What’s in Baby Shampoo?

Baby shampoo was never an issue for me.

I just used the usual tear-free one you can buy at any supermarket or drug store. It wasn’t until I read something online, that I began to think about what ingredients were inside.

What chemicals am I using on my newborn’s skin?

Most baby shampoos contain sodium lauryl sulfate. This is the chemical responsible for making your eyes water, as well as producing the suds in your soap. Tear free shampoo isn’t necessarily missing this ingredient, but instead, may have more chemicals to paralyze the tear ducts and reduce the reaction the eyes have to the sodium lauryl sulfate, or it’s just watered down to reduce it’s potency …. and I am putting this on my baby’s skin. Yikes.

How can you find out which products are okay for your baby’s (and your) skin? You can visit the Cosmetic Database and do a search on your product of choice. The higher the number, the more toxic the product is, 10 being the worst.

I found a great shampoo that is rated a zero: Earth Mama. Theirshampoo (which can be used as body wash as well) containsno antibacterial pesticides, artificial fragrances, foaming agents, sulfates, preservatives, parabens, or dyes.

I discovered this product by using their Angel Baby Bottom Balm. It is okay to use with cloth diapers, and cleared up rashes on my kids’ bottoms with only a few applications. Plus I love that I can smell the tea tree oil!

So if you’re buying for yourself, or for someone you know, please make sure to read the label of the products you are buying.

Maria

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