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.

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 »

Inside the Naturepedic Organic Mattress Factory

Visiting the Naturepedic Organic Mattress 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 »

What is Polyurethane Foam?

Ever since many manufacturers began removing flame retardant chemicals from their upholstered furniture, customers have been asking if the foam in their furniture is now ok. Though we are thrilled that manufacturers no longer need to spray their foam with these terrible chemicals, we still believe polyurethane foam is not ideal to have around your… Read more »

What we can learn from the FDA’s new ban on Triclosan

Photo courtesy of New York Times. This month, the FDA released a statement banning the chemical triclosan from all soap. After extensive research, they determined that the benefits, namely none, from having this endocrine disrupting chemical in our antibacterial products do not outweight the risks. These risks include certain forms of breast cancer, early onset… Read more »

Our Take on Honest Company’s Laundry Detergent & SLS

On March 10th, 2016, The Wall Street Journal published an article entitled, “Laundry Detergent From Jessica Alba’s Honest Co. Contains Ingredient It Pledged to Avoid.” The newspaper was referring to a chemical called SLS, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. In numerous places, Honest Company lists SLS as an ingredient they avoid in formulating their products, yet The… Read more »

What Flame Retardant Chemical Regulations Mean to You

“A new state study suggests the amount of flame retardants found in the breast milk of Northern California women declined significantly over about a decade, possibly as a result of a 2003 state ban on the toxic chemicals.” – Read the full article by The Sacramento Bee. While this is great news, it is certainly… Read more »

Investigative Journalist M. Schapiro on Environmental Toxins and US Citizens

One of the most influencial books in my research for the creation of Sprout was Exposed: The Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Products and What’s at Stake for American Power, by investigative journalist Mark Schapiro. It shockingly exposed how Europe and increasingly the rest of the world is better protected from environmental toxins than are the… Read more »

Flame Retardant Chemicals: What We’ve Learned

In 2014, we were honored to host Arlene Blum, long-time advocate against flame retardant chemicals and one of the stars of the HBO Documentary Toxic Hot Seat, at our San Francisco store. We first screened the movie and then Arlene gave a fascinating presentation, moderated by a representative of the San Francisco Department of the… Read more »

Natural Latex

Latex: Is This Good or Bad?

Latex. If you’re like me, when I hear the word it does not conjure a favorable meaning. When Sprout decided to team up with Monte on an exclusive new glider made with natural latex, I wanted to find out exactly what is latex. What I found was enlightening. Latex can either be natural or synthetic…. Read more »