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#1 Look for cribs made from sustainable solid wood or wood untreated with formaldehyde and finished with non-toxic stains or paints.
#2 Invest in organic cotton bedding. Babies will spend approximately 16 – 17 hours a day either sleeping in and on blankets or bedding so choose natural fibers or organic materials that are not grown or treated with pesticides or other chemicals.
#3 mattress covers or diaper changing mats coated with PVCs and latex. These items are often overlooked when greening your home, yet contain some of the highest levels of toxic chemicals, which are known carcinogens. Products like the ZoLi Baby OHM diaper changing mat is made with thermoplastic elastomer which does not contain vinyl or latex and is 100% photodegradable over time.
#4 Avoid polycarbonate bottles and sippy cups which can leach Bisphenol-A (known endocrine disrupter) into the liquid. Instead choose either glass or a safer plastic such as polyethersulfone, polypropylene, or high/low density polyethylene. ZoLi bottles are made of Polyethersulfone which is characterized is a material that is characterized by its amber shade and comes with silicone nipple which is free of nitrosamine.
#5 Avoid toys and teethers made from materials containing PVC, Bisphenol-A, phthalates. Since babies put everything into their mouths, look for items made of organic cotton, natural wood, or an inert material such as food-grade silicone, like the ZoLi Munch which is 100% silicone and free of any dyes or toxins.
One of our favorites is the unique cable knit HALO ® SleepSack a wearable blanket which replaces loose blankets in the crib that can cover your baby's face and interfere with breathing. Not only is the Halo SleepSack (www.halosleep.com) a royal baby must-have with its cableknit design, but it also is roomy on the bottom leaving the legs and hips free to move and develop properly. HALO is also the number one choice among hospital nurseries. Parents can learn more about safe sleep here: https://www.halosleep.com/
Other Royal baby must-have clothing includes:
Cole Haan Anthony Jasper Oxford for boys Available at Nordstrom.com, $63
Cole Haan Riding Boot for girls Available at Nordstrom, $108
Cole Haan Oxford for boys Available at Nordstrom, $38
Enzo Jewels for girls Available at Zappos, $59
And guess what? One lucky reader will win a cable knit HALO ® SleepSack ®! Just leave a comment on this blog post with one thing you do to treat your baby ROYALLY!For a second entry you can Follow @MelissaSChapman on Twitter and Retweet this giveaway! For a Third entry you can Like The Staten Island family on facebook! For a fourth entry you can follow MelissaSChapmanwriter on Instagram and for a fifth entry you can follow @MelissaSchapman on Pinterest Good luck! Giveaway ends July 30th!