So, being a future first time parent I have been reading anything I can get my grubby little hands on. Whether it is an article about bodily fluids, fetal development, or the natural process of a pregnant ladies abs splitting (yikes). They're all fair game. In addition to this baby obsession I also have been raised mainly in Washington state and California and these states tend to be pretty environmentalist. Edward and I had already decided that we were going to have a go at g diapers. They have a cloth exterior that only needs to be washed when Uschi goes #2 and they have a biodegradable insert that you can flush down the toilet. The insert will biodegrade in roughly a week vs. up to a century with regular plastic diapers. (This is just speculation since plastic was only invented 144 years ago and since then everything that has been created in plastic (except for the small amounts that have been incinerated) is still in existence. We basically have no proof that plastic will biodegrade in 500 to 1000 years or more, and that's kinda scary when you think about it.
Anyway, so a dear friend of mine sent me an article on plastics. It was quite frightening. I have already been paranoid about baby products made in China because of all the lead coming out of there. But getting products made anywhere else, especially baby products is nigh unto impossible. Anyway, come to find out that most plastic bottles are made from bisphenol-A (or BPA) which puts your newly developing baby at risk for mental retardation or genetic abnormalities. There are some plastic bottles that are made out of polyamide and are suppose rid you of the risks associated with BPA. Medula is a brand that has BPA free bottles. So we're going to use those bottles when we're out and about, and glass bottles at home.
Next on the list? Teethers. So I have a friend that's obsessive about the 1800s. She mentioned that glass bottles and the teats used for babies in the 1800s where lined with or leaked lead, which is really creepy. The teethers made today (and many other baby products like the classic rubber duck) are most often made of phthalate-laden PVC which has been linked to cancer and reproductive harm. Yup, talk about creepy.
It almost seems like no matter what I do... little Ursa is probably going to grow a third arm. But no fear, dear friends... Kmart, Sears, Target, Toys "R" Us, and even the store I loathe most, Wal-Mart, have pledged to keep PVC items off the shelves. And if you got a baby gift that is supercalifragilistic. You can always call the manufacturer's toll free number to inquire if it contains any PVC.
Anyhow, this was definitely an interesting read this morning. Good luck to us all.
Over and out.
ps. I linked some reputable articles (like to WebMD and Best Life) to this post so that you can be reassured that I'm not just rambling.
Here are a few more from Time and EcoMall.