5 Ways to Green Childproof Your Home

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5 Ways to Green Childproof Your Home

You’ve heard of childproofing and already know the importance of protecting kids from dangers in the home, but what is “Green Childproofing”?

As a certified Eco-Maternity Consultant and Greenproofer, my job is to educate and protect families from unsafe exposure to potentially harmful substances in their home, body and environment. In a nutshell, I work with families to help create a safe and healthy home environment by identifying exposures, prioritizing their specific needs and removing toxins. Here are my top 5 suggestions for Green Childproofing your home:

1. Safety First: When baby proofing your home, look for the dangers (outlets, corners, cabinets, etc.) and choose products that are eco-friendly and made of safer materials for your little one. One of my favorite brands is Rhoost which is BPA free and eco-friendly.

2. Choose Natural Toys: Everything they can get their hands on goes straight into their mouth. If you have unsafe toys in your home, they will eventually end up in your child’s mouth and leach dangerous chemicals. It’s best to get rid of any unsafe plastic toys or toys with peeling paint. A few good websites for safer toys are Baby Naturopathics, Bloume Baby and Natural Pod.

3. Sleep Easy: A baby’s room should be a safe place to sleep. This means protecting your child from the dangers that you can’t see with your eyes, like off gassing furniture and bedding sprayed with flame retardant. I recommend an organic, Greenguard certified mattress, organic bedding and organic cotton sleepwear. Furniture should always be given time to off gas and use VOC free paint if you must repaint the room.

4. Bath Time Basics: For your baby’s bath time routine choose trusted, non-toxic brands like Honest Company and California Baby and only use what you need. So many wonderful lotions and potions can be made for baby with a few ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen cabinet. Check out Healthy Child for a few ideas on how to make your own.

5. Cleaning Green: Whatever you clean your home with will end up in your baby’s body. Opt for safer, non-toxic cleaners or DIY with Vinegar and Baking Soda. You’ll have to worry less about calling poison control if you don’t have poisonous cleaners in your cabinet. Also my favorite rule of thumb, if it smells toxic, it probably is. Trust your nose and your common sense when choosing a cleaner.

Creating a safe place for your family to live and grow is so important. If you can make a few small changes they will make a big difference.

To learn more about my professional services, visit www.generationpure.org.

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Raising Strong, Healthy Kids

Raising Strong, Healthy Kids

Healthy Body:

Get your kids involved in food early. Teach them how food grows and where it comes from. This is a good exercise for parents too (Mom, where does spinach grow?).

Eating clean and organic food takes extra planning and preparation but it’s always worth the effort. Preservatives and dyes have been linked to a variety of health issues including hyperactivity, allergies and even cancer. Processed foods aren’t worth the risk to their young, developing bodies.

Healthy Space:

If you can make one change to reduce the toxic burden on our kids, do it in the bedroom. Kids sleep 12 plus hours per day and the air quality in their bedroom will have an impact on their overall health. Consider organic bedding and mattress, cotton PJ’s to protect them from flame retardants and a high quality air filter.

Healthy Mind:

We usually relate toxins to chemicals found in products but a toxic mind can be just as damaging. Kids need love, play and a stress free environment. Think of ways you’ve learned to cope with stress and frustration in your adult life and give them those same tools.

Resources:

http://healthychild.org/easy-steps/avoid-risky-food-additives-preservatives/

http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-12-28/news/ct-met-flames-test-mattress-20121228_1_tdcpp-heather-stapleton-chlorinated-tris