Thursday, April 26, 2018

Baby Wipes and Food Allergies

photo credit:  Photofy

 A new study by Northwestern University researchers found that  childhood food allergies, which have been on the rise for years, are linked to a mix of environmental and genetic factors including the use of baby wipes.

Basically, what the study found was  that food allergies are triggered when pre existing genetic factors that alter skin absorbency are combined with:

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Earth Day Giveaway!

happy EARTH DAY!


 OVER $1700 IN VALUE!  

It’s super easy to enter and fun too….here’s how:

Step 1:   Follow @nontoxicmunchkin on Facebook and Instagram
Step 2:  Follow @Peurobaby on Facebook and Instagram
Step 3:  sign up for emails here

No Purchase Necessary. Eligible only for US entrants only, ages 18+. Facebook and Instagram are not responsible for this giveaway, hosted by Peurobaby and Non-Toxic Munchkin. Prizes will be (1) customizable Joolz Tailor Stroller and (1) virtual non-toxic room consult.  Monetary Value of the Prize is not substitutable. Contest runs from 4/22 to 5/12/18, with winner selected and announced by 5/14/18. Winner will be informed by e-mail within 1 week of selection with instruction on how to claim the prizes. Winners can enter via e-mail and will be selected at random.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Why Home Cooked Meals Are Best for Babies and What to Do If You Just Dont Have the Time

Our second guest blog post is by Kerstin Kühn, an internationally acclaimed food writer and journalist, and obsessive foodie. Inspired by her daughter, Maxine, for whom she created a magical range of homemade baby purées, Kerstin took the plunge into mompreneurship and launched Little Foodie Club to teach more babies about healthy, adventurous eating. She has made it her life's work to help other moms (and dads) to feed their babies the freshest, tastiest and healthiest food possible even if they don't have the time or inspiration to cook it themselves. Her curated meal plans, developed in conjunction with leading pediatricians, expose babies to an evolving range of delicious flavors and organic ingredients from the very first mouthful. 

As adults, we care about what we eat. We buy organic vegetables, pasture-raised meats and generally aim to eat freshly cooked meals over store-bought ready meals, not only because it tastes better but because we understand that processed foods aren’t good for us. They’re full of additives, preservatives, sugar and salt and excess consumption of processed foods, we know, can lead to all sorts of health problems. 

So why do so many of us not apply the same logic when it comes to feeding our babies? 

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

EWG's 2018 Guide to Pesticides in Produce: What You Should be Buying Organic and Where You Can Save Some Money!

Every year, The Environmental Working group publishes their 'Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce'.  They publish two lists.  One list, the Dirty Dozen, lists the fruits and vegetables that absorb the highest levels of pesticides, and which they highly recommend you buy organic. The second list, 'The Clean 15" lists the 'cleanest' fruits and vegetables; where few, if any, pesticide residues were detected and which you can feel comfortable buying conventional.

What are some of the dangers of exposure to pesticides ( especially during pregnancy and early childhood?) 

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Guess Who Has The Highest Levels of Flame Retardant Chemicals?

Some good news and some bad news regarding children and flame retardant chemicals.  

The good news? 

A new study  by researchers at the Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health at Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health found that levels of one of the most toxic, and previously most used, flame retardant chemical classes- PBDE-  declined in children between the years 1998 and 2013.   PBDE's have been associated with, among other things,  attention problems and lower scores on tests of mental and physical development in children.  These chemicals used to be the primary flame retardant chemical in furniture between 1975 and 2004 to comply with fire safety standards, but due to their health risks and persistence in the environment, pentaBDE, a specific technical mixture of PBDEs was phased out of use in couches, mattresses, carpet padding, and other upholstered products  in 2004.