You may go through a lot of trouble to ensure your little one is safe in your home and that you raise an eco-friendly baby. But then what happens when you have to go back to work and your baby has to go to an outside child care provider?
Here are some things to look for in an eco-friendly child care or day care center:
Ask about pesticides- Be sure to first question them about any pesticides or herbicides they might use in or around the facility. They should take all possible measures to limit the exposure of toxins to the children inside. They should use the least toxic pesticides possible and should try to do so at times when the children are away and it will clear out before they come back such as at nighttime and on weekends.
Ask about the wall paint- Lead paints are a big worry for many parents and for great reason. Buildings constructed before 1978 could have lead paint. Unless the paint is peeling or flaking off, this is not much of a danger. However, if there are signs of peeling paint, it’s important that it is addressed immediately. They should either have the lead professionally removed or covered with low-VOC latex paint.
Inspect the toys- Check to see that the facility has green, safe toys for your little one to enjoy and learn from. Avoid dolls with soft faces and hands as well as toys that have the texture of a rubber duck. These usually contain PVC which is a toxin that leaks out on worn toys. Inspect that worn toys are not left in common areas and that all toys are in clean, new condition.
Choose a child care center without carpets- Glue that is used in carpeting can be toxic, especially to a baby who spends so much time laying on or crawling on the floors. Carpeting can also hold allergens that can be unhealthy for your baby as well.
Look for a no-aerosol policy- Take your child to a day care center that avoids aerosol sprays. These are bad for the environment and bad for your baby’s lungs. They can trigger asthma and allergies as well.
Ask about cleaning solutions that are used in the facility- Always ask about the cleaning solutions that are used at this facility to help you make your decision about whether or not a particular facility is the right choice for your baby. Give preference to those who choose green alternatives to cleaning products.
While nothing is quite the same as being able to stay home with your baby, you can at least be sure that your child is in the safest environment possible when you must leave him to go to work, school or for other reasons.