As you probably know by now I have become a big advocate for living a more eco concious lifestyle. From my food choices to my personal care items I am all about lowering my toxic chemical intake. That’s why I was thrilled to see a fellow blogger who is commited to this as well come out with a fabulous FREE e-book The Mommy Greenest Guide to Pregnancy, Birth & Beyond.
This book is chock-full of useful info to help you lower your chemical intake and set you and your baby up for a healthy start. Some of these tips I wasn’t even aware of! Looks like I may need to start switching over my non stick cookware. Here’s just a few of the tips she includes:
- Lose the nonstick: When a pan is heated to high temperatures non-stock coatings such as Teflon break apart into potentially carcinogenic substances that don’t taste so good in the long run. Stainless steel, iron or copper coated pans are a better bet—even if it means losing the 12-piece set.
- BYOB: Most plastic bottles contain BPA, a hormone disruptor, which leaches into the water you drink. Plus, it may seem cleaner but bottled water has tested positive for heavy metals and even giardia—ick. Pour filtered water into a stainless steel reusable water bottle for on-the-go hydration and save your family $50 a month! 6. Don’t heat plastic: Sealing hot food in plastic or heating it in the microwave can cause the plastic to leach hormone-disrupting chemicals—like BPA—into your food. Glass or dishware is a better bet for food storage.
- Clean greener: Most of us clean our houses with the products that we remember from childhood—if it was good enough for mom, it’s good enough for us. But in this case mom doesn’t necessarily know best: Some chemicals in those products have been linked to serious illnesses. Simple, chemical-free formulas based on tried-and-true cleaners like baking soda and vinegar mean you can clean your house for pennies!
- Forego flame retardants: When you’re buying a crib mattress or nursing pillow, avoid those that show a TB 117 label, which means their foam has been treated with flame retardants. But what about your mattress? Since eco-friendly mattresses made from organic materials like wool or latex can be expensive, get a thick cotton—preferably organic and/or prewashed—mattress pad in lieu of a complete mattress overhaul.
Speaking of mattresses I have been in LOVE with Naturepedic since learning about their Organic products back in October. I made the jump to an Organic Crib Mattress for my second which will also be used for Munchkin when he gets old enough. In my review of the crib mattress I shared that I noticed some great benefits once I moved to the Naturepedic crib mattress:
Another thing I noticed was my 22-month-old’s health. Every time he would get a cold, it would drag on and on. The coughing would last for over a month, and his doctor has even thought he may have asthma. This fall he got another cold, but unlike before, it only lasted about a week and a half. The coughing only lasted for TWO days! Now I know I can’t claim a mattress for these results, but after seeing what was inside of his former mattress, I can’t help but think that may have had something to do with it.
Thus I was so happy to see they are one of the sponsors for this e-book.
Since I have so many soon to be moms and current mommies of littles that are looking to be healthier I hope this book is a great resource for you! I would love to hear something you learned in the book so please share below!