Reading labels, it’s just that simple
Just like you, I started paying attention to the ingredient of our household products when I was pregnant with my first child. The first time she put her sweet little face near our floor for tummy time, I wondered, are they clean enough? What’s in my floor cleaner? Apply lotion to her or myself felt like a game of Russian Roulette. Is this stuff even safe?
Instinctively we all look at our newborns and think, they are so vulnerable, am I doing this right? Unfortunately babies are uniquely more susceptible to environmental chemicals that may harm them.
Our precious babies are especially at risk for harm caused by man-made chemicals because they are undergoing rapid and dynamic growth on a cellular and molecular level. So, with all of these amazing changes they are experiencing, we need to be hyper-diligent about what we are putting around them, in their mouth and on their skin.
As a consumer and a parent, I assumed that something labeled, “safe, natural or pure” would be a A OK to use on my baby. Just so that you know, these labels have no legal meaning and are not necessarily connected with the level of potentially hazardous chemicals that may be lurking in that “all natural” wash or cleanser that you are using. Although they should, the FDA has little to no authority to regulate personal products. The industry of cosmetics is essentially self regulated by a panel that was created by the industry to avoid government regulation.
Long story short, be sure you are reading all of your labels. If you can’t pronounce it or you don’t know what it is, look it up. We use https://www.ewg.org to look up health concerns of ingredients we are unfamiliar with. Check out Making it Monday’s from Bee Maternal Organics. They have some great videos on how to make your own safe skincare and cleaning products for you and for baby.