As part of my new little eco-friendly plan, I’m reading Healthy Child Healthy World by Christopher Gavigan (co-founder of Honest, by the way!). Did you know that a 2007 study found that car seats can leach potentially toxic chemicals…and that most car seats still contain high levels of them?
Isobel’s exact car seat isn’t on this list of car seats (it actually rates by the design of the car seat, not just the model), but my guess, based on the other Graco SnugRide 35 listings, is that it’s medium to low. Ugh.
Reading this book has been eye-opening and potentially paranoia-inducing, but like I told Brandon last night, I’m just trying to do the best I can with the resources I have available to me. I’m not going turn into the mom who won’t let her kid have one chip, because honestly, I love chips and who I am to deny Isobel a little taste of a delicious chip (with guac!) once in a blue moon?
If you’ve gotten a new car seat, one tip from the book is to leave the seat on a porch or in a clean garage for a few days to air it out. There are varying levels of PVC and flame retardants in car seats and airing it out can help get the “plastic” smell out of the seat before you use it.
(I was just relieved to see that the Britax cow print convertible seat was on their “Best” list. I’ve got my eye on it…)