Having a new baby is work, but it’s also a lot of fun. There’s that lovely baby smell, lots of cuddles and of course – shopping for baby stuff! Among all the things you need to buy for baby, baby products are probably right at the top of your list, along with diapers. There are so many brands of baby products available today, but most of us usually choose based on what our mothers used or whichever brand has the best ads on TV. However, what you really should be looking for is whether the product is a natural one or not. Here are 6 reasons to choose natural products for your baby to ensure the best start in life.
6 Reasons to Choose Natural Products for your Baby
1. No Chemicals
Baby skin is more permeable than adult skin, meaning that it absorbs whatever is applied on it more easily. If you choose a product with chemicals, these quickly get absorbed and can enter the blood stream in no time. Natural products use naturally occurring ingredients. As with the food you eat, the smaller the ingredient list, the better. A recent scare involving a popular and trusted baby products company including carcinogenic substances is a good example of this.
2. Prevents Side Effects
Have you ever wondered how every other person seems to have allergies these days, while there were hardly any when we were growing up? Of course, one reason is the polluted air, but another is the kind of stuff we put on our bodies. At birth, your baby’s immunity is still developing and she is more vulnerable to infections and other illnesses. This also applies to side effects from the chemicals used in non-natural care products, which are much more likely to trigger allergies.
3. Better Performance
Natural products tend to work better than chemical ones. Natural ingredients are metabolized easier, which means that not only do they perform better, they don’t hang around in the baby’s bloodstream. What’s more, these benefits last for the long term, maintaining the skin’s baby softness for much longer.
4. Much Lower Risk on Ingestion
Babies will be babies and they’ll put everything into their mouths – including their hands and toes! So if you’ve applied a chemical product on their skin, chances are high that it goes straight into their mouths. Some chemical products like baby oil sit on the skin like a layer, and can go straight into baby’s mouth. Natural products are more readily absorbed and even if they are ingested, they are much less dangerous than chemical products.
5. Better for the Environment
We often tend to forget about where our skin care products are going. When we wash our faces or take a bath, all the chemical residue flows away with the bath water and affects our water bodies as well as our soil. This can have far reaching consequences on our drinking water, on plants, animals that drink from the water as well as the ecology of the soil.
6. More likely to follow Ethical Practices
Most brands that make natural or organic products tend to follow ethical practices. They don’t use animal testing or exploit workers. They also source their ingredients from farmers using fair trade practices and grown using sustainable methods. When you buy such a product, you indirectly support their cause as well as the various people working behind the scenes.
With so many natural and organic brands launching in India, you are now spoilt for choice when it comes to baby products. Some such brands are Juicy Chemistry, Omved and Forest Essentials. We hope that these reasons to choose natural products for your baby will encourage you to opt for these brands and stay away from harsh chemical-ridden products!