I’ve always been very particular about the products I use on my children. Not only am I scared of them getting allergic reactions or irritations, I am likewise very concerned about the long term effects of certain ingredients present in a lot of baby products.
This is exactly why I try to use products that are all-natural as much as I can. It just gives me peace of mind knowing that I don’t need to worry about what I use on my kids. However, back when I had Zoe and Ziya, all-natural products were hard to come by. Luckily, things are better now because there are more choices available.
It was only after I gave birth to Ziggy a few years ago that I got introduced to Tiny Buds Natural Baby Products. We’ve tried almost all of their products already and I can honestly say that we love them all! Our favorites so far are the Tiny Fangs Kiddie Toot Gel, the Tiny Buds Sticky Hand Wipes and the After Bites Insect Bite Gel.
What I love about this brand is that they are eco-certified, made of food safe ingredients, FDA-approved and are guaranteed to be mild and safe for sensitive skin. So, I was super happy that Tiny Buds recently sent me several of their products for the kids to use. Yep, even my big kids get to use some of the products too! Thanks, Tiny Buds!
Now, the very generous people at Tiny Buds want to make sure that all parents are made aware of the dangers that certain baby products can pose. So, let me share with you some very important information about which ingredients to look out for and how to be a smart shopper when it comes to buying products for your kids.
Know the NO-NO Ingredients
With so many products lining our store shelves, don’t be fooled by toxins hidden behind cute and colorful product labels. Instead, make it a habit to check the ingredient list for these No-No chemicals you should steer clear of when buying your children’s personal care products:
- Parabens are used in many products as a synthetic preservative to extend shelf life. However, parabens are also widely researched cancer-linked toxins. In fact, the American Chemical Society estimates that infants and toddlers have three times higher exposure to parabens in baby products than adults. These toxins are commonly found in most baby products such as lotions, shampoos and body washes in the market.
- Phtalates are widely used as a stabilizer or base in many personal care products. However, prolonged exposure to phthalates affect the body’s hormonal system and has been linked to autism, learning disabilities, breast cancer, infertility and even childhood obesity, according to a recent study by the Children’s Environmental Health Center, NY.
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or SLS is a cheap foaming and cleansing ingredient used in soaps, shampoos and cleaning products. But bubbly baby baths are no fun with this around! The International Journal of Toxicology warns that SLS levels in many mainstream products are high enough to cause severe allergies and skin corrosion.
- Fluoride is an old friend found in many toothpastes in the market, but according to the Fluoride Action Network, fluoride is especially harmful for kids because their bodies absorb four times more fluoride but are not able to excrete as much as adults, resulting to a fluoride buildup in their bodies that may negatively affect bone structure and be a contributor to neurological impairment.
- Talc (or Talcum Crystals) are what baby powders in the market are made of. But keep kids far away from this ingredient, as numerous studies by the American Cancer Society showed that talcum powder may contain asbestos-like particles that increase cancer risk for both mothers and babies by 30%.
- Detergents. While they keep Mom’s dishes sparkly and shiny, the USA Environmental Protection Agency warns that dishwashing soaps containing detergents make them unfit for cleaning baby bottles and utensils due to the toxic soap residue that might be accidentally ingested by kids.
Be a Smart Shopper
Parents can easily avoid poor product choices by educating themselves and shopping carefully. Use these practical tips when choosing safer personal care products for the whole family:
- Reading the labels thoroughly is the simplest way to avoid toxins that pose harm to you and your kids. Aside from avoiding the toxic ingredients listed above, another tip is to choose products that are labeled “Paraben-free”, “SLS-free”, “Food-Safe”, and “No Artificial Preservatives”.
- Before shopping, prepare a list of products that you trust to be safe and non-toxic. This not only serves as a handy guide but also cuts your shopping time in half.
- Ignore store promotions! Don’t start buying items because they are on special discounts or promotions. Smart Moms and Dads don’t compromise their kids’ health and wellness. Always prioritize the products’ safety and quality for your little ones.
- Test new products on yourself before using them on babies and kids. Apply a small amount of the product on the inner arm, wait several hours, then check to see if there has been a reaction.
- When trying new products, monitor kids and babies carefully for any negative reactions. Even though you’ve tested the product and it “passed” your test, always remember to observe your child for any small sign of discomfort after he or she starts using a new personal care product.
- Go Minimal. When it comes to our children’s health, less is definitely more, so instead of trying and using a large assortment of baby products on your kids, choose and use only a select few that are safe, and toxic-free.
All these are definitely very useful information for us parents. Smart shopping is really not hard to do. Like I said, there are more options nowadays that enable us to nurture the natural way. Tiny Buds Natural Baby Products promises “REAL NATURAL LOVE”: a commitment to making baby and mommy essentials from only the finest natural ingredients and extracts to safely nourish babies’ health.
So, go ahead and check out the Tiny Buds products. Our family swears by them! 🙂
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