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As post scripted on my previous post, this post will mainly be touching on organic baby products you might consider getting for your little one and redundant or harmful products that your little one is better off without.

Instead of...


 The popular family choice of brand, Johnson & Johnson.

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Consider the natural and organic California Baby.
Why?
Some people might not know, most of J&J's baby products contain known carcinogens; i.e. cancer causing substances. It was discovered that one of the preservatives they were using (quaternium-15) was actually releasing formaldehyde which is a known carcinogen. The products also contain the by product 1,4-dioxane, also a known carcinogen.
(Source: Baby from Above)

Ingredients of Johnson's Head-to-Toe Baby Wash:

Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, PEG-80 Sorbitan Laurate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, PEG-150 Distearate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Sodium Chloride, Polyquaternium-10, Fragrance, Quaternium-15, Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide

Whereas...
California Baby is founded by a mom herself and the company works with leading raw material suppliers to create and pioneer safe, new and improved green ingredients. 

True to their toxin-free, sustainability-focused roots, they steer clear of Diethanolamine (DEA), sulfates, dyes, numbing agents, and ingredients that can trigger allergies in young ones or chemically sensitive adults, including synthetic fragrances, dairy, soy, peanuts and gluten. 

Their strict standards ensure that all of their products are CA Prop 65 compliant, which means they contain no carcinogens such as 1-4 Dioxane or phthalates. Their essential oils are third party tested for purity.

Ingredients of California Baby Shampoo and Body Wash (Calming):
Water, Decyl Glucoside (Sustainable Palm Fruit Kernel and/or Coconut), Lauryl Glucoside (Sustainable Palm Fruit Kernel and/or Coconut), Quillaja Saponaria Extract (Soap Bark), Vegetable Glycerin USP (Sustainable Palm Fruit Kernel and/or Coconut), Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract (Calendula), Viola Tricolor Extract (Pansy), Yucca Schidigera (Yucca) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe Vera), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Hydrolyzed Quinoa Protein, Xanthan Gum USP, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Pure Essential Oils of Lavandula Angustifolia (French Lavender), Salvia Sclarea (Clary Sage), Phytic Acid (Rice Origin), Gluconolactone (Sourced from Corn (Non-GMO)), Sodium Benzoate

You can tell from the ingredients that the California Baby is definitely the natural and organic better choice for your little one. They even use green packaging for their products:
  • HDPE (#2) bottles contain 25% Post Consumer Content (PCR); BPA free
  • Our tree free labels are printed with water-based lead free inks and are easy to recycle with paper or plastic – no need to remove labels before recycling! 
  • Caps are made of Polypropylene (BPA free)
More info on California Baby's products' ingredients here
You can check out the other products here too 


My husband recently actually found an even more organic and natural barsoap than California Baby......


Grandma's Pure & Natural Baby Bar!



How can it be even more organic and natural than California Baby when CB is already soooo natural you might ask...


SURPRISE!
These are the ingredients for Grandma's Baby Bar: Saponified Oils of Castor, Coconut, Olive, Palm, Rice Bran, and Calendula Oil.

It's totally vegetable based, dye and fragrance free. How purer and more natural can it get???

Where to buy?
We personally bought 2 California Baby Shampoo and Body Wash 19oz, 'Calming' & 'Super Sensitive' & also one of the Grandma's Baby Bar soap.

The price of the California Baby Shampoo and Body Wash in Watsons is ridiculously high. So high that I did not even bother to remember the price I think it's about ~$50+ for a bottle of ~400+mls. It gave me a rough idea of how much it would cost to get in any other stores so I just decided to get it online instead as I'm pretty sure it'd definitely be cheaper than buying it off the rack from any store.


In the end, I got it from Baby Shop at $35.89 each for the 19oz (562mls) ones and I got 2 because they provide free delivery for orders above $50. I'm sure there are other web shops that sell it cheaply you can try to google search for it.


And my husband bought the Grandma's 4oz Baby Bar soap off Ebay at £8.70 (SGD $17.40) including shipping from US to Singapore. Not selling locally. Reviews said that a bar can last for roughly 3 months.



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Alright, comparison is a little too tiring and redundant so I shall just recommend instead.



Hevea Anatomical/Round Pacifier

What's good? 
The Hevea pacifier is made of 100% pure natural rubber from the rubber tree Hevea brasiliensis.

