As moms, we are concerned with the health and well-being not only of our own children, but of all families as well as the planet because we believe you can’t separate the two.
All moms want the best for their babies, and fortunately, you’re giving birth at a time when a great deal is known about the impact of the environment on babies’ growth and development. Along with that knowledge comes lots of information about what you can do to help ensure your baby is born and stays healthy while you live lightly on the Earth.
In fact, once you begin to look at the issue of how your family’s environment affects your baby, you may feel overwhelmed. You don’t need to be. We put this information together to offer some basic information and first steps. You don’t need to do it all. Start with what feels easy and right for you and keep this brochure handy to refer to after your baby is born.
Feel free to contact us if you have questions or comments via our website, www.CelebrateGreen.net.
Happy Birth Day!
Lynn & Corey
~ Simple Steps for a happy baby, a healthy home
and a better world ~
Keep indoor air safe and clean
According to the EPA, indoor air quality can be worse than the air outdoors, contributing to both respiratory and non-respiratory illnesses and symptoms. Infants spend more than 90% of their time inside so there’s good reason to be sure that the air in your home is safe for your growing family.
• Open windows for a portion of the day (morning is usually best)
• Avoid the use of candles, air fresheners, smoke, conventional paints and household cleaners
• Air out new furniture, mattresses and carpets before bringing them into your home. If possible, avoid offgassing through the use of formaldehyde-free furniture, wool/ organic cotton mattresses and wool, organic cotton and/or hemp carpets and rugs.
• Use a HEPA filter for your home heating/cooling system and be sure to change it regularly
• Use a fan or open a window when you are using a gas stove or oven
• Vacuum, dust and clean regularly with child-friendly and eco-wise products
• Houseplants can clean the air (just be sure to keep them well-dusted and free of mold)
Choices for feeding the family
• Breastfeed as long as possible and/or use glass or phthalate and BPA-free baby bottles.
• Reduce the use of plastics for cooking and feeding. Choose glass wood/bamboo/or metal tableware, stainless steel sippy cups, and stainless steel or glass food storage containers.
• Feed baby (and nursing mamas) organic foods, whenever possible (see The Dirty Dozen list below)
• Use a water filter for drinking, cooking and washing
Clothes, body, and toys
• Dress baby in organic clothes or clothes that have been well-washed–avoid flame-retardant sleepwear
• Use all natural bath & body products (including sunscreen) for baby and mama
• Use cloth or hybrid-type diapers (such as G Diapers)
• Wash clothes , bedding and cloth diapers in fragrance-free, eco-friendly detergents (hang dry in the sun for energy-free whitening whenever possible)
• Avoid the use of anti-bacterial soaps and sprays
• Reduce the use of plastic toys and choose wood, wool, silk, hemp or cotton, instead.
~ The Dirty Dozen ~
Based on an analysis of more than 100,000 U.S. government pesticide test results, researchers at the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a research and advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C., developed the “dirty dozen” fruits and vegetables that they say you should always buy organic, if possible, because their conventionally grown counterparts tend to be laden with pesticides.
While organic foods in general are more expensive, you can save money by joining a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture, find one near you at www.LocalHarvest.com), buying in bulk (share with family and friends), buying when in season (then freezing for later), using coupons and shopping sales, purchasing fewer of the organic and filling in with other fruits and veggies that are in season and local, but not as burdened with chemicals.
Fruits: Apples, Cherries, Grapes, imported (Chile), Nectarines, Peaches, Pears, Raspberries, Strawberries
Vegetables: Bell peppers, Celery, Potatoes, Spinach
Health and safety information
Organic baby/children’s clothing
Cloth & flushable diapers
Celebrate Green! Creating Eco-Savvy Holidays, Celebrations and Traditions for the Whole Family by Lynn Colwell & Corey Colwell-Lipson
The Green Parent byJenn Savage
Healthy Child Healthy World: Creating a Cleaner, Greener, Safer Home by Christopher Gavigan
Raising Baby Green: The Earth-Friendly Guide to Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Baby Care by Alan Green