When Skincare Can Impact on Baby Health
In a generation whereby there are so many different products on the market called 'skincare', we start to question exactly what we do and don't need.
If you had an ultrasound whilst pregnant you would have noticed that all of the baby's organs were reviewed, and sometimes even measured. Our body's largest organ is our skin, so we must treat it with as much care as we would treat any of our baby's body parts. Any type of skincare product is going to be absorbed into your baby's skin, meaning that it will enter their blood flow and be distributed around the body.
We are huge advocates of a chemical-free society. There is really no need to be putting chemicals on a baby's skin and we can't see any benefit for them using chemical-based products over what nature intended. Any chemicals put onto the skin will be absorbed into the body.
One of the biggest myths of late is that baby powder is 'bad' for your baby. We have had recent feedback from some of our wonderful customers that they were told by some hospital staff not to use baby powder because it is not good for the health of the baby...we are assuming that they are referring to talc, which we agree has lately been found to have terrible impacts on wellness and health, but please don't leave baby powder on the shelf- ours is talc-free and has oh so many fabulous uses and prevents chaffing, nappy rash, and even some heat rashes in babies during summer. Baby powder can be your friend if you use it the right way, and has so many multipurpose uses around the home such as stopping stinky shoes, to untangling jewellery, as a dry shampoo and even to stop sand sticking to your feet.
Harsh and abrasive products are still available in some baby products in Australia, and while some other countries around the world have banned parabens for baby/ child skincare, in Australia these bans are not in place so it's definitely worthwhile reading the labels. We have only just learnt that baby wipes contain products that are banned in leave-on products such as creams and lotions but permitted in wash-off products like shampoo and shower gels.
Another thing to keep in mind is that when you are pregnant you should be considering natural products that will not impact on your unborn baby. Alarmingly retinol (also known as vitamin A1) for example has warning labels not to use whilst pregnant or breastfeeding.
But, not all is bad- these days there is so much information out there to educate you on what options are available that align with your beliefs and medical experiences. Certified organic options show amazing results and also mean you don't need a pharmacy degree to be able to read the label. If you are ever unsure ask your doctor, paediatrician, obstetrician, pharmacist or midwife. We at first light organics always love to discuss the benefits of our ingredients and products too, so feel free to contact us via our website or social media.
Reference: choice 2016
What you need to pack for hospital:
- Pjs - whilst we all want to look glam as a new mum, especially with the hoards of visitors you will receive, not to mention hospital staff. Realistically, what you want is something comfy, that has easy access to breastfeeding (if you chose to).
- Day clothes with easy access - again, easy access is going to be your new friend for feeding and snuggling up close to your bub.
- Toiletries - yep, your toothbrush, face wash, hair brush, low scented deodorant...whatever you use to get you up and out of bed feeling like you.
- Pads - discretely saying, you will need these- and maternity ones that are as thick as telephone books (one day kids won't even know that that means the absolutely thickest and biggest you can get!)
- Breast pads - all mum's have different milk supplies, but to save your partner the embarrassment of buying these from the pharmacist once your milk comes in throw a pack in for good measure
- Baby wash - depending on your beliefs and also how long you are in the hospital, some hospitals recommend bathing the baby after a few days. If you bathe your baby in the hospital generic brand bath wash is available, however, if you would like a certified organic brand we have some cute samples on our website for you to use.
- Gift for the sibling from the baby - we love this tip and have actually trialled it with great success! Not being the baby anymore can be tough for some kidlets, that's why it may just soften the blow if the new baby can give its big brother or sister a present to say hi, let's be friends!
- New outfit and wrap for the baby if you chose not to use the hospital ones - the world is your oyster in terms of the outfits you chose, remember air-conditioned hospitals can be a little chilly and there will be plenty of poo explosions...and you can never have a big enough swaddle wraps
- Extra hair elastics - this is never quite one tip we could get our head around until we had babies. For some reason hair elastics have always disappeared into a black hole and never to be seen again...but during labour, delivery, feeding time, and pretty much anytime you are feeling like your hair is getting in the way of you and your new bub. But there is one secret trick, when you feed your baby sometimes you forget which side you fed on last and for those of us who have had mastitis know it's important to alternate, so simply put your hair elastic on the wrist you have fed on last.