You know the old saying, “You are what you eat?” It is time that you revised that statement. Because from the moment of conception your baby is what you eat, too. And drink. And inhale. And put on on or against your skin. One of the most delightful things you can do when your pregnant is prepare the nursery for the your baby, also the most dangerous! If your house was built before the 1970’s you most likely have lead paint on your walls and lead pipes in your plumbing. Since we are what we inhale make sure you use safe paint and check your pipes for lead. This post is all about the potential dangers from the modern lifestyles we live!
“No tears” isn’t enough. When washing your baby you also want “no fears”. That means not having to worry about the chemicals in shampoo being harmful. Here are the ingredients to try to avoid: surfactants like sodium lauryl sulfate: preservatives like DMDM hydantion, an allergen and irritant: ceteareth and polyethylene glycol (PEG) and propylene glycol (PG) compounds, which all contain toxin contaminants including 1,4-dioxane; and fragrance, which we all know is code for pythalates. You want the best for your baby and yourself. So I put a link to one of the most trusted baby shampoo’s in the industry below
Click the link to keep your baby safe in the tub! ===>> Shakleebaby Gentle Wash
Here is a green and clean version for mom! ===>> ENFUSELLE® MOISTURIZING SHOWER GEL
If you have a newborn this is one thing you will not have to worry about until those pearly whites start appearing! But when they do taking care of them in a non-toxic fashion is critical to your baby’s health. Remember that the American Dental Association recommends using fluoride-free toothpaste for children under two years of age. I use Tom’s of Maine Natural Fluoride-Free Toothpaste and they also have a children’s line. Here is the link!
Click the link to see Tom’s of Maine Products ===>> www.tomsofmaine.com
Baby Wash and Liquid Soap
First things first, if your baby is younger than 6 months NEVER expose them to the sun. Their skin is far too delicate. Keep your baby covered up in the shade. When your child is old enough to go outside be sure to slather him/her with at least SPF 30. Avoid products that contain the allergen DMDM hydantion. Oxybenzone is one of the few ingredients that helps protect against UVA radiation but it can cause allergies so it is a tough choice! Here is one of the safest sunscreens I have found!
Click the link to keep your baby safe from the sun! ===>> ENFUSELLE® SPF 30 FOR BODY
If there were any truth the advertising, baby wipes would be called chemical wipes. Commonly found baby wipes can contain formaldehyde, propylene glycol, bronopol, DMDM hydantoin, and phthalate-fixed fragrances. Are they convenient? Yes. Are they EXREMELY harmful? You betcha. Your baby will be better off with a washable hand towel soaked in water and a nontoxic cleanser. If you do need wipes though, here are the best ones I have found!
Click the link to keep your baby from exposure to extremely harmful chemicals ===>> Seventh Generation Baby Wipes
Lotions and Moisturizers
Ever heard the phrase “soft and smooth as a baby’s bottom”? Well, guess what: they are made that way! The reason so many moms need lotions for their babies’ skin is because so many shampoos, wipes, and body washes contain skin irritants. Many of them are the same chemicals that we talked about above. Lose the chemicals and find that babies’ skin come prepackaged soft and smooth! But if your child does need a moisturizer here is the best one I have found!
Click the link to keep your baby soft and smooth! ===>> Shakleebaby Soothing Lotion
Diaper Cream and Baby Powder
As with lotions, so with diaper cream and baby powder. It is all about what you are putting on your baby in the first place – in this case – diapers and creams. In the 1950’s diaper rash affected less than 10% of babies. By the 1990’s over 80% of babies were affected by diaper rash. Enough said! Here is a link for non-toxic diaper cream and baby powder.
Click the link to rub your babies’ butt with clean products ===>> Shakleebaby Diaper Cream
This is the worst one of all! Marketing pulls kids in by putting Fred Flintstone on the label of a bottle making them crave them! Giving your kids Flintstones Vitamins is practically like having them smoke a cigarette! When you look on the back of the Flintstones box to see the list of ingredients, the first thing that jumps out at me is the known carcinogenic (cancer causing) artificial sweetener, aspartame among tar and plastics! PLEASE do not feed your kids these!
Use theses tasty vitamins instead ====>> Shakleebaby Mineral Powder and Multivitamin
Or these which kids love! ===>> Shaklee Mighty Chews
Household Products and Get Clean Kits
By now you should have revised the “You are what you eat” statement to the “You are what you eat, breath, drink and put on your skin” statement. This post is mostly for your baby or small children but living a clean life and going green is crucial to the health of your entire family. So I have put a link for you to check out on how to get your household clean and free of toxins!
Click this link to check out clean laundry, kitchen, and cleaning products ===>> Get Clean Healthy Home Kit
I hope this post has shed some light on all of the carcinogens and toxic chemicals that are harming our bodies with everyday. It is not that we are doing it on purpose, it is industries fault for caring more about a dollar than the health of their consumers and customers. Make a change in your life and encourage all of your friends to make a change in theirs. Together we can change the world!