While my biological clock continues to click and my quest for a
suitor has been put on pause, I’ve been welcomed with the task of
watching, feeding, changing, playing and bathing my niece Layla
Sherrell. Though I didn’t birth her from my loins, I suppose it’s true
when they say that you better be careful what you name your babies,
because names hold a lot of weight. Ms. Layla is fiesty, independent and
stubborn. All signs point to the traits of moi. And though we’ve had to
have a discussion (mostly she staring at me as I speak), of how she
can’t eat my iphone or chew on my locs, her most recent obsession, we
both agree on one thing: food.
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
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.
Dorsey is an eco-glamour expert, writer, speaker, social entrepreneur
and creator of the blog OrganicBeautyVixen.com – “A Brown Girl’s
Guide to Eco-Glam Living”. Sherrell believes that going green with
your beauty routine doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your fierce and
fabulous style. Connect with her on twitter and facebook for all things beauty, green, eco-friendly, organic, sustainable and of course… Eco-glam.