New-Parent Social Rules: Where You Can Take Baby

Nail Salon

In a perfect world

During your baby's naptime, you'll strap her into a sling and get that pedicure you've needed since before you were pregnant.

The reality

You might find it relaxing, but not if you think about the toxic odors that fill most nail salons. The jury is still out on the effects of phthalates -- harmful chemicals found in some nail products -- on babies. Don't wait for definitive proof, though. The strong fumes emanating from polishes, acrylics, and gels can't be healthy for your newborn. "While new moms should certainly try to find time to pamper themselves, I'd suggest erring on the side of caution and hitting the salon solo. You'll not only avoid exposing your baby to chemicals, but you'll up your chances of actually enjoying your time at the spa," says Dr. Laura Jana.

Our advice

Skip the manicure when hanging with your baby. Wet nails and dirty diapers don't mix.

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