Wednesday, November 18, 2009

2 New Things I'm Doing For my Baby

I'm not exactly an "all natural" type of mother, I love disposable diapers, I sometimes buy organic, sometimes not, I have no issue using chemical cleaners etc, but there are a couple of things that do concern me, first, the BPA in baby bottles, and second, the fire retardant chemicals used in crib mattresses. (all mattresses in the US actually) I first heard about BPA before Mr C. was born but when I saw the price tag on the "BPA free" version of my bottles there was no way I was going to replace them. This time I'm a little more concerned, and discovered Evenflo glass baby bottles have really good reviews, and they are really affordable! I ordered a box of 6 4oz from Amazon for $12 and thought that was a deal, but today I stumbled on a box of 6 8oz bottles at Big Lots for only $6! (I like wandering around Big Lots from time to time, they get some good stuff!) Anyways, I'm excited to see if they live up to my expectations, and hopefully they don't all break. I am going to nurse this guy as long as I can but in my experience, that is only a couple months before we have to use formula.
NEXT- this one was new to me just a couple months ago. My sister started sending me information about a Dr. in New Zealand who has done extensive research on SIDS and concluded that the cause is toxic gasses emitted from crib mattresses. At first I didn't take it very seriously, but the more I thought about it and the more I read the more I am convinced that it makes sense that it could responsible for a lot of unexplained crib deaths. The solution isn't a new mattress, it's simply wrapping your crib mattress with the right grade of plastic to keep the chemicals from seeping out into the crib where they can collect and create a toxic environment. You can buy BabeSafe mattress bags from several stores online, and read more about it HERE. I got one and it does make me feel a little less worried- if you have a baby or are planning on having one, it really is worth taking a minute to read the information.

4 comments:

Lyndsay said...

Wow! I will look into that mattress cover! One other thing I am doing for Maya is using breathable sheets and a bumper, especially since she rolls over now, and plants her face right into the sheet while sleeping. Here are the safety products that saved my sanity this go round:

http://www.breathablebaby.com/

-and-

http://www.amazon.com/B%C3%A9b%C3%A9Sounds-Angelcare-Movement-Monitor-Parents/dp/B0000E262S/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=baby-products&qid=1258594482&sr=8-1

Tami Allred said...

I'm not sure about this since my friends baby died in her arms while nursing her and it was SIDS and my baby brother died sleeping on a blanket also from SIDS. Just a thought.

Emily Ruth said...

And here you are, going all granola on us. I thought I knew you Katie! ; )
I'm so excited for you and your soon to be arrival. Or has he already come and I didn't get the memo? Anyway, can't wait for some pics!

Lisa said...

You totally don't know me, but I'm Shelley Jacob's little sister :) I found your blog from facebook and thought I would comment on these glass bottles! I switched to them for my last baby, and absolutely LOVE them! Have you seen the bottle cozies they make for them? They prevent them from breaking, and are amazing! Here is a link:

http://www.evenflo.com/product.aspx?id=257