Babies have extremely sensitive and thin skin. Because of this, it’s important to choose the right lotion to use on your baby. If you have a new baby, your pediatrician has probably told you not to use sunscreen or bug spray on your baby for the first six months. Why is that? Because human skin has the remarkable ability to absorb what we put on it. Unfortunately, our bodies don’t know the difference between good products and harmful chemicals, so it absorbs anything we put on!
Babies have thinner skin than children and adults, and they also have smaller vital organs, so it’s extremely important to take great care when choosing baby products.
Since almost all parents put lotion on their baby’s tender skin every day, it’s important to choose only natural baby lotion. Here are some tips to consider when choosing lotion for your baby:
~ Pay close attention to the ingredients in your lotion. Water should be the first ingredient in any lotion. If you see an ingredient and you don’t know what it is, check it out before putting in on your babies skin.
~ Watch closely for phthalates. Phthlates have been proven to alter reproductive development in animals and testing on babies has shown high concentrations of phthalates in their urine after using lotions which contain this chemical. Look for natural baby lotion that specifically states it is phthalate-free.
~ Watch your babies skin after starting any new lotion for rashes or irritation. If your baby seems to be reacting negatively to any lotion, even natural baby lotion, stop using it immediately.
As manufacturers start to understand the potential harm of some traditional items, more companies offering natural alternatives are emerging. Here are a few of my favorites:
Burt’s Bees, a well respected company that specializes in natural products, offers Natural Baby Lotion for just $3.99. What I love about Burt’s Bees is that they don’t use petroleum ever, the clearly state all of their ingredients, and they tell you exactly what percent natural each of their products are (the baby lotion is 98.87% natural). They also use eco friendly packaging on all of their items. If you like Burt’s Bees, they have a great Baby Starter Kit available for only $12.99 that includes lotion, shampoo, soap, dusting powder, baby oil, and diaper ointment.
No matter what lotion you choose to use, make sure that you take the time to check the ingredients and consider choosing only natural baby lotion for your little darling.
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