With the vast selection of Baby Care products available in the market, it’s challenging to pick one particular brand let alone choose what is best for your little one. For all you know, the checklist isn’t all about smelling nice, so here we go!
1. Chemicals & Toxins
Nobody like allergies, let alone on babies, but it’s undeniable that some baby products still practice its production with numerous toxic ingredients. One of the most common would be Parabens that even adults should avoid. It’s a neurotoxin that is often related to hormone disruptions, skin irritations, and other toxicities.
At birth, the Hydro-lipid film of baby’s skin which protects it against drying has a variable composition and thus rendering it more sensitive to risks of dryness. However, this does not mean the higher the concentration the better!
Since babies have relatively large skin area as compared to their body mass, a product absorbed into their skin will be more concentrated than it would be for an adult. Using soft and appropriate products, the baby’s skin would be better protected while retaining its natural softness and elasticity.
Other than usual protection against the sun, it is important that the baby products chosen are suitable for the climate you’re living in. For countries like Singapore, it’s not only warm but also humid and prone for us to experience insect bites and this probably wouldn’t exclude babies. A soothing cream that basically relieves irritations, sunburns, and insect bites. Basically, an all-in-one for you to carry around.
Within a few weeks of birth, babies’ skin surface changes from close to pH neutral to approximately acidic pH5.
Bath and body care products that are close to the pH of babies’ skin will not affect the protective acidic film on the surface that acts as a barrier. Mainstream bath bars tend to be on the alkali end which may temporarily agitate the acid mantle and potentially cause irritation.
What to look out for: pH Neutral / Mild / Ultra Mild
“We can’t control everything our kids will eat or put on their bodies, but we can control what we give them” – Emma Rohmann, Founder of Green at Home