As a parent, you're undoubtedly concerned about finding the absolute best baby products for your little one. You're certainly not alone. The array of baby products on the market is enough to confuse anybody, showing just how big the market is for these items.
Thanks to the huge phenomenon in recent years of clean, green living, some of today's most popular baby products are organic, natural and earth-friendly. Not only is this better for your baby, but it's better for the environment – everybody wins! In this article, we'll quickly review some things to look for when choosing natural baby products.
Natural Baby Foods
Some of the most popular natural baby products are foods containing no artificial ingredients or preservatives. There are many large, national brands which have used these strict standards for years, making them excellent choices which are readily available at your local supermarket.
Another big trend in natural baby care is making your own baby food. This is actually much quicker than many people realise, thanks to the easy to use blenders on the market. They’re sized just right for creating baby-sized portions, and most come with very easy to follow instructions. Parents love these blenders because they can have total control over what their baby eats, ensuring that no sweeteners or artificial ingredients are in baby's food. Choose only foods which have been grown organically and meats which have been raised in an environmentally friendly manner to ensure the healthiest possible homemade baby food.
Natural Baby Care Products
Just as with foods, baby products such as wipes, lotions and oils are all going green. Although they are a little harder to find in some areas, a large number of established brands are coming out with all-natural products. In addition, there is a wealth of smaller companies which offer completely natural and organic products. You can find these products in some large supermarkets, or at your local health-food store.
There are many advantages to using organic baby products. Many parents report that nappy rash virtually disappears once the switch is made to organic powder and (if you're really dedicated) cotton cloth nappies. In addition, a baby's sensitive skin naturally responds better to a product which is organic like eco nappies. This is especially true if your baby has any baby skin conditions such as chronic dryness.
Natural Baby Clothes
Some of the most adorable baby products around are baby clothes. This is another great example of an industry which has gone green! Baby clothing made from all-natural materials like unbleached cotton are appearing in stores everywhere. This is really more of a personal choice, since clothing doesn't affect a baby the way food and body products do. However, if your baby's skin is especially sensitive, you may find that switching to natural fibers cuts down on irritation.
How you wash your baby's clothes is also very important. The harsh dyes and perfumes which are in many traditional detergents can be incredibly irritating to a baby's skin. Look for natural cleansers, available in health food stores, which will thoroughly clean your baby's clothes without leaving behind any irritating residue. If you can't find these baby products, give baby clothes a second rinse in the washing machine to wash away all traces of harsh products. The same principle applies when washing toys and bedding.
As you can see, choosing the best baby products for your child is as easy as reading a few labels and making smart choices. Not only will your baby be healthy and comfortable, but the earth will thank you!