Take extra care of toddlers amid pandemic

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Dear Editor,
Once again, coronavirus has wreaked havoc in our lives. The pandemic and resultant lockdown havmade us all realise the significance of safety and security, we find in our homes. Right now, staying at home is the primary way to remain safe from contracting virus. But just like the outer world, our homes have been taken over by plastics and are a hotbed of chemicals and toxic substances that are used in daily life. While raising our kids, we all try to keep home safe and clean but often overlook small little things that are harmful to children, leading to slow damage starting at a very young age.
As parents, it is our duty to ensure to keep the house safe for kids. The very first thing is the feeding bottles of the kids. Only food-grade plastic feeding bottles are safe to be used. But there are ways in which micro-plastics, over time leeches into the milk and enters baby’s system. Moreover, consistent use of plastic bottles degrades quality, making it hazardous for children. So, it’s best to replace the plastic bottle with natural options like glass or metal feeding bottles. It will help eliminate any toxic or synthetic substances while being durable at same time. Steel bottles can also be used. These days Diapers are one of the most widely used baby-products across the world. Diapers make it easy for the parents as well as the baby. They help in keeping the baby clean dry and letting them sleep and play with ease.
However, the natural synthetic fiber, which is combines bits of micro-plastic and synthetic fabric can cause irritation and allergy to a baby’s sensitive skin. Regular use of synthetic diapers can cause skin rashes, toxicity and increase the chances of infections. Not just this, diapers also contribute to non-degradable waste. Thus, it’s best to replace diapers with sustainable options like cloth diapers that are safe, natural and non-allergic. Try to use diapers only at night.
Playtime is important for kids as it helps in developing their motor, cognitive and sensory skills. Later on, all this aids in developing interpersonal and social skills. From touching, chewing, tasting, cuddling and throwing around, toys are used for various functions. A toy is an object that is thoroughly explored by the child. Thus, the material of the toy should be safe and free from chemicals for the safety of the child. Also, make sure once in a day you sanitize all the toys.
One can also opt for natural toys made from wood, fabric and clothes to offer a much safer and more enriching experience to children besides keeping them safe.
Isha Kaul,
Barnai.