Healthy Moments

Whether you’re trying to get pregnant or taking your newborn out in his stroller for the first time, there are many moments throughout the journey that offer opportunities for healthier choices for you and your baby.


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Shopping Toxic-Free for You and Baby

Are there toxic flame retardant chemicals in the padding of the Macy’s rocking chair you want to buy for the baby’s room? Is the Giant grocery store doing anything about the level of arsenic in the infant rice cereal they sell? Are there toxic phthalates in the yoga mat at Nordstrom’s that you’re thinking about buying for your prenatal yoga class? Many well-respected retailers can’t give you an honest answer to these types of questions because they don’t have a program in place to get answers from their suppliers about chemical content.
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Calling All Cities!

What do Minneapolis, Dearborn, Salt Lake City and Seattle all have in common? They’ve each committed to working with Healthy Babies Bright Futures on actions to minimize exposures to dangerous chemicals for their youngest and most vulnerable residents through our Bright Cities program. And we’re recruiting for our second cohort of Bright Cities now.
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Toxic Mercury and Your Baby’s Ability to Learn

It’s not the fishes’ fault. And it’s not the fault of women who eat the fish. But, millions of women of childbearing age who eat mercury contaminated fish have enough of the toxic chemicals in their bodies to harm a developing child. “55% of the global sample of women measured more than 0.58ppm of mercury, a level associated with the onset of fetal neurological damage.” This is the finding of a new, first of its kind report on mercury levels in women of childbearing age in 25 countries by HBBF partner, IPEN: the International POPs Elimination Network. 


The partner organizations of Healthy Babies Bright Futures share the overall goal of measurably reducing exposures to neurotoxic chemicals in the first thousand days of development. This does not necessarily constitute endorsement of any individual project.