Choosing the Right Baby Products for Your Expected Bundle of Joy
by Dorianne Schwaiger
Lean towards “green” when it comes to choosing the right baby products for your child.
The impending birth of a child is indeed a great expectation. Nature has been kind to us in the fact that she has given us nine long months to prepare for this life altering occasion. From your first visit to the doctor to confirm your pregnancy to your anticipated hospital visit to give birth there is a long list of things to do before the arrival of your child. Whether this is your first or your fifth child rest assured that your need of new organic baby products and services will be as unique as the precious life you carry within.
The baby product industry has reinvented itself to cater to the needs of a new generation of parents that are extremely read on the subject of child birth and are indeed more environmentally conscious when it comes to planning for their child’s future and deciding what baby products will be purchased to care for their newest member of the family. With a large emphasis of organic, green baby products to burst on the marketing scene everything from disposable eco-green diapers to natural raw cotton baby clothes and bedding are available in most stores and online eco-conscious green websites and the good news is that these products do not cost much more than their inferior counterparts.
With the ever looming problem of imperfect imports from china and other unregulated markets that lack the stringent guidelines of the United States and other quality European countries new parents today must be more vigilant then ever before when it comes to making the right baby product choices. The joy of picking out your child’s baby stroller, baby crib, toys, bottles and clothes has all been daunted with the fear of chemical dyes that come in the form of dangerous life threatening carcinogens that are found in plastics, paint finishes and cloth fibers that may come in contact with tender new skin and cause harmful rashes and side effects to newborns. It is important to arm yourself with the proper knowledge as to where, when and how the products you choose for your family were made
Five major ingredients to avoid when purchasing baby products:
Phthalates: Chemicals found in most mainstream consumer products. They are found in soft plastic toys, such as bath toys for babies. They are also found in baby powders, baby shampoos, lotions and fragrance.
Mineral Oil: One of the most commonly used products on babies and potentially the most dangerous. Serious carcinogens can be found in mineral oil. Mineral oil, also known as baby oil, can cause dehydration to a babies skin by blocking the absorption of natural moisture.
Lanolin: Often used for moisturizing or diaper cream may cause an allergic contact skin rash. Lanolin, derived from sheep also contains pesticides that were used on sheep and wool products
Cornstarch: Not recommended for use on yeast related diaper rashes, cornstarch encourages the growth of yeast that will perpetuate diaper rash instead of cure it.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfates: Before you buy baby shampoo, think again. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is mainly used to create foam in bath and body products. It can cause irritation to a babies scalp as well as penetrate an infant’s eyes and systemic tissue this is of concern to babies who are under going substantial eye growth.
Most ingredients found in popular name brand adult and infant skin care products are extremely harmful to delicate and sensitive new skin. When you make the conscious decision to purchase pure, natural, organic baby products for your baby you are investing in their good health and giving them the best gift of all, a good start in an otherwise polluted world.