1. Use Safe Sun Protection
Here are quick tips from EWG:
•First Check out your sunscreen rating at EWG’s Guide to Sunscreens. The rating reflects the hazard of the combined ingredients. The lower the rating the better.
•Since children are more sensitive to chemical allergens test a small spot on their wrist first.
•Apply plenty of sunscreen especially if swimming or sweating a lot
•The best defenses against getting too much harmful UV radiation are protective clothing, shade and timing (not midday)
Opt for reusable swim diapers instead. They are reusable, they do not get waterlogged and no chemicals! They are designed to keep solids (poo) from getting in the pool, but do not absorb water so urine can get out. You may want to add an absorbent cloth diaper insert when babies out of pool. You can get swim diapers for as cheap as $10 dollars. Target even sells Charlie Banana Reusable Swim Diaper in store! My 3 year old is potty trained now but I still can use his 24 month size iplay swim diaper!
3.Stay Hydrated without Plastic Bottles
Instead use BPA free water bottles. We use Brita water bottles with filters, and the kids love their Reduce Kids Water Bottles. The Reduce Bottles come in a variety of themes and are all BPA free. Not only are you reducing your kids exposure to possible chemicals in plastic bottles but also it’s better for the environment!
4.Use a safer or homemade Bug Spray
Again reduce kids and your own exposure to chemicals like DEET.
Check my post for Homemade Bug Spray Recipes HERE.
5.Have Summer Fun with non-toxic Homemade Bubbles!
Non-Toxic Homemade Bubbles Recipe
1 Cup Warm Water
2 Tablespoons Natural Dish Soap (like Honest Company or 7th Generations)
1 Tablespoon Glycerin
1 Teaspoon White Sugar
Mix all ingredients in a container. Let stand uncovered overnight for best results.
We used pipe cleaners to make the bubble wands! My boys had so much fun just making different shapes with the wands.
Hope you have yourself a Green Summer!