Post # 1
So, even though I have a ways to go yet, I’ve been doing quite a bit of research on natural baby products. I’ve started to think about all the products I’d like to change to become “safer” for the baby. For example, I’d like to make my own baby wipes, change to a mild detergent, make my own baby food, use only natural body washes, cloth diapering…etc…
But, this got me thinking…how much is too much?? Am I really hurting my baby by maybe making s/he more sensitive to everything else? Can you “overdue” natural products and not help your baby to develop a sort of immunity or tolerance to some chemicals? What are your experiences and thoughts?
Post # 3
I don’t think so, unless you’re veering into “no medical intervention” territory.
I though I was going to do totally natural everything when I was pregnant too, but after 2 weeks of no sleep I reached for the Johnson’s Baby Lotion and the disposable wipes. Good for those who can do it!
Post # 4
What do you mean by natural?
FDA-wise natural doesnt really me much of anything.
I think avoiding unnecessary chemicals is good. I think if you were over zealous in disinfecting things, that is where you and the baby might not build and immunity. Obviously you have to clean, but you can be over clean.
Post # 5
@KatyElle: yeah, i might be in for a rude awaking once the baby actually gets here! i can hope though… =)
@lefeymw: i guess by natural i mean very minimal chemicals. i’ve been looking at california baby products for shampoo and the like. making my own baby wipes and food would essentially be natural, but things like detergent and body washes would be minimal chemicals, if that makes any sense!
Post # 6
I think limiting the baby’s exposure to harmful chemicals cannot be overdone. As long as you are not trading one harmful thing for another you will be fine.
Post # 7
Avoiding chemicals is never bad, and especially not for babies! The Environmental Working Group website has lots of reliable information on this topic. Baby skin is super absorbant so chemicals enter babies bbodies in a higher concentration than they do ours. Plus their little bodies are developing and all those chemicals can have unknown effects on development. Anything you can do to keep chemicals away from babies is helpful.
Post # 8
@ustechie: I would be surprised if people actually thought that way! I think so many chemicals are bad and why wouldn’t we want to protect our baby.
My sister is using cloth wipes and for her, it’s just as easy as disposable. She makes a solution of olive oil, lavender drops, tea tree oil, organic baby shampoo (she uses the california baby brand), and water. All great for baby’s skin. She just keeps it in an old dishsoap container and sprays the cloth wipe. It’s pretty easy really.
Baby food is easy as well, I plan on getting a ton of those little containers and premaking a bunch and storing it in the freezer, just as convenient, yet healthier and cheaper, than canned baby food.
Cloth diapering is also going well for my sister, she did use disposables the first two weeks because of her being too tired to do all the extra laundry. Her son had a blowout with every BM though, and since she switched to CD, there hasn’t been one blowout – a definite perk!
Similar to what snmcdowell said, baby’s immune system is very fragile and still developing for years, you don’t want them exposed to anything that would compromise that.
Good luck with all your endeavors!! I’m sure it’s a challenge, but you will find what works best for you and your baby, and ultimately that will be the best decision you can make for you 🙂
Post # 9
I don’t think you can really over do it.
My only concern is if it becomes all consuming for you and you spend so much time making/finding natural alternatives that your quality of your life and your time and your relationship with your baby suffer.