How are they getting there? The government, of course. We are putting them there. In the name of “safety,” regulation, for decades companies have used toxic flame retardants in many of our household products like carpet, electronics, and mattresses. Our skin takes in what we put on it as if it is eating it. A good rule of thumb is: if you wouldn’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin. We also breathe in the molecules as they are sloughed off into the air.
Many of those cute pajamas out there these days are treated with flame retardants. Just imagine the percentage of time a child spends in their pj’s absorbing away. Look on the tag before you buy them. They will either say they are flame retardant or to “wear snug fitting – not flame resistant.” The flame retardant ones are usually polyester and waxy feeling, while the non-flame resistant ones are just plain ol’ cotton. And honestly, I don’t think they need to be too snug. I guess your take on this should depend on how often your children are hanging around open flames or smokers. Stop, drop, and roll, baby. Do people even teach this anymore? Knowledge is power.
Always opt for natural fibers. When you have to be exposed to something new like carpet or a car interior, air out the house or the car for weeks. Raise your consciousness. Be kind. Don’t buy flame retardant pajamas for babies and kids. Oh, they’re also finding flame retardants in peanut butter.