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Protect Your Child from the Dangers of Window Coverings

This October the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has teamed up with the Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) to spread awareness on the dangers of window cords.  According to the CSPC, “about once a month a young child dies from a window cord strangulation.”  Therefore, they have dedicated the month of October to urge parents to inspect their homes for exposed/dangling cords, even if the cord is located on the side or back of the covering.

CPSC suggests using cordless windows when young children live in the home.  However, if investing in new window coverings is too expensive, you can contact the WCSC at 800-506-4636 or visit www.windowcoverings.org for a free kit to make them safer.

Protect your little one(s) and spread the awareness!

Buying Organic 101

Ever find that an intentionally quick grocery trip has turned into an hour long affair?  If you are anything like me, shopping for produce can be overwhelming.  Cue scene:  I am staring at two apples, seemingly the same in size and weight, but differing in price-one is organic, the other is not, all the while trying to stay out of the way of fellow shoppers while maintaining eyesight of my cart…wait, where is my cart?!?  Anyways, I’m on a budget, so I should go for the latter…but then I hear that little voice inside me (actually, make that my mother’s voice) scolding me that health should be the number one concern.  Five minutes later and my eyes have glazed over in confusion, and not with the kind of glaze I like on my doughnuts (but that is an entirely different matter!).

On a serious note, buying organic and healthy ingredients, especially for your little one, is extremely important.  With so many options out there, it’s difficult to decide what’s best for us and our families, particularly with new research indicating going organic is not all that it is cracked up to be.  However, as a basic rule-of-thumb, steer clear of the “Dirty Dozen” as annually published by the Environmental Working Group.  The “Dirty Dozen” are the most pesticide-ridden foods, so if your debating on which items to buy organic and which items to buy for less, take a look at the lists below.

Here’s a list of the 12 foods you absolutely should buy organic, aka the “Dirty Dozen”:

  1. Apples
  2. Celery
  3. Sweet bell peppers
  4. Peaches
  5. Strawberries
  6. Nectarines (imported)
  7. Grapes
  8. Spinach
  9. Lettuce
  10. Cucumbers
  11. Blueberries (domestic)
  12. Potatoes

EWG also added a “Dirty Dozen Plus” list including

  • Green Beans
  • Kale/collard greens

The good news?  Glad you asked!  Here is their list of the “Clean 15″ to potentially save you money on your next grocery trip!

  1. Onions
  2. Sweet Corn
  3. Pineapples
  4. Avocado
  5. Cabbage
  6. Sweet peas
  7. Asparagus
  8. Mangoes
  9. Eggplant
  10. Kiwi
  11. Cantaloupe (domestic)
  12. Sweet potatoes
  13. Grapefruit
  14. Watermelon
  15. Mushrooms

Buying organic is a personal choice and one issue that is not yet totally understood.  Fortunately for us, the sacred watermelon snack of summer’s past and future can still be a worry-free option!

Happy Shopping! :)

 

Sources:  Environmental Working Group, www.ewg.org and The Salt: NPR, www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt

Welcome to BabyEarth Grow!

The gestation period has been long (whew!) but we are so very proud to announce our newest addition to the BabyEarth family, BabyEarth Grow!  Our vision is to open up the lines of communication so that we can offer you not only a place to shop, but a place to learn, share, laugh, and grow as a parent.  This is a safe haven designed specifically for you to make your job easier with a random assortment of interesting content, news, links and more.  Don’t be shy to join our forums and comment on our blog posts – we would love to hear from you!  So without further ado, please join us in welcoming BabyEarth Grow, and come grow with us!