Are Your Baby’s Products Free From the Bad Stuff?

The recent news may cause you to have questions about the products you are using to care for your baby’s skin and hair. But I urge moms to go beyond the boycott. Choose all-natural products. But, if you can’t, skip the baby shampoo and just use water and a washcloth. Pediatricians have long recommended plain old water as the simplest method for keeping baby clean. If you don’t have access to products that are free from harmful chemicals, then skip them. You absolutely have that option. But if you do use baby care products, here are some things you can look out for.

  1. I agree that harsh chemicals have no place on baby skin – or anyone’s skin for that matter – because 70 percent of what goes on the skin can be absorbed into the body very quickly. Choosing products made only of all natural ingredients is a positive, actively healthy step.
  2. Reading labels takes effort – no question – but, if the ingredients are naturally derived, they should be pretty easy to understand. The best product labels list the chemical AND common name of natural ingredients.
  3. When choosing baby lotion, avoid petroleum-based products, such as mineral oil. Instead, look for plant-based oils such as olive, sunflower, avocado or jojoba because, in addition to moisturizing and lubricating the skin, they have actively healthy antioxidants and other good-for-you nutrients.
  4. Your nose doesn’t always know. An easy way to identify chemicals in personal care products is the ingredient “fragrance” a compound of up to several thousand chemicals – some quite harmful. If a product contains fragrance, it likely contains other questionable chemical ingredients.
  5. Parents should know skin plays an important role in our overall health and immunity, so taking care of it is important.
  6. All natural, actively healthy skincare formulas that are free from the bad stuff are more available and more affordable than ever before. But if, for whatever reason, those products aren’t available to you – remember warm water and a wash cloth does a fine job!


Published on: November 01, 2011
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Kim Walls, M.S., is the mother of two young boys and a serial entrepreneur. Kim has recently launched a new website - to educate expecting parents about the value of skin-to-skin contact in the newborn period.
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