In the 4th and final post of the do you know what you’re putting on your skin? series I want to talk about babies.
Babies are especially sensitive to toxins for a number of reasons and you should be extra cautious of what you put on your little treasure.
- Your baby’s skin is 10x thinner than yours
- Like you, their skin is the largest organ on their bodies
- Your baby’s cells are dividing much more rapidly than yours making them more sensitive to DNA disrupting toxins
- Their rapidly developing brains are much more susceptible to neurological damage from neurotoxins that can be found in typical baby care products.
Because their sensitive skin is much more likely to be damaged and because they’re growing so fast, the less ingredients you put on your baby the better.
Now, I’m not really on the “you must do everything yourself just to be safe” bandwagon. I think that mothers who make everything themselves are amazing but the reality for me is that I just don’t have the time to make everything. However, for my son I will go to the moon and back. Here are some easy peasy DIY nontoxic baby care products.
Diaper Rash cream
- 1 tbs Now coconut oil
- 2-3 drops melaleuca essential oil
Mix well and store in a covered glass container.
- ¼ cup Non-GMO Organic cornstarch
- 10-15 drops of lavender or melaleuca essential oil ( I use native american nutritionals oils)
Put it in a blender and either store it in a shaker top container or in any covered container. That’s it!
Why should you avoid talc? Talc is toxic! It is hazardous to inhale and has been linked to ovarian cancer.
Cradle cap- just some good ole coconut oil
Shampoo/ Body Wash- ok, so I have tried a lot of different kinds of shampoo/body washes on Deci since he was born. As a matter of fact, I took my own organic shampoo to the hospital with me because there was no way I was going to let them wash him with Johnson&Johnson. Here are my top five favorite:
- Babytime by episencial
- Dr. Bronners organic castile baby
- Nature’s baby- lavender and chamomile
- Angel Baby calming lavender
- Burt’s Bees- Baby Bee calming shampoo
There you have it, everything I use on my little snowflake. At 20 months old, he has only had two mild diaper rashes and he has the softest, most supple skin. I sleep better at night knowing exactly what I’m putting on him.
If you have any helpful recipes or great products you use, please share with me in the comments below.
Until next time mama bears, be well!