Keeping Baby Rooms And Your Home Environmentally Safe

Posted by Merlin on Mar 25, 2008

High Magnetic And Electric Fields Cause Severe Long Term Illness.

Children are more vulnerable to electromagnetic waves because their bodies are developing as are their skulls.  High magnetic and electric fields can cause severe long-term illness, interfer with the immune system and keep children from sleeping well.

In Designing Your Baby Room:

  • Limit the use of electronics and wireless devices in and around the crib.
  • Reduce electromagnetic radiation by using battery powered clocks, avoid wireless devices such as portable phones, cell phones and wireless baby monitors.
  • Use an automatic-demand switch to turn off circuit breakers at night and to reduce the electric fields while you sleep.

Studies suggest that indoor air is 2 - 5 times more polluted than the air outside.

Products such as paints, lacquers, cleaning supplies, pesticides, building materials and furnishings can emit VOCs and gases into the air that we breathe.

Since babies breath more air pound for pound than adults, their growing bodies should be our utmost concern.

  • Remove airbound chemicals and gases with an indoor air purifier.   Look for a four stage filter that includes a medical grade HEPA filter and activated military carbon cloth.
  • Reduce bilogical contaminants like dust, mold, pollen and pet dander with a HEPA vacuum cleaner.
  • Change your furnace filters every three months.
  • Open windows and doors to bring in fresh air regularly.

Recent Studies Indicate That Plastic Baby Bottles Impair Normal Development.

According to recent studies, Bisphenol-A, a chemical found in some plastic baby bottles, can disrupt hormone function, cause hyperactivity and  increased aggression, lead to impaired learning, alter the functionin g of the immune system and is associated with obesity and diabetes.

  • Choose baby bottles and sippy cups that are free of Bisphenol-A or use glass bottles. 
  • Avoid plastic toys and bottles, which can leach endocrine disrupting chemicals into liquid when they heated or scratched.

Bath Water Linked To Cancer

Fifty percent of chlorine intake occurs while bathing.  Recent scientific studies have linked chlorinatied water, over time, to conditions such as cancer of the bladder, liver, stomach and colon.

Chlorine has also been found to increase the risk of asthma.

  • Use a chlorine filter like a bath ball or dechlorinating bath salts.
  • For older children, a chlorine shower filter can be installed.
  • Filters can also help eliminated odors, dirt and sediment that cause dry, itchy flakey skin, brittle hair and eye, lung and sinus irritation.  A bathtub filter will also keep your tub cleaner longer, as it reduces lime scale, mold and mildew deposits.

Less Than 30% Of Petrochemicals Used In Homes Have Been Tested For Their Effects On Human And Environmental Health.

Many cleaning products contain harssh chemical and synthetic fragrances.  The National Research Council estimates that less than 30% of the petrochemicals available for home use have been tested for their effects on us and our environment. 

This tells us that we don’t always know what is in our cleaning agents.

  • Use nontoxic, 100% biodegradable cleaning products.
  • Avoid extra strength cleancers, which may contain dangerours solvents, acids, caustic chemicals, bleach and ammonia.
  • Use mild, organic cleaners (such as unscented, general-purpose soaps and detergents) and homemade cleaners instead.

Pesticides Linked To Diseases, Including Leukemia.

Pesticides are linked to many diseases, including childhood leukemia and do not belong near small children who could accidently ingest them.

Pesticides can remain in carpeting for up to 20 years!

Keep your baby’s environment safe following these rules.

  • Use nontoxic methods of pest control.
  • Wipe your feet on a doormat or leave your shoes at the door to prevent tracking in pesticides on the bottom of your shoes.
  • Choose organic cloth toys and fabrics that do not contain harmful pesticides.
  • Keep accumulated trash to a minimum
  • Seal cracks to limit pests from entering your home.

Steps To A Green Baby Room; Healthy Baby Rooms

Posted by Merlin on Feb 15, 2008

Baby Room Furnishing Formaldehyde Poses Potential Threat! 

Selecting Baby Room Furnishings To Keep Your Baby Healthy.

When selecting a crib and other baby room furnishings for your new baby room, be sure to look beyond the style.

Formaldehyde can be found in baby furniture made with pressed wood products, urea-formaldehyde foam insulation (UFFI), tobacco smoke and permanent press / wrinkle-free fabrics.

Formaldehyde exposure has been linked to eye, nose and throat irritation, coughing, fatigue, skin rashes, severe allergic reactions and cancer.

  • Avoid manufactured wood products, such as particleboard, hardwood plywood paneling and medium-density fiberboard.
  • Look for a well constructed, handcrafted, natural wood crib that will grow with your child so that you don’t have to buy another expensive child’s bed in just a couple of years.

Lead Paint Used On Cribs Before 1978!

Many homes built before 1978 contain lead paint, which exposes a child to toxic, heavy metal.  This paint can be found on window frames, walls, old cribs and in new, imported toys.  Babies and toddlers don’t intent to eat the paint, but they are liable to chew on the headboard of a crib or a window sill within reach.

  • Use low or zero VOC (volatile organic compound) paints with natural pigments such as clay.  These new paints are durable, cost effective and pose less threat to human and environmental health.
  • Leave lead based paint undisturbed if it is in good condition.   Do not sand or burn off paint that may contain lead. 
  • Use a lead test kit to identify places and household objects where lead is lurking.

Crib Bedding With Dangerous Flame Retardant Chemicals And Pesticides

Your baby’s bedding can consist of artificial petroleum-derived foams and fibers, dangerous flame retardant chemicals and pesticides, all of which can expose your baby to toxic fumes. 

Additionally, stain and water-resistant treatments add more VOCs to the air we breathe.

  • Choose an organic, untreated, natural crib matteress with no chemical flame-retardants.  Wool is a good substiture as it is naturally flame retardant and dust mite resistant.
  • Avoid permanent press sheets or draperies, and look for organic fabrics that have not been treated with pesticides.
  • If you, or your child suffers from allergies or asthma, use barrier vocers for pillows and mattresses.

Carpets In Your House May Harbor Millions Of Microorganisms And Can Release Dangerous Chemicals!

Babies like to crawl, but carpets can harbor millions of micro-organisms. VOC’s can  be foind in the carpet fibers, backing and adhesives, as well as in any stain or water resistant treatments that may have been applied.

  • Choose an all-natural, 100% biodegradable carpet made from 100% wool fibers and with no toxic adhesives.
  • Or Select natural and hard surface flooring like wood, linoleum, cork (which insulates heat and sound), bambaoo and natural fiber area rugs with a nonslip pad.

Keep your baby safe by doing the necessary research before you buy new baby room furnishings.