Toxic is the new black when it comes to manufacturing. It has become a challenge to live a green lifestyle when the vast majority of products on the market use toxins in the manufacturing process. Unfortunately, the baby market is no exception. I’ve put together a list of 5 products you should keep on your radar next time you’re shopping for baby. These 5 have been known to carry toxins.
1. Baby Powder
Dusting powder is most commonly used to combat diaper irritation and rashes on a baby. Adults may even use it to reduce moisture on their bodies. Many don’t know that talc is often found in baby powders. If inhaled, lots of exposure to talc can lead to acute lung irritation, better known as talcosis. A safe alternative to baby powders made with talc is cornstarch based products. These brands are easy to find online.
2. Baby wipes
Smoothing lotions and baby wipes often have high levels of propylene glycol in them. This ingredient is used to firm and moisturize the surface of the skin. To the contrary, this chemical has been known to lead to long term drying in addition to eye irritation, skin irritation and dissolving of natural fats. Ingestion of propylene has similar effects. Be wary of this ingredient in your own toiletries and look for baby wipes that don’t list propylene glycol as an ingredient.
3. Teething Rail Covers
Babies begin teething a few months after birth. Their sore gums will lead them to put their mouths on virtually anything that will fit it. Their crib rails are no exception. Most crib rails are made with synthetic materials and toxins. We’ve designed an alternative to keep baby safe from toxic chemicals during the teething stage in the form of an entire nursery.
4. Baby Clothes
There is a huge possibility that the adorable onesie your baby wears was manufactured with thousands of chemicals. Harmful chemicals like formaldehyde and phthalates are found in MOST baby clothing. Eczema is one of the many conditions your baby could be at risk for. Look for products that use organic materials and are safety tested.
5. Baby Bottles
Glass has been dubbed the healthier choice in bottle-feeding by experts, but parents fear breaking them. There are products on the market like 5 Phases that address this problem. 5 Phases created a hybrid bottle with an interchangeable glass insert and a recyclable BPA-free plastic sleeve that prevents shattering.
What is something you discovered was toxic that shocked you? Let us know if you have found any alternatives!
Written by Jennifer Cicci of Babee Talk
As a mother, Jennifer understands the importance of offering nothing by the best for baby. Motivated by teeth marks on her children’s cribs, she decided to design a teething rail cover after trying products that didn’t measure up when it came to quality or style. What she found out made her even more concerned about children’s safety and health: The toxic chemicals used in the production of synthetic materials have been linked to birth defects, reproductive disorders, and weakened immune systems.
She asked herself, “What if I could revolutionize the way parents decorated their crib with a safe and stylish teething rail cover that could be placed on the crib from day one?” Babee Talk® launched in 2014 with organic bedding and accessories. Chew-friendly, drool-friendly, and organic inside and out, her products ensure a healthy start in life for babies.
She only offers products that she would provide for her own children. She hopes moms and dads will start to talk about the importance of choosing safe, healthy, eco-friendly products, especially for babies.
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