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Monday, April 22, 2013

Pure and Simple: 4 Strategies To Help Your Baby Avoid Unhealthy Chemicals

1. Use Organic Soaps And Lotions

A baby's skin is both sensitive and precious and needs to be protected from the harsh chemicals that are in many soaps, shampoos, conditioners, and lotions. Anything that is going to be touching a child, including lotions, needs to be carefully inspected for ingredients. Even seemingly innocuous ingredients can be dangerous to an infant, which means that it's important to use products that have the least amount of additives. 

Organic products are the best bet at keeping a baby happy and safe, and there are also many natural, wholesome items that can be used in place of more complex products, such as natural oils being used rather than lotions to soothe dry skin.

2. Watch Your Cleaning

While it may not seem obvious, cleaning solutions can affect the health of a baby. Even if the child is not in direct contact with the cleaning solution, it can get in the air and it can also be transferred from the mother's hands to the baby. 

Cleaning solutions can have many negative affects on an infant, and some cleaning solutions in particular are very strong. Organic and child-safe cleaning solutions are best, and household remedies such as baking soda and vinegar can also be used.

3. Blend Your Own Baby Food

Mothers can easily create their own baby food line by blending their own baby food in a quality blender. This avoids any dangerous additives in commercial baby food lines, such as preservatives, and it also makes sure that the mother knows that their baby's food is full of robust and healthy ingredients.

When blending baby food, mothers should keep in mind that babies have very delicate taste buds, so they don't need a lot of flavor and the ingredients should be kept simple to avoid any potential allergic reactions and confusion related to which ingredients are causing the reaction.

4. Pay Attention To The Environment

Babies should always be fed well-filtered water because it's possible that the tap water has chemicals in it such as an overabundance of fluoride, but that's not where the danger ends. Bad quality water can even be harmful to a child's skin and hair.

Air quality is also extremely important, and new parents should test the air quality in their homes. Fungus or mold that does not affect adults may affect the delicate lungs of a young baby, and should be removed before the child is brought into the home.

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