As parents, we all obviously want the absolute best for our little ones, baby products included. Unfortunately, many products contain toxic chemicals that are harmful to our babies’ delicate bodies. So clearly, the more natural and organic the product, the better for them. To ensure that you are buying the best for your baby, here is a list of the most common toxic chemicals found in baby products. Keep this list handy so that the next time you buy, you’ll be buying baby the best.
BPA, which stands for Bisphenol A, is an industrial chemical that is found many plastic baby products. This harmful chemical can be found in containers that store food and beverages, like baby bottles. Exposure to this toxin may lead to developmental disorders, increased risk of cancer, and early puberty.
Fragrances are often used in products to create a certain scent. They are found in diapers, shampoos, baby powders, lotions, etc. Although they may make products smell better, they can be made with harmful and toxic chemicals that may cause skin, eye, respiratory, and neurological damage. It is best to buy baby products that contain no fragrance at all, such as natural and organic varieties.
Parabens are widely used preservatives that are commonly found in personal care products like baby shampoo, soap, and body wash. These toxins can cause skin irritation, hormone disruption, and increased risk of cancer. With that being said, be on the lookout for baby products without parabens.
Triclosan is a harmful ingredient added to many consumer products in order to reduce or prevent bacterial contamination. This agent may be found in soaps, cleaners, and body washes. While you may want to protect your baby from bacteria, this toxin may increase the likelihood of allergies and cause hormone disruption.
1,4-dioxane is an ingredient often found in baby soaps and bath products. This ingredient may cause skin allergies and organ toxicity. However, 1,4-dioxane isn’t found on product labels because it is a chemical byproduct. In order to avoid it, don’t use products containing sodium laureth sulfate and PEG compounds.
To avoid the harmful health effects from these common chemicals, make sure to read all product labels. Or, your best bet, go organic!
If you’re eager to learn more about chemical free products for babies, take a look at My Little North Star’s other informative blogs and check out our collection of natural and organic baby products.
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