Some no brainer, healthier swaps for you and baby

The 3 Easiest Things You Can Do for a Non-Toxic Pregnancy

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First off, congrats! Feeling overwhelmed? Excited but nervous? Well, fear not! You have plenty of time to set up your nursery, nest a bit, and even think of some names. But right now, it's time to take care of yourself. At this point, that is the best way to take care of your baby.

We've narrowed it down to the 3 easiest changes you can make that will help you have a non-toxic pregnancy. We promise, they are relatively no brainer swaps that have been shown to impact the health of your growing baby. If you start now, these are all things you will want to do once the baby is born, so you'll have created some healthy habits.

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Protect Your Crawling Baby From Chemicals With These 3 Tips

Have your baby safely explore their surroundings!

Once a baby starts to crawl, they're always on the move! After you've baby-proofed your outlets and stairs, it's worth considering how to keep your little one safe from harmful chemicals as well. Since babies are low to the ground when moving about and are constantly putting their hands in their mouth, they're especially at risk of exposure. Check out our top three tips on how to keep your baby safe while they're crawling and exploring!


1. Leave Shoes at the Door

Wearing shoes around the house can bring in a lot of nasty chemicals and other contaminants from the outdoors. Picture where you walk in a typical day: busy city streets, public restrooms, the back of a ride share car. Do you really want whatever is on the bottom of your shoes ending up on your carpets? As soon as you get home, take your shoes off at the door! You can even have a cute shoe storage container in your foyer so you don't forget to take them off. Leaving your shoes at the door is also a great excuse to invest in a pair of cute new slippers.


2. Vacuum More Frequently

Household dust can contain all sorts of things. Along with the usual suspects of pet hair and crumbs from breakfast, dust can contain harmful chemicals like flame retardants. Flame retardants are serious chemicals that can cause cancer and mess with our immune system. These toxic chemicals migrate out of electronics and furniture and end up around your house. Vacuuming more frequently will keep your baby safe from dust accumulating on the floor. If you're in the market for a new vacuum, we have some recommendations!


3. More Hand Washing

Washing your hands and your baby's hands is super important, even if neither of you have left the house! Babies put their hands in their mouth a LOT, especially when they're eating. And as we mentioned above, there could be a lot of gross stuff on your floor you weren't aware of. Before each meal and snack, make sure to make a pitstop at the sink to wash hands! We recommend washing hands for at least 20 seconds. Or, if you're on the go and the nearest bathroom is miles away, we have some awesome hand sanitizer recs.

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7 HEPA Filter Vacuums

We reviewed the best options to help reduce allergens and toxic chemicals in your house

Updated for 2019!

If your old vacuum is on the fritz or you're looking to make a new investment, we rounded up 9 HEPA filter vacuums in a variety of styles that are highly reviewed. What is a HEPA (high efficiency particulate air ) Filter? HEPA filters, as defined by the United States Department of Energy must remove at least 99.97% of airborne particles 0.3 micrometers (µm) in diameter. Basically a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter basically catches and removes dust and small particles, instead of blowing them back out into the room. It's much better for children and people living with allergies or asthma. But it's also good if you want to remove toxic chemicals like flame retardants from your home, since the filter will trap these small particles.

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" That's pretty blunt and kind of scary. Especially when you keep reading and find out it's because sperm counts are falling, fast. They lay out a lot of different reason why and most of them come back to the environment we are living in today. While that sounds even worse, based on some research we've done, we know that small changes to your routine (both in men themselves and women who might have sons at some point) can help make a change for the better. Two easy changes: 1. Switch from plastic food storage containers and water bottles to ones made of glass, stainless steel, or ceramic. Clean your home more often by dusting with a microfiber cloth and vacuuming. Both are pretty easy and can reduce the amount of contact you have with chemicals that mess with hormone levels. Sperm levels may be on a downward trend, but the trend doesn't have to keep going down. Little changes can have a big impact on health. Thank you, GQ, for bringing this topic to a bigger audience.
It's a big step. It means you recognize you actually have to clean your home better than just shuffling around in your fuzzy socks and wiping the mirror with your sleeve. We did a bunch of research and found 6 great, well-reviewed, vacuums that all have HEPA filters. The HEPA filter ensures that when you are cleaning the vacuum actually traps even the smallest pieces of dust. So, take this as just the push you need to order that nice new adult vacuum!

Before you freak out and start worrying about all the ways you and your family may be exposed, we have a couple of easy (and no cost) ways to dramatically limit your lead contact like taking of your shoes at the door, moping in addition to (or instead of) vacuuming, and washing your hands.⠀

We know, hearing you should clean more often kind of sucks, but the benefits of fewer chemicals that cause problems like infertility and cancer in your body (and your kid's body) might be worth it. Try wiping down surfaces with a wet microfiber cloth, it's easier than actually dusting everything and makes a huge difference. Also, microfiber cloths are like magic dust magnets - gross but also cool. For more easy, #nontoxic cleaning tips, check out our site.

We all want our homes to be a safe, healthy, and clean place for ourselves and the ones we love. Fortunately, there are some simple changes you can make that will make a big difference.

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