Sunday, November 3, 2013
Green Baby Toiletries
I use the following products on my child. They are all either totally natural or very close to it. They are all free of animal testing and animal products and contain no phthalates, unlike several of their more commonly available competitors.
1.) Shampoo and Bath Soap: California Baby Calendula Shampoo and Body Wash (8.5 fl. oz.). This is a gentle soap and despite the price, to me, it is worth it to avoid toxins. A little of this product goes a long way, as it doesn't take much to create a lot of suds. If you have more than one child, California Baby has a few different scented shampoo/soap combinations available in larger 17.5 fl. oz. sizes as well. This product is easily available at stores like Target, Babies R Us, and Buy Buy Baby, as well as at online retailers.
Since some people are concerned with the addition of sodium benzoate as a preservative to this product, a good alternative is Earth Mama Angel Baby's body wash/shampoo. This is a zero toxin certified product. For more information on why even natural products need preservatives, check out Earth Mama Angel Baby's blog article on it here.
2.) Cream: California Baby Calendula Cream. I find this cream to work very well on my son, especially in dryer, winter months. The 4oz size is cheaper than the 2oz size but is a bit harder to find in stores. I have found the best price on this cream at Target, when it is on sale, or at Vitacost.com
3.) Eczema Cream: California Baby Eczema Cream. This is one of the few California Baby products with allergens in it, the allergen in this case being organic colloidal oatmeal, so I waited until my son had eaten oatmeal before applying this cream to his skin. While it never cured his mild eczema that he had on his arms during winter, it did contain it and prevent it from getting worse. This is a pricey cream but it is on sale every so often at Target.
4.) Toothpaste: Jack N' Jill Toothpaste is a natural toothpaste for children that is certified to have zero toxins. It is an Australian company whose products weren't available in the United States until recently. We buy their two-pack Strawberry flavored toothpaste at Amazon because, well, it is the cheapest of the flavors and the two-pack is less expensive than buying the tubes individually.
5.) Handsoap: California Baby Moisturizing Handwash Calendula. This is free of Triclosan, phthalates and other toxins. It is a bit pricey so you might want to spend some time showing your child how much soap to take since the pump can release quite a bit if you're not careful. I buy mine at Vitacost.
Again, this product now has sodium benzoate in it. If that is an ingredient you are looking to avoid, you can always make your own foaming soap using Dr. Bronner's Baby Castille soap, water, and an old foaming soap dispenser. I prefer to use a less toxic company's foaming soap bottle, like Method, rather than the more conventional ones whose soaps have triclosan in them. I will be posting a detailed tutorial on making your own foaming soap in the upcoming months.
6.) Coconut Oil: If you want to use coconut oil on your child but are looking for a less toxic one, I prefer Trader Joe's organic coconut oil, which comes in a glass jar. Costco also carries a much larger size of organic coconut oil in a plastic container for less. As an Indian American, putting coconut oil on my child is a part of my tradition but I started to doubt the Indian coconut oils that were available here a few years ago, since there is no way to know what, if any, pesticides are used on the coconuts, or what the type of plastic is that the oils are packaged in, (and whether or not they're BPA or Phthalate free), since there are no recycling codes indicated on the bottom. I have also seen a couple ayurvedic Indian coconut oil brands that have EDTA and other chemicals in them. I just find it easier to buy organic coconut oil from Trader Joe's or Costco, where I can easily read the recycling code on plastic containers to know if it is safe or not, and the ingredients only list "organic coconut oil" and nothing else.
Click here for my post on non-toxic and less-toxic toiletries for adults.
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