3. Avoid the apps. Parents are increasingly turning to smart phones for apps that monitor their babies or purportedly help them sleep. But cell phone radiation could pose a serious risk to your child’s developing brain. Use a traditional monitor or sound machine if needed and place as far away from your child as possible. And if you have younger ones inclined to use your smartphone, turn OFF the cellular reception and put it on “airplane” mode.
4. Crack a window. Indoor air is often far more polluted than outdoor air. Opening a window for even a few minutes a day let’s the bad air out and better air in. If you live near a busy road or a facility that emits a lot of air pollution, wait until down times when air quality is best.
5. Bust dust. Household dust is often contaminated with chemicals, allergens, mites and more. Babies breathe it in and also ingest it through “dust to hand to mouth” behavior. Dust with a damp cloth and vacuum with a HEPA filter regularly.
6. Clean with a conscience. Most conventional household cleaners contain risky chemicals that are linked to everything from asthma to cancer. Clean with a conscience using safe, non-toxic options like The Honest Company’s All-Purpose Spray and Honest Laundry Detergent (we know that’s a shameless self-promotion, but it’s good stuff!).
7. Grow some green. Plants are natural air filters (and they’re a beautiful addition to any room). NASA studies recommend that you use one good-sized houseplant in a 6 to 8-inch diameter container for every 100 square feet of your home. Just be sure to choose a non-poisonous variety.
Here’s hoping your baby grows healthy and sleeps easy!
Jessica Alba and Christopher Gavigan
Founders, The Honest Company