In 2005 my wife Melanie gave birth to our beautiful twins Jack and Lilly. Like most parents we wanted to do all we could to insure our kids would grow up as healthy as possible. This led us to start researching organic baby products. These are products made with all natural materials. They are free of dangerous and potentially dangerous chemicals found in most other baby and children’s products. Some of the organic products we have used are listed below:
1) Clothes, blankets, and towels made with organic cotton or Bamboo.
2) Toys made of wood that are either painted with a natural dye or not painted at all.
3) Plush organic cotton toys.
4) Baby lotion free of toxic chemicals such as Phthalates, which may cause developmental problems, and irritate a baby’s skin.
5) BPA (bisphenol A) free baby bottles.
6) Shampoo free of any toxic chemicals.
7) Organic baby food.
8) Natural cotton cloth diapers.
As Melanie and I started finding out about many of the dangers that can be found in conventional baby products, we decided to use natural baby products whenever possible. We were alarmed at some of the things we discovered.
Any product made with non-organic cotton will likely be laced with residual chemicals from the manufacturing process and from the pesticides used to grow the cotton. Clothes, towels, bedding and other products can still contain dangerous levels of these toxic chemicals even after repeated washings.
Conventional baby lotions and shampoos can contain many chemicals that can irritate a baby’s skin, cause rashes, and be dangerous for their health. Many of the ingredients in non-organic baby lotions and shampoos have never been tested by the FDA or any other government agency. Some of the dangerous chemicals that may be present are 1,4-dioxane, a known cancer causing agent, and Phthalates that may cause reproductive and developmental problems. The manufacturers are often not required to list all these chemicals on the bottle.
We were shocked to learn that traces of pesticides and other chemicals, used by farmers to grow large crops, are found in most non-organic baby foods that contain fruit or vegetables. The FDA allows this and states safe levels are permissible. We believe the only permissible level is zero. We also found it alarming that cows are usually given antibiotics and growth hormones, traces of which make their way into the milk babies drink. We switched to organic milk to insure that these dangerous chemicals did not make their way into the milk our twins were drinking.
Besides the health benefits of organic baby products there were additional reasons we decided they were the right choice for our twins. Clothes made from organic cotton and bamboo are much softer than conventional cotton and therefore much more comfortable to wear. Our daughter, Lilly, has very sensitive skin. Before we switched to all organic clothing, she was always getting rashes. After switching to all organic clothing her rashes went away and she was much more comfortable. Many people believe that organic toys are better for a child’s imagination and therefore learning. These types of toys are simpler than many conventional toys without a lot of the moving parts and noises. This leads to fewer distractions for the baby.
Another reason we decided to use organic products is that they are good for the earth. The chemicals used to grow non-organic crops and manufacture non-organic products eventually find their way into soil, water, and air. These chemicals often kill wildlife and vegetation and poison the water supply. Organic baby products present no such dangers to the earth.
Using organic baby products has given my wife and I peace of mind. We know we are protecting are precious children from the many dangers present in some conventional baby products.