Having a baby is a big responsibility, there is so much to think and worry about and one question that is often top of mind for many new moms is which products should be used on newborn skin?
Often reading the label leads to greater confusion. With long unknown indigents lists, it’s difficult to know what is going on and potentially into our babies.
We all know our skin is our biggest organ which is why we need to be mindful of the chemicals that are being absorbed into the bodies of our delicate babies. Walking down the aisle of the drug store it becomes clear that there is an exhaustive amount of options, many with marketing claims such as “natural,” “safe,” and “protects,” making it even more difficult to decide what truly is best for our baby.
Of course it probably does not come as a surprise that I’m a firm believer of the more natural the better, which is why I have been using the following products on my baby:
The Laundry Tarts – I honestly can’t say enough good things about this detergent. Developed by a mom and inspired by the old fashion concept of using real soap, the ingredients are all natural and biodegradable so you don’t have to worry about what is going on your skin or down the drain. This product comes with a long list of benefits; phosphate, phthalate, SLS, chlorine, paraben, EDTA and residue free. In our house this is the only laundry soap we use, which is important considering how much time our baby’s skin comes in contact with the clothes we are wearing. The best part is it actually works, removing statins and keeping our whites bright.
Dr. Bronner’s Unscented Baby-Mild Soap – this truly is magic soap! With a long list of benefits, it is made with organic oils, is fair trade and comes in a 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottle. With simple ingredients, fragrant and dye free, this mild soap is gentle on my baby’s skin and a little goes a long way. I use it at bath time which is usually three times a week. It’s really important not to overdo bath time, especially during the first year of life, because it removes the natural oils that actually protect baby’s skin.
Coconut Oil – I have always loved coconut oil and it has been my own go to moisturizer for years. When I was pregnant I rubbed it on my growing belly nightly and I did not have a single stretch mark. It’s great to use on diaper rash because it nourishes while also acting as a thick barrier to protect the skin. It works well on treating stubborn cradle cap, helping to loosen the flakes while also nourishing the scalp. It also makes the perfect baby massage oil, helping to moisturize the skin while you bond with your baby.
Naty – unfortunately most wipes are not nearly as natural as they claim. Naty wipes are unscented, fragrance and chlorine free as well as biodegradable. They come in eco packaging which is based on natural material helping to further protect the environment. Even though these are a more “natural” option when it comes to wipes the reality is they all end up in the landfill so I do try to use them as little as possible opting for my magic soap and water when we are at home.
What products do you use on your baby? Is there something that you absolutely love and would be lost without? I would love to hear what your experience has been opting for greener and cleaner products.
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