The single most important aspect of preparing a safe, healthy nursery for your baby is AIR QUALITY. The EPA has stated that indoor toxins are 7-10 times worse than outdoor toxins. Your baby is as risk of mental, physical, intellectual and developmental damage by living and sleeping in a toxic environment.
THE NUMBER ONE CONCERN IS TO REDUCE ENVIRONMENTAL TOXINS because the indoor air in our homes is typically 7-10 times worse than the air outside. This is due to chemicals that might come from cleaning products, adhesives in furniture, fire retardants etc. So how can we keep the nursery as free of these toxins as possible: Remember a baby's body is tiny and thus way more vulnerable to these toxins.
Where do the harmful toxins come from?
Visit this site for more in-depth information: www.ceh.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Kids-Furniture-Report-Press.pdf.
How do we improve air quality?
About Chemical Fire Retardants
Chemical fire retardants are common in consumer products. They are added to a wide variety of household items such as furniture, electronics, appliances and even baby products. While one class of fire retardants called PBDEs (for polybrominated diphenyl ethers) has been taken off the market due to toxicity concerns, it has been replaced with compounds such as TDCIPP (also known as “chlorinated tris”) and chemical mixtures such as Firemaster® 550. But this is not a victory, because these alternative chemicals are also linked to toxicity concerns such as cancer and endocrine disruption. Until we get fire retardants out of consumer products, EWG suggests that you avoid contact with these toxic chemicals as best you can. It’s not possible to steer clear of them entirely, but fortunately you now have more fire retardant-free choices!
Using these tips you can learn:
Why You Should Reduce Your Exposure To Toxic Fire Retardants.
Scientists have found that exposure to toxic fire retardant chemicals at critical points in development can damage the reproductive system and cause deficits in motor skills, learning, memory and behavior. Some are carcinogenic.
Fire retardants in everyday items such as furniture, computers, televisions and other electronics spread through the home and could expose children to amounts that exceed the Environmental Protection Agency’s health risk guidelines. EWG’s tests found much higher levels of both PBDEs and TDCIPP in young children than in their mothers – likely because children frequently put their hands, toys and other objects in their mouths. Fire retardants migrate out of products and can contaminate house dust, which accumulates on the floor where children play. Read our report on TDCIPP in mothers and their toddlers to learn more about children’s exposures.
Until toxic fire retardants are taken out of consumer products (including imports) and safer solutions are in place to meet flammability standards, American families – especially children – will continue to be needlessly exposed.
Which Household Products Contain Toxic Fire Retardants.
Fire retardants are commonly added to furniture containing polyurethane foam, including couches and upholstered chairs, futons and carpet padding. They also turn up in children’s products such as car seats, changing table pads, portable crib mattresses, nap mats and nursing pillows.
Some TVs, remotes, cell phones and other electronics, as well as building materials, also contain chemical retardants, but these sources are much more difficult to avoid. Foam products made before 2005 may be the most hazardous. Older foam items commonly contain PBDEs, highly toxic fire retardants that were taken off the U.S. market. But scientists are finding that newer substitutes such as TDCIPP may be just as harmful, so EWG recommends buying products made without fire retardants whenever possible.
THIS SITE ALSO HAS SOME GREAT INFO on fire retardants http://research.duke.edu/stories/flame-retardants-make-dust-bunnies-dangerous.
How To Make Natural Diaper Rash TreatmentRecipe #1: Protective Barrier Balm Infused with inflammation reducing essential oils, this balm provides a protective barrier while soothing irritated tushies. And unlike its popular commercial counterpart, it doesn’t contain skin irritants like petrolatum, dimethicone, or mineral oil. Ingredients:
* Lavender and tea tree essential oils are considered by some to mimic estrogen. After looking into the study that sparked this claim I have concluded that it was poorly constructed and desperately lacking meaningful analyses.
On the other hand, according to three doctors representing Wake Forest, Yale and Harvard respectively, “Traditional use and clinical trials have not suggested estrogenic effects of tea tree or lavender oil, though estrogenic effects have been reported for other essential oils and plants.” You can read more about the original study and subsequent studies here.
Apply with clean hands as needed.
Up to 1 year if kept in a tightly sealed container, though the therapeutic benefits of the essential oils will be most effective if used within 6 months.
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