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Old Feb 28th, 2014, 01:00 AM   11
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Oh, for sure. It is expensive. I don't buy everything organic or sustainable, but I do spend an extra few dollars on pro-environmental products when I can. I think it's money well spent when you can manage it.

But back to baby-specific stuff, I actually have a friend who re-gifts stuff that's given to her LO that isn't completely natural. I definitely don't care that much. I'm cool with my LO having a variety of toys and I don't actually believe that the chemicals found in most toys would be potent enough to be harmful.

I'm sure you do everything you can to protect your LO from things you view as real threats. When it's something that's open to interpretation or not so clear-cut, I think it's safe to say that you just don't have the same views as some other mothers. Don't feel badly about it.



 
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Old Feb 28th, 2014, 02:34 AM   12
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I personally have no worries in the slightest.
I do however buy natural creams and skin products as I dont like a heap of chemicals going directly on his skin. Toys have no issur to me though as he regularly licks things like the remote control and even when I wash my hands there probably not 100% clean.
If something had been known to case issues I would avoid it however



 
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Old Feb 28th, 2014, 03:05 AM   13
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I don't spend time fretting about it but I try to make good choices where I can. With something like a car seat, I think the benefit of a well made car seat outweighs the risk of chemicals in it, but when it comes to things that go on our skin I stick to products that are as chemical free as possible because you can often see the negative effects in the very short term so who knows what things like that do over the years?



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Old Feb 28th, 2014, 03:10 AM   14
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Yeah it worries me too, I wish I had more money to get everything perfect but I try to use cloth nappies and reusable cotton great pads but e's only 6 weeks currently so isn't using toys really.



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Old Feb 28th, 2014, 03:11 AM   15
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I dont use any bath stuff on Myles skin he gets water and thats it. The boys get baby bath, organic eco one. I dont let my kids have juices with fake sugars either and I do buy organic. Can only do what I can.



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Old Feb 28th, 2014, 03:53 AM   16
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I personally have no worries in the slightest.
I do however buy natural creams and skin products as I dont like a heap of chemicals going directly on his skin. Toys have no issur to me though as he regularly licks things like the remote control and even when I wash my hands there probably not 100% clean.
If something had been known to case issues I would avoid it however



 
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Old Feb 28th, 2014, 06:48 AM   17
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I'm too busy spending every living moment thinking "WHY DONT YOU SLEEP!!!" right now to have time to think about this stuff. Ask me again in a few months!



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Old Feb 28th, 2014, 06:51 AM   18
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I try my best to limit exposure to them, but they're in everything. I don't use many bath products as she has dry skin anyway.



 
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Old Feb 28th, 2014, 07:10 AM   19
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I don't think you can spend all your time worrying about exposure to all things baby related, but it certainly doesn't hurt to buy natural/green/organic when you can. As pp said, its never a waste doing so, as any contributions toward natural products and green toys, etc are going to further sustainability. It's too expensive to buy everything this way. But that doesn't mean its a waste of time to get SOME things this way.

I try to buy more natural products for baths/lotions/sunscreens, as my youngest has very sensitive skin with eczema. As far as toys, we have a good mix. I don't avoid toys just because they were made in China. But I do try to have a good mix of types of toys. I recently discovered Green Toys on Amazon, and bought a bunch of those for Christmas. I thought they were a nice addition to their regular toys, as they are made from recycled materials, the toys themselves are simplistic so inspire imaginative play, etc. The boys especially love the boat and submarine I bought from that company for bath toys. Prices were regular prices too, I didn't find the toys to cost more than I'd spend on any other toy type.



 
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Old Feb 28th, 2014, 09:13 AM   20
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We limit where possible but I am far from obsessive about it. Chemicals are everywhere!

I do avoid chemicals directly on her skin (use cloth nappies, no soap etc).

Toys I prefer wooden natural toys as a preference anyway but she does have ones that aren't. I like to buy green toys as they are better for the environment rather than protecting her against chemicals. Also I think toys where you have to use your imagination as better for development than ones that are all singing and dancing kind of thing!

We sometimes buy organic food sometimes not. As far as I'm aware organic isn't much better than non organic food

Definitely not something I worry about though. I just limit direct contact where possible



 
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