Post # 1
I have purchased some Johnsons Baby products such as shampoo, wash, lotion etc, including talcum powder. I also have some baby wipes.
However I was informed tonight that all of the above may be bad for baby and have horrible chemicals in etc?!
I’m in the UK. Obviously I know organic is best but I am not sure I can afford a whole set of organic baby products. I also have a few of the Burts Bees Baby Bee products.
I plan to only use water and cotton wool for the first 6 weeks and then slowly start with a little of the products.
But now I’m terrified I’ve bought the wrong stuff! Help?!
Post # 3
I’ve heard that too but lots of moms use Johnsons baby products so I don’t imagine they’re THAT bad. There’s chemicals in all kinds of stuff. I personally plan to use Aveeno Baby products, but I don’t actually know how much better they are than Johnsons.
Post # 4
It is throughly tested to be safe for your baby. Though there are new recommendations to not use baby powder because they can breath it in. Plenty of moms use Johnson’s products everyday with no ill effects. Sometimes people are just paranoid.
Post # 5
Say it isn’t so. The smell of those products are so classic baby 😐
Post # 6
The Johnson & Johnson products sold outside of the US do not have the potentially harmful known carcinogens in them, they were removed years ago from the ingredients. Most babies are just fine with regulare wipes…. DD is pretty sensitive though so we went to cloth wipes and just water in a spray bottle. We don’t use powder either.
Post # 7
According to this article, J&J is suppose to have all the questionable chemicals out of their baby products by the end of 2013.
And all of the chemicals out of the adult brans (includes Aveeno, Neutrogena, RoC, Clean & Clear and Lubriderm) by 2015.
“Research by the Environmental Working Group found most cosmetic and personal care products – other than those from small companies in the fast-growing natural products niche – contain potentially dangerous chemicals.
The chemicals in question are 1,4 dioxane and the preservative formaldehyde, which is slowly released by a chemical called quaternium-15 to kill bacteria. Both 1,4 dioxane and formaldehyde are probable human carcinogens; formaldehyde also is a skin, eye and respiratory irritant.
By 2015, J&J will phase out those two chemicals and others of concern, including triclosan, phthalates and parabens, as well as fragrance ingredients, which aren’t disclosed on product labels. However, it will allow chemicals that release formaldehyde when no safe alternative will work and is reducing levels of 1,4 dioxane to below 10 parts per million.
A recent study tied Triclosan, which is found in many antibacterial products, to muscle and heart damage in mice. Parabens are the most commonly used preservative in cosmetics, according to the FDA, and have been tied breast cancer risk. Phthalates have been tied to hormone disruption upping diabetes and obesity risk”
Post # 8
idk..i don’t have kids, but i work at a children’s hospital and the hospital uses the johnsons and johnsons wash so i don’t imagine it can’t be that bad.
Post # 9
@iheartnerds: Aveeno is owned by J&J so they have the same issues.
I have heard of the carcinogens dioxane and quaternium-15 which releases formaldehyde in J&J, but also know that just about every baby I’ve ever known has used J&J products. At least they are finally phasing those two chemicals out of their US product.. just weird that they already aren’t in their foreign products yet still in the US ones. My sister-in-law bought me the Baby Wash and it’s a huuuge container so I plan on using it.
Post # 10
On top of all the chemicals in it J&J is one of the big names that STILL tests on animals. Not a great foot to start off for baby. Donate the products you have and search the web for homemade remedies that are natural AND cost efficient!
Post # 11
I work in pediatrics most of the time and Aveeno products are recommended over Johnson’s 100% of the time by my docs =) Just thought I would pass that along =)
Post # 12
With any research into products it pays to do further research and particularly to see who funded the research in question. There is a lot of money to be made by spreading false information/incomplete research about a competitors products. J&J have probably chosen to take those items out of their products due to bad press alone and nothing at all to do with them being harmful.
Also harmful products would not be allowed to be sold. The products in question may (as in it has not been clinically proven to) cause harm therefore they have not been removed from sale.
Also some of the things mentioned in the report have been declared as safe by the FDA up to a certain level. For example cosmetics should not contain over 25% parabens to be safe but in reality most cosmetics only contain 0.01-0.03% parabens. Clearly well below safe levels.
Post # 13
Thanks everyone, this is really helpful.
I think then what I will do is to use up the products I now have purchased (as long as they work ok for my baby of course), and then I will research and switch to a more natural brand with no animal testing.
Post # 14
Not a mom here, but if you google natural alternatives to baby products you will het a ton if information.
instead of baby oil, I use grape seed oil on myself.
i also melt the oil into cocoa butter and use tat for lotion. I would use both these on a baby too. I generally believe the less if any synthetic chemicals, probably the better. AND they are so much cheaper in the clone run than products like j aNd j. Dh has really sensitive skin and I either if these bother him.
ive also heard that cornflower makes a good baby talc, but ive never used that.
I agree with the other bees. Don’t sweat it too much. Do use research for yiursekf and make a decision. I don’t really agree with some of the things that a few pp said, but to each her own!
Post # 15
Ive found the Simple baby range to be great. i was using Johnsons to begin witg but the shampoo was encouraging cradle cap and have since switched to simple or other natural products. Dont get too worried though, just see how your baby reacts and judge from that 🙂
Post # 16
i have just bought the Asda little angels stuff. I have been using is and have very sensitive skin and the wipes say suitable for newborns. I have been using them for ‘issues’ and feel so much nicer than other wipes.