Just like so many parents, I have kids that are constantly growing out of their clothes. Our daughter was complaining that a few pairs of her “jammies” were getting too “squeezy”, so I went shopping for a few new sets.
At The Children’s Place I found an adorable set that I knew she would love because they’re loud and bright (just like her!) and pink! At TCP, a lot of their sets come folded in a plastic bag-style package that hangs on a rack, but I read that they were pre-washed, pre-shrunk (all of that good stuff) so I bought them.
All was well until I opened them. I was immediately hit with the most powerful plastic smell I had ever experienced opening one of those packages. I didn’t know if it was the fabric dye (they said it was pre-washed, so it shouldn’t be, right?) and I started wondering if it wasn’t just the chemicals in the plastic.
I remembered how my dear friend, Kevin, told me about how he and his partner got a brand new Memory Foam mattress and, immediately after starting to sleep on it, he got sick. He said it was an all-over “un-well” feeling that gave him stomach discomfort and even hallucinations! Believe it or not, they tossed the mattress, bought a new one and he never had the symptoms again!
Naturally, with this experience (as odd experiences often do) it got me to thinking. What about the vapors that come from plastics and fabricated materials… is there a danger? There are plenty of things we aren’t supposed to breath in and could this be a growing concern? It’s something I, admittedly, know nothing about. And I couldn’t find much information about it either, aside from Kev’s experience.
So this time, I have nothing to offer, but I’m asking for your help… What do you know? Have you had an experience? ARE there dangers? Do we have another concern with how seemingly safe products come packaged?… Please…share!
I washed her jammies (don’t you love that word… it just implies “relaxing” and I love that!) and the smell went away, but I can’t help but believe there was something really strange going on there…