Embracing a Natural Parenting Journey: 10 Common Baby Products I'm Avoiding
When I first discovered I was going to be a parent, I knew I wanted to give my little one the best possible start in life. However, I was shocked to learn that many common baby products contain toxic chemicals and plastics that can put our babies at risk. I want to share with you the top 10 worst offenders I've come across, as well as the steps I've taken to protect my baby, in the hopes that my journey will inspire and educate you.
I found out that many plastic toys contain BPA, an endocrine disruptor which can interfere with hormone production. Our young children are particularly vulnerable to these toxins (source: Environmental Working Group). So, I've been choosing wooden or organic cloth toys whenever possible, and they've been just as fun and engaging for my baby.
I learned that plastic bottles often contain BPA, which can leach into liquids over time (source: Mayo Clinic). To keep my baby safe, I switched to glass bottles for storing milk or water, and it's been a great decision.
I was surprised to learn that conventional crib mattresses made from synthetic materials, like polyurethane foam, contain harmful chemicals (source: Consumer Reports). So, I chose an organic option made from natural latex or wool instead. My baby sleeps soundly, and I sleep better knowing they're safe.
I discovered that many teethers contain potentially toxic chemicals, but my baby still needed something to soothe their sore gums (source: American Academy of Pediatrics). I found teethers made from natural materials like wood or silicone, which are just as effective and much safer.
Instead of using conventional baby wipes with triclosan and parabens, I found wipes made with natural ingredients like aloe vera (source: Environmental Working Group). They're gentler on my baby's sensitive skin and free from harmful ingredients.
I was appalled to find that conventional disposable diapers contain toxic chemicals (source: EPA). So, I switched to cloth diapers. It's not only better for my baby's health but also for the environment!
I opted for pacifiers made with natural materials like rubber, which don't contain harmful chemicals like phthalates (source: HealthyChildren.org). My little one loves them, and I have peace of mind knowing they're safe.
Instead of using conventional baby lotions with artificial fragrances and harmful ingredients, I chose lotions specifically labeled "natural" or "organic" (source: Environmental Working Group). My baby's skin stays soft and moisturized without any risks.
I learned that many nursing pads contain synthetic fibers with toxins (source: Made Safe). So, I switched to organic cotton nursing pads, which are much safer and just as effective.
I found out that conventional crib bedding often contains hazardous flame retardants (source: Consumer Product Safety Commission). I chose organic cotton crib bedding instead, which is free from any harmful chemicals and looks just as adorable!
Armed with this knowledge, I've been able to make better choices for my babys' well-being.
I encourage you to always read labels carefully and check product reviews online before making any purchases for your precious bundle of joy. By making informed decisions, you'll know you're providing the best possible start for your little one.
No matter which decisions you make, love is the most important ingredient in raising a happy, healthy baby. <3