3 Steps to Safe Baby Decor

blue-eyed baby chewing on crib railNesting? That pastel nursery you eyed in a catalogue might not be so healthy for your baby: A study linked frightening levels of chemical-based indoor air pollution with new baby decor, specifically the furniture, mattress and paint.

In 2012, “Good Morning America” set up a nursery with new furniture, paint and a crib mattress, then tested for contaminants. Shockingly, the air in the nursery with new baby decor contained 300 different chemicals, while the air outside the window showed just two. Why? [Read more…]

3 Steps to Avoid Flame Retardants

beautiful baby boy sleeping on a mattressThis could be the end of the line for flame retardants. As the EPA launched an investigation into the chemicals, Washington state banned flame retardants from kids’ products, and California announced a move to update the state’s flammability standards, pressured by those concerned about a policy that had exposed millions of people to toxic flame retardants—also known as PBDEs—in our homes.

What’s the big deal about California? Because the state represents such a large market, California’s flammability standards—governed by TB117, which was adopted by the state 40 years ago—have become a national standard, essentially forcing furniture and baby product manufacturers throughout North America to add chemical flame retardants to their products.

The problem is, these flame retardants—which focus on the flammability of foam, not fabric—don’t protect us from fires. [Read more…]