It’s Baby Safety Month! 4 Ways to Keep Your Baby’s Body Safe

Posted by on September 9, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

It’s Baby Safety Month! 4 Ways to Keep Your Baby’s Body Safe

September is National Baby Safety month. Not only is it important to prevent accidents and injuries in the home, but you should also be taking a closer look at the products you are using on your baby. Scientists are beginning to verify just how dangerous some synthetic chemicals are to human health – especially children. Babies in general will get a heftier dose of pollutants due to their small sizes, hence the need to be extra careful about what products you are using on your babies skin. For example, when buying shampoo for your baby you wouldn’t expect there to be known carcinogens in the product (right?). However, the well known brand Johnson & Johnson was under scrutiny a few years ago for having two potentially cancer causing chemicals in their baby shampoo. It had Quaternium-15, which releases formaldehyde; a skin, eye, and respiratory irritant and a known carcinogen, as well as 1,4-dioxane, a “likely carcinogen”. The company removed the ingredients in 2014, although there are apparently still trace amounts. This proves that even if a product states it is made for babies, you should still be concerned about what ingredients are inside because they could potentially be hazardous. Here are a few other hazardous ingredients you should be aware of when shopping :

  • Any chemical that includes the clauses “xynol,” “ceteareth,” and “oleth”
  • Diethanolamine or DEA
  • Propylene Glycol
  • Parabens

A good way to avoid potential lurking chemicals in your baby products is to buy organic brands, do your research first using EWG’s Skin Deep app (or website), or you can make your own! Listed below are a few DIY baby products that you can make in your own kitchen.

** Also, be on the look out for upcoming organic baby product workshops with Re-create! http://re-createwellness.com/make-your-own-organic-baby-products-workshop/

 

#1 : Baby Bottom Balmclick for directions 

Good for diaper rash and irritation!

What you will need:

  • 1 4 oz. glass jar with secure lid
  • 1 small saucepan
  • 2 tablespoons of beeswax (If you can find pellets, they will melt much quicker.)
  • 3 tablespoons of 100 % shea butter
  • 3 tablespoons of extra virgin coconut oil

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#2 : Homemade Wipesclick for directions

These are cheap and easy to make!

What you will need:

  • 1 roll Bounty (must be Bounty)
  • A very sharp knife or an electric knife works best (*UPDATE* We found a much better way by using a Miter Saw)
  • 1 T. baby wash (choose wisely)
  • 1 T. coconut oil
  • 1 C. water
  • 1 container to house the wipes (the one pictured came from Dollar Tree)

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#3 : Calming Baby Powder click for directions

No questionable ingredients in this baby powder!

What you will need:

Baby-Powder

#4 : Baby Shampoo/Wash – click for directions 

This is a worry free shampoo that doubles as a wash.

What you will need:

  • 6 oz Dr. Bronner’s Baby Mild liquid castille soap (where to buy)
  • 1 tsp herbal infused oil. I used calendula and chamomile (find them here) see tutorial for infused oil here.
  • 10 drops of pure chamomile essential oil (find it here)

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