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Selecting Eco Baby Products
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When it comes to selecting an eco baby product, its simply just a case of looking at the label and if it says eco or natural anywhere on the label then it must be a product that has no nasty chemicals or suspect ingredients.

Unfortunately, WRONG!

I found out about this one because I had bought an eco baby product to use on my son and because it had been labeled as part of their naturals range, I though that it was environmentally friendly and only the mildest of ingredients was used. After buying and using it, I one day looked on the back of the packaging and read the fine print -only 5% was actually natural.

Here are some of my tips that will hopefully help you not make my mistake when it comes to choosing eco baby products! Firstly, forget about what is on the front of the label and the wonderful images or words that are used to suggest being natural or environmentally friendly . So many products are misleading because more consumers are going eco friendly and because any eco friendly product, not just eco baby products have quality ingredients (which would cost more), a number of manufacturers put in a token natural element along with the usual artificial and potentially hazardous (and much cheaper) ingredients and then market as being the most wonderful truly eco product and price it accordingly. This deception means a bigger profit margin for these companies.

What I think is important in finding eco baby products is to do a bit of research about the company itself. Part of the company's philosophy (which should be found on their web site) should say something along the lines of wanting to protect the environment or believing that nature is perfect and it should have minimal tampering.

Looking at the list of ingredients is also a really helpful idea. Some of the ingredients are hard to work out what they are and are certainly a mouthful to pronounce. I once heard that if you can't pronounce it you shouldn't be using it, and as a general rule, I think that this is true. Apart from this, there are some ingredients that are very common and best to steer clear of. They include sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate, parabens and any added coloring. Some substances I look for are oatmeal ( which has cleansing and moisturizing properties) and aloe vera (which is moisturizing and apparently good for healing minor burns). Essential oils such as rosemary or lavender not only are gentle on babies' skin but add a wonderful fragrance too. Chamomile, sage, nettle and marigold are also worthwhile looking out for.

My list of good ingredients and not-so good substances is hardly definitive, but hopefully helpful in your search for buying eco baby products.

Hi, I'm Jen and I spend my days being a stay at home mother looking after my two young children. When my eldest son developed a rash that covered about two thirds of his body and western medicine had only one choice to clear it up and it was a choice that I thought would actually do more harm than good. This was the beginning of a journey in discovering that truly natural substances are so much better than any chemicals or artificial substances. Its been interesting finding out what is best for my entire family also happens to be environmantally friendly. I've made many changes to what I buy for the family and learnt a whole heap along the way. Not only is my son's rash gone but we are all healthier for it!


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