May 14, 2018
by editorial team
During the first three months of life, babies' bodies and brains are developing and growing like crazy. They look so frail with their little hands and feet uncontrollably waving around. Their motor skills, hearing, vision, and communication are developing during this time.
As parents, we want to do whatever we can to promote the healthy and full development of our children, which is why it’s so important to avoid chemicals that disrupt that development.
All too often furniture—like baby bassinets and mattresses—are made of synthetic materials, glues, and finishes that are toxic to children’s health. And children are more affected by chemicals and poor indoor air quality than are adults.
One of the measurements of indoor air quality is the amount of chemicals that are off-gassing into the air. To avoid off-gassing chemicals from products like baby bassinets, it’s best to choose a bassinet made of nontoxic materials.
Using a nontoxic bassinet helps reduce the toxic chemicals that children can be exposed to at such a young and vulnerable age. These chemicals may contribute to adverse health effects, including asthma, and damage to the child’s development system.
The three most important things to look for when choosing a nontoxic baby bassinet are the materials used to make the frame, finish, and mattress.
The first few months of life are so important, with our frail newborns developing key functions and systems that will serve them for a lifetime. Chemicals found in our sleeping furniture, such as baby bassinets, may be causing illness,, such as cancer and causing damage to our children’s development systems. That’s why it’s important that we provide them with a nontoxic baby bassinet. When choosing a model, consider finding a solid hardwood surrounding that is adhered with nontoxic glues, and has only nontoxic and zero-VOC finishes. Opt for bassinet mattresses made of organic materials such as cotton and are free of vinyl or plastics.
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This article is for informational purposes only, even if and to the extent that it features the advice of physicians and medical practitioners. This article is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice. Views expressed in this article by an expert are the views of the expert and do not necessarily represent the views of Nontoxic Living or Ruan Living.
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