Organic baby products are finally getting some well-deserved attention in the marketplace. Natural baby products are certainly trendy, but at the end of the day there really are sound reasons why you should acquire safe and hypoallergenic lotions, shampoos, and diaper cream for your baby.
More often than not, your child's overall health depends on the types of foods you give them and the array of products you expose them to.
“Pediatricians say kids need more Vitamin D.” USA Today, October 11, 2008
“Too much junk food being put in children's hands.” World News, March 14, 2009
“Baby care products: possible sources of infant phthalate exposure.” Pediatrics, February 1, 2008
“Mercury contamination moves beyond fish; 'Every link of the food chain affected.' ABC News, September 18, 2006
“Bisphenol-A can build up in babies and infants.” The Canadian Press, February 23, 2009
“Carcinogen 1,4-dioxane found in leading 'organic' brand personal care products.” Reuters, March 14, 2008
How Is Your Child's Health?
Below are some disturbing and eye-opening facts about kids' health today:
~Overweight Kids—The number of overweight children and teens has doubled in the past 10 years.
~Type 2 Diabetes—Incidents of type 2 diabetes is rising quickly among kids.
~Asthma—On average, 1 out of every 13 school-aged children has asthma.
~Immune System—Kids miss an average of 8 school days per year because of health issues.
~Physical Development—Poor nutrition negatively impacts bone growth and overall physical development.
Maybe you're a lucky parent who hasn't had to deal with a child with health issues, but unfortunately others may know exactly what we're talking about. There is hope though for your organic baby!
What are We Putting In Our Kids?
Fast food revolutionized the way some of us came to know convenience, however over-consumption of processed foods is certainly catching up with us and our kids:
Did you know that babies' skin is 5 times thinner and more permeable than adult skin, making babies more susceptible to toxins? Did you know that newborns have a greater ratio of skin surface to body weight than adults, resulting in skin that absorbs and loses moisture at a much faster rate causing dry skin? Below are some additionally disturbing facts about chemicals and toxins commonly found in every day products (including some organic baby products) we use:
What Chemicals are We Using Around Our Kids?
In the past 30 years, 81,000 chemicals have been registered with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Fewer than 20% have been tested for toxicity. Yikes. Check out some more handy, alarming factoids:
The point of showing you the facts above is not to scare you or make you feel bad about your parenting. Naturally, kids love junk food, sugar, and candy—heck, they'd probably never stop eating it if parents weren't around. Companies that manufacture toxic cleaning products don't shout their hazardous side effects from the roof tops either.
The unintended consequence, however, of chronic consumption of such foods and exposure to such toxins may lead to health problems such as diabetes, obesity, and even disorders like Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). Health problems not properly dealt with tend to follow kids into their adulthood.
Kids learn how to make choices when they are young. They actually tend to make the choices their parents make, which is why it is so essential that you make healthy choices too regarding the foods you eat, the vitamins you take, and the products you use. Check out some of our delightful recommendations below which will steer you and your little ones in a better, more healthful direction.
What are Your Options?
In the interest of optimal health, the products you use on your little one should not contain parabens, 1,4-dioxane, sodium lauryl sulfate, formaldehyde, or phthalates. There also shouldn't be synthetic fragrances or artificial colors or any bisphenol-A, phthalates, or toxic inks in the packaging either.
We recommend using organic baby products to include organic baby skin care wash, organic baby skin care lotion, baby oil, diaper cream, and special infant formulated multivitamins. Ensure your baby is taking a infant/kid multivitamin each day that is free from artificial colors, sweeteners, flavors, gluten, and preservatives.
Remember our earlier chat about making good food choices? Poor eating habits start early. Twenty-five percent of infants and toddlers ages 9 to 24 months do not eat any fruit or vegetables. Even if you provide your child with an artificial multivitamin occasionally most vitamins and minerals are not stored in the body. Therefore vitamins and minerals need to be supplied to their growing bodies on a daily basis. Without a steady supply, infants and toddlers cannot achieve optimal growth and development.
Public health experts are concerned about kids getting enough vitamin D each day. The American Academy of Pediatrics recently doubled its recommended daily intake of vitamin D for infants. It's imperative that you supplement your baby or child's diet with a multivitamin especially designed for optimal absorption. Click here to learn more.
A Few Other Things to Do for Your Baby or Child
A Green Baby Is a Happy Baby
Children are a gift. You have an awesome responsibility to protect, love, and provide for your baby. Be conscious of what you give them for snacks, meals, and supplements. Ensure you're giving them the best, most gentle organic baby products to support their ever-growing bodies and minds. Organic baby products and green baby gear are great tools to have. Only use the best organic baby products available to the apple(s) of your eye. Rest easy. Breathe easy. Your baby is safe, healthy, and lucky to have you!
For children 4 to 12 years of age, we recommend a supercharged chewable multivitamins complete with 23 essential nutrients, 600 IU of vitamin D, and 100% of the Daily Value of all eight B vitamins and vitamin C that is gluten free and won't promote tooth decay. Omega-3 supplements are also essential for kids 4-12 to promote brain and eye development. Adults need omega-3's too!
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