Take the time to go over the eco-friendly tips below on how to ensure baby safety both inside and outside your home. Green parenting does not really equate to a major overhaul of your habits and practices. Find out below how to do your own share in preserving the earth's beauty while being a good parent at the same time.
Cook Your Own Baby Food
To ensure food safety and sanitation of your baby, make your own baby food. It's not only healthy, but environmentally-friendly, too. By doing so, you exactly know what's in the mixture of your baby food; you'll be more confident that you're giving your baby exactly the right nutrients needed for his age. As a matter of fact, a baby's palettes are blank slates of taste buds for you to fill with flavors. You can start introducing one flavor at a time and introduce new types of food each week. Incorporate green vegetables and light-colored fruits to your child's daily food mixture.
Stop Using Plastic Baby Bottles
There have been several related studies about the bisphenol content of plastic baby bottles; studies have shown that low-dose exposure to bisphenol leads to permanent changes in your baby's genital tract, a decline in testosterone, hyperactivity, an increase in prostate weight, and breast or prostate cells becoming sensitive to cancer.
Good substitutes for plastic bottles are tempered glass bottles. Aside from zero-bisphenol content, tempered glasses do not leak at all. A lot of manufacturing companies are now producing more of these types as consumer demand for tempered glass is also increasing.
In storing breast milk, use wide-mouthed glass instead; choose one that does not crack when chilled or heated. Remember to use clear silicone bottle pacifiers and nipples instead because those thick looking nipples made of PVC contain phthalates and adipates that can easily leak into the milk. These toxic chemicals are linked to nerve, testicular and liver cancer. You can also find these chemicals in chew toys and soft squeeze balls.
The following plastic baby bottles are considered safe by the United States Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy:
- Gerber Nuk Nipples Orthodontic Silicone
- Lamby Remond Glass Bottles
- Medela breast milk bags
- Evenflo Classic Glass Nurser
- Glass bottles of any brand
- Born Free 9 0z. wide neck, twin pack bottles
Remember to discard plastic items that show signs of wear and tear such as a cloudy and crackled appearance.
Make Use of Wooden Toys
Aside from being reusable, wooden toys are the safest type of toys you can offer to your baby. They do not contain dangerous chemicals such as those found in plastics and other synthetic materials. Aside from its zero leaching properties, wooden toys are also renewable--most of them are recycled in tree farms. The only danger they pose is the fact that wood is harder than plastic. A lot of toy manufacturers are now allowing parents to choose the type of wood they would want for customized toys.
As a parent, you have the responsibility to teach your kids to start
going green at a younger age and reap its benefits when they grow