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Natural Bath and Body for Your Baby

Many common baby products that are marketed as being gentle and safe, actually contain chemicals that may be harmful for your child and the environment. Though many people are in the habit of reading the ingredient list of the foods they buy, it's not a bad idea to read the ingredients of the products you use on your skin, as well. Skin is the human body's largest organ. In the past, biologists believed that skin was impermeable and kept out harmful chemicals and toxins. Now we know that this is not true. Recent research indicates that every day we absorb dozens of chemicals from the lotions, shampoos and other cosmetic products that we use. Parabens, for example, are a class of preservatives (including methyl, ethyl, propyl, benzyol and benzyl) that have been found intact in breast tumors. Additionally, these chemicals have been shown to mimic estrogen in animal and tissue studies. It is well-researched that there is a strong connection between estrogen and breast cancer, but it is unknown the effect that xenoestrogens (synthetics that mimic estrogen in the body) have on the human body. Sulfates are another ingredient of concern in baby products. A common ingredient in shampoos, is the lathering agent sodium lauryl sulfate, which is regulated as a pesticide and is suspected to be a toxic to the liver and intestines. In lab experiments in animals, reproductive effects were observed. Combined with other commonly used chemicals, it can form nitrosames, which are known to be carcinogenic (cancer-causing). Fragrance is another potentially harmful, and unnecessary chemical in many baby products. A potential allergen, fragrances are irritating to the skin and sinuses and can contain neurotoxins. A federal law loophole allows corporations to keep their "fragrance"ingredient list secret. A given fragrance can potentially contain dozens of harmful and irritating chemicals. Yikes. The lists of chemicals additives in baby skin products are daunting. Many are marketed and labeled as being natural because they contain plant-based ingredients, but they still contain the harmful chemicals. Try to focus more on products that market what they don't contain, rather than products that give the illusion of being natural based on additonal plant-based ingredients that they do contain. Common ingredients to avoid: Parabens: methyl, ethyl, propyl, benzyol and benzyl parabens Sulfates: sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate Fragrance: "fragrance"

Bath and Body Tip #3

As well as soft fluffy towels, having PJs, slippers or a warm robe ready for when you hop out the bath saves you the trouble of trying to find clothes just when you're relaxed.


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