25 Ways to Create a Safe, Non-toxic Environment for Your Baby

25 Ways to Create a Safe, Non-toxic Environment for Your Baby by www.thesoftlanding.com

Our team provides professional babyproofing services in Kansas City, but our vision of safety varies quite a bit from the norm.  While we’re serious about protecting our babies from physical harm, true safety is really about so much more than that.  I believe it’s a HUGE oversight to ignore safety from toxic chemicals in a developing child’s environment.  What they’re eating, breathing and touching on a regular basis greatly impacts their little bodies in ways we can’t always see – but that doesn’t make it any less important.

We enlisted the help of our green blogging friends to create the ultimate list of priorities.  We asked them what their biggest concerns for baby safety were and incorporated them into our top tips along with some great resources for further reading.

  1. Keep the Poison Control Hotline number posted and visible
  2. Make sure smoke alarm batteries are replaced regularly
  3. Install carbon monoxide detectors in the right places
  4. Cover unused electrical outlets and make electrical cords inaccessible
  5. Bolt or remove tall and unstable furniture
  6. Keep trash cans securely closed and out of reach (they’re full of germs and dangerous plastic bags)
  7. Use cordless blinds or keep blind cords properly secured out of reach
  8. Check your plants and remove poisonous varieties
  9. Consider babyproofing doors that could pinch fingers
  10. Install removable door bumpers and door handle covers to deter opening
  11. Make sure pet litter boxes are not accessible
  12. Watch for sharp corners and affix bumper guards where necessary
  13. Use gates around stairs (but never use pressure-mounted gates at the top of the stairs)
  14. Secure medications, cleaning supplies, and heavy jars/cans in cabinets with childproof locks (discover which locks work best for different situations)
  15. Choose a crib with slats that are close together and that is deep enough to keep the baby/toddler inside
  16. Be sure to keep cribs/beds and bassinets away from window and use window locks to insure windows can only open a small way
  17. Keep baby monitors out of the crib
  18. Improve indoor air quality by decreasing synthetic fragrances from personal care products, fumes from indoor paint and furniture polish, bleach, dryer sheets, and offgassing of chemicals (like formaldehyde) from compressed wood furniture, wrinkle-free sheets and vinyl (PVC) flooring.
  19. Feed your baby homemade meals using organic, locally grown food whenever possible and choose food packaged in glass or BPA-free containers for those times when you’re on the go (and when preparing your meals, skip BPA lined aluminum cans and store your food in BPA-free containers)
  20. Avoid foods and medications made with artificial coloring (in fact, try making your own natural remedies when possible)
  21. Choose pacifiers, teethers and toys made without BPA, vinyl (PVC), phthalates, lead, flame retardants and lead-based paint
  22. Choose bedding, onesies, pajamas and swaddling blankets made from non-flame resistent organic cotton (grown without pesticides)
  23. Use safe skincare products made without toxic chemicals (DO NOT be fooled by “all natural” claims – what you don’t know CAN hurt you!)
  24. Purchase baby mattresses made from organic cotton and not treated with halogenated flame retardants or wrapped in vinyl (PVC) plastic
  25. Make sure older homes (pre 1978) and child care facilities are free of lead-based paint hazards (shockingly, lead is STILL one of the largest avoidable and totally preventable sources of environmental poisoning in our environment!)

Need a Little Babyproofing Help in Kansas City?

When your baby is starting to crawl and explore, we help make sure your home environment is safe.  The Soft Landing offers in-home, one-on-one childproofing consultation and installation for parents in Kansas City, including Overland Park, Olathe, Leawood, Shawnee, Mission, Lenexa, Liberty and Lee’s Summit.

The Soft Landing team is fully insured and a member of the International Association for Child Safety, which means our safety consultants have taken and passed the association’s Home Hazards Test (HHT) which is based on a comprehensive curriculum about home hazards and prevention strategies.

Contact Joanie Whitman by phone at 913.815.0110 or by email at joanie@thesoftlanding.com for more information or to schedule a consultation.

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Joanie Whitman is a happy wife, mom of four, and gluten-free foodie who believes everyone – including babies – should come back to the kitchen table to enjoy real, unprocessed food. Joanie is our certified childproofer, so you’ll find her making the rounds in Kansas City helping parents create a safe environment for their little ones.

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  • http://thesoftlanding.com/ The Soft Landing Sisters

    Very much agreed, Alyssa!

  • TrinaM

    Great list! So glad to see people discussing the importance and issue of indoor air quality in the home. If you’re looking to decorate a healthier, green nursery for baby on a budget, then consider DIY Design Plans. They feature eco-friendly and non- and low-emitting products for baby — and they’re gorgeous, too! Lots of other great info, as well: http://www.mixxmodern.com

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