  • 100% natural rubber latex
  • Hygienic one piece design – no joints, cracks or edges
  • Soft material and ergonomic shape – soft and gentle against baby’s face
  • Doesn’t leave marks, prevents vacuum around the mouth
  • Sustainably produced
  • Recycled and biodegradable packaging materials
  • Meets EU standard EN1400, US regulations CPSIA & AUS regulation AS 2432-1991
  • No PVC, no BPA, no phthalates, no artificial colors

I like the fact that it is made of 100% pure natural rubber and there are no joints, cracks or edges where bacteria likes to grow in. Comes in 3 different designs with 2 different sizes (0-3 mths & 3+ mths)

Where to buy?
Can get one at $15.90 on Love for Earth.
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For breastfeeding moms,  
Earth Mama Angel Baby Natural Nipple Butter
What's good?
Clinically tested, hospital recommended Natural Nipple Butter is safe, lanolin-free, zero toxin nipple cream for nursing mamas, and anyone with dry, cracked skin. Chapped cheeks? Check! Dry elbows? Yup. And of course, healing help for nipples that are taking a beating from breastfeeding. 

Made with soothing organic Calendula and non-sticky natural plant butters to comfort and protect. Safe for baby too - no need to wash it off before nursing! Apply as needed, and after each feeding. Certified organic by Oregon Tilth. 

Ingredients of Earth Mama Angel Baby Natural Nipple Butter:

Olea europaea (organic olive) oil, Theobroma cacao (organic cocoa) seed butter, Butyrospermum parkii (organic shea) butter, Euphorbia cerifera (candelilla) wax, Mangifera indica (mango) butter, Calendula officinalis (organic calendula) flower extract

Where to buy?
You can find it in Mom Essentials stores in Singapore selling at $34.90. You can try looking for cheaper ones online or other local stores as I bought it from an outlet in KK Women's and Children's Hospital after my prenatal check up and didn't really bothered to compare prices. I got it at $30 as I'm a staff there.
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Now for the redundant/harmful products...


 Baby powder. Any brand.

Due to the warm and humid weather in Singapore, parents and grandparents love to spam baby powder on the little ones so as to reduce perspiration and to make them feel more comfortable and less sticky. Even when I'm working, I used to put a lot of powder on the children I bathed.

But according to Baby Center, powder can cause breathing problems and serious lung damage when inhaled, and it's not always easy to keep the powder out of the air where your baby might breathe it. This is most worrisome with talc-based powders, which have small, easily inhaled particles. Cornstarch, which has larger, coarser particles, is not as easily inhaled as talc. 

There's no evidence that baby powder helps to prevent or treat diaper rash, either. The best preventive strategy is to clean and pat dry your baby's bottom at each diaper change and then apply a thin layer of protective ointment or cream.

 Sophie the Giraffe Teether

As an excited mom-to-be working in a children's ward, I've seen a lot of kids there who has this teether and I found it super cute so naturally I wanted to get it for my little one too. Looking at the description points on the picture and this 

"Sophie the Giraffe is one of the world's favourite baby teethers from France. Trusted by celebrities and mothers worldwide, millions of Sophies have been sold worldwide since 1961. Handmade in the French Alps using natural rubber from the Hevea Tree and decorated using non-toxic food-quality paint, Sophie is BPA & Phthalates-free, and complies with US safety requirements ASTM F963." 

description from it's own website, it seems like quite a good teether to get right?

It costs $39.90 for 1 and I almost bought it until my husband told me about it's recall recently. 

According to Our Homegrown Adventures, "a German consumer magazine, OekoTest has done tests and found high concentrations of nitrosatable substances in Sophie, which can turn into highly carcinogenic nitrosamines when reaching the stomach. Since Sophie is used as a teething toy, for babies to chew on, it is pretty likely that some of the substances will get into their stomach, right?"
 
"The concentration found in Sophie was almost 18 times higher than permitted in Germany: they found 1.77mg/kg. The EU guidelines for toys allow for 1mg/kg of soluble nitrosatable substances, while the German Consumer Goods Ordinance only."

Although I think it has already been rectified and new Sophies in Singapore are safer now but I still don't want to take the risk so SIGHHH, one less cute item to buy for my little one. 

Ok I think this post is a bit lengthy that you might not even feel like reading (especially those who are just casual readers and are not parents who can relate to this) so I shall stop here. Spent almost 6 hours +- on this post and my back is aching terribly now ugh

Hope this is helpful to some.

xxx R.

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