems.

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petiteBox: Monthly Delivery of Premier Natural Brands for Mom and Babe

Being a new mom (and dad) is exhausting, as is finding the right natural products to use.  Who has time to shop around when you barely get enough sleep?  petiteBox makes it easy with their monthly subscription service:

This high-end subscription service makes it easy for new families with a delightful box of the “most coveted products”, which thankfully are organic and natural!

Not sure which baby products are the best for your precious little one? petiteBox is an exclusive baby box service that sends the latest baby product samples from top brands and wellness products just for Mom straight to your door. Each month you’ll receive a new baby box full of baby necessities such as baby lotion, baby clothes, baby food, calming oils and more. The contents of the baby boxes change each month, but only the best baby products are always included. You will never get the same thing twice.

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