Every parent wants the best for their children, they get the best car seats, put up safety gates, get the best baby cribs, and more. They do these to keep their kids safe and give them the best environment to be able to reach their fullest potential.
For most of us, we spend at least half of our lives inside our homes without realising the relationship between our house and our health. Especially for a baby, whose immune system is still new and building their tolerance to the world around them, it’s important to ensure that we keep their environments healthy and safe.
A baby’s lungs and respiratory system are also still sensitive and developing, so keeping your baby’s living environment healthy and free of pollutants can help to prevent allergies and other respiratory problems from occurring.
Compared to adults, babies take in more of the toxic substances from their environment because they eat, drink and breathe more in comparison to their body size. Babies also tend to be curious and may place toys or other items into their mouths as they discover the world around them.
This puts them at a greater risk of experiencing lifelong effects when exposed to toxic chemicals in their environment. Hence, keeping their environment clean and healthy should be a priority.
Below, we’ll explore ways to make your home a healthy and safe one for your baby.
1. Get rid of dust
Dust naturally accumulates in the home. Ensure that you get rid of them easily and effectively by having a good quality vacuum, a damp cloth, or a mop. If you have a crawling child, vacuum at least once a week.
In addition, make it a habit to remove your shoes before entering the house. Dirt, chemicals, and dust tend to stick to the bottom of our shoes and are then carried into the home. It’s also helpful to reduce clutter and keep toys in closed containers to prevent dust from building up and make cleaning up an easier process.
2. Go natural when cleaning
If the COVID-19 pandemic is an indication for personal hygiene, always remember to wash your hands often, using regular soap is sufficient! However, if you’re on the move and a sink is not available, you can also use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser.
When choosing household cleaner detergents for the house, opt for naturally scented or fragrance-free options to avoid exposure to the chemicals that can cause hormone changes, especially when your baby is still young.
Vinegar and baking soda are good natural choices for disinfecting clothes. (Just a cup mixed in your washing machine and you’re ready to go!)
To keep your house fresh and well-ventilated, open your windows often to let fresh air in. This will also help to flush out any virus present in your environment.
3. Renovate well
If there’s a need to renovate a room (or even your house) when you’re pregnant or with a young child, try to avoid the renovation area. In general, pregnancy is not a good time to get started on home renovations as dust and fumes are harmful to the baby’s development.
However, if you have already started on renovations or need to get a room fixed, use fans and keep your windows open to let strong odours out. Choose a baby-safe wall paint to keep the environment safe for your little one.
For your baby’s nursery, it’s also good to choose nursery furniture that is baby-safe.
For this, it’s helpful to choose a store, such as Hatchery, that carries high-quality furniture and has passed national safety standards, including ASTM standards and CPSC regulations to ensure utmost safety for your baby.
4. Be mindful of plastic
Chemicals in plastic containers can move into our foods and drinks especially if it’s used when heating food. Certain chemicals in plastic have been linked to causing cancer and other health problems.
So never heat milk in a microwave. If the breast milk is frozen, for example, you can thaw it first before moving it to a plastic milk bottle. You can then proceed to place the milk bottle under warm running water or in a bowl of warm water to heat up.
When using the microwave to heat other items, avoid the use of cling wraps or plastic containers. Opt for glass or ceramic plates and containers instead.
5. Choose the type of fish you eat
Some types of fishes, such as shark, swordfish, king mackerel, fresh tuna, and marlin, can be high in mercury. This is harmful to the developing brain of a baby. It’s also harmful for pregnant women to consume.
Choose fish and shellfish that are low in mercury instead, such as salmon, sardines, pollock, flounders, cod, tilapia, shrimp, oysters, clams, scallops and crab.
Create a healthy, baby-safe home with Hatchery
These simple steps combined can make a huge difference in making a healthier home for your little one. Every member of the household must also make a conscientious effort to ensure that your baby lives in a healthy, happy, and safe home.
Another way to ensure that your baby grows up in a safe environment is by getting them high-quality furniture and essentials. Hatchery carries top-quality baby furniture and nursery essentials, such as cribs and chairs, that help create an environment where they can reach their full potential safely and comfortably.