Every parent wants to provide a safe and healthy environment for their children to grow up and thrive in, but there are so many dangers in the world that the thought of it all can seem overwhelming. With over 80,000 registered chemicals in the US and no pre-market safety testing requirements (under federal law) we as parents have to be more aware for our families sake.
I don’t know about everyone else but in today’s busy world I tend to turn to the internet for information and have found lots of like minded moms to connect with that have the same concerns as I do. Having a healthy happy family means so much and having a support system is key, one step at a time we can do it together.
There are so many tips and tricks to living a healthier lifestyle that I have learned from other moms and recently when I attended a Virtual Healthy Baby Home Party sponsored by Seventh Generation, Healthy Child Healthy World, and Stonyfield Organic, I was overwhelmingly excited to come away with new and easy ideas for removing more chemical and environmental hazards from our home.
Take off shoes at the door ~ This is a big rule in our home, whether you are a guest or you live here shoes are off immediately when you enter. Why? 85% of the dirt in our homes is tracked inside on the bottom of our shoes. Dirt, and toxics such as lead, pesticides, and gasoline residue just to name a few. It’s the public health equivalent of washing your hands.
Use safer body care products ~ I’m guilty of not using the best products for myself sometimes but am trying to change that, when it comes to my boys I won’t bend..we avoid products with ingredients like parabens, synthetic fragrances & triclosan.
Eat more whole foods ~ we are determined to make this happen in our daily diets, but could do a better job and set a better example for our boys. Processed foods may be more convenient however they are loaded with sweeteners, artificial flavors and colorings, and synthetic preservatives. These foods lack nutrients and many are linked to health issues like ADHD and cancer which we have personal experience with sadly.
Open the windows ~ Did you know that on average people spend 90% of their time inside? Indoor air is actually more polluted than outdoor air, crazy huh? We are making sure we open the windows daily now and letting in the fresh air, remember open window safety!
Avoid canned goods ~ Did you know that most cans contain BPA in their plastic resin lining? Yuck! Try to buy fresh, frozen or packaged foods in glass jars.
Avoid register receipts ~ This is a huge shock to whomever I share it with…most register receipts contain BPA. It can rub off on your hands and your kids hands if they are helpers like mine :). If you recycle like we do, the BPA can contaminate your recyling! Ask for e-receipts or decline receipts whenever possible, with a shared account my husband has started telling me his amounts to add to our checkbook rather than getting receipts ;).
Check your sunscreen ~ make sure it has non-nano particles, I’m an avid sunscreen advocate being a cancer survivor (twice now). Sunscreens should be applied year round and all over making their ingredients especially important to be safe. Seventh Generation has a Wee Generation sunscreen with a low rating on the EWG Guide for Sunscreens which we use daily on the boys and myself.
As parents we have the power to make changes! Seventh Generation has some great suggestions:
1. Urge Senators to strengthen and pass the Chemical Safety Improvement Act (CSIA). Click here to find and message your senator, it only takes a few minutes but can make a big impact!
2. Host your own Healthy Baby Home Party! Spread awareness of the dangers of chemicals among local moms and caregivers, and make new friends too. You will be provided with a wonderful package of healthy product samples and information to share with your party attendees!
3. Save $1! Find information, tips and a $1 E-coupon from the Seventh Generation Healthy Baby Home Party website.
Together we can make a change. Each step matters no matter how small you think it is, it makes a difference in the world. Taking care of yourself, demonstrating good habits for your children to copy and sharing the good green word with anyone who wants to learn is a great way to make your children healthy and happier!
WIN IT: Seventh Generation is eager to help you get started! One lucky reader is going to receive Healthy Baby pack!
- Full size pack of eco-friendly diapers (size 3 or 4 randomly included)
- Full size 64ct Free & Clear Baby Wipes
- Full Size Facial Wipes (T-Bone loves these!)
- Full Size Bar Soap (T-Bone stole this too!)
ENTRY IS EASY: Simply comment on this post with something you do to make your home healthy for your family. Have any green cleaning tips? How do you minimize environmental hazards in your home? I would love to hear your tips so I can incorporate them into our home! ~WINNER Alanna B ~