When my first born was growing up Johnson's & Johnson's was a name that was highly recognized among mothers, it was once thought the company provided safe and healthy baby care products that would keep your baby clean, smelling good and healthy but in recent years it has come to light that this was not and is not the case. If you think I am just saying things you can check out the 2014 article in the NY Times about how Johnson's and Johnson's is "phasing out" harmful chemicals and ingredients, but to be honest they should never have included toxic ingredients in the first place, our babies are the most vulnerable and should never be exposed to such harmful ingredients. But anyways enough about the toxic ingredients, I could write a book on all the companies whose sole concern is turning a profit and their least concern is our safety and health. My last word of advice is just research each ingredient in your personal care products both for yourself and your children and know what's in your products.
Now, I want to tell you about a company whose sole purpose in life is to make safe products that you can feel confident using not only with your baby but around your home as well. I give you *ba ba baaaa* Raise Them Well (insert confetti canons here) This company was founded by a pediatrician and a stay at home mom when they brought their first born into the world and they have only grown since the birth of their second son. This mom (Emily) is the most down to earth person and she truly cares about not only her children but all of our children, she strives to find safe, organic and natural ingredients to make products that are safe, effective and affordable.
Let's take a look at some popular brands of baby wash and their ingredients first, shall we?
Johnson's & Johnson's website lists the following as ingredients: (Resource here)
Water (eau), Cocamidopropyl Betaine, PEG-80 Sorbitan Laurate, Sodium Trideceth Sulfate, PEG-150 Distearate, Glycerin, Polyquaternium-10, Tetrasodium EDTA, Sodium Chloride, Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Benzoate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum
No big deal right? Well, let's compare those ingredients to the Raise Them Well ingredients: (On their Amazon product page, I also list them in my video.)
Certified ToxicFree Ingredients: Purified water, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Sodium Chlorite (Stabilized Oxygen), Vegetable Glycerin, Lavender Essential Oil
Now, let's take those ingredients and look them up on ewg.org website, where they have over 62,000 products on file and break down their ingredients providing a scale and ranking the ingredients from 1-7, one being the lowest and 7 being the highest danger. I have highlighted the ingredients in the above ingredients which ranked in the warning to dangerous zones on EWG. Take note the highlighted ingredients ranked a 3 or higher on the EWG scale.
Now, I ask you which product would you want against your child's sensitive skin? Down to Earth's website states...
"Your skin is the largest organ of your body and since it is porous, it absorbs whatever you put on it. A study published in the American Journal of Public Health looked into the skin's absorption rates of chemicals found in drinking water. It showed that the skin absorbed an average of 64% of total contaminant dosage."
That is a huge risk to take with some toxin filled baby wash, so why wouldn't you opt for a better product, a safer product? Some people have told me that paying $12.99 for a bottle of baby wash just isn't affordable, I ask you this...is your baby's health and safety not worth $12.99 a month? Because when you break it down this baby wash literally lasts us a month and we have 3 little ones who use it everyday...sometimes twice a day! So, really it amounts to about $0.43 a day to help eliminate toxins from your baby's wash routine.
While we are talking about harmful products for our children, I came across this article written on WebMD and even though it was from 2009 I think it has relevance to this topic in general. You can read the article yourself here.
I know when you are thinking about all the harmful things in our world today it can be overwhelming, but I urge you to take one step at a time, change one thing at a time, and personally I would begin with the products you use for your children.