How Toxic Are Those Baby Care Products?

Ever attend a baby shower?

Ever notice the gifts given and how toxic they are?

If you are like most you don’t even think about it. How could products that have been around forever be toxic?  Well, many unfortunately are.

An infants developing body systems are way more vulnerable than an adults.  Chemicals that are found in most conventional baby-care products have only been tested as individual components, not in combination with each other, imagine a basic diaper change and all the variety of products used!  Our government does not require potential long term effects testing. Companies certainly don’t test for toxicities.

As consumers we have to be vigilant, we have to choose.

A few preservatives to look out for include:

sodium lauryl sulfate
DMDM hydantoin
polyethylante glycol ( PEG)
propylene glycol (PG)
fragrance ( often a code for phthalates )

Baby shampoo, washes, liquid soaps, sunscreens,wipes, lotions and moisturizers, diaper creams, powders, laundry, foods are ALL potentially tainted

the above information was sourced from green goes w/ everything by sloan barnett

I don’t claim to be an expert in this area.

For me as a consumer when I see don’ t use these ingredients lists like the above I make a decision.

Do I want those chemicals on mine or my babies body?

I personally say no and start reading labels.

I look for the alternatives.

Thank goodness that clean and safe product choices are out there!

The last baby shower I attended I gifted this diaper cream

VERY finely crafted…

  • 99% natural
  • 78% certified organic ingredients
  • Pediatrician tested
  • Zinc oxide to help heal and keep wetness out
  • Aloe, chamomile and calendula extracts to soothe
  • Organic oils to keep skin hydrated
  • Sensitivity tested
  • No parabens or SLS
  • No artificial color or fragrance
  • No 1,4-dioxane or formaldehyde

From this exceptional baby product line

Consider getting involved.  Support the Kid-Safe Chemical Act, which is legislation presently before Congress to help make all household and personal cares products safe for use.  Tell people you know about your concerns

Switch brands.

It’s pretty annoying to need  a chemistry degree to decipher product labels.

Don’t you think?

flickr image toxic product label

How Do You Celebrate Earth Day?
What’s Stopping You From Cleaning Green?


This entry was posted in Green, Parenting. Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to How Toxic Are Those Baby Care Products?

  1. Andrew says:

    Good post @ quality information!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s