Archive for the 'safety' Category

grembo sleep sacks, I LOVE them!

Sunday, March 30th, 2008

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What I love about the Grembo sleep sacks is the simplicity of the design and organic materials they use. And, I like that they make sacks for the different seasons of the years and for wee ones through 24 months. (And I’ll have you know that the selection of sleep sacks is slim at best, especially for toddlers!) I wholeheartedly believe that babies and toddlers sleep better with the added coziness of a sack. Parents sleep better too because we don’t have the worry of a blanket either falling off our baby, leaving them cold, or far worse, causing them harm in some way. Another major benefit for parents of toddlers is that the sleep sack often prevents curious little climbers from getting their legs over the railing and out of the crib. Now, isn’t that reason enough to invest in a sack (or two or three, depending on where you live)?!

safe plastics

Thursday, September 27th, 2007

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It seems that not a day passes in recent weeks without some recall or toy scare. Much of the advice around toy safety has suggested using and purchasing wooden toys (not made in China due to lead paint), which is a smart alternative, but what about plastics. I have been relatively unclear about the specific dangers in plastic and thought I’d learn a little more and pass it along.

Environment California has put together a list of recommendations for parents, in which they list the safest plastics to use (food storage, water bottles, etc). Simply, they suggest avoiding polycarbonate and PVC in plastics. Both are often indicated by a #3 or #7 inside or near the recycling triangle on the bottom of a container. Sometimes the letters “PVC” or “PC” are listed as well. The danger with these plastics is the emission of phthalates – a class of chemicals know to disrupt the hormonal system. Be sure to purchase “PVC-free” items that you know will end up in your baby’s mouth (teethers, toys). According to this advocacy group, there are no regulations requiring labeling of these chemicals, so you should call the manufacturer if it is unclear.

Additionally, it is very important that you do not heat food in any plastic containers as this process allows the chemicals to be released into the food and consumed. Place food on a non-plastic plate or other surface before heating.

In terms of food safety, glass is a better alternative. Fortunately, there are product designers out there looking to make safe alternatives functional as well. WeeGo [via babylife.com] has created a safe sleeve for their glass bottles (that are adorable) so you no longer have to worry about the breakability of glass and can enjoy the added safety.

This is definitely the age of plastics and you are taking the more difficult path if you try to find alternatives.  However, the data suggests that this will be immensely helpful to your child’s future wellbeing.