All new parents want the best for their baby, including the skin care products they use on their baby’s soft tender skin. Skin is our largest organ and it’s important to choose the safest and most non-irritating products.
Small, developing bodies are more susceptible to the dangers of toxins than adult bodies; their young organs are less capable of processing chemical additives, which can potentially cause damage or disease in the future. Because they are so small, they are more exposed to chemical contaminants in the air, water, food and personal care products than adults. Below are a few tips on how to choose the right products.
- Read the labels and avoid hard-to-pronounce ingredients like Bronopol, DMDM hyhantoin and fragrances found in baby wipes, or BHA, boric acid and fragrances found in diaper creams. There are several safer and non-toxic or organic baby care products available, as well as lots of easy recipes online for making your own, like baby wipes for example.
- Save your baby the exposure to so many ingredients (and yourself some money) by using fewer products. The fewer the better. Do you really need baby lotion, baby oil, baby powder (see the next tip on powder), baby bubble bath, baby shampoo, baby soap, baby wipes and diaper cream? It’s just marketing and cute packaging that makes us think we have to have a different product for each application.
- According to the consumer watchdog organization, Environmental Working Group, when it comes to baby powder, “skip it! Just like auto exhaust or secondhand smoke, tiny airborne particles can damage baby’s delicate, developing lungs.”
Those same tips are true for skin care products for all ages! To check the toxicity level of the products you use for you and your baby, click here.
Feel good about giving your baby the best possible start to life!
Information compiled from ewg.org.
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