Between the crib, the toys, the clothing and the diapers, it's easy to spend thousands of dollars preparing for your little bundle's arrival. And when that bundle arrives?
You'll need more diapers, more clothing, food, sunscreen, shampoo. The list can go on for pages.
Unless you won that mega-million lottery, you may find it difficult to afford the organic mattress, the organic clothing, the chemical-free lotions and shampoos and the chemical-free furniture.
And just like the dirty dozen for fruits and veggies, we decided that there should be a dirty dozen for baby products. These are the items that pediatricians and other experts suggest you splurge on if you can. The stuff not on this list? Not so bad for your baby.You might also like:
Dr. Scott Goldstein, a pediatrician at Northwestern Children's Practice, tries to stick to the dirty dozen rule for his kids. Fruits and vegetables with a thin skin-or no skin at all-are on the list, and Goldstein limits the amount of pesticides his children ingest by going organic on the following 12 items: apples, celery, strawberries, peaches, spinach, nectarines, grapes, peppers, potatoes, blueberries, lettuce and kale.
Square One is an organic baby food company created by Denise Henderson, a River Forest mom of twins who wanted to give her children the healthiest start possible. They come frozen in BPA-free packaging, and they have no additives or preservatives. Our 7-month-old tester loved everything except the quinoa and the broccoli.