While a huge industry awaits to help you take care of your newborn baby, don’t be tempted to jump in too fast. Some baby products contain harmful chemicals and toxins that you should try and avoid. As we know (or you may not yet) the parenthood journey keeps you quite busy making time a bit restricted to go through labels and how to choose the best product for you baby carefully. Some of the ones to look out for are:
Most new parents are unaware that baby oils are essentially mineral oils combined with fragrance. And this is not a brilliant combination to start with. Mineral oil, to put it simply, is a nasty by-product that is left behind during petroleum processing. It is almost like putting a plastic sheath on your baby’s skin and preventing its natural ability to discharge toxins. Your best bet is to stick to natural oils like sweet almond, coconut or olive oil.
Parabens and Phthalates
Parabens and Phthalates are chemicals that perform the role of preservatives in all kinds of personal/beauty products like lotions and baby shampoos. Lab tests have linked phthalates to endocrine damage, that can ultimately lead to reproductive problems such as a reduction in sperm concentration and motility. It may also result in asthma, cancer and allergies.
Your body is your temple, keep it pure and clean for the soul to reside in. – B.K.S. Iyengar.
1,4-dioxane is typically found in liquid soap and bath products. This chemical by-product is not mentioned on product labels and is hence difficult to spot. 1,4-dioxane is a potential human carcinogen and is associated with skin allergies and organ toxicity.
Talc is nothing but powdered mineral, a common additive in baby powder. This dry agent is a potential lung irritant and carcinogenic and absolutely unadvisable for use by a baby.
Some other harmful toxins and chemicals to avoid in baby products include fragrance, Bisphenol-A (BPA), formaldehyde and propylene glycol.