Part 2

(Please see previous Blog-Healthy tips before becoming pregnant & during pregnancy)

TIPS FOR KEEPING YOUR BABY’S ENVIRONMENT HEALTHY

Remember – children are not little adults

  • Unique exposure pathways – in utero and breastfeeding.
  • They have more exploratory behaviour – hand to mouth activity.
  • Increased inhalation of contaminants as their breathing zone is closer to the floor and they breathe more air compared to adults.
  • They are still developing immune and respiratory systems.
  • Early life exposures can influence a child’s health both mentally and physically and carry on through to adult life.
  • Critical windows of development that are susceptible to hormone-disrupting chemicals.

 

Keep all wireless devices away from the baby, try to avoid wireless baby monitors, but if this is not possible, leave at least 2 metres away from where they are sleeping.

When nursing your baby try not to use your mobile phone unless it is in aeroplane mode.

Take note of where your phone is in relation to the baby when in a pram or feeding.

Keep baby away from the wifi router/modem and keep it turned off when not in use or when sleeping.

Avoid magnetic fields by keeping baby at least 2 metres away from any electrical appliances, which include the meter and fuse boxes. Be aware what is on the other side of the wall where baby sleeps.

When making infant formula use filtered water (to avoid chlorine, lead and other heavy metals).

Use a water filter to remove chlorine from drinking and bathing water. Chlorine is not good for baby’s skin (or anyone’s).

Do not heat baby bottles or food in the microwave.

If possible use glass baby bottles and stainless steel sippy cups.

Safe-T-Bottles are free from aluminium, phthalates, oestrogens, bisphenol-A and bisphenol-S chemicals. Made from food grade stainless steel and polypropylene plastics.

Improve the indoor air quality by having plenty of fresh air coming into the home. Plants can also remove voc’s (volatile organic compounds). DO NOT put plants into bedrooms.

Indoor air quality can be compromised by

    • furniture may contain vocs depending what it is made from and where it was made
    • mould
    • cleaning products
    • personal care products
    • pesticides
    • air fresheners & perfumes
    • gases from stoves, heating and vehicle exhaust

Buy Australian Made bedding – they do not contain Formaldehyde and Flame Retardants. Check out the Organature website.

Use dust mite covers on mattresses and pillows. I can recommend AllergEnd.

Use only natural and certified organic skincare products.

The type of flooring is very important as babies and toddlers are much closer to the floor (breathing & touching). Avoid vinyl flooring and carpets with flame retardants.

Avoid toys that have been painted and made in foreign countries as they are more likely to contain lead. Antique toys that are painted are likely to contain lead.

Avoid stuffed toys that contain foam as they may contain flame retardants, formaldehyde and dyes.

Avoid soft plastic toys made from PVC as they contain plasticizers which can disrupt the hormones. Bath toys are a big culprit.