Did you know there are some baby products you shouldn’t use on your baby? Sometimes being a smart consumer and being a smart parent meet. You might think baby product manufacturers have your best interests at heart. I like to think they do most of the time. Nevertheless there are certain traditional baby products (still being made) that just aren’t healthy for your baby. Others are simply too harsh for sensitive baby skin. Which baby products shouldn’t you be using on your baby?
1. Talcum powder is bad for your baby’s lungs.
If you’ve ever mistakenly inhaled baby powder, you know why this baby product shouldn’t be used on your baby. Talc causes respiratory problems and more, even in adults. In fact, talc miners must wear protection at all times. Unfortunately, some still experience talc-related health issues. Talc is highly toxic. It can also cause and exacerbate (worsen) several types of cancer.
2. Don’t use perfume on your baby.
This baby product isn’t remotely necessary. Babies already smell so sweet. Plus, perfumes and scents are known to be hazardous to adult health. Perfume can contain as many as 500 chemical components. Why would you take that chance with your baby?
*Other natural edible extracts
3. Baby lotion is often scented.
In addition, it’s sometimes made with chemicals you don’t even want on yourself. The phthalates in some baby lotions and other baby products are suspected of causing reproductive problems. Not only that, wherever you put it, it’s going to stay there a while and be absorbed by your baby. Don’t forget, babies put everything in their mouths. Do you want your baby eating lotion?
4. Don’t you just love the smell of baby shampoo?
Don’t ever use it on a baby. Most baby shampoo has far too much perfume for babies. Read the label. You’ll notice it also contains sulfates (suspected carcinogens).
*Pure liquid glycerin
5. You want your baby products to be fire retardant, right?
From sleepwear to crib mattresses, baby products are full of fire retardant chemicals. While you might think this is a good thing, these chemicals are highly toxic and hazardous to you and your baby.
*Install smoke alarms and baby monitors throughout the home.
Portions of this article were originally published by this author on a now closed Yahoo property.