Mum’s phone, Nanna’s glasses. The world is your baby’s tasting menu for the first few years of their life. There’s no need to sterilise every dropped dummy though. A little contact with germs helps build their immunity, and they’ll naturally be exposed to dust, pollen and bacteria every day.
But when you do want to whip out the baby wipes and give things a clean, you want to make sure that the product you’re using isn’t doing more harm to your baby than the dirt on dog’s toys they’ve been nibbling on.
Now, you could be thinking – “but surely companies can’t make products that could harm a baby?”. Well, the truth is they can. And it’s completely legal.
In Australia and many countries around the world, the baby industry is grossly unregulated. Brands know busy mums don’t always have time to read all the ingredients. And let’s be real, who really understands what all the ingredients are anyway?
If you think those major household brand names have your back, well, they don’t necessarily. In fact, they’re some of the worst offenders.
From nappies, to baby wipes, lotions and sunscreens, baby products can be rife with toxic chemicals. Dangerous chemicals such as parabens are commonly used as a preservative because it’s cheap. But it’s also very nasty. Parabens may seem like a good idea as babies generally don’t suffer allergic reactions to it. But do you really want your baby’s delicate skins to be absorbing chemicals that mimic estrogen?
Excessive estrogen is linked to cancer and other medical concerns that can affect their development. That’s just one example of the many shocking ingredients used to make everyday products for both you and your bub.
You also can’t depend on slogans and labelling to help you make smart choices. Phrases such as “pure”, “safe for babies” or “pediatrician recommended” are fundamentally meaningless words designed to mislead you. Without any regulations, companies are free to get creative with the words and symbols they put on packaging to trick you into thinking their product is pure so you’ll buy it.
If this is news to you then don’t worry, you’re not alone. So what can you do about it?
It can be overwhelming but also empowering to learn more about what ingredients both you and your baby should avoid. At a glance, here’s three commonly featured offenders that you need to be aware of.
Parabens – as mentioned, any ingredient that ends in paraben, such as ethylparaben, methylparaben, or butylparaben, should be avoided.
Avoid products that have ingredients containing the letters eth – such as polyethylene glycols (also listed as PEG) or Phenoxyethanol as they contain 1,4-dioxane which is a known carcinogen.
Sodium lauryl (ether) sulfate – also labelled as SLS, SLES, sodium dodecyl sulfate or sodium PEG lauryl sulfate. This synthetic ingredient makes shampoo and other products nice and foamy but it can irritate the skin, eyes and lungs and also contains the harmful 1,4-dioxane.
When it comes to looking at ingredients on packaging, those that use Australian Certified Organic (ACO) can be trusted. All Wotnot products use certified organic ingredients approved by the ACO so you can be sure they’ve been tested by an internationally recognised certification body that assess all the ingredients and their origins. Buying certified organic means you can buy with confidence.
Pure, gentle and nourishing ingredients are the essence of every Wotnot product. Our brand ethos is to create products that live up to their claims. We don’t just whack any messages and symbols on our products to entice you into buying them.
Throughout our over 15 years of creating skin care products we have managed to remain true to our ingredient philosophy of ‘pure, gentle and nourishing’ and continue to create natural product solutions providing an all-important alternative in the market. Every single ingredient used in our products is listed on the packaging – we don’t have anything to hide!
Our baby products are free of all those parabens, artificial fragrances and other bad boys. Instead they’re packed with nourishing ingredients such as organic pawpaw extract, comfrey oil, and flaxseed oil that are designed to heal, soothe and protect your babies soft skin.
And as you’re coming in contact with your baby’s lotions and creams every day, with Wotnot you can be sure that your skin is being looked after too.
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Visit the Australian Certified Organic website to learn more and see what trusted symbols you can look out for.