I shared my own experience as a new mom on our Facebook page a couple weeks back. I am sharing it on the blog today as I would like to take a more in-depth look at the products new parents are sent home with along with their diaper cream and formula samples.
When I had my older son, he stayed in the special care nursery a bit longer because he was a preemie.
I was worried about everything as a new mom - from whether I was swaddling him properly to whether he was eating enough. I was just beginning to be aware of the lack of quality ingredients in most children's skin care.
I was sent home with a bag of baby body care samples.
I thought that if the hospital was sending me baby samples, they must be good, right?
Not really. I looked at the labels and the baby cleanser contained sulfates and parabens and had a number to the Poison Control Center.
Ingredients matter. Your little ones deserve great products with better ingredients.
Our new Good to Grow Fragrance Free Body Wash contains a gentle, sulfate free cleanser and is enriched with shea butter. This is a product that is ideal for baby's skin.
Why does it matter? Your skin and my skin as a 40 year old are not nearly as delicate as a baby's skin. Baby's skin is almost ten times thinner than the skin of an average adult. It is much more sensitive and more easily damaged. It needs to be treated with the utmost care.
Sadly, the most readily accessible baby products are full of irritating ingredients.
Worse yet, the products new parents are sent home contain ingredients that people do not want to use -- but on babies, it is even more disconcerting.
There is a "gentle skin cleanser" that is often sent home with new moms. It begins with a C. Here are the ingredients in this cleanser:
Water, cetyl alcohol, propylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfate, stearyl alcohol, methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben
This cleanser contains three different parabens, sulfates, and propylene glycol. Propylene glycol is a petrochemical (derived from petroleum).
Let's look at Seed Good to Grow Fragrance Free Body Wash:
Water (Aqua), Coco-glucoside, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Sodium Lauroyl Lactalyte, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Glycerin, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Glycol Stearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Panthenol, Xanthan Gum, Gluconolactone (and) Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, andTocopherol (Vitamin E)
Another product featured in the newborn "swag bag" is a "baby lotion" in a pink bottle. We all know the one. And lotion is a must have product for wee ones to nourish and protect their delicate skin. Here is the ingredients listing for that lotion:
Water, Isopropyl Palmitate, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Mineral Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Polysorbate 20, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Fragrance, Carbomer, p-Anisic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Xanthan Gum, Ethylhexylglycerin, Pentaerythrityl Tetraditbutyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Red 33
Take a gander at the above ingredients. Do you see anything in there jumping out at you that you know is beneficial to the fragile skin of babies? There is silicone, artificial fragrance, artificial dyes to name just a few less than stellar ingredients.
Now, let's take a look at the ingredients in Seed Fragrance Free Body Lotion:
Water (Aqua), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Emulsifying Wax NF, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Coconut Oil), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Stearic Acid, Glycerin, Camellia Sinensis Leaf (Green Tea) Extract, Cetyl Alcohol, Gluconolactone (and) Sodium Benzoate, Tocopherol, Tapioca Starch, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract
Children are precious. Their skin deserves the best -- and YOU deserve the peace of mind that what you are putting on their skin is safe. Please take a look at the ratings of our products in the Skin Deep Database and shop with confidence. Both our Fragrance Free Body Wash and Fragrance Free Lotion earned a super safe score of 1 in Skin Deep.