Hi, we’re Healthy Child Healthy World and we’re thrilled to be joining the Babble community. We’re here to answer all of your questions about environmental health and green living. But first, a little about us. We’re a non-profit whose mission is to empower families to make better, safer choices. Through evidence-based information and up-to-date resources and programs, we help families, promote solutions, and influence policy.
In this week’s post we answer a parent’s question about finding safe baby products.
Question: I am on the impossible journey of finding a safe stroller, car seat and pack and play. I have called a few companies but no one can really tell me anything. How should I approach this?
Answer: It’s true that baby products can be pint-sized toxicological minefields! Over 80% of tested baby product foams, for example, contained unhealthy flame retardants, and 60% of car seats studied had one or more chemical hazards.
Fortunately, there are actually non-toxic baby products — or at least less-toxic alternatives waiting to be found. We’re fond of sourcing items via HealthyStuff.org, which tests car seats and other baby products and gear, plus toys for common unsafe chemicals. You can also, of course, do internet searches for “non-toxic baby [insert-product-type-here]” for any item you’re seeking. But maybe that’s what’s making it all seem impossible to you. When faced with page after page of, say, portable infant cribs, what you should be specifically looking for is products free of materials like toxic flame retardants, PVC, heavy metals, BPA, chlorine, and phthalates.
If you can’t find items that fit within your budget, and/or if there isn’t such a thing, natural fiber covers at least put a safer barrier between little people and car seats, strollers, and the like. Also, we’re here for you. Check out our considerable resources, including Healthy Child Healthy World’s Easy Steps to a Healthy Nursery e-book. Hope this helps!
Got questions about children’s environmental health? Send them our way with “Babble” in the subject line and we’ll be happy to answer you right here on this blog.