Mother knows best

If a parent could take steps to reduce their child's exposure to toxins and chemicals, why wouldn't they?

From birthing blanket to bottle to bibs, babies are born into a complex world full of toxins and chemicals. So if a parent can take steps to reduce their exposure to these elements, why wouldn't they?

Long-time P'Lovers staffer and mom Shelby Lendrum is an enthusiastic advocate of organic and natural baby products. She points out that not only do they reduce chemicals our children are exposed to, but in many cases the clothes are stronger and more resistant (organic cotton, for example, has more integrity than cotton made with chemicals).

"By making better choices [about their purchases], moms aren't just making a difference for their baby, they're making a difference for kids and people all over the world," adds Lendrum. P'Lovers not only ensures that its products are all organic, hemp or bamboo, but it also tries to purchase as many fair trade certified products as possible, and products that are made locally or across Canada. "People are more aware that baby's quality of life is not just about what we put on their body, but also how we spend our money," reflects Lendrum. P'lovers, Park Lane, 5657 Spring Garden Road, 422-6060.

Other sources for organic baby goods:

Fall River Laundry provides cotton diapers in a range of baby and senior sizes. 9 McPherson Road, Fall River, 902-860-0011

Nurtured Products for Parenting offers organic cotton diapers and accessories. 225 Prince Arthur, Dartmouth, 405-4367, (A new storefront location will be open at 2571 Robie by May 1.)

Royal Diaperer and Baby Accessories has a selection of cloth diapers and diaper covers. 425 Sackville Drive, Bedford, 835-5477.

Valley Cloth Diaper Company A source in the Valley for cloth diapers and bamboo terry fabric baby products. They also offer the Eco-Bunz cloth diaper service, available in Halifax. 945 Church Street, Port Williams, 877-465-2229.

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