I know there was new lately about Johnson & Johnson having harmful chemicals in their baby products. The fact of the matter is, many companies do :( I say harmful; many articles say toxic. Johnson & Johnson was targeted, but hopefully they, and many other companies, see the era of their ways, or better yet the government takes a stand for our kids. Anyone?
The two basic things we want to try to avoid for our tots..and even ourselves...are dioxane quaternium-15. These are both agents that help release formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is basically a preservative to help products last, but as a chemical, it's side effects are harmful and possibly cancerous.
Unfortunately, there are all sorts of alternative names, that companies are somehow allowed to use on their containers, that are basically these same things.
*****According to cancer.gov, HERE is a little info about formaldehyde.
So, while the actually name "formaldehyde" may not be listed in baby products, or any products, these other agents are formaldehyde releasing. So, basically they create formaldehyde in time, in the product.
It can be hard to avoid them and I don't really think that's fair. I think more companies need to take pride in their products and protect the population, most importantly. There are studies, but so far it seems a lot of major companies are choosing to ignore them.
I know, you are thinking well everything has something bad in it. True, most things do, but not everything. If we think about how common cancer seems to be now, it starts to add up. Back in the day, babies had their bottoms wiped with a cloth and water, mineral oil and/or magic potion mix that was probably chemical free. They might have suffered from diaper rash more often, but now, because of chemicals in these "helpful" and "easy-to-treat" products, the risks of cancer are higher (probably as an adult) than they would normally be. I think so many healthy issues are due to environmental issues.
I'll get off my soapbox now, though I'm likely to return. it's just something I feel pretty strongly about and frankly, I wish I could do something about it. I know I can't exactly, so I just wanted to share so you all could make your best judgement and decisions.
I pray everyday that these two will live healthy lives. If I can do something to help them see their grandkids or great grandkid, I'm happy to try.
Diapers - We are still using Pamper's right now. We don't like dry max. I have no clue how I managed to over buy. I stocked up before the babes arrived and I guess I thought they would be in size 1 for longer than they will be. I did order quite a bit on Amazon so I'm hoping some place local with do some exchanging with me.
My friend, Whitney, still really has me itching to do cloth diapers. See this post. I mean seriously? The girl has it down and has done her research!
If not cloth diapers completely, I may try the gDiapers, though they seem quite expensive. Has anyone tried them? They are covers with liners on the inside. The liners are biodegradable whereas disposable diapers are not.
Right now, we go through approximately 10-12 diapers per day. Both babies are regular with their poop and pee after they eat.
Diaper Pail - I really had it in my mind that we wouldn't want/need one of these. Well, those tiny baby poops don't stink too much, but just give it a few weeks. Now, I cannot IMAGINE having an open trashcan or something that doesn't seal shut concealing the stink! One of the reasons I originally didn't want one is because I know a lot of them have their own specific bags you have to use. I kind of thought that would be a pain. My mom picked up The First Years "Clean Air" one for us and you can use your own trash sacks! They do have filters that you can change out to help with odor. I keep a box of baking soda close by, hidden in a corner, to also help.
Clean baby - We started using the Burt's Bees from day one. Both babies had a little bit of baby acne so we used Aquaphor wash for a bit, but couldn't tell it made much of a difference so we went back to Burt's. The acne/bumps passed after a few weeks. Our ped told us it was pretty typical and that anything can irritate their skin. Now, when their little faces get irritated, I'm certain it's due to their hands rubbing them, daddy's beard or our kisses. It clears up quick!
Since Sloane has chubbier legs, once or twice I've noticed they were pretty red where her diaper rubs. I put some of Aquaphor on it and it seems fine the next time I look. Knock on wood, no diaper rashes or anything of the sort yet.
Wipes - We are still using and loving the Kirkland wipes. There have been no traces of the formaldehyde releasing chemicals in these. **After doing this post, it was brought to my attention that Kirkland wipes have nitropropane in them. I blogged a little bit about that here. Looks like we will be trying Seventh Generation as it's ingredient list appears to look the safest.
Pump - I use this Medela pump. I like it best because the actual machine part is small and not attached to the big bag.
Production - A few people have asked, I've not had to supplement, but I've heard great things about Fenugreek. I ordered two bottles to have on back up in case I was ever doubting my milk production.
Storage Bags - I pump twice a day, one time makes bedtime bottles and the other makes milk to freeze. I use the Lansinoh breastmilk storage bags. I get them at Target. They are less expensive than the Medela ones. They are pre-sterilized medical grade and BPA free. I don't put any particular amount in each bag, which I may regret one day, but I put as much as I can in order to use as few bags as possible. I figure with two babies, I'll be able to utilize the milk in whatever increments it's stored.
Bottles - For the bedtime bottles, we use Dr. Brown's. For a while we used the Gerber First Essentials, and they did great, but Knox & Sloane seemed to grow out of them. I do think Dr. Brown's helps with the gas. However, it could just be that they are a bit older now and their systems work better, too.
