It all starts out with a simple little bug. That simple little bug invades a cotton plant and begins to infest. To remedy this situation, the cotton is treated with pesticides such as cyanide, dicofol, naled, propargite and trifluralin, all of which are known to cause cancer. Now you wrap your newborn baby in a soft cotton blanket that has been doused in chemicals without knowing that the chemicals can irritate your baby’s eyes, nose and throat and that they have been linked to a host of health issues including depression and even leukemia.
Add to that, the threats to your baby that come from food– the liquids they drink and even the containers they drink from. Currently, the government standards for acceptable amounts of pesticides in our water and food intake only apply to an average adult. According to the Environmental Working Group, the government does not account for the fact that infants and children eat and drink more relative to their size than adults. Infants also have underdeveloped organs that are often less able to metabolize toxic chemicals. Chemicals that do no measurable harm to adults can subtly and sometimes permanently damage the nervous system, brain, reproductive organs and endocrine (hormone) system of the fetus and young child. So what’s a parent to do?
Organic baby food from the grocery store is a good alternative as is homemade baby food with fresh organic ingredients. Websites like greentogrow.com sell baby bottles that are free of phthalates and free of bisphenol A – a suspected hormone-disrupting chemical used in polycarbonate plastic. Greenforbaby.com offers 100% organic blankets, clothing, and cribs to help protect your son or daughter at a very early age. Bed and bath accessories, diapers, and yes, even baby shoes can all be found at greenbaby.com and lead free baby bouncers and organic rattle toys are available at happygreenbaby.com. Dr. Andrew Weil has a whole line of BPA/EA free baby bottles and training cups. Another option to consider is natural fiber clothing made of untreated soy, wool, or hemp.
Here are more helpful resources for parents who want to go green:
Feeding Baby Green by Alan Greene, M.D.
This unique guide includes advice on how to transform a baby’s eating habits that will positively impact their health and development for the rest of their lives.
Happy Baby by Robert Sears, M.D.
This groundbreaking book offers a proactive, harmonious approach to parenting that’s easier, greener, and just plain better for your precious infant or toddler.
Worry Proof: A Pediatrician (and Mom) Explains Which Foods, Medicines, and Chemicals to Avoid to Have Safe and Healthy Children by Cara Natterson
A classic in the making, Worry Proof, is unlike any other guide out there and will ease parental fears in an era of spiraling hysteria.