Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Our Fav Non-Toxic Sunscreens for Kids, Summer 2017

Everyone should be wearing sunscreen on a daily basis, especially during summer. We should not only be wearing it daily, but if we spend time outdoors we need to be reapplying throughout the day- that is a lot of sunscreen you and your family will be using!

 I know all of this, and yet the struggle to put daily sunblock on in my house is real.  Oh so real.  My boys hate putting sunscreen on. They groan, they sometimes run away. I remind them that we live in California and they have to put sunblock on every day.  Still a struggle.  I try to explain (to the oldest one) what skin cancer is  it helps-  a bit, but usually it is still a struggle.

So, I try to incorporate other methods to avoid the sun's dangerous rays when I can, which include:  
  • - wearing a hat
  • - wearing protective clothing
  • - planning around the sun and avoiding peak hours
  • - sticking to the shade as much as possible
  • - wearing sunglasses - even for babies and kids (read more on why this is important and how to choose a proper sunglass for kids here) 

This, it turns out, is just as important as wearing sunscreen daily.  According to the Environmental Working Group's 2017  Guide to Sunscreen "Stanford University dermatologists who reviewed CDC national survey data concluded that people who relied solely on sunscreens for sun protection had more sunburns than people who reported infrequent sunscreen use but wore hats and clothing to shield themselves from the sun "

But, as moms, we all know that kids will be outdoors, without shade, without a hat in the noon sun sometimes (especially during recess or camp!) - so sunscreen is still as important as ever.  So, here are our favorite sunscreens that are easy to apply and non-toxic...... wish choosing a safe and non-toxic sunblock was as easy as putting it on my boys!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Why Are There "Acceptable Levels" of Lead in Baby Food?

When we think about potential sources of lead exposure, we think about lead in water pipes or lead in chipping old paint.  No parent would ever think that a source of lead exposure could possibly be food... especially baby food. 

 However, a recent report published by the Environmental Defense Fund found just that:  about 20 percent of baby food samples tested over a decade-long period had detectable levels of lead.   


Monday, June 12, 2017

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Graco, Baby Trend, Cosco, Evenflo and Safety 1st: Stop Putting Toxic Chemicals in Our Children's Car Seats!

With the launch of the first ever flame retardant chemical free car seat this month, many parents sighed in relief at finally having the option to purchase a car seat for their little munchkins that would not expose their children to toxic chemicals. But, with a price tag of $350 many more parents signed in frustration at the reality that they would not be able to afford the high end Uppababy Mesa and would still have to choose from car seats that contain these toxic chemicals.

As a parent you can’t help but ask yourself: of one company was able to develop a flame retardant chemical-free car seat, while still adhering to all legal requirements, why have more companies not followed suit?

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Make This Summer Your Summer of Non-Toxic Living

photo credit:  Green Science Policy Institute

Knowledge is power- so why not learn something this summer that will make your home a healthy place?  By now you are probably aware that there are many harmful chemicals that are common in consumer products and building materials.

But, did you know that you, alone, can do a lot to decrease the levels of harmful chemicals your family is exposed to at home? You just have to know what you are looking for and what to do. 

A great start (besides following @NonToxicMunchkin on Instagram and via the blog of course!)  is signing up for The Green Science Policy Institute's 3 FREE  hour-long webcast that will focus on Six Classes of chemicals of concern.  In the three courses you will learn more about where these chemicals are used, why they are harmful, and what can be done to reduce exposure.  

Monday, May 22, 2017

True or False: The Most Common Misconceptions, Questions and Hurdles In Non-Toxic Living Answered

Are you exhausted at trying to reduce your everyday chemical exposure?

No one said non-toxic living was going to be easy!  Today we explore some of the most common misconceptions, questions and hurdles most of my clients face when starting their journey into non-toxic living.

As always, Non-Toxic Munchkin is here to help!   If you ever have questions send them in via email or Instagram ( @nontoxicmunchkin ) and follow our blog (or follow us on Instagram, where we always post tips)

True or False: If its sold in stores in the is it must be safe

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Are Your Insulated Lunch Containers Exposing Your Kids to Lead?

A couple of months ago, news broke in the green bloggers blogosphere that a mom had found a "small dot" in their PURA insulated bottles that contained lead.   A lot of lead.  In fact, when lead advocate and blogger  Tamara Rubin was called in to measure the lead with her special XRF machine (this is the same machine we used to test the lead on our walls and windows two years ago.  You can read more about that experience here) the lead levels came back as  397,000ppm lead +/- 3,000 (note:  there is NO safe level of lead.  However Federal laws have set a limit of 90ppm in children's products... so 397,000 ppm is  A LOT).  

Concerned parents wondered: if Pura insulated bottles could expose my child to lead, should we definitely stop buing PURA products?