How to Select the Best Natural Baby Products
Walk into any store, and you will find that many brands are entering the category of natural products. As consumers, we realize that natural products are better for our overall health. That is why as parents, we dedicate time searching for the best natural baby products for our little ones.
The task of selecting the best products for our children becomes increasingly difficult as we learn that not all natural baby products are equal. At BE love kids, we believe that your child deserves the best. That is why we want to provide you guidance on selecting the best natural baby products for your little one.
Why Choose Natural Products
As soon as your baby is born, they start to become exposed to the world around them. Often, this world includes the chemicals that have become a regular part of our daily lives. By choosing to use natural products, you limit your baby’s exposure to harmful chemical substances that can cause skin irritation and long-term health issues.
As a parent, we aim to keep our precious children safe from all dangers. Choosing natural products is one easy step in limiting the chemical exposure our children will experience throughout their lives.
What Makes the Best Natural Baby Products
When trying to decide what are the best natural baby products, there are two things to consider: the ingredients and the production process.
The best products are those that do not contain harmful ingredients. Harmful ingredients can be those that are lab created or those that are natural but have been linked to health issues. We discuss some of the ingredients to avoid below.
When checking the ingredients, also confirm that while harmful ingredients are excluded, the item still contains the elements needed to fulfill the product’s core function. For example, the best sunblock protects against UVA and UVB rays. If there are no ingredients to protect against UVB rays, the product is not complete and therefore might not be the best choice.
When reviewing the process of making the product, check both the environmental impact of production and the chemicals used. Even if the chemicals are not a final ingredient of the product, they might still end up on the item. The best natural baby products are those that have an environmentally friendly, toxin free production process.
What to avoid
When reviewing product ingredients, research suggests avoiding the following list. Please note that this list is for non-consumable products*. When tested as individual components, they are related to cancer, other internal body issues, and irritate skin and eyes.
Preservatives - methylchloroisothiazolinone/methylisothiazolinone, benzisothiazolinone, BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole), DMDM hydantoin, parabens (benzylparaben, butylparaben, ethylparaben, isobutylparaben, isopropylparaben, methylparaben, and propylparaben), and phenoxyethanol.
Carcinogens - 1,4-dioxane, antimony, BPA (bisphenol A), bromine, dioxins, oxybenzone. triethanolamine
Fragrances – In most cases, adding scent to products is done through artificial ingredients and contain chemicals that should be avoided. In some cases, fragrances are due to the addition of essential oils which can be a safer option. However, know that some babies will have reactions to even the purest of scents. Due to this, it might be best to opt for fragrant free products.
Selecting what is best for your baby
After completing your research, you will sometimes find that there are multiple brands within a product category that you have determined safe for your child’s use. Deciding on which to purchase is often a personal choice. To help with the decision, we suggest you evaluate the brands based on the following criteria.
Price – Due to the resources and methods used to create natural baby products, they tend to be the most expensive option. While the additional cost might be worth it for the health of your child and household, the price might be the factor that helps you select between your top brand choices.
Availability – You will want to compare how easily you can acquire the products you have selected. Check to see if the products are for sale at a local store or if they are only available online.
If you do select a product that requires an online purchase and lengthy shipping times, it is wise to choose a backup brand you can buy at a local store. Between mishaps (your toddler deciding to create a bubble bath with half a bottle of shampoo) and parenting blunders (you swear there was an extra pack of diapers in the closet when you looked yesterday), at some point, you might have to replace one of the natural baby products you love quickly.
Child’s Preference – At the end of the day, these products will be used on or for your child. Your baby can give you clues as to whether they like or can tolerate a product. Listen to your child and switch products, if needed.
For example, the natural, disposable diapers selected leak due to the way they fit around your baby’s legs. What works for one child, even within the same family, does not always work for another child.
At BE love kids, we pride ourselves on providing organic, eco-friendly clothing and accessories. We personally select all items available online to ensure that they meet our standards.
While we offer great options for clothing and accessories, you might be wondering what products are best for your baby in other categories. If you need help selecting the best natural baby products, we suggest you visit EWG’s Skin Deep site (http://www.ewg.org/skindeep). They rank tested products and ingredients on a scale from 1 to 10. One means the individual ingredients are a low hazard to your baby and ten meaning high risk.
*Sources - gimmethegoodstuff.org