One thing that never really fails is the sniff test. If the craft product you are using with your child has a heavy chemical smell, ditch it! Children are even more prone to being damaged by chemicals. This is truly something that every parent needs to be more concerned about. We can't assume that companies know what is best for our children. That is our job :)
You might be wondering, "Okay, so certain products bothered your daughter, but my child doesn't have allergies. Why does it mean that we should avoid products that you've found to be harmful to your daughter?"
If you are wondering that, good for you. It is a great question. Children who have allergies and are sensitive to chemicals are a red flag for all of us. Children who are playing with products that are labeled "non-toxic," but aren't having any reactions, doesn't mean it is because the product is non-toxic. Some children are able to filter out the chemicals more efficiently. The children who aren't having a "surface" reaction (meaning: a noticeable reaction) are still being bombarded in the inside and the chemicals they endure may have an affect on their long-term overall well-being.
Stay tuned for more information and the first post about safe and not-so-safe products. And of course, more gluten-free recipes :)