Buzzing on Natural Products Because of Baby?
I can relate. Before my boy babe was born, I was keen on detoxifying our nest. Countless hours were spent scouring ingredient lists of household, bathroom-beauty-queen products. If it was in our shoe-box house, it was under tough scrutiny. Oh, how I wish the little checklist I’ve place below had existed for my anxiety-ridden days leading up to delivery.
And my inner turmoil with what precisely my babe was being subjected to only intensified when we arrived home from hospital. I was the kind of momma to put sanitizer ’round the house, and just stare at the bottle when people asked to hold my wee one. #notjoking
Honest moment: I may have been overly obsessive in ridding our lives entirely of harmful ingredients that inch our bodies closer to cancerous crises. Alas, I felt a sense of duty to protect his fragile form in the way only a momma can understand. I swapped many of my household products for DIY renditions where the tride+true ingredient is vinegar (to Husband’s dismay)! If planning a visit to our shoe-box house, prepare your nostrils for a dose of dog, vinegar, and lavender. Oh, and boy’s butts. What a fine brew it is.
Below are my current top five natural baby products:
- For dry lips: I don’t know if your wee one is as adamant about applying chap-stick, but we love Nature’s Baby Organics Soothing Stick — just in case he licks it all off like I used to do with my Dr. Pepper chapstick (double gross).
- For bubble time: The actual bathing portion finds us sudsy in the minimally packaged Natural Mystic Inc. baby soap bar. A friend gave me one of the soaps from this line, and I look forward to babe’s lavender filled baths! An alternative would be the lavender Zum Wee Bar. A glass of Merlot while he splashes is my ideal Friday fun-time. (EDIT: I JUST REALIZED IT’S FRIDAY FUNDAY = WEE!)
- Post bubble time: This HomemadeBetty organic baby cream could easily replace three items in your babe’s diaper bag–if you wee one has sensitive skin, this brand is worth checking out. If your babe still doesn’t sleep regularly, you might try Lavender Burt’s Baby Bee Calming Lotion – I watched a documentary on founder, Burt, and felt so sad that his product might have been pulled away from its original mission in order to be mass-produced; alas, the product reads that it is 99% natural, which feels hard to beat. Marketing wins this round! (Note: all positive intentions go to hell when your two-year old is still not sleeping through the night. The lavender scent seems to calm him during our night-time routine, and I completely understand why mommas stick with brands that have yet to fail them.)
- For dirty garb: I tried making laundry detergent before babe’s birth–if interested, send me an e-mail for the recipe and some tips! (One tip I’ll share here is to pair up with friends because you will have gallons and gallons if following my recipe.) If you don’t have the time, space, energy, try Seventh Generation Lavender Scented Detergent. It’s ideal for sensitive skin, this still works tough enough to target his grass-stained knees and muddy rumps as long as I pre-soak as soon as we get home. Not to mentioned their products are manufactured in a way to help future generations, seven-fold as name implies. I may try this Zum product next, as I mentioned my love for their Wee Bars!
- For sunny strolls: California Baby sunscreen is award-winning for a reason = it’s natural and it actually work. Also, I tend to gravitate towards products designed by mommas. Not only is it offered with zero fragrance, but it smears on paint-thick, so even great-grandparents will know if where they’ve applied it. (I am also a fan of their eczema cream.) I know you are paying for quality here, but their bath/body baby products are too pricey for us on the day-to-day. It doesn’t seem to stain clothing thus far, either.
- For dem toofers: Tom’s of Maine Silly Strawberry Toothpaste – comes with or without flouride, the container is HUGE (less in landfill, and less runs to the store), and my boy LOVES the flavor–almost too much. He brushes his teeth 87 times/day; here’s to hoping he’s enthused about all forms of hygiene! I’m still trying to decipher is products are made in US or Canada.
Now that my babe is officially two, my manic natural cleanse mode is less of a harsh buzz, and more of a light busy bee hum. On that chord, I frequent the Handcrafted Guild & Cosmetic Soap website to find handmade soaps, balms, and the like. The best part is that you can search by location to find a locally sustainable hand-crafter.
Are there any products you could not live without? How about ones you concoct yourself?
P.S. If you’re like me and pay no mind to your windows and walls smelling like a salad, I can post my favorite vinegar “windex” hack if interested. Seriously, I’d spray it in my hair on days I forget to shower if Husband would still love me.
P.S.S.S.T. My love for natural and holistic products stretches into my beauty+bathing routines as well. Would y’all be interested in learning of those products?