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GREEN BABY* - Part Two

25/06/2013

Hey, guys, here is the continuation of last week`s article on how to make sure your baby grows up in a toxic free, eco-friendly environment. Bubble bath Those monstrous products contain even worse chemicals and honestly I can hardly think of something more useless. Sure, the baby will be happy to play with the bubbles, but babies are happy to play with basically anything. So why not give it a toy or just put some eco-detergent in the bath water, it will make it bubbly, if you absolutely want it that way. Sleep and day wear

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Always go for natural fiber clothing as it is the least toxic option. Organic fabrics are less likely to have chemical finishes, or to have chemical fabric softeners used during processing. Laundry

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Buying a special baby detergent is a necessity, but be careful when you choose. No matter how shiny the packaging and “clean” the aroma is, washing baby clothing with scented detergents and fabric softeners surrounds a child with additional harmful chemicals. Baby wipes

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What`s inside those beautifully packed and “oh so happy baby picture” decorated packs is soaked with alcohol, perfume, chlorine and dioxin. When at home, you can simply use a cotton wash cloth and soap; when going for a walk prepare a container with cotton cloths moistened with water and non-toxic baby soap. Another use of baby wipes is for cleaning the changing table – but why not instead reuse a spray bottle, fill it with soapy water and keep near; when needed spray with it and wipe with a washable cloth. Teething attributes

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Have you ever looked at those colorful, joyful, playful things, but really look at them? If yes, what you will see are not the before mentioned “full-s” but only the one that starts with “harm”. When your baby is in teething pain, rub its gums with ice cubes, or freeze a moistened cotton face cloth and let the baby chew on it. Bottles and nipples

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The best choice is to go for glass bottle with silicone nipple. Latex rubber, often use for making nipples, can release nitrosamines, potent carcinogens, when babies suckle; they break down faster and bacteria can hide inside the cracks. As for the bottle, a common plastic used in baby bottles is polycarbonate. Several science studies have found that polycarbonate bottles release a hormone-disrupting chemical, bisphenol-A during sterilization and heating on the stove. Other plastic bottles and plastic disposable bags for bottles may leach phthalates, another hormone disrupting chemical. Glass bottles are easily cleaned and sterilized, and can be handed down from baby to baby. *Just kidding, word play, couldn`t help it; most of them are yellow in the first few weeks :)