Raising a healthy baby has always been a big responsibility, and probably even more so today with the wealth of information available to us. It is sometimes difficult to know what choices will ultimately mean better health for your baby. By focusing on 5 major categories, your choices will become clearer thus easier to make.
Food--Select foods that are organic, not to be confused with the term natural. The label of natural means different things to different companies, and is nebulous in terms of genetic engineering, pesticide, and chemical exposure. Organic foods have a label certifying that they have not been genetically engineered and that pesticides, antibiotic use, and chemicals have not been part of the process. Bypassing the chemicals, pesticides, and antibiotics will give your baby a head start down the road toward good health. Not mention, that organically grown foods generally taste better, and will encourage your baby to eat foods just because they taste so good.
Water--Choose a water filter for drinking water, particularly if you live in an older home where the supply pipes are possibly made of lead. This lessens the chance of your baby ingesting lead and causing irreversible damage to baby's newly developing systems. Many such filters can be purchased for under $100 dollars and can be installed on top of or under the counter.
Clothing--Choose fabrics for clothing, bedding, towels, diapers that are made from natural fibers that are chemical-free. Organic clothing stores in your community and online are a good starting place. Also, many other larger stores and chains now carry clothing and bedding for babies. Consignment shops are also a great way to find organic products at great savings.
Baby Products--Really read product labels on items for your baby such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste, laundry detergent, lotion, baby wipes, insect repellent, and sun screen lotion to insure that they are free of additives that might be harmful to your baby's long term health. Your pediatrician is the best source for information on products that have been proven to be the best.
Air--Have you heard the saying, If you can' not breathe nothing else matters? Providing clean air for your baby means your baby's respiratory system is not bombarded with typical airborne pollutants that are found in all our homes. Dust, dust mites, mold and mildew spores, smoke, and many airborne chemicals that are released by common household building materials and products can wreak havoc with a newborn's respiratory system and long term health and development. Portable high efficiency particle arresting air purifiers will remove these pollutants making your home safe from both seen and unseen dangers.
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