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A Parent's Guide to Toxic-Free Baby Products

August 24, 2016

Parents should not have to be detectives to find out whether there are harmful flame retardant chemicals in their children’s products. But getting a clear answer from companies is not always easy. To make your purchasing choices a little easier, Center for Environmental Health (CEH) surveyed and rated major children’s product manufacturers based on their use of harmful flame retardant chemicals in their products.

Take a look at this important buying guide here: http://www.ceh.org/frguide

In the meantime, here are some helpful tips from CEH:

  • Avoid baby products made with polyurethane foam and instead, seek out products made with cotton, wool, natural fibers, or polyester.
  • Avoid products that have a label that states “this product meets the flammability requirements of Technical Bulletin 117” as these are older products likely to contain harmful flame retardant chemicals.
  • Reduce exposure to these chemicals by washing your hands on your baby’s hands frequently and keeping house dust levels low.  

Judy Levin, MSW Pollution Prevention Director
Center for Environmental Health  

A note to parents from Healthy Babies Bright Futures: You can also check out HBBF’s Safe Product Finder for simple steps to protect you and your family from a host of harmful chemicals like flame retardants that are found in everyday products.