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Product Safety for Girls (and Boys Too)

So I learned something the other day...


I'm having a baby girl! (Marie, your baby gender prediction record remains untarnished.)

Mr. G and I are so excited! Our baby girl looked healthy and adorable on the ultrasound scan, and she is wiggling and kicking all day! Here I am a few weeks ago... I look like this now, but a little bigger.


I'm very happy that Baby G looks like she is developing well, but I still keep safety in mind when I shop for foods, cosmetics, and personal hygiene products. Many contain toxins that are extra dangerous for babies, and I want to give my little girl a healthy start in life. Purchasing safe products is important for anyone, but it's especially vital for girls and women, who tend to use many more personal care products than males.

As we shop for ourselves and pick out items for our baby shower registry, we are using the Skin Deep Cosmetics Database to check out which products to buy and which to avoid. Some of the results are pretty surprising. The "Babies" section is downright shocking--so many baby products contain ingredients that cause developmental disorders, autoimmune disease, and cancer. Craziness!

Along with shopping carefully, Mr. G and I are also looking for alternatives to storebought products for some purposes. For example, I am going to try washing my hair with lemon juice and herbs for awhile and see if my hair does better without shampoo. And I read in a parenting magazine that edible oils (such as olive, canola, or coconut oil) are great for babies' skin.

So mamas and dads who have been doing this for awhile... What are your favorite safe products or alternative solutions, for yourselves or for your little ones?

Comments

  1. Wow, congrats on a little girl :) And I have found the skin deep site so useful too. You're really getting her off to a good start!

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  2. OHHH! CONGRATS, Jeannie! I love little girls, hehe. Dang, though, I'm thinking of all the stuff I used for Darcy when she was an infant and I'm worrying that I used something terrible. Too late now, I suppose. I'll definitely be more cautious about what I choose from now on. Thanks for that link!

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  3. Thanks, lady-friends! I am so excited to have a little girl.

    Michelle: Don't worry too much. I'm always aware of chemicals in food and products, but I also believe that in most cases, it's more important that a child gets the GOOD stuff (good nutrition, nurturing, education, etc.) than that a child avoids "bad" stuff. I'm sure your daughter is just fine.

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