Did you know that 60% of what you put on your skin is absorbed directly into your bloodstream? This means that all those products we are putting on our baby are not necessarily safe and can actually be dangerous to their long term health. Studies show that some ingredients found in personal care products have an adverse affect on the fully developed adult endocrine and nervous systems.
We assume that the FDA regulates ingredients in baby products but in reality they do not regulate as we would hope. Baby toddler products are considered to be cosmetics and cosmetics are not subject to FDA approval. The only thing required of cosmetics companies by the FDA is proper labeling. If a cosmetic has a dangerous product in it, it is okay as long as the label clearly warns of this ingredient. Basically no one is regulating what is put in baby products so as parents we need to be vigilant.
Here are the top ingredients that should not be in any products that you use on your baby:
- Fragrance (Parfum)
- Sodium Laryl and Laureth Sulfate
- Learn which products to avoid
- Learn to read labels and understand so we know which products are safe (see the Cheat Sheet by Safe Mama)
- Do not bathe your baby daily – especially since babies do not get dirty easily and their skin is so sensitive
- If bathing daily then wash down water and do not use bath products
- Use fewer products – no powder, avoid the use of diaper rash cream
Read this update on Johnson & Johnson, a company that has decided to clean up their baby care products.