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Which Ingredients Should You Avoid in Baby Products?

August 16, 2019

Which Ingredients Should You Avoid in Baby Products?

From formula and bottles to breast pumps and even clothing, the amount of products babies need can be overwhelming -- especially when you think about what ingredients are in the baby products. Just like with our home products and skincare products, there are ingredients that you should avoid in your baby products to make sure your little one is safe from potentially harmful chemicals. Here’s a closer look at several chemicals you should steer clear of…

9 of the most common chemicals in baby products

1. Talc

Commonly used in baby powder to help prevent and calm diaper rash in babies, talc is an ingredient that has been linked to several health issues. There are signs that talc can point to cancer with use, as well as possibly being contaminated with asbestos. To be safe, we recommend using a talc-free baby powder to calm baby behinds safely.

2. Bleach

Baby clothes washed with Puracy Natural Laundry Detergent

While sometimes you feel you may tend to err on the side of strong cleaners when making sure baby products are safe to use, it’s best to avoid harmful chemicals like bleach when disinfecting baby products. Bleach can contain volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) and other toxic substances, and can cause respiratory issues. 

3. Parabens

While parabens are often used as preservatives in baby products, they are also linked to a myriad of health issues that can affect your baby, including developmental issues.

4. Synthetic fragrance

Often used to add a prettier scent to things, synthetic fragrance ingredients are often concealed as a trade secret -- meaning that you just may not ever be sure what harmful chemicals are lurking in your baby’s laundry detergent or even their baby wipes. For sensitive infant skin, fragrance-free or naturally fragranced products are always preferred.

5. Tributyl-tin (TBT)

Sometimes found in disposable diapers, tin can have carcinogenic effects, as well as upset hormone levels and even damage the immune system. Look for organic or chemical-free diapers, or even consider cloth diapering your baby.

6. Phthalates

From baby dolls to plastic slides, choosing children’s toys is important -- some contain phthalates that can be harmful to children if ingested, including causing reproductive and developmental issues.

7. Flame Retardants

From car seats to pajama bottoms, many baby products are often coated with a flame retardant. However, the Consumer Product Safety Commission warns that compounds in the organohalogens flame retardants (OFR) group can cause cancer, a lower IQ, increased hyperactivity, and even hormone and immune disorders.

8. Formaldehyde

Formaldehyde is sometimes added to things like shampoo to help prevent bacteria growth -- however, it is a known carcinogen, as well as severe respiratory irritant that can even cause damage to the central nervous system.

9. Sulfates

Wash babies with natural products free of parabens and sulfates

Sulfates are often used in products to increase foaming and sudsing, but have also been shown to be a skin irritant -- especially in those with already sensitive skin, like with infants and toddlers.

Are parabens bad for babies?

While parabens can make products last longer, the use of parabens have also been shown to cause issues with mother and baby,  including developmental issues. A study showed that a higher level of parabens in baby animals may also hint to heightened anxiety and social issues. While scientific research has not deemed that parabens are completely unsafe to use, it’s best to err on the side of caution when it comes to your baby products.

Safe, non-toxic baby products

Keeping your baby’s products and life free of harmful chemicals may seem daunting -- however, you really just have to know what to look for. Keep an eye out for large chemical groups like the ones above, and always try to search for organic or natural alternatives.

Here are some of our favorite safe, non-toxic baby products:

It’s hard keeping track of everything that babies need, including products that keep them safe and healthy. You can always trust Puracy for gentle, physician-approved baby products that soothe those little baby feet and nurture their growing minds with natural products ranging everywhere from our gentle Natural Baby Shampoo & Body Wash to our Organic Baby Lotion.