Baby Layla isn’t very particular when it comes to what she eats. But I am. I swapped out her bag of items her mom supplied me with in favor of some organic versions of the mush she adores. After all, if she were mine, I’d want the best so I give it.
I can’t help but ponder if my obsession to go organic is plagued with too much rhetoric and not enough factual evidence that backs up my belief that toxic exposure begins during childhood and reducing it as much as possible is a necessity.
Here’s a little taste of what I found to be true about why we need to go organic for baby:
On Good Health, a published site of Seton Healthcare, the article suggests that through conclusive studies organic baby food is in fact healthier and contains less pesticides which can be “extremely beneficial, especially before the age of two when baby brains are developing at a rapid rate and the organs are most likely to be sensitive to exposure to harmful substances.”
With the growing number of children facing the autism epidemic (1 in 88 to be exact; see here), it’s a fight out there to make sure our kids are getting off to a healthy start. According to an article on BabyCenter pesticides contribute to a wide range of health problems, including cancer, lung disease, reproductive problems, and possibly disorders of the endocrine and immune systems and not to mention have been found to cross the placenta and therefore are a direct threat to pregnant women.
Layla and I will stick to our natural and organic baby food and continue to convince her mom to trade in her Costco bargains for greener pastures (usually $.25 or $.50 cents more than traditional baby food). A change is gonna come.