I've been pretty aware of all my recent baby product purchases including everything from shampoo to lotions, bottom balms and nursing creams, sunscreen and more. While, most of these natural based products are MUCH pricier than the Johnson & Johnson or drug store alternatives, it's all the recent studies (and recent articles like this) that have me believing the cost is justified.
This topic is so vast and I'm such a beginner, there is no way I could cover all the information that is out there and condense it to a smart sense guide. At this point, I'm just looking for products made with as little chemical, manufactured, or synthetic ingredients as possible.
For things like laundry detergent, I plan to use the usual stuff for our clothing, something more gentle like 7th Generation Free & Clear: Baby Laundry Liquid or BabyGanics Loads of Love 3X Laundry Detergent for A's clothes, and something like Rockin' Green or Charlie's Soap for her cloth diapers. Being that our skin isn't sensitive to our regular detergent I don't see the cost benefit of switching every load to the pricier stuff, but for A's soft and sensitive skin, I'd like to keep any irritations or allergic reactions at bay. When it comes to lotions and creams, I've already switched myself to Burt Bee's, Origins, Korres, and slew of other eco-friendlier items.
I was lucky enough to receive some products at my shower (and later at a sprinkle thrown by my neighbor friends) that I'm excited to try out. I know a lot of this process will be trial and error of finding what works best for us.
So far I have following products stocked to try out...