Even before they can talk, babies know how to play. Sure, they will play with whatever is in front of them, but having their own toys is way more fun, and saves things like your watch from being covered in slobber. Here are some of the highest rated, healthiest toys out there, but be sure to check out our roundup of toy brands, too. If you're looking for something for someone a bit older, here are our picks for best non-toxic toys for toddlers.
All well-reviewed and safe for your newborn to sleep in all night (or day) long
*whispers* The baby's asleep! *silent celebrating* And, while the baby is snoozing away, you can actually eat some food and shower. While getting the baby to sleep can be a bit of a headache, figuring out where you will be gently laying them down in the first few months once they are asleep shouldn't be. So, we did all of the hair pulling research to narrow it down to a selection of 8 non-toxic bassinets and cosleepers that parents and experts agree are great options. Without further ado, here are the top picks.
No need to worry about flame retardants or other scary chemicals here
Whether it's your first weekend away from home as a family or you just want them to be able to play near you in the kitchen while you are cooking, you can breathe easy knowing your little one is safe in one of these non-toxic travel cribs and playards. We made sure they were all free from unsafe chemicals and that they were well reviewed in the parent community.
Your children deserve a crib that is both cute and healthy. While we can't promise they won't learn how to climb out of these ones, we can promise that they aren't covered in chemicals or releasing large amounts of potentially dangerous gasses into your baby's room while they nap. All of our picks are GREENGUARD Gold certified, except for our budget solid-wood pick from Ikea. While you are looking for a safe crib, you might also want to peruse our roundup of safe crib mattresses, to double down on the safest of safe sleeping places for your kiddos.
Babies like to stay in motion. Whether it's a ride in the car, you rocking them to sleep, or just calmly bouncing while they lounge and take in the sights, still is no good. So, we researched what was out there, put together a list of no's, and found the products that are well reviewed and free from our "no-list" of toxic materials. Take a look and pick the one you think your kiddo will like the best.
Advice and 3 Simple Recipes from Dr. Julia Getzelman
Did you see that thing about there being lead and arsenic in baby food pouches and packaged snacks? What about the one where there's RoundUp (or glyphosate) on cereals and oatmeal? It takes long enough to get your kids strapped in their highchair, so you probably don't have time to do tons of research on which brands and products are safe. Not sure about you, but that's definitely not happening in my house. Don't worry! That's why we sat down with Dr. Julia Getzelman, MD, integrative pediatrician and founder of GetzWell Personalized Pediatrics in San Francisco, to get her advice on what to feed your kids. She gave us some of her best tips and even a couple of recipes, and we are going to share them with you.
Here's why chemicals might be keeping you from shedding those last few pounds
If you're eating healthy, getting lots of sleep, but just can't seem to hit a healthy weight, it might be something you've never thought about. Obesogens, a term coined in 2006 to refer to chemicals that cause us to gain and hold on to weight, and can influence weight loss. Now, we know that maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle is influenced by what seems like a bajillion factors, and is a complicated issue with no easy solution. But, it looks like obesogens are a piece of the puzzle and definitely something you want to be aware about. Data shows that obesity is an increasing problem. Over one-third of both adults and children in the U.S. are obese or overweight (1, 5). Even for people who regularly work out or have superhuman strength to say no to desserts, obesogens are having an impact. Unfortunately, as obesogen research is in its early stages, we still don't know everything about these chemicals and how they affect weight gain, but as of now, here's what we do know.
Bath time is different in every household, but one this is the same - you gotta wash all that delicate baby hair without them throwing a fit or crying. It has to be gentle, but still strong enough to get any wild strained peas and mashed sweet potatoes out. Look no further. We reviewed all the databases and reviews to find 13 baby shampoo options that are widely available, loved by parents and babies alike, and do their job without any harsh chemicals or exorbitant prices.