I’m about to have a baby and enter the world of motherhood. The protective instincts are kicking in and I’m nesting my little heart out. I want the best for this little girl so I started changing the products we use at home for cleaning and my own shampoos, lotions, and deodorant. When I’m snuggling with my baby I want to give her every advantage for a healthy life. (Well, and eczema runs in my family)
And then my eyes were opened. If you’re an ‘ignorance is bliss’ kind of person, maybe you should stop reading now. I hate to ring any alarm bells or send other pregnant women into a tailspin. But here it goes:
You know that lotion you use, the shampoo, the laundry detergent- yep, they probably cause Cancer, birth defects, reproductive issues or are bad for the environment.
I wouldn’t state a problem without also giving you the solution- Cosmetics Database. Search for your current products by brand or category and EWG (the organization who created site) will show you the ingredients, what concerns they are linked to from scientific studies and then, brilliance, they rate the concern level so that you can determine how pure you want to be. A score of 0 is best, for me, over a 2 seemed unnecessary. When there are great products available with quality, clean ingredients, and the prices are only a bit higher, that’s one decision that is easy to make.
Johnsons No More Tears Baby Bubble Bath and Wash- rates a 6/10, Health Concern: MODERATE, the red flags on this were related to allergies & immunotoxicity.
Banana Boat Baby Sunscreen Stick, SPF 50 scored a 7/10! HIGH concerns: Developmental & reproductive toxicity, Endocrine disruption, Persistence and bioaccumulation, Multiple, additive exposure sources, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Contamination concerns, Biochemical or cellular level changes; Other MODERATE concerns: Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
This is not OK.
If these are the ingredients they put in the baby products… why are they considered baby-friendly at all?
There are some things I didn’t give up, and some things I gave up entirely (like fabric softener sheets)(poison).So what treasures did I find? Some fabulous brands like Weleda, Alba, JASON, California Baby and Avalon. You can price shop them online. But, if you feel immediately compelled- Target is starting to carry some of these more organic, natural brands in their beauty section, health food stores like Whole Foods stock them and try The Vitamin Shoppe. As a general guideline, the fragrance is commonly the problem. If you have a choice between two products, it’s likely the unscented is the healthiest.
Please consider donating to the EWG to keep this database up to date and a tremendous resource for all.