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How to keep your home safe and toxin-free

The perfect time to start thinking of your baby’s safety in his/her new environment would be before actually having a baby. If you already have one, it is never too late to take the necessary measures to keep your precious little one safe.

The main concern parents have within the home is safety for their children. As children grow older, their immune systems become more resistant to certain germs and bacteria. This, however, does not happen as soon as your child is born. You will need to take steps to ensure your baby’s environment is safe and toxin-free. There are many preventative measures we can take to ensure this safety, though not all are obvious ones.

Child proofing your home should be priority once your baby is born, because in no time, your little one will be crawling and exploring around the house. The obvious measures include installing safety gates, safety locks and latches, having door-stop holders, protecting electrical outlets as well as securing sharp corners around the house. Even after taking these apparent actions, safety goes beyond the mere physical environment. Remember, the little things matter.

Check to make sure your baby’s toys are just as safe for playing. Take note of the following:

  1. Always heed all warning labels when buying a toy.
  2. Small, loose parts are not the best thing to have around your baby (anything that fits into your baby’s mouth easily should not be given to him/her).
  3. Make sure that toys have no sharp ends or breakable edges.
  4. Strings of any kind should not be longer than 7 inches.
  5. It is probably not a good idea to give your baby toys that have been worn-out or damaged. Always ensure all sources are credible.
  6. Last but not least, all toy manufacturers have to abide by a law that requires the toy to undergo testing for safety. If this safety standard has not been met, the toy could be a potential toxic or physical hazard for your baby.

At birth, your baby’s nervous, respiratory, reproductive, and immune systems are under-developed. That puts your baby at a higher risk of toxic poisoning.

Toxin is defined as a harmful or poisonous substance that is capable of causing infections and diseases. A toxin-free home for your baby doesn’t have to mean throwing out everything. Identifying what’s safe and what’s not is fundamental. There are three main ways toxin can begin to affect your baby – through ingestion, inhalation and absorption.

“How will I tell what’s safe and what’s toxic?” If that question has struck you before, then here’s something you will need to know.

Besides keeping the obvious household products clear of your baby, you will also need to pay attention to the types of toys you leave around your little one. Painted toys for example must be covered with lead-free paint and should have the code ‘ASTM F963’ printed on the box to let you know that the paint is safe for children. Any art materials should be labeled as ‘non-toxic’ and have ‘ASTM D-4236’ on the package. This indicates that all material has been evaluated and meets the safety standards of the American Society for Testing and Materials (http://www.astm.org/).

It is always best to keep a safety checklist for each area in your home. After all, being a parent also means having a lot on your plate. Keep in mind that safety comes first and a safe baby always makes a happy parent.

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