Natural and organic baby products

 Keeping Your Baby Safe - Why you should choose Natural Baby Products

The recent lawsuit linking Johnson and Johnson baby powder to Ovarian Cancer is a timely reminder for all of us to be extra diligent when buying products for our kids.

Claims like 'gentle on baby's skin', 'a unique blend of soothing aromas' and  'soothing protection' can lull many parents into a false sense of security. It's hard to believe that anyone would knowingly manufacture products that could be harmful to the littlest members of our family.

But unfortunately they do.

A browse through some of the most popular baby products at a local supermarket yielded some alarming results.

The list of toxic ingredients found in these products was scary to say the least. From allergens, endocrine disruptors and carcinogens, the side effects of these ingredients can be catastrophic.

'Many of these ingredients are easily absorbed through the skin into the blood stream, and babies are at least ten times more vulnerable to the chemicals in these products than adults.' (1)

So what can you do to keep your family safe?

heart Be aware. When buying products for your baby familiarise yourself with what ingredients you should avoid. Every product sold in Australia is required by law to list all ingredients.

heart If you're not sure about a listed ingredient do your own research.

heart Download the Think Dirty App to your phone and scan products for instant access to a full ingredients listing and toxicity rating.

heart Switch to safe brands.

We have listed 10 of the most popular baby products that contain potentially harmful ingredients, and offer you safe, toxin free alternatives.

organic baby products

Johnson's Baby Powder
Concerns:
Talc -  A form of magnesium silicate that can be toxic and carcinogenic
Fragrance - Usually an undisclosed mixture of various chemicals and ingredients such as diethyl phthalate.
Fragrance mixes have been associated with allergies, dermatitis, respiratory distress and potential effects on the reproductive system.

Switch to:

talc free baby powder 

Little Innoscents Organic Baby Powder


Huggies Scented Baby Wipes
Concerns:
Methylisothiazolinone - Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Allergic contact dermatitis
Methylparaben - Parabens mimic estrogen and can act as potential hormone (endocrine) system disruptors
Fragrance - see above

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Simply Gentle Organic Baby Cotton Cleansing Pads

Simply Gentle Organic Baby Cotton Cleansing Pads


Banana Boat SPF 50+ baby Sunscreen
Concerns:
Parabens  - Parabens mimic estrogen and can act as potential hormone (endocrine) system disruptors
Retinal Acetate - Biochemical or cellular level changes, Cancer, Developmental/reproductive toxicity, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
Octinoxate - Developmental/reproductive toxicity, Endocrine disruption, Allergies/immunotoxicity


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Eco Baby Sunscreen SPF30+

Eco Logical Baby Sunscreen SPF30+


Important note:  Babies under 6 months of age should be kept out of the sun. Their skin is too sensitive for sunscreen. An infant's skin possesses little melanin, the pigment that gives color to skin, hair and eyes and provides some sun protection. Therefore, babies are especially susceptible to the sun's damaging effects.(2)

More information on protecting your child from sun damage here 


RID Kids Insect Repellent
Concerns:
N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide (DEET) - DEET is a registered pesticide.  Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
Triclosan - Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)

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Vanessa Megan Bug Off My Baby Roll On

Vanessa Megan Bug Off My Baby Roll On


Sedagel Teething Gel
Concerns:
Hydroxybenzoate (parabens) - See above
Cetalkonium chloride and Choline salicylate  - A report published in the Medical Journal of Australia states, 'Chronic salicylate intoxication could occur in children using over-the-counter teething gels, even at intakes close to the recommended doses. Symptoms of such poisonings include gastrointestinal problems, hyperventilation, tremor and memory lapses, and the risk of death'

'Parents would be better off using teething rings that had been cooled in the fridge as there was no scientific evidence of any beneficial effect of salicylate'...Sydney Children's Hospital pediatrician Gary Williams


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Weleda Baby Teething Powder

Weleda Baby Teething Powder


Johnson's Baby Shampoo
Concerns:
Quaternium- 15  - A releaser of formaldehyde, a known carcinogen
PEG-80 Sorbitan Laurate - Allergies/immunotoxicity, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
Phenoxyethanol - Allergies/immunotoxicity, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
Cocamidopropyl Betaine -  Irritation and allergic contact dermatitis
Fragrance - see above

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Acure Bare Baby 4-in-1 Foamer

Acure Bare Baby 4-in-1 Foamer


Vicks Vapour Rub
Concerns:
Petrolatum (derived from Petroleum) -  Contamination concerns, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
Turpentine oil - Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
Camphor - Camphor is easily absorbed through broken skin and can reach toxic levels in the body and is not recommended for use on children

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Little Innoscents Baby Vapour Balm

Little Innoscents Baby Vapour Balm


Johnson's Baby Moisture Care Baby Wash
Concerns:
Parabens - see above
Fragrance - see above
Sorbitan Laureate - Allergies/immunotoxicity, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
Phenoxyethanol - see above

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Weleda Calendula Cream Bath

Weleda Calendula Cream Bath


Aveeno Baby Soothing Relief Cream
Concerns:
Parabens - see above
Petrolatum - see above
Dimethicone - Ecotoxicology, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
Benzalkonium Chloride - Associated with severe skin, eye, and respiratory irritation and allergies, especially dangerous for people with asthma or skin conditions such as eczema

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Little Innoscents Organic Intensive Soothing Cream

Little Innoscents Organic Intensive Soothing Cream

 

Colgate Toothpaste Junior
Concerns:
Sodium Lauryl Sulphate - Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
Flavour - Ingredient not fully labelled, identity unknown

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Jack and Jill Natural Toothpaste

Jack N'Jill Natural Toothpaste

 

natural and organic baby care

When it comes to Baby Care, safety is of utmost importance. Bare Naturals' Natural and Organic Baby care products have been carefully selected to meet the most stringent standards.

Every product you purchase from Bare Naturals is guaranteed to be chemical free, toxin free and 100% natural. From nappy cream to toothpaste, natural sunscreen, baby wipes, baby oil and lotion, we test every product for purity, safety and effectiveness.

Browse our range of Organic and Natural Baby Care Products





As with any advice, please take your personal circumstances into account. The above article is meant as a guide only and should not be substituted for professional advice.

 Sources:
1. http://www.safecosmetics.org/get-the-facts/whats-in-my-products/people/babies/
2. http://www.skincancer.org/prevention/sun-protection/children/sun-safety-tips-for-infants-babies-and-toddlers