Healthy babies need a sustainable and ecological home

Food and care are a fundamental part, which is complemented by making you participate in a sustainable home and a natural lifestyle. A child will change, without intending it, her lifestyle. From the moment the babies arrive, it is necessary to start paying attention to things that, until then, went unnoticed.

Without having to make a radical change in her habits, the British journalist Claire Gillman, a health specialist, points out in his latest book, 'Bio-Babies', an 'eco-education guide', the guidelines for adopting a more natural lifestyle for babies from zero to three years old. 'Recommendations that can be adapted to each person's way of being, in order to provide more ecological and healthy elements to the education of children,' comments the author.

After breastfeeding, the introduction of solid foods should be done gradually. In some cases it will not be an easy task, but it prevents lunch or dinner time from becoming a battlefield. At first, babies digest orange or yellow vegetables better than green ones, according to Gillman.

If the baby is thirsty, water is a better option than packaged juices. Check that the water does not have high levels of salt or other minerals. From the moment you have your first pair of teeth, it is recommended that you start cleaning them with a soft brush and a small amount of toothpaste, this way you will avoid major problems.

Gillman's recommendation to relieve teething pain in babies in a natural way results from mixing two drops of garlic oil, diluted in eight or ten drops of vegetable oil, which is carefully spread over an open gum, and then Do it for the rest of the gum, as it has a very relaxing effect.

It also recommends reducing the consumption of salt in food; it can be seasoned with different types of spices. Another key idea is to prevent your child from getting used to sugary products, but without drastically eliminating the consumption of sweets or cookies. The goal is to provide them with a balanced and nutritious diet.

Sleep ritual for babies

Children, and especially babies, need many hours of sleep a day. Therefore, your room must be prepared to deal with irritants, such as allergens and toxins.

'The good news is that there are many eco-friendly products for decorating and furnishing your room that pose far fewer health risks, but have just as much appeal,' says Gillman.

Adding a drop of lavender oil to bathwater can help your baby fall asleep. From there, the fundamental thing is to choose natural and untreated fabrics, such as cotton and wool, for sheets, blankets and crib bumpers. To start, make sure that the structure of the crib is made from noble woods and non-toxic finishes.

Be careful with the paint! It is easy to find a large number of ecological paints and varnishes that are healthy and environmentally friendly. 'Among the different varieties you can find organic ones, milk ones, water-based ones and natural ones,' explains the author of 'Bebés-Bio'.

If the alternative on the wall is wallpaper, you must also look for the most ecological solutions possible, since many of them are not made of paper, but of vinyl.

Other precautions

Gillman also writes in his book about carpets that you should avoid them, because the mites that usually hide in them worsen allergic outbreaks. But, if he decides to keep it, he uses topical treatments to clean it, such as anti-mite sprays and vacuum cleaners with a good filter.

The author also pays attention to cleaning products. Finding the ideal place to store them is essential, but if you don't want to be scared and prefer not to waste time reading the toxic components on the label, you can opt for traditional cleaners, such as baking soda, which mixed with water becomes a natural cleansing cream. that dissolves grease and dirt in kitchens and bathrooms.

When you want to remove limescale from faucets, nothing like wrapping them with a cloth soaked in distilled white vinegar. After half an hour, rinsing with water will restore their shine.

To make the water run through the drain and eliminate bad odors, pour two tablespoons of baking soda or half a cup of distilled white vinegar for cleaning. After twenty minutes, let the cold water run and normally the problem will be solved.

Citrus seed extract has properties against fungi and bacteria and can be used to clean furniture, even in a baby's room.

These and many other practical examples are what you should take into account to get a more ecological home for your baby.