Category: Healthy Home

Our mission is to keep babies and toddlers safe, and parents informed with crucial news and helpful tips on how to keep your healthy home free of toxins.

Parabens Test Results for Suzanne

Testing Myself for Parabens

By Suzanne Price What are Parabens? Parabens are a group of chemicals that are often used as preservatives in personal care products. Parabens have been shown to easily penetrate the skin when applied in lotions and soaps. The European Commission on Endocrine Disruption has listed parabens as Category 1 priority substances, based on evidence that… Read more »

Limit Flame Retardants Home Computers

Turn Off Computers to Limit Flame Retardants in Your Home

A recent study highlighted the prevalence of flame retardant chemicals coming off electronics in our homes—especially with devices that are always on. By law, electronic products must have chemicals added to them to protect against fires. The chemicals that are added to the plastic enclosures around electronics are not bound to the plastics. They can… Read more »

Two prepubescent girls hugging photo from Brest Cancer Prevention Partners

Lowering the Risk of Future Breast Cancer in Prepubescent Girls

We recently hosted a discussion led by Dr. Sharima Rasanayagam, Director of Science with Breast Cancer Prevention Partners (BCPP). BCPP is the only national organization focused on the prevention of breast cancer and is unique in its focus on a science-based approach to prevention. Throughout the discussion, Dr. Rasanayagam walked us through the known causes… Read more »

Inside the Naturepedic Organic Mattress Factory

Our Visit to the Naturepedic Factory in Ohio

Recently, Sprout’s head buyer, Andi Rothfeld, visited the factory of Sprout’s long-time partner, Naturepedic. Naturepedic makes GOTS-certified organic mattresses and bedding for the cribs and beds we sell at Sprout. We have long believed that Naturepedic was the ideal partner for Sprout as they seemed to have the highest quality standards in this important product… Read more »

chemical structure of a quat

Will Quats Be Banned Next?

At Sprout, we’ve done our own extreme vetting to ensure that the Household Cleaners and Personal Care Products we carry do not contain quats or any other harmful additives. Quats could be the next group of chemicals to be banned from soaps and cleaners. In 2016, the FDA finally banned triclosan from hand soaps. Triclosan is a… Read more »

Clear Labels for Cleaning Products (Finally!)

Sprout's growing selection of Household Cleaners & Personal Care Products has been thoroughly vetted to ensure every item is free of all harmful chemicals. For years, there has been no transparency regarding what is in the cleaning products we use in our homes. California has finally passed a law that will change this. The Cleaning… Read more »

The Importance of a Positive Learning Space at Home

Eileen Lamb is a mother of two boys: Charlie (4) and Jude (2). Charlie has severe classic, nonverbal autism. Eileen has high-functioning autism, also known as Asperger’s syndrome. Her mission is to raise autism awareness and give readers a better understanding to the many facets of autism. Below is an extract from her recent blog… Read more »

What is Glyphosate?

What is Glyphosate?

We spoke with Dr. Stephanie Seneff, a Senior Research Scientist at MIT, about her research on the chemical. (Watch clips from our interview on our YouTube channel: Toxicity of Glyphosate & Washing Out Glyphosate.) What is Glyphosate & Why is it Bad? Glyphosate is the active ingredient in the herbicide Roundup, produced by Monsanto. In… Read more »

Toxic Chemicals in Indoor Dust

Often, when we talk to customers about toxins in children’s products, they feel less concerned when it’s a product that their child is unlikely to put in their mouth. Even the most recent law governing children’s toys (the CPSIA) only outlaws certain phthalates (a class of hormone disrupting chemicals) in toys likely to be sucked… Read more »

Toxins in Our Environment are Showing Up in Our Teeth

The above images are scans of a cross-section of baby teeth from myself, my husband, and one of our daughters. Yes, my parents saved my baby teeth and I married a man whose parents saved his as well! When my daughter Hannah lost her first tooth, I asked our families to find ours and I… Read more »