Baby Safe Assessment

As a parent, of course you want to create a beautiful environment for your baby. It’s common to decorate a nursery with new paint and carpeting, new furniture, including a crib, lots of plush toys and soft bedding. Perhaps you’ll install a wireless baby monitor. It may look beautiful, but little do many new parents know that they are often creating a toxic environment for their baby.

The Baby Safe Assessment includes:

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A preliminary consultation and analysis of your baby’s living environment

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Hands-on testing in your baby’s nursery

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A written report of all our findings, including the laboratory analysis

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A mitigation plan with solutions based on what we find

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Best practices for maintaining a healthy and safe nursery environment

The Baby Safe Assessment tests your nursery for environmental toxins and physical hazards.

Some of the most common toxic exposures in nurseries include:

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

VOCs are chemicals often found in paint, carpet, cleaners, air fresheners and furniture. They can cause respiratory problems, headaches and loss of coordination, nausea, and damage to the liver, kidneys, and central nervous system. Some VOCs can cause cancer.

Flame Retardants

Flame retardants are in many baby products, like cribs, mattresses, strollers, and car seats. These chemicals have been linked to a range of health issues including cancer, reproductive and developmental problems, and hormone disruption.

Formaldehyde

Furniture, flooring, and carpeting often contain formaldehyde, which is a colorless, flammable gas. Long-term exposure to formaldehyde has been associated with an increased risk of cancer, particularly of the nose and throat. It can cause allergies, headaches and fatigue, as well.

Phthalates

Phthalates, also called “forever chemicals”, are found in many baby products such as toys, pacifiers, and teething rings. Phthalates can do lasting harm to a child's brain development.

Lead

Lead is a toxic metal that can be found in old paint, dust and soil, and drinking water from lead pipes. Young children and infants are especially vulnerable to lead. Low levels of exposure have been linked to central and peripheral nervous system damage, learning disabilities, shorter stature, impaired hearing, and damaged formation and function of blood cells.

Pesticides

Many baby products, including some crib mattresses and bedding, contain pesticides. Pesticides have a range of detrimental effects on little developing parties: psychomotor and mental development, ADD, respiratory issues, cancer, endocrine disruption, allergic reactions, gastrointestinal disorders, immune system suppression, and long-term health effects that may not show up until later in life.

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The Baby Safe Assessment includes comprehensive environmental testing for:

Air contaminants

Water pollutants

Mold, mycotoxins, and MVOCs (Microbial Volatile Organic Compounds)

VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds), SVOCs (Semi-Volatile Organic Compounds) and VVOCs (Very Volatile Organic Compounds)

Electromagnetic fields (magnetic fields, electric fields, “dirty electricity” and radiofrequency radiation)

Radon, combustible gases, carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide

Lighting and Sound issues

The Baby Safe Assessment also includes testing for physical hazards:

Safe sleep environment

Furniture and decor safety

Choking hazards

Properly functioning smoke & carbon monoxide alarms

Electrical outlet/appliances/baby monitor safety

Nursery- specific temperature and humidity levels

Healthy crib and bedding that meets U.S. safety standards and Building Biology standards

Healthy lighting that stimulates the baby's visual development and is optimal for the baby's eyes

Healthy sound to ensure that the acoustic environment is conducive to the baby’s development and sleep.

Final Report, Analysis and Mitigation Plan

Once we receive all the laboratory results, we write a detailed report that includes an analysis of your labs, a mitigation plan, and how-to guides to help you create the healthiest nursery environment for your baby as possible.

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