I've thrown out and replaced all of our plastic sippy cups due to concerns over BPA. We also bought Pyrex storage containers to replace our plastic ones, and we use them most of the time.
At the grocery store today, I spent $7.50 for a gallon of Horizon Organic Milk. We also buy our beef from a relative who only uses antibiotics when his cows are ill, and who doesn't use growth hormones, and who feeds the cows grass most of the year.
But I have safety fatigue. I find myself wanting to rebel against the constant vigilance that is required of us - today's parents. I am sick to death of having Google News Alerts for product recalls. I'm pretty sure the bars of my crib were more than 2 inches apart AND the side dropped, and somehow my fat head and I managed to survive. I remember riding in the back of the station wagon, and in the back window of the car, and somehow I survived.
There's a big part of me that thinks that they do this to get us to buy more stuff. We threw out the carseat we used with the girls because it was 5 years old, and supposedly the plastic degrades after 5 years. We threw out the stroller it came with because it, too, had been recalled, and the "fix" was a cheesy velcro and fabric cover that any baby I've ever met would rip off in about 10 seconds.
We've given up high fructose corn syrup entirely because of this video (we were on our way to giving it up because common sense says it's bad, this, and having to throw out everything in our fridge, pushed me over the edge):
I'm sick to death of anxiety. I'm sick of worrying that everything from the milk my kids drink in the morning to the shampoo I use on their precious little heads at night is going to kill them.
I'm about ready to call it quits - to ignore the recalls and just keep using whatever works - because I don't trust the people in charge, and I don't want to spend the money, and I'm just plain tired of worrying about everything.
How do you decide, as a parent, what to worry about and what to ignore? Do you follow every safety recall and take away the things that are "dangerous" or do you selectively ignore some? Do you buy organic? Where do you draw the lines?
Because seriously, sometimes my line makes me feel like a chump.