Learning Center: Baby Steps for Raising a Happy Green Baby

Ok, so you've probably figured out by now that your new baby doesn't come with an owner's manual, but if you're like most new parents, you're spending a lot of time reading, researching and learning about the healthiest way to raise your baby. We know there is no shortage of good information out there on the world wide web, but we also know that as a new parent, you don't have a lot of time to go digging around to know what's what. That's where the HappyGreenBaby Learning Center comes in. Here, we're doing all the researching for you and compiling the best information from the best sources around.

Read our articles for the highlights and visit some of the select links we provide for more in-depth information. Happy reading!

Getting Started with Cloth Diapers

It's estimated that the average baby will dirty her way through 8000 diapers from birth to potty training ... which makes for a lot of trash if you go with disposible diapers. If you're considering going with cloth diapers, but don't know where to start - you're in the right place. Our Cloth Diapers 101 primer has all the details including the health and eco benefits of choosing cloth, how to wash cloth diapers (no dunking required) and terms for navigating the strange world of cloth diapering. Get Started with Cloth Diapers!


Creating a Green Nursery

With your nesting instinct in full effect, you are ready to organize, plan and assemble the hippest nursery in the neighborhood. But, while youre busy coordinating the mobile with the wall color and closet baskets to changing pad covers, its important to remember that this nursery isnt all just sunshine and polka dots.
Get more Tips on Creating an Eco-Friendly, Green Nursery.

Throwing a Green Baby Shower

Its no secret that the baby bump is the hottest fashion statement in Hollywood these days, couple that with the buzz about going green and its no surprise eco-friendly baby showers have become all the rage!
Get Our Green Ideas for Throwing Your Own Eco-Friendly Baby Shower

Green Baby Gift Basket Ideas

Forgo all the wrapping paper, pastel gift bags and store-bought ribbons that will have to be trashed after the baby shower soiree. Instead, build a gift basket based on something the expectant parents will actually use!
Steal our favs ideas for eco-friendly gift baskets.

The Hard Truth About Plastics

Its true that plastic has played an important part in making our lives more convenient (reusable leftover containers), fun (squishy rubber duckie toys) and colorful (kids backpacks and lunchboxes) but emerging research is showing that our increased exposure to plastics, and the chemicals that make them up, may be damaging to our health.
Learn more about different types of plastic.

Guide to Eco-Friendly Fabrics

Wondering what the deal is with bamboo, soy or recycling plastic bottle bags? Here's our quick primer on the whys and hows of sustainable, eco-friendly fibers.



Bisphenol A:

Bisphenol A or BPA is a compound used in many polymer based plastics like Polycarbonate Plastic (Shatter-proof clear plastic). This plastic is used to make baby bottles. BPA is used to strengthen and make plastics more flexible. Plastic without BPA can be more fragile. In the body, BPA acts as an estrogen receptor agonist, which leads it to behave in a similar way to human estrogen.

Many studies have indicated that there are concerns about BPAs effects on infant and fetal development. In April 2008, the Canadian Government listed BPA as toxic and banned the use of polycarbonate plastic in baby bottles and infant formula can linings.

A number of US States are looking into banning BPA in baby products

We believe that the current safety margin (for BPA) needs to be higher. We have concluded that it is better to be safe than sorry. Canadian Health Minister Tony Clement , April 19, 2008

PVC:

PVC or Polyvinyl Chloride is used to make vinyl polymers and is used to soften plastics, and increase flexibility. It is commonly used in a variety of plastic products and piping. It is considered to be a carcinogen and can leach Lead and Phthalates.

Phthalates:

Phthalates are used to make plastic more flexible, durable and longer lasting. Phthalates are easily released as plastic ages. They have been linked to Asthma, Metabolic Disorders, Attention Deficit Disorder and interfere in hormone production.