There is no safe level of exposure – low levels of chemicals have a major impact on your child’s developing brain. Watch this video to learn more:
Many parents assume that baby products are tested and would not be on the market if they were unsafe.
But the fact is that most chemicals in products have never been evaluated for their safety – not even the most basic safety review.
Even when science shows that a chemical is toxic and exposure is causing health issues, it can take years before manufacturers are banned from using it in products, if it is banned at all. Typically, when a chemical is finally banned, manufacturers are allowed to replace it with alternatives that are untested and likely just as toxic.
We simply cannot rely on our government or manufacturers to keep products safe. Therefore, it’s up to us, as parents, to make informed decisions about which products we will allow into our children’s environments.
When it comes to babies’ fragile development, a common sense approach for parents is to adopt the precautionary principle, which acknowledges that it’s better to be safe than sorry.
It may take 5-10 years or more between when we suspect harm and when there’s sufficient scientific proof of cause and effect to ban the substance. This timeframe can span your child’s most important development years, and by then it’s too late.
Where to begin?
Begin with what your children are sleeping on. Your baby’s mattress is likely to be the most prevalent vessel for toxic exposure, since it’s up-close, extensive, and long-term.
Babies sleep on a mattress for 10-14 hours or more a day during their most fragile developmental years. During this time, they are lying directly on the mattress, breathing in and absorbing chemical off-gassing. Baby mattresses include crib, cradle, bassinet, porta-crib, and co-sleeper mattresses. All of these types of mattresses typically contain materials that can be very toxic.
Children continue to need protection and they grow older and are sleeping in their own “big-kid” beds. Typical twin, full, queen and king-size beds contain unsafe materials, including flame retardants.
The good news is that there is a lot you can do to reduce or eliminate some of the major exposures and give your child a safer, more natural environment.
Learn more about crib mattresses
Learn about baby mattresses – bassinet, cradle, and porta-crib
Learn more about children’s big-kid mattresses