It’s so important to keep baby’s nursery as safe as possible, and this means paying close attention to the products you are buying at the store. Many parents are unaware of some of the hidden toxic chemicals that can be found in baby products. This is why many companies are now taking extra efforts to make sure their products are free of BPA, phthalates, parabens and more – like the Beebo! The Beebo was designed and used by a parent, with safety in mind with materials that are BPA-free, lead-free, PVC-free and phthalates-free. Here are some products to beware of that often contain hazardous chemicals so you can make more informed choices when shopping in stores.
1. Bath products
Several bath and beauty products like shampoo and conditioner and styling gels contain parabens. Parabens are endocrine disruptors that mimic the hormones that control functions like growth and sexual development. Check labels on products for any ingredients ending with “paraben.”
If you are seeing more and more baby clothes marked as “organic” and “toxic-free”, that’s because there are clothes out there that release formaldehyde, a cancer-causing chemical. If your child has broken out into a rash after wearing new clothes, check the ingredients label on these items for formaldehyde-releasing preservatives called DMDM Hydantoin, Quaternium 15 or Bronopol.
It’s a good idea to stay away from baby toys and kids’ toys made out of vinyl plastic because these are likely to contain phthalates. Phthalates are chemical used to soften vinyl plastic and are linked to birth defects, cancer and low testosterone. Laboratory testing is required to know if an items contains phthalates but if the label says “fragrance,” it might contain phthalates.
4. Baby Bottles and Sippy Cups
The FDA has banned the use of BPA in baby bottles and children's cups but still insists that BPA is safe. BPA is an estrogen-mimicking chemical that has been used in hard plastics for years and can also come into contact with food, especially if it's canned. Many canned foods and metal jar lids have BPA-based linings. When buying plastic bottles make sure they are specifically labeled as “BPA-Free.”
5. Pillows and Mattresses
Flame retardants are often added to nursing pillows, foam cushions, changing pads, etc. The Bureau of Home Furnishings requires all products made of polyurethane foam, a highly flammable material, to be treated with toxic fire-retardant chemicals. These chemicals are linked to cancer and can damage the reproductive and nervous systems. Take a look at this chart to see children's products have been tested for flame retardants: http://watoxics.org/publications/list-of-products-tested
Written By Martin Hill, Dad, Engineer, and Inventor of the Beebo
The Beebo was invented by a devoted, hands-on dad and engineer, Martin Hill. His baby boy was pretty fussy during evening feeding time, and Martin found that his baby became calmer when he was read to. Martin created the Beebo as a way to enhance feeding time so he could read to his boy with his free hand during feedings. Martin's wife (Sarah) loved that they could more easily have family meals together while their baby also enjoyed his meal.
They found that the Beebo offered much more than just a free hand. It provided them with the freedom to interact more with their baby during those precious moments. Whether parents have multiple children or one beautiful baby to care for, the Beebo truly offers a better way to bottle feed.
For more information, visit www.thebeebo.com.