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Hidden Hazards in the Nursery

Hidden Hazards in the Nursery

Hidden Hazards tested 20 popular new foam baby products for toxic flame retardants linked to serious health problems, including chlorinated Tris (or TDCPP), TCPP, TCEP, and Firemaster 550. The tests showed that 85% of the products tested (17 of 20) contained at least one of the toxic flame retardants, linked to cancer, hormone disruption, and nervous system damage. Scroll down for tips on avoiding these chemicals.

Testing Results of 20 Children’s Products

Flame retardant detected at highest concentration listed first.


Product State Purchased Flame Retardants
My Brest Friend Deluxe Nursing Pillow WA TDCPP, TCPP
Balboa Baby Nursing Pillow WA none detected
Mini Classic Co-Sleeper by Arm’s Reach WA V-6, TCPP, TCEP, TDCPP, U-OPFR
Munchkin Contour Changing Pad WA TDCPP, TCPP
Summer Changing Pad WA TDCPP, TCPP, U-OPFR
Babies R Us Contoured Changing Pad WA TDCPP, TCPP, U-OPFR
Summer Bassinet Pad WA TDCPP, TCPP, U-OPFR
Graco Turbobooster Elite Booster Seat (auto use) WA TDCPP, TCPP
Comfort Deluxe Booster Seat (auto use) WA TDCPP, TCPP
Safety 1st Sounds ‘n Activity Walker WA TDCPP, TCPP
First Years Co-Sleeper MD none detected
Dex Changing Pad MD TDCPP, TCPP
Nap Nanny Infant Recliner MA Firemaster 550
Costco Scenera Convertible Car Seat MA TCPP, TDCPP, U-OPFR
Eddie Bauer Pop-Up Booster Seat (non-auto use) NY none detected
Nod-a-way Bassinet CT TDCPP, TCPP
Babies R Us Bassinet Pad CT TCPP, TDCPP, U-OPFR
Graco Snugride Infant Car Seat MI TDCPP
Chicco Key Fit Infant Car Seat MI TDCPP, TCPP
Britax Roundabout 50 Convertible Car Seat NY TDCPP

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Read the report Hidden Hazards.

Tips for Avoiding Toxic Flame Retardants

  • When shopping for furniture, look for companies who avoid chemical flame retardants and instead use naturally fire-resistant materials.
  • Avoid all products containing polyurethane foam with a label reading TB117, which means it has likely been treated with toxic flame retardants.
  • Buy nursing pillows, car seats, and baby carriers made without Tris – better brands for baby items include Baby Bjorn, Orbit Baby, and Boppy.
  • Because flame retardant chemicals accumulate in household dust, regularly use a wet mop to clean and remove dust particles and use a vacuum with a HEPA filter to clean your home. This will keep dust from being inhaled or ingested.
  • Wash hands, especially those of little children, often, to keep dust from attaching to food or fingers and being consumed.
  • Tell your legislators to support policies that will eliminate toxic flame retardants from consumer products, especially products intended for kids. Even the most conscientious consumer can’t avoid every toxic chemical— which is why we need policies that eliminate these chemicals once and for all.

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