As a parent, you’ve probably lost count of the times you’ve asked yourself, “Is this safe for my baby?” We always want what’s best for our children. But in today’s world, it can be difficult to figure out which products are actually safe and natural. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, use this list of tips for choosing natural products for babies to guide your search!
1. Less is more
Most of us check nutrition labels when choosing what to eat. Nutrition facts and ingredients give us a good idea of whether a food is healthy or not. It’s important to do the same with personal care product ingredient lists, especially when choosing natural products for babies. Many name-brand products have lengthy ingredient lists with potentially harmful substances. And just like with processed foods, lists with tons of hard-to-pronounce ingredients are a red flag.
As a general rule of thumb, less ingredients = more natural — and better for your baby. When shopping for your little one, opt for products with minimal formulations like NOLEO 3-in-1 Diaper Cleanser and Moisturizer. NOLEO 3-in-1 contains just 5 ingredients that you can recognize and pronounce.
Less ingredients also mean less interference with your child’s skin microbiome. Products that are certified microbiome friendly, like NOLEO®, help protect the integrity of babies’ skin and keep it balanced.
2. Know what to avoid
Before you start to assess baby care products, get to know the ingredients you should avoid. If shopping at the store, bring along a list of “no-no’s” for reference. This will make it easier for you to identify which products to steer clear of. Some of the ingredients to avoid are:
- Propylene glycol
These ingredients can irritate your little one’s skin and potentially lead to more serious health complications. That’s a risk no parent wants to take!
3. Look for “Certified Organic” labels
Whether or not you shop for organic food, “Certified Organic” labels are a great way to tell if a product is natural or not. To get certified, a product needs to contain 100% organic ingredients. That is, ingredients that are grown without growth hormones, synthetic pesticides, GMOs, and chemical fertilizers. Choosing organic products can give you greater peace of mind while caring for your child.
4. Consider your baby’s skin type
If your baby has eczema-prone, sensitive, or dry skin, you’ll want to seek out gentle, natural products that will hydrate and moisturize! Have yet to find out your baby’s skin type? Take our Baby Skin Quiz. Understanding your little one’s skin can help you choose the perfect products for them. Keep in mind that some harsh ingredients can trigger reactions in normal skin, not just sensitive. It’s better to be safe than sorry by going with the most natural option.
5. Read all certifications and distinctions
Some baby care products make empty claims that aren’t backed by research. Luckily, several organizations provide certifications and distinctions to products that meet certain standards. For example, the National Eczema Associationawards certain products with their Seal of Acceptance™ if they are free of known irritants to eczema-prone and sensitive skin. Another organization, MyMicrobiome, tests personal care products for their impact on the skin’s microbiome. If a product effectively preserves the existing good bacteria on the skin, it receives the “Microbiome Friendly” certification.
Don’t want to do all the hard work yourself?
Choosing natural products for your little one can be a stressful process. You want to have full trust in whatever goes on your baby’s skin. Rashes and irritation can be painful for your child and heartbreaking for you to see. On the other hand, no parent wants to spend countless hours and dollars in their quest for the best baby care products. That’s why we’ve done the hard work for you!
Created by parents for parents, NOLEO® is setting the standard in natural diaper care. NOLEO 3-in-1 Diaper Rash Cream is formulated with 5 simple ingredients: organic sunflower oil, organic olive oil, limewater, beeswax, and glyceryl stearate. It cleanses, moisturizes, and treats and prevents diaper rash.
Plus, NOLEO 3-in-1 Diaper Rash Cream was awarded with the National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance™, thanks to our gentle formula that’s suitable for even the most sensitive skin. We’re also certified microbiome friendly by MyMicrobiome, certified organic, and dermatologist tested.
Minimal yet effective, NOLEO 3-in-1 is a fantastic option for parents seeking a natural alternative to traditional diaper care. Get started with the NOLEO DUO and learn why parents are raving about our natural products!