Healthy Baby? Common Toxic Chemicals You’re Probably Using

e66b15b2dc943594c15bf1614cb736cdMany parents purchase products specifically made for babies in an attempt to shield their child from unnecessary harsh chemicals that may harm their baby’s skin or eyes, or do so in an attempt to just be “healthier”. Unfortunately, many companies capitalize on a parent’s desire for healthy baby products without similar motivation themselves. Many products marketed for children contain chemicals that have been proven in many studies to contribute to cancer, organ toxicity, neurotoxicity, endocrine disruption, and many other ailments. Many of these chemicals bioaccumulate, meaning that they build up in the body over time, stored in fat cells. The longer these toxins build up, the more they effect one’s health. The graphic above shows the six most popular baby bath and body products along with the chemicals to check your labels for (and their associated health risks). A couple of my favorite products for little man are Natracare Organic Cotton Baby Wipes and Natural Way Organics | Organic Baby Powder Lavender– both of which I get on Amazon.

Make sure to do the research when looking to try out new products for your baby. Even when you’re at the store, it takes a quick Google search from most phones to find out which chemicals are a risk to your child’s health.

Midday Snack for My Children

Check out this great smoothie recipe from Organic READY. This is a great kids’ snack (and you might just want to make a little extra for yourself!).

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Smoothies are super easy and healthy for everyone. If you have a picky eater at home, smoothies are wonderful for sneaking in your vegetables.

Adding just one cup of spinach or kale won’t turn your smoothie green. But the trick behind this is to add raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries. The colors in these berries will hide anything.

Ingredients:
1 cup spinach
2 cups raspberries
2 cups blueberries
1 cup pineapples
2 cups strawberries
2 bananas
2 cups apple juice
2 cups of ice

This made 4 cups so adjust accordingly.

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GMO Apples Rejected By McDonald’s and Gerber

Glad to see GMOs being rejected by mainstream companies.

The Global Non-Compliance Movement

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The anti-GMO movement took a major hit on Tuesday, when Washington voters defeated a high-profile referendum that would have enacted a genetically-modified labeling law in the state.

But announcements by McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE:MCD) and Gerber Products Company, a leading baby food manufacturer, stating that they would not use Arctic Apples, the world’s first genetically-engineered apples, pending approval by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, emerged Thursday. The moves by the major food suppliers suggest that all the bad press on GMO foods is having an impact, despite any political wins the biotechnology industry has had in the ongoing fight over the products.

The international environmental network Friends of the Earth announced Thursday that Gerber and McDonald’s wrote letters dated Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, respectively, confirming that they would decline to use the “non-browning” apples in their foods.

“As stated in your letter all of our GERBER fruit and vegetable…

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The Right Way to Feed Babies

off+centerI love this article from The Healthy Home Economist, The Right Way to Feed Babies. As your child grows, their “firsts” are always exciting- including their first solid foods. Everyone gets advice on what the best firsts are, and many have heard that rice cereal is the first thing everyone puts in their baby’s bottle. It’s a favorite among new parents since it usually leads to their babies sleeping more frequently and for longer periods of time. Unfortunately, this behavior stems from the crash after their sugar spikes and the need for their body to spend more time processing a food that it isn’t ready to properly digest just yet. Babies’ bodies are best equipped to digest fats and some proteins, so foods like cooked egg yolks make a great first taste for little ones.

The benefits from similar foods with high omega 3 fatty acids are documented across a plethora of studies. As Sarah points out in her article above, “children who receive sufficient omega 3 fats in their diet tend to speak clearly and understand verbal direction from the parents at a very early age.” Dietary fat is critical in assisting the absorption of other nutrients from our food, so it makes sense that this would be a large part of the first round of solids for our children. For more information on the science behind this and choosing the right fats to stay healthy, check out this article on a recent study by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Egg yolk from pastured chickens contain ample amounts of omega 3 fatty acids and natural cholesterol which are critical to a child’s mental development and may be lacking in breastmilk depending on the quality of the mother’s diet.    Children who receive sufficient omega 3 fats in their diet tend to speak clearly and understand verbal direction from the parents at a very early age. – See more at: http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/right-way-to-feed-babies/#sthash.wtlOF1S8.dpuf
Egg yolk from pastured chickens contain ample amounts of omega 3 fatty acids and natural cholesterol which are critical to a child’s mental development and may be lacking in breastmilk depending on the quality of the mother’s diet.    Children who receive sufficient omega 3 fats in their diet tend to speak clearly and understand verbal direction from the parents at a very early age. – See more at: http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/right-way-to-feed-babies/#sthash.wtlOF1S8.dpuf

 

Egg yolk from pastured chickens contain ample amounts of omega 3 fatty acids and natural cholesterol which are critical to a child’s mental development and may be lacking in breastmilk depending on the quality of the mother’s diet.    Children who receive sufficient omega 3 fats in their diet tend to speak clearly and understand verbal direction from the parents at a very early age. – See more at: http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/right-way-to-feed-babies/#sthash.wtlOF1S8.dpuf

 

I Feed My Baby Healthy Snacks…Right?

1395871_569048373142774_1590786347_nIn my new role as a mom I’ve tried to really be conscious of the chemicals and hormones that Little Man is exposed to. We’ve been an organic foods household for a long time, but I went into overdrive when I got pregnant. I was determined not to compromise on quality while growing our awesome baby…but kind of forgot that, if I was committed to that, I’d have to keep that up while breast feeding…and then on into his first foods.

Committing to organics and the rationale behind it isn’t so hard once you realize that you aren’t weird for not wanting poison on your food- that’s pretty logical. But what if the store doesn’t have your organic peaches and you really want to make peach cobbler (like this recipe!)? How ok are you with getting the “conventional” ones? (I hate that word…since when was spraying poison on food conventional?) What about all of this GMO craze- are genetically modified foods really safe? Well, if you’d rather ere on the side of caution, above are some great guidelines if you find yourself in a pinch.

If you aren’t familiar with GMOs, take a peek at this FAQ by the Non GMO Project. If you want to really dig in to the guts of the science behind the issues, check out GM Crops- Just the Science. The common argument is that labeling these foods will scare consumers that don’t understand what the term means- however, there are 64 other countries that know their citizens have the right to know what’s in their food and label their GMOs. 3 countries have banned GMO imports and cultivation altogether. See a list of all of these countries at the GMO Inside blog.