Dr Jen Green ND
West Bloomfield 248-737-7126
Rochester Hills 586-991-0806
Environmental Baby Care
It is easy to get overwhelmed by all of the demands of parenting. However, it is
important to make an informed choice about what we put into our children’s
bodies. Unfortunately, there are many toxic exposures in everyday items. We can
protect our babies and children by staying educated, leaving out ingredients we
don’t recognize, and doing the best that we can.
Five steps you can take:
1. Read labels when shopping
2. Ventilate – open windows!
3. Use green cleaning supplies
4. Renovate right
5. Keep pesticides out
Plastics: In general, try to avoid plastics as much as possible. Plastics are linked
to higher asthma rates in adults and children, and they contain the carcinogenic
materials phthalates and bisphenol A. Never microwave in plastic or wash plastic
in dishwashers (the high heat degrades them).
Feeding: Use glass bottles (Evenflo, small and large) to avoid bisphenol A in
plastic (BPA is carcinogenic and banned in European and Israeli baby’s bottles).
For travel, bisphenol free plastic bottles and sippy cups are available by Medela
and Born Free. Safe sippy cups can also be made of stainless steel such as
Replace rubber nipples with silicone (Rubber can sometimes leach chemicals
Preferably freeze milk in glass bottles so as not to reheat in soft plastic bags
Silicone pacifiers are preferable to rubber ones.
Instead of plastic bowls and cutlery, chose inert substances such as wood or
Food: BPA also contaminates many canned goods because it is used as a
plastic liner on the can. One in three cans of infant formula tested had a single
serving with enough BPA to expose a woman or infant to BPA levels more than
200 times the government's traditional safe level. Use breastmilk or formula that
is powdered or comes in glass. Once you introduce solid foods, try to avoid
pesticides as much as possible. T