Last updated on August 14th, 2008 at 01:18 pm
We know that right now, after reading all of these recent articles about toxic plastic, and parabens, and lead paint on toys, that you’re freaking out. You probably want to pick up your house and shake the entire contents of it out into a dumpster and paint the walls with hemp paint and buy organic furniture that you can sit on and whittle wooden toys for your children to play with.
No? That was just me? Ok, then.
All of this is overwhelming, and no one understands that more than we do. We’ve been where you are, and this is why we’re here. But instead of causing mayhem and undo stress to yourself, here are a few tips to help you make an easier transition to eliminating some of these hazards in your home:
- Take Baby Steps: Small changes are the easiest way to start. If you have to break it up into starting with bottles, then do it that way and then move onto changing something else. Babies and children are adaptable, but you’ll meet less resistance if you change one thing at a time, which in the long run, will help your sanity.
- Help us, help you: Start with our BPA Free Cheat Sheet (cheat sheet for pacifiers and teethers here). These are the items that we know are BPA Free. If you don’t see your particular brand on here, don’t freak out. Instead, help us out. We started this site to make this resource for you and your family. We love that this site has become what it has, but it’s because of you that it’s so great. If there’s a particular product on here that you don’t see on any of our cheat sheets, we encourage you to call the manufacturer. If you’re able to find out information, let us know. We’ll post the information with a big hearty thank you. At the end of the day, we’re parents just like you, who are trying to compile this information to help you out. But we have families too. Have something you want to write about? We’re always looking for contributors. Contact us.
- Utilize our resources: We’ve taken the time to put together as much information as we can, and we add to it daily. By randomly commenting and asking if your product is bad because it’s not listed, is spinning everyone’s wheels. We completely understand that all of this is overwhelming, which is why we’re trying to make this one source for all of your needs. However, you’re still going to have to do some digging. Please take the time to peruse the sidebar. There are also other great cheat sheets by some of our friends as well. Z Recommends has a really great and extensive guide. Did you know they also have text alerts, as well as a printable pocket guide to take with you when you’re out shopping for BPA free baby goods? They really have thought of everything. On top of that, it’s no secret how much we love The Soft Landing. ALL of The Soft Landing’s products are free of Bisphenol-A, PVC and Phthalates, and if you order from the safe landing, you can save 10% off your order. Just enter the code SAFEMAMA2. Could it be any easier than that?
- Look ahead, not behind: When I first read about Bisphenol-A and phthalates last year, my son was 7 months old. The thought of the damage I could have potentially done had made me sick. It’s true, when you have a child, all you want is what’s best for them, and when you think you’re doing what’s best for them, only to find out, it’s all wrong, it’s easy to beat yourself up, but from one Mama to another, I’m telling you: don’t. What matters is that you’re here now, and you’re taking the baby steps to change all of that. We have no way of knowing, so instead of making yourself crazy, just keep on doing what you’re doing and know that you ARE making a difference.
If you take these few steps, we hope that you’ll find this site easier to use. If you’re still confused and you still have questions, please contact us. We’ll do our best to help you out.
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