It might be overwhelming to figure out the best baby care products when you become a parent for the first time. Choosing baby care products is a tricky process that can often be very perplexing for new parents. The alternative is to stick to natural products but that requires sufficient knowledge.
Buzz words written on labels can make it even more complicated to take the right decisions. All these words like Hypoallergenic, Dermatologist tested, and Natural Organic sound complicated. How to know which product is good for your baby's skin? What are the best baby care products?
60% of ingredients that we apply to our skin are completely absorbed into our bloodstream so it is of utmost importance to choose the safest products. Here we have highlighted some points to make important decisions when choosing baby care products.
- The first step is to see if you understand the names of the ingredients mentioned on the product. Refer to the internet in case of doubts.
- Second, you should check out if there are any harmful ingredients present in the baby care product. Have a checklist of harmful ingredients to avoid.
It is important to know what we apply to our skin and when it comes to babies we need to be infinitely more careful. A baby’s skin is more prone to skin irritation, is permeable to harmful chemicals ingredients and requires skin products with gentler formulations. The products labelled as “natural” aren’t necessarily suited to our body, and baby skin products labelled as “gentle” aren’t necessarily safe for your baby’s skin.
Few baby skin care products may contain harmful chemical ingredients, like carcinogens, endocrine disruptors, skin allergens and irritants. It can be difficult to figure out, as some of these harmful ingredients may not be listed in the products and others might get hidden with different names. To know more, we require knowledge about the cosmetics industry.
For this reason, it’s important to understand all ingredients that are present in the baby care products you use on your baby’s skin.
Read carefully all the information about baby skin care products and tips to read the labels of the product.
Choosing safe products
There are many safe baby care products you can apply to their skin. Still, you should seek advice from your baby’s paediatrician about the best skin care products at their first checkup and before using a new skincare product.
Not all babies' skin requires moisturizer. Patches of dry skin will often fade away naturally.
However, if you are looking for the best moisturizer, you can try out ointments such as petroleum jelly, as it is the most effective moisturizer and available at an affordable price.
If your babies are not comfortable with the greasy touch of petroleum jelly, you can prefer moisturising cream over lotions, which has to be applied more frequently for similar moisturising effects.
Sunscreen is usually not advisable to use for babies under 6 months old. For babies older than 6 months, sunscreen can be applied to the uncovered areas of the baby’s skin where they get direct and indirect exposure to sunlight.
It is better to prefer mineral-based sunscreens, also called physical sunscreens, that block harmful UV radiation. It is highly recommended to prefer sunscreens containing ingredients like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide for children to reduce the problem of skin irritation.
For choosing bath products, it is highly advisable to choose a small amount of mild cleanser with a neutral pH value for bath time. It is important to check out the harsh additives ingredients such as alcohols and fragrances present in the product to avoid drying out the baby’s skin and causing irritation.
The Environmental Working Group has an excellent resource called the Cosmetics Database where you can take a look at baby products as well as the ingredients present in them. Here we have highlighted a list of 5 ingredients you should avoid in baby personal care products.
One ingredient that you should avoid using is “Fragrance”. Also, avoid buying natural baby products that contain “Fragrance” (sometimes also listed as “Parfum”). All these products contain harmful chemicals used as fragrance dispersants, such as diethyl phthalate. The fragrance when combined with baby products enhances the chances of allergies, dermatitis, and respiratory problems and causes adverse effects on the reproductive system.
It is highly recommended to avoid baby care products combined with “Paraben”.Parabens are labeled on the product as benzylparaben, butylparaben, ethylparaben, isobutylparaben, methylparaben and propylparaben. Parabens cause a hormone-disrupting problem in your newborn baby. The Environmental Protection Agency has declared to avoid using methylparaben in particular as it disrupts the metabolic, developmental, hormonal and neurological activities in the body as well as causes various cancers.
3. DMDM Hydantoin
DMDM hydantoin act as a preservative that releases formaldehyde and is antimicrobial. This ingredient is more prone to formaldehyde allergy or to DMDM hydantoin itself.
4. Avoid using Diethanolamine (DEA), Monoethanolamine (MEA) and Triethanolamine (TEA)
All three of these chemicals cause hormonal imbalance in the body and also produce cancer-causing agents. These chemicals cause kidney and liver cancer. These harmful ingredients are available in shampoos, soaps and bubble baths.
5. Sodium Lauryl (and Laureth) Sulfate
Sodium Laureth Sulfate and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate are strong irritants present in many skincare products that are foamy in nature such as shampoos, toothpaste, hand soaps, and body washes. Research studies have revealed that constant exposure to SLS triggers eczema outbreaks.
Many other harmful ingredients should be avoided while choosing the best skin care products for your babies and yourself.
Your baby’s skin may require some different steps to take care of it, but don’t get overwhelmed. Seek help from your doctor to recommend you the best skin care product that suits your baby.
Sometimes rashes are common and do not need any specific treatment to take care of your baby's skin. If you are not able to figure out the rash, then seek professional help. They can help to understand the symptoms more clearly and assist you accordingly. Make sure you identify the ingredients correctly while choosing the products for your baby. After all, you want your baby to remain safe and comfortable, don’t you? Use Mamy Poko Baby wipes to clean your baby and keep him/her dry and rash-free.