MobilesWhat You Need To Know

Mobiles can add a playful and developmentally positive element for babies – either over the crib or diaper changing location. While not a necessity, if you decide to add a mobile to your nursery area, make sure it is completely out of baby’s reach and securely attached. Here are some additional safety tips:

What To Avoid
Plastic:Plastic mobiles are most often made of Polyvinyl chloride (pvc) plastic. What makes the PVC plastic soft is a class of chemicals known as Phthalates. Phthalates often get released into the air and are inhaled. Plus, children often mouth or chew toys, meaning they can swallow Phthalates too. Exposures to Phthalates are linked to reproductive health and brain development problems, liver cancer, birth defects, asthma, and allergies.
Safer Choices
Air powered: Select a mobile that moves on air currents instead of electrical components. These are typically less expensive and better for the environment and your baby’s health.
Natural fibers:Look for mobiles made from organic and untreated cotton, hemp, linen, natural fiber felt or wool. These will be less toxic because Pesticides or other harmful chemicals have not been applied in the growing or manufacturing process.
Find Safer Products
Websites and Apps:
Clearya is a free browser extension and app that notifies you when there are unsafe ingredients in your makeup, personal care, baby care, cleaning and other products, and helps you find safe products.
Campaign for Safe Cosmetics - Nontoxic Black Beauty Project
They offer a list and database of non-toxic beauty products made and sold by Black-owned companies that are committed to toxic-free beauty and personal care products.
Detox Me
This app allows you to scan barcodes on products to find relevant tips. They also offer a buying guide to decode product labels and find non-toxic alternatives.
Environmental Working Group (EWG)
EWG has a "Skin Deep" database that rates personal care and beauty products based on their safety and toxicity levels. EWG also offers a Healthy Living app that allows you to scan barcodes and find safer products.
Think Dirty
This app and website allow you to scan or search for personal care products to see their ingredient safety ratings.