We all want the best for our children. However, many parents are unaware of the harmful chemicals present in many common baby products. A solution is to seek out non-toxic products.
Babies are especially vulnerable to chemicals in products because their developing bodies are less capable of fighting off the adverse effects. Also, babies put nearly everything in their mouths, increasing the likelihood of ingesting or inhaling chemicals or harmful particles.
Some good brands to look for at major retailers include Honest Baby, Weleda, Earth Mama Angel Baby, Burt’s Bees, Babyganics, and California Baby. Below is a guide to choosing safe, non-toxic options for standard baby products.
- Blankets and bedding. Look for 100% organic cotton or textiles certified safe by Oeko-Tex Standard or the Global Organic Textiles Standards. Avoid blankets and bedding labeled “stain resistant” or “antibacterial” as they likely contain chemicals.
- Changing pads. Choose a product that has natural products such as organic cotton or wool. If it is synthetic, make sure it is certified safe by CertiPUR-US. Avoid polyurethane foam pads treated with flame retardants.
- Bottles and nipples. Glass is your safest option. However, the second best are BPA-free plastic bottles. Choose clear silicone nipples to use with the bottles.
- Pacifiers and teething toys. Look for products made of rubber, silicone, or organic cotton. It is safest to avoid plastic products unless they are labeled PVC-, BPA-, and phthalate-free.
- Disposable diapers. Look for diapers labeled chlorine-free, perfume-free, dye-free, or eco-friendly.
- Baby wipes. Because wipes are often used, and directly on the skin, it is best to avoid the scented options. Also, avoid wipes containing parabens or phenoxyethanol.
- Shampoos and lotions. Choose fragrance-free options and look at the list of ingredients to avoid the following chemicals: BHA, boric acid, sodium borate, DMDM Hydantoin, oxybenzone, and triclosan.
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