The Safest Bath Products for Kids

safest bath products for kidsOne of the catalysts for starting my healthy living journey was the birth of my son. Almost 9 years ago he came crashing into this world, on fire, and he hasn’t slowed down since. Even as a baby, he seemed to only be happy when he was stimulated by sights or sounds. I didn’t know what was going on with him at the time, but I knew he was different. Fast forward a few years and we had received a diagnoses of Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), specifically a “sensory seeker”. This meant that my son intentionally sought out stimulation. Like slamming into walls. (It was an awesome couple of years!)

These days, we have a happy, healthy 9-year-old who occasionally struggles with ADHD and impulsiveness. I fully believe that his struggles are few and far between only because we cleaned up our lifestyle. I know that is such a broad statement. But, here is what I mean by that – limited sugar in his foods, toxin-free household products, essential oils for pretty much everything, and the safest products we can find (shampoo, toothpaste, mouthwash, body wash, etc.). When my son goes out of town or is gone from the house, he very quickly starts to have issues with his attention, focusing, and impulse control (hello laying under the hotel bed watching the iPad at 4AM while everyone else is sleeping!!). As soon as he is back in his home environment and normal routine, these issues subside. #notjoking

Our journey to clean up our lifestyle has been long and is constantly improving. Somewhere along the way I had an “AH-HA!” moment where I realized that the products I put on my children are just as important as the food they eat. I started researching and purchasing products that didn’t contain the top toxic chemicals: harsh sulfates, parabens, PEGs, formaldehyde-releasers, and fragrance. (Sign up on the sidebar or click here to receive my FREE Guide to Toxic Ingredients if you would like to learn all about these chemicals and why you should stay away!)

Prior to this though, I frequently used a few mainstream products that many of you might be using such as:

Aveeno Baby Calming Comfort Bath – Lavender and Vanilla – At the time, I believed this to be a “gentle” option that would help him calm down prior to bedtime (because there were always LOTS of tears in the evening hours!). The Environmental Working Group (EWG) gives this product a 4 out of 10 for the following reasons:

  • Fragrance – this is a “bucket” used to describe the ingredients that make up a scent of a product. Anything can be in this bucket and companies do not need to disclose the ingredient because they are considered to be trade secrets.
  • PEGs – independent studies have shown possible organ toxicity from PEGs. There are also contamination concerns with known carcinogens.
  • Sodium Hydroxide – Although deemed safe for use in products in the US, it must be less than 2% and at a pH level less than 11%. It is restricted in Canada.

Another product I used regularly on my son was Johnson’s Bedtime Baby Lotion (to be fair: I’m linking to the old formula – the one used back then). EWG gives this product a 6 out of 10 for the following reasons:

  • Fragrance – this is a “bucket” used to describe the ingredients that make up a scent of a product. Anything can be in this bucket and companies do not need to disclose the ingredient because they are considered to be trade secrets.
  • Parabens (propyl, ethyl, and methyl) – parabens are known human endocrine disruptors that can cause tumors, birth defects, and developmental disorders
  • Sodium Hydroxide – Although deemed safe for use in products in the US, it must be less than 2% and at a pH level less than 11%. It is restricted in Canada.
  • Phenoxyethanol – possible organ toxicity and the European Union cautions use around the mouth and eyes.

These days, we rotate between these following bath products and have found them all to be good choices.

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If you would like more information on the safest bath products for kids, leave me a comment. I have done a TON of research!

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