Each baby is now up to about 8oz of milk for the bedtime bottle. I pour the milk into the bottles straight from the fridge. I have short, fat measuring cup that is thick glass. I fill it up about half way and heat in microwave for 4 minutes and 30 seconds. I put the bottles in the hot water AFTER I take it out of the microwave. I do that when we start the bath water and the bottles are a good temp by the time the first baby is ready to eat. We like doing bottles at night to make sure they are getting full bellies and so Brent and I both can have that feeding/cuddle time with them.
Formula - As I've previously mentioned, Knox is my slow/lazy nurser. Our ped told us to put 3/4 a scoop of formula in his bedtime bottle. We were using Similac Advanced regular until I realized they had a Similac Advanced Organic.
Washing bottles and such - To wash the bottles and parts, as well as the bottles and parts for my pump, I use a bottle brush, JR Watkins soap and The First Years steam sterilizer. The cleaning brush I use, I only use on these things, no dishes or anything else. I wash with hot water and soap and then sterilize.
Med help - I don't really consider the below meds, though Knoxy is on Axid for his reflux, which seems to have gotten better.
The hiccups don't happen near as often as they use to. When they do now, it's typically in the morning. If they seem to last a while and start to annoy the babe who has them, we give Mommy's Bliss gripe water for that and it works well for us. It says it relieves stomach discomfort and gas as well. It's basically organic fennel and ginger.
Knox gets saline at least every other day. We have the Little Noses brand. I might should be giving it more. Sloane has probably only gotten some a few times, but Knox is a bit more stuffy. I don't always suction it back out, but when I do, I just use the bulb from the hospital. A few girls on Twitter have been mentioned the NoseFrida being really good, so I've been meaning to order one.
If you notice, tummy time is actually a good way to get boogers out as well ;)
We are trying some of the Vick's baby rub in the morning on Knox. I like to just put a little on the outside of his jammies. Brent also sits by a steam shower with him some mornings.
Lotion - I've not put any lotion on Knox & Sloane, but I do love Johnson's lavender bedtime lotion. Of course, knowing what I know now makes me nervous. I love the Shea Mountain baby lotion I posted here and I put it on myself daily, so if they needed some, I'd probably use it.
Noise Machine - We use this HoMedics noise machine. I think we are going to get a second one in the nursery at the new house. I will say a noise machine that plugs in is the way to go. We had a smaller one with batteries, in addition, for a while. Man, we went through a lot of batteries.
We use the sound machine at night and during all naps.
(There is black electrical tape on everything because we keep the room completely dark at night.)
Humidifier - Crane Mr.Frog is our humidifier. Note: a humidifier only really works as it should with the door closed. I should close the door during the day when they nap, but I typically don't. It's usually closed from about 7:45 until we go to bed. We open it once we go to bed and the house is dark.
Purifier - We are using an Oreck purifier that I haven't taken a picture of yet. I'll be doing a review and giveaway for one of those soon!
Washing: We are using Method detergent and vinegar (on some loads.)I think both work well. The Method really doesn't take much. Vinegar helps with the smell on the burp rags and such. I may try setting some things in the sun if they have stains left behind.
Monitors - We have a Summer monitor with two cameras. It can hold up to four and I like that. I can view each one on mine. The only thing is the cord that chargers mine, stopped working. I have to use my computer and it's not convenient. I might try to exchange it while in the moving process. Maybe we just got a faulty cord.
Angelcare monitor. We might try it as well as a Snuza if they are napping somewhere besides their crib.
Pacis - Neither baby seems too attached to their paci. In fact, I don't think Knox has taken his in three or four days. Sloane mostly takes her when she gets tired and starts fussing or if she wakes up early. It helps her fall back to sleep. They use different ones as you can see. Sloane's is a Gerber one and Knox's is a MAM one. We have lots of cute WubbaNub pacis with the little stuffed animals, but neither can do the paci. I guess they may be too small and since we started them with different ones early on, they just don't work. Sloane will try. It's funny, though, because she usually ends up wanting to pet the animal and play with it and it jerks the paci out of her mouth.
So, that's are little run down. No, we aren't perfect and I'm sure there will be unsafe things in products we are/will use. I know I can't protect Knox & Sloane from everything, but I can do my best to try on the things deemed harmful. I use products that aren't good for me and I know I eat things that aren't good for me, but I have made efforts to improve on that. I like the sulfate free shampoo and conditioner I use, but I do think it makes my hair a bit more frizzy than products containing it do, but supposedly, shampoo and conditioner are one of the most harmful things absorbed by our body.
Supposedly right? Wouldn't all the facts be nice? Why won't the government make these studies more public knowledge. I know they are still working on a lot of them, but from what I have read, a lot of information has turned into facts that certain things are harmful and yet they are still in most everyday products. I know people can make decisions on what they buy, but I also know a lot of people are simply unaware of what is actually in products.
I came across THIS not long ago and thought it was a good breakdown.
A lot of these chemicals give more side effects than people realize.
I'm allergic to p-Phenylenediamine. I haven't always been, but something happened a few years ago when my hormones change and I can't even begin to describe what it did to my skin. I've never fully posted the pictures because it happened about the time I started blogging. The dermatologist loaded me up on meds and I kept saying it has to be something in my hair washing out on my skin. I finally requested allergy testing and sure enough I had developed the allergy and was having a major reaction.
I hope this helps you or someone you know.