Once you welcome a little human into the world, you begin to see everything with fresh momma bear eyes. This has certainly been true for me as we have adapted to life as new parents and began to make even more changes in our home in hopes of creating a safer and better future for Kieran.
When I was pregnant, I researched ways to keep our baby items to a minimum while making sure we had some comforts and things that would make life easier. I stumbled upon the wonderful blog 600 square feet and a baby by Alison in Vancouver and was introduced to Gathre, a wonderful company that makes chemical free, wipeable bonded leather mats. Making the switch from plastic change mats to a leather micro mat has been a huge relief for me. We already use eco-friendly, sustainable diapers and wipes so upgrading our change mat to something more sustainable was a no brainer for me.
I have been reading up on toxins and chemicals that make their way into everyday materials like blankets, clothing, mattresses and different textiles. The idea that we are placing our children on top of, inside and onto these items scares me. As Shelley Smith pointed out, cobalt compounds which are carcinogenic were found in baby change mats as reported by the Environmental Health News. Sara shared a wonderful article about how to create a green nursery space for your baby in 2014. It has wonderful tips including getting items that have the Greenguard seal (low emissions) and avoid foam (often has flame retardant chemicals in them!).
I also learned that language used to describe products can be misleading – here is a great guide to ‘green’ language and what’s what. If you are looking for a comprehensive guide to non-toxic baby products, Tot Scoop put out a guide that includes a section about changing mats/pads.
Removing Toxins From Our Diapering Routine
How cute are these Wee Gallery Art Cards? AWESOME distraction for diaper change times!
Little Kieran has such sensitive skin (just like his momma!), I worry (maybe a little too much) about what touches his skin and what chemicals he comes into contact with. And based on what we know about BPAs, we should all be re-examining the plastic items we come into contact with on a regular basis. What lovely about the Gathre mats is that they are non-toxic while not compromising style or practicality. They can be wiped down, folded up and are waterproof but SO MUCH better than those foam or plastic change mats.
It is funny that as new moms, we often think so much about what diapers and creams we choose to use but don’t think about the object we are placing our babies down on to DO the changing! I have been experimenting with eco diapers and am going to eventually share my thoughts and honest review of which worked best for us.
So I got a little something special for you:
A Gathre giveaway!
My micro change mat in mist is definitely one of my favourite baby items so far and so I have teamed up with Gathre to give you the chance TO WIN a Baby Changing Mat and a Highchair Mat in your choice of their newly launched color choices – ivy, mist or shale!
All you have to do to win two Gathre mats of your own (Change Mat and Highchair Mat) is FOLLOW Gathre and me (rowhousenest) on Pinterest!
Gathre also makes two larger all purpose mats. I can’t wait to bring mine out to the local farmer’s market on Mondays when Kieran is older and the weather warms up. I can just see it now: me, Kieran and Nan piled onto a mat with goodies waiting for James to get off work. If he isn’t off riding of course.
Images by myself and/or Gathre.
Disclosure: The Gathre products mentioned were supplied to me by Gathre for me to try. The opinions and text are all mine. Don’t worry! I only write about brands I love!