Seventh Generation Healthy Home Healthy Baby! #HealthyBaby & #Giveaway!

Disclosure: I have partnered with Seventh Generation and The Motherhood on this sponsored campaign and I received a promotional items. All Opinions are my own.

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Hey All!

I recently had the amazing opportunity to attend a Seventh Generation Virtual Healthy Baby Home Online Party with representatives from Seventh Generation (Maureen Wolpert, Cara Bondi), Healthy Child Healthy World (Alexandra Zissu),  and Stonyfield (Colin Van Ostern).  I learned so much important information at this online event as well as some shocking facts that I just had to share with your all!

Check out the following info:

  • There are more than 80,000 chemicals registered for use in the U.S., but comprehensive pre-market safety testing of these chemicals is not required under any federal law.
  • In the European Union (EU), 1,328 chemicals have been banned for use in personal care products. In the U.S., only 11 chemicals have been banned or restricted by the FDA.
  • The primary U.S. law that regulates chemicals in everyday products hasn’t been updated in more than 35 years.
  • Scientific evidence continues to point to the chemicals we are exposed to in our daily lives as causing or contributing to the rise in childhood behavioral disorders and diseases.
  • Cancer is now the leading cause of child-related death in the U.S., exceeded only by injury.

I was shocked when I learned of these alarming facts. I truly believe I should know what is in the products being used on my family.  There should be stricter guidelines that force companies to showcase what chemicals are in their products. I think everyone has a right to know. I share the beliefs of a company like Seventh Generation.

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Seventh Generation’s approach is:

  • Chemicals are guilty until proven innocent
  • Eliminate known hazards
  • Take a precautions when uncertainty exists

They showcased this belief while at this party by giving us great tips to having a healthy clean household for your family. Here are some of those great tips.

What are the best natural tips for cleaning carpet and keeping your home healthy for your kids?

To remove stains, you want to look for a stain remover that is an oxygen-based stain remover. Seventh Generation has a very versatile powdered, oxygen-based cleaning product. You simply dilute it, make a little bit of paste and put it on the stain. A little bit of this is powerful and will remove stains like motor oil and red wine! Remember to read your labels and understand what you’re dealing with.

If you’re looking for a rug, choose a rag or cotton rug that you can easily throw into the washing machine.  If you have to have carpet, choose a natural fiber without plastic backing. You also want one that is nailed to your floors instead of glued to your floors.

What products are the safest for cleaning hardwood floors while babies and toddlers are crawling and toddling around?

Seventh Generation dish soap with a little bit of water works very well! The Free & Clear Natural Dish Soap (no fragrance) is recommended.

What are the top three issues parents should be aware of in the home?

1. Make sure your house doesn’t have lead paint and that your radon level in your basement is acceptable. Think of the big issues in the environment of the home, and take care of them.
2. Take control of what is going into your kids’ mouths. For babies, think about safer bottles (glass instead of plastic) and pacifiers. For older children, purchase and begin eating whole and organic foods.
3. Be aware of your indoor air quality. The air inside is usually more polluted than outside! A few changes you can make to help include: open house windows more, take off your shoes inside and don’t use a vinyl shower curtain.

Healthy Child, Healthy World offers five simple, affordable actions families can take daily at home to decrease chemical exposure:

Take off your shoes at the door: 85 percent of the dirt in our homes is tracked inside on the bottom of our shoes. It’s not just dirt, but toxics like lead, pesticides, gasoline residue and more. Keep your home safer by taking off your shoes. It’s the public health equivalent of washing your hands.

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Buy safer body care: Children are exposed to an average of 27 care product ingredients on a daily basis that have not been found safe for developing bodies. Protect your family’s health by avoiding products with ingredients like parabens, synthetic fragrances & triclosan. For a list of most-toxic offenders, download the free eBook, “Easy Steps to a Healthy & Safe Nursery.”

Open a window: People spend about 90 percent of their time inside, but indoor air is typically far more polluted than outside. So, open those windows!  Even a few minutes a day can improve indoor air quality.

Eat more whole foods: Processed foods may be convenient, but they’re also loaded with sweeteners, artificial flavors and colorings, and synthetic preservatives. These lack nutrients and many are also linked to health issues like ADHD and even cancer.

I think these are some amazing tips and extremely information we should take into account to have a healthy harmful chemical free home.

We also need to urge Senators to strengthen and pass the Chemical Safety Improvement Act (CSIA) so we can learn what chemicals are in our products.  Click here to find and message your senator.

If you want to do more in your own neighborhood or for your family and friends you can also Host your own Healthy Baby Home Party! Healthy Baby Home Party began four years ago. It’s a way to spread awareness of the dangers of chemicals among moms and caregivers. Beginning next week, there will be 2,000 Healthy Baby Home Parties going on among moms in homes, churches, schools and more!

If you’d like to get in on this conversation please join us at the Seventh Generation Healthy Baby Twitter Party – which brings Healthy Baby Home Parties online. The home parties were developed in partnership with Healthy Child Healthy World to give moms like us a platform to share parenting ideas and rally our friends around topics that resonate deeply – like creating a healthy environment for our babies and kids. We’ll share tips and advice for creating a toxin-free home environment for your kids, ingredients to avoid, recommended products and more.

When: Tuesday, June 25, at 1p ET / noon CT / 10a PT

Where: We’ll be on Twitter – follow the #HealthyBaby hashtag to track the conversation. You can see the details and RSVP via this Twtvite: http://twtvite.com/healthybabyparty

Hashtag: #HealthyBaby

Prizes: Five prizes will be awarded throughout the party to participants who respond correctly to trivia questions. Each winner will receive a package of Seventh Generation products.

Hosts: @theMotherhood, @CooperMunroe, @EmilyMcKhann, @SeventhGen

It’s a lot of information to take in, but let’s keep the dialog going at this twitter party!

What do you do to try and have a healthy household?

Also Seventh Generation wants to give one of my fab readers a Seventh Generation Prize Pack Filled With Seventh Generation Facial Wipes, Facial Soap, Baby Wipes, and Diapers like those featured in the pics above.

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