What is green parenting? Why is it so important? Read all this and more in this post.
- In both kids and adults, exposure to chemicals exceeded cancer benchmarks levels by more than 10 times and some by more than 100 times in young ones.
- Women are exposed to an average of 168 chemicals from cosmetics that cause fetal distress, development harm of babies in womb or children and impaired fertility.
- Experts have highlighted 12 chemicals found in everyday items of personal use, clothing, furniture, food etc that causes lower IQ levels ( loss of 16.9 million IQ points), ADHD and Autism spectrum disorder in unborn children.
- 200 chemicals detected in newborns consistently all over the world. These impact fetal brain development, cancer etc. Babies exposed to BPA and PAH’s in the womb are more likely to develop behavior and learning disorders later on in life.
- A recent EWG (Environmental Working Group) study revealed that children are exposed to about 27 chemical ingredients on a daily basis; none of which have been assessed for safety by the industry or the government. These chemicals have been linked to allergies, hormone disruption, damage to the nervous system and cancer.
- Interestingly, 89% of products labeled ” Recommended by doctors” were amongst the worst offenders containing some of the most dangerous chemicals.
Some of the toxins are:
- Fluoride found in toothpaste. Lead in paint PBDE’s in furniture
- Chlorpyrifos found in insect killers, wood products, golf courses, food and non-food crops.
- Triclosan found in anti-bacterial soaps, paints, carpets, school supplies, detergents, and toys.
- PFC’s found in food wraps coatings, scotchgards, Teflon products.
Green Parenting involves making healthy lifestyle choices that are often organic, natural and low in environmental toxins. According to parenting guru Alan Greene, this is a really simple decision and requires you to focus on: what goes in your baby’s mouth, what affects your baby’s skin and the air he/she breathes.
How to go about it?
Green Parenting is not some cool trend but a conscious choice which requires constant effort.
Here are some ways to get started on it:
- Begin with your baby’s first home- your womb. By minimizing exposure to toxins before you conceive and during pregnancy, you help ensure your baby’s good health and well being. According to Grandjean, a world-renowned researcher who specializes in studying the effects of chemicals on children, eating organics reduces exposure to harmful toxins by 80-90%.
- Breastfeeding not only helps environmentally by reducing wastage and packaging, it also is the best source of nourishment for your baby and lowers the risk of cancer for both mother and baby. If you’re planning to breastfeed, start before conception by making healthier, organic food choices so you may be better able to provide for your little one.
- Go green for your diapers: A baby’s sensitive skin absorbs around 50 different chemicals when using disposable wipes and diapers. These diapers also contain SPA linked to severe allergic reactions, bleeding, fever,vomiting etc. It also contains Dioxin, the most toxic of all cancer-linked chemicals. A study has linked disposable diapers to infertility in boys too. Alternatives to these would be eco-friendly diapers and cloth diapers. Another great option would be to potty train your child as soon as possible.
- When buying toys, make sure to buy BPA-free toys and if going for wooden, make sure it is unfinished solid wood or with water stains. Your best bet would be wooden or cloth toys.
- Cut down on toxins in household products. Go for green cleaners such as vinegar, borax, baking soda etc. Recipes up on blog soon.
- Invest in flowers and houseplants that purify air as you baby spends approximately 90% of their time indoors.
- Make your own baby food to ensure hygiene and high nutritional levels. Try to prepare fresh every day, if you choose to freeze, make sure it’s in BPA-free plastic trays. Organic baby food is another way to go about it. According to Dr. Greene, consuming organic food can reduce pesticide exposure by about 97%.
- Make sure baby’s utensils are BPA-free.
Green living is not only easier as it helps de-clutter, reduce wastage and costs, it’s also incredibly beneficial. Happy Green Living